Must-Know Campsite Courtesies for New RVers
There are some unwritten rules that all seasoned RV owners know. However, newcomers may not be aware of these protocols and can save themselves some embarrassment if they learn them beforehand. That’s why we’ve compiled this quick list for newbies. Read on to learn about the unspoken rules all campers should follow!
Leave your campsite better than you found it
This one may seem straightforward, but many campers overlook this simple practice. You should always leave your campsite better than you found it. Is your trash picked up? Is the parking area free from debris, sticks, and large rocks? Did you dispose of the bits of plastic or eggshells in your fire pit? Doing a quick walkthrough of your campsite before you head out can save you from forgetting anything you don’t want to leave behind. Did you pack up all your folding chairs? Did you leave a roasting fork by the fire pit? This quick courtesy also makes it easier for the next camper to get settled.
Don’t walk through other people’s campsites
You need to treat your campground neighbor the same as your neighbor at home. You wouldn’t just walk through your neighbor’s yard, would you? No, so don’t walk through anyone else’s campsite without announcing yourself. Stick to the designated paths and walkways within the campground. It’s always best to respect the boundaries of other campers.
Don’t arrive too late
Setting up late in the evening can disrupt the entire campground. Other campers will be quietly gathered around the fire, putting the kids to bed or trying to enjoy a late-night snack. Pulling up to your campsite, backing in, pushing out slides, setting out mats, and any other setup activities will disturb everyone around you. Plan your trip accordingly and arrive at a time that will allow you to get organized without disrupting others.
Turn off your lights at night
Depending on your unit, you may have additional lights (other than the amber entrance light). Perhaps you have string lights that hang around your awning, front blue or white cosmetic lights, or intense rear lights over your toy hauler ramp. Be sure to shut these off before you turn-in for the night. These lights can flood into your neighbor’s widows and be very interruptive.
Dispose of waste properly
You must dispose of all your waste in the proper manner. For example, don’t empty your holding tanks unless you are in a designated area to do so. You should note where the campground’s designated disposal areas for gray and black water are located. You can find additional waste disposal sites at gas stations, RV parks, rest stops, and RV dealerships.