Campground Etiquette – Please and Thank You

Spread the love

We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post.

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.

12 thoughts on “Campground Etiquette – Please and Thank You

  1. Hello Sue, I always wondered how the etiquette is preserved in campgrounds. Thanks for clearing that one up for me. And as a someone who works in one I cannot possibly imagine the great stories you can share! Great article. In peace and gratitude, ariel

    1. Hi Ariel, campground etiquette is such an important facet of RV living. I posted this because, as someone who works and lives in an RV park, we see a lot of campers who may not know there is a code of ethics and responsibility for RVers in a campground. I do have a few stories…that is a fact. LOL! I’ll probably save those for a future post.

      Thanks for your comment, Ariel.

      All the best,

  2. Sue,

    My sister and her husband love their RV. They always come to visit me and stay at a local campground. Since I am not a seasoned camper, I appreciate you laying out universal etiquette tips. It gives me something to follow when I visit them at the campground.


    1. Hi Lisa, since (for now) I work in the RV park where we live, I’ve seen a lot! LOL! The majority of our guests know campground etiquette and actually leave their space better than they found it when they arrived. I’m so grateful for those who do. Each park/campground my vary slightly in their rules, it’s always good to read the rules the park sets out. We actually have our guests sign and date the park rules page so they know what to expect.

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comments.


  3. I’m one of those campers that likes to sit by the fire late in the evening. I usually look at all park rules before I make my reservation. I like quiet time to be around 10:00, 9:00 is OK though. I do understand that other people may not like any noise after 8:00. It’s all about finding the right place that fits you.

    Great post!

    1. Hi Todd, thank you so much for your comments. Have you boondocked or drycamped? I love when you can get completely away from others and set your own rules. Once we camped out on BLM land at the site of a dormant volcano out in the desert. You could swear those rocks were inching closer to you! Of course, it didn’t help that we had just finished watching a scary movie. All of that aside, after the sun went down we sat outside under the beautiful blanket of stars in the cloudless sky. It was truly amazing.

      I’ve worked for several years at an RV park and I do appreciate that you take a look at the rules of the park before you make a reservation. You are correct that it is about finding the right place that fits you.

      Happy travels, Todd!

      1. I haven’t ever boondocked yet, but I do plan on it in the future! My work schedule right now doesn’t allow me that opportunity yet, hence why I started my online business, to hopefully be able to take the time off in the summer, while the kids are young, to do some traveling in the camper.

        1. Hi Todd,

          Since you haven’t boondocked yet, I would suggest “testing the water” by taking a short weekend trip to a destination that is close by. Especially with kids. The thing I really enjoy about it is that you can really get away from the crowds and, of course, the cost is extremely reasonable, if not free.

          All the best to you, Todd.

  4. Dear Sue,

    Thanks for the post. I got new insights from your post as always. I am happy to hear your life style its totally different and the best thing is you are living your dream. All the very best.

    Your Friend,

  5. Hello Sue,
    Thanks for this article. Its beginning made me smile. Yes, not many people like rules but yes, they have their place…and why not at an RV park?!Great ‘rules’ and I think the bottom line is just plain common courtesy for your space – public and private. I guess my biggest pet peeve would be the animals, no pun intended. We all need to show respect to those around us, no excuses.
    Keep up the great job.

    1. Hi Michelle. Thank you so much for your comment. I have two major pet peeves. One are people not picking up after their dogs and the other is when people walk through other spaces. People pay for the privilege to park their RV in a space. Others in adjoining spaces should walk around. I liked our pun! LOL!

      All the best,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *