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Old 10-14-2004, 11:28 PM   #1
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Campground Etiquette

This may sound slightly strange, but I am about to embark on some
serious full timing and have no idea about campground etiquette.

I always camped in either tents or for limited stays, since now I will
need to stay on good terms with generally everyone I kind of want to
know ahead of time if things like these are bad, questionable or ghasly.

1. Leaving "stuff" outside. Chairs and grills are OK, but are things like
buckets, ladders, motorcycles OK too? Where is the line? A Canoe?

2. Is not having a tow vehicle downright suspicious? I have a beauty of
an Airstream but I rely on the kindness of other to move it. Will this
throw warning flags?

3. Can I overstay my welcome? If one follows the rules and leaves for
a weekend every 60-90 days is coming back again and again poor
manners even though no rules will be broken?

4. Is leaving a RV vacant for up to a week strange? Work likes to send
me on trips with very little notice.

This is a start, I still can think of plenty of other things that will probably
get me thrown out but this should get me pointed in the right direction.

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Old 10-15-2004, 08:14 AM   #2
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if you paid for the space imho its yours...obviously common sense applies....id ask at the office if they have any special conditions b4 dropping some sheckels..now when it comes to etiquette, it goes hand in hand with perserverance.....the ability to maintain, should one wind up next to an a** hole.....happy camping!.......
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Old 10-15-2004, 08:17 AM   #3
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every Campground has its own set of rules. If you read and abide you would be a welcome camper there. As for etiquette, its amazing the crap some people leave out at their site while off on a visit to the local tourist trap. If you use discretion, and keep your area looking like its been attended to and not a yard sale, no one will complain.
Taling trash as needed to the dumpsters, keeping dogs on the 6' or less tether, not making a huge smokey fire when someone is camped right next to you... all in good judgement.
We stayed at a campground in NC where th neigbors had smoke pouring out of a wood fire 24 hours a day...right into my vents. Made my AS smell just great. Why they needed a fire at 8 o'clock in the morning I don't know..they never cooked anything on it.
And they had an outside tv set going all day and into the night.
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Old 10-15-2004, 09:51 AM   #4
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I agree, check with the offices of the campgrounds you plan on staying at to see about special rules.

I will say that common sense and understanding that it is a shared community, certain behavior must be expected in a shared lot where others will be. I find that in most cases it is similar to living in an apartment complex or condo. Though there are folks from all walks and sometimes you'll come up to some folks that just are plain ignorant.

As for you leaving your Airstream and no tow vehicle, to most might seem strange until they get to know ya and realize that just cause there is no tow vehicle there, doesn't mean you aren't.
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Old 10-15-2004, 04:32 PM   #5
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There are many RV's used by full-time workers all around the U.S. Your situation is not unique. Just by asking these questions I think you are already ahead of the curve! Check with the parks ahead of time, weekly & monthly rates are usually very good.
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Old 10-15-2004, 07:36 PM   #6
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Common sense always applies. If you canít afford to lose donítí leave it outside while your away especially on BLM land and some parks during peak seasons. We have never had a problem in the off seasons, but then we make sure it looks like someone may be inside even when the tow vehicle is gone.
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Old 10-15-2004, 10:13 PM   #7
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We've stayed at RV parks where it was obivous they weren't using thier Corvette to tow thier 34' fifth wheel ! A good number of Rv's were vacant. Some looked like they were used as vacation homes, and some were used by workers. Some of the full timers had storage sheds.

Like the others have said follow the rules of the particular campground/RV park and you'll have an enjoyable stay.
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Old 10-15-2004, 11:13 PM   #8
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I'll just play it cool and try to fit in. I'm starting to think that if I
play my cards right I might pull this off.

I still say the fact that I look about 21, wear a tie to work and
stay in an airstream on a state park is a combination that is
bound to make the 65+ crowd give me a second look.

The bad thing about an AS is that they don't exactly blend in to
the scene. Or I guess it might be the good thing about them.

thanks for the tips though,
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Old 11-06-2004, 06:11 AM   #9
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>>>> 4. Is leaving a RV vacant for up to a week strange? Work likes to send me on trips with very little notice.
Yes. In terms of safety, not a good idea. Someone may steal it or do something evil. I would not leave your unit for that long. That's one of the liabilities of the RV lifestyle.
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Old 11-06-2004, 12:22 PM   #10
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Let me say that we have never had any thing taken that we have left outside while we've been camping; although I don't believe a person should make it too tempting! We have left chairs bikes ornaments and things like that out without having any of them suddenly disappear. I do think itís a good idea to lock up bikes and not leave expensive chairs out, etc..

We have found that most campers are a lot like us, they enjoy getting out with their RV and they don't bother other campers. Perhaps, there are a few places where things are not quite as nice as that but we have yet to have an incident where anything has been bothered or taken.

As a matter of fact the last time we were out with some other camping friends we came back to the camper and found some "PINK FLAMINGOS" standing on our spot; but thatís another story!
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