RV tours and caravans can be a great idea, especially if you are a total newbie and just getting your feet wet, but also if you have been RVing for years, or you just do not like traveling alone. My advice is to talk to other recreational vehicle owners who might have done just that, as it is likely that some tour companies are much better than others.

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20-Mule Team Borax20 Mule Team Borax - Death Valley NP

I have traveled alone a lot during the past few years and am quite comfortable doing that. It seems you are more aware of the beauty and quiet when you are solitary and there are not the distractions of fellow travelers. Of course that may be because I like to have control of my plans.

Though I do enjoy being with other adventurers, I want to choose the spots to linger over and would not always be willing to just go along with the group. However, there are some trips I would choose not to do alone: if I ever decide to rv Alaska, Mexico, or foreign countries, I'd certainly feel more comfortable with an experienced tour company.

Below Sitting Bull Falls, Lincoln Nat'l ForestBelow Sitting Bull Falls, Lincoln Nat'l Forest, NM

Where to Find RV Tours

If you are a member of one of the RV clubs or organizations, they sometimes set up their own group caravans to a particular area, sometimes with a particular activity such, as birdwatching or hiking, in mind. Usually, at least one of the participants has been there before.

So, if you belong to one of the RV clubs, check with them to see what they have to offer; Google "RV Tours" and you'll come up with several companies that offer them. There are tours in Canada, Hawaii, Africa, New Zealand and Australia - pretty much any country you have a yen to visit, you can probably find a tour company to help you fulfill your desire to do it in an RV.

Tours can vary in length from a few days to a few weeks. There seem to be many tour companies, and it also seems as though they tend to gather in the same places. Some prices are all-inclusive and others are more a la carte. Make sure you know exactly what you're signing up for.

When I volunteered at Organ Pipe Cactus NM in southern AZ, one day we saw a caravan of about 15 big, beautiful RVs heading for the border - likely aiming for Rocky Point, in Mexico.

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I met one couple who shipped their RV to Europe and spent a year touring - on their own, I think. I've seen ads for the Copper Canyon tour in Mexico where a group of RVers all put their motorhomes on flat bed train cars and travel on some dizzyingly high trestles over the canyons. Those ideas intrigue me a bit but I don't think I'm brave enough to take my RV to Europe alone, and I don't like heights at all. Maybe some day...

If you have ever caravanned with a group, please take a minute to tell us about your experience (good or bad) by leaving a message below. We'd love to hear about your experience.

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