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First-Time RV Park Visitor? Keep These Etiquette Tips In Mind

by Jordan Marshall

When you travel by RV for the first time, you'll often find yourself pulling into an RV park to spend a few days on your trip. Doing so gives you the chance to relax a little, especially if you've been driving several hours per day, as well as meet other travel enthusiasts. First-time RV park visitors should always take a few minutes to get acquainted with the park's rules, as the last thing you want to do is annoy those who are parked around you. Beyond the rules that are usually listed near the entrance of the park, here are some important etiquette reminders to know.

Ask For Help If You're Uncertain About The Sewer Hookup

One of the benefits of visiting an RV park is that you'll be able to hook up your vehicle's waste tank to the park's sewer system. If you're new to this practice, it's better to seek help from a park employee or even another visitor if you're not confident in completing this task. Not being sure about this process risks you making an enormous mess.

Keep Your Curtains Drawn

Remember that other RV enthusiasts might be camping just a few yards away from your vehicle, so it's important that you don't treat anyone to a free show. Make sure to keep your curtains drawn whenever you're changing your clothing or getting dressed. It's generally a good idea to keep the curtains drawn all the time so you don't have to worry about others seeing into your vehicle.

Keep Your Pet On A Leash

It might seem like common sense, but if you visit many RV parks, it won't often take you long to see a dog roaming away from its owner. Even if you know your pet is friendly, it's important to keep it on a leash whenever you leave your RV. Doing so will prevent the animal from potentially disturbing other campers — and keep you from having to chase it down. If you're spending time outside, a stake that screws into the ground and connects via a chain to your dog's collar is a smart investment.

Remember That Your Camping Space Isn't A Garage

While it's true that RV drivers will need to change the oil and perform other maintenance tasks on their vehicles, you shouldn't do so in your camping space. Changing the oil, in particular, can leave a major mess and also be disruptive to those camping around you. If you need to perform such tasks, find a RV park employee and ask if there's a designated area for such tasks.