Aug 212018

Yesterday blog reader Richard Sullivan wrote to tell me about an incident that happened while he was backing his motorhome into their site at an RV park. He said he was doing just fine with his wife guiding him as he backed up. Then two little boys came out of nowhere and ran directly behind the motorhome, close enough that one of them slapped the fiberglass on his way past. Richard said he slammed on the brakes as his wife waved frantically for him to stop, and fortunately, nobody was injured.

The kids were from a campsite across from them and two spaces down, and once they were parked Richard went to the site and told the parents what had happened and that they really needed to keep a better eye on their children. The parents’ response was that he should mind his own business. Richard said he told them it almost was his business because he almost ran over their kids. The mother told him maybe he should learn how to drive his RV. With that, Richard left, shaking his head.

We’ve had that happen to us a time or two, and once it was close enough to make both of our hearts stop for a second before we realized nobody was hurt. There is absolutely no excuse for it. Irresponsible people like this shouldn’t be allowed to have children, or pets, or RVs either, as far as that goes.

These vehicles are huge and it takes a lot of concentration and care to maneuver them in the tight confines of an RV park. There are lots of blind spots and you can’t be too careful. It only adds to the problem when unattended children or animals pull stunts like this.

When backing up any vehicle, especially something as large as an RV, you can never go too slow. Take your time, make sure you can see your ground guide, and follow that person’s directions. At the same time, be aware of the front of your vehicle as you are backing into a site. More than once I’ve had children, adults, and even other vehicles approach the front so closely while I’m concentrating on the back that I have had to stop and wait for them to get past.

As for the parents who allow their kids to run wild in a campground without any kind of supervision, and then want to argue with someone who tries to make them aware of the danger their children are in, what can you say about idiots? They’ll probably never learn and will pass on the same bad parenting habits to their children.

For those of you who like printed books over the e-book versions, the mix-up that slowed things down was corrected and the paperback versions of Big Lake Fugitive and Mullets And Man Buns are now available on Amazon. Thanks for your patience.

Thought For The Day – Singing in the shower is all fun and games until you get shampoo in your mouth. Then it becomes a soap opera.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “You Can Never Be Too Careful”

  1. I’ve seen that happen so many times. Funny how it’s always YOUR fault and not their kids who run wild all over the park. It makes me pretty angry, but there’s nothing you can say or do about it. I’ve even heard of the RV driver being kicked out of the park for saying something, instead of the parents with the wild kids being reprimanded. All in all, it’s making me want to quit the RV business.

  2. It’s not just RV parks where parents don’t keep an eye on their kids. We recently had a family move in down the street and they send their two oldest, maybe 4 and 2 or so and they just wander up to our place. Sometimes just the youngest alone. He’s little enough that he could get lost, doesn’t understand a word of English so when we tell him to go home he just stares. The other day he was wandering around our yard, looking so lost, and wearing one shoe. Did he start out with one shoe or did he lose it in transit? Who knows. Once the kids are out the door the mother is rarely seen. Sometimes it seems like she thinks we should be her free babysitters.

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