RVers are a pretty friendly group of people. It usually doesn’t take long for RV neighbors to get to know each other at the camp site and become good friends. For all the great and respectful RVers out there, there are unfortunately some bad eggs.
That’s why we want to put together a quick guide for those new to the world of RVing on how to respect others at the campsite along with some pointers on RV etiquette. Here is our guide on being a good RV neighbor.
Be a Good RV Neighbor
Respect Quiet Hours
One of the most frustrating things at a campsite is if your neighbor has his music blaring at midnight and you need to wake up at the crack of dawn for a big hike. It is extremely important for RVers to respect posted quiet hours. This doesn’t always mean you need to shut off all your lights and extinguish your campfire right at 11 but if you do decide to stay out past quiet hours be respectful of others, try to keep conversations quiet and try not to play and music that will disturb other. After hours is also not the best time to see how high your campfire can get. Respect quiet hours and you won’t have a neighbor leering at you the next morning.
Watch Your Fire
Campfires and RVing go together like well, RVing and camping. Most RVers like to establish campfires to relax around, enjoy a brew and talk about the past, present and future endeavors. This is all well and good as long as you keep a good eye on your campfire. If you are driving an RV that means you are no longer a child and you shouldn’t be doing childish things when it comes to your campfire.
That means not tossing objects in the fire that shouldn’t go in there, not seeing how high you can get your wall of flame and for goodness sakes, make sure your campfire is completely extinguished before leaving your campsite. Playing around with your campfire is not only disrespectful but it can also be dangerous.
Stay Out of Other Sites
It may be a great shortcut to cut through your neighbor’s site to get to the bathroom, but RV site boundaries should be respected. When at the campground think of everyone’s sites as individual private properties. It is just plain rude to go tromping through someone else’s site. I don’t mean you have to steer well clear of any imaginary borders but be respectful of others’ personal space.
Pick Up After Yourself
Most RVers show respect for the grounds they are on and the land they live in by picking up their litter, but, unfortunately, this is not always the case. Keep your site clean for you and your neighbors by regularly picking up your site. You should of course always pick up and trash or debris that falls on the ground, but you should also keep your site orderly. Don’t leave food scraps, cans, and bottles or other trash on your patio or around the campfire all night. It looks ugly, is rude and can attract unwanted critters into the campsite.
Keep Pets Secure
The same rules that go for you should go for your pets as well. Make sure Fido is not dashing along other people’s sites and barking all hours of the night. Respect the RV park’s pet guidelines such as leash laws and always pick up after your pet.
These are some of the more established rules for RV etiquette, but common sense works most of the time. Just use the golden rule and treat others as you would like to be treated. You’re more likely to have a good time when the whole campground is happy.