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

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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.

Thanks to these campgrounds

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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Sharon B
2 months 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. 

TomS
2 months 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.

Jeff Craig
2 months ago

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

Sharon B
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

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

www.livingboondockingmexico.blogspot.com
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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 2 months ago by Paul S Goldberg
Pat Brown
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago
Reply to  Suru

The temptation would be too high to resist.

Dave Rott
2 months ago
Reply to  Suru

Or just wear a blank name tag.

Joe
2 months 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
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

{bleeped}, please tell us which one so we never go there!

Sharon B
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I would have left that place asap

Adorable Deplorable
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

Just Sayin'
2 months 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
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert E. Weed

Why are you yelling?

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2 months 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
2 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Naw just misplaced his hearing aids.

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2 months ago
Reply to  Saj

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

jillie
2 months 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
2 months ago
Reply to  jillie

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

Ray
2 months 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
2 months 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

Ray
2 months ago
Reply to  jillie

Average walking speed is e mph.

Ray
2 months ago
Reply to  Ray

3

Gary
2 months ago

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

Robert E. Weed
2 months ago
Reply to  Gary

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

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2 months 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
2 months 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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2 months 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

Linda Graham Gruvman
2 months 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.

Donald N Wright
2 months ago

Have you ever heard of the “Scoutmasters Log” for campfires? Someone puts one more log on the fire, and everyone goes to bed, except one person who has to stay up till the log burns out, or can be extinguished. Keep the fires small.

Laurie
2 months ago

I work at an RV park in Ranch Country and I have to tell guests more than you would believe “No, we don’t allow livestock in the park.”

Firefly
2 months ago

Some are strange but others actually make some sense. I don’t want to smell your alpaca, or dodge its droppings, please take it to the equestrian camp. And rules about exessively loud generators are the rule in many festival camping situations, maybe someone clever DIYer has installed a commercial AC on his trailer. And you’ve already noted the stray cat issue Nanci. Regardless, I enjoyed reading this, thank you.

Tommy Molnar
2 months ago

The problem is, even with common sense rules most RV parks rarely enforce them. One park we stayed in had all these rules like, “no outside freezers, no outside refrigerators, no car parts, no permanent structures” etc, and yet the guy right next door had all of these and more. He was actually a nice guy and I really didn’t care, but it just shows that “rules are made to be broken”.

Jesse W Crouse
2 months ago

I agree about being wacky. But some of them were probably in response to someone doing the STUPID AND DISGUSTING behavior mentioned in the rule. Spitting on the ground a mix of body fluids and tobacco and leaving a used doobie around is not family friendly. Who raised these idiots?

Leslie Berg
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesse W Crouse

I would be quite happy to see spitting chewing tobacco and fluids prohibited also! Leaving butts is gross also and a fire hazard. This is a sensible rule. I guess the only surprising part is that someone would have to be told this isn’t appropriate.

WEB
2 months ago
Reply to  Jesse W Crouse

But allowing a dog to urinate or defecate (even if you pick it up) any and everywhere is OK?

Gordy
2 months ago
Reply to  WEB

Web, just cuirous, do you ever have anything nice to say?

Bob P
2 months ago

It’s obvious they don’t allow campfires, have you ever tried to build a campfire or any fire with less than 3 pieces of wood? It doesn’t work very well as air currents have to travel between the wood to keep it going.