By being a good RV neighbor, everyone can enjoy their camping experience. Here are some tips to help you. New to RV camping? Making friends along the way is easy if you learn to be a good campground neighbor.
The Rules of Courtesy for RV Camping
Here are some helpful tips for living neighborly at the campground:
● Follow the rules posted at the campground. You can make camping fun and safe by following your hosts’ guidelines. Ask if you aren’t sure what’s allowed.
● Park your rig according to campground guidelines. Observe how other campers park within neighboring sites if there are no clear guidelines. Don’t forget to leave room for your slide-outs, too.
● Follow the utility hookup rules. Please respect shared water hydrants by not overloading pedestals.
● Do not crowd your neighbors’ yards with grills, sports equipment, and vehicles.
● Blocking roads is not acceptable. The camp host may be able to provide overflow parking if there isn’t enough space at your campsite. Camping in campground roads poses a safety hazard to other campers.
● If you arrive after hours, try to keep setup noise to a minimum.
● You should consider each campsite to be private. You and your family can get around the campground using the roads and walkways. It is bad manners to walk through a site.
● Take care of your pets. As long as they’re on a leash, keep them within your campsite and clean up after them promptly. Keep pets from roaming away from your sight, letting them bark excessively, or leaving them unattended outside.
● Respect quiet hours when they are observed. You should do the same for your guests. If you aren’t sure about the campground rules, double check them. (And while we’re at it, make sure your guests park where allowed and go home when expected.)
● Maintain a clean campsite. Ensure that trash is picked up from your campsite, do not burn food waste or trash in fire rings, and make sure that your hookup hoses are in working order to avoid a mess.
● Smoking should be courteous. Smoke from cigarette smoke through a bedroom window can ruin a good night’s sleep, especially if your neighbor has health problems.
● After emptying your tanks, spray down the dump station. Your next camper won’t appreciate a smelly mess.
● You should teach your children to be good neighbors. Your child will develop lifelong courteous camping habits as well as keep things friendly at the campground.
● Make sure to leave on time. You’ll need to be ready to move on by the campground’s checkout time, as the next camper will be eager to move in.