Tips for Surviving Long-Term RV Travel with a Spouse

People at a table in an RV

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been married for 25 years or are newlyweds – heading out on the open road in a small RV can sometimes be stressful on even the strongest of couples. After a while of being alone in the RV with your spouse or partner, you may start to feel cramped and crowded.

Don’t let the stress of RV travel get the best of your relationship. Work together and find a way to enjoy your time together and make your road trip the best it can possibly be. Here are some tips to ensure you both make it back home in one piece:

Make a schedule text

While planning your RV trip, you will probably make a list of campsites to stay at, places you want to see, and things you want to do. But make sure you leave room in your schedule for relaxation. Try leaving a day where you plan on doing nothing for the entire day – no chores, no plans. Make this day your day to just sit back and relax.

Plan for chores

Before you leave, determine who will be responsible for what while traveling. RV chores include cleaning, cooking, maintenance, and sewer dumping. Knowing who is responsible for what before leaving will reduce any arguments when it comes time to take care of your RV.

Be quick to forgive text

If for some reason there is stress between the two of you, try not to stay angry. The longer you stay angry, the less likely you are to enjoy your time together on the road.

Have some personal space text

An RV does not offer up a lot of room for each spouse to have his and her own personal space while traveling. However, just like at home, you will likely want a space to call your own. This may be a drawer or cabinet for your own items, or even a designated area that you can spend time in – some place that’s just for you.

Get away text

While traveling in your RV, make plans for the two of you to get away from the unit. This includes going for a walk, visiting local monuments, or heading out for a nice dinner away from your tiny kitchen.

You may also want to plan time away from each other. Just like having your own personal space inside the unit, you might want some personal time away. This could include going for a walk on your own, going for a swim, or shopping for supplies.

Make friends text

Be friendly with other RVers at your campsite and try to make new friends. This will give you another couple to spend time with, enjoying a night around the picnic table or campfire, or exploring the surrounding area.

Getting away long-term with your spouse or partner and hitting the open road in your RV is an amazing experience the two of you will cherish forever. You will return home with plans of your next RV road trip already started in your head. Just remember to relax and enjoy your time together.

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51 Responses to “Tips for Surviving Long-Term RV Travel with a Spouse”

  1. Dan Smith

    I let my wife fly home on two weeklong trips, and I play golf on the way back home. Many courses will let you boondock. I watch the video on the battery watering caps. Where is the best place to get them?


    Just got it. Have tried one night so far.

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  4. Bp yaroslw Sereda

    Can not find anyone with this type of class B camper

  5. Gerald

    Great article. A lot of basics here that we'd do well to remember when at home as well!

  6. Charlotte A Coan

    I would like to have a table like the one pictured in the article on Travel with a Spouse. Can you tell me where to buy that table?

  7. Bob

    Easiest is single. No arguments about where to go and what to do. Lol!

  8. David

    Model to be filled in later

  9. Annye

    No kidding! And then there are those things that can't be planned for... My mom died two weeks ago, and there's no time or space for grieving in this cramped little box. We've passed the point where that almost ended our marriage, but this is one Hell of a passage.

  10. James

    We have a a man cave space and a She shed.