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things not to do at a campground
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June 22, 2014 – 7:38 am
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Don’t have a smoldering campfire drifting smoke on your neighbors. If you want to burn a fire, burn it hot! PS judging from the pictures of Canvascampers fires, I don’t think smoldering is an issue!  ;D

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June 22, 2014 – 8:55 pm
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Just back from 4 nights at Moccasin Creek SP (GA) and I can add one:

Don’t arrive at 6 AM on Sunday morning and back your 5th Wheel in and out, in and out with a diesel pickup truck revving and repeating. Woke up the whole campground loop.

(I must say that our tent neighbors with 4 kids (young teen down to a 7 yr. old), two dogs, two vehicles, and visits from both sets of grandparents on Saturday were so quiet, it was hard to know if they were in or out of camp. I was amazed.)

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June 24, 2014 – 5:07 pm
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Nice list and I’m sure we’ve all had each of these show up.

[quote author=GA Judy link=topic=3022.msg29330#msg29330 date=1403484934]
(I must say that our tent neighbors with 4 kids (young teen down to a 7 yr. old), two dogs, two vehicles, and visits from both sets of grandparents on Saturday were so quiet, it was hard to know if they were in or out of camp. I was amazed.)

I find that tent campers tend to be on either side of the spectrum.  Either they are great neighbors like you had. 

Or they are very rowdy.  They decided to go camping with their friends to get drunk and went to Walmart to get a tent that would sleep the dozen friends that were going with enough space to fit that huge stereo because after all, why would ANYONE want to go to the woods and listen to nature when they could listen to their awesome taste in hardcore rap/rock/etc.

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June 26, 2014 – 10:35 am
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[quote author=Olive link=topic=3022.msg29321#msg29321 date=1403367199]
If you have a dog that likes to bark, buy them a citronella collar or leave them at home.

What is this about? I’ve never heard of a citronella collar. How does that stop the barking???

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June 26, 2014 – 11:32 am
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[quote author=BoomJammer link=topic=3022.msg29370#msg29370 date=1403793314]
What is this about? I’ve never heard of a citronella collar. How does that stop the barking???

Jason, the collar activates with a bark and emits a harmless puff of ci tronella into the dog’s face making it close its mouth. Kinder than a shock collar.

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June 26, 2014 – 1:03 pm
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Wow, how interesting!  I wonder if it keeps the gnats and mosquitos away too?

We just had a good weekend camping with our new-to-us dog. We were very sensitive to any issues with the dog. For the most part, he was pretty relaxed and quiet. But every time a dog was walked by, or he saw a squirrel, he fired off a few barks. He never barked when we were out for walks and saw other dogs, only when he saw "intruders" at our campsite. And of course we were always right there to quiet him down. But I wonder how well this might work for him?

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June 26, 2014 – 9:55 pm
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[quote author=BoomJammer link=topic=3022.msg29372#msg29372 date=1403802219]
Wow, how interesting!  I wonder if it keeps the gnats and mosquitos away too?
…But every time a dog was walked by, or he saw a squirrel, he fired off a few barks. He never barked when we were out for walks and saw other dogs, only when he saw "intruders" at our campsite. And of course we were always right there to quiet him down. But I wonder how well this might work for him?

A citronella collar would not work for keeping off gnats or mosquitos (unless your NTU dog) was constantly barking. 😀 However, there are other things to help with that. Since your dog is only giving off a few barks, you could try a little spray bottle filled with water to alleviate that problem. (A dog will bark a bit depending on the circumstances, but that’s his/her job!) When you are training the pupper and you know he is about to bark, get the spray bottle out, show it to him, and say NO when he barks while simultaneously spraying some water in his face. You don’t want to drown the dog but they don’t like water sprayed in their faces (at least most don’t). The spray bottle becomes such a deterrent to barking that shortly you will just have to raise the spray bottle and say no. He will grumble but not a bark. Anyway, that worked for me for 5 Norwegian Elkhounds, and their breed’s  job in life was to chase a moose while barking to alert the hunter of the moose’s position. It’s hard to stop instinct, but it worked. There were other times, though, when I needed my dog to bark at a stranger at the door, scaring the beejeebers out of who was in our territory and shouldn’t have been. You knew Ivan and Tasha, and they were both Elkhounds – only barking when another dog got in their faces. That’s another subject for this topic: Don’t let your dog off leash in a campground. They bother other dogs and people causing all to bark! 🙂

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June 27, 2014 – 10:31 am
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My dog is good and quiet.  Yes I’m one of THOSE dog owners who thinks their dog is quiet. 

No, actually he really is quiet.  When we get there he may bark as other dogs walk by our site during the first 30-60 minutes but he learns quickly what area is "Ours" and that other dogs will be on the road.  He eyeballs every dog as they walk by, but he doesn’t bark unless they come into "our" area. 

I really dislike the hairy bar of soap left in the shower.

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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September 19, 2014 – 9:37 am
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Do not go into a wonderful, serene, national forest/COE/etc camp area and run your crazy loud contractor generator for hours so you can watch Wheel of Fortune on your big screen TV.  (Ten X)

Clean up after you go to the toilet.  Do you throw TP and poop around inside your bathroom?  (Land Between the Lakes)

The single vault toilet is NOT the place to bring your kids to practice acting skills for an hour at night with flashlights.  (Shenandoah NF)

It is not necessary at 4:30 am to fire up the loud exhaust diesel truck so you can drive the 200 meters to the place you parked your boat, even though your campsite is on the same body of water.  You can actually walk there in the same amount of time.  (Ridge Road)

If you have an accident in your shorts, please do not leave them on the floor of the shower.  (Lake Seminole)

If you plan on camping in an area that may be really cold with a group of middle school kids, it might be a good idea to 1) make sure they all have tents, 2) make sure they all brought coats and 3) make sure they all have sleeping bags.  Being the adults in this scenario means you need to keep the kidlets under control so they are not running wild at midnight.  Oh, and raiding the camp host’s stash of free firewood so that you can burn every bit of it in a giant bonfire is not cool either.  (Chaco Canyon)

Towing your gigantic 5th wheel trailer with a full-sized semi around Arches NP, blocking the roads, forcing the entire picnic parking area to move so you can actually make the turn and then realize there is absolutely nowhere you can park that behemoth is not nice (probably close to 70′ long total).  For the rangers at the gate, it might have been a good idea to, I don’t know, refuse entry, since the rig could not actually safely navigate the park. (Arches NP)

If you and your buddies in the giant RVs find yourselves surrounding the little camper, maybe you should not play "Lion Sleeps at Night", every single night, over and over while the sun sets.  I really hate that song now.  (Rocky Mountain NP)

I am not your personal supply depot.  I realize Chaco is a long way away from anything, and anyone can forget a few things, but "borrowing" stuff constantly over a period of 4 days is being a jerk.  Borrow means you plan to return, you cannot return if it is a consumable and there is no place to repurchase.  (Chaco Canyon)

If Ocracoke is almost empty, it is not necessary for you to camp next to me, then spend the next 3 days constantly coming over to ask what I plan to do next.  I realize you probably have never seen a pop-up truck camper, but no you cannot sleep in it and I’m not sleeping in your tent.  My wife and I are old, we have no desire to "party" with you and your wife.  I just want to listen to the ocean, relax and read — orgies are at site 45.  (Ocracoke NS)

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