We are members of quite a few RVing groups on Facebook, and they are a great source of information, and they have a lot of experienced RVers to answer your questions. The groups are 90% useful and 10% grumpy farts. There’s always a handful that have to throw poo like they skipped a step in the evolutionary process…
So, I’m going to talk about the complaints I have seen the most from RVers about other RVers. You can use the information to avoid pissing people off – or to make it a lot worse if you don’t care how bunchy their panties get.
Kids Having Fun Seriously, this is a complaint that I have seen more than once. What we full-timers need to remember is that this is our life. We get to stay at these parks, travel, and relax or explore whenever and however we like. The weekenders or vacationers are trying to make the best of the limited time they have before they have to go back to work. Have some patience! Take a good listen to a kids’ laughter – it could be contagious!
Unleashed Dogs First, we are dog owners. We have two full-sized dogs that you can learn all about them here. Second, your dogs should ALWAYS be on leash when outside. That is the rule 99% of the time, so follow it. If your dog is amazingly well-behaved then congratulations, and they shouldn’t mind being on a leash because they are so amazingly well-behaved. Also, it makes my dogs jealous that yours are off leash and mine are all dressed up with them. Stop making my dogs jealous. Just follow the rules.
People Walking Through Your Campsite Okay, I gotta go with the grumpy farts on this one. If it’s isn’t your campsite, stay out of it.
Generators “They have their generator on all night long.” “It’s so loud.” “The fumes come in my window.” Okay okay, okay. I get it. You are probably out RVing because you like the outdoors; because nature sounds and smells better than a city every time. But we all travel differently. We don’t own a generator, but have some great portable solar panels. BUT we do not use much power. No TV, no microwave, etc. We’ve gotten annoyed by a generator a time or two, but having a camping neighbor come tell us about his heart monitor that needs charged often (he is on the heart transplant list) reminded us that we don’t know what other people got going on in their lives, so we probably shouldn’t gripe about any of them…well, maybe a few of them.
LINKS on RVing Etiquette (I do not necessarily agree with all of these, or any of them, but thought I would share other opinions too, even though mine is really the only one that matters.
I am not a big city person. I don’t like traffic, I don’t like crowds, and I know I am delusional because I consider Eugene, OR a big city.
We were going to spend just a few days in Eugene, but we are not shopping mall and fancy restaurant types of people. We are more Goodwill, dog parks, and WiFi kind of people.
Shopping – There are plenty of thrift stores in Eugene/Springfield area, including many Goodwill stores and a local charity, St. Vincent DePaul thrift stores. I love thrift store shopping! There is less bargain hunting these days than when we were in a sticks ‘n bricks due to a lack of space, but I can still find great buys on clothes and, most importantly, books.
Parks – Alton Baker Park in Eugene was awesome. They have tons to do there, but the best part for us was the dog park. The dog park was fairly busy, but our two four-legs had a wonderful time running and playing with new friends. The dog park is huge and fully fenced, with double entry points at three different locations. There are benches and covered picnic tables, and a graveled loop trail for us two-legs to walk with our four-legs. (Nerd alert — multiple Pokemon Go Stops and a couple of gyms in and around the dog park!)
We parked The Serenity at Richardson County Park. The park is pretty small, but clean with hot showers and only 15 minutes from the city. The park has a tiny ampitheater, plenty of places to walk, and a beautiful lake with a marina.