Reader asks: What to do with nosy busybodies in RV parks?

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Long-time RVer and RVtravel.com reader, and frequent commenter, Jeffrey Torsrud sent this to us and we couldn’t help but chuckle. Ah, the pains of RVers. We do know those people, Jeffrey, and we know exactly what you’re talking about. He wrote:

“We recently stayed at an RV Park in Theodore, AL (close to Mobile, AL) and found that the RV Park has a network of spies and busybodies! You know the ones who feel it is their duty to report any and all infractions to the management?

“We have only run across this a few times in the 19 years of RVing, but it seems to be a problem. It would be interesting to see commentary on what other RVers have encountered and what they would do about it!”

Any advice for Jeffrey? What do you do when people at the RV park or campground seem to know everything going on, are snooping a little too deep, and/or feel the need to report even the tiniest of annoyances or wrongdoings? Tell us (and Jeffrey) in the comments.

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Terri

The RV park we are at, in Oregon, has gotten ridiculous about watching you. Spies all over, and every little thing is watched, you get notes taped to your door all the time.
They even told someone that his dog leash was to long, and is to be no longer than 6 ft.
Well, I have stood my ground about unreasonable demands, and never ending rule changes, new rules constantly, but if it’s not reasonable and is not even mentioned in my rental agreement, they cannot enforce them.
I am a very abiding tenant and respects neighbors and do my due diligence as a full timer, however, by Oregon Laws, statutes and rental laws, when paying for a space to reside, you have rights to privacy and enjoyment where you chose to call home.
My opinion is that it’s time to stand up for civiil rights, and being treated with respect and with human decency. I will not be bullied or threatened, or treated unfairly and unjust by people with control issues and are just hateful.
Good luck to you! ☺️

Maggie

I frequently stay at U.S. Army COE park campgrounds in SC. The fewer campers there are, the more harassing you get from Park Rangers and other campers. Mean BBs with nothing better to do and the Park Ranger is obligated to correct the situation. This ends in Apr when the season gets busy. But this ugliness is no different than living in a “planned community”. Never buy in a planned community. I am not a full timer and the townhouse community in Lexington NC is horrific with BBs and crybabies.. all elderly women with a few men thrown in for good measure. They sit in their garages and watch everything and everyone and spread malicious gossip. Worse, they are breaking all the rules themselves but they run the Board. These people are mentally defective and that is how I deal with them… keep my distance and do not make eye contact. This seems to be a wide-spread problem where people live (or park) in close quarters or have little privacy. I mind my own business on the road and off but others feed off harassing people when little can be done to stop it. They can ruin your day/week/month. No refunds from the COE parks so you suck it up and tough it out if it is off season and just hope they are close to their max 14 day stay and will leave.

Darrel

Yes. Read the campground rules on arrival and comply with them. Then the busybodies have nothing to report to management.

Mel

We booked a site in a Wisconsin county park last summer. The max stay is 21 days so that is what we did so we could visit our son. Most of the campers came for weekend stays so we were shocked when the camp host came to us and said that several people had asked her how long were we going to be allowed to stay. That’s the first and only time we encountered busy bodies.

livingboondockingmexico

Once we were at the county park at South Padre Island. The rules are clearly stated one of which is to keep your dog on a leash. Well, the little whipper snapper jumped out the door of the rv for less than a few seconds. Old Nosey O’Donnell who was parked behind us reported us as not having our dog on a leash. The park ranger came and gave us a warning. Later, I put a sign on the back of the rv for Snoop Dog to see and it read, “We know who you are”. Next thing we knew, she had packed up and was driving away. We had considered it a joke but I guess with Mexican plates she thought otherwise. Mind your own business.

So since then we are boondockers all the way.

Robbie

We’ve been boondocking in the Arizona desert for the past 11 weeks. Not one single problem with anyone. We avoid RV parks like we avoid the plague.

Wolfe

I usually deal with busybodies by telling them how to prop their comments upright so they can land on them on. 😀

I totally agree with frustration over busy-bodies (BBs)…

I’ve had people standing in the road staring at their watches, just so they can demand I turn off my air conditioner STRICTLY the moment generator hours end — the problem being I wasn’t running a generator — I can run entirely from battery for short runs.

I’ve had BB’s complain my hose was connected to the fillup spigot WHILE I was currently filling up my tank — I just didn’t want to drag the trailer closer when I can run a long hose.

I’ve had BBs complain my ADA Service dog wasn’t on a leash — she is, carrying it in her mouth.

I’ve had BBs complain I walked my dog along the road, claiming dogs can’t leave the actual rented site (wrong…).

I could keep listing idiots I’ve met over the years, but you get the idea… We’re not talking about speeding idiots complaining about people properly asking them to slow down. We’re complaining about complainers who make a lifestyle out of continuous harassment.

Carl

We camp at State parks in Wisconsin, and for the most parT, most neighbors are polite and respectful of each other and follow the camping etiquette. There are always a few of (that group) that believe they can do whatever they want, but they are the exception and normally don’t stay long. State parks don’t allow longer stays than 14 days in a row with no seasonal, so that also helps.

Cindy

I suspect that after a few reports from these people the campground management stop listening to them anyway. They become an annoyance. I’d ignore them, and I suspect a lot of management does as well.

Al Philips

My wife and I have stayed many times in a campground in Central Illinois. We’ve been there when the park was next to empty, and when full. On one occasion our neighbor had a campfire that was so close to my Class A, that the slide out side was getting warm. Ashes and such were flying through the air. I was very concerned that burning ashes would land on my topper. I reported this individual to the campground manager. The manager promptly instructed him to move his fire further away from my coach, which he did. Why didn’t I ask the neighbor to relocate his fire? He didn’t have the concern or consideration to notice that his fire was too close to my coach, what would his reaction be if I asked him to move his fire? You would have had to have been there to get a sense of my not wanting to approach this individual. Let’s just say that the ‘vibes’ coming from him and his family were not inviting.
Fellow campers are usually very friendly and reasonable. Once in a while, we have seen some who are uncaring and only concerned about their needs and desires. Better to report these kind to the management if they are not following the campground’s rules!

CandaceB

Let me provide another point of view. Those who complain about being reported to campground management are typically those who think the rules shouldn’t apply to them. They are the ones who own an aggressive, unsocialized dog and/or let the dog run off leash and/or don’t clean up after the dog. They drive too fast and endanger children. They sit outside talking loudly and/or playing loud music after hours. They pile up junk and trash around their rigs. Their thoughtless behavior knows no bounds.

One of the things I appreciate about an RV campground is that unlike a bricks and mortar neighborhood there ARE rules and they ARE enforced. Children can ride bikes and skateboard on the roads. People can take evening walks. All in safety.

We usually just move on when there’s a neighbor problem, which is actually pretty rare, but our sense is that those who don’t want rules should boondock.

Lisa

Jeff,

As a full time RV’er, we take offense to your discriminating comment. Let’s just group all parks with some full-time rver’s in them and make a list to never stay at them. What sense does that make?

Regarding the speed limit issue. You don’t need a radar gun or calibrated eyes to see someone is speeding over 5 miles an hour. If your foot isn’t on the brake, off and on, your going over 5 mph. 5 mph is the speed of a turtle. We have been known to ask people to slow down. Why? Campers walking their dogs and children in the park. Public safety not important to you? We almost had our dog run over by a speeding camper.

If you don’t care about other campers safety, then by all means avoid our campgrounds.

Jeff

Hi Folks:
My Wife and I do allot of research when it comes to Campgrounds and RV Parks! We look at Good Sams and other review places and the biggest thing we look for is HOW MANY SPACES do they have and HOW MANY ARE AVAILABLE!
The RV Park we just stayed at in Theodore, AL, listed it as 41 Spaces, but only 20 were available for RVers! Meaning they have allot of Full Timers, and in this case Allot of Busy Bodies, “Know It Alls” and “Cry Babies”! We were supposed to stay for 7 days, but left early after being accosted by management about someone complaining about us driving too fast in the Park. For those who have been to this RV Park, the speed limit is 5 mph, narrow concrete road and even narrower gravel road in the rear of the park, with power poles right up to the edge. Making impossible to speed or travel faster than 5 mph.

I confronted the Management, who also happen to be the owners and asked them, “WHO HAS THE SPEED GUN or Calibrated Eyeballs” in the park that know I was going faster than 5 mph. I demanded to know and asked, “Did You see me speeding or going over your Speed Limit”? NO ANSWER! This woman accused me of doing something without any proof, only a few Emails (she says) and phone calls!
We left the next day, 2 days early and lost our money for the remaining 2 days, which this park quickly rented the space and reaped the benefit.
I think anyone would be angry, if someone accused you of doing something, without Proof!
We did find out from a couple of our temporary neighbors, this park has a “CLICK” of people in it. You know the types, think they own the place! Apparently, this CLICK have “Get togethers” on a regular basis and you have to be invited to go! WOWSER!

There are a number of Good or Better RV Parks in the Mobile, AL area.

This is ONE RV PARK we will avoid forever!

Bottom Line: If an RV Park says they have a Bunch of Sites, but only a few are available for RVers, stay away from these Parks!

OK, OFF THE SOAPBOX, “AGAIN”!

You all take care!

Bill T.

Personally I don’t care. If busybody gossip and tattling makes them feel good and gives them self-importance and a purpose to their otherwise miserable day, then so be it. It’s the “chatty Cathy’s” I can’t stand. It’s one thing to meet people, have a brief conversation and then move on, but those folks that just never know when to shut up and leave are the one’s that irk me. I don’t like to be rude but sometimes you just have to be blunt with your signals for them to leave.

Ed D.

My first question would be: Are there a lot of “seasonal” campers at this Park? If so, my reaction would be to get on all RV Review sites, as well as the Parks Website, and leave a Review explaining (in detail) what you experienced at the Park while there. None of us ever have any way of knowing what the general disposition of a Park will be, without having any Reviews to warn us in advance. You will be doing a great service to those of us that actually read the reviews before making a Reservation! I hope this helps!

Margaret Coffey

We stayed at that park but since we were only there a few days we let it go. Most places are fine, if it’s really bad we leave. But we do tell management why. And we tell them we are leaving a bad review for them on the campground review sites.

Forrest McClure

If it became unbearable I’d hitch up and find another place.