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Old 02-13-2012, 08:41 AM   #1
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I'm not an overly social type and I'd like to think that I can still do things right. However, I'm not sure about the etiquette of how to handle new campground arrivals. Do the new guys approach first to say hello or should those already set up make the initial greeting move?
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:48 AM   #2
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When we arrived at the park we're at this winter all our surrounding neighbors greeted us. I don't know if this is common practice everywhere but they were more than cordial. Not pushy or nosey by any means only wanted to say HI! and introduce themselves. It's been a great experience so far.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:05 AM   #3
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When a new arrival pulls into a site close to us I'll usually say hello, introduce ourselves, perhaps ask where they are coming from and then say we can talk more after they are setup. If I notice someone after they're setup I'll engage them in conversation. But I keep it short and sweet before they are set up since they may be tired and just looking forward to that cool one. As far as who approaches who I think it depends on the inclination of each person at the time and circumstance.
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I've had it both ways. Sometimes I initiate the hello, and some times neighbors, or passerby's initiate it. I just assume that the passerby's are passing by to get a look-see, or just maybe they are out on a stroll - doesn't matter.

So just make eye contact and say Hello. After you are set up, or they are set up, each can spread the gossip. (lol)
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:35 AM   #5
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...I'm not sure about the etiquette of how to handle new campground arrivals.
I've always enjoyed Miss Manners, aka Judith Martin. Sure enough, there is an archived response to a "getting to know new neighbors" query to her. Since it applies to sticks'n'bricks, it'll need to be translated into RV-ese

Gentle Reader-If (the CG host) is present, you might suggest that (he or she) introduce you. Still, it will be your place to make the first move. Just hanging around as they (set up) may not be a good idea. People tend to feel at their worst then, and to take offers of help as disguised license for scrutinizing their (rig). A charming way is to (offer a cold one under the awning when they get settled in), with a (comment) to tell them about the (CG area amenities) and your (dog/cat who might accidentally poop in their site).

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Old 02-13-2012, 10:10 AM   #6
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If we happen to pass while taking a walk, and recognize each other from previous occasions, a Hi - How's it going, is fine. And after a few of those, a short talk of a couple of minutes is sometimes expected and tolerated.

Other than that I wish no contact as most people bore the hell out of me anyway, at least in the social conversation arena.

If, on the other hand, somebody needs help with, or information about, a specific item/topic then conversation is welcomed up to the point of said social conversation, and I approach others only if specific information is desired. When that specific is obtained, I thank them, inform them I'm available if some help is needed for some reason, and go about my merry way.

George Washington tried to live by "Speak not but to improve yourself, or others. Avoid trifling conversation". Also the saying "while conversation improves the understanding, silence is the school of genius", occurs to me frequently.


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Old 02-13-2012, 10:27 AM   #7
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I usually say "Hi, how ya doing?" to anyone I happen across in a campground. What happens after that depends on the "friendliness" of the response. Sometimes that ends the conversation and sometimes it goes on a quite a while. But it doesn't make a difference to me who was in the campground first.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:07 AM   #8
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IT varies from park to park and person to person.. And.. in different weather.

I often greet folks upon arrival while they are setting up.. I usually only greet when they are OUTSIDE.. I don't knock on doors. (Exception for friends such as Keith, who is due back in about a month)
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:09 AM   #9
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We've gone both ways. We try and say hello to neighbors after we get settled, and try to welcome new neighbors when they get settled. I don't think it matters one way or the other. We always greet people when we are out walking our dog. Usually we meet a lot of people because of the dogs. It's all good.
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:20 PM   #10
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Hi Spoonsize,
Welcome to iRV2. I've been doing this for 34 years and don't think there is much etiquette involved. For me, I never bother to get by "Hi" before the new arrival is set up. After they are settled there is plenty of time for socializing. When I am arriving, if anybody wants more than a minute of my time (before set up) I politely let them know I'll be glad to see them later.
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These help, big time. I must admit to being in the "old grouch" mode most of the time and I also know I HAVE to break out occasionally. Just want to be able to know what is acceptable!

Thanks MUCH.

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We always say "hello" to people no matter where we are. The CG, stores, road you name it. We are always waving and saying hello. Amuses us cause most people just don't talk to each other anymore. A fun thing in stores is when people are wearing name badges and you not only say hello but hello and their name. They just plain forget that they have a name tag on and cannot figure out how you know their name.
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I've had it both ways. Sometimes I initiate the hello, and some times neighbors, or passerby's initiate it. I just assume that the passerby's are passing by to get a look-see, or just maybe they are out on a stroll - doesn't matter.

So just make eye contact and say Hello. After you are set up, or they are set up, each can spread the gossip. (lol)
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Either way works for me. But native Texans tend to be friendly anyway.

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