You bought your dream RV, got together everything you will need for camping, and now you are set up at your desired spot. Looking around, you may wonder how you and your non-tent neighbors in the campground will enjoy each other’s company, respectfully. Here are some things to think about.

Class A Camping Etiquette

 Your extra large rig comes with some challenges for you and your neighbors. Fortunately, larger rigs are set up next to other similar RV’s in many campground layouts. Here are a few things to think about when setting up camp with your motorhome:

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  • Do not run your generator when it is not allowed. Many campgrounds prohibit generator use, and some prohibit it during certain hours. Be mindful. The large generators on many coaches are louder and push more fumes, which could aggravate your nearby neighbors.
  • Introduce yourself. Be friendly from the get-go. 
  • Offer help if you have a similar rig. Many Class – A owners share similar issues with their coaches, and if you have the tools or knowledge, assist if you are able. 
  • Park staggered if possible. Many sites are close, but if you are able to pull up a bit further or set a bit towards the back of your site, you can leave some extra space between the front and rear of your neighbors to help with privacy. In addition, be mindful of the space your slide-outs will take up.
  • Reduce your idle time. That big diesel may need some warm up, but consider letting her idle at the campground entrance if you are the first of your neighbors to pull out. 
  • Help your incoming neighbors park. If the sites are challenging, an extra set of eyes is usually welcome. 

Travel Trailer Camping Etiquette

  • Be sure to ask for help if you need it while backing in. If others are waiting to get by and you are jackknifed, don’t be too proud to ask for some assistance. 
  • Be mindful of your tow vehicle. If there is not enough room on your site to park your tow vehicle after you unhitch, do not encroach into the driving area or on someone else’s site. Either re-arrange, or park in overflow. 
  • Outdoor speakers. It is becoming more common for new travel trailers to come with outdoor speakers. Be sure that your music stays on your site. A good rule of thumb is if you cannot carry on a normal conversation with someone 10 ft away, you should turn it down.
  • Camping with tenting guests. If you are setting up tents for the kids or other guests beside your travel trailer, be mindful that they are not encroaching on your RV neighbors’ space. This includes ingres / egress – do they have to walk into someone else’s space to exit the tent? Face it a different way or move it closer. 
  • Limit the number of people on your travel trailer site. Many campgrounds will tell you the limit of guests per site. If you think your travel trailer may be too full, book adjacent sites. Waiting too long can mean guests being a few sites away – if this is the case, make sure they (kids especially) know to not walk through other’s camping sites to get to yours. 

Class B and Class C Camping Etiquette

Class B and Class C RVs have the unique advantage of being able to come and go in their rig during their stay. Here are some additional tips for these RV camp styles.

  • Start up the camper for coming and going after camp quiet hours end, if possible, usually 7 am to 11 pm.
  • Avoid idling if possible. Some Diesel Class C’s can be louder than others.
  • If you plan to take your C or B RV for day trips, let your neighbors know, and they will likely keep an eye on the items you leave behind so others do not think they are abandoned. Making friends is always a good idea!

General RV campground and camping etiquette

  • Observe quiet hours. Your outdoor TV is great to gather around, but start turning it down about 10 and be sure everyone is back in the rig by 11. 
  • Keep the kids in check. Give them the lay of the land as soon as you get there. Make sure they understand basic camping etiquette rules (stay off of other’s sites, no screaming, etc) to help keep you in good graces with your neighbors. 
  • Show the kids the common areas and how to get there by road. Most campgrounds have playgrounds and other open spaces just for running around and sports! 
  • Accompany your kids to the pool. Not only is this most likely a rule, but keeping an eye on them keeps them safe and ensures they are not breaking pool etiquette rules.
  • Pet etiquette – keep your pet leashed at all times or in an enclosed area without exception! Keep poop bags at hand at all times.
  • Put out your fire! Smoldering overnight is not OK – be sure to completely extinguish your fire when you head in for the night or leave for the day.

What other etiquette rules do you wish to see enforced at the campground? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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