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Every RV park and campground has rules. It’s not just about the rules. Stellar campground etiquette is appreciated by both park owners, management and fellow travelers.
Rules. We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Campground Etiquette Rules!
Actually, yes you do. We all do.
Working in an RV park three days a week allows me the opportunity to see some pretty amazing things and to meet some exceptionally amazing people. RV people are wonderful. They are relaxed, sociable and reliable. But unfortunately, there are a few exceptions, but luckily just a few. Knowing about campground etiquette will get you welcomed back again and again.
The Park Rules for our daily and weekly guests, spans one full page.
The RV park I work in allows dogs under 20 pounds. We require that our four legged fur-babies be walked outside of the park along the sidewalk where there is ample grass. Dogs have to be leashed at all times and their droppings picked up and deposited in the strategically located dumpsters.
We have a swimming pool that is heated year-round. Pool hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. General pool rules apply and are clearly posted.
For our park, quiet hour is from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Have fun. Enjoy the amenities the campground has available. Leave your campsite better than you found it. Respect the park rules.
If you need help, ask for it. As a park manager, I’ve helped park rigs, connected sewer lines, settled disputes between “neighbors”, walked dogs, picked up after dogs, directed traffic and, best of all, joined in on celebrations and campsite chats with some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
Mr. & Mrs. Mayhem
Rules are written for the benefit and safety of our residents and guests. Nearly all privately owned RV parks and resort RV parks feel the same way. Even state campgrounds have their own list of rules and regulations.
The reality is, if you don’t want to follow rules and regulations, you won’t be allowed back.
The majority of RV travelers happily follow the rules set forth by the RV parks they stay in because they want to be able to come back if their travels bring them into the vicinity again.
Accidents and mishaps happen. Misunderstandings occur. Wires get crossed.
If in doubt about what the park allows, don’t hesitate to ask. On-site managers and campground hosts are there to help make your stay and comfortable and relaxing experience. Rules are in place for your safety and well-being. It’s always best to err on the side of caution.
A Few Universal Campground Etiquette Tips to Follow:
- Don’t walk through other campsites. Stay on the walkways and roadways.
- Many campgrounds and RV Parks don’t allow open pit fires or charcoal BBQ’s. Check with your campground’s rules regarding this.
- Always pick up after your pets.
- Remember to spot check of your site when getting ready to leave to make sure you’ve policed the area of any trash.
- Prepare yourself with the appropriate dump station equipment and know how to properly dump your gray and black tanks.
- Make note of and observe posted speed limits. If no speed limit signs are obvious, 5 mph is a safe and logical speed.
- Clean up after yourself in common areas such as pool, spa, recreation room and restrooms.
- Observe quiet hours as you would want your neighbors to as well.
- If you break something, such as a water hose connection or electrical connection, please tell park maintenance or management. Accidents happen and connections break. In most cases, the park will take care of this at their own expense.
These are just a few rules of etiquette. Follow these and you’ll be welcomed back time after time.