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Old 01-10-2009, 08:16 AM   #15
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BARBARA S: I completely understand, and would in the campground also. Especially if I was outside and you simply asked if you could cut through. I don't need a reason, the fact that you ask, tells me you are not an interloper. You see that is what I would do before cutting through your lot. I understand your problem, as I have severe back problems and cannot walk a long way, especially if it is not necessary.

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Originally posted by Homer: Hope we meet you on the road some time.
Me, too. Let me know if you are ever in Virginia!

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Old 01-18-2009, 12:46 AM   #17
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Camping manners have changed significantly over the years - 25 years ago we'd get invited into neighbor's campsites and we'd invite others into ours for a beer or conversation. Now we can pass other campers walking through the campground and many don't even say hello anymore. Folks cut through our campsite repeatedly, make noise at all hours and have off leash dogs that run through the campground. We camped next door to some folks from BC 10 years ago for a week in Lake Havasu who wouldn't even exchange a hello or good morning the whole time we were there.
It's the times we live in. Many folks are totally consumed with themselves and have either indifference or dislike for others nearby.
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:14 AM   #18
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Mom and Dad made it clear what was expected of us at the campground. Any deviation from the rules was dealt with quickly.

Today, we are dealing with individuals who did not grow up around the campsite and believe the entire campground is for their private use. Bailey has been attacked numerous times by uncontrolled dogs and many of the owners have vivid memories of the angry biker.

As a life-long rider, I see the same thing as a new generation of old and young riders, with zero experience drive up my insurance rates due to their carelessness and/or ignorance.
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Old 02-01-2009, 07:35 AM   #19
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Well in general the good old USA has become a land of me first so the decline in camping manners just follows the rest of society.
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Old 02-01-2009, 02:23 PM   #20
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Maybe we don't go camping enough, but I find no problem with cut throughs in our campsite, nor rude neighbors. We have had more friendly ones than others though. I only recall one instance in Naples about 4 years ago, where the guy next to us let his dog poop too close to our site and not clean it up. We were very careful where we put our feet down as the sites were extremely close together. We have been very fortunate to have friendly and considerate campers in the years we've been doing this.
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Old 02-07-2009, 10:32 AM   #21
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We have been very fortunate to have friendly and considerate campers in the years we've been doing this.
Linda, nice post. We agree, for the most part. Now and then you run into a sour apple, but we find most people pretty nice.

The sad thing is that there are some naturally nice people who have just never been taught manners or consideration of any kind, including table, and that makes it tough. Some will learn, some won't.

Cutting through campsites: We only do it when there people there, so that we can ask them, and always end up with some friendly conversation. And we only do it when the alternative is a long way around.

Dogs: Most people are considerate dog owners/lovers, so no rehash here. I have no problem with a dog left alone in a coach, the problem is the one left tied up outside, that barks continually for hours. There is more to the story, but you get the idea.
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:33 PM   #22
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For the most part we haven't had problems with neighbors in an RV park or campground.

Two exceptions come to mind, however:

1) We were at an RV park in Glasgow, MT and had gone to bed for the night. Sometime after we'd gotten to sleep (maybe around 11 PM), a family with kids and dogs proceeded to move in next door. Instead of just quietly going inside to bed, saving the hooking up until the morning, they proceeded to set up, going in and out of their RV dozens of times, slamming the door each time. And, of course, they had to talk to each other in loud voices...and the dogs were barking.

2) At Colter Bay Campground in Grand Teton NP, we were parked across the road from two couples traveling together in diesel pushers. Neither had a toad with them, so they went out site seeing in one of the rigs. When they came back around midnight, they let the engine run for maybe 10 or 15 minutes instead of immediately turning it off. And then the person whose rig had been left behind proceeded to turn on his generator to "charge his batteries" (as I was told when I opened up the bedroom window and asked when he was going to turn his #@%& generator off).
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I had a family come in next to me about midnight Friday night. I heard them hooking everything up, but they did not talk loudly or slam doors. I have no problem with them hooking up as long as they do it in this manner.
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Yes, most people are nice and are considerate of other campers...but that few that are not,are very annoying.

I have had to inform more than one or two over the years that the campground has quiet hours which apply to everyone. One fellow had the nerve to tell me that they need to put up a big sign noting that little fact. It was on a rules board outside the office as well on the rules provided on his site map.

The people the need to read the most..read the least.

When we come in late, I will do just enough the get reasonably level, water and electric. The rest can wait until the next morning.

As for idling his engine for 15 minutes after returning, it was cool enough after he came in off the road and drove to his site to just shut it down.


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