youtubeRV sales are soaring due to people seeking out a safe way to travel during the pandemic in their own controlled environment. As a newbie RVer there is a lot to learn; how to operate the RV, what to pack in the RV, where to go, etc?  As you absorb all there is to know about this wonderful lifestyle please don’t forget there is also proper etiquette to be learned when camping in an RV park or campground.

These are the top six inconsiderate things you never should do while you’re at a campground:

1. Cut through occupied campsites

Many RVers believe when you rent a campsite it ought to be your little piece of real estate during the duration of your stay. It should be up to you on who enters your space with permission. Most RVers do not appreciate others taking a shortcut through their space on the way to somewhere else like the bathhouse, beach, playground or any other destination, especially when they are sitting outside enjoying a meal or the campfire. Please walk around and inform your children to do the same, the exercise is good for everyone.

Make sure children know not to run through other people's campsites

2. Let you dog roam in other campsites

Over half of RVers bring their four-legged friends camping with them. However, just like above, other campers don’t always appreciate uninvited guests in their site and that includes unleashed dogs that come running into a campsite looking to steal a snack off the picnic table, redistribute sacked garbage, or are maybe wet from a swim at the beach. Please keep your dog on a leash as required in most campgrounds.

Pets are welcome in most campgrounds provided the rules are followed

3. Or let your dog bark excessively

This could be included with number 2 above but it is such an annoyance it deserves its own listing. If your dog barks at every stranger that passes by your campsite, please consider keeping it inside the RV, away from the road where it can’t see others passing by, or invest in a bark collar.

Another consideration is a dog that yips excessively when left alone in the RV. This is almost as annoying as listening to a smoke detector with a low battery chirping. Remember, other campers may have come to the campground to enjoy some quiet time, so please respect that and take your dog(s) with you if they are prone to endless yipping in your absence.

Being loud after hours—and leaving your dog unleashed—is not only annoying to other campers but it’s usually against campground rules

4. Being loud after hours

Let’s face it, most of us go camping to have an enjoyable time, but there comes a point when it is time for the party to end and go to bed. Nearly all campgrounds have posted quiet hours and most campers willingly abide by them. However, some inconsiderate campers seem to ramp up the volume after hours via alcohol consumption, the volume control on their sound system, or both. Please be considerate and keep the noise level confined to your campsite. If you want to be loud and party all night, please find yourself a campsite way out in the boondocks where there is no one to bother.

If you find yourself arriving at the campground after quite hours consider waiting to completely set up camp until the next morning. The noise of you lowering your jacks, deploying the awning, clunking around in your storage compartment retrieving your water hose out of storage, etc is likely to disturb your neighbors.

5. Leave trash in the fire ring

It’s amazing how many campers think the camp fire ring is a trash receptacle.  Take the time to walk a couple hundred feet (or less) to the dumpster, dump your trash where it belongs and leave a clean campsite for the next RVer. It’s not the next camper’s job to clean up after you, nor does the campground host appreciate it either.

Don't leave your trash in the fire

6. Lights at Night - Stargazing

Many RVers consider sitting around a campfire and gazing up at the stars the best part of camping. Bright outdoor lights burning on your RV all night is not a good way to make friends with your neighbors. Embrace the darkness and consider using softer light sources at night.   If you find yourself arriving after sunset be considerate of where your headlights are shining when pulling into your campsite. Often parking lights and someone guiding you with a flashlight is all you need to safely navigate into the space especially if you are backing in.

Welcome to the RV lifestyle, just remember to be considerate of other campers.

Dave Helgeson
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Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.


0 #2 Phyllis Meyers 2020-09-03 14:06
Campfire smoke is the big awful shock for us. At Beacan Rock our car even smelled like smoke after being in the direct line of fire. I have asthma and this is a big disappointment for me.
0 #1 Shea Drury 2020-09-01 18:37
One of the things that I find most annoying while camping is children screaming and running around the campground at 7:00 a.m. many people like to sleep in or relax while camping, and having children's screaming outside your RV is not conducive to relaxation. I understand kids sometimes get up earlier, but perhaps keep them occupied with coloring or watching stuff on their tablet until after 9:00 a.m. to be considerate of other campers

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