Way to see the glass as half empty Skip. While there are certainly bad RVers that will steal, I disagree that RVers are an average cross section of the population. I think it is far better than average and has less of a criminal element than the general population. That does not mean I abandon all common sense and leave my generator out without being secured with lock. I do leave out cheaper items and they seldom disappear. It does mean that I generally give new people I meet at the campground the benefit of the doubt when first meeting them. I am seldom disappointed and it certainly improves my general enjoyment when camping. Sorry if your results differ.
When people congregate that have like interest they almost always seem to be friendlier than the general public at large…
That perception also creates a higher level of expectation and higher level of expectation helps people want to meet those expectations…
When I was big into cross country motorcycling they to seemed to be a really great bunch of people that stood out from the rest… when I was devoted to hunting the area hunters stood out…
So to me it seems very true that campers and RVers are more friendly and honest especially when in those situations and settings where those perceptions and expectations are high…
But that wouldn’t be the only reason for this… different activities may have different perceptions that often draw people with different backgrounds and they will have different expectations to live up to…
The same person returning the wallet to your door in a CG might take a different approach if placed in a different setting where he was uncomfortable to start with…
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I have had very positive experiences when RV-ing. Nothing is perfect, and there are always the thieves, but compared to other places for social interaction, it generally is a lot more pleasant.
Even with thieves, with a good security chain and a generator that requires a key to turn on, it keeps most of them away. If they want something badly enough, they will get it, but that is what insurance is for.
Had a similar good neighbor experience this weekend myself. The evaporator pan holes on the AC got clogged, we had some water dripping down inside from the unit panel inside (on the ceiling) (discovered a little puddle on the floor underneath, thank goodness it was not QUITE as hot yesterday as it has been, but still hot enough). Left our cordless drill at home - which we properly kicked ourselves for LOL, upon seeing my SO on the roof, neighbor immediately came over with WD 40 and his tool box (he had no clue if we needed tools, he just wanted to be sure he brought his over in case there was something we could use). Then the maintenance technician stopped by as he was traveling past our camper on the golf cart and he stuck around to make sure we got it right. Providing any assistance to the campers regarding their rig is not in his job description, he is only there to make sure the park is running smoothly mechanically. This is not the first time we have gotten help out of him and this is what I call customer service - doing something not because you have to, but because you genuinely like to help people.
Usually the only time I've ever had a complaint with someone at the campground was when it was someone who was clearly not an RV'er and usually visiting someone else, or they were clearly brand new. People who have been doing it awhile - at least in my own experience - have always turned out to be helpful. There has been the few one offs over the years but thank goodness they have been few, and the issues were not too terrible.
Most Folks are pretty good people. I can think of dozens of times.
The biggest imprint was the Tornadoes last two years. People bought pallets of water and other supplies and even generators to help their neighbors. Those with the tools and just bare hands didn't wait on any relief agencies. They were in the buckets of their tractors clearing huge trees blocking roads and rooting out Folks stuck and needing help.
Lots of RVers came into the whole many county area giving hand.
I truly have to agree!
We have camped 3 times this year- twice at an RV campground; once at a state forest.
We have commented every time how nice everyone is. People always give a friendly hello and never seem reluctant to start a small conversation. We have also noticed how the children of these parents are also equally friendly.
We were actually sitting on the beach Saturday at Castaways (our favorite place!) and my wife said to me how everyone is so....normal. She felt embarrassed for saying that, but I totally knew what she meant.
2002 'The Rogue' by Mckenzie div of Monaco Coach
24' E450 chassis, V10, Class C, Single slide