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Old 11-20-2012, 08:14 AM   #1
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Meeting people on the road

So you pull into a crowded campground or "resort", set out your chairs and there you are, surrounded by new neighbors, for a day or two.

What kinds of people do you meet in various types of campgrounds?
How do you break the ice?
What are the social protocols for meeting folks on the road?
What should you avoid doing?
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:44 AM   #2
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From my experiences just be yourself i have never been to a campground were my neighbors were unfreindly. Offering a cold beverage never has any thing to do with that well maybe haha.
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We are fairly new,, a little over a year and 5000+ miles, but we have never been what I would call 'pushy' .. We travel with two large dogs, (kids) , so sometimes that "breaks the ice" , as long as the other people with animals respect our kid's "yard" . (fenced in ++ on leash always) As in bringing up a conversation, I'm always open for that,,, when I sit outside, I'll wave at everybody who passes, if they want to talk, great ! If not, that's ok too, as everybody has a different life.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:15 AM   #4
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I usually just introduce myself or while walking our 2 dalmations people will come over. I may also just like their rig and complement them. I just try to be friendly to everyone and if they don't respond I will still say high and wave.
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We have met all kinds of people in CGs, from friendly to unfriendly. Some seem oblivious to others. They're like people everywhere. To break the ice we'll usually comment on their rig or their dog or whatever they have that can be commented on.

We always leave someone alone who just drove in and is trying to get set-up.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:46 AM   #6
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Open the hood on your rig put a perplexed look on your face and before long some one will show up and ask if there is a problem and can they help?

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Old 11-20-2012, 07:00 PM   #7
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I have taken John Prine's directive to "just say 'hello in there'" to heart - john prine...hello in there.. - YouTube - some people look at me like I am crazy, but most respond back with at least a smile!
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:27 PM   #8
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We just let it happen. If ya take a walk, it will happen. Campers are overall the finest folks. Asking if their minature schnauser is an attack dog works every time.
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Just say hello. Walk over to folks when they are outside and introduce yourself. Easy peasy. .

My father, now passed away, RV'ed for several years after his retirement. Day two of being on a campground he could tell you about just about everyone else there.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:39 PM   #10
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We have met all kinds of people in CGs, from friendly to unfriendly. Some seem oblivious to others. They're like people everywhere. To break the ice we'll usually comment on their rig or their dog or whatever they have that can be commented on.

We always leave someone alone who just drove in and is trying to get set-up.


When they are leaving too. Wait until they finish before saying your goodbyes.

We will set up our site and put extra chairs and a carafe of coffee out. We wave or say, "Hi, how ya doing?" to everyone that walks by. If a conversation ensues, invite them to have a seat to chat for awhile.

Works for us.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:48 PM   #11
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We have "irv2.com" and Good Sam stickers front and back and two Yellow Labradors. Haven't had any problems getting to know our neighbors! A 3-liter cardboard cask of wine on the picnic table helps also.
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Next time we're out - as soon as I finish setting up I'm going to sit down - open something cold and yell - Hey - been driving all day - anybody hear from Wayne M or Mr D.

Should gather a crowd of friendlies pdq.
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I find that campers who put up signs with their names (Dick & Jane - Fresno, CA) are usually ready to chew the fat for awhile.
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The answers here are by those than actually WANT social intercourse, as per the original post.

However, there are many of us that will tolerate nothing more than a minute or two of social banter. While I enjoy talking to someone about a specific topic of which we both (or all) have knowledge, I cannot tolerate (enjoy may be a better word if you are sensitive) ranting conversation.

One of the traits George Washington was working on when he died was "Speak not except to improve yourself, or others, avoid trifling conversation".

Another favorite saying of mine is "While conversation may improve your knowledge, silence is the school go genius.

But this is just me, I'm not anti-social, but I AM A-Social, as are many, many people.


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