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RVing with Motorcycles

I preferred the hammock and gear strapped down to my bike for my escapes.  But then there is that old saying, “until you have walked a mile in someone’s shoes…” - Lucinda Belden, Direction Wide Open

Written by Lucinda Belden with Direction Wide Open. Direction Wide Open is the story developments in the lives to Lucinda and Will - two full-time RVers and avid motorcyclists, sidecarists. We share our encounters as we travel across the United States looking for the best rides, great food & wine and the most "unique" things a state has to offer.

Why RV with Your Motorcycle?

I used to look at big RVs driving down the road thinking they aren’t saving money using those things.  And they certainly are missing out on getting into the adventures of nature.  I preferred the hammock and gear strapped down to my bike for my escapes.  But then there is that old saying, “until you have walked a mile in someone’s shoes…”.

 

Now when I see an RV go by hauling motorcycles, I only think one thing: “You go for it!”  There are several reasons riders have chosen to utilize an RV to motorcycle and I want to share a few of those.  As we have traveled around the country in an RV ourselves, we have picked up a lot of stories. 

 

My spouse and I travel full-time in an RV.  We have a fifth wheel toy hauler and haul a Harley Sportster with a sidecar inside the toy hauler, and a Harley Heritage on a lift on the back (because the sidecar takes up the entire space inside).

What Kind of RVer are You?

When you see an RV go down the road, their lifestyle can be completely different than the one behind them.  Among campers there is a shared knowledge of designations for RV campers.  There are the full-time, like us.  We have sold all our belongings, including our house (also referred to as a brick-and-mortar) and live full-time in an RV.  Then there are those who want to follow the seasons – whether they want to stay where it is warm or whether they enjoy the winter or fall.  These are the seasonal travelers.  Then we have a weekend warrior.  Those who try and get away as much as they can but usually bring along an RV and can only get away for a few days at a time.

 

We decided to do full-time because our lives had become consumed with riding.  We had ridden everything around us. To ride more and explore more adventures, we had to take time off work or plan specific vacations.  For us, taking time off for a rally like Sturgis would mean weeks of vacations time and thousands of dollars on hotel, meals, gas, etc. – because we would ride the entire time.  Now we work full-time from our rig and travel all over the United States.  We can attend all the rallies and festivals and adventures we want at a budget far less than our brick-and-mortar life.  Now everything can focus on riding, traveling and work.

Written by Lucinda Belden with Direction Wide Open. Direction Wide Open is the story developments in the lives to Lucinda and Will - two full-time RVers and avid motorcyclists, sidecarists. We share our encounters as we travel across the United States looking for the best rides, great food & wine and the most "unique" things a state has to offer.

RV group with motorcycles meeting up in Utah.

Other Reasons Riders Choose an RV

I’ve mentioned our reason for a full-time lifestyle.  Now we can ride in new places, don’t have to return ‘home’ and we can get our work done on days we can’t ride!  Other riders may have a family and they want them to enjoy the outdoor adventures they have.  It is a cost-saving option for families to RV, not having to pack and unpack for hotels, and preparing healthy meals from their RV instead of eating out all the time.  Sometimes riders have a disability.  Having an RV that meets specifications for assisting them with physical or mental support is another reason for choosing an RV and still having freedom to enjoy life and ride.  Maybe you have had some injuries and you can’t do the outdoor-camping on the ground experience anymore.  No matter what the reason for choosing an RV, to get your motorcycles from one location to another, there is an RV or trailer option to meet every need.

CHOOSING AN RV LIFESTYLE

Don’t discard the idea of using an RV with your motorcycle adventures. RVing is not an ‘easy’ way out. It takes planning, preparation, and patience to outfit your RV and safely and properly haul your motorcycles. But the reward of meeting other motorcyclists or exploring a new area is what riding is all about. And an RV can get you places you had never considered. 

 

Try RVing with motorcycles, but do your research first because it is not as simple as it appears on the surface. There are things you need to learn about your RV to determine how you can haul your bikes. And there are as many ways to haul it as there are ways to customize your bike. You will need to find the option that works with the type of RV you have, and the bike you own, and the places you want to ride.

Adventure Out! is adding RV resources for motorcycles

RESOURCES FOR BECOMING AN RVER

I have a few resources for you that can get you started.  We are presenting at Adventure Out! with the IMS Outdoors events so be sure to check out the states where we will be.  We will be specifically targeting two big questions about RVing with motorcycling.  The first is how to strap down your bike and the other is how to haul it and the destinations you can explore.

 

My spouse and I have also co-written a book which is available on Amazon (free if you are a Kindle Unlimited member).  The book is called ‘RVing with Motorcycles’ and is for anyone who wants to RV with their motorcycle, sidecar, trike, or any other outdoor toys. It is filled with small tips that save you big money and huge amounts of time. Whether you own a motorcycle or an RV, or both, or neither, the information is relevant to refresh your skills or generate traveling solutions.

 

We would also like to invite you to the first RV & Motorcycle Rally September 22-25, 2022, at Bandera Crossing RV Resort in Bandera, Texas.  We will have all kinds of activities, seminars, games and more all centered around RVing with Motorcycles.  And you don’t have to have an RV yet to attend.  Just come and find out what it takes and meet others already RVing with motorcycles.

 

You can also listen in every day, 24/7 to a new online RV radio station called MyRVRadio.com.  They will be having stories and adventures shared by RVers to RVers.  You will be able to learn a lot there about what it is like to RV (and enjoy music).  The station is launching live in June 2022. Their catch phrase, “Your Non-Stationary Radio Station”.  Listen for spots about the upcoming IMS Outdoors and the RV & Motorcycle rally too.