Campground pet peeves – specifically, campground jerks


By Liz Wilcox
Honestly, I don’t think this post needs any introduction. Let’s just get into it.

People who leave their mess in the shower

Every. Single. Time.

Every single time I go take a shower some nasty person has left a big glob of their hair in the drain, on the wall of the shower, or, you know, in a big ole pile right by the door for me to step on.

My personal favorite thing is when I walk into the shower stall and there’s a band-aid on the floor to accompany the hair. Yeah, that’s great.

Campground managers who lock up the plunger

So the other day I walked into the bathroom to see someone had left a big ole STANK in one of the stalls.

Now, this has happened several times in the last few weeks and my first reaction is that there are a bunch of insanely gross people in the park. But, I am an optimist by nature, so then I thought, “There just can’t be that many NASTIES in this park! I refuse to believe this!”

Upon further inspection, I realized there was no darn plunger in the bathroom. These poor souls can’t help it that the campground installed low-flow toilets and then gave them no plunger!

Campground owners! Please stop locking up the plungers! I beg of you!

The neighbor who over-shares

Now, I love RV parks because I love meeting new people. I’m naturally an extrovert and have never met a stranger.

All that aside, sometimes I pull into a site and find someone that blows me outta the water! You know what I’m talking about…

The neighbor that within 24 hours of camping by him you know enough about him to write his resume, fix his marriage, and run all his errands three counties away.

Sir, please. Backing away is not your cue to step forward. And no, I don’t want to see that funny picture on your phone while I’m trying to grill.

The people that cut through your site

I understand that I’m just a visitor and my site isn’t technically private property, but come on! It’s just weird and intrusive. Go around!

P.S. It’s especially odd when we both know dang well I’m sitting here watching you do this.

Readers – Do you have a “campground jerk” story? Feel free to vent (as politely as possible) in the comments below.

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Carson Axtell

Nothing beats boondocking when compared to PAYING for the “privilege” of camping in cramped, close quarters with rude, self-indulgent boors in a quasi-natural setting… Thankfully, government run campgrounds offer more space, more greenery, and lower fees than for-profit private campgrounds with sardine-like accommodations, but boondocking offers the best opportunity to keep a healthy quarter mile or more between yourself and your nearest neighbor, if that’s what it takes to secure a little peace and quiet.

Einar Hansen

Campgrounds that have no Quiet Time! I don’t know how many times that we have been woken up by people sitting around a camp fire till all times of the night talking way too loud! From many sites away.
Then the campgrounds that have Quiet times and do not enforce them!


I don’t mind kids playing and having fun but the ones that scream drive me crazy.

Dennis Adams

I haven’t seen this one so I may be treading on sacred ground.
The people (not handicapped) who feel inclined to ride around and around in their golf carts parading like it’s the Villages in FL. I don’t care about your 10K Club Car lifted, bored, stroked, and decked out in its finery.

Smoldering fires. When you are finished put them out. Don’t scrape your leftover baked beans in the fire creating a stench.

LED Lights making the night site looking like a landing zone.

Dogs, dogs, dogs, keep them to yourself, under control and clean up after them. I could care less about your furry friend so keep them leashed up tight while walking. I don’t want to meet them.

Watching loud TV outside with your back to the smoldering garbage fire.
Loud Music. Keep it to yourself, put on the headphones.

Leave me alone. I didn’t come to (blank) national park to meet you. I have plenty of friends. I don’t need any more.


I do not want to listen to my neighbor’s music playing loudly that you can hear it several trailers away.
Also last weekend some jerk flushed his winterizer (antifreeze )all over on the pavement where you fill your drinking water and it drained towards our site. We warned everyone who walked by especially the dog walkers. Park officials had to clean it up.

Jerry Karlo

The large Black Lab that runs loose only to drop a big one just feet from my awning. Park host had to convince the owner to clean it up. I love dogs! Many dog owners not so much.


The yappy ankle biters and purse dogs are annoying, but worse than that was the couple that was beside us for a week that sat outside and smoked……alot. Started at about 7 in the morning. We couldn’t have any windows open the entire time they were there. They were nice enough people; it was too bad we were the daily recipients of their filthy second hand smoke.

Gene Bennington

Having been a campground host really opened my eyes to those individuals that camped and had NO respect for the environment or campsite. Some of the items my wife and I found while cleaning I won’t mention. Have you ever tried to pick up sunflower seeds or shells from pistachios? Instead of throwing the shells into the fire ring, they would threw them onto the ground beside their chairs. We were expected to pick up any and all trash/debris left by past campers. Aside from nut shells, cig butts, we would occasionally be left with a 55 gallon trash bag of trash. Apparently they were too lazy to place into dumpsters which were placed through-out the park. People also thought it was okay to throw watermelon pieces or egg shells into the weeds next to their site. Apparently those items would disappear over time. Personally, I believe there’s a percentage of individuals that leave their brain home when they go camping.


We have been RVing for over 20 years in motor homes and travel with 2-3 Dalmatians at a time. We are not full timers and never will be. I guess we have been lucky to never have encountered dog issues or people that allow dogs to roam free. Depending on the RV resort or park we try very hard not that infringe on others space, if ever feel uncomfortable in a RV park or resort we don’t go back. Sometimes when we are “ just trying to get home” or “ passing through “ and end up at a crappy place to land for the night we are silent and keep moving. We have stories that could make a new RV movie!! And I’m not kidding !!


My peeve is the people who string those LED rope lights all over the ground around and under (yes, both) their RV/rig and leave them on all night! I would like to see the starry sky that I cannot see in the big city we live in!

Scott Gitlin

Somehow, I just knew this would be a l-o-o-o-n-g thread ?


Dogs, dogs, how many dogs does one need to feel well dogged? I am a septuagenarian and have shared my life with beloved dogs during my life, but one beloved dog at a time. Perhaps two dogs traveling along would be OK. Does one really need an iditarod when camping? I understand these multiple dogs are not animals to you, but really little people with fur coats. Primarily I see older folks with multiple little yappers. They want to bring them all camping/Rving yet apparently do not want to bother with them when they leave the campground for the day in their toad or tow vehicle. We have to listen to them bark and bark and bark all day. Of course, as soon as their “mommy and daddy” pull back into their campsite the dogs stop barking. If you try to politely tell the dog parents that their dogs barked the whole time they were gone, they become your enemies. We have found the solution is to immediately find the Ranger or person with authority and explain the problem. On many occasions they have called the barkers “parents”on their cell phone and told them to immediately return to their campsite to silence their dogs. Now, all you multiple dog campers can respond and tell me how YOUR little babies are so well behaved. At least the older dog owners only give us dirty looks when we politely inform them of their dogs incessant barking, instead of unleashing a string of profanity/threats like some younger owners do. If you love your dogs take them with you when leaving your campsite!

nikki harnish

The guys that can’t help but step in giving “you girls” the benefit of their wisdom in setting up camp, backing up the rig, or anything else. They think that since we’re man-less, we must be clue-less. Dear sir: it’s just the opposite. Man-splainers. ugh.


I think our “pet” RV peeve might be the fact that if you’re not in love with the dog you’re so much crap under the dog mom or dads feet. We don’t sleep with animals, we don’t eat with them, and dam it they’re animals and we treat them as such, – when we had a pet. Ya that’s you the guy/gal who thinks your drooling fur pal, should be able to drool me up and down and I should love ya both for it. Nope, and every time I see someone kissing their dog,….well I just hope it doesn’t happen just after a fine meal. Ya I know I’m intolerant, unloving bigoted, you name it – probably healthier too, for not sharing your fur friends parasites.

Mike Sherman

One major benefit of owning an RV is never having to use public bathrooms/showers. Tent campers of course have no choice. Having hosted at several campgrounds over the years, I have noticed quite a few RVers with beautiful rigs using the facilities. Never had the nerve to ask why.


One of my peeves is people with pets who walk them and refuse to clean up after their pet! We travel with 4 Australian Shepherds & 2 Chihuahuas and no one can tell we have ever been there! I’m sorry but no one wants to see, or worse yet, step in a “landmine” left by your pet! Carry baggies and clean up after your animals!!!


People that leave cigarette butts all over their campsite. People that leave a mess (garbage, plastic plates, dinnerware beverage cans) in the firepit for the next user to clean up. Diesel owners that think they have to run their engine for 1/2 an hour before pulling away. Yapping dogs – especially with absent owners. Pet owners that don’t pick up after their pets. People with pets that don’t understand that just because you’re in love with your pet does mean I want it around me.

marty chambers

There will always be discourteous people wherever you go. I think most of the time they just don’t think of their actions before they do them. If people cut through you site ask them kindly to “Please don’t cut through our campsite.” Most people will honor your wishes. Most kids will too.

The upkeep of the shower building and bathrooms is difficult. People expect that the money they spent for their site covers maintenance. But the park cannot constantly clean up behind campers.
We are adults, we know how to clean up after ourselves, or should. If everyone would do this it will keep prices down.

I think the campground could be more proactive by supplying toilet plungers, mops, brooms, and dust pans. These items could be painted a odd color so if someone takes them everyone will know where they came from. I think it is worth a try.

We always talk about “Leave only footprints” when going out in nature. Why not at a campground as well.

Ron Lane

In regards to those who complain about gross or nasty park showers/toilets…. don’t you have both of those in your rv?


The people who pick up their dog’s poop and leave the baggie in someone else’s garbage can – yuck!