These are our top 5 ways for being a better RV neighbor. You may have others to add, so please leave a comment on our accompanying Facebook live video HERE or on our corresponding Youtube live video HERE.
These are not hard and fast rules, but more “guidlelines” for being a better neighbor. For most people these helpful hints are common sense, but for many others they seem to fall short of getting them right.
If you abide by these little gems you should enjoy years and years of camping without ever getting into a confrontation with your camping neighbors.
These are in no particular order.
Respect Other People’s Campsites / Space
This applies both in a campground and while out in the boonies.
Here’s how this plays out away from the campground. You’re out boondocking in a beautiful spot with hundreds of acres all around you when you see another RV approaching.
“Look honey another adventurous Rver”
“How cool is that?”
“Another RVer who enjoys getting away from the campground and getting their boondocking on! That’s awesome!”
“Wait…they’re getting closer…and closer…and closer…”
“You have got to be kidding me!”
Just when you thought, with all this land out here no one would park right next to you, but here they are! They start setting up close enough that they even give you a friendly wave.
Why anyone does this is beyond us. Maybe it’s their first time boondocking, which can be intimidating, but maybe they just don’t know any better and think that camping right next to you is the social thing to do.
Just make sure you are not that person!
We love to boondock to get away from the grind of socializing and just relax our jaws. Sorry but there are times when we just want to decompress and barely even speak to each other for a couple of days.
Yeah, we’re weird.
We also love to go out boondocking with friends and light up a fire every night and chat and laugh and sing. Okay, maybe not sing so much, but we do like to socialize while out boondocking as well.
But you should never assume that the people that are already parked want to hang out with you for the next few days.
As a rule of thumb, if you can hear your neighbor’s conversations, you are probably a little too close. Give them some space.
If you’d like to be social, you can always walk by and say hello. If they seem friendly enough, you can start up a conversation and maybe talk around a campfire later that night.
Respecting Space in a Campground
If you are in a campground and there isn’t many spots left, it is inevitable that you are going to have to park next to someone.
There is nothing wrong with that.
Just make sure that you park within your space and give your neighbor his.
If you’re not sure because the campground sites are not well marked, ask a campground host or employee how you should be parking within your site.
Usually you must be parked so that when you’re slides are out, you are fully inside the lines of your site. Again, if you are not sure ask an employee not another camper!
Taking the space that you are assigned and nothing more will keep your neighbors happy and make your stay more enjoyable.
Never Cut Through Other People’s Campsites
This is another one of those things that you would think is common sense, but there are still quite a few people that don’t think this rule applies to them for some reason.
If you live in a neighborhood and there is a convenience store just outside of it, you wouldn’t walk through your neighbors yard, jump the fence into the next neighbors yard and then get to the store that way. You would walk through the streets to get to the store.
The same thing applies to a campground and you are heading to the clubhouse or pool. You walk the streets until you arrive where you need to go.
The exception to this rule is if there are open campsites. They can used as a pass through.
We recently had a guy ride his bicycle between our spot and our neighbors and crush our sewer hose, which we had to repair.
His 5 minute savings in time, riding his bicycle through our site, cost me 15-20 minutes with a box knife and some duct tape.
Be Conscious of Your Generator Use
If you are in a campground that would require you to use a generator, such as a dry camping situation, make sure you use your generator during the hours allowed.
Just because you can’t hear it over your TV or music doesn’t mean the folks next to you trying to have a conversation around the campfire can’t.
It is understandable if you have a medical device that needs to be running. You can always pick a site that will point your generator away from other campers.
If you are out boondocking in the forest, know that most other campers are out there to enjoy the peace and quiet and not listen to your generator grinding away 24/7.
Again, if you need to run it for medical devices be sure to stay in a spot that will not disturb the peace of other RVers.
Respect Quiet Hours in Campgrounds
For the most part quiet hours are reasonable and start around 10pm.
Even 11pm isn’t too bad.
Remember, a lot of people staying in an RV park are on vacation and don’t care that we are living full time in our RV.
We fully understand that and agree that they should be able to let their hair down a little. But when quiet hours come…SHUT IT DOWN!
If you want to party like rockstars you can always go out into the middle of nowhere, away from the structure of a campground and crank your music all night if you like.
Leave Your Campsite / Campground Better Than you Found It
We have stayed out in beautiful National Forest areas that are littered with trash.
How anyone finds this acceptable is beyond belief!
You are going out into nature and then destroy it by leaving behind your garbage.
This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever!
There is a very simple rule that says, “Pack it in, Pack it out.”
If you bring it into the National Forest or BLM camping area you should be respectful of the area and the campers that will stay in that area after you and pick up after yourself.
Isn’t that what all our mommas taught us when we were little!?