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Old 05-09-2014, 11:39 AM   #1
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How to be a Good Guest

I have posted here before about our search for an appropriate truck/fiver pairing. I have really appreciated all of your kind advice.

Next week I will be traveling to a national event with three friends. Two of the friends have offered to let me tag along staying in their fiver for the trip out and back. I will be staying with my brother for the event itself.

The trip out and back involves my staying with them in their 27 foot fiver.
Is there any special advice you would give me about being a good guest in a trailer. I know to use the campground facilities as much as possible. I am getting my five gallon bucket with a lid to tote my shower supplies this evening. We will be chipping in for food and the other guest and I will be doing the food shopping.

I am bring my own sleeping bag and pillow.

I know these people pretty well but would not want to be imposing because there was something I did not know about life in a trailer.

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This is a tough one, because it is a very personal question.
If I was invited to tag along I would offer to participate in any duties involving the trip as well as offering to pay for a portion of the cost like campground fees and fuel.
Taking the shoes off when entering the RV usually leaves a positive impression and thanking the host(s), maybe a small gift at the end for taking you along. It depends on how close you are.
On the opposite site there could be people asking someone to join only to have somebody to foot the bill at the end of the trip , but you would probably already know.
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Yes, I have offered to pay a share of the campground fees and such. We have in common that it is a dog event and my dog is related to their dogs. We have known each other for about seven years.

There will be extra fees at campgrounds because we will have two cars besides the truck/trailer combination.

I will remember about the shoes.

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, I feel it's the little things in life that make good memories.
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You are already way ahead of the curve by being thoughtful in wanting to know anything you can do to help out & considerate of your hosts. Thank you for that. You will be an excellent guest...one many of us wish we had in our RV's.

I like the suggestion of a small host gift as a way of saying thank you after your trip. A pre-paid gas card would make an excellent token of your appriciation & one I'm sure your hosts would be happy to use.

Enjoy & have fun.

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I have posted here before about our search for an appropriate truck/fiver pairing. I have really appreciated all of your kind advice.

Next week I will be traveling to a national event with three friends. Two of the friends have offered to let me tag along staying in their fiver for the trip out and back. I will be staying with my brother for the event itself.

The trip out and back involves my staying with them in their 27 foot fiver.
Is there any special advice you would give me about being a good guest in a trailer. I know to use the campground facilities as much as possible. I am getting my five gallon bucket with a lid to tote my shower supplies this evening. We will be chipping in for food and the other guest and I will be doing the food shopping.

I am bring my own sleeping bag and pillow.

I know these people pretty well but would not want to be imposing because there was something I did not know about life in a trailer.

Thanks,

Michele
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Oh, good idea about the gas card. It is a great opportunity for me to experience campgrounds and what is involved in setting up and breaking down your site.

Their Jayco is the first trailer I have seen outside of an RV show. I really like it. It is a 2003 Jayco Eagle. It has been operations central for several dog events over the years.
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Is there any special advice you would give me about being a good guest in a trailer.
Hi Michele,

I've noticed that a number of people like "manipulate" their own equipment. For example, if a couch converts to a bed, some owners may prefer to do that themselves. Of course, others just point at it and say 'help yourself'. I guess asking the first couple times and then learning from their response is the best approach.
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It is a great opportunity for me to experience campgrounds and what is involved in setting up and breaking down your site.
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That brings up a "no-no" that I forgot to mention:
Experience, (aka: watch), but never talk to, ask questions of, or try to help someone setting up and/or breaking down a campsite, (or when they're connecting a toad, trailer or 5er).

Most seasoned RVers have a procedure that they follow, (and they're running on auto pilot when doing so).
Any interruption can/may mess them up.

Personally, I'd rather put up with an all night drunken party in a nearby campsite than the unwanted help(?) of a "do-gooder".
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Yes, I just read about not disturbing someone who is setting up or breaking down.

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One thing that gets on my wife's nerves is when guests get in and stay in the way
With the tight floor plans you need to anticipate the moves of the RV owners and stay out of the way
I like it when a guest says something like I'm only going to say this once... Please let me know what I can help with while I'm here
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this doesn't apply in your case, Michele, but any men who are invited along in an RV should remember the simple rule: sit down on the potty for ALL jobs - nobody wants to clean up your splashes! No matter how careful one is, when a stream of liquid hits a surface it will create splashes, and those need to be cleaned up immediately. If you make it a habit to sit instead of stand you leave the toilet area a lot cleaner!
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Besides buying food, prepare a meal or take you hosts out once in a while to relieve the hosts of the cooking chores.

If they cook...you clean up.
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any men who are invited along in an RV should remember the simple rule: sit down on the potty for ALL jobs
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That is one of the most important "How to be a good guest" rules! ......(not only for the guys).

Another is the "rule of three":
Only 3 things go into the toilet, (p..s..and tp)!

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