Dear RV Shrink:
We have been RVing for a long time but recently we had an event that was a new experience for us. I thought we had seen it all, but I was wrong. We were in Silver Springs State Park in Florida and about 10 o’clock at night a group arrived in the site next to us.
They were camping in a horse trailer with a loud diesel truck as a tow vehicle. Without exaggeration, it took them over an hour to back it into a wide, straight site with little to hit except bushes. For awhile I thought it must be the “Candid Camera” crew trying to get a stir out of us. It was all I could do to keep my husband from going out and parking it for them. They were yelling, “Whoa, stop, hold it, go forward, back to the left, you’re crooked” – and before they were done a few other choice words.
I thought it was humorous after awhile but my husband could hardly stand it. I told him it was all part of the camping experience and that on occasion we would have to deal with stupid people who are clueless when it comes to common sense and quiet manners. He thinks he needs to give classes to those who haven’t figured it out on their own yet. I think that can be dangerous in this day and age. Can you throw in your two cents? —Coiled Spring in Silver Springs
You have to think of those occasions as experiences. You now have a great story to tell around the campfire when you are with fellow campers. Trust me, you have yet to see it all. If you let every inconsiderate camper annoy you to the point of distraction you will take years off your camping life.
Campground life is not a utopian existence, but in my opinion it is close. You will experience a good, even wonderful outcome 95 percent of the time. You can improve those odds as you travel more and learn which camping areas offer less chance of having a close neighbor. Just be thankful you don’t own real estate next to people like the ones you experienced at the state park. You can sometimes move to another campsite if things become unmanageable.
Some folks have no clue how to back up a rig, but a quiet campground in the dark is no time to learn. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt – you never know what they might have been through before they made it to your quiet little oasis that night. Patience is a virtue. —Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink
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(Previously published July 14, 2017.)