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Camping Etiquette
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January 13, 2013 – 6:12 pm

That sounds like a very reasonable sugestion. I don’t see why some camp neighbors are real pushy. There are times when I really like to meet and greet but there are times that I really like to only be with and talk with my DW or there might be times that I just want  not to be with or talk with anyone but myself. This could happen all in the same day.  Don’t get me wrong, I love being around people but I don’t like nosey or pushy neighbors. I shudder to think of a camp neighbor who hangs around when a meal is ready to be served like I have read about on this PUPortal. I think this is a very unusual happening. I can’t wait until I get my NTM. Sequoia ready for the first camp trip.  Good Times To All……. MtKayak

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January 14, 2013 – 7:55 am

[quote author=TKnecht link=topic=4.msg18896#msg18896 date=1354802027]
There is no good reason that I can think of to leave them on all night. (One person in another forum used the excuse that the lights helped them  find their way back to there campsite from the bathhouse in the middle of the night. My reply is that, if you cannot find your way back to your campsite in a structured campground, you should leave the safety of your home.)

As with much of camping etiquette, regulating your lights is a combination of common sense (or, UNcommon sense, these days) and courtesy.

Than don’t camp next to us, because I do leave my tacky lights on all night for the very reason you posted. My mother has mentioned that in some campgrounds, the only way she would have found our site was because of the lights. Some bathrooms are a way off, and being half asleep, you can miss the site. The lights aren’t bright, and if they have bothered anyone, no one has said anything to us. You’ve had your warning.
Now I have been next to people with 3-4 lanterns, or a bucket light that makes you blind when you look that way, and that is bothersome, but to each their own.

Best Regards,

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January 14, 2013 – 11:03 am

[quote author=BirdLand link=topic=4.msg19798#msg19798 date=1358115570]
Please don’t take this the wrong way; I sincerely appreciate that people try to be friendly and welcoming by inviting others to participate in events such as camp fires, games, etc. and appreciate such invitations.

I just want to say that if either DH or I states that we are having "a weekend to ourselves without the children" please don’t be offended if we choose to remain by ourselves rather than joining in a group for drinks, meals, campfire, etc..  It’s not that we don’t like being part of a camping group, just that we might need some extra time to spend one-on-one (which is why we went alone in the first place).  If we smile and wave but don’t come over to socialize (provided we didn’t commit in the first place, which would be another story) please don’t take offense – it’s not you, but us and our desire to have some time alone. 

I’ve caught flak for this in the past – honestly, it’s not that we don’t want to make friends; it’s just that sometimes we need to catch up with each other first.

In another forum’s thread similar to this, a woman excoriated people who don’t want to be friendly. In some ways, these overly-friendly people are equivalent to the overly-rude ones, IMHO. More people should read "The Territorial Imperative."

I was camping in a Pennsylvania State Park, one summer, and the sites there are rather short; one’s unit is relatively close to the road. In that circumstance, one is almost forced to acknowledge anyone walking by, with a wave and a "Hello" (Good Morning, or whatever….). I did this to a young woman who walked past, and she never turned her head, never looked, never smiled, never waved back. "Well, okay," I thought. She and her husband were camped three or four sites away from us. On Sunday, her husband came over to ask if he could borrow a wrench to make a quick adjustment to his hitch. He wore two hearing aids, and from his speech it was clear that he was hearing-impaired. When he went back to his site, he and his wife communicated by signing; she was deaf.

My bad for thinking negative things about her character. It taught me a couple of good lessons: If someone wants to be friendly, they will; and, it is not my right to force my good intentions on anyone.

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August 15, 2013 – 9:27 pm

Hey, I’m not in the choir yet — so pass out the sheet music!

Chibi  :guitar:

271 Posts
August 18, 2013 – 10:43 am

Not only should everyone heed the campground’s speed limit, but, if the roads are one way, FOLLOW THOSE SIGNS! I’ve seen too many people go the wrong way around one-way loops, simply because their site is close to the exit.

Please keep in mind that it’s easier for the kids to be safe if they only have to look one way for cars.

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September 2, 2013 – 6:03 pm


We actively use clotheslines as a deterrent for cut-throughs.  I know that might seem crappy, but, to me, if one is paying a fee for the site, you shouldn’t be expected to ‘share’ it with others unless it’s explicitly noted when you make the reservation.  Unfortunately, some still duck beneath it and cut through.  We’ve started to use the ‘key alarm’ method, where we find a need to hit the ‘lock’ button on the truck/jeep key to make the lights flash and horn beep right whenever someone walks by… 

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