I have been spending a large amount of time in the last few years in the company of many single and married traveling women who buy Roadtreks! (it’s not like it sounds…….:))
Some are single, some have someone at home who doesn’t have the same passion to go so they travel single.
These ladies are a terrific group. They are passionate, courageous, and they are tough. They adapt and learn quickly. They communicate well. They run hospitals, and businesses, and law firms, and are doctors, and photographers, and pharmacies, and are accountants, and bankers, and yet…..
Roadtreking initially presents a challenge to them. Why? Well it’s wrong, but…..
Our society traditionally puts women in roles as PASSENGERS. Even in some of my friends' families where the wife is the primary wage earner, the man still drives. And as such, most women don’t get as comfortable in trucks and bigger vehicles, or trailers. (Don’t get mad at me if you are a lady who loves driving, a farmer, or into horses, I know you ladies are better than I am at driving).
My lovely bride has made it clear to me that she will drive when she wants. But to a certain degree Michelle expects me to drive. Now, I consider it like being a General’s Driver – Generals don’t drive themselves since they have important stuff to think about. But seriously, we need to break societal barriers and walls down so more women feel good about Roadtreking.
Well that’s pretty obvious, right?
Yes, and NO. There is a large segment of society involving single women, who are getting past this cultural and ridiculous assertion that men need to control driving.
The societal barriers can be enormous. When I call the doctor’s office for an appointment, I usually get one that day. When Michelle calls, she gets put off until tomorrow. Why?
Well, because she is more empathetic. And she listens to the person at the other end and tries to compromise. When I call, I say, I need to see a doctor today. I don’t care so much. It is my maleness, my alpha dog mentality. And it’s the female empathy that makes it more difficult to deal in an RV sales environment that males dominate with dickering over price. In some cases, the male selling the unit is a total arsehole to be honest.
Shopping for big ticket items – like a Roadtrek
Women are generally better with money. Single women shoppers almost always have decent to great credit. They budget! They are prudent and practical.
But when a single woman goes to an RV dealership, they almost always are instantly avoided by MOST salesman. In fact, some sales people call single shoppers “one-leggers.” The insinuation is that they can’t make the leap because their spouse is not present (the other leg).
Some 25-30 percent of any given month's Roadtrek sales are to single women. So it’s a big mistake for salespeople to brush them off. These women are powerful, they have the money, and by the time they reach the decision to buy, they have educated themselves well.
A smart salesperson cultivates a relationship. He doesn’t say, “Ummm…where’s your husband?” Dealers and salespeople that treat women coming on the RV lot poorly are fools.
So what’s the issue, Jim?
Well I have several things that really bother me.
- The perception that women are PASSENGERS in life. Shoot, I’m the passenger in our family. I get told how things will be and I occasionally am consulted on things. I am tasked regularly by Michelle and I do what I am told. She is the family leader. No doubt. I get involved in most things when more Alpha dog is needed. (Only when I’m told to, or expected to.) I do my dad thing and I fix the cars and the house and I carry what I am told to and I boss the boys around to meet her needs. But it's women that stabilize us. They control society. They set standards. Most single guys would just throw a carpet in the back of a van and travel. Now if a lady wants to come with them, it's a Roadtrek.
- I want more women to DEFEAT the natural fear of driving. Our vehicles are drivable. Most have lane assists and parking sensors and backup cameras and many sundry items. You have to drive to LIVE well on this continent, where distances are measured in hours, not miles.
- Salespeople that treat women as SECOND CLASS. They need to remove their heads firmly from their butts. Women make 85 percent of all consumer product decisions in society, or are the major shareholder in those big decisions. When Michelle wants something, I only get involved if it’s impractical, like it doesn’t FIT down the stairs……..OR if she wants to get rid of or move my Lazy Boy). In my life, even if it looks like I made the decision, I spent most of my time making sure she was happy. Trrrrrust me.
So here’s my thing….
I WANT TO KNOW IF YOU ARE A FEMALE/WOMAN/LADY who has any concerns about Roadtreking. I want to help alleviate those concerns.
I DON’T CARE what you buy. I don’t care if you buy a competitor’s product. I don’t care if you buy used. I don’t care if you wait. I don’t care if you decide I am wrong. I want you to feel comfortable in the lifestyle.
What are the top concerns of women who are thinking about buying a unit?
Safety on the road
Well, this is a pretty safe way to travel, as you can control your own destiny as to where you go. You aren’t stuck in a place where you can’t control things. You have belongings. You have communication that can’t be cut. (Cells have no wires). You have the Roadtreking community. You have the RV community. It’s safe, and we try to make it safer every day.
Our units come in a variety of sizes and configuration, and with all the safety features, there is no need to fear it. I spent a day with a fantastic lady here last summer who said, “I bought this and I am scared to drive it.” I took her to a parking lot with another lady and within an hour we had her comfortably cornering and parking. When I drove a big pickup truck for the first time it was the same for me. It’s not gender related fear. It’s human.
Service and Support and the learning curve
It takes some learning to address how to use a unit. But much of that has been buffered and reduced extremely by the group known as Roadtrekers. All you have to do to gain access to all sorts of help, from owners, from manufacturers, techs, me, is join our Facebook group. Life is easy for those who do. It’s not that hard, and when you have hundreds and thousands of people ready to help or connect you with help, life is really, really stress free.
Look, we have a five or six year warranty, depending on the products. Everybody has some warranty. AND you have to perform a small amount of maintenance to keep a Roadtrek in tip top shape. And we help you with detailed owner’s manuals and online support. Once again, Roadtreking is invaluable, regardless of what you buy.
Is it complicated?
What my wife does in a day far exceeds my capabilities. The ability to work, run a household, a family, provide supervision to me, and still have time to shop endlessly (HA!) is incredible.
We are just talking about an electrical system and a plumbing system. Once you know it, you know it. When I went away for long periods with the army, the house still ran and got fixed. I became superfluous.
Making the LEAP – WHY WAIT?
Let’s be clear here.
- YOU WANT TO TRAVEL (YOU KNOW YOU DO)
- ROADTREKING GIVES YOU CONTROL OF WHERE AND WHEN YOU DO THINGS.
- YOU CAN HAVE YOUR STUFF WITH YOU (My wife loves this part)
- YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WANT YOU TO DO THINGS (If they don’t, they should)
- YOU CANNOT WAIT FOR OTHERS (if you do…you will regret it)
YOU ARE NOT A PASSENGER IN YOUR OWN LIFE. Do not be intimidated by society and PEOPLE who can’t figure that out.
Ladies? You aren’t comfortable driving one of these units? Take delivery here at the factory and we will bring a driving instructor in and teach you for a couple days and make it easy. And I mean that. And stay here for a few days. We will get you totally familiar with the units! We want you to know!
Watch these videos and see these three REAL ladies who all can show you how life as a Roadtreker can be incredible and fulfilling. They aren’t being asked staged questions folks. These are their own words.
Ginny – Life's Too Short
Alice In a New York Minute
Laura – The Wanderer