Venturing into the unknown can be scary. Making big changes to your life is among the most stressful things you will go through. Downsizing can be one of those challenging things in your life.
However, there are many amazing resources online that will help get you through it.
The RVing and camping community is huge, and they’re always around to lend their support! Having a community behind you is a huge deal.
This is a great way to get first-hand advice as well as tips and tricks for a downsized living. But, which ones are the best? With so much saturated information out there it can be hard to find where you belong.
Here is my breakdown of the best online forums when it comes to RVing and camping.
If you are looking for a simple and straightforward forum that gives you the basic information about RVing, the RV Network is what you’re looking for.
One of the most frustrating things about online forums is the lack of communication.
With the RV Network, however, there are thousands of active members posting every hour.
Popular sections include Techincal Tips and Tricks, RVing on a Budget, and Working on the Road. From there you can find helpful tips about how to live while traveling on the road. You can also find lists of ways that other people managed their money as well as how to save when camping.
One section that I found particularly interesting was Internet Access on the Road. In the digital age, it is so important to remain connected. This way you can scout jobs, open parking areas and even map your next adventure.
This forum has hundreds of tips on how to stay connected even when living on the road.
RVForum.net is a great place to find a community of friends. While this forum also has useful tips and tricks, it offers much more.
It offers a chance to make meaningful connections and lasting friendships. Whether you meet through a shared love for the road or discover new interests – you have friends here!
One thing that really stood out to me about this forum is that there is much more than just talking. They even schedule regular meet-ups with other campers depending on your interests. Every year they plan “RV Rallys” all over the country where people can gather and get to know the community.
There is even a rally coming up next month in Jackson, California!
Along with big gatherings, RV Forum also encourages smaller scale meetups for its members. Mini rallies are a great way for smaller groups to meet up at RV parks and form some lasting relationships. This way you know that you always have a friendly face to see along your travels.
Along with meetups, RV Forum has a traditional message board to browse.
This forum has more specific discussions going on like problems common with Winnebagos and even how to convert a van. RV Forum is a great one-stop-shop for the community and helps if you need it.
One thing you want to look for in a great online community is more than one resource. While having online message boards is a great resource – wouldn’t it be better to have everything you need it one place? That is exactly what RV.Net offers!
Along with a great community forum, this site offers much more. You can find direct links to amazing insurance plans as well as buying guides for RVs. There is even a user to user platform for RV sales.
One of the most useful parts of this forum is the RV Park link. This opens up a national database where you can find an RV park or campground. All you need to do is enter the state and the city and you have immediate access to thousands of RV parking options.
From there you can organize gatherings and find out more information on where to stay.
This helps to take the guesswork out of where you will be sleeping while on the road.
If you are looking for ways to save money while traveling, RV.Net has you covered. The RV Owners Club allows you to save money and connects you directly with other RV owners.
There are even discounts on merchandise and RV publications for you to buy.
Another great community that offers more when it comes to information is Camping Forums. RV forums are a great place to get specific information about one type of traveling. However, there are more ways to see the world than just in an RV.
This is why a camping forum is an excellent resource for all types of adventure seekers.
My favorite part of the Camping Forums is that they have excellent threads regarding camping safety. Learning the ins and outs about how to stay safe when camping is vital – especially for first-time campers!
For example, if there is a campground that has an increase in wildlife which can be dangerous, you can find it on the forums.
There are even sections on tent safety. From knowing the right style of a heater to use to even how to keep your possessions safe, they’ve got information. One thing that really stood out to me was how active the members of this forum are.
There are constantly new questions being asked with pages of helpful answers. This way you know that you get can help if you need it.
For more information, check out our article about RV Parks and whether or not they are Open Year Round! (General Rules)
One thing to be aware of when looking for a great online community is the fees. Some forums require membership dues either annually or monthly.
However, this isn’t always a bad thing. Most of the time this allows you to get certain deals on overnight parking as well as RVing literature. But, naturally, paying a fee doesn’t always work for everyone.
That is why I love Camper Community. Membership for this online community is completely free. If you choose not to sign up, you can still participate as a guest.
However, your free membership will come with a reduction in ads as well as special access to certain parts of the site.
The one thing that stands out the most to me about Camper Community is the campsite review section. Sometimes it is hard to tell if reviews are authentic. We all hear stories about companies paying people to review their business.
However, Camper Community is a free access site so there isn’t a profit to be made. This means that you can completely trust the opinions of other campers.
Along with reviews, you can browse camping recipes as well as photos of beautiful campsites posted by official members to the site. There is even a section for classifieds. Here you can find camping equipment and even job postings at various campgrounds.
There is no limit to the information and help you can get from a large online community like Camper Community.
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Online forums have caught a bad reputation over the years as a place for negativity and complaints. But, they are so much more than a board for people to vent at.
They are actually full of important and useful information. The reason why they are so valued among the RVing and camping community is that they are completely user-based.
This means that you don’t have to worry about someone wasting your time just trying to sell you something.
They are meant for people who honestly want to help their communities thrive. Whether you are just starting out in an RV or have been seeking adventures your whole life – online forums are great for you.
So, get out there and make some connections.
You never know, you might just find a perfect community to call your own. Good luck.
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Maria is the founder of GoDownsize. While studying architecture in Denmark she became fascinated with designing living spaces for boats, tiny houses, RVs, and other small spaces.
She mainly writes about space optimization, interior design, and downsizing. She’s also in charge of our YouTube channel. Read more about Maria here.