Presentation They say, don’t just a book by its cover but in real life we all make initial judgments based on what we see and our past experiences. When camping we enjoy, “roughing it” and don’t expect everything to be perfectly pristine; that being said, normal RV / vehicle upkeep and maintenance reduces the chance that you are an eyesore to your fellow campers. Keep your campground organized.

Around the Campfire. Dying to tell that awesome campfire story? Go ahead and scare your buddies but keep your voices down. Voices easily carry without all the traffic and horns in the background from the city. If you’re going to sing and dance around the campfire; do so early before your neighbors are going to sleep.

Be social Once you get your campsite settled, say “Hello.” to people and introduce yourself at their new campsite neighbor. When your campsite neighbors know you it will help with campsite security while you are off exploring trails and doing adventures. Also, inevitably someone always forgets something, like aspirin or matches. Sometimes a neighbor has extra and is willing to share.

Keep it quiet! Okay, so we’re all getting out to nature to have a good time. That said, don’t blast the radio, stereo or TV – especially late at night or early in the morning when your neighbors are trying to catch some sleep. Be courteous and ask the neighbors if you’re being too loud.

Pet etiquette Most RVer’s love nature and animals; that includes dogs. However, when your dog starts exploring your neighbors base and foodstuff it can be disrespectful. So Keep your pet on a leash at all times. Many RVers love animals but they don’t want your dog running through their campsite. Also, stop excessive barking, and don’t leave a howling dog unattended.

No trespassing. If you’re walking around the campground, do not walk through other campsites, even if it would make it easier to get to washrooms, dumpster or other park locations. Walking through another person’s campsite is a major no-no. Respect your neighbors’ privacy and stay on the roads and pathways.

Pet peeve If your dog does its business around the campgrounds be sure to pick it up. There is nothing worse than a late night walk stroll only to step in dog poop. Make sure you carry some poop bags on the leash and you can also hang them off the entry handle to the RV as an easy to reach place to grab one when needed.

Late arrivals, early departures. If you’re arriving late to the park, perform a bare bones setup with as least amount of noise as possible. Everyone has arrived late to a campsite before but no one likes to wake up to a noisy engine, voices, and slamming RV doors. Your neighbors will be more understanding if they don’t have to listen to loud voices, slamming doors or an idling engine. Use the same consideration if you have to leave early the next morning.

Keep it clean! Don’t leave trash at your campsite. The smell alone may bring unwelcome furry visitors while you sleep or when you leave your site for a hike. Take your trash to the park-provided garbage bin and recycling containers. This also includes the sewer hookups; if you make a mess, clean it up!

Generator Power! Be mindful of where your AC-generator’s exhaust is going; try not to choke out your neighbors with stinky fumes. Most established campgrounds have posted generator hours; if none are posted, use good judgment don’t use generator between 10pm and 8am. Also, think about your generator’s exhaust and be sure you’re not smoking out your neighbor with smelly fuses. If you’re concerned about the fumes or the noise, ask your neighbors if it bothers them. Believe us, they’ll tell you.

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