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Posted: 05/10/12 05:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Use your pick-up. Put one foot on bumper, rest arms on side of bed and bend head down slightly looking in the bed at some beer or wine.


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I always make a point to introduce myself to my immediate neighbors, usually under the "pretext" of checking the campsite boundaries and/or making sure my hose and cords are out of their way. At a minimum, if there are any issues they will hopefully talk to us before contacting management. Not that I think my family has "issues"... lol

Otherwise, most everyone is very socialable. Always compliment someones camper... that always gets people talking! A good sign that people want to say hello is the "welcome" sign or a sign with the family name attached to the camper.


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Locky wrote:

My wife will usually just walk around topless. You wouldn't believe how many people stop by our campsite just to say Hi. Hey, it's better than me running around in a speedo. Actually most people camping are pretty friendly. Just ask them about their RV or tow vehicle and it usually takes off from there. Cold beer helps.


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Ask a question about something of theirs.

People love to talk about their passions, and campers have no lack of stuff.

Just a "Wow, I've never seen one of those" or "I thought about getting one of those" is guaranteed to spark up a lengthy conversation.

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M GO BLUE wrote:

Locky wrote:

My wife will usually just walk around topless. You wouldn't believe how many people stop by our campsite just to say Hi. Hey, it's better than me running around in a speedo. Actually most people camping are pretty friendly. Just ask them about their RV or tow vehicle and it usually takes off from there. Cold beer helps.


Hey we are looking to put together a Michigan Rally later this year if you are interested?

After all of these months we finally get invited to go camping. I wonder why that is lol.





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Folks often stop and compliment me on how well behaved my dogs are. Always gets a smile and welcoming response from me.

And I like the tip on having extra seating available.Great idea!! I carry a second chair but seldom have it out. From now on it gets set up along with the lounger I always use.


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I put out a sign that says "STAY AWAY"! That draws them right in.


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M GO BLUE wrote:

I have a pair of bright pink flamingos I put out at the RV parks we stay at...that gets the neighbors talking!


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ICE Breaking:
  • Pets are always a good breaker
  • Common Interest clues (look for golf clubs, fishing rods, BBQ Grill type, etc)
  • Reading outside - Kinde, paperbacks
  • Comment on cooking aromas from "last night etc"
  • Ask questions about camping / your trailer / their trailer
  • Judging you by your "friendy, easy going style of writing" I suspect you know all this - so just go Break The ICE!



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OK, I was wrong about finding interesting things to talk with neighbors about.

The best bait is to have a friend stay beside us in his tent, and park his Ferrari 360 Modena in front of our MH. There is mostly a line up of people to check out his camping vehicle... and looking for tow-bar attachments.


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I seem to have just the opposite problem. How do I get the ice breakers to leave me alone?

Don't get me wrong, I'm a nice guy. I just like my space.


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