The Wonderful Development Of Solo Ladies Campers


The variety of solo girls campers is on the rise, throughout all ages and in motorhomes, trailers, fifth wheels, and even truck campers.

In reality, the highest skilled we interview in Episode 412 of the RV Podcast says a big share of all of the RVers on the market are solo girls campers.

Whereas nobody can cite a agency statistic – estimates vary from 12-20% – it’s clear that it’s a fast-growing section of the RV market and that these solo girls campers are usually not all the time single, windowed, or divorced. Many are married however journey alone as a result of their partner simply doesn’t like tenting.

Our visitor is Janine Pettit, who calls herself the Camper-in-Chief of a thriving enterprise constructed to serve solo girls campers that may be discovered at GirlCamper.com and consists of a weblog, a podcast, Fb Group, YouTube Channel, and a slick, espresso table-sized shiny papered journal.

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Behind the rise in solo girls campers

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Right here’s an edited transcript of our interview with Janine:

Mike:

Effectively, the Woman Camper herself, Janine Pettit, joins us proper now. Hey, it’s nice to see you once more.

Janine:

It’s nice to see you, too. It all the time is. Often, after we stumble upon one another, we’re at a commerce present and it’s like, “Hey, Mike and Jen. Hey, Woman Camper.” Yeah, so thanks for having me.

Jennifer

I can’t consider it was 2017 after we final related.

Mike:

Yeah, 2017.

Jennifer:

You’ll must replace us on what’s been taking place.

Mike:

Yep, so I do know a variety of stuff has been taking place, together with what’s in your wall behind you. So why don’t you give us a fast replace on what all has occurred with the Woman Camper?

Janine:

Oh, effectively, each time I get slightly window the place I feel, okay, the podcast goes effectively, simply take a breather. I’m not excellent at breathers, I assume, as a result of the concepts are all the time percolating. And so I received this concept as a result of individuals ceaselessly write to me and say, why don’t you host occasions? And the issue with that’s I’m right here in New Jersey and so they’re everywhere in the nation. However you and I, us, all three of us, we do the identical factor.

Inspiring individuals to get on the market!

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There are an increasing number of solo girls campers on the market

Janine:

We encourage individuals and so they need to get on the market. And I feel it’s slightly completely different once you’re a solo girl traveler, you require slightly extra handholding. It’s not that we don’t possess the flexibility to do it, once you’re doing it alone, which a variety of our girls are. You want slightly extra hand holding. And that’s the place internet hosting occasions is a bit more fruitful than it’s for {couples}.

What might go fallacious? In case you get a flat, somebody’s going to name and also you’re going to flag them down. You’re collectively. So I opened up the nation and I put out a name for Woman Camper guides everywhere in the nation. What girls can be keen to assist different girls of their space get their toes moist, maintain their palms, present them the ropes. And so now we’ve got 36, I consider, Woman Camper guides everywhere in the nation.

And they also develop into the hand holder, the information, the mentor for these girls, but additionally they’re turning into the vacationer information for his or her space. So say we’ve got our woman Resa Leppert in Iowa. When somebody desires to camp in Iowa, they will go to her Woman Camper web page, as a result of she has her personal Woman Camper web page on our web site and discover out the place an amazing place to camp is.

The place’s the most effective espresso spot? In case you’re into this, the place ought to I’m going? And they also turned little vacationer guides for his or her neck of the woods too. So Woman Camper chapters everywhere in the nation.

Thought I had that going so effectively that I used to be going to begin {a magazine}. So when Covid hit, I had unexpectedly an excessive amount of free time. I often am at an RV present each different weekend within the winter. After which unexpectedly every part was canceled and that journal was in my head for the longest time.

And so I simply sat down with a bit of paper and wrote out if I have been going to do {a magazine}, what would I need to speak about?

And I all the time go into Barnes and Noble and I have a look at the magazines and I’m like seeing 10 magazines on yard chickens and no tenting magazines. So sort of like writing the e-book you needed to learn, I created the journal I needed to tug off the shelf. So we’re in our third yr.

We gained a number of Ozzie and Eddie awards. I used to be very proud to have been nominated for an editorial I printed within the journal final yr a few 93-year-old grandma who took up tenting for the primary time. We have been nominated life-style journal of the yr up towards Joanna Gaines and the Property Brothers from HGTV. So we’re just like the little journal that might, and I’m very pleased with our crew.

Selecting the best RV for solo girls campers

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Teardrop trailers are highly regarded with many solo girls campers

Jennifer:

What pops in my head is, any person’s beginning out, is there a sure RV that you simply counsel for solo girls campers that could be a good one to begin out with?

Janine:

Effectively, we attempt to present everyone all of the choices, however I’m a giant proponent of begin small and work your manner up. Actually, we keep at Woman Camper that there’s no fallacious method to camp like a lady. So in the event you’re a hammock hanger, a tent camper, a automobile camper, a van driver, a cabin renter, or an RV puller like we’re going that can assist you.

However you probably have it in your head I’m going to tow an RV, begin small, get your self a tear, drop, have a protected place to sleep, get your self off the bottom. However except you have got expertise, there’s no must go on the market and get a 37-foot journey trailer.

There appear to be extra solo girls campers than solo males campers

Mike:

One query I’ve is it appears to me, and it’s anecdotal I do know, however from our travels, from the e-mail we get, that there are extra solo feminine vacationers than there are solo male vacationers. Has that been your expertise, and what do you attribute that to? You’d suppose on this tradition and society we’re in and open air and RVs and mechanical stuff, that’d be extra solo males, however it looks as if the alternative.

Janine:

I’m going to be very politically incorrect and inform you that ladies are simply extra adventurous Mike. And the KOA tenting report, annual tenting report… Or possibly it’s the Go RVing stats. A type of two has stats on it. The numbers are actually vital, like 80% of the solo vacationers are girls and solely 20% are males.

So I feel it’s a few issues. I feel males… if my husband – and that is anecdotal – he doesn’t prefer to be bumped out of his consolation zone. He sort of likes the BarcaLounger. And regardless that RVs are tremendous snug and every part, I actually do consider girls are extra adventurous. Ladies spend a variety of time at dwelling and historically not anymore, however I feel girls are extra apt to, okay, children are raised, took care of mother and pa, empty nesters, any person let me out. I received to get going.

BONUS: Click on under to see Jennifer’s Straight Discuss to Wives About RV Dwelling video.

Jennifer:

I feel that’s completely true. The empty nest and also you need to go see issues and infrequently… Oh, it was once, however I feel now it’s completely different, the lads traveled on a regular basis and so they’re bored with touring. They need to simply keep in a single spot.

Janine:

Yeah, my husband has a gross sales job and he’s on the street in his automobile all day lengthy. Do you suppose he’s getting in a camper to tow it even to Maryland three hours from dwelling? No, he doesn’t need to go wherever. He desires to park in his front room, benefit from the again porch. No, I get that.

Mike:

Now you’re married. You’re a solo traveler. Your husband simply doesn’t prefer to journey. I’m questioning what number of different girls are like that as a result of I feel the stereotype is that lots of them are single girls or just lately widowed girls, or divorced.

Janine:

Most solo girls campers are married

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Solo girls campers use each type of RV

Mike and Jen, the variety of girls who’re married, who go on the market, it’s really greater than the solo girls, the divorced or widowed or a single girl. And that is fully anecdotal. One in all lately on our Fb group, I ought to put this out as a ballot, as a result of I identical to to know. However all of the years I’ve camped with these girls, myself, a lot of the girls across the camper are like, oh my husband took the grandsons out on the lake this weekend, or yeah, my husband’s looking or he received a golf match or they’re doing their factor. Males one way or the other can preserve hobbies whereas they’re married and elevating youngsters and so they proceed these.

After which these children are gone and so they have lifelong hobbies and girls could also be sitting there going, I’ve all the time needed to go to the nationwide parks. I’ve all the time needed to go to that quilting museum in Missouri. Effectively, now I’ve the time and the liberty to try this. They usually discover this group of ladies who’re doing it and so they’re like, eureka, let me get certainly one of these little teardrops and take off with the ladies. After which they discover it is a complete subculture. These girls are having a blast on the market

Ideas for solo girls campers

Jennifer:

Group, group, group, and sharing experiences and concepts on how you are able to do issues in another way, adorning inside, outdoors. Share some suggestions for solo girls campers?

Janine:

Effectively, Jen, you’re speaking about one thing that I really feel like was such part of the tradition after I grew up. I name it that clothesline group. When girls actually helped one another. When all of the mothers have been dwelling and any person received sick, one other mother took the unwell or the sick children and also you helped one another, and that’s what we’ve got right here.

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So what I really like seeing within the Woman Camper group is when somebody is available in model new and so they don’t know something and so they join a Woman Camper occasion and the ladies there are like, let me present you, take that hitch on and off 3 times. I’ve accomplished this myself sitting in a campsite going take it off, put it again on, take it off, you’re constructing the muscle reminiscence, I’m making notes, I received this. A yr later, you see that very same girl out within the campground and he or she’s educating that to any person else.

So I’d say share useful beginner tenting recommendation for ladies the place potential.

So no matter your skillset is, no matter you’re good at. Perhaps you’re a Dutch oven cooker, or possibly you’re simply actually good at organizing your camper. All people’s on the market. There’s all the time a camper tour. So the Woman Campers arrive on mass on the campground and everyone’s organising on a Friday afternoon.

Effectively that there’s a cocktail at 5 and we’ll begin at one camper and everyone makes their manner round that campground. And, after all, we’re oohing and ahhing over everyone’s designs, however we’re additionally like, the place did you get these stackable Rubbermaids? How do you retain this? It’s all of the tips about packing and organizing. It’s Simply a lot enjoyable.

Security considerations for solo girls campers

staying safe tips for solo women campers

Mike:

For the lady on the market who’s saying, I need to try this, give her some suggestions. What are their large considerations. Are there points about adorning? Or what…

Jennifer:

Security.

Mike:

Security is all the time a giant query, so reply a few of these.

Janine:

Yeah, in the event you’ve by no means accomplished it earlier than, let’s say you’re on our Fb group, which is 330,000 girls now in our…

Mike:

Wow, 330,000, that’s enormous.

Janine:

Is that insanity, proper? And so that you’re on there and I learn these threads that evening after I sit down, see what everyone’s speaking about. and it’s typically thanks, thanks, thanks. Or, hey, everyone, I did it, I simply received my large woman pants on and I received myself out to the campground and it rained buckets, however I sat in my tent or my camper and I did this and I did that.

And the encouragement and assist that comes again is so stunning to observe. So in the event you’ve by no means accomplished it earlier than and also you need to be part of our Fb group, Woman Camper, and simply put it on the market, what’s your stumbling block, as a result of it’s completely different for everyone.

Janine:

Like Jen simply stated, some individuals are actually hung up on security. Am I protected on the market? So pose that query to the group of what your concern is. After which I’d say get the assist of individuals close by. And in the event you’re doing a visit for the very first time, possibly don’t even fear a few tent or an RV. Lease

A cabin at a campground. Decide a pleasant resort campground and hire a cabin and simply discuss to individuals. Get the texture for it. In case you don’t have an RV in any respect, borrow a tent from somebody and simply go. Get your toes moist, near dwelling.

How solo girls campers have modified put up COVID

Mike:

How has the tenting world modified for Woman Campers put up Covid now? Now that we’re getting some say again to regular, the brand new regular, no matter that’s, has it modified? Are you noticing any new developments, in addition to this 80% that you simply talked about are solo feminine vacationers of solo vacationers, in any respect?

Janine:

Effectively, I feel what I’m seeing is a bunch of individuals are so darn completely happy to be on the market once more. However I feel what we’re additionally seeing, and also you guys must be seeing it too, is throughout Covid, everybody was like, I ought to be tenting. I ought to get a camper. I received to get out of this home.

And so the tenting group is filled with newbies. So I’d say if you’re on the market post-Covid assist to these people who find themselves nonetheless studying the ropes.

Janine’s story: How Woman Camper started

Mike:

You might be certainly one of our favourite individuals, have been ever since we began. Inform everyone simply to introduce your self to them slightly bit. Most of your followers will all know that you simply’re on and, oh we all know Janine, however for individuals who don’t, how did you begin? How lengthy have you ever been doing this? And the way typically are you on the street?

Janine:

Hopefully extra typically arising. So my identify is Janine Pettit, AKA Woman Camper. Nearly nobody calls me Janine anymore. I’m camper in chief, a title which my gang at work right here gave me and I feel is so cute. And I grew up in a tenting household and I simply all the time cherished tenting. It’s simply a number of the greatest recollections of my life, and I all the time needed to return to it.

And I had a husband with zero curiosity in tenting. We took our children tenting as soon as with a borrowed camper and I had a lot enjoyable and he checked out me and stated, I’m so glad that’s over. After which I used to be, yeah, he was identical to, phew received that off the checklist, she’s been bugging me about that for years. After which I came upon there’s simply girls on the market… And males don’t await us to do issues with them.

I drove my dad and mom’ motor dwelling from New Jersey to Illinois after I was 17. I used to be not afraid. I’ve been in a whole lot of campgrounds. So I went on-line, on eBay, and I purchased myself a 1959 Discipline & Stream little Birchwood magnificence camper. It was 10 toes lengthy. It had a mattress, slightly sales space and a kitchen, and it was heaven.

And I had that camper for eight years, and simply little weekends with the girlfriends, near dwelling, by no means greater than two or three hours from dwelling. However then when my youngest graduated from highschool, I received myself a ravishing teardrop, the MAX Teardrop by Liberty Open air, and I took off. I simply took off. I went to the Tetons. I went out to Glacier Nationwide Park. I went throughout Texas. My husband would name and say, the place are you?

And so I simply have felt very very similar to there are girls on the market who need the talents to do that. And we needed to create a group of assist, however not solely assist, actually sensible data, like how typically ought to I be checking my tires? What’s the correct air stress? Is my tow automobile large enough for this camper?

In order that’s all on-line at girlcamper.com and our journal is chock-full of inspirational tales of ladies who overcame these fears and received on the market on the street and at the moment are serving to different girls. So we simply give one another a leg up. So I began Woman Camper in 2015. So right here we’re seven years later. I by no means imagined this. It was a weblog. I by no means imagined this journal and this group and all these fantastic individuals and the individuals such as you that I get to fulfill in my job. I feel we’ve got the best jobs

Mike:

We do, we do.

It’s group. It’s this group of like-minded individuals. Effectively, God preserve blessing you. And we stay up for seeing you in particular person and hanging out with you.

Jennifer:

We’ll be seeing you quickly.

Mike:

Yeah. God bless you Jeanie.

Janine:

Bye-bye now.

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