Over the last couple of years, we have been camp hosts at several RV parks. This has given us a chance to gather a mental list of things that can help make your next RV Park experience a positive one!
Please drive slow. Speed limit signs are generally posted at every park. The park map, typically presented at check in, usually posts the speed limit within the park. That speed limit is generally between 5 mph and 10 mph and is there for safety reasons. At any given time, there could be children running about, people walking their dogs, a vehicle backing out, a staff member running errands in a golf cart, or any other number of obstacles that must be dodged. Try your best to stay within that limit.
This seems like a no brainer; however, this seems to be a common issue at many of our RV parks. Believe me, camp hosts dislike reminding people to slow down just as much as the guests don’t care to be reprimanded for going too fast.
Be clear about what’s important. It doesn’t take long to get an idea of what is preferred in a RV park. My wife and I like parks with shade, fire pits, dog walks, and swimming pools. Having preferences generally isn’t a problem, but sometimes people tend to keep a growing list and attempt to meet that criteria regardless of the location and availability of such amenities.
For example, while my wife and I were working, we had an individual call in and request a site close to the restroom/showers but far away from everyone. They also wanted shade but not too much, limiting satellite TV reception. We joked that they would then tell us they wanted to go swimming but wouldn’t want to get wet.
As stated, having preferences is not an issue; appearing unpleasable is frustrating for both the customer and the host, though. If you have a long list of wants, it may be a good idea to boil them down to a couple of important ones. Those things may be different depending on length of stay. Shade may be more important than satellite if it’s warm and you are only staying one or two nights. If you must give a laundry list of requests, be sure to tell the staff which requests are “take or leave” and which ones are a must.
Ask questions. Not everyone is a veteran RVer. We all have to start somewhere, and most likely we start off not knowing what we are doing. That’s OK; most people learn quick. The RV world is full of helpful people which means you don’t have to learn from your own mistakes. Many people in RV parks, including the staff, enjoy sharing personal stories and advising on potential blunders.
Asking for help is always better than keeping silent. Many people appear to find it intimidating to admit that they don’t know how to do something. Believe me, camp hosts are more than happy to explain sewer hookup setup as opposed to dealing with a messy aftermath. Letting the host know you may need help can save both parties a lot of frustration.
Keep in mind that many RV parks stop short of physically assisting customers due to liability. In other words, we can give you the instructions and point to the right things but may have to stop short of doing it for you. What the camp host is allowed to do depends on the park and the host many times.
Let the park know about extra people. Many RVers travel to places to visit friends and family. Inviting them to your RV can be fun; however the camp host may start hyperventilating when a load of strange cars pull in and start parking in the limited spaces available. This isn’t to say that having people over is a no-no. Most of the time the staff just wants to be kept in the loop. Perhaps there is a designated parking area as opposed to the empty RV site next to you.
Since many RV parks are private property, the owners have a right to know who is present. They keep account for insurance reasons. Most people go to RV parks to relax, unwind and enjoy company. It’s not the staff’s intention to put a damper on that. Letting the camp hosts know that you are expecting guests can alleviate parking issues and any interruptions during a nice evening with friends and family.
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