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12 of the weirdest campground rules – You won’t believe these!

By Nanci Dixon
Almost every campground hands out a packet, sometimes a full book, of rules when checking in. There are a lot of rules that make sense: keep your dog on a leash; pick up after yourself, dogs and children; control your children; abide by the quiet hours; follow the speed limit; etc. Those are the rules you wish everyone would read and adhere to. But some campground rules I have come across seem just plain weird. I will admit I am sometimes lax in reading all the fine print, but I could easily have been breaking some of the weird rules and not even know it.

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Thanks to Palm Creek RV, Desert Willow RV Resort, YouTube and the 2019 KOA Complete Rules for Camping Etiquette and Enjoyment for these thought-provoking, head-scratching and sometimes jaw-dropping rules!

TWELVE OF THE WEIRDEST CAMPGROUND RULES

“A bad law, is no law.” —Casandra Clare, Lady Midnight

  1. Every registered camper and guest must wear a name tag at all times. That RV resort even specified that if swimming or using the hot tub, your name tag must be readily available. So this begs the question: Do the RV name tag police check the showers too?
  2. Driving in the campground must be at “walking speed.” And just what speed would that be?
  3. Non-house pets (including farm animals) are prohibited under any circumstances. Strange and exotic pets are not permitted. OK, I left my favorite alpaca at home – but what about my pet boa constrictor?
  4. No more than two logs on any campfire. Whose responsibility is it to monitor the number of logs on campfires? Furthermore, is there a size limit on the log? What a weird campground rule.
  5. Feeding of stray cats prohibited. But if you let the cat into the RV, is it still a stray? I once fed a stray cat in a campground in Oklahoma and had to sneak into the RV when the cat thought she had a new ride and a lifelong friend.
  6. No hanging plants on trees. However, does that include saguaros in the desert too?
  7. No chewing tobacco or snuff if it involves spitting on the ground. I wasn’t sure whether this should go into weird or just irritating for some folks. This rule also specified not leaving cigarette, cigar or cannabis butts on the ground.

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  8. Air conditioners cannot make excessive noise. How is that measured? Moreover, who does the measuring?
  9. Use of footballs, baseballs or other flying objects within the park is not permitted. That one will certainly help limit bringing kids or grandkids to that campground. Meanwhile, did they say family-friendly anywhere?
  10.  No one may put their feet against the wall, windows or table in the recreational area. I wasn’t actually considering putting my feet on the wall or window but now that it is mentioned, I have an almost overwhelming desire to do so!
  11. Other than the RV located on the Premises, sleeping in vehicle is prohibited. Does that mean that the RV equivalent of “Go sleep on the couch” can’t be “Go sleep in the car”?
  12.  Limit of 3 open flame candles operating at any given time. Citronella lanterns are not permitted without prior approval from management. OK, no citronella, no candles. But, any issues with flashlights?

Next week: 10 of the most irritating campground rules

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Top 10 campground pet peeves of RVtravel.com readers

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Patty
5 months ago

My name tag reads “wife #3” my husband is Big Lou. 😂

Robert Champlin
5 months ago
Reply to  Patty

My wife’s would read, “Third wife of my fourth husband.” In fact that is what she had on her nametag at church (on the backside of it).

Richard
5 months ago

“Society is controlled by the lunatic fringe”. Rules are created because of the acts of the self-entitled fringe.
Safety “Experts” have advised AGAINST name tags and posting your name at your campsite. A lunatic calls you by name and it lowers your guard because you think you should know him/her/it, giving away the advantage. Especially as we age and response times increase.
Rules are usually considered a fall back position. Allowing an authority to interpret/deal with a situation with increasing force until the absolute level of the “Rule” is required. Some “Authorities” have reached their limit and jump to the Rule immediately, due to constant exposure to The Fringe.
And yes, lawyers spend their time/careers removing Common Sense from the law and society so they can make more money in litigation.

Sherry B.
5 months ago

Even though they seem silly, at some point, someone did something stupid that required the rule.

James
5 months ago
Reply to  Sherry B.

Good point

Bob p
6 months ago

I’ve made many campfires and it’s darn near impossible to build a campfire without 3 logs. Three logs will cause a natural draft two will not.

Pat
6 months ago

Perhaps your comment about #5 is the reason for #5. I’m always amazed at the people who are shocked when the wild or stray animals they feed still hang around when they get tired of feeding them.

Glenda Alexander
1 year ago

At Royal Palms RV Park in Austin where I stayed for a month there were strictly enforced rules concerning parking. The site’s driveway was concrete but, if a car tire was only one-half inch or even less over the edge of the concrete, the owner would call a towing service to take your car in the middle of the night without warning. This also happened if the car’s bumper was even very slightly past the end of the driveway. Of course, there was a hefty fee for releasing your car.

Bob M
5 months ago

I camped a few years ago at Lackawanna State Park and the nit picking park ranger gave the senior citizen next to me and my self a warning citation because the passenger side tire was parked on the modified stone instead of pavement. Probably the only state park with pavement. Other Pa state parks don’t seem to harass campers.

Sharon B
1 year ago

I agree with a few of the laws mentioned here RE rules and regs for campgrounds. Unfortunately, many people are clueless regarding common sense. One is that name tags on large campgrounds can eliminate outsiders. Hanging pants should never be hung on any tree. Chewing tobacco is disgusting and to spit? That’s not acceptable. Feet against walls…what dirtbag would do that to a wall that is not his own RV, and people sleeping in cars should never be allowed. Sorry gang I am not a prude, but many people do not have common sense and do these unacceptable behaviors. 

Skip
1 year ago
Reply to  Sharon B

I don’t or would say prude but I think maybe relax. A name tag I find absurd. Maybe a violation of privacy as I am not attending some conference So that RV ground would be off my list. Chew, smoke, drink. So maybe no drinking of alcohol right up my alley. If you start thinking narrow the mind never widened. There are too many imperfect that over come the glass house. So chill and relax life is too short.

Bob p
6 months ago
Reply to  Skip

My question is where do you pin the name tag on in the shower? Lol

Jesse Crouse
6 months ago
Reply to  Skip

We once had an employee in the family business who chewed tobacco and when he missed the pot it sprayed on the tile floor. It ate thru the floor tile and started eating the concrete floor. Do you want that on your shoes?

Scott
5 months ago
Reply to  Jesse Crouse

what about your mouth?????

volnavy007
5 months ago
Reply to  Sharon B

For the rebel in all of us, for the name tags it didn’t say you had to wear it right side up or on your shirt. I’m thinking I would wear it on my shoes if wearing it at all annoyed me enough. 😉

TomS
1 year ago

We were once turned away from a small campground with many openings in south Florida because we had an older 4 lb Chihuahua (not a yapper), said you couldn’t even have a bird or fish.

Bob p
6 months ago
Reply to  TomS

That’s understandable, have you ever experienced a fish barking, it’ll drive you crazy in the middle of the night? Lol

Jeff Craig
1 year ago

Safety rules are written in someone elses blood.
Stupid conduct rules are written by someones wife named Karen…..

Sharon B
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Jeff many people do not have common sense. Most of these rules should already be common sense.

Skip
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Amen brother.

CAREN
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Please quit using Karen to complain about stuff, it’s getting old. Safe travels, from Canadian Caren

www.livingboondockingmexico.blogspot.com
1 year ago

We avoid the rules and the obnoxious people. I have to say that a constant bouncing ball is annoying to say the least. To solve the problem, we boondock and have no issues with the rules. Simple, respect others.

Leslie
1 year ago

We set up at a campground just off the xway, south of Louisville. Our two grandchildren ages 10 & 12, were with us. Our grand daughter wanted to go see some donkeys in a pasture across the side street (no traffic) next to the cg. Our grandson wanted to dribble his basketball, so joined us on our walk up and down the road. My husband stayed at the RV.
When I returned with the kids, a man was leaving our site and grumpily told my grandson ‘no ball bouncing.’ He had just informed my husband that ball bouncing was against the rules. My dh, in disbelieve, apologized and asked why. The man said it was too loud, and it was stated it in the rules.
“Where are the rules posted” my dh asked.
“On the back of the map”. answered the man.
My husband held up the map with a blank back side. Dh even pointed out the ball bouncing wasn’t in the park.
The man said it could be heard in the park, either follow the rules or leave. So much for the child friendly grandma and grandpa cg.

Paul S Goldberg
1 year ago

My home park is a large Escapee Coop and we ask that members and guests wear name tags preferably with their site number on it. We are a +55 park and many of us are a bit more +. I find it helpful when someone I see often at gatherings has a name tag since I may not remember from one week/month to the next. I am faithful about wearing mine. I have been in parks that have day passes and RVers and day pass guests wear different identifiers so staff know who is who – mostly I avoid places like that like the plague, too many people.

Last edited 1 year ago by Paul S Goldberg
Pat Brown
1 year ago

We camped at a campground that posted “walking speed”. Think it was in upper New Hampshire. Very family friendly with many kids. It is not a crazy rule as people actually paid attention to their speed and drove slowly. i thought this was a good way to keep the speed down. At least it worked at this campground.

Uncle Swags
1 year ago

If you ever needed more proof that we have too many lawyers.

But there is probably a good story behind every one of them and/or a whack-a-doodle campground owner.

Suru
1 year ago

If I had to wear a name tag I would make up the craziest name I could think of! Pudentane, Queen something or other, or maybe something like James Bond, or Wonderwoman.

Judy S
1 year ago
Reply to  Suru

The temptation would be too high to resist.

Dave Rott
1 year ago
Reply to  Suru

Or just wear a blank name tag.

Joe
1 year ago

We were in a campground that had manned outdoor cameras and any infringement was immediately met with a loudspeaker admonishment including stepping off the walkway onto the grass. You were also required to drive your dog to the potty, no walking of dogs. 

Judy S
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

Omg, please tell us which one so we never go there!

Sharon B
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

I would have left that place asap

Skip
1 year ago
Reply to  Sharon B

Whoa Sharon follow the rules.

Greg Sorenson
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Spent the winter in a place in Florida with the no dog walking rule. It was great! No worries about people that refuse to pick up after their dog, and no urine smell from male dogs peeing on every tree or post they pass by.

Bob p
6 months ago
Reply to  Greg Sorenson

Personally I make it a habit not to get close enough to a tree with my nose to smell the pee, and I think you are discriminating sexually with your statement as female dogs also pee. Lol

Adorable Deplorable
1 year ago

Number 12 is a good rule. Some people are very careless when it comes to candles, an open flame is dangerous.

Robert E. Weed
1 year ago

IT’S THEIR LIFE… AND THEIR CAMPER. HOW DOES THAT AFFECT YOU?

Just Sayin'
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert E. Weed

When the rig 12 feet away catches fire, both are likely to go up. /the firetrucks parked outside “your” campsite will surely annoy you.

Gary
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert E. Weed

Why are you yelling?

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1 year ago
Reply to  Gary

He probably doesn’t realize that folks read it that way when comments are in all caps. I asked him in a reply to another comment yesterday to please turn off the all caps. 😉 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Saj
1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Naw just misplaced his hearing aids.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Saj

Thanks, Saj. Could be. 😉 —Diane at RVtravel.com

jillie
1 year ago

My head spins with number 11. Number 8 I totally get. Some are actually on their last throes of death and make a horrible noise. Humming I can see but some screech. Walking speed is about 15 mph.

Edward Wullschleger
1 year ago
Reply to  jillie

That’s actually a pretty fast running speed. 3 mph is a fast walk.

Ray
1 year ago
Reply to  jillie

15 mph = 4 minute mile. Fastest race-walker did a mile in 5:31.08 minutes, or 10.9 mph.

Richard Arno
1 year ago
Reply to  Ray

I’m right with you Ray. Jillie let her emotions controlled her typing. I never ran at my best 15 MPH. Nevertheless 4-5 MPH is walking speed as related to the poster’s rules. I once saw a posted sign saying, speed limit 3 1/2 MPH really? Everyone went at least 5 MPH LOL

James M
6 months ago
Reply to  Ray

15 mph is a four-minute mile pace.

Ray
1 year ago
Reply to  jillie

Average walking speed is e mph.

Ray
1 year ago
Reply to  Ray

3

Bob p
6 months ago
Reply to  Ray

I thought that was some new kind of metric or something, thanks for the correction.

Bob p
6 months ago
Reply to  jillie

You better have your speedometer recalibrated, in our park the speed limit is 10 mph and I haven’t seen any walkers passing golf carts or cars doing 10 mph. You sound like that city cop in court one time trying to convince the judge his eyesight was calibrated to where he could look at a car and tell it was speeding, the judge just looked at him and said Case Dismissed.

Gary
1 year ago

Other than #1, I don’t have a problem with any of them, given their probable circumstances.

Robert E. Weed
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary

YOU’RE OK WITH TWO LOGS, BUT NO FIRE??

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1 year ago
Reply to  Robert E. Weed

Hi, Robert. Please turn off the “all capitals.” It makes it look like you’re yelling (but I know you’re not). Thanks! Have a good afternoon/evening. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Dick
1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

What do you care if he is yelling or not – you can’t hear him. The all caps thing is a Usenet relic from 40 years ago and is only mentioned today by people who have nothing legitimate to offer in a conversation.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Dick

Hi, Dick. I mentioned it to Robert because it is annoying to some people (me included) to read something in all caps. And if I didn’t mention it, one of our other moderators would have. Also, one of our readers asked Robert on another of his comments which was all in caps, “Why are you yelling?” That is why I replied to him and asked him to turn the all caps off — not because I “have nothing legitimate to offer in a conversation.” 🙄 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Glen Cowgill
6 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

The writer does not receive a comment notice so why bother making a comment. I would love to receive a comment notice with a link back to the comment especially if clarification is needed on a comment. I do make misteaks when writ oops typing.

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5 months ago
Reply to  Glen Cowgill

Thanks for replying to my comment from a year ago, Glen. 😉 FYI, it is possible for a writer to receive a notification if their comment is replied to. Under the comment box next to the Post Comment button is a little bell. If there isn’t a line through it, it will notify the commenter of replies to their comment. Plus, I think folks tend to look back at their comments to see if anyone has replied. Since I normally reply within a very short time, I assume someone will see it. (I frequently get replies to my replies.) I’m slow on responding to your comment today because I’ve been busy on other projects this morning, so got a later than usual start on moderating comments for the day. Take care. 😀 –Diane

Linda Graham Gruvman
1 year ago

We’ve stayed at a name tag park a couple of times in N. Phoenix. Kept our lanyards hanging by the RV door, but still forgot them most of the time and had to dash back to get them as people looked accusingly at us.

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