I tried to see if there was another post similar but this is a pretty broad topic so hard to narrow down so sorry if duplicate.
We are now just figuring out how things work with the new travel trailer (setup, configuration, break down, what to bring...etc) so haven't been too interested yet in getting to know our neighbors while camping. We tend to be fairly reserved and keep to ourselves however I know that for many the joy of camping is to get to know your neighbors and others that have the same interests.
With that said....how do you break the ice with your neighbors? Do you just walk up to their site while they are outside and say hi, is there etiquette? Are there sure signs that influence you to stay away (less obvious than putting a sign out that says go away or do not disturb)?
I also ask because I recognize that some people like the "getting away" aspect of camping where they can read a book, enjoy the peace and quiet...so we are a bit hesitant to bother others.
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If they have a friendly dog, and you do also...that's always a great ice breaker.
My wife is very outgoing towards out camping neighbors...and I'm just the opposite! So a dog has always been our mutual device for making friends.
Very few people who camp are "hermits" or "cranky"...so it's up to you or them to open up the channels of communication.
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We have made many long lasting and close friends at Camp sites, and some are even Forum Members here!
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I think that most people that RV are pretty friendly. I think that just your typical "Good morning, nice weather we are having" or "Sure hope it stops raining today" will be enough to elicit a response. If the conversation goes from there, then you will know that they are interested in making a new aquaintance. If he just mumbles and walks away, then you still have your answer.
I've found that if "I" really want to communicate with the next door camper, I look for something unique they might have and then simply go over and ask about it. It might be something as simple as a ice chest, but if it's an off brand, or a color, or a size that's not quite so "normal and average", I'll just simply go over and ask about it. That usually opens the door to more conversations. The secret is to know if you're REALLY not wanted. You can pick up that vibration pretty fast. If so, just tell them thanks for the new information and you'll be looking to get one similar to it. If they're the sociable type, next thing you know, you'll be sharing oil change schedules and cooking recipies!
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I just walk up, begin talking - have never met a stranger. If they don't want to talk, I just move on. It doesn't hurt my feelings. I have NEVER tried to talk to anyone who would not talk, so I have never met any of those 'hermits' or 'cranky' people you mentioned.
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