4 RV Etiquette Tips to Use at the Campground This Year

4 RV Etiquette Tips to Use at the Campground This Year

With more states starting to release lockdown and stay-at-home restrictions, there’s no doubt that people are itching to hit the campgrounds this summer and return to a bit of normalcy.

But, whether you’re a seasoned camper or this is your first year getting into an RV and hitting the road, there are a few campground etiquette tips that everyone should know.

Parking at a campground is like being a part of a big community for a few days and nights. With that in mind, you want to be a good “neighbor” while you can.

So, let’s look at some easy and useful etiquette tips to help you fit right in with your campground communities all season.

1. Turn Your Headlights Off

Whether you’re arriving, unloading, or leaving in the dark, be aware of your headlights! You might not think anything of them, but most tents don’t provide protection from the bright lights, so you could be shining right into someone’s quarters as they’re trying to sleep.

Be respectful and keep your headlights off as much as possible. No one wants to be ‘blinded by the light’ on an otherwise peaceful camping trip.

2. Be Quiet During Quiet Hours

Being at a campground isn’t an excuse to throw a party all night. While everyone on the site is there to have fun, some people are also there to relax. Most campgrounds have ‘quiet hours’ in place for a reason. Not only is it important to be respectful with your actions, but with your equipment. If you have a loud generator, leave it off as much as possible during quiet hours.

3. Find a Parking Spot With Space - If Possible

Wanting to be close to your ‘neighbors’ is one thing, but when there are plenty of parking spaces available at a campground, don’t choose one that is right next to another RV. Giving other campers as much space as possible is just good manners. No one wants to feel cramped or like they don’t have room to be comfortable.

Sometimes, on busy weekends, parking right next to someone is unavoidable. But, if you see an open space without any other RVs parked next to it, take it.

4. Be Polite With Pets

Lots of people like to bring their dogs camping, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Who doesn’t love an unofficial campground mascot?

But, it’s important to play by the rules and be respectful with your pet. With that in mind, always keep your dog on a leash. Even if they don’t typically wander off, they’re in a new and unfamiliar place, and other campers might not feel comfortable seeing a dog that could run after them at any time.

If you go on a walk or a hike with your four-legged friend, make sure to clean up after them. Other campers don’t want to accidentally step in something when they’re trying to enjoy their own hike.

Hopefully these etiquette reminders make your campground experience a more positive one this summer. After everything we’ve all been through together, a little kindness and respect can go a long way!

May 18th 2020 Stacey Koziel

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