Call them baby boomers, over 55’s, empty nesters or just plain seniors – retired adults are flocking to the RV lifestyle in ever-increasing numbers. There are many advantages to joining campground “clubs”. They offer access to amenities not provided to the general public, and they provide both practical and emotional support to their members. Although all RVers have something in common from the gitgo – their enjoyment of RV travel – clubs and organizations have now evolved to form more specific niches.
Some of the sites you might want to explore are: Escapees RV Club, RVers Online, and Fulltime Rving. Another club that centers on the senior RVer is the Baby Boomer RV Club.
Be sure to get yourself a lifetime senior pass from the National Park Service. The senior discount card is only $10 and is good for your lifetime. Besides being honored at all Forest Service and National Park Service sites, the lifetime national parks Senior Pass also gives seniors a 50% discount on federal fees charged for accessibility to things like camping, swimming, boat launching, etc. One catch. You cannot get the pass online or through the mail. You must purchase it in person at a federal site where entrance fees are charged or at federal regional offices.
There are literally hundreds of campgrounds catering to the 55 and older community. Do a quick search on the internet and you will find them in every state, offering discounts and amenities galore for the senior RVer.
Whether you are traveling or have set up camp for a long stay, always check for senior discounts in the area. Many restaurants offer senior discounts, as do grocery stores and some department stores. The discounts are often not advertised, but it never hurts to ask about them. Discounts of 10% or 20% on everyday purchases can add up to a tidy savings over the long haul.
And if you are worried about staying in touch with family and friends, don’t! The internet is always available and so are cell phones. Some folks say that gallivanting around the country gives them the freedom to visit their kids and grandkids more often than they did before they undertook the RV lifestyle.
So go ahead. Spend your golden years in total freedom. But you never have to be alone. Senior RVers are very social beings. The seasoned RV travelers are quick to welcome “newbies” and to share a myriad of approaches to living on the road.