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Old 08-03-2017, 03:49 PM   #29
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Couple of things after reading all the posts...

Here in south Georgia and Florida the state birds might as well be the skeeters...in my experience campfires help a lot in keeping them at bay and the gnats too...when they are really bad we also burn several citronella candles and a thermocell. I also cook over an open fire almost every camping trip some of the best meals I have had are done over an open fire...but I do make sure the fire is out or down to nothing but a few coals before bed...I am a night out and like sitting around the fire til around midnight, very relaxing to me.

I do keep 1 sting of soft lights lit at night so if we have a need to exit the camper any time after dark we can see where we are stepping, it is snake country where we camp...to me it is a safe practice...is that considered bad etiquette? I thought all campers had curtains or blinds to keep out unwanted light, my tents always were positioned so the openings were not facing adjacent campsites...
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Old 08-03-2017, 04:31 PM   #30
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Johnny, regarding the lights, I'd say "When in Rome..." That is the essence of courtesy- to blend in with local norms.

I've been in developed campgrounds with lots of ambient lighting at night: bathhouses, security lights, porch lights on campers... In that setting, I don't think anyone would notice your string of lights. I've been other places where it's pretty dark at night and skywatching is one of the attractions. There it would be considerate to turn them off. A flashlight pointed toward the ground is the old-fashioned solution for midnight forays.

We often open windows and curtains at night for ventilation and to enjoy nighttime sounds and sky as we drop off to sleep. Our first time to South Carlsbad Beach State Park we stayed at a site that was about 30 feet from an intersection. The crosswalk automatically cycled with the light and had an audible alert for the visually impaired. Annoying, but nothing to do with campground etiquette!
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Old 08-03-2017, 04:55 PM   #31
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There was a significant improvement in air quality when BC Parks stopped providing free firewood many years ago.
How I wish camp fires to be banned everywhere...
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Johnny, regarding the lights, I'd say "When in Rome..." That is the essence of courtesy- to blend in with local norms.

I've been in developed campgrounds with lots of ambient lighting at night: bathhouses, security lights, porch lights on campers... In that setting, I don't think anyone would notice your string of lights. I've been other places where it's pretty dark at night and skywatching is one of the attractions. There it would be considerate to turn them off. A flashlight pointed toward the ground is the old-fashioned solution for midnight forays.

We often open windows and curtains at night for ventilation and to enjoy nighttime sounds and sky as we drop off to sleep. Our first time to South Carlsbad Beach State Park we stayed at a site that was about 30 feet from an intersection. The crosswalk automatically cycled with the light and had an audible alert for the visually impaired. Annoying, but nothing to do with campground etiquette!

Ah yes the joys of camping in State Parks and RV Resorts.
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:30 PM   #33
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This thread was an interesting read.

I've only one caution, for what it's worth. Spending a significant portion of my life in law enforcement gave me a whole new perspective on what people are capable of. Sure, folks who camp and RV are generally pretty pleasant, but I'd highly recommend against moving anything from an adjacent campsite - like burning fire logs while the neighbor is sitting around them.

Some folks are crazy, and it's generally not worth the risk of provoking violence.
That could really ruin your day. Used to be you could pretty much reason with anybody, but today, not so much. Much better to simply contact the campground manager and have them deal with it.
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Old 08-04-2017, 04:48 AM   #34
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Etiquette isn't just a thing of the past in campgrounds, just drive down any 4 lane highway and watch the way people drive....Direction signals ? What's those?

Seems that the attitude is "OH, those rules apply to someone else not ME! in everything.
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:29 AM   #35
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In my opinion, acts like some describe (including one rude one I had to delete), where folks become vigilantes to a degree and act themselves with disrespect do nothing to promote good campground etiquette. Lead by example, not by reacting in kind which makes you no better than them.

I too love the sound of rambunctious kids playing, that is what kids do. They are having fun, and that is what camping is all about.

As long as music is not blasting to the degree I cannot converse with those with me, I have no problem with it during allowed hours. I have heard some complain about guitar, ukulele, and other instruments being played, whereas I am drawn to that and have even joined in for more good fun. I said before that camping and campfires are synonymous to me, you could add guitar into that too, and as long as it is not overdone,

We have to remember that the camping experience is for everyone, and not just ourselves. Sure, I would love it if everyone followed my own set of rules for etiquette, but I know that is not going to happen just reading through the thread. I think we all need to be tolerant within the bounds of the campground rules (and maybe give just a little), and report offenders to someone in charge to have them deal with it.

I must admit to being a very social camper, mostly used to camping with many friends and family, and often going on trips with other couples. When in campgrounds I love meeting folks from different places on this continent and talking with them, knowing that their background to camping is likely going to me different than mine. To me, this is part of the campground experience. I look in wonderment at those who seem to hole up in their RVs and never come out, though the places I mostly camp do not have these big units or folks like this fortunately.

Heck, earlier this year I had an offer to use a fellow campers fishing boat while they went off on a road trip for the day. Other than sitting around a campfire with them a couple nights, never knew them before. I am always eager to help a fellow camper out if I can, in most any way. This is the comradery I enjoy.

The instances I have seen of what I would consider poor camp etiquette are very far and few between, and pale to all the good I have encountered. Our own attitudes go a long way to our enjoyment.
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:58 AM   #36
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Exlnt post Jim. Like the mention of the use of the boat. Think I mentioned this before but back in "95 we were at Lake Powell for a week. After sailing for many years I saw only one sailboat on the lake I looked him up at the end of the day. Don't remember now where he was from but his main sail ripped and he didn't have an extra or anything to repair it. Went back to the motorhome and grabbed a sail I bought to use as a tarp. Took it to him, take whatever you need and think he took the top 6'. Perfect, his vacation was renewed and I still had plenty of tarp. I'd bet $1000.00 there wasn't another sail within 300 miles . Anyway, you never know how the campers are around you.....music or campfires.
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Whenever I camp I like to share all my pink flamingos with all the campers around me putting one at each campsite...
That was YOU! Now my wife wants some of her own, thanks a bunch!


Really it does boil down to the golden rule and allowing others some slack so they can enjoy themselves even if a bit differently than I might.

When I find myself thinking (or hearing) "they shouldn't be allowed" or "that should be banned" my first question is how much harm is being done and to how many. Second question should be is there anything I can do to make the situation better.

Giving a bit of split kindling to someone struggling with a smoky fire and maybe a pointer or two on campfires or the value of an axe to make kindling is better than getting me own undies in a twist over the smoke.

Drunk teenagers are an abomination, I tend to avoid campgrounds close to urban locations on weekends because they tend to be popular with that crowd. Thought the chumming for raccoons was priceless.

Myself I have been known on one occasion to enjoy some Janice Joplin at a high volume with my breakfast when my camping neighbors ignored my request that they turn down their radio and respect the quiet time the night before since I had kids trying to sleep. I wasn't willing to have a confrontation with intoxicated people over it that night, but I also was not going to deal with it a second night. As it happens I also like Willie Nelson with my morning coffee, apparently they didn't.

Back then I fed large pieces of steel to presses for a living, sober and in daylight the young fellows did not desire a confrontation, but the night before people would have been hurt had I pushed. It takes some care and judgment to tow a camper, I think it is important to apply that to social conflict once at the campground. Better to talk to a manager, ranger, or even police later if the situation warrants it than get into a confrontation with someone who is not sober or not interested in finding a resolution.

Got a smart phone? Then inconspicuously record the noise, video the drinking or loud activity. Show it to rangers or manager next day. In the end you can't make others do stuff, can only choose what you will do.
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That was YOU! Now my wife wants some of her own, thanks a bunch!


Really it does boil down to the golden rule and allowing others some slack so they can enjoy themselves even if a bit differently than I might.

When I find myself thinking (or hearing) "they shouldn't be allowed" or "that should be banned" my first question is how much harm is being done and to how many. Second question should be is there anything I can do to make the situation better.

Giving a bit of split kindling to someone struggling with a smoky fire and maybe a pointer or two on campfires or the value of an axe to make kindling is better than getting me own undies in a twist over the smoke.

Drunk teenagers are an abomination, I tend to avoid campgrounds close to urban locations on weekends because they tend to be popular with that crowd. Thought the chumming for raccoons was priceless.

Myself I have been known on one occasion to enjoy some Janice Joplin at a high volume with my breakfast when my camping neighbors ignored my request that they turn down their radio and respect the quiet time the night before since I had kids trying to sleep. I wasn't willing to have a confrontation with intoxicated people over it that night, but I also was not going to deal with it a second night. As it happens I also like Willie Nelson with my morning coffee, apparently they didn't.

Back then I fed large pieces of steel to presses for a living, sober and in daylight the young fellows did not desire a confrontation, but the night before people would have been hurt had I pushed. It takes some care and judgment to tow a camper, I think it is important to apply that to social conflict once at the campground. Better to talk to a manager, ranger, or even police later if the situation warrants it than get into a confrontation with someone who is not sober or not interested in finding a resolution.

Got a smart phone? Then inconspicuously record the noise, video the drinking or loud activity. Show it to rangers or manager next day. In the end you can't make others do stuff, can only choose what you will do.
When searching for State Parks to camp at , I have noticed that certain SP's near urban centers have recently introduced bans on the possession or consumption of alcohol. One can draw their own conclusion but the reasons for the ban seem fairly obvious to me.
In my state it appears that the SP's could fund themselves off of recycling beer cans.
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I have only been an RV camper now for 3 years, before that tent camping in back country, so campgrounds were an adjustment. I like the tranquility of the back country, but since camping in both campgrounds and RV parks I have learned to appreciate seeing all the different campers from all walks of life spending time as families. (and yes some families prefer to do it inside in the comfort of their nice big diesel pushers, to them that is there way of camping, sort of). We as a country need more of this, much more. So I can be tolerant of music, campfire smoke, etc. etc. We will even invite or join in on games like corn hole, etc.

Now when it turns into a drunken party that's different as I have a small child. If at all possible if I see that coming I try to head it off by selecting a different campsite if possible in another area. If not, simply greeting them before it gets out of hand and telling them about my career in public safety (firefighter and law enforecement) somehow seems to keep it toned down...

TIP: If you don't like camping around a bunch of drunks, loud music, generators, smoke (of various sources), dancing on anything elevated (you know the kind that involves strings of beads) then avoid camping at or near any NASCAR event...

One thing I have found that seems to go over very well is to take that first step to walk a few feet to your neighbor with a friendly wave and "Hello neighbor!". We also offer any firewood left over to anyone close by upon departure. Oh and any extra dessert from the dutch oven goes along way as a good gesture to neighbors and campground staff alike...

On a recent trip I walked over to help a family with a big travel trailer as they had just bought it used and it was their first trip and the guy didn't know how to work the awning. It broke the ice, they were grateful, and our kids ended up playing together most of the trip...
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We had a bizarre camping experience in my opinion about 20 years ago at JW Wells State Park in the Michigan UP. Not many campers except a large family group near us. We went over and talked to them when we got there, said hi, talked to one of the wives. We were tent camping and had an infant baby at the time. As the sun went down they proceeded to launch bottle rockets over our tent, and I mean right over, despite the fact that there were wide open directions they could have launched. No park ranger to stop it, nothing, they did it for at least 2 hours. The next morning we packed up to leave (a day early) and there were bottle rocket sticks all around us and at least one on the tent. Really nice family group targeting a young family with a baby.

The easiest way we found to avoid most riff-raff is to camp where there are no hookups or electricity.
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Camp where there is no place to charge cell phones and by the second day things get allot quieter.
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Camp where there is no place to charge cell phones and by the second day things get allot quieter.
Dunno, Steve. Either they crank up a generator or turn on the vehicle and let it idle while the devices charge. No one is giving up their devices these days!
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