1. Leaking Black Tank – There’s no easy way to say this, it’s not a simple DIY fix. If your black tank is leaking there’s a few things to consider.
- Don’t try to fix it yourself, at an RV park.
- If you do try, maybe empty and clean it first.
- If you don’t follow rule #1 and 2 don’t be surprised when your full black tank dumps on the ground under your RV.
- If your full black tank dumps on the ground, don’t just spray it with a hose and dump a few gallons of bleach on the ground.
- The proper way to clean it up yourself can be found at https://www.rv.net/forum/Index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/26007332/gotomsg/26008146.cfm
- Or maybe now would be the right time to call a professional. https://youtu.be/fgyn8CQRBI4
- And please, don’t get angry at your neighbors when they complain about the smell and unsanitary conditions. Especially if your DIY attempt caused the situation.
- We totally wouldn’t know about this from first hand experience in Houston February 2017. (It was not our black tank)
2. Encroachment– Walking on other people’s sites is a No-No. Or as our dogs would say, “Bad Human!” There is already not enough space, and to occupy someone else’s is just selfish.
3. Freeing The Beasty– Walking dogs off leash. This may be shocking to pet lovers, but the whole world isn’t dog friendly. Although our dogs are basically our kids, some people don’t view them the same way. They also run the risk of meeting another dog, friendly or not, and whose fault would that be? What if, heaven forbid, they met someone scared of dogs and were shot?
4. Bass up to 10– Noise levels should be kept at respectable volumes, RV walls are very thin. Most people are not RVing so they can hear all 7 of your Backstreet Boy albums. Respect your neighbors want for zen. Places to thump it out would be… away from the rv park. Children screaming, and dogs barking, are not exempt from this chapter either.
5. Pet doo- Clean up after your pets. It’s your choice to have them, and your responsibility clean up their doo. On the same note, most parks supply little baggies… Although, dog owners should view them as more of an aid then a handout. They are providing them to encourage you to pick it up if you forget your bags. Doggie doo bags can be ordered on Amazon for dirt cheap by the thousands. Use the parks if and when you have a whoopsie poopsie (that’s when you get caught bagless).
6. Trash. Yeah, it actually has to be said, sadly. Trash left out, no matter how innocent, invites furry creatures to your area. Generally the creatures leave the trash all over your site, and its totally obvious who committed this violation. Try not to leave it by your door outside your RV. Also, people don’t pay for an RV site to see trash everywhere.
7. Excessive Fires. We have all probably been to the place where the spots are just a little too close, and Mr. Or Mrs. Bonfire arrives. A few issues with this. First- Close quarters and tinder boxes (RVs) don’t mix well. If you light someone’s home on fire… well you’ll “want a get away.” Second- RVs are not air tight, and your need to smudge the neighborhood doesn’t trump anyone’s want to breathe in their own home. We once saw a guy leave a fire burning on an island while we had 40+ mph winds all day. That night a burning log fell out and burned some of the grass before my husband sprinted out of our RV to put it out. The guy was a total pyro. We had also not had rain in some crazy 50+ day record, the grass was ready to burn. If you have a small fire… do not leave it unattended. This type of etiquette party crasher should also include smokers… small spaces, big smells, not cool.
8. Toys– If you have children, please keep their toys corralled on your site. No one wants to wake up in the morning and trip on toys, or worse step on a lego. Yeah… not cool.
9. Bathing Pets– I don’t care how tiny and adorable your Yorkiepooshnookems is. Don’t Bathe them in an RV Parks shower or facilities unless they have a dog wash station! Some might see this as a brilliant opportunity to not have to deal with the mess in their RV. In reality, they usually end up doing the doo in the shower with yooooou. Gross.
10. Parking– Don’t occupy your neighbors spot. If your site has your door facing your neighbors door in close proximity, ask if you can have a different site. It’s super awkward to have to see someone you barely know everytime you open the door. Try to give, and keep, your privacy. Some people don’t RV to party.
11. Hanging Laundry– Hanging a wet towel in the sun is one thing. But thongs, bras, and more private clothing items do not need to be the main attraction of the park. You can hang them in the privacy of your RV. I know some don’t want to pay for dryers or buy a dryer. If you choose that route, maybe keep it in a not visible area?
12. Drive slowly. I mean you should listen to those 5 or 10 mph signs. RV Parks don’t always have big streets. If you hit someone’s child, dog, spouse, etc… let’s just say you have changed lives forever, and in a pretty terrible way. Even a pet owner is not going to forget the deed.
14. Allergies– HIPA basically guarantees I have no clue what you are deadly allergic to. It requires conversation. We keep our pets on short leashes and keep them to ourselves. In a emergency situation, this is where pet owners get a bad rep. I don’t want you to die, and I don’t want my pets to die… If you are seriously that allergic please speak up, kindly. Also, pet owners who are sheltering their pets in an emergency, keep your pets to yourself for everyone else’s sake. Multiple pets in a shelter for a tornado or hurricane etc, is not social play time. Pets go through the emergency too, and Fido can become Kujo very quickly.
15. Judging– Don’t be so quick. If someone is usually a great neighbor and all the sudden they are running their generator every night, take a minute to see if they need help. On the same token, don’t avoid seeking help for a week and continue to run your generator all night. Being cheap shouldn’t wreck your neighbors sleep.
16. Mooching- Using fellow campers private grills, chairs, hoses, or any other items without having some kind of permission is just violating. Don’t be that guy. Our drinking water hose is not for your shoes to get cleaned off with. If you would like to borrow something just ask. Most RVers we have met are so incredibly nice, I hope that never gets spoiled!
17. Distraction– When someone is hitching up to leave or coming in, this is absolutely not the time to be social. Distractions can lead to their process being disturbed, which can lead to very expensive or serious accidents. Things break easily enough on RVs. Try to say good-byes or hellos when they are not doing something so safety concerning.
I’m sure there are many more we will learn from the more informed RVers! If you have any input please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Just please don’t knock on our door.