If you’re new to RVing, the first thing you may notice on your first RV camping trip is how close you are to your neighbours. With car camping sites, including seasonal camping sites, pull-through sites, and larger areas for RV travellers, you’re in good company at most campgrounds across Canada! With so many other campers around you, understanding what it means to be a good neighbour is key. Here are some unwritten camping rules to live by.
Know the Park Rules
When you check-in, you’ll typically receive important information, including the campground’s rules. You may also be able to find them on each campground’s website. Even if you’ve camped before, the rules for each park may differ, so make sure you take time to review them as a family.
Where to Park Your RV
Most campgrounds have a standard space to park your rig on the site. It’s usually okay to sway from this area, but always be respectful of neighbours nearby. Make sure you’re not blocking their personal space with your RV. Much of this comes down to being aware of your surroundings and leaving room for others to feel comfortable.
Account for Your RV’s Slide-Outs
Finding the right campsite for your RV is important. If you have slide-outs, look for an RV site with the right space. When parking and setting up your campsite, always remember to consider the location of your slide-outs. Nothing is worse than the slides from the camper beside you encroaching on your site. Park your trailer and test the slide-outs before unhooking. This step will save you time and prevent you from having to hook everything back up and re-park.
Making New Friends
Forming new friendships while camping is easy – especially when you share your love for RVing! As exciting as it may be to meet new people, always give other campers time to set up and settle before introducing yourself. If you sense they need some help, call out to offer some assistance. Try not to take it personally if someone does not want to connect, and do your best to respect their boundaries. This rule applies to human friends and fur friends!
Speaking of New Friends
As cute as they may be, not all dogs want to play! Always check in with the owner before you or your kids (fur or human) interact with their dog. Keep your dogs on a leash or adhere to the campground’s rules when going for a walk or at your campsite.
Enjoy Wildlife from a Distance
As fascinating as wildlife can be, they’re also unpredictable and may carry diseases. For your safety, enjoy them from a distance. And whatever you do, do not feed the wildlife – intentionally or unintentionally. Ensure your food is cleaned, and scraps/garbage is disposed of properly.
Respecting Quiet Time
Camping is a great way to gather with friends and family and have those big conversations and belly laughs that make time away memorable. Be mindful that the time posted as “quiet time” should apply to conversations, music, generators, and bright lights. You can still enjoy that fabulous campfire (if it’s not a fire risk – watch for postings), but do it with your neighbours in mind.
Never walk through someone’s site. It may seem like just a second or just the edge of the site, but it can make people uncomfortable. Take the extra steps to ensure your neighbours can enjoy their camping experience too.
The site next to you may be empty and look like a great place to park or even put up a tent, but you never know when campers renting the space will arrive. Avoid a scramble, and only use the space you have reserved.
Respect Checkout Time
Like a hotel, your checkout time is when you must be off the site. This means your site is clean and ready for the next set of campers excited to start their nature getaway!
Leave Your Site Better than You Found It
Do a sweep of the location after you pack up and move your RV. If you can move branches or debris that may have blown onto your site, take the time to do it. Do not leave unwanted items behind. If you have items you no longer need but someone else may want, take them to the ranger station, where they can help get them to someone who can use them.
Be Prepared at the Dump Station
Have your gloves, the black tank hose, and the connector piece handy when you pull up to the dump station. If you are uncertain of what to do, always ask for help. In the RVing and camping community, someone is always willing to lend a hand.
Make Sure You are Covered
If you have ever been involved in an accident where another driver caused damage to your property, you know how disappointing and stressful the experience can be. Now imagine it happening on your vacation. Accidents happen no matter how experienced you may be at driving, towing, or parking your RV. Before you head out for your first epic RV trip of the season, it is important to ensure that your insurance policy is up to date and has the most comprehensive coverage.
For a quote or to review your coverage, call a Wayfarer Insurance broker at 1.844.929.4768 or contact us online to find out what makes us different from other insurance providers.