Being new to RVing can be overwhelming - but knowing the basics of campground etiquette will help you look like you know what you’re doing. Here’s your guide to looking like a pro RVer while you are still learning the ropes.
Don’t Walk Through Campsites
As easy as it is to cut through the grass to get where you’re going quickly, avoid doing so. It is important to respect others space and while it is “common grass” it is still considered their campsite while they are there.
It’s important and even necessary to have a great time while camping, just make sure your music isn’t too loud. RV campsites are close together and you don’t want to be the annoying loud neighbor. It is a good idea to walk around while your music is playing to ensure it cannot be heard at neighboring sites.
Honor Quiet Hours
Campgrounds always have designated quiet hours, honor them! Every camper enjoys their relaxing evenings either around a campfire or inside their rig. It is important that you are not making loud noise after quiet hours, in or out of your RV. Other campers can report you to the office for being loud during quiet hours.
Especially if you are coming in and out of your rig late at night the beeps on your RVLock can be too noisy for your neighbors. Silencing your RVLock is simple. Hold down the ‘#1’ button on your keypad and wait for 3 seconds. After holding it down for 3 seconds you will hear a long beep, your lock is now silenced. To reverse simply do the same process.
Most rigs have slide-outs/pop-outs, be courteous to your neighbors when parking. Make sure you have enough space for your slide-outs to fully extend without getting in your neighbor’s space. Consider testing slide-outs before unhooking your vehicle, this will save time if you need to re-park. Be mindful if you have large slide-outs and consider checking to see which RV site would be best for you prior to arriving.
Permission with Pets
Furry friends are so fun to have around the campground but owners can be particular with their pets. While it may sound odd it is smart to always ask for permission before petting a dog.
Let Neighbors Get Settled
It is exciting when a new camping neighbor pulls in but allow them to set up camp. After a family is settled in then you can go over and welcome them to the campground. Getting unhooked and all set up can be frustrating which is why it is best to wait until they are finished and ready to relax.
Don’t Grill on the Picnic Table
If you are someone that brings your portable grill along every trip do not set it up on the picnic table. Grills can stain, leave gross residue, and cause the material to warp. Purchase an inexpensive portable table so you can leave the campground as you found it.
Prepare Before Going to Dump Station
Holding up the line at the dump station is a quick way to slow everyone down. Prepare by having gloves, the connector piece, and the black tank hose easily accessible by the time it’s your turn.Park Your Vehicle at Your Site
It’s important to know the dimensions of your rig + vehicle when booking your campsite so you don’t block the road or someone else’s site after unhooking. Never park in a nearby site even if it is empty as there are constantly people checking in and out of the park and you do not want to be in their way. If you need additional parking ask at the front office if there may be space near the clubhouse.
Ask For Help If Needed
Neighboring campers are always willing to give help and their knowledge. So if you have any questions, just ask!! Campers are almost always friendly, especially if you are being respectful to them, their space, and the campground.
Being part of the RV camping community is fun and exciting, especially when you have great campground etiquette. Remember these tips and you will be set for your first trip!
See you on the road!