Ginny McKinney shares some insights about her latest RV choice, a 2021 Jayco JayFlight SLX7 183RB, her sixth RV! 

Why did you buy this particular RV? 

I needed something that was lightweight and easy to tow with my aging truck. Jayco has always been a reliable and reputable company that builds sound products. I was especially drawn to the floorplan, and the slide out is a total game changer! 

How did you come to purchase this RV?

The last camper we had did not make me happy. I pulled it cross country alone, in the rain, and I was miserable when I got home. The Jayco was sitting in the front yard of a neighbor with a “For Sale” sign on it. She wanted to sell quickly because her husband had passed away and she felt she couldn’t camp alone. I encouraged her to try, but she was adamant. The price was right, so I scooped it up.


The kitchen has a great layout.

What makes you happy about this RV?

This camper just makes me smile every time I look at it. The only thing I did not like about it was the dinette. It was awkward to get in and out of at my age (70), and I felt a reclining loveseat would be perfect in the slide. We found one on sale at a local dealership that fit perfectly. I removed the dinette and installed the loveseat by myself! Well, my husband helped with lifting and maneuvering the bottom half of the recliners through the door, but I did everything else. I also bought a memory foam mattress for added comfort. 

Do you camp with anyone else? 

I love to camp solo. When I was a new widow (in 2013), I bought my first camper and took off in the wilderness and backroads of Colorado by myself for three months to heal. This led to me find other like-minded women to camp with and I met Janine Pettit at the Country Living Fair in Nashville. I still love to camp solo, but I have met many lifelong friends through camping with other women. I love to teach newcomers and support the bereaved who seek comfort in the woods. I remarried five years ago to my best friend from high school and he loves camping, too.

The bed has storage underneath,

What else would you like us to know about your camping style? 

I camp like a girl! I love all the creature comforts that Jayco provides, with a great floorplan, the added room of a slide out, a full bathroom with a bathtub, and a very “cook-able” kitchen. When I add colorful dishes and 800-thread-count sheets, I am a Camping Queen! 

5 Perks

  • Open floorplan with a slide out 
  • Big windows for air circulation 
  • Comfortable bathroom with storage 
  • Storage under the bed 
  • Lightweight and easy to tow 

Why I Love My RV

  • It’s easy to keep packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. 
  • It’s parked out on our five acres of land at home and I can have a “staycation” whenever I want. 
  • Everything works like it’s supposed to and if something does come up, it’s very easy to make corrections myself. 
  • Lightweight.
  • It’s the perfect size: big enough for two and extra roomy for those solo adventures. 

This article first appeared in the Winter 2023 issue of Girl Camper Magazine.

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