RV Camping Etiquette Tips and Advice
I just received my copy of MotorHome Magazine in the mail the other day and the editor’s comments for this issue dealt with RV Camping Etiquette. Well, after reading this and what others had to say about this topic, I had no problems on thinking about what to write on my blog this week! 🙂
My wife and I have been camping for years now and have enjoyed all forms of camping, from tenting at the NASCAR races in Arizona, to luxury Glamping in our Class C motor home while traveling all the way down to Baja Mexico from Canada.
We enjoy dry camping, boon-docking and full facility RV Parks when traveling. They all offer something special!
But below, is a story about what my family and I encountered on a summer camping trip a few seasons ago, that just left me speechless! The article in this magazine triggered my memory of this incident that I just had to share with you!
RV Camping Etiquette – New Generation Campers
Here we were, 5 of us excited about heading to a very popular lake about 5 hours away from where we live in British Columbia, Canada. With boat in tow behind our Class C motorhome, we were off to a campground on the lake that our friends had recommended. With advance reservations made months in advance, we were looking forward to some fun lake camping for a few days!
Well, we arrived at our destination to find the campsites crammed so close together, you could barely walk between each camper. Not my idea of fun! Luckily at the time, there was an open site beside us, so we decided to make the best of what we had.
Now the fun begins! 🙂
RV Camping Etiquette – No Consideration For Others
So here we were, all set up and were off to enjoy the lake for the afternoon. When we returned to our campsite and not surprised at being summertime, a monster toy hauler 5th wheel had now occupied the space beside us. They were towing their 5th wheel with one of those outrageously high 4×4’s with an exhaust pipe so big you could stick your head in it.
I’m sure you know what I mean! 🙂
Well, outside their 5th wheel, they open a side compartment within a few feet from us, that displayed at least a 50 inch television with surround sound speakers. Out came their lazy boy chairs from the back of the truck, their propane gas fire pit and get this … a motorcycle handlebar replica blender, that sounded like a chainsaw running, to mix their drinks.
So, the television and speakers turn on with their satellite dish to a sports event, the blender fires up and huge fat cigars are lit as well. They all get very comfortable without any regard for any other campers around them and proceed to have a gay old time into the wee hours.
Ok, I get it, it’s summer time, we all want to have some fun, but is this really what you call camping?
It was so incredible, we all had to laugh and say … “Why Go Camping In The First Place?” Is this what camping in the great outdoors has become? This is a true story folks! 🙂
So the next morning after a very late night, I decided this is not what we came for and expected at this campground. Especially when it came recommended to us, and what the website pictures looked like. 🙁 I went to manager and she apologetically refunded our money and off we went in search of a quieter place to enjoy our few days at the lake. Luckily, we were able to grab a much more peaceful campground just down the road. My timing was perfect as they had just received a cancellation!
P.S. It made me wonder why I was leaving and not them? Hmmm … much too crowded and closed in for us anyway.
RV Camping Etiquette – Things to Consider
Much of what was said and the comments in the magazine dealt with campers and their bright led lights placed on and around their rigs. This made me laugh, as it reminded me of a beautiful full facility RV Park my wife and I stayed at a few seasons ago in Indio, California.
Here was this Class A motorhome, with so many lights on, it lit up that whole area of the park. It even had a string of led lights wrapped around the motorhome on the ground, like if someone stepped over them, you would be zapped with an electrical shock or something! 🙂
As one person mentioned in the magazine which made laugh so hard I nearly fell out of my chair;
“RVers go overboard to the point that the astronauts on the International Space Station can see their motorhome!”
I have to agree, decorative lights on your awning when sitting outside at night are great, but people tend to get a little carried away at times!
RV Camping Etiquette – Tips
Here’s a list of some of the more common complaints about fellow campers and few things to consider the next time you’re camping among others. Feel free to add your complaints and recommendations in the comment box at the bottom of this article.
RV Camping Etiquette – Be Considerate of Your Neighbors
Without a doubt, this is the number one complaint I hear and which annoys me as well. If you choose to camp among others, then try to be considerate of your neighbors. This includes music, loud talking and carrying on after quiet hours, heavy campfire smoke blowing into your neighbors and so on.
Camping is and should be fun, but be aware of quiet hour times in public campgrounds and rv parks. Which leads me to the next major complaint below.
RV Camping Etiquette – Generators
We’ve had generators in our Class C motorhomes and they do come in very handy at times. Recently though, we prefer our eco-friendly solar panel mounted on the roof, which are fantastic! We have enjoyed camping out at the racetrack for many years at Phoenix International Raceway, and having the solar panel is great for keeping your batteries charged when dry camping for days on end.
Respect your neighbor campers and adhere to the generator permitted hours of use. For those with portable generators, don’t place them away from your unit so others get the full brunt of the noise and exhaust and you don’t.
It’s your generator, if you use it, you take the noise and exhaust fumes! Arrgggh 🙁
RV Camping Etiquette – Lights
I’ve already brushed on this topic, but it is becoming an increasingly hot topic of discussion among others. Outdoor lights are great, but when using them, be considerate of others.
How many, how bright, and how long have you got them on for?
RV Camping Etiquette – Garbage
Please be eco-friendly and protect our environment by picking up after yourself. Don’t leave garbage around while camping and when you leave your site. This so much so, particularly if you are camping in remote locations. Just clean up after yourself, take your garbage with you and dispose of it in a proper location.
There you have it!
RV Camping Etiquette is something everyone should consider unless they are out in the woods alone and only annoying the wildlife. Be pleasant and respectful of your neighbors when camping, and who knows, you just might meet a new friend along the way!
If you enjoyed this article, you may want to check out a couple of other related posts that I put together as well. They’re called Pool Chair Etiquette and Air Travel Etiquette. Just a few more things to consider when flying, taking a cruise, or enjoying an all-inclusive land vacation.
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