Things not to do at a campground...

Discussion in 'Campground Etiquette' started by Sharpsburg, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. Strawhouse

    Strawhouse I miss my Camping Family... Gold Supporting Member

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    Nice one, Josh! I expect that 'C' learned a good lesson re respect for others and taking responsibility for his actions that day; and the results will likely be much longer lasting than a swat on his bottom. :cool:
     
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  2. jumpoff

    jumpoff I'm in a camping state of mind

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    I got drugged as a child....drug to the woodshed.
     
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    well what if you're not 50...
     
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  4. tfischer

    tfischer A bad day camping beats a good day at the office Gold Supporting Member

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    Really, we're going to open up THIS thread again?
     
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    thethird152 Active Member

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    Luckily, all those screaming kids everyone was complaining about earlier in the thread have grown up and are no longer a problem.
     
  6. tfischer

    tfischer A bad day camping beats a good day at the office Gold Supporting Member

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    Yet the yappy dogs still yap away lol.

    I have to admit being severely triggered by the post on the first page that blames people with well behaved dogs (they even specifically specify "well-behaved") on the road past their campsite, setting off their uncontrollable yet precious yappy dog. I kind of wanted to take a time machine back 6 years and punch them lol. Hopefully they were just trolling.
     
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    Fishin' Musician New Member

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    No, maybe you should read Loraura's post...
     
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    neighbormike Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Trying to stir s#|t up from a six year old thread?? I am all for it because I am bored.... truth is, if you don’t want noise or don’t want to see people or their pets/ kids, you best not be camping in a public campground.
     
  9. neighbormike

    neighbormike Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    THIS should be read by everyone everywhere.
     
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  10. unclemark

    unclemark Overland Park, KS

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    I love this old thread. I posted a similar topic at about the same time this one began, and the comments there still make me smile as well.
    Here's a few thoughts on how to enjoy quiet or undistracted camping, if that's your thing:
    -- Avoid lake campgrounds on weekends and holidays. Lakes have too much activity to provide a quiet respite. Find a campground in the woods.
    -- If your favorite lake has sites farther from the water, those remote sites will probably be quieter. Lakeside sites are popular and often close together. If you want to compete for a popular site, just be happy you have neighbors and enjoy the noise.
    -- During cool seasons, don't plug in. Go to a non-utility loop. You'll probably be lonely.
    -- Don't be a hardliner about music. Sometimes I turn on tunes just loud enough that I can't overhear the neighbors' conversations. Yes, a campground can be too quiet if the sites are so close together that every conversation must be whispered to remain private.
    -- Ask if you can introduce your dogs to the barking fools in nearby sites. Dogs will often relax somewhat after they've met their neighbors.
     
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    -- Don't be a hardliner about music. Sometimes I turn on tunes just loud enough that I can't overhear the neighbors' conversations. Yes, a campground can be too quiet if the sites are so close together that every conversation must be whispered to remain private.
    If you are close enough to you neighbor to hear their conversations..you are not camping, you are in a parking lot.
     
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    There is a simple solution. Walk 100 yards down any trail. You eliminate 98% of the noise.
     
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    I'm bored too so just read all 14 pages of this thread. I'm in the early stages of Old Fartdom but don't understand what the big deal is.

    We experienced pretty much everything mentioned here, but the only that really annoyed me was one time we were camping in the Pup and were next to a family with a couple toddlers in a big fiver that had a pretty bright porch light on the side facing us. When they went to bed that light came on and lit us up pretty good. I could have gone over that night but waited till the next morning. He apologized and figured one of the little ones probably switched on the light. It didn't happen again and we've seen these folks at the campground many times since and become friendly.

    Otherwise, I sometime wish there was more activity. It seems like Friday nights used to be party nights. I liked it the music playing and sounds of everyone having a good time.

    One time there were a group of "college boys" in the site across from us. They proceeded to have the kind of good time that would drive many previous posters absolutely bananas -- beer, girls, music, etc. But they remembered the golden rule, they made friends with our group -- read my three sons-in-law who were with us. They shared some beers and the next morning came over an apologized. I said "for what?" I enjoyed listening and watching them have a good time.

    [LOL][LOL][LOL]
     
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    unclemark Overland Park, KS

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    On a holiday weekend, many popular campgrounds get full, every site taken, at least in some states. Weirdly, some of these campgrounds remain very quiet. One July 4 weekend, in a cool, very quiet nonelectric Wisconsin campground full of respectful people eager to enjoy the quiet hilltop vistas overlooking the distant Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers -- no babbling brooks or river rapids, no generators, no ACs, no fans running -- it was possible to hear the neighbors' voices. Before I could figure out what they were saying, I put on the camping playlist -- just loud enough to dampen the neighbors's voices. Same thing in Minnesota this year on Labor Day weekend. I use two small bluetooth speakers so I can keep the noise close to me.
     
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    unclemark Overland Park, KS

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    Something like that happened to me at Nine Eagles State Park on July 3, 2015. The gentleman only partied for about 10 minutes, from about 11:50 to midnight, but he used a lot of accelerant.
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    tfischer A bad day camping beats a good day at the office Gold Supporting Member

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    In 2018 we started camping in a very popular campground over July 4th last at a resort town that has a big 4th celebration. I was expecting pandemonium and packed my ear plugs. Much to my surprise, it was dead quiet by 9pm... so much that I was afraid that maybe *we* were being the troublemakers... we like to sit by the campfire and play cards or games until about midnight. That first year we set up camp a few days before the 4th, and I figured surely by the 4th proper it would get rowdy, but nope. Same thing last year (2019).
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    This made me laugh so hard! [LOL][LOL][LOL] I have had that same thought process. We are really quiet, but when everyone is is even more quiet (or asleep) I feel like they are posting about their annoying neighbors on facebook as we sit by the fire.
     
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    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    1 of the very few times anyone ever asked my site to quiet down, was when an off duty ranger (from that CG) was hanging out and drinking with my friends and I. The ranger went to high school with my buddys girl. lol and Oops...
     
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    It seems to me that many campers expect wildly different things from the camping/rv lifestyle in general. It means different things to different people. That's going to cause lots of conflicts, whether they are expressed/voiced or not. Sometimes I even catch myself getting all torqued up about kids being wild "too close" to our site, or yelling their heads off, dogs using the bathroom in sites near ours, ... I remind myself that these peoples IDEAS about , and EXPECTATIONS from, camping may be completely different from mine, and therefore the situation demands some flexibility and understanding. THEY'RE KIDS.
    That said, if you are BLASTING your twangy country music as if it's the ONLY music to be played in the entire loop (then ya better get ready to hear some rap on level 10), revving your motorcycles or v12 custom drag-truckster over and over at 6am (everyone is so impressed), chopping firewood late at night, or at the crack of dawn, allowing your dog to defecate at the very entrance to another campers site, putting on a RV light show at 1 am, pouring your half empty liquor bottle in your fire pit for fun, having drunken arguments with your spouse, trashing the cg bathrooms and showers, renting one single site and trying to cram an RV and 7 various vehicles in it for the "party", running a big open frame generator and air conditioner constantly for a TENT in cramped sites, etc, etc... Your expectations from camping/ rv'ing are definitely questionable. I've camped through all of these issues, and almost none were CAUSED by kids or dogs.
     
  20. tfischer

    tfischer A bad day camping beats a good day at the office Gold Supporting Member

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    I've run across this much more than bad kids or dogs. I don't even chop wood, period, we bring along homemade fire starters and newspaper. But I guess sometimes people want to feel like they're out in the boonies backpacking even when they're camping with their 5th wheel, and go all Grizzly Adams with a hatchet lol. That's fine, if you chop your stuff for a small amount of time and get it done with. And if you pre-chop your breakfast fire wood the night before (or stop eating breakfast at 6am).

    We once camped near a couple that broke just about every rule. Among them, they evidently refused to buy firewood so they continually dragged huge branches out of the woods (against the rules) and attempted to cut it into firewood with a tiny hatchet. Plus the guy evidently had no idea how to chop wood. Needless to say, they were chopping wood almost the entire weekend.

    They also refused to tether their dog, so he was constantly running around. The first time or two he stopped by our site they were setting up their tent so I warmly greeted him and waved that it was no issue. Little did I know that they weren't going to have him contained *the entire weekend*. Every 10 minutes, they were screaming across the campground calling for the dog. Including one time after 1am.
     
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