As RV travel rapidly gains popularity among millennials and baby boomers alike, RV parks are busier than ever before. With many campgrounds at full capacity, it’s especially important to be kind and considerate to your neighbors. Keep reading for a quick introduction to RV Etiquette 101.
Tips for Being a Good Neighbor – RV Park Etiquette 101
Read the RV Park Rules – Although most RV parks have similar rules, some campgrounds may have additional guidelines that they’d like you to follow.
Keep Loud Noises at a Minimum – While you might have mastered the art of ignoring your dog’s high-pitched bark, your neighbors probably don’t appreciate the commotion. The same goes for loud music and screaming boisterous children. If your fellow RVers can hear you from inside their camper, you are probably being too loud.
Arriving/Departing After Hours – If you arrive at the campground after 9 PM, do only what is necessary to get you through the night. You can always finish setting up camp in the morning. The same courtesy applies when leaving the campground in the wee morning hours; prepare as much as possible the day before to avoid a noisy departure.
Stay Within the Lines – Don’t let your pop-outs, awnings, or gear intrude on your neighbor’s space. If your camper is large or you’re staying in an older campground (RV spaces were much smaller back in the day) or National Park you may want to call the campground beforehand to confirm that the campsite can accommodate your rig.
Keep Your Campsite Tidy – Not only are messy campsites an eyesore, but they can also be a danger to you and your neighbors. Food and trash left outside the camper can attract critters such as raccoons, bears, and coyotes.
Watch Your Speed – The speed limit is the most important rule at any campground as it helps keep our children and animals safe. This is why most RV parks require vehicles to travel at a maximum speed of 5 miles per hour. The fastest (literal) way to tick off your neighbors is to speed through the RV park. Don’t be that guy (or gal).
RV Camping with Pets – For safety reasons, keep your pet on a leash at all times unless in a designated dog park. Never leave them outside unattended and be sure to clean up after your animal. No one appreciates stepping in a heaping pile of poo on their way back from a shower. Tips for RVing with Your Dog
No Shortcuts – Don’t cut through other people’s campsites on the way to the pool, bathroom, etc. Not only is it rude, but it sometimes looks suspicious.