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drmcleod
OK... here's the deal.

When my wife and I were looking into buying a RV over 5 years ago and doing the campground thing, we were unsure of the decision. Upon talking to many people we found that the campground vacation sounded great. Many people told us that "there is no place like a campground" or that "there's something about campgrounds". We were told that a campground is an escape from the real world. Whether you live in a city, neighborhood, or in the country, a campground is like one big happy family! Everyone is happy, waves hello, and welcomes you like an old friend.

Well, we've been camping for over 5 years now and are still yet to find the campground that we've been told about. Now understand, we love camping, and for the most part campers are friendly and inviting. But there seems to be one area where most campers are "uninviting"... walking through campsites.

There have been several times when I have been walking from point A to point B in a c/g and found that it would be easier/shorter to cut through someone's campsite only to get dirty looks and even an occasional rude comment.

Now, I'll admit, that since we've been camping, we have started to adopt this mentality. I mean, it seems that when we pull into our campsite, that it immediately becomes ours. I'm not proud of this, but it's true.

So, before I give anymore of my opinion on the subject, I would like to get other opinions. So, give me an earfull... please.
Texasrvers
I think most campers consider that it is rude to cut through someone else's campsite. You will even see "Don't cut through other campsites" posted in cg rules sometimes. I guess people look at it as an invasion of space--like walking through someone's backyard or livingroom without permission. You seem to indicate someone cutting through your site would not bother you, but I think you will find that most campers would not like it.
drmcleod
QUOTE(Texasrvers @ Aug 22 2008, 12:10 PM) *

I think most campers consider that it is rude to cut through someone else's campsite. You will even see "Don't cut through other campsites" posted in cg rules sometimes. I guess people look at it as an invasion of space--like walking through someone's backyard or livingroom without permission. You seem to indicate someone cutting through your site would not bother you, but I think you will find that most campers would not like it.


Maybe it's because I do not mind if people walk through the backyard of my home. In fact, if a neighborhood kid needed to walk through our backyard to get to a friends house or a bus stop, then we would welcome it.

I think that's what is perplexing to me. huh.gif

Like I said in my opening post, we are starting to adopt the attitude of "don't walk through my campsite" when camping, yet allow people to walk through our yard while at home. I'm not saying it's right, in fact I think it's wrong. I want to camp/stay in a place where we feel welcome and make others feel welcome. Remember the good ole days when neighbors were "neighborly"? Maybe I just thought campgrounds should bring back the sense of the neighborly neighbor.
DXSMac
I once stayed at Heceta Beach RV Resort, and I got stuck with the campsite next to the bathrooms. Everyone walked through my site. Yes, I said it. MY site. While I rent it, it's my space. If people stand at the entrance to my space and say hello, then I'm ok with it.

JJ
Florida Native
I too think it is very rude to cut through other's site when walking around. We try not to do it ourselves and don't appreciate others doing it to us. The worst case we have every had was at an Upper Cape Cod state park where a group of drunk kids were playing football and frequently came into the site and even knocked our awning. We moved to another empty site in the campground and reported our move the ranger afterwards. The kids were very loud well into the night. Even cutting through going on a walk isn't very neighborly. We have had a person with a dog poop in our site and them pick it up in a plastic bag while we were having dinner outside. Now this really helps the appetite. Some people are just clueless.
gwbischoff
1). Folks meandering around the campgrounds chatting,waving, saying hello. biggrin.gif

2). Folks walking,running through campsites where I might have personal items? mad.gif Nah. And this is America in the 21st Century. I'm sure if they trip and fall over my kid's scooter I'll be hearing from an attourney.

3). Letting folks walk through my back yard at home? blink.gif Maybe it's a regional thing. I live in LA. If someone's running through my back yard, chances are there's a helicopter following him with a searchlight.
HappiestCamper
Stay out of MY site - period. I have a camper that cost me quite a bit of money. I have equipment in my camper that cost me quite a bit of money. I have 3 children under the age of 11 that I don't want to have to deal with strangers if they are in MY site and I am in my camper. One of us may be changing into our swim suit or something inside the camper, but since the window can only be seen from within OUR site, we didn't put down the shades. Walk through MY site uninvited, and if something ends up missing, I saw you in MY site that I am renting - so what is the first thing I'm going to tell the ranger/host/police?

When we rent a site, we are responsible for everything that happens on that site (barking dogs, people damaging trees, etc.). Someone walking through MY site uninvited has just taken some of that control away from me. My huge dog is friendly, but territorial - he's wary of uninvited "guests" also.

As you walk by my site or I walk by yours, I will wave, probably say hello (and hope you would do the same). We may strike up a conversation on the edge of MY site or YOUR site, and if we hit it off, or one needs help from the other, then one of us will invite the other into OUR site. Simply walking through MY site uninvited just to get to the other side is not acceptable - I may have paid extra online to reserve this site months ago just because it was next to whatever it is you want to shortcut to. I'm not going to walk through your hotel room just because it's quicker for me to get to the pool.

Best practice - stop at the edge of my site and tell me your rvparkreviews username - I'll break out the drinks immediately and welcome you right in.
gwbischoff
QUOTE(HappiestCamper @ Aug 22 2008, 01:58 PM) *


I'm not going to walk through your hotel room just because it's quicker for me to get to the pool.



DING,DING,DING!!!

You just won a kewpie-doll!!
drmcleod
QUOTE(HappiestCamper @ Aug 22 2008, 02:58 PM) *



As you walk by my site or I walk by yours, I will wave, probably say hello (and hope you would do the same). We may strike up a conversation on the edge of MY site or YOUR site, and if we hit it off, or one needs help from the other, then one of us will invite the other into OUR site. Simply walking through MY site uninvited just to get to the other side is not acceptable - I may have paid extra online to reserve this site months ago just because it was next to whatever it is you want to shortcut to. I'm not going to walk through your hotel room just because it's quicker for me to get to the pool.

Best practice - stop at the edge of my site and tell me your rvparkreviews username - I'll break out the drinks immediately and welcome you right in.


I like this thought, Happy.

I too feel that each campsite is that family's "piece of earth" for the duration of their stay. We also leave much of our "stuff" out in our site and wouldn't want anyone close enough to be tempted and/or trip over it, etc.

But, like you say, as you walk by... say hello, wave or even smile. I am (even to my dismay) one of the happy smile.gif campers who gets unhappy mad.gif when other's pass through my site. I think the exception to this is when we camp with a large group. Then, not only do I not mind if other "group members" come into my site, I even encourage the fellowship. The difference is that we know these campers and can trust them a little bit more.
kcmoedoe
I just paid good money to rent my site. This gives me temporary control of that space. I look forward to meeting everybody in the park, but keep it in the common areas. There are liability issues, privacy issues, safety issues and just plain issues. In many parts of the country, someone in your site is just as likely to be a peeping tom or a thief as they are to be just someone cutting through. Common courtesy is one ofthe best indicators of character I know. And it is common courtesy to respect a persons boundries unless invited to do otherwise.
John Blue
I do not do it. I will walk thru an empty site if no one is around the space. We have had lots of people do this at our site and most are kids on the way to someplace. School kids walk across our land at home all the time. I ask they to please use the sidewalk and most do not return again. Some parks have rules over this and others do not.
RLM
OK, folks can we have a bit of common sense on this issue?

1- None of us own the campsite. It definitely does not fall into the MY site category. No one has either permanent or temporary control of the site. The C/G gets to make the rules for its park, you do not.
2- For those who like the short cut path across someone’s ‘rented’ site, then don’t get offended if you are called to task for doing so.
3- For those of you who would be offended by the short cutters, then please have a modicum of tact in explaining the issue. Not everyone is an experienced RVer who would know that they have encroached on a manners issue.
4- Give the kids a break…even the teen agers. They don’t have a clue about this issue. They are in an outdoor environment with one goal in mind…having fun. I respectfully suggest that they might be the future to RVing so don’t screw it up by being a whiny old fart. You were a kid once too, you know.

Common courtesy is certainly worthwhile, but whatever happened to polite tolerance? For those who do not have either, then buy some concertina wire, pick an isolated site, and surround yourself with it. We’ll both be happy campers.
Wadcutter
Some of the parks where we've stayed we've encountered "trespassers". Typically it's been in public parks. Tolerance? No tolerance when 3-4 teenage/20 yr old kids parade thru our campsite, walking between my grandson and the campfire while he was sitting there cooking a hotdog , and stepping over the hotdog stick he was holding. No tolerance when a couple in about their 50s walked next to our camper and then complained when my wife came out the 5er door that she nearly hit them with the door. Tolerance? No way. That's just plain rude, inconsiderate conduct by people who have never learned any manners.
Cutting thru someone's campsite because it's closer to the bathhouse? Tough, lay off the Twinkies and Coke, go for a walk and walk around other's campsite. The walk will do you good. I wouldn't think of encroaching on another's site and I expect the same from others. "common sense"? Common sense is don't go where you aren't uninvited.
BBear
I've never had adults cut through campsites that I've stayed at nor have I ever cut through an occupied campsite as an adult.

However, I have on occasion had unsupervised kids roam through my campsites on foot and honestly, I did the same as a child as well, but mostly because when I camped as a youngster we would "family camp" and since we had a large family most of the sites around where my family was camping was occupied by grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, so we'd often cut through other family members sites to get to another family's site and never thought nothing of it. But, we would never roam or cut through sites that were not occupied by family members.

I've never said anything to those unattended kids who walk through my site on occasion, except to say "Hi" and they usually say the same and keep walking. I guess it really just doesn't bother me.


RL36
Heres my 2 cents, Ive had peaple kindly ask "Do you mind if we go through your site" I dont mind that. As long as its not a habit. But if peaple use it as a walkway or kids think they can rudly run and scream through my site then thats wrong, inconsideret and should not be done. The whole reason for us RVers and campers is not having to deal with that kind of c/g rudness. So I say, I pay good money to stay at that c/g so please stay out of my site, thank you! biggrin.gif
drmcleod
QUOTE(RLM @ Aug 22 2008, 10:15 PM) *

OK, folks can we have a bit of common sense on this issue?

1- None of us own the campsite. It definitely does not fall into the MY site category. No one has either permanent or temporary control of the site. The C/G gets to make the rules for its park, you do not.
2- For those who like the short cut path across someone’s ‘rented’ site, then don’t get offended if you are called to task for doing so.
3- For those of you who would be offended by the short cutters, then please have a modicum of tact in explaining the issue. Not everyone is an experienced RVer who would know that they have encroached on a manners issue.
4- Give the kids a break…even the teen agers. They don’t have a clue about this issue. They are in an outdoor environment with one goal in mind…having fun. I respectfully suggest that they might be the future to RVing so don’t screw it up by being a whiny old fart. You were a kid once too, you know.

Common courtesy is certainly worthwhile, but whatever happened to polite tolerance? For those who do not have either, then buy some concertina wire, pick an isolated site, and surround yourself with it. We’ll both be happy campers.


WOW! Thanks RLM! That was perfectly put. If we all acted like this (minus the wire around the campsite, lol) we'd all enjoy ourselves a little bit more. smile.gif
RV Camper
I guess that I kind of fall in the middle. I try to treat the campsite of other occupants as a part of their property, just as I would if it were a neighbor's yard. I also prefer that my fellow visitors treat my site in that same manner. At the same time, very often those who do not follow common courtesies are people who just do not know. Tolerance and courtesy should always rule.
pianotuna
Hi Kirk,

Great comment--I could not agree more!

QUOTE(Kirk @ Aug 23 2008, 08:11 PM) *

I guess that I kind of fall in the middle. I try to treat the campsite of other occupants as a part of their property, just as I would if it were a neighbor's yard. I also prefer that my fellow visitors treat my site in that same manner. At the same time, very often those who do not follow common courtesies are people who just do not know. Tolerance and courtesy should always rule.

drmcleod
QUOTE(Kirk @ Aug 23 2008, 10:11 PM) *

I guess that I kind of fall in the middle. I try to treat the campsite of other occupants as a part of their property, just as I would if it were a neighbor's yard. I also prefer that my fellow visitors treat my site in that same manner. At the same time, very often those who do not follow common courtesies are people who just do not know. Tolerance and courtesy should always rule.



Very Well Said! Thanks Kirk!

Can we get a plaque of this for our campers?! laugh.gif

"Tolerance and courtesy should always rule." rolleyes.gif
Joe-n-Doe
RLM and Kirk make some good points, but the fact of the matter is some people just don't care about etiquette and no matter what is written or said to them they will continue doing what they want. Good parents will teach their children to be well mannered and courteous.

When I was a kid, it was common practice to cut thru people's yards. That was in the '50's and '60's. A lot has changed since then In many, if not most places now a days strangers in your yard (front or back) is consider threatening or a potential law suit.

I have a pool and a wide creek that is pretty full all year long. On the other side of the creek is a conservation area open in part to the public. However, before you reach the back of my house and my the back of the neighbors next to me there is a sign, put there by the city informing people that from that point on is private property and telling them to turn around. It never ceases to amaze me how people totally ignore the sign, and even though they are across the creek encroach onto my property.
Wadcutter
I taught my kids from an early age not to cut thru others campsites and now my 4 yr old grandson has learned not to cut thru others campsites. If a 4 year old can learn to respect others then you would think those 20 and up would be able to learn it too. Unfortunately, not so.
teddyrow
Hi all,

I'm new to this forum, but I face this problem of people cutting through our campsite. We have a seasonal campsite that we have spent a lot of time, effort and money on. We've planted tons of flowers and have a water fountain, but the main reason I don't want people walking through "our" site is because of our dogs. We follow the rules by keeping our dogs on a leash and we don't allow them to bark and we make sure to clean up after them. However, if someone walks through our site, then I can't guarantee that they won't bite. They have never bitten anyone, but I always have the fear that they might and then who would be at fault? We have a small creek running beside our site that the kids play in and I enjoy watching and talking to them and I enjoy them having fun, if fact, it is the same creek that I played in when I was a kid. But, I do wish parents would kindly teach their children that for their safety that they shouldn't walk through people's campsites.
Butch


Sometimes the parents do not know any better themselves, so they surely can not teach the youngsters any different. Personally we respect the other occupants sites, and only wish that they would respect ours..............it does not always happen....
susiequeue
QUOTE(RL36 @ Aug 23 2008, 03:04 PM) *

Heres my 2 cents, Ive had peaple kindly ask "Do you mind if we go through your site" I dont mind that. As long as its not a habit. But if peaple use it as a walkway or kids think they can rudly run and scream through my site then thats wrong, inconsideret and should not be done. The whole reason for us RVers and campers is not having to deal with that kind of c/g rudness. So I say, I pay good money to stay at that c/g so please stay out of my site, thank you! biggrin.gif


We camp in several different types of campgrounds, including fields at race tracks. I think it is unacceptable to walk through someone else's site. It's too easy for someone not familiar with your site to walk into tent ropes, awning arms, cords for electric, etc and do damage to them. Plus it is just rude. The area under my awning is like my front porch at home, it's for me to sit on and wave at people passing by and invite them in if I so choose. I have been camping since early childhood along with my 7 brothers and sisters and our parents made sure we knew that it was not polite to walk through anyone else's campsite. Just my 2 cents! I'm new to this site and am really enjoying all the information I'm finding! biggrin.gif
RLM
drmcleod> Thank you for your kind words. You hit the nail on the head… “we’d all enjoy ourselves a little bit more…”

Kirk> I’d like one of those “Tolerance and courtesy should always rule” signs too.
sparky
I do NOT go thru some ones site--it's theirs---my feeleing--I have been camping for more than 30 years---
I need the exercise any way---walk around--
Sparky in Va.
wmah
I was a little amazed this last weekend where a few sites down a couple older kids would cut through the back of sites just feet away from tables across 3 or 4 sites to go to the showers/restrooms instead of the 30 feet to the paved path and to the showers/restrooms. Although and we were not even the ones next to them there was one other site between us and when they did come this way they had to go down a sloop to get to a sidewalk and then backtrack a bit. Since this was a KOA and a busy Labor Day weekend I am not going to complain anyways since most KOA's are supposed to be a family campground and we did enjoy watching the kids play on the play equipment with their dog even though the sign read "no pets on play ground"
That said I would stay there again even if I knew it would happen only because of the wheelchair shower/restroom.

I have seen some campgrounds where design is a problem. imagine a 300 foot long rows with sites on each side and restroom in the middle row and someone with a site in the middle of the row would want to take the shortest route possible at that point to do some quick business before making a mess or they are just lazy.
dog bone
i too was also taught as a youngster not to walk thru someones campsite. you all have covered most of the reasons.
we also have a seasonal site and because of a campground screw up people have been walking thru my site and others. the campground has a bath house in the middle of the seasonals and put the tenters on the outside of the loop.for the people to use the bath house, if they used the road, would be a 1/4 mile walk. laziness, rudeness and emergencys come into play. walk 100' or a 1/4 mile what do you think happens.
the campground has since moved the tent sites to another area.
skippy102162
I have taught my children that it is rude to walk thru other's campsites since the first day we went camping, but in all honesty, had I not been reading forums such as this, I wouldn't have known it, although it is really common sense if one really thinks about it.

My kids even today will comment when others walk thru our site, but we try not to make too big of a deal out of it just because we also want to be neighborly. Bottom line is, we don't cut thru other people's sites, but I cannot control other folks ignorant actions so choose not to be grumpy over something so minor. Life is too short to be in a wad over these silly issues--just go and try to have fun anyway--put something in the way of their walking thru or whatever, but don't get in too much of a wad over it if you can!!! Camping is suppose to be relaxing, fun and laid back.
kjh
With kids it's sort of expected, but I would expect adults to be more considerate. In all our years of camping I don't remember this ever being a problem for us, but I know it happens a lot. I guess we are just more "laid back Southerners"!
Tom
QUOTE(drmcleod @ Aug 22 2008, 08:46 AM) *

So, before I give anymore of my opinion on the subject, I would like to get other opinions. So, give me an earfull... please.


This thread seems to be "revived"... but, in answer to walking through a stranger's campsite... NO!

I am kind of surprised at the relatively few negative responses here.

We have taught our kids from the first time we camped not to cut through other campsites. As another poster said, if a 4-5 year old can learn this, why can't teenagers?

If people ask (again, ASK) to cut through our site for some half way decent reason, great. Just don't make it a habit (unless, again, there is a legitimate reason).

Once we have met our neighbors, and they make it known it is okay to cut through their site, then our kids are allowed to... AFTER they ask, EVERY time! Wife and I, even after getting to know neighbors, do not cut through their site.

At our local state park, the sites are huge, and cutting through a corner of someone else's site may not be that big a deal, simply because of how far away you are from their camper (I still won't cut through a site there out of politeness). But the vast majority of campsites at private campgrounds we have been too are simply far too small for it to be considered anything but rude... In my opinion.

If you have no problem with people cutting through your campsite (even if it is so small they have to walk under your awning), that is fine. That doesn't mean other people like it if you do that.

I am not a mean old nasty man (at least, I don't think so...) but a little of what I consider to be just common courtesy and being polite goes a long way.
FosterImposters
Cutting through an occupied campsite is just rude.
Currently set-up at an RV park which has not yet begun to fill with the usual gang of snow-birds. PLENTY of unoccupied spaces to walk. Never ceases to amaze me: the breed of folks that just HAVE to walk right beside my rig... then stop to let their "#*!!" dog relieve itself.
blink.gif
I'm going to get a paint-ball gun...
DXSMac
I agree it is rude... but.... I recently stayed at an RV park where the RV's were kind of... "stacked" against each other, and you can't help BUT be rude! I noted that in the review!

JJ
FosterImposters
Agreed. tongue.gif
We too have been stacked like cord-wood and had to brace against the RV next to us to navigate around ours. Only plugged in the electricity overnight and left the next morning.

Good thing about being THAT close...usually enough stuff outside everyone's RV (chairs, tables, bbq, dog bowls...) that make walking between sites a hazard! laugh.gif
Trentheim
Before my wife and I were blessed with our daughter, I would have been okay with people maybe cutting across the outer edges of the campsite. Now, though, I have to say no. Personal security is paramount now that we have a 2 yr old to watch over. This means no adults cutting through the campsite. It also means that kids will probably get a look or two-- the younger they are, the more relaxed I am in their transgressions.

Even then, nobody, no time, should be cutting through my camping equipment, under my awning, on my picnic table, over my fire pit, etc... unless they are an invited guest to my site.

I love to talk to people and will converse happily, but the bottom line is that I now have a child around and I have to protect her first.
Oregon Ms
I find it alarming to find anyone in my space uninvited.
Scottish Terrier
QUOTE(Wadcutter @ Aug 22 2008, 09:56 PM) *

Some of the parks where we've stayed we've encountered "trespassers". Typically it's been in public parks. Tolerance? No tolerance when 3-4 teenage/20 yr old kids parade thru our campsite, walking between my grandson and the campfire while he was sitting there cooking a hotdog , and stepping over the hotdog stick he was holding. No tolerance when a couple in about their 50s walked next to our camper and then complained when my wife came out the 5er door that she nearly hit them with the door. Tolerance? No way. That's just plain rude, inconsiderate conduct by people who have never learned any manners.
Cutting thru someone's campsite because it's closer to the bathhouse? Tough, lay off the Twinkies and Coke, go for a walk and walk around other's campsite. The walk will do you good. I wouldn't think of encroaching on another's site and I expect the same from others. "common sense"? Common sense is don't go where you aren't uninvited.



Ok, I'm another camper unhappy about people cutting through a campsite. This is what just happened to me while staying at a very upscale RV resort near Myrtle Beach, SC. My husband had taken our dog out for their 1 mile lap around the campgrounds lake while I was preparing dinner. Our camping neighbors kept cutting through the back of our site instead of walking to the back of their site and then onto the paved walking path. On their way back to their camper, I was standing at the stove looking out the kitchen window when I saw them approach. At first I thought they were going to knock on my door, they were that close. But no, they walked behind the RV and stood and "peeked" in our fullview rear window trying to see inside our RV. Yes, you read correctly, faces pressed to the glass looking in. I was appalled! Our truck was parked right in front of the RV and yet that didn't seem to deter them. When my husband came back, he said he saw them clear across the lake. I still can't believe it! ohmy.gif
Texasrvers
T Lynn,

I'd call that a lot more than just cutting through!
drmcleod
I'm still torn.

Like I said previously, I want to go camping in a place where everyone is friendly, nice and neighborly. I don't want to be the "grumpy old man" in site #123. I think it's great to have a community of neighbors where it's okay to walk through someone's site to get to where they're going.

Having said that... All of the points made on this thread are valid!

I don't want my safety or security compromised.

I don't want people looking at my stuff when they pass through.

I ESPECIALLY don't want someone peering into my RV like a peeping Tom!!! (this type of behavior is reason to contact the park management and file a complaint)

I don't know, maybe the good 'ole days of friendly neighborhood campgrounds have passed into yesteryear. It seems as though it's okay to pull in and put up the invisible fence around our space. Seems kind of sad. I don't want to agree with all the reasons that are mentioned here... but I do.
catman2130093
QUOTE(drmcleod @ Dec 5 2008, 02:08 PM) *

I'm still torn.

Like I said previously, I want to go camping in a place where everyone is friendly, nice and neighborly. I don't want to be the "grumpy old man" in site #123. I think it's great to have a community of neighbors where it's okay to walk through someone's site to get to where they're going.

Having said that... All of the points made on this thread are valid!

I don't want my safety or security compromised.

I don't want people looking at my stuff when they pass through.

I ESPECIALLY don't want someone peering into my RV like a peeping Tom!!! (this type of behavior is reason to contact the park management and file a complaint)

I don't know, maybe the good 'ole days of friendly neighborhood campgrounds have passed into yesteryear. It seems as though it's okay to pull in and put up the invisible fence around our space. Seems kind of sad. I don't want to agree with all the reasons that are mentioned here... but I do.

I don't like it, it's rude. I don't do it either. Apart from someone looking inside (Amazing!)the thing that irritates me are the *****les that walk their dog to my lot to let it do it's business, especially when my cats are sitting inside the rv behind the screen door.....makes a paint gun sound tempting...
KentuckyCampin
I have been camping since I was a young boy in Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts. One thing that stands out to this day, is as a Scout, you always stop at another Pack/Troop entrance way to their CG, and ask "Permission to enter campsite". Of course it was always granted, and this was a way to teach young boys/young men to respect other peoples space.
Fast forward 30+ years - I have 2 boys of my own now and they love camping. We have went from the tent camping, to pop-up camper and now a travel trailer. I have always taught my boys to never walk through another campsite without permission. It is common courtesy and respect for every other camper in the campground. I have noticed that through the years, that this is something that is disappearing from society. Common courtesy and respect of others.

I do not cut through other campsites that are occupied, and on the same token, I do not like for people to cut through my campsite. I have even had kids running around playing tag or hide and go seek ripping and tearing through my camp site!!! If I caught my kids doing that, they would be in deep trouble, to say the least. I just wish more campers would instill respect and common courtesy in their kids.
Dogs, thats another thing!! I dont mind people bringing their dogs with them, however, we have had multiple problems with dogs and their owners. Everything from crapping in our campsite, barking constantly at everything that moves, and even getting loose and coming into our campsite and nosing around peeing on everything!!

I pay my hard earned money to be able to get out and enjoy camping with my wife and kids. I enjoy talking to our "neighbors" and I try to be friendly and helpful while out camping.

So to answer your question, no cutting through is not right. biggrin.gif
jobob
I think it is rude to enter another persons campsite uninvited. I saw someone walking their dog and letting it relieve itself on a cooler that was sitting in front of the rig next to me. I alway take my dog to the dog walk area and never let them go on tires or bushes. That's just plain nasty.
KentuckyCampin
QUOTE(jobob @ Mar 19 2009, 10:47 PM) *

I think it is rude to enter another persons campsite uninvited. I saw someone walking their dog and letting it relieve itself on a cooler that was sitting in front of the rig next to me. I alway take my dog to the dog walk area and never let them go on tires or bushes. That's just plain nasty.


If I had a dog pissing on my cooler, I would drop kick it right out of the campground!! And then the owner would follow very closely behind!!
I would probably come unglued if I walked out my camper and saw that!! mad.gif
HappiestCamper
QUOTE(KentuckyCampin @ Mar 20 2009, 10:46 PM) *

If I had a dog pissing on my cooler, I would drop kick it right out of the campground!! And then the owner would follow very closely behind!!
I would probably come unglued if I walked out my camper and saw that!! mad.gif


Now I disagree - the dog isn't at fault. It's the stupid owner.
NandFamily
We been campers for many years. I dont mind if its young kids. We usually just smile and most of the time they'll stop and chat a moment. Ask about our dog, where were from, etc. We dont mind if it's an older kid or someone who is looking for the bathhouse. We'll point them in the right direction even if it's through our spot. If it's an elderly (older)person, I'll walk you till you can see it, if you'd like. But if it's lots of kids and they keep doing it, we usually redirect them around our site, never being rude. We've never really had adults doing this. I have cut though empty spots. And will politely stay as far away as I can from anyone's camper that is near by. We dont mind people stopping by and starting a conversation. In fact, we enjoy that.
Happy camping!!! We're off to Percy Quin State Park this weekend!!

Nandfamily sleep.gif
798hand
wadcutter hit the nail on the head
04 jayco ken
I know this concept may be a little over the top but, common sense, common courtesy may come into play. I personally do not cut thru and try to raise my kids to think of others too. Some may not mind, I don't have an attitude about it but it is a respect thing. I feel the same as some other posts that at home if cutting thru to catch the bus or whatever but not just because it is easier. We only have so much room at campsite, and nothing is so far away to go on down a bit. If it is the kids that have been playing with your kids all weekend and they are going to play with or without your kids then all bets are off.
nicki
I would never dream of walking through someone else's campsite. It is just common courtesy. I also have taught my children not to either, and I do not let the dog's leash extend into other peole's site while out walking. I think most people need their personal space, and I expect to be allowed mine. Just because you don't "own" the spot, you have indeed paid for it, so you are entitled to some degree of privacy.
Ohiojude
Last summer we camped in the KOA Andirondak MTNs. It was at night, really dark outside and my husband and myself sitting by the fire just talking and stuff. I happen to turn my head to see this kid about 12-14 yrs old walking up behind me. OMG scared the bejesus out of me! I screamed and he ran off.

I also have had people sit at my picnic table in my campsite, giving themselves a break i guess. Not even asking me if they can sit or to just to chat.



DXSMac
When I camp hosted at a State park in WA state, we had the ULTIMATE. SQUATTERS!

There were two campsites, #49 and #50. Both sites are pretty spacious and far apart. The people in 49 had an RV, but no tents and weren't using their tent space. The people in 50 were using their tent space, but had parked their vehicles on the grass instead of in the RV area. Well, in the middle of the night, squatters came in with three vehicles and tents in the unused areas of BOTH the sites.

JJ
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