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Posted: 05/14/21 07:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi all!

My daughter (11) and I (38) are renting an RV this summer for a week long trip to Shenandoah National Park. This will be our first time with an RV, and I have a question regarding RV Parks. In my reading, it seems as though there is quite a lot of etiquette involved in staying in an RV Park. Of course I want to make sure that we are doing everything on the up and up and not impeding on anybody else's stay.

The RV we are renting will be our only mode of transportation. As such, we will be using it to travel around the park, and to and from our other destinations. It seems that a lot of people seem to tow a car or have another mode of transportation with them. Is it common to come and go in an RV throughout the day?

Thanks so much for any advice!

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Posted: 05/14/21 08:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, some people use their RV as their only mode of transportation, especially for smaller Class C or B RV's and rarely Class A's. I wouldn't worry about it.


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Just do not rent anything over 24' and you'll be fine.

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That sounds like a wonderful vacation!

Etiquette is far less complicated than it sometimes appears here. Basically, if you act respectfully towards the other campers, you'll be doing very well...which means such things as avoiding loud noises during quiet hours, not walking through other occupied sites, driving at reasonable (slow) speeds through the campground, and those sorts of common-sense things.

There's nothing wrong at all with taking the motorhome to leave and drive around for awhile. Setting up and tearing down camp can be a bit of a hassle, lessened by not setting up more than you need. (It's things like clearing off the counters and stowing junk properly that I find the most annoying in these sorts of situations; if you try to keep unnecessary odds and ends to a minimum, and put things away when you're done using them, it'll help.)

I recommend putting together some sort of a checklist for breaking camp to be sure you don't forget to do something. When you discover something that you forget to do, add it to the checklist for the next times.





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That will be a nice trip! Plan on leaving very early in the morning to get off the island. The Cross Bronx gets awful after 6 am! The BQE is hair raising for any rv. Once you hit Jersey it will be a lot better. Make sure you reserve your spot(s) as far in advance as you can. Ask the campground if you need to leave something in your site while you are gone as some will see an empty spot as available. As mentioned above, common sense tends to prevail when figuring what should and shouldn't be done in a campground. Just imagine the way you would expect those around you to act and you will be ok. Have a great trip!


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Talk to other campers, most of us will assist and answer any questions. OR, explain any issues you need explained.

Night noise and bright night-lights are something that often annoys other campers.


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Posted: 05/14/21 12:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

definitely leave something in your site to show it is not available. some people use orange cones, others leave a sign or an old lawn chair.


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You'll have a great time! Yes, some sightsee in their RV and go in and out of their campground space. Doesn't bother me or anyone else as far as I know.


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Posted: 05/14/21 12:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you take a dog, don't let it bark much or run loose.

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The SNP has numerous scenic turnouts that will be more of an issue with a large RV. Plan on early or less congested times to stop at those. Try to keep your RV out of the way as best you can, unlike “that guy” that hogs the limited space.

As mentioned earlier, don’t walk thru the campsites of others without permission. The SNP is one place where I was hiking (bushwhacking) thru thick brush and broke out at an occupied campsite, the “lady” had a fit.





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