Etiquette At RV Parks

A recreational vehicle, or RV, can be a great way to take a short vacation or a trip across the country. Having your mode of transportation and your 'hotel room' in one gives you more flexibility and, often, more fun. Knowing the unspoken 'rules' and etiquette of RV parks will make your vacation that much more enjoyable. Here are some tips that will make you as comfortable and welcome as an experienced camper, even if it's your first time in an RV park. 

Know the rules before you arrive

Some campgrounds may have specific rules, which you should be aware of as soon as you arrive, if not before. Most places will give you a printed list of rules when you check in. Be sure to read them and make sure everyone in your party is familiar with them. 

Respect others' space

RV campsites don't usually have borders that you can see, but if you look around, you'll get a pretty good idea of the size of your spot. Try to place your RV in the middle of your spot, and don't spread out into adjoining spaces if they're occupied. This includes any awnings your vehicle may have, so account for those when you park. If the adjacent space is vacant, it's okay to use a little space, but don't leave your stuff and go sightseeing for the day in case anyone comes in to camp in that spot. Likewise, understand that neighboring RVs are in close proximity and their walls are usually thin, so keep the noise down, even inside your vehicle. Pay special attention if you have young children or dogs, since your neighbors may have neither.

Bring out what you brought in

Whether you're leaving the campsite for a new destination or just going sightseeing for the day, don't leave any trash behind. RV parks all have facilities for disposing of trash, so make sure you know where they are and how to use them. 

Know how your RV works

If you're renting an RV, make sure you know how to use the water, sewer and electrical hookups before you leave the rental agency. Not all RVs are alike, and the veteran camper in the site next to yours doesn't want to spend his first (or last!) day of vacation helping you hook up. If you've purchased an RV, get a thorough training session from the dealer or previous owner so you know how to set up and break down the vehicle, and also how to troubleshoot any problems you may run into. Make sure you have the vehicle's owner's manual with you at all times. If you do run into trouble, the campsite staff may be a better resource than your neighbor. 

Following the rules of your campsite, these rules of etiquette, and the rules of common sense will ensure an enjoyable RV vacation for you and for your fellow campers. For more information, visit sites like