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
- 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?
- Driving in the campground must be at “walking speed.” And just what speed would that be?
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- No hanging plants on trees. However, does that include saguaros in the desert too?
- 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.
- Air conditioners cannot make excessive noise. How is that measured? Moreover, who does the measuring?
- 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?
- 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!
- 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”?
- 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