RV Campground Etiquette: 10 Things to Never Do
Springs means camping. And camping also means RV campgrounds.
Unfortunately, not everyone is familiar with how campgrounds work. Or what some of the written and unwritten rules of RV campground etiquette are.
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To help everyone out, here are some of the things to never do at an RV campground:
Never Fail to Read Campground Rules
Every RV campground will have rules about what you can and cannot do in the campground. For most campgrounds, you can read ahead before your arrival on their website. And they are also going to given to you when you check in or they are posted at the office for you to read.
Some common rules include quiet hours (when you need to stop running generators and turn down outside music), whether you can have pets in your RV, and whether you can wash your rig in your campsite.
It’s important that you follow the campground rules. Mostly because if you fail to follow the rules, the campground management can kick you out. And that would surely put a damper on your RV camping trip.
Many of the rest of these rules are probably covered in the campground rules
Never Spread Out Your Traveling Group
As RV tailgaters, we tend to travel in packs, to support our favorite teams or even vacation together.
Always work with the other RVers in your traveling group to reserve sites close together. Many RV campgrounds will even let you reserve a block of sites together and each pay for their own space.
It is important to get your group close together for a lot of reasons:
- You have more fun if you are all parked close together.
- It’s easier to coordinate cooking and meals when you are parked in a group.
- You are less likely to trip over obstacles the less you have to walk in the dark between campsites.
- When you are loud and obnoxious, you are less likely to disturb other people not in your group.
Sometimes, it is unavoidable and you can’t get everyone together. And that leads to the next tip.
Never “Cut Through” Occupied Campsites
Hang out in any Facebook group for more than a few days and you’ll see lots of complaints about people cutting through RV sites.
Don’t cut through other people’s campsites. In some places, this could even be considered trespassing.
Some people are just anti-social and there’s nothing you will do to change that. Other people have kids or dogs in the area that won’t react well to you cutting through (especially if you are cutting through with another dog).
In all cases, it’s just rude. That’s their space and they deserve privacy and seclusion as much as you do.
Even at tailgates, be mindful of your neighbors, especially if they are not part of your group. I know that we can all be more relaxed in our rules at the tailgate, but be mindful of each others’ spaces.
It is okay to cut through unoccupied spots though.
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Never Overflow Your Space
Just as you need to be mindful of other people’s spaces by not cutting through their sites, you need to respect their space by not overflowing your own RV camping site and into theirs.
This means chairs, tents, dogs, kids, bikes, games, and any other outdoor gear.
It also means any tow or towed vehicles you may have. Or dollies to tow your vehicle.
Even at the tailgate lot, be mindful of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. Again, we may be more relaxed when you have RV tailgated with the same people for years and have a community of sorts.
This is especially important on the road, when the home football tailgate rules don’t always apply.
And yes, it can be really hard sticking to your spots, especially in certain circumstances like the infield RV camping at Atlanta Motor Speedway where you barely have enough room for your RV.
Never Block the Roadway Longer Than Necessary
Many RV campgrounds have one way streets and with these large behemoths that we drive, we don’t have a lot of manueverability on those roads.
So never block the roadway…. for longer than necessary.
Yes, we all know that you’ll block the roadway for a bit while you are setting up or hooking up before you leave. But do this as quickly as possible so you don’t block others coming and going.
But never leave the roadway blocked for long periods of time. Don’t park a car in the roadway and leave.
This is totally rude and could be a real danger in the case of a medical emergency or need to evacuate.
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Never Interfere With Others’ Peace and Quiet
Especially during quiet hours.Quiet Hours: The period of time, generally at night, when you are required to turn down or off outside music and cease running generators.
Yes, this means that you’ll have to turn down the music at night.
Also, be mindful when you are coming in late at night to keep things as quiet as possible. This might mean keeping your camping setup to a minimum until everyone wakes up in the morning.
Nevers for RV Camping with Dogs
We love to go RV camping with our four-legged family members. But they have their own set of RV Campground Etiquette Rules.
Never Let Your Dog Loose
Way back at the beginning, there was mention of reading the campground rules.
One of the biggest rules is to not let your dog run loose. They must always be on a leash and under your control.
This is for their safety as well as all the other dogs and people around.
Since we are all traveling so much, we are putting our dogs in a lot of new places, with new people, and possibly new triggers. They are animals and we never know what will set them off. So keep them under your control.
Many RV campgrounds require that the leash be no more than six feet long. If this is the rule at your campground, even the nice retractable leashes aren’t permitted.
This may be annoying when you say “not my dog” but it as much for their safety as it is other dogs’ safety. Your dog may not be aggressive but other dogs may be. Keeping your dog close lets you control the situation better.
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Never Leave a Loud Barking Dog Behind
Many people are out camping because they want to get away from the city noise and bustle. And they don’t want their peace to be invaded by a barking dog.
The occasional bark is acceptable, particularly if someone is bothering your RV. But what people get angry with is the dog that never stops barking, especially when its owners are gone.
If your dog barks a lot, consider training them to not bark. It may take figuring out their triggers, like say seeing someone walking near the RV. In which case, perhaps it is best to keep the shades drawn so your dog can’t see out.
I used a barker collar on Burdell when he was young and now he typically doesn’t bark unnecessarily. In fact, I used to complain that he wouldn’t bark enough when Amazon was delivering packages to my front door.
Never Leave Dog Waste Behind
You know what’s worse than stepping in dog poop? Stepping in someone else’s dog’s poop.
It’s also the quickest way to get your RV neighbors really mad at you.
And also be a danger to area wildlife and other pets.
You’ll want to keep dog poop bags handy – I like to keep a dispenser clipped right next to the door so that it easy to remember to pick up when taking the dog out for a walk.
So just pick up your poop. Dispose of it properly.
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Never Leave Waste in a Fire Pit
Speaking of waste, it’s always best to pick up your waste, whether it is the dog’s poop or your own trash.
Please don’t dispose of waste in the fire pit at the campsite.
If you burn plastic in a campfire, you are releasing some dangerous chemicals and fumes that can do immediate damage to you and long-term damage to the environment.
The Family Handyman has 10 things not to burn in camp fires, including plastic.
In addition, you shouldn’t treat a fire pit as a waste container, even if you aren’t burning anything. It’s an eyesore for everyone and if you leave it behind, someone else, either the next camper or a campground employee, will have to clean it up. And who wants to clean up someone else’s trash?
Seriously, just dispose of all your waste properly.
(This picture is from the fire pit at my recent stay at Lake Gunthersville State Park in Alabama. I don’t want to see your trash or have to clean up after you. And neither should the state park staff. Always leave your camp site in a better state than when you arrived.)
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Any Other RV Campground Etiquette Rules?
Did I miss any RV campground etiquette rules? If so, comment below with your suggestions or comments.
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