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2022 RV Influencers List [110 People and Groups Shaping the Road Travel Industry]

Hey there travelers!

Can you believe it’s been over a year since we released the inaugural Begin RV Influencers List? 

The mission of the BeginRV RV Influencers List is to provide the RV community with a comprehensive resource of influential people and groups helping to grow and diversify the road travel space. Not all are familiar names with large followings, but all have something meaningful to add to the RV community.Two Girls RV

The good news in 2022?

Despite strong macroeconomic headwinds that have slowed the RV industry to pre-COVID levels, our community continues its march towards diversification offering more opportunities for historically underrepresented groups to explore the great outdoors.

Building on the amazing reception of our 2021 RV Influencers List, the 2022 version offers our readership an even more comprehensive look at the names shaping the road travel industry today.

How the 2022 RV Influencer List Was Chosen

Although there are many names on this list that you will surely recognize, many will be new to you … and that is the whole point of this exercise.

An “influencer” is not a status symbol as used in our context.

As we define it, an influencer is any person or organization who adds something important and influential to the RV, campervan, and outdoor living communities. They contribute knowledge, know-how, and passion that engages, inspires, and opens doors for new communities to join the RV community.

girl outside campervan

One of the main focuses of this list is the DIVERSITY OF VOICES.  We believe the great diversity creates more exciting opportunities for the entire RV community.

As with any list, there is only room for so many entries. There are so many wonderful individuals and groups supporting and contributing to RVing and we simply can’t include them all.

For those not included, we will do our best to give them a platform on our site in the future.

The RV Influencer Categories

The 2022 BeginRV Influencers List is broken down into separate categories representing different mediums, sectors, and types of media in the road travel world.

Those categories are:

    • New and Diverse Voices
    • RV Blogs
    • Campervan Blogs
    • Instagram Accounts
    • YouTube Channels
    • Special Interest Clubs
    • Discount RV Clubs
    • RV Rental Sites
    • Campground Booking Sites
    • RV Industry

So we don’t have our inbox filled with hate mail, just a few quick notes before we get started:

  1. This article contains NO affiliate links, paid advertisements, or biases based on personal relationships. The list was compiled by our editorial team based solely on personal knowledge and months of research. The integrity of the list was of the utmost importance to us;
  2. We added influencers to the one category we believed they most belonged in. Many influencers have blogs, YouTube channels, Instagram accounts, etc. Each person/entity could only be chosen for one category
  3. Traffic, “follows”, “views” and other metrics were one factor in our consideration, but not the driving factor. We made choices based on the person/entity’s perceived influence in the road travel space.

Without further ado … the 2nd Annual BeginRV RV Influencers list!

New and Diverse Voices

Actively working to increase access, resources, and good old outdoor fun to traditionally underrepresented groups, these people and groups represent the future of the RVing and the greater outdoor space.

With over 85% of current RV owners still identifying as White, outdoors and RV-oriented groups such as Latino Outdoors, Black Folks Camp Too, and Outdoor Asian offer important community-building and access to a new generation of RVers and outdoors people.

Here are BeginRV’s picks for the most influential new and diverse voices in the road travel community:  

Name (11) Website About
Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, And The Outdoors https://www.hechoonline.org Empowering Hispanic leaders to engage their communities in the conservation of our public lands
Sisters On The Fly https://www.sistersonthefly.com The largest women’s outdoor group in the United States
Outdoor Afro https://outdoorafro.org Inspiring Black connections and leadership in nature
National African American RVer’s Association (NAARVA) https://www.naarva.com RV organization for African American RVers
RVing Women https://www.rvingwomen.org RV membership community for independently traveling women
Outdoor Asian https://www.outdoorasian.com Outdoor community of Asians and Pacific Islanders
Rainbow RV https://www.rainbowrv.com Popular LGBTQ+ camping club
Black Folks Camp Too https://www.blackfolkscamptoo.com Mission to increase diversity in the outdoor industry
Soul Trak Outdoors https://soultrak.com Connecting communities of color to outdoor spaces
Latino Outdoors https://latinooutdoors.org Inspiring, connecting, and engaging Latino communities in the outdoors
Black RVers https://www.facebook.com/groups/blackrvers Facebook group for African American RVers

RV Blogs

Blogging continues to grow as quickly as the RV industry itself.  From answering basic RV questions to RV entrepreneurship, blogs are an incredible resource of both entertainment and information to both new and experienced RVers alike.

RV Blogger

RV blogs are helping the growth of the RV industry and many are written by people just like you! Blogs can be reviews, how-to, and advice on everything from the latest tech to the best campgrounds.

Are you looking for an authentic real-world opinion of what full-time RVing with kids is like? Looking to fix your broken furnace? Regardless of the niche, there is a blog with all your answers.

Here are BeginRV’s picks for the most influential RV Blogs of 2022:

Name (16) Website About
Mortons On The Move https://www.mortonsonthemove.com Source for inspiration, travel destinations, RV knowledge, gear reviews, and more
Soulful RV Family https://soulfulrvfamily.com/ Ex-NFL player Keith Sims and his family travel around the States in their RV.
Enjoy The Journey https://enjoythejourney.life Tom and Cheri share their stories of living and working full-time in an RV
RV Blogger https://rvblogger.com Blog of Mike and Susan – the most knowledgeable RV content creators on the web
Technomadia https://www.technomadia.com/blog Exploration of how technology supports nomadic lifestyle
RV Travel https://www.rvtravel.com One of the longest-running RV news and information blogs on the web
GoRVing https://www.gorving.com Comprehensive and cutting-edge resources for the modern RVer
Camp Addict https://campaddict.com Information, how-to’s, videos, and other resources for the avid RVer
We’re The Russos https://weretherussos.com Nomadic RVers on the road since 2015
Getaway Couple https://www.getawaycouple.com Young RV couple on the road since 2017
Browns Dope Little Adventures https://brownsdopelittleadventures.com 30’s aged  couple sharing adventures of RV life
Grateful Glamper https://gratefulglamper.com Full-time RVers and entrepreneurs reviewing products, RV reno, and other how-to topics
Heath and Alyssa https://heathandalyssa.com/rving-blog Posts on travel, how to build a mobile business, and what life is like on the road
RV Lifestyle https://rvlifestyle.com Bloggers, podcasters, and YouTubers with extensive content on RV lifestyle
The Wandering RV https://www.thewanderingrv.com Online RVing magazine with well-researched articles
RV Miles https://rvmiles.com YouTubers, podcasters, and bloggers sharing tips about the RV life

Campervan Blogs

As more young people and singles are looking for a way to escape the ordinary, campervans have become the hottest way to travel. This new generation of travelers has given rise to the van life movement through #vanlife.

Girl with map in Car

From retired couples with condos on wheels to 20-somethings with a converted delivery van, the van life demographic is large and growing. When it comes to RVs, campervans just might be the ultimate freedom ride.

Here are BeginRV’s picks for the most influential Campervan Blogs of 2022:

Name (15) Website About
Cheap RV Living https://cheaprvliving.com All the nomadic information you need to find your best life
Two Wandering Soles https://www.twowanderingsoles.com/campervan-life Adventurous couple offering tutorials, guides, and useful tips on van living
Van Clan https://vanclan.co Everything van life
The Indie Project https://www.theindieprojects.com/blog Nomadic travelers offering tips, tricks, and van life resources
Barefoot Theory https://bearfoottheory.com/category/van-life-roadmap Outdoors and van life blog with empowering and inspiring content
Gnomad Home https://gnomadhome.com Excellent how-to advice on the nomadic lifestyle
Kombi Life https://kombilife.com Nomadic travel vloggers documenting adventurous travels
Parked In Paradise https://www.parkedinparadise.com/ Van, RV, and camping blog filled with great resources
One Chick Travels https://www.onechicktravels.com Traveling writer, filmmaker, and photographer writing about van conversions
Van Cat Meow https://www.vancatmeow.com Whimsical account of a rescue cat traveling in a campervan
So We Bought a Van https://soweboughtavan.com Solo female traveler documenting her van travels
Van Life Builds https://www.vanlifebuilds.com Van build-out service with high-quality blog
Vanlife Diaries www.vanlife.com.au Compelling van life stories, news, and profiles with down-to-earth appeal
The Vanual https://thevanual.com The go-to site for campervan conversion
Divine on the Road https://divineontheroad.com Solo van traveler sharing advice on van conversions, van life logistics, and earning a remote income

Instagram Accounts

Instagram’s impact on the RV world cannot be overstated. Through slice-of-life style videos and stunning travel photography, IG has introduced a new generation to the possibilities of road travel.

The beautiful thing about Instagram is anyone with a phone can be an influencer. There are RV influencers with followings in the hundreds of thousands but some of the most influential are smaller accounts.

Every day ordinary people are sharing everyday stories of their RV travel. From traveling nurses to widowed seniors Instagram shows that the road offers possibilities to everyone.

Here are BeginRV’s picks for the most influential Instagrammers of 2022:

Name (16) Instagram Page About
@brownpeoplecamping Click Here An Indian Muslim American woman diversifying public lands & outdoors one story at a time
@waifsstraysandrunaways.co.uk Click Here UK couple with a handicapped converted campervan sharing their adventure
@no.e.t.a Click Here Truck camper couple Kelsey and Scott traveling and working with their two pooches
@the.travel.nurse.couple Click Here Young couple Kyle and Tess combining their love of healthcare and travel
@intentionaladventure Click Here RV family traveling full-time in a fifth wheel producing content for the RV space
@strayleif Click Here Following a young couple’s new parenting journey while converting a skoolie
@the.wanderpreneurs Click Here Full-time RVers since 2018 offering tips for travel
@thislittleairstream Click Here Airstream renovations by talented female DIY’er
@rootlesslivingmag Click Here A magazine dedicated to the digital nomad lifestyle
@thehappyglamperco Click Here Kelsey applies her love for RV to renovating RVs and teaching you how to do it yourself
@thervatlas Click Here Popular hosts of the RV Atlas podcast
@doesthiscountasvanlife Click Here Funny and inspiring solo traveler living out of a van
@staplesintents Click Here Overlanders and bloggers from Atlanta
@rvstickerclub Click Here An international community of travelers that trade RV stickers
@emilyfeely Click Here Designer with RV renovation and small-living content
@tribeonaquest Click Here A beautiful account of parenting special needs children on the road.

YouTube Channels

YouTube can make a star out of anyone and has produced some well-known names in the RV space such as Keep Your Daydream and the RV Geeks. Producing quality content for YouTube can become a full-time job with filming and editing.

For those who build up their subscribers, however, it can become a paid job.

Youtube

As with Instagram, YouTube is full of influencers with huge reach as well as small channels with a very specific audience. The DIY channels are great for new RVers giving them the confidence to solve problems on the road, discover new gadgets, and learn about RV entrepreneurship.

Here are BeginRV’s picks for the most influential RV YouTubers of 2022:

Name (10) YouTube Channel About
Hinton The Trail https://www.youtube.com/c/HintontheTrail A family of 5 living and traveling full-time in an RV
Nomadic Fanatic https://www.youtube.com/user/nomadicfanatic Witty and informative channel follows Eric as he tours the U.S. visiting attractions
Story Chasing https://www.youtube.com/c/StoryChasing Amber is a single female traveling North America inspiring intentional, minimalistic living
Latino Outdoors https://www.youtube.com/c/LatinoOutdoors/videos Latino Outdoors inspires, connects, and engages Latino communities in the outdoors
Runaway Roses https://www.youtube.com/c/RunawayRoses A couple who loves to travel & camp, navigating the way through the ins & outs of everything outdoors in their truck camper
Tyler and Todd https://www.youtube.com/c/tylerandtodd/videos A young couple RVing and building an off-grid home to become debt free
Why Wait https://www.youtube.com/c/WhyWait A couple, their son, and two dogs RVing full-time while providing a wealth of RV DIY content
Creativity RV https://www.youtube.com/c/CreativityRV/videos Showing people how to take control of their life and their happiness by living a more creative, fulfilling life on the road.
Keep Your Daydream https://www.youtube.com/c/KeepYourDaydreamTv/featured The inspiring couple offers tips to (realistically) live out your RV dreams.
RV Geeks https://www.youtube.com/c/RVgeeks/featured Incredible resource dedicated to maintaining and repairing your RV

Special Interest Clubs

As the RV industry and community grow, so does the demographic of people involved in RVing. This growth exposes the need for special interest groups within the RV world.

From vintage camper groups to RVing with kids or as a single woman, special interest groups are popping up everywhere. Some of these groups are small but mighty while others have grown to cover multiple states and countries.

Here are BeginRV’s picks for the most influential Speciality RV Clubs of 2022:

Name (11) Website About
Explorer RV Club https://explorerrvclub.com Canadian club with sponsored rallies and campouts held throughout the country
Full-Time Families https://www.fulltimefamilies.com Community of full-time RV families with children
Boondockers Welcome https://www.boondockerswelcome.com Boondocking membership site with a network of thousands of overnight stay locations
Harvest Hosts https://harvesthosts.com RV camping at 2,000 wineries, breweries, and other unique short-term campsites
Escapees RV Club https://www.escapees.com Strong support network and resources for people living on the road
Loners On Wheels http://lonersonwheels.com/index.html A community for solo RVers
Handicapped Travel Club http://www.handicappedtravelclub.com A club that encourages traveling for people with a wide range of disabilities.
RV Village https://www.rvillage.com An app that helps RV connect to others in the community. Over 350,000 members
Tin Can Tourists https://tincantourists.com A club that promotes the interests of vintage trailer and motorhome owners.
RV Radio Network https://rvradionetwork.com Club for RV enthusiasts who share an interest in amateur radio
SMART RVing https://www.smartrving.org Brings military veterans, and their families together to share camaraderie, travel, and camping.

Discount RV Clubs

Who doesn’t love a good discount? These discount RV clubs offer RVers discounts at campgrounds, roadside assistance, mail forwarding, and other essential services while out on the road.

If you are an avid RVer these clubs can save you lots of money every season.

Close up view of an RV tire

Here are BeginRV’s picks for the most influential Discount RV Clubs of 2022: 

Name (6) Website About
Good Sam https://www.goodsam.com/club Discount membership club with over 2,100 parks. Offers services like roadside assistance, travel insurance, and vehicle warranties
Passport America https://www.passportamerica.com Along with Good Sam, another titan of the discount camping club industry
KOA https://koa.com Insanely popular campground membership company with over 500 locations in the US
Happy Camper Club https://www.camphalfprice.com No-contract discount membership club for RVers and campers
North American Camping Club https://www.northamericacampingclub.com/ A US & Canada camping club where members can visit affiliated campgrounds and pay reduced fees for overnight RV camping
Thousand Trails https://thousandtrails.com RV discount club offers over 190 campgrounds throughout the United States

RV Rental Sites

RV rental sites are largely responsible for the growth of the RV community. RV rentals allow those not sure about buying an RV or financially unable to buy an RV, a chance to experience the RV life.

If you will only spend a week a year RVing why not just rent? These peer-to-peer platforms are also great for RV owners to make some money while not using their RV. Whether it’s a peer-to-peer platform such as RVezy or a nationwide rental company like Cruise America, RV rental is a hot space in the RV world.

Here are BeginRV’s picks for the most influential RV Rental Websites of 2022:

Name (9) Website About
RVShare http://www.RVshare.com Leading peer-to-peer RV rental site with thousands of rental options in every city across America
Canadream https://www.canadream.com Canada’s largest RV rental company with a wide selection of RV types for your next adventure
Outdoorsy http://www.Outdoorsy.com Peer-to-peer RV rental site named by Forbes as one of the best startup workplaces
RVezy https://www.rvezy.com Canada’s biggest peer-to-peer RV rental booking site
Lost Campers https://www.lostcampersusa.com Cali-based campervan rental site with a sterling reputation
El Monte https://www.elmonterv.com A trusted name in brick-and-mortar RV rentals
Cruise America https://www.cruiseamerica.com Industry-leading RV rental company continues to grow
RV Rental Scout https://rvrentalscout.com Helpful RV rental resource site
Escape Campervans https://www.escapecampervans.com Leading campervan rental agency servicing the US and Canada

Campground Booking Sites

Gone are the days of waiting for campgrounds to return phone calls or emails to find out there is no availability. Campground booking sites are an easy way to reserve your sites without hours of searching campground websites.

Pick your dates and location and you’re presented with available options instantly. Pre-planning your trip months ahead or looking for a last-minute spot while on the road, campground booking sites do the work for you.

Here are BeginRV’s picks for the most influential Campground Booking Sites of 2022:

Name (8) Website About
RVSpotDrop https://rvspotdrop.com Sends you canceled and unsold RV sites for short and long-term stays that match your specific criteria
Rover Pass https://www.roverpass.com Bookings at over 6,000 RV parks and campgrounds across the US
Recreation.gov http://www.recreation.gov Go-to booking site for Federal and State lands
Campground Booking https://campgroundbooking.com Campground booking site and backend software for campsite owners
The Dyrt https://thedyrt.com More than 1 million listings, reviews, and tips for campsites across the U.S.
Hip Camp https://www.hipcamp.com Comprehensive resource for discovering and booking outdoor stays including tent camping, RV parks, cabins, treehouses, and glamping
Reserve America https://www.reserveamerica.com Over 17.5 million users visit ReserveAmerica.com each year to research and book camping trips
Pitch Up https://www.pitchup.com Over 2,700 campsites to book in the US, UK, and Europe

Industry Sites

Industry sites are the news sites of the RV world. Providing up-to-date information on the industry to promote, advocate and inform the public about RVing. Without the flash and sometimes biased opinions of social media, these sites are the trusted voice of the RV industry.

Here are BeginRV’s picks for the most influential Industry Sites of 2022:

Name (7)  Website About
NATCOA https://www.natcoa.com The go-to source for truck camper owners
Camping World https://rv.campingworld.com/ Leading RV and camping retailer operating 180 stores in 46 US states
CRVA https://crva.ca Canada’s leading RV industry insider
RVIA https://www.rvia.org Leading trade voice of the $114 billion dollar RV industry, representing approximately 400 manufacturers
RVIA Aftermarket Committee https://www.rvia.org/node/rv-aftermarket-committee Consisting of aftermarket suppliers, distributors, and manufacturers’ agents, the Aftermarket Committee provides a forum to support positive consumer experiences that benefit RVing and the supply chain members.
RV Business https://rvbusiness.com Reporting on RV business
RV Pro News https://rv-pro.com/news RV industry news site with up-to-date news
Camper Report https://camperreport.com RV industry insider information with articles and weekly show

What To Do With These Lists

Don’t take our word for it check out these voices for yourself! We encourage you to go beyond the most searched and highest subscribed sources. Reading one blog post or watching one YouTube video from a new contributor can lead you to an entirely different group of people and a new found appreciation for RVing and the outdoors.

Thank you so much for checking out our second annual RV influencer list. It has been an exciting experience digger deeper into the RV world and watching it evolve and grow.

Easy Travels,

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