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Old 03-24-2016, 06:31 PM   #1
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Campground Etiquette

Just returning from a camping trip and being next door to self-admitted first-time campers and trailer owners prompted me to start this thread as I know there are many newcomers to camping on this forum. I grew up with parents who also camped as children so some camping etiquette has been passed along to me in my genes. Some of these "rules" are somewhat hard-and-fast and some are just common sense.

1. Treat others' campsites as you would their homes and yards. They are not short cuts to the river, the beach, the showers, the toilets, or the trailheads. Some campgrounds have clearly delineated campsites, others not so much other than a visual sense of where your neighbor's campsite begins and ends. Respect the boundaries.

2. If you're uncomfortable enough to have to leave your exterior lights on all night, be mindful that others may be annoyed at this light pollution. Maybe a more civilized campground with light standards would be a better fit.

3. Clean up after your dog. Seriously.

4. Do not leave your dog in your trailer for extended periods of time. It is extremely annoying to have to listen to a dog bark non-stop at every passing person or dog or even at nothing.

5. If sitting in a circle around a campfire, do not pass between another person and the fire. (Actually, this is not a rule but is simply my own personal hang-up. I see it as rude and potentially dangerous, especially for children who can trip over their own imagination.)

I was party to infringements of all of the above this last trip (and am still somewhat irritated) so they are fresh in my mind. Please feel free to chime in or to tell me I’m a grump and way off base…
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:40 PM   #2
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Campground Etiquette

Couple more things Karen

6. If your on your phone or having a personal conversation keep your voice down the people in other sites don't want to hear you or the details.

7. Not everyone likes your music taste so try to keep it in your site.

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8. Not everyone has your taste in movies so keep the big screen portable TV and sound down. (Yes, we actually saw this last month. It was so large we could watch the movie from our site across the street).
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Old 03-24-2016, 07:57 PM   #5
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Karen, It would be sooooo great if most folks would be as polite or considerate as your post states. I have been in National Campgrounds where rangers are no help, and could not care less if there is a steady stream of people crossing your rented and paid for campsite to save about 10 steps and go around.

I wish I had an answer, but if we copied your post and put it on every RV forum, the first of the month, and then did the same for the balance of the year, I don't think it would change one thing.

To end on a positive note, these things bother me, but i still believe there are so many more positive adventures and wonderful people I have met out RVing, that I will not be swayed and will hookup, drive out and continue RVing as long as I can.

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One of the benefits of traveling with a large dog is his ability to bark or growl at anyone who seems to not know the campsite boundary which the dogs seem to know but not humans. After a couple of barks, the trespassers stop. If it were known that these dogs want to lick you silly then they would become ineffective boundary guards.

8. Leaving their campfire unattended and letting it burn all night thereby filling your camper with smoke when the wind shifts.
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I am so for number 3 of this list. But these are same people who probably don't pick up after their dog while walking them around their own neighborhood.
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2. If you're uncomfortable enough to have to leave your exterior lights on all night, be mindful that others may be annoyed at this light pollution. Maybe a more civilized campground with light standards would be a better fit.
That's a really gentle version of what I would say. No lights after you go in for the night!

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4. Do not leave your dog in your trailer for extended periods of time. It is extremely annoying to have to listen to a dog bark non-stop at every passing person or dog or even at nothing.
This applies to dogs outside, too... it is your responsibility to keep them from barking unreasonably, whether they are in the RV or outside.

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8. Leaving their campfire unattended and letting it burn all night thereby filling your camper with smoke when the wind shifts.
In addition to this courtesy item... never leave a campfire unattended, period. Fire is a serious hazard.
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