RV Basics – Being a Good Neighbor

Traveling in your RV usually means spending the night at campgrounds – and staying at campgrounds usually means you will have neighbors. While staying near a group of other RV enthusiasts is a great way to make new friends and meet people that share a common interest, you also have some responsibilities in terms of being a good neighbor. Just as you are trying to enjoy a relaxing vacation, so too are the other RV owners around you. If everyone could follow the few simple rules below for being a good RV neighbor, the overall experience would be improved for everyone.

Being a Good Neighbor is Important When RV Camping
Being a Good Neighbor is Important When RV Camping

Quiet Time

Perhaps the first rule of staying in a campground is knowing when to shut it down for the night. Most campgrounds even have a specific time posted that marks the start of ‘quiet time’, and you should be sure to observe that rule. If you are sitting around a campfire or a picnic table outside when the clock strikes 10 p.m. (or whatever time is posted by the campground), make sure you keep the noise down as you get ready to head inside for the night. Staying out late in into the night laughing around the fire might sound like fun, but it wouldn’t be fair to those around you who just want to get some sleep.

Control Your Pets – and Your Kids

The fun that you are having in your campsite shouldn’t spill over into the campsites of those staying around you. Specifically, make sure your kids and your pets are remaining within the limits or your site, or within the common areas of the campground. Allowing your kids and pets to run free throughout the campground is not only rude, it is also dangerous. There are large vehicles which move around RV campgrounds frequently, so it is very important that you keep both your kids and your pets under control and within sight at all times.

Put Away Your Trash

You have a responsibility to keep your campsite clean and free of garbage. If you leave trash out for an extended period of time, you will be creating an unsightly condition – and you might also be attracting unwanted wildlife into the campground. Make sure all of your garbage is either thrown away in the campground trash, or at least packed up into your vehicle or RV for later disposal.

Park Properly

One of the major annoyances that nearly every RV owner can relate to is having trouble getting their vehicle around the campground because someone has parked incorrectly. Take time to make sure your rig is positioned properly within the site so that everyone else can come and go without any trouble. Many campgrounds have roads which are barely wide enough to handle large, modern RV’s, so even a minor parking mistake can lead to big trouble for everyone else. Be courteous and take care to park your RV perfectly in your campsite.



  1. Great post. It so important to be a good neighbor. So many campers just do not understand this.

  2. I had been peacefully camping in a state park all week this summer when late on friday a weekender family took the space next to me, and they all seemed so eager to makeup for a long week and quickly prepare dinner so that they forgot about everyone else around them. I watched as the Mrs. carried a frying pan full of hot oil (pot holder around the handle) across the campground road and dumped the oil into the plastic bag dispenser for campers to use to pick up pet poo. Then Mr. repeatedly knocked over the shaky grill he set up and set up again–both oblivious to the fact that their several children–all boys–were running wild and riding their bikes repeatedly right through my campsite. Mr or Mrs never looked up from their tasks never said hello or even acknowledged my presence. Their kids continued to do as they pleased, including riding their bikes through my campsite on all sides of my camper no matter how many times I explained to them that they needed to stay out of my campsite. Then Mr. came over and informed me– “my kids aren’t bothering YOU”. I told him that they were and that they needed to stay out of my camp site. He walked away with his back stiff and erect and slammed the door of his camper behind him when he went inside. It was getting dark. I simply disconnected my electrical cable and packed up. I drove to a different area of the large campground and located an empty spot and parked, then called the office to arrange the move officially. Fortunately, the people with kids in that part of the campground watched them well. The kids were careful to ride their bikes on the roads only and not into the campsites of others. Unfortunately, the rude campers just don’t care and will probably never read this or think about their behavior or the behavior of their family members at campgrounds.

    • Well told story. It happens more & more as Mr & Mrs just want the kids out of THEIR hair. I found many people being annoyed in a MO State Park will tell the Campground Host, a Park Employee, or the Park Ranger. It could be a many lesson learned experiance for the annoying family all around.

  3. What really burns me is when someone lets their dog(s) bark while setting right there and does nothing as if they can’t hear them.

    • Yes, we run across this often. Last year, when on vacation, the people next to us had one that barked 24/7. They would is there and never open their mouth or try to quiet him. We listened to this for 7 days. This year we had a camper come in behind us, set up a small enclosure right behind my camper and put their little yappers in that and go on back inside. Can you believe that I leave a quiet home and pay to listen to this? It is very rude.

  4. On being a good neighbor. Had an experience recently, when my neighbor was getting an early start on leaving and was ver there banging doors, yelling at the kids, and the kids themselves yelling. So being a good neighbor also means being quiet before her people are up and about

  5. Something that is seldom mentioned is your sewer hose. If you are in a tight site and the sewer connection is very close to your neighbor’s campsite I think you should only connect when dumping.
    I certainly don’t like someone’s sewer hose under my picnic table.

  6. If you bring your pet, pick up the dog crap that your pet leaves around the campground. It shouldn’t be everyone’s problem

  7. If you smoke please watch where you’re smoke goes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to quickly close windows to avoid an asthma attack.

  8. Only had Loud Neighbors 1 Time. 🙂 If you use Geo Method for Poop Tank esp. and Grey it sure Helps When Dumping SMELL IS MUCH LESS NASTY 98% :).

  9. You might add don’t pull into a campsite opposite your hookups unless it’s ok with the people next to you. If you are in a dark campsite area don’t leave o bunch of lights on as your neighbor might be enjoying the stars more than your porch or accent lights.