most of my readers are new to the RV lifestyle, here are a few tips
about being a good neighbor. You may think any reasonable person would
know how to behave in a campground or RV resort. A campground/resort is
still a community like your neighborhood, except maybe the climate is
better, or the view is fabulous, or the air is fresher, or mother nature
is closer to you.
a set of circumstances come together to create a fantasy that cuts
across our ingrained values about how to behave around strangers. You
arrive in your motorhome, trailer, tent trailer, popup or fifth wheel.
The doors open to a new environment that is advertised as unbridled fun.
parking spot is small and often closer to your neighbor than usual.
Cutting across your neighbor's yard at home would be met with severe
repercussions, you know that; but here, the line draw is thinner and
harder to see.
the mental picture of the lifestyle in a campground is fun and mayhem.
From the moment the RV door opens, anything goes. But wait, why are our
neighbor's chairs sitting on our lawn. The pool is just over
there, but why are all those RVs in the way?
temptation is clear; just walk straight to the pool. Privacy is
cancelled here, right? Everybody is out having fun and all rules are
suspended, right? Wrong! Peeping Toms are not tolerated either, so look
out for the roving Park Ranger.
about the kids? Do you have "that talk" with them before the door
opens? Get the bicycles out and let them roam, no problem. Stay on the
main roads and off all other RV sites, right? Skateboards too?
Hoverboards, same? Watch for signs that point to "off limits" areas for
wheels. If they cannot read, they should not be without adult
supervision...that much you already know.
the dog(s) leased at all times, and clean the poop up after, right?
Cats, well those are a little harder, but people seem to tolerate them
better than barking dogs. Speaking of barking dogs, please do not bring
an animal to the park that misses you so much, they bark constantly
while you are out having fun.
may have noticed when cruising those expensive resorts, rules are
everywhere; even taking kids there is a dangerous and expensive
adventure. Why? The visitors or members consider this resort their
(not resorts) are a little different in that the visitors or members
are more flexible and expect more noise and possible drama from you.
Still, yelling at your partner a hundred yards away, and using obscene
language does not cut it even here. Personal issues (even after a couple
of beers) should be settled elsewhere, just as if you were visiting
campground/resort environment has changed from years ago when you slept
in a tent and cooked over an open fire. RVs of all types fill the
normal campground now and different rules apply. People living the RV
lifestyle often eat and sleep inside a protected shell and expect the
same privacy and respect as if they are in stick-built homes in your
you are looking for a rowdy place to bring all your friends, load up
with solar panels and batteries. Head for the empty desert where there
are no rules, but please do not come to a national park, commercial or
member campground or resort. Times are a'changing, please respect
However, if you are looking for a safe place to relax and enjoy yourself, come on down. Check with RVParkReviews.com for personal feedback on the park system plus information on rates, the type of accommodations and park activities.
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