The motorhomer’s hierarchy of needs

You may or may not have heard of Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs which suggests that for a human to be all they can be, they must have several levels of need met. The theory is often represented as a pyramid, with the most basic levels of need at the bottom – food, water, sleep – moving on up towards the need for love and relationships, with the need for feelings of personal accomplishment right at the top.

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Taking this pyramid as our start point, we’ve had a (slightly tongue-in-cheek) go at bringing the theory right up to date for the modern motorhomer (and anyone else who uses RV parks). Have we missed anything out?

Starting at the bottom of the pyramid with our most basic needs …

Physiological needs – food, water, sleep

  • Being given a pitch you can park on and put your awning out without touching your neighbour’s.
  • Connecting to a drinking water tap within hose reach.
  • Finding a site where quiet times are respected (by workmen, children, late-night gasbags, etc.).
  • Discovering that the showers in the amenities block are more powerful than a trickle, and don’t go cold when someone flushes a toilet or turns a tap on. And there are walls around the toilet cubicles that are higher than your head.
  • Plugging in to a power supply to charge all your gadgets.
  • Finding a hose at the dump point for rinsing the toilet cassette.
  • Getting a pitch that’s the right distance for you from the playground and jumping pillow during school holidays.

Safety – protection, security, stability

  • Finding everything you left outside at night is still there in the morning.
  • Not sinking into wet grass or sand.
  • Going to collect your laundry and finding it’s still all on the line.
  • Getting back to the van after a shopping trip and finding your bikes are all present and correct on the back.

Connectivity – internet, wifi, mobile

  • Not seeing a sign at reception when you check in that says ‘no wifi available’.
  • Having access to more than 100mb data per 24 hours when wifi is available so at least the football scores can be checked.
  • Getting a Telstra 3G/4G signal with at least two bars.
  • Having TV reception that allows viewing of at least one channel without interference.

Love and belonging – family, friends, relationships

  • Finding neighbours who look up and smile when you arrive, and who are willing to lend tools or help as soon as the bonnet goes up or the toolkit comes out.
  • Not having anyone walk through your pitch to get to the amenities.
  • Getting enough connectivity for Skype/WhatsApp calls home.
  • Having neighbours in a whizzbang that doesn’t go whizzbang too often.

Esteem – confidence, achievement, power, recognition, respect

  • Finishing a 99p Amazon book without thinking it was a waste of money.
  • Completing a hike without being terrified by wildlife or a bike ride without getting a puncture.
  • Fixing an issue on the van without having to go to Bunnings. (Chris: “I like Bunnings!”)
  • Cooking something new on the BBQ.

Self-actualisation – personal growth, fulfilment, development, creativity

  • Helping someone else fix their van.
  • Finding a spot or campground that your Facebook followers haven’t already discovered.
  • Taking a photo that doesn’t need a filter and five tweaks in Instagram.
  • Being able to recycle most of your rubbish at the RV park.
  • Finding an audiobook you both enjoy.
  • Finishing a book that’s been sitting on your Kindle for months because it’s a bit ‘heavy’.


  1. I’d question whether “Plugging in to a power supply to charge all your gadgets.” should be categorised as a physiological need alongside food, water and sleep. Unless you’re attempting to re-live your teenage years of course… 🙂

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  2. I don’t know how you find the time to compile lists like this when travelling/motorhoming!
    We never seem to get around to things like this.
    Things like ‘looking>photos’, ‘reading>listening’, and resting seem to always come first!

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    • When we’re driving we chat about what we’ve seen and what life is like so the passenger jots down some notes. On an evening when we’re inside I’ll write them up into a post. And it’s something I enjoy so comes into the ‘relaxing’ category for me!
      Thanks for reading!


  3. Hello! I’ve just discovered your blog – it’s great! We have a small Autotrail (Imala 615) and have only done small trips so far, but we are setting off next week from Maryborough Qld to Tasmania for 4 months. So your budget blogs and how to survive together in a small space are of particular interest. Thank you.

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    • Hi! Welcome to the blog! I love the Imala but the Delaware has given us a bit more space for a full-time year. Hope you have a great trip – sadly we won’t have time to go to TAS before we have to go back to the UK in March, but if we ever come back …

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