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moqui51
We have been in campgrounds for over 25 years and I would have to say that I have rarely been in a campground where the campers follow all the rules.

We were in a wonderful camp two weeks ago that had a non-smoking rule in all buildings. And it was told to you when you checked in...not just on the rules hand out. Yet, as I was checking in, two people came in and complained about people smoking in the bathrooms and laundry room.

In a COE park, there was a dog running loose. I have seen people not clean up after their pets.

I see dogs on 20 ft leashes when the rules say a 6 ft leash. Or they leave them barking in the rig all day.

I see people hanging out clothes when the rules say not to.

I have even seen a man going to the bathroom by the side of his campsite! And this one I reported to the office, as we were going to check in to this park. It was either a COE or state park too. We did not stay here.

I see kids in areas without adults and the rules require supervison. (This might be more in military campgrounds...not sure)

There are usually rules about quiet times...do you obey them?

Do you start your laundry then just go off for half the day and leave it in the washer...or dryer?

Do you make a mess in the bathroom or laundry and just leave it?

Do you cut across other campsites? Some places do have rules about that.

Do you park your car on the grass when it says not to? Do you keep your tow vehicle in your own spot, not halfway into the next site?

Do you think about the person next door and try to realize how close we are and not park your vehicle in a way that restricts them from getting out when they are leaving?

I will admit to playing fast and loose with the hanging out clothes...if it says no, I don't, but if they don't mention it in the rules, I just don't ask, but usually will only hang out 1 item...not a clothesline full, and try to be discreet about where it hangs. My husband on the other hand will play fast and loose with the washing of the rig. If it doesn't say no, he usually didn't ask.

But, we are both trying to be more respectful about these things and ask first. I put a hook in my shower and now hang my items in there and they get dry just fine. He seems to always ask about rig washing now, and has paid to wash it in 2 campgrounds. He started washing the rig before 8 am this morning and before he did I asked him if he checked the quiet hours? He did and it was 7:30 so he was safe. smile.gif

There are several places we have been to or read about that have rules that seem unreasonable and we just won't go to these places.

If you aren't sure that something you want to do would be allowed, but not listed on the rules, do you ask first?

If you think a rule is unreasonable, do you just ignore it?

Why do you think people break or ignore the rules, or think they are just for the other people...not for them?

If we would all try to be more respectful of other people would we find that we wouldn't need so many rules?

Too many questions..but as we travel and see so many things, I do wonder. Especially as I see so much trash along the roadsides and see all the do not litter signs!

Susie



Lindsay Richards
I can say we try to follow the campground regulations as they generally are just common sense. I will admit that I rarely read all the rules when given a 2 page list at check in. We scan for the information we have to have (like bathroom codes and TV channel list) and look at the map. We have never had anybody complain that we were ot following any rule. We do not walk thru occupied sites and the other common sense practices. We treat other campers as we like to be treated.
Kirk
We do generally scan through the rules at any campground where we stay, but the vast majority of them are just common sense. While we do see people who don't pay much attention to the park rules, I do think that the majority of RV folks try to live by the rules but may be ignorant of some of them at times. Another factor is that the younger generation are not generally as aware of the common courtesies that we have grown up with. I don't know why, but I am sure that is true.

Pets are probably one of the least observed rules in most parks. In a COE park it is a greater problem because the rangers there are very short handed and they have very little enforcement power. Our constitution prohibits the Army from any arrest or enforcement activities in times of peace and so the rangers in those parks are also because they are employees of the Army. We are presently working as resident volunteers on a COE lake in Texas and I am constantly amazed at the effort that the staff puts in, in spite of the very poor support that they are given by the Army and the total lack of real authority of the rangers.
Lee and Fran
I have always tried to obey the rules. I recently spent two weeks in a state park and there was a rule about dogs being on leash at all times. I noticed that all the out of staters had their dogs on leashes but the local people from within the state let their dogs run loose. Over the two weeks I bet I seen at least 15 people that came and went that left their dogs of leash. Guess they figure that rule is for out of state people only. Or they figure they are better than the rest of the world.
Butch



We try to obey "all" the rules as they are written for everyones benefit so that your stay will be enjoyable and safe. As others have stated, most rules are common sense, but there are those who believe the rules are written for everyone else except them....
John Blue
Susie

We read the rules and stay inside the guide lines. In reading your list I think we have found RV people doing close to everything on that list, all wrong. People think no one will see me or so what. We have been landlords now for over 30 years. We have rules as well. Most people would ask at time we kicked them out in street "What did I do wrong?". Some people will do anything they like in life and think this is OK. Good information I like it.
moqui51
LOL...I was just curious to see if any people would reply and admit if they have broken the rules, and explain why. Maybe at least they will read the comments and think about things the next time they do break the rules.

We are in an Escapees campground right now and it seems that everyone here does abide by the rules. It makes it such a pleasent experience for all of us when this happens.

I do believe that the rule of keeping dogs on a leash is the one rule that is broken most often in campgrounds.

Susie

mdcamping
Great Topic!

When we check in and as previously posted we'll check over the rules and we'll go over them with the kids. For the most part lot the rules are mostly common sense.

One thing I'll admit to...

Yes my dog is not tied up 100% of the time, can any dog be?

My dog being a sheltie and is like glue following me around and I'm not going to tie my dog up for a two minute project around the campsite before I head back into the camper... rolleyes.gif

and yes late at night while were quietly siting by the fire and enjoying the last moments of the night we'll have our fateful companion siting next to us with out being tied up.. biggrin.gif

Mike
HappiestCamper
We follow all rules regarding dog (he is always leashed, we will go elsewhere to let him run), quiet hours, etc. We do break one - if they say no alcohol, I'm still going to have a drink, discreetly, in my site.
Trentheim
QUOTE(HappiestCamper @ Jun 27 2009, 06:40 PM) *

...if they say no alcohol, I'm still going to have a drink, discreetly, in my site.



Amen!
moqui51
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I didn't know campgrounds had rules about drinking...but I guess I never thought about it because we only drink "inside" our rig.

My husband will not go out of the rig with a drink. We have had a drink at the New Years Eve Party at the military campground...inside the clubhouse, but that is the only time outside of the rig.
Jerry S.
When I read the original post I was curious as to what sort of reaction and stories it would elicit. So far I have not seen anything really surprising or unusual: dog infractions. inconsiderate parking, some people think they can do whatever they want, rules are for everybody else, etc. As somebody indicated, most rules are there for a reason - safety, cleanliness, keeping the park looking good, and so on. Two of the minor rules mentioned in previous post were about drying clothes and drinking. As for the drying rule, as a pool user, I am not about to wash and dry my suit and towel in the laundry after every swim. They hang from the side mirrors or rear ladder (depending on the sun). I don't really think this rule is about drying pool stuff - they just don't want lines of laundry hanging at every site. On the drinking issue, with the exception of overtly religious camps, I think this is about drinking outside - whether at your site or walking around the park. I don't think they have a legitimate authority to stop you from drinking in your RV. Otherwise, the more extreme anti-alchohol parks would search every RV that entered their park or bang on your door at 10PM and smell your breath.

My newest peeve is golf carts. More and more large parks are allowing them and even those that post fairly stringent rules have problems with speeding and kid drivers. This is a serious safety issue. Too many people treat these carts like toys and have no clue as to how really dangerous their behavior is. I have complained my **** off at several parks concerning this issue - sometimes with positive results.

A related problem is speeding in the park. Although I have seen people actually got too fast in their RVs, this problem usually involves the tow or towed vehicle. People just can't seem to obey speed limits. Go 10-15 mph over the speed limit on the highway if you must, but please don't do it in a park with a limit of 5-10 mph.

That's enough for now.
Picea Mariana
I don't stay at places that have rules.

There is nothing less welcoming than prominently displayed guidelines for how I am expected to behave as a guest.

No, I will not obey the 5 mph speed limit. I can't go 5 mph in a vehicle.
If I leave my clothes in the dryer all day, I expect you to steal them.
If I am rowdy and boisterous past 10pm (or at all), I expect you to call the police.
I'm not going to have any guests while camping but if I did, they're not going to be checking in with the campground office.
I don't need any reminder to cleanup after my pets.
I won't be cutting down any trees. I usually don't pack a chainsaw when I go camping.
And there's about a 100% chance I will pee in the woods while tent camping. Sue me.

I'm going to break the "no swearing" rule too.
Look at this rediculous list of stupid rules. I have never seen such idiotic rules.

Too bossy. Not very hospitable. Why not make campers kneel down and kiss your feet?

When I go to a campgrounds website and they talk more about the rules than the ammenities, I cross it off the list. I know it's not for us.

We are staying almost entirely at public campgrounds now where there may be park rules- we can manage without guns and booze for a few nights- but they don't get all up in your business and give you handouts with the rules. They're mostly don't feed the bears and don't transport firewood. I can live with those rules.

I've stayed in a lot of hotels. They never handout a sheet with rules on it upon check-in. The MArriott website does not post it's "rules". If they did, I wouldn't stay their either.

Hey campground owners. I have a new "rule".
If you hand me a sheet of rules, we will leave.
If you post rules on your website, I won't be your guest.

Here's another new rule. Since there seems to be an increasing number of campgrounds that don't have any dumpsters (like forcing people to throw out their trash someplace else is eco-friendly), if you don't have a place to dispose of trash, we will stay someplace that does.

That's the great thing about camping. I can go anywhere. So don't do me any favors.


Cheryl
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My dog being a sheltie and is like glue following me around and I'm not going to tie my dog up for a two minute project around the campsite before I head back into the camper... rolleyes.gif

and yes late at night while were quietly siting by the fire and enjoying the last moments of the night we'll have our fateful companion siting next to us with out being tied up..

I bought 5 of these before our trip last summer. I fasten them all together to make one very large play area for our fur baby. She can roam around without being on a leash and getting tangled up. I don't have to worry that she will wander to far. She was only 9 months old then, and even though she no longer strays to far away from mommy, I plan on taking them again this year. I always ask before setting them up.
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RLM
QUOTE(Picea Mariana @ Jun 27 2009, 09:09 PM) *

I don't stay at places that have rules.

That's the great thing about camping. I can go anywhere. So don't do me any favors.



Rules exist because someone has the authority to make them, but doesnít necessarily have the common sense to use that authority sparingly. Whatís worse is the rule maker then gives the enforcement responsibility to a person who has little tact and ability to perform the job without alienating people.

There are 42 rules in the public campground where I am currently hosting. Thatís more than the number of sites. As I read these rules, it appeared to me that most came into existence because one ďbad appleĒ did something that was in the lower two digit IQ range. Itís unfortunately that the authority had to make a rule instead of taking care of that bad apple.

We donít beat customers on the head by handing out printed rules. They are posted on an outside bulletin board where they are obvious. We donít run around the campground looking for rule breakers. If one becomes obvious that individual is politely and tactfully informed. A repeat offense after being informed means youíre the bad apple and will get you a ticket. Our rangers do have that authority and make liberal use of it.

Picea Mariana>Ė Youíre welcome to camp here, BUT you will go 5 mph (even if you have to push the car), observe quiet hour, keep your dog on a leash at all times, pee on trees only if no one is around, not leave camp fires unattended (someone tried to burn down the forest last year), and will not ride a noisy ATV or motorcycle around the campground all day long. Bring your trash. We have plenty of dumpsters. Bring your alcohol, itís allowed. Bring your gun (you just canít discharge it). Bring guests. They donít have to check in. Hang your wet clothes on any tree you find handy. Most dogs prefer to go in the woods around us so cleaning up after them isnít an issue. You and the dog can enjoy peeing on trees together.
mdcamping
QUOTE(Cheryl @ Jun 28 2009, 09:28 AM) *

I bought 5 of these before our trip last summer. I fasten them all together to make one very large play area for our fur baby. She can roam around without being on a leash and getting tangled up. I don't have to worry that she will wander to far. She was only 9 months old then, and even though she no longer strays to far away from mommy, I plan on taking them again this year. I always ask before setting them up.
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Cheryl,

Our dog just hates to be tied alone out side the TT, and if she is tied up she'll be scratching at the TT door. ( though she'll be fine if were out side with her )

I think your idea would work great if we had a differant dog.

Mike
Cheryl
She is not tied. She is contained in the "fenced in area". And, I never leave her out alone. By fastening the 5 pens together we have quite a large area. The picnic table, fire pit and our lawn chairs fit with plenty of "leftover" room.
Lindsay Richards
The rules about carrying firearms in national parks has recently (last several months) been changed. As anything congress does, they are complicated, but can basically be interpreted to be what is allowed in the area just outside of the park (state and county regulations) is allowed inside the park with proper state and county regulations. Donít know how this would be interpreted in a national park like Yellowstone that boarders on several states. I have always carried a firearm locked up in my coach when using a national park and never flaunted them, but now it s generally legal. I think what we have been doing is quite common and I am glad it is now accepted. I did hear one congress woman say she could never go to a national park again because the people would be ďarmed to the teethĒ Actually the amount of people carrying would be just like outside the park and probably less than many people in neighborhoods in her district.
gilda
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Picea Mariana
QUOTE(gilda @ Jun 29 2009, 10:50 AM) *

Picea Mariana,

There are very few parks that you would be able to stay in. Decent parks have rules.



I've found the opposite to be true. Like I said I stay at public campgrounds if at all possible and rely on this site to find the ones with consistent 9's and 10's. Definitely decent places.

I've never had to complain about anyone or anything which is strange considering the lack of rules. Hmm.

On the other hand a lot of campgrounds I find listed on this site that tend to have a lot of rules also have bad reviews for being run down or run by cranky people that aren't nice or aren't welcoming. Case in point... That CG that I posted a link to their rules. Look at their lousy ratings and dismal reviews.

QUOTE(RLM @ Jun 28 2009, 02:11 PM) *

Picea Mariana>Ė Youíre welcome to camp here, BUT you will go 5 mph (even if you have to push the car), observe quiet hour, keep your dog on a leash at all times, pee on trees only if no one is around, not leave camp fires unattended (someone tried to burn down the forest last year), and will not ride a noisy ATV or motorcycle around the campground all day long. Bring your trash. We have plenty of dumpsters. Bring your alcohol, itís allowed. Bring your gun (you just canít discharge it). Bring guests. They donít have to check in. Hang your wet clothes on any tree you find handy. Most dogs prefer to go in the woods around us so cleaning up after them isnít an issue. You and the dog can enjoy peeing on trees together.


Sounds like my kind of place so long as I see a "welcome to ___ campground" sign before I see a "No ______" sign or a "______ prohibited" sign.

ATV's??? Who has those?! How can that possibly be such a widespread problem to warrant telling everyone not to use one? I even stayed recently at a CG that had ATV trails and didn't even see any ATV's there.
Keeping up with the Joneses
The only "rule" I don't follow is admitting I travel with 2 cats. I feel kind of guilty about it, but they stay inside the RV at all times. They don't make any noise or inconvenience anyone. I just don't understand why I should have to pay extra for them. Maybe someone can explain.
gilda
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cottonkyle
I am only commenting on this because of our last stay at a park where one of the staff commented to another member opf the staff about my truck being parked in the road... WHILE I WAS HOOKING UP to leave! And the bad thing is that this person didn't have the guts to say it my face... But, since I heard him, I made the comment that I was hooking up and he sheepishly said, "well alright since you are leaving..." and then he quickly made his way down the road. But this brings to mind that of the MANY reviews I have read. if there are negative things to say, they are usually about the narrowness of the park roads, and how hard it is to get in and out... Well, I AGREE! If there is one thing that needs to be addressed ACROSS THE BOARD, it is that all parks need to have wider roads. I think the designers/architects don't take into consideration how long a one-ton vehicle is with a 35 foot fifth-wheel in tow.

Just my two-cents worth! Great posts by all. I have read most of them.
abbygolden
Is Picea Mariana for real or is he/she just having fun pulling our collective legs?
The Kahuna
As a campground owner I actually find it unfortunate that I need to have a list of rules that are nothing more than common sense. A few things drives this. First is the comment I typically hear, "It's not in the rules" or "there isn't a sign". Secondly, it becomes a legal issue. If I end up in court I have to be able to prove that the person was made aware that it's not appropriate to dive into the shallow end of the pool.

When asked about enforcement I will tell folks that they can do most anything they want as long as they do not disturb the closest camper to them.

I like the comment, "I don't drive 5 mph". Most of the campgrounds I've visited tend to be fairly compact. Typically, there are a good number of children in the park. And as much as the parents and children do need to be responsible for themselves, I think we all know it doesn't happen that way. So the 5 mph speed limit. I have no desire to see a child, even if they are not paying attention, get hit by a car.

I try to follow common sense when enforcing the rules, but when faced with the response "what if I don't", that person will soon leave the park.

And unfortunately, it is the 2% of campers that refuse to follow common sense rules that make camping more difficult for the 98% of quality campers.
pianotuna
Hi Kahuna,

Your post is very reasoned. It is so nice to see that. Thanks for your input.
jobob
Kahuna,

Your park sounds like a place I'd like to stay. Consideration for fellow campers is absolutely vital and most people appreciate that. Unfortunately, a few people have to be told, via written rules, how to be considerate.
Tom
When we started "family camping" in campgrounds about 9 years ago (Yeesh! Time flies!), we were in a tent and would go with friends of ours who had a travel trailer. I had never been in a campground before, always wilderness tent camping, so the rules and "way things are done" was all new to me. Our friends basically "taught" us about the campgrounds and rules, and why many things were setup the way they were. So we had a bit of an advantage over complete "newbies".

As previously posted, most rules at campgrounds came about because of slobs or inconsiderate people. Picking up dog poop? Honestly, we never thought about that until going to camp grounds -- I always just figured that was something that was on the ground! Now we cleanup after our dog everywhere, not just in campgrounds.

5 mph speed limit? Yep, that is slow, and I was warned (threatened with being kicked out of the campground) once years ago about speeding in a campground. Now I basically go at idle speed, under 5mph. Gives me a chance to check out the campground and other campers on the way in. I don't go camping so I can rush around. Kids WILL be in the road playing, EXPECT that at camgrounds!!!

Quiet hours? Love'em!! Party all you want up to 10 or 11pm, then quiet down. I don't do or say anything about partiers until quiet hours. The only "problem" we have run into is campgrounds that host a DJ dance party that lasts past quiet hours... that makes no sense to me. If campers are supposed to be quiet at 11pm, why is the campground blasting a mega-watt stereo system until 1AM??

Hanging clothes.... In our experience, this mostly is a "seasonals" rule, and is not usually enforced on weekends. I have asked campground owners about the rule, and they have told me that they let it slide on weekends, it is to keep the campground neat and clean looking most of the time. People just coming for a weekend are using the pool and / or river or lake, and will have towels and suits they want to hang. Just don't tie ropes to the trees, and try to keep your site from looking completely "hillybilly" (not that there is anything wrong with that... I basically are one!).

Cutting through campsites? Sounds like you are being a mean old bitty complaining about that... until time after time people trip over your bikes, or accidentally hit your picnic table, while you are eating, with their fishing poles as they walk through your site (that has happened to us!!).

Once you have some "experience" camping in busy campgrounds, I think most people begin to understand why the rules are what they are. That "horrible" rule list that was linked to earlier is perfectly normal for the vast majority of campgrounds we go to, private and state parks.

Okay, now that I have written all that, in answer to the original poster's question: YES, we have broken campground rules, mostly when we were new to "campground camping". Now if we break a rule it is accidental. We also understand why all those rules are in place.
gilda
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wolverine767
IMHO it all depends on the owners of the campground. I've run into operators who had unrealistic expectations (do not track dirt or grass into the showers at the campground) to just plain cranky operators who would rather be doing something else. Personally I tend to prefer public campgrounds although there are many great privately owned operations.
RockHound
For the most part, my family and I will follow whatever rules the park has, along with what is considered camping common sense (not cutting through occupied sites, etc.). My gray areas are these: Beach/pool towels and bathing suits are getting hung up somewhere outside, unless it's laundry day. I will not, however, be hanging my undies and other laundry out to dry. I think Laundromats are expensive, but everyone knows that going to the campground. I will stay up all night at my site if I desire. I don't get loud or rowdy, so I don't bother anyone. If I wanted to be told when to go to bed, I'd have stayed in military school. But, I am all for a quiet time. Part of my camping enjoyment is the quiet. As for alcohol, as I said, we don't get rowdy, so I'll drink what I want on my site. Camping brothers and sisters will even be offered one. We don't bring our dogs, but if we did, they would be on a leash or in the camper at all times. I don't care if they were super duper trained, genetically altered to obey every command, Einstein dogs. Stuff happens. I don't want them biting someone, or running out in the road and getting killed. Plus, I have enough to do with setting up camp. I don't need to be on clean up "duty" all week. Someone mentioned golf carts earlier. I have come to hate golf carts. I can see their usefulness, especially as I get older and more decrepit. But, most of the people operating them seem to be kids that should be walking, riding bikes, etc. People with no respect or, maybe knowledge, of traffic laws or common sense. They definitely do not follow the 5-MPH speed limits. They expect everyone else to look out for them. I guess golf carts are like all other tools. If you don't use them properly, something bad is going to happen. I can't blame the kids, really. It usually breaks down to lack of parental supervision, upbringing, and a need to just go wild sometimes. I just don't think they should have the opportunity to go wild in something so dangerous. Take 'em to the go cart track. We will obey speed limits. Or even slower. Kids will be kids, and I respect their rights to run around and have fun without getting run over. Yes, they should pay attention to traffic and not mess with other peoples camping experience, but as far as I'm concerned, kids occasionally ending up in the streets of a campground is expected. We are surrounded by trees, lakes, streams, etc. where we live. Some kids are not. When they see such things at a campground, maybe for the first time, it is understandable when they are too excited to watch what they are doing. Campers, by all means please keep up with your kids. Just remember, it's their vacation too. Finally, if the campground managers/hosts are not very concerned with their responsibilities, I'm not going to be too concerned with their rules. If they repeatedly let the bathrooms run out of toilet paper, don't clean the bathhouses, put me on a site with 6 in. long grass, or anything else you expect when you pay your hard earned money for when you camp, I won't be too concerned when I do something against the rules.
hitchup
We always follow the rules, even those that say you can't use a washer or dryer (we have both onboard.)

Many rules are "common sense" or just plain "good manners". We've found many to be standard throughout the RV World, but like to know what we're allowed to do or not in advance. Because if they aren't written down, I always tell DH, better not do that until we find out if it's allowed! rolleyes.gif
jchapman
Awesome topic...I must admit..we have never read through the entire list of campground rules, to be honest, most of the time we don't even bother..we don't have a pet, but our biggest rule breaker is probably the washing of the rig..my husband likes to scrub off bugs, so I'm sure we will get turned in one of these days.. Also, I must say, if I read a rule that said no alcohol--I would say...NO THANK YOU..and we would go somewhere else...the only major thing I do see a huge problem is the crazy golf cart drivers...we have a 3 year old that was almost squished by a 12-13 year old golf cart driver, we were on the park road teaching him to ride his bike (so I guess we were actually in there way too), but she was out of control..This is one rule I wish campgrounds would enforce..thanks for the topic..
Tom
We have gotten to the point now where we steer clear of campgrounds that allow golf carts and ATVs if possible. We have been to a couple campgrounds where those vehicles were just out of control and dangerous. Other campgrounds it has not been a problem, case in point being Fort Wilderness (Disney World) - it was actually "part of the experience" to rent a golf cart there!

As to kids in the road, similar to my previous post, kids WILL be in the road at a campground, that is just the way it is. We TELL our kids to use the roads, as they are not supposed to cut through other people's campsites! jchapman, you were not the problem, the golf cart driver was.

At the large and very popular state park near us, on busy days the roads throughout the campground are literally filled with people walking and bike riding. That is the way it should be.

QUOTE(jchapman @ Aug 12 2009, 05:24 PM) *

the only major thing I do see a huge problem is the crazy golf cart drivers...we have a 3 year old that was almost squished by a 12-13 year old golf cart driver, we were on the park road teaching him to ride his bike (so I guess we were actually in there way too), but she was out of control..This is one rule I wish campgrounds would enforce..thanks for the topic..

meatwagon45
Before I begin, I want to admit that I only read the first page of responses. As much as I try to follow the rules, I tend to break them too.
1- If I am at a pool, pond, or beach, and my towel gets wet, I will hang it outside to dry.
2- I will never walk through an occupied site. If it is empty, it is a passway.
3- If I am backed up to the woods and there is nobody behind me, I will pee with glee only at night and out of anyones view.
4- My dog gets tied up when I am setting up and breaking down. 99% of the rest of the time she is free to roam within sight.
5- Being passed a golf cart is not acceptable when I am in my Ram. Last time I went that slow, I got rearended by a cart. Try explaining that to your insurance company.
6- I will disagree with anyone telling me to put out my fire at 10:00pm. I will agree to be quiet but there is no way I am putting out the fire without a fight. If I wanted to go to sleep that early, I would stay home.

There are probably more, but these are the ones that jump out at me right now.
abbygolden
QUOTE(meatwagon45 @ Aug 25 2009, 06:25 PM) *

Before I begin, I want to admit that I only read the first page of responses. As much as I try to follow the rules, I tend to break them too.
1- If I am at a pool, pond, or beach, and my towel gets wet, I will hang it outside to dry.
2- I will never walk through an occupied site. If it is empty, it is a passway.
3- If I am backed up to the woods and there is nobody behind me, I will pee with glee only at night and out of anyones view.
4- My dog gets tied up when I am setting up and breaking down. 99% of the rest of the time she is free to roam within sight.
5- Being passed a golf cart is not acceptable when I am in my Ram. Last time I went that slow, I got rearended by a cart. Try explaining that to your insurance company.
6- I will disagree with anyone telling me to put out my fire at 10:00pm. I will agree to be quiet but there is no way I am putting out the fire without a fight. If I wanted to go to sleep that early, I would stay home.

There are probably more, but these are the ones that jump out at me right now.


I had to laugh at your list. There are four of six that would be considered by most to be fairly serious violations. I'm not sure if you are serious, but thanks for the laugh. I'll be looking forward to comments from others on your entry.
FosterImposters
Ah Meatwagon: Welcome aboard! I too am wiping tears of laughter.
Breath of fresh air...unless... is that YOU camping behind us ???
Good grief: is it the dog...or...YIKES!!!
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It's all in the symatics: campground, park or resort.
Cheers!

tsisaprincess

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First I want to say I read very little replies to this.

We try to follow the rules, I believe no one follows ALL of them.
or example, I had ( died in june) a service dog with us camping. she would never leave my side. yet when walking she was on leash and we cleaned up after her. around the site though she new her boundaries and never left my side so she got to be off leash SOME not all the time.
Quiet hours, heck Mom , Dad and myself usually get up early and go all day so we are beat. We are normally in camper reading or watching tv in evening
far as golf carts go, I do not mind them.. I think though only workers and owner of the campground should have them. There are so many at some campgrounds sometimes and kids do run them thinking it is play time.
I do not think it is us people that camp all the time and enjoy it that are the problem I think it is the people that bring their kids for a weekend of fun says " heck with rules we are free" that is what scares me. One campground, we were all sitting inside then Boom! the camper shook. We flew out and neighbors ran wondering what was going on. These people about 10 campers down were trying to start a fire and it did not start. So they took gas ( used for ATV) and put it on wood and lit it. Go figure that one
Enjoy camping biggrin.gif No gas on campfire wood unsure.gif




rangiebob
QUOTE(meatwagon45 @ Aug 25 2009, 07:25 PM) *


6- I will disagree with anyone telling me to put out my fire at 10:00pm. I will agree to be quiet but there is no way I am putting out the fire without a fight. If I wanted to go to sleep that early, I would stay home.



And this is why we only camp at parks that don't allow campfires. We camped at one a few years ago where some people around us had fires and the smoke and smell was coming into our windows causing me allergic distress. I really wanted to leave my windows open because it was a nice cool night, but that option was taken away from me.
rollinghills
For the most part we follow the rules. We have traveled with our old dog before and she has been outside without a leash, but never got away from my side. We have stayed at a few CG over the years that weren't very kid friendly but you don't know that till you get there our kids always follow the rules, but what ticks me off is when the owners kids or grand kids walk through your site ya think they would know better.
dalsgal
I have been a camper and a manager. We always tried to follow the rules wherever we were but I'm sure we slipped up a few times.

Now, as a manager, I get to deal with the rule breakers. People seem to think most rules apply to everyone but them. I have stopped many a car that was coming through going over the speed limit. One man was obviously going at least 10 mph over and swore that he was doing less than the limit.

We just had a problem with a man spitting his tobacco juice onto the concrete around the pool and then splashing water on it to "rinse it off". When confronted, he said that no one told him not to do it. This man was totally lacking in class and common sense if he thought that was acceptable. He was always spitting on the ground where people walked and commented that people shouldn't be walking barefooted anyway. He also saw no reason to keep his puppy on a leash in their campsite. The puppy wandered off just like a toddler would and I found it once 2 campsites over.

Some rules don't really seem to have any effect on others but are there for a reason. If everyone broke a rule just think how chaotic campgrounds would be. I hate being the bad guy but if I don't make you follow the rules then I, as manager, am breaking the rules set for me to follow. When you expect a manager to allow you to break the rules just remember that you are being unfair to other campers and expecting the manager to put their job in jeopardy.
Bearii
Have to admit that I'm much more with Picea Mariana and Meatwagon than some of the other commenters. We have found that a CG with a long list of rules is usually enjoyed by people who show up in their rig, plug in their hookups and then go inside to watch TV all night.

We like to meet other folks, share a beer, martini or glass of wine and a campfire and tell stories as the stars come out. As full timers we look for the friendly places that understand folks need to unwind and make new friends. If someone has to tell you to pick up after your dog I really don't want to share the same campground with you. And if the CG owner/mgr doesn't have enough guts to call out someone without a mile long list, well, I'm moving on...

And yep, I've pee'd outside behind the rig under a starry sky or two! biggrin.gif

kcmoedoe
QUOTE(Bearii @ Sep 14 2009, 09:14 PM) *

Have to admit that I'm much more with Picea Mariana and Meatwagon than some of the other commenters. We have found that a CG with a long list of rules is usually enjoyed by people who show up in their rig, plug in their hookups and then go inside to watch TV all night.

We like to meet other folks, share a beer, martini or glass of wine and a campfire and tell stories as the stars come out. As full timers we look for the friendly places that understand folks need to unwind and make new friends. If someone has to tell you to pick up after your dog I really don't want to share the same campground with you. And if the CG owner/mgr doesn't have enough guts to call out someone without a mile long list, well, I'm moving on...

And yep, I've pee'd outside behind the rig under a starry sky or two! biggrin.gif
And when need to get down on your hands and knees to check on something under your rig or get something iout of your bays remember the other guys peed too. tongue.gif
Bearii
QUOTE(kcmoedoe @ Sep 14 2009, 09:35 PM) *

And when need to get down on your hands and knees to check on something under your rig or get something iout of your bays remember the other guys peed too. tongue.gif


laugh.gif As an ole farm boy I've kneeled in far worse! blink.gif
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