Cynthia Wiseman is happily married, but RVing is “her” thing, not his. “I have an RV that’s my RV,” she said, adding that she purchased a 24-foot foot-long Coachman motorhome in 2020, the same year she joined a women’s adventure group called the Lemon Drop Divas.
“What brings everybody together is we all have a common interest in going out and camping and being with other women who enjoy the RV lifestyle,” Wiseman said of the group, which includes all kinds of women of all ages, both married and single.
“Camping is a big part of what we do. But there’s a lot of us that do other things when we camp, such as kayaking or bicycling. Sometimes we’ll have shared meals, activities, crafts, card and board games and campfires.”
Many female RV enthusiasts enjoy being members of women’s only camping clubs, and there are several of them out there, including RVing Women. “What happens when you camp with a group of men with women is it changes the dynamic,” Wiseman said. “We need our women time.”
Of course, there are RV clubs for just about every type of RV enthusiast, and all of them organize frequent camping events or “rallies” that provide opportunities for like-minded RVers to socialize with one another as they explore different campgrounds across the country. Jeret Burnett of WagonMaster’s Travels organizes rallies for owners of Grand Design RVs. “They have over 12,000 members across the country,” Burnett said, adding that rallies are held each year at parks that cater to RV clubs. These include rallies every April at Bonelli Bluffs RV Resort and Campground in San Dimas, Calif. with over 150 RVs and a national rally every August with over 600 RVs at the Elkhart Fairgrounds in Elkhart, Ind.
“A lot of people like going to rallies for specific manufacturers because of the camaraderie and the opportunities these events provide to meet people who share their interest in RVing,” Burnett said. “It’s a way to meet people you wouldn’t otherwise meet, and get to see people from all over the country and different walks of life that you wouldn’t otherwise meet, let alone run into.”
Wiseman agrees, noting that her membership in the Lemon Drop Divas has enabled her to visit campgrounds all over the West at least once a month, from the Southern California desert near Anza Borrego State Park to Yosemite National Park and western Arizona, all while cultivating friendships with other RV enthusiasts.
“The people I met through the Lemon Drop Divas have become some of my best friends now,” Wiseman said, adding, “I feel like I have been waiting all my life for these people.” There are numerous RV clubs across the country, including clubs for RVers who have specific brands of RVs as well as lifestyle interests. They include:
Airstream Club International: This club for Airstream trailer owners organizes rallies across the country.
Campers for Christ Ministries: This nondenominational organization provides a means for Christian campers to get together for fellowship at local and national levels. The group offers opportunities for members to participate in meetings by singing, playing instruments, sharing testimonies, preaching, and teaching.
Escapees: This club is comprised of both full-time and part-time RVers of all ages and with different types of vehicles from toy haulers to Class A motorhomes. Some members are retired. Others work on the road. The club offers rallies and educational programs, including an RVers Boot Camp, discounts on products and services, as well as a mail forwarding service. The club also has subgroups, called Birds of a Feather, in which RVers with shared lifestyle interests can connect with one another and participate in various activities. Birds of a Feather groups have been established for RVers who enjoy boondocking, working on the road, disaster relief, biking and hiking, amateur radio and quilting. Other groups have been established for Baby Boomers, pet lovers, solo RVers and other lifestyle interests.
Family Campers and RVers: The mission of this group is to share with all campers and RVers the fun, friendship, fellowship and family feelings of camping together and to promote and enhance the experience and enjoyment of recreational family type camping and RVing. The group organizes camping events across the country.
Family Motor Coach Association: The purpose of FMCA is to organize social activities, exchange RV information, and supply benefits made possible, in part, by collective purchasing. The association is also involved in political and legislative action. FMCA supports recreation programs and the legal rights of RV owners. FMCA benefits include a mail forwarding service, an emergency medical evacuation program, conventions, and area rallies.
Forest River Owners Group: This is a club for owners of Forest River RVs. Activities include rallies for Forest River RV owners.
Good Sam Club: This club, the nation’s largest, organizes RV rallies across the country in addition to offering a variety of discounts on RV products and services.
Habitat for Humanity’s RV Care-A-Vanners: This volunteer program invites anyone who travels by recreational vehicle to make Habitat for Humanity’s humanitarian projects part of their journey, or even your destination.
Handicapped Travel Club: This club was established in 1973 to encourage people with a wide range of disabilities and their families to travel, interact with one another and share information on making RVs accessible for the disabled. The club has local get-togethers and sponsors an annual rally as well as an occasional regional rally.
National African American RVers Association: This club for African American RV enthusiasts has rallies and other special events across the country. Association rallies include live music, parades, food, dancing, health and education seminars, contests, tours of the local communities, prizes, guest speakers, vendors, RV safety workshops, scholarships, ecology projects, and opportunities to socialize with other African American RVers.
National Square Dance Campers Association: This group brings together RV enthusiasts who enjoy square dancing, round dancing, line dancing, and the outdoors.
North American Family Campers Association: This group is primarily comprised of RV enthusiasts from New England states and Florida. The group organizes rallies and other special events.
Rainbow RV Club: This club has over 10,000 members and caters to members of the LGBTQ community. The club has numerous events as well as a listing of campgrounds.
RVing Women: The mission of this club is to provide female RVers with a supportive network and the opportunity to enjoy the RV lifestyle in a safe and knowledgeable manner.
RV Radio Network: This group is an ARRL-affiliated association of Amateur Radio Operators who share an interest in RVs. Here you will find information about rallies, hamfests, radio nets, and other activities of interest to club members.
Special Military Active Recreational Travelers: This club brings military veterans and their families together to share camaraderie, travel, camping, and support to our veterans. The group welcomes all active, retired, and honorably discharged veterans from U.S. and Canadian Armed Forces who are interested in recreational travel and sharing the camaraderie developed in the military.
Thor Diesel Club: This club is an official chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association. Thor Diesel Club extends an invitation to all owners of Class A diesel motorhomes from Thor Motor Coach, Damon Motor Coach, Four Winds International, or Mandalay Luxury Coach to be part of the fun, which includes rallies.
Tiffin Allegro Club: This club for Tiffin RV owners organizes rallies across the country as well as discounts on RV products and services.
Tin Can Tourists: This club promotes the interests of all vintage trailer and motorhome owners. The club works with campgrounds, parts manufacturers like Vintage Trailer Supply, vintage trailer restoration companies, historians, and others to make sure the vintage RV community is appropriately served.
Winnebago International Travelers: This is an RV club for owners of Winnebago RVs.