Part 2: The Unspoken Rules of RV Etiquette

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Welcome back to the second part of our series on how to follow the unwritten rule of RV etiquette. While spending the weekend at RV parks near Salem, Oregon offers a lot of fun and excitement, everyone in the family will have a far better time when giving fellow campers the respect they deserve.

So that your next trip to the RV parks near Salem, Oregon can offer the fun and relaxing time you’re looking to enjoy, here are a few more of the unwritten rules of RV etiquette.

Keep Your Camping Area Tidy

For most people, a trip to see the scenic wonders of nature doesn’t include having to look at someone else’s trash. Most campsites will do their best to ensure you arrive at a clean space to park your RV or set up your tent, but occasionally small bits of trash or a used fire pit will remain. It becomes far easier and more convenient for everyone if campers to their best to “leave no trace” by double-checking they have picked up all of their trash and left nothing behind before leaving.

Keeping your campsite clean also applies to the time you’re actually camping. When left cluttered and disorganized, not only is it more likely you leave something behind, you also increase the risk of the wind picking up and blowing your trash around the park. Be courteous by making sure your site stays clean.

Hook Up Your RV Correctly

One of the great things about visiting the RV parks near Salem, Oregon is the ability to connect your trailer to a full complement of utilities. Water, electric, and sewer hookups make it possible to bring the creature comforts of home on the road while camping. However, it’s important to know how to properly connect your RV and to double-check your work when done connecting all the right cables. A leaking blackwater hose is not only unpleasant for you to later deal with, it becomes a health hazard for you and everyone staying near your campsite.

Always make sure to carefully follow the directions provided by the manufacturer when hooking up your RV to any available utilities. If you have any questions about the process, feel free to ask the park attendants who should be able to provide you with instruction. Also, don’t feel embarrassed to ask a neighbor for some assistance. Most people would rather take a few minutes to help a RV neighbor out rather than have to deal with a leaky sewage hose later.

Don’t Lose Track of the Family

While this probably sounds like a given, you might be surprised at the size of some larger RV parks near Salem, Oregon. Making sure kids know the appropriate areas to run around and play in will make it less likely they end up in an area that could represent some kind of danger.

Additionally, setting boundaries for kids and pets will help to ensure you don’t irritate your neighbors. When kids run through other people’s campsites, it can interrupt the enjoyment of others. Just like the rule we discussed last post about staying out of other’s campsites, reinforcing the importance of this to kids, while keeping the dog leashed, can go a long way toward creating better harmony in the camp.

Don’t Ignore Your Pet

Dogs bark, cats purr. These are two indisputable facts. However, not everyone appreciates the sound of a barking dog, especially when tied up to their neighbor’s trailer. No single issue causes more friction between campsite neighbors than unattended pets and barking dogs.

The stress of moving to a new location can be a lot for a pet to handle. Try to teach your dog how to behave at a campsite using traditional training techniques, such as treats that reward good behavior. If you have a dog that just won’t stop barking when left unattended, consider bringing your pet with you as you walk throughout the park. Just make sure to keep the pet on a leash.


While some of these etiquette tips may seem a little nitpicky, keeping them in mind can go a long way towards improving not only your next camping trip, but that of your neighbors’ as well.