RV Park Life

 Posted by at 4:33 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 032009

Spending time in an RV park is similar in many ways to living in a small town a generation ago. There is a sense of community, especially among the people who stay for a few weeks or a month at a time.

We find that we interact much more with our campground neighbors than we ever did with our neighbors in our old hometown. When we go for our evening walk, we say hello to our neighbors who are also out for a stroll, or who are relaxing in their lawn chairs. We’ll stop and chat with folks here and there, maybe comment on the weather, or visit with a friendly dog. It is not uncommon to welcome newcomers, ask where they come from, and get acquainted.

Living in the close confines of some RV parks can take some getting used to. We have been in campgrounds with spacious sites and others where when you sneeze while sitting in your recliner, you hear the fellow in the next RV say “Bless you.”

This sometimes requires you to stop and think about how your normal activities may impact your neighbors. For example, Terry and I are night owls, and I do most of my writing after 9 p.m., and seldom get to bed before 1:30 or 2 a.m. When we have RVs parked close by, we make it a point to keep the volume on our television turned down so it does not keep the neighbors awake.  

Of course, not all RV park neighbors are conscientious of those around them. Common trespasses in campground life include smokers who do not want to smoke inside their RVs, so they come outside and let their smoke drift into the neighbors’ windows instead; people who get up early to hit the road and make a lot of noise unhooking, and then fire up their diesel engine and let it idle while they go inside to have a cup of coffee, or whatever they do before they hit the road; taking a shortcut through someone else’s RV site, and not cleaning up after pets; and my personal pet peeve, allowing yappy little dogs to disturb the neighbors.

But these kinds of misdeeds are the exceptions. Most RVers are wonderful neighbors, and a joy to get to know. It’s easy to make friends in an RV park; all it takes is a nod and a hello. If you are sitting outside in your lawn chairs, face them toward the street and just wave as folks pass by. You’ll be surprised how many stop and strike up a conversation.

And anytime a guy wants to get to know the other fellows in a campground, all he has to do is open the hood of his truck and stand there, or start setting up a tripod TV dish. You’ll have them coming out of their rigs to offer to lend a hand, or just stand around and watch.

Many campgrounds have organized activities, and many even have hired activity directors whose sole purpose is to find ways to help campers keep busy and make new friends. If your campground has an afternoon social hour, a Saturday pancake breakfast, or evening card games, show up and get involved. Before you know it, you’ll be a busy and active member of your little campground community.

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  2 Responses to “RV Park Life”

  1. Nick I believe you are correct in your assessment of campground neighbors generally, and for the vast majority of camping experiences, but I have to wonder……….are you just trying to get psyched up for the coming holiday weekend when a larger than normal group of “annoying” neighbors will be camping with you?
    Please feel free to have “bad Nick” answer if you so choose. Just funnin’ ‘ya.

  2. Nick,
    I used to fulltime solo, You want to make friends quickly? Try backing a 5th wheel in with no one to spot you if you don’t get a pull through site. I fondly recall many of my new neighbors offering to help guide me in.

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