It never fails. Sometimes others ruin all the fun. The same can be said about a vacation. If you’re on vacation at a campground or RV park, you’re going to run into kids, drunks, and others who destroy your vacation. Sometimes they know what they’re doing; most of the time they have no clue how their behavior is bothering the world around them.
Here are some ways to handle other RVers ruining your vacation so you can get back to relaxing, enjoying your time off and getting away from it all.
What to Do About RV Neighbors Ruing Your Vacation
When your neighbors begin doing something that’s ruining your vacation, the first thing you want to do is step back and evaluate the situation.
Before you decide what course of action to take, you need to approach the situation from a calm perspective to avoid further trouble during your vacation.
Ask yourself the following questions about what’s bothering you:
- Is it a one-time occurrence?
- Are they breaking campground rules and regulations?
- Are they breaking the law?
- Are they doing something dangerous?
If it’s a one-time occurrence, shrug it off and go about your day. We’ve all had moments on vacation when things have gone crazy; this could be one of them. Chances are you’ve caused trouble for your neighbors, too, at some point. Remember what it was like to be young and dumb and to adventure.
If laws, campground regulations, or other danger is occurring, you may want to alert park officials to it. Depending on the scope of what’s going on, you may need to call the police or 911. For example, if there’s a fire ban in place at your RV park or campground and someone is building a fire, it may be time to get someone with more authority than your voice involved.
Be careful. Confronting other RVers may feel like the right thing to do but if you feel threatened or the activity is too dangerous, contacting park officials or the police may be the safer option. It depends on the circumstances.
If the issue is minor, talking to another RVer about it can solve many small problems from ruining your vacation. Be calm, have the facts, and explain what’s bothering you. In most simple disputes like this, the other person might not even realize they’re causing an issue. Once they’re aware of it, they’ll be able to tone it down or come up with a compromise with you.
Now, if you’ve tried talking to your RV neighbor, and they continue to disrupt your stay, it may be time to get RV park or campground officials involved. Pick and choose your battles wisely when sharing space with other travelers, no matter the destination.
We all must share campgrounds, trailer parks, and National Parks with people every day. If we treat each other with respect, courtesy and have fun together, RVing and camping is that much more fun and enjoyable for all.