Tips, Tricks, and Etiquette for a Perfect RV Trip

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RV trips are a fun family vacation idea because you get to spend a lot of time together on the road, but your accommodations are a step up from camping. It’s an easy way to travel, too, because there are RV parks all across the country. If you’re planning an RV trip, take a look at these five tips for having a great stay at an RV park.

Say Hello to Your RV Neighbors

RV parks are a great place to meet people with similar interests. So, make sure to introduce yourself to your RV neighbors and be friendly. You might even be able to exchange ideas about what to do on your RV trip. This can be a lot more helpful than online reviews of RV stopping sites.

Leave Your RV Spot Better than You Found It

You wouldn’t dream of leaving a campsite full of trash, so don’t assume you can do this at an RV park, either. You should always leave your RV spot better than you found it. That means that you should check for trash on the ground before you leave and make sure that you don’t damage anything while you’re there. It’s also a nice touch to leave any unused firewood behind for the next RV family.

Pay Attention to Designated Areas

RV parks set up designated areas for all sorts of activities. For instance, there are usually specific areas for fires, dumping waste, and washing. These areas are designated for a reason — they keep the RV park nice for everyone. So, make sure you don’t do something that would make other vacationers upset, such as washing your fish in the communal washroom, parking your car in a spot that makes it difficult for RVs to get through, or taking up space you’re not supposed to use.

Turn Your Lights Off at a Reasonable Hour

It’s fun to stay up late when you’re on vacation, but your RV neighbors probably won’t appreciate your outdoor lanterns burning bright into the wee hours of the night. They may have early plans for the next day and have a hard time sleeping because of your lights. You should also keep the noise down when it gets late. As a rule of thumb, lights really shouldn’t be on after 11. However, keep in mind that all RV parks have their own rules that you need to follow.

Park Your RV Strategically

RVs are harder to drive than standard cars because they are so big. They also use a lot more gas and energy. So, be smart when you drive an RV by parking it in a shady spot that will help you save on cooling costs. Additionally, be careful not to park anywhere that is in the way of others. You don’t want any accidents to happen while you’re on vacation.

These are just a few tips for etiquette when you’re staying at an RV park. Also, make sure to pack lightly, but not forget the essentials. Where is your favorite place to go as a family in an RV? Leave a comment below.

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