Thursday, February 2, 2023


Do you believe there should be “No Campfire” zones in RV parks?

By J.R. Montigel
Do you think it’s a good idea for RV parks to set aside a certain area in their parks where campfires are not permitted? We’ve discussed this before at, but it’s been a few years.

My wife and I have found ourselves in RV parks where the neighbor’s fire pit was as close as 10 feet away from our RV, in some cases our bedroom window. When the wind blew a certain way, the smoke would come right into our RV, making for a very uncomfortable situation. On more than one occasion we have had to close our windows and turn on the air conditioner to keep the air breathable.

We have talked to other RVers who have told us they get severe allergic reactions to wood smoke, and need to be extra careful that they stay where campfires are not allowed.

What do you think? Should RV parks set aside a special “No Campfire” area? Or do you believe that’s not necessary? Please leave a comment.


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Linda S
1 year ago

We are full timers traveling the country.
I have asthma so campfire smoke means we have to shut all of our windows & turn off vent fans. It would be nice not to have to use my inhaler because of smoke and let fresh air in.

Terry T
1 year ago

In a RV park no camp fires. In a campground yes to campfires. If you want to go camping go to a campground if you want to go do the tourist things while you live in a RV go to a RV park.

1 year ago
Reply to  Terry T

RV PARKs are Campgrounds with owners with a sense of glamor of their campground. Some call their places campgrounds and really Resorts and some call their place a Resort and it is a plain and simple campground. Camp Fires are part of camping and so you either like it or you go to campgrounds that have no fire rings. Simple as that. Campground owners are trying to make a living and setting aside sites without campfire rings, will not be popular. BUT for the most part if you do not want a campfire ring, move it.

1 year ago

If you insist on wasting wood at your campsite, be aware of anyone that your smoke or even the smell of your smoke may impact.

I suspect that one ADA lawsuit would shut down all campground campfires.

(ADA = Americans with Disability ACT. “Title III covers businesses and nonprofit service providers that are public accommodations”)

1 year ago

Campfires should be limited to campgrounds with adequate space between sites. When I hear RV park I think sites spaced as close a possible to maximize the number of sites to “park” RVs. Not the proper setting for campfires.

1 year ago

We have been RVing for many years and occasionally enjoy a fire, yes the fire is beautiful and draws your eyes to the dancing flames but you will always have the person that thinks it’s their right to inconvenience others.
Several years ago we were away for the late afternoon early evening and returned to find our neighbors had moved the fire ring from well behind their camper and put it within 4 feet of our other neighbors motorhome that were with us. Black heavy smoke was spewing into their motorhome, sparks landing on the side and roof, chairs touching and rubbing against the side and the neighbor was that intoxicated and belligerent that they were willing to fight over their right to have a fire and sit where they wanted. Needless to say they were asked to leave immediately but only after the authorities were called in. The damage to the paint on the motorhome was about $1,500, and it took about a week or so to get the smoke smell out of the motorhome.

David Blomberg
1 year ago

This brings up a topic that I often visit. The difference between an RV park and a campground! Modern RV Park…ing lots are built with sites way too close and “that” is what the real problem is! Having a campfire became a tradition that most people associate with a camping trip, many, many years ago when “campgrounds” were built with spacious sites and your fire would rarely bother anyone at the adjoining site. Sadly, there is little in common with camping of yore and RVing these days, other than the fact that you are away from home! Still, we all want to relive those camping trips as youths, and share those experiences with our own children. Sitting around a campfire, telling stories, roasting marshmallows, making s’mores. But it is just not practical in modern RV parks where your neighbor can roast a marshmallow on “your campfire” from the window of ” their RV”! Sad, but true.

1 year ago

Rather than no campfire zones how about if fires are an issue for you, camp in campgrounds where fires are not permitted. There are a couple of the places we visit, that do not allow fires. Stay in those type of places if you don’t want to be bothered by campfires. If you choose to stay where fires are permitted, expect that there will be fires & don’t complain.

Burn Baby
1 year ago

If i visit your “RV Resort”, I wont light a fire 5 feet from your RESIDENTIAL door, because i’m the misfit there. I wont demand you adjust your status quo to my misfit needs.

And NO, we do not need elitist snobs in busses telling my kids they can’t have a campfire while camping. If you don’t want to see campfires or dogs, YOU don’t belong in the CAMPground.

Those sides said, DO know how to run a FIRE… hot and nearly smokeless, and put out DEAD when you leave the circle. Even “fire people” think the smolderers are jerks.

1 year ago

As a full-timer, campgrounds are frequently my home. Breathing air that is worse than that in the most polluted cities gets old very quickly. Having my RV reek of smoke is very unpleasant. So, yes, restricting campfires would be great IMO.

1 year ago

No campfire zones would just be another step in identifying and separating campers into different groups. This would fall in lockstep with our national direction of everyone has a cause or a reason and feels they are a victim.

1 year ago
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Paul S Goldberg
1 year ago

In most of the Southwest wood campfires are banned unless in covered pits. The fire danger to entire communities is much too real. We are not campfire people ourselves, but certainly enjoy sitting around one in a communal group. Most such campfires I see now are propane fire pits, easy to maintain and easy to be sure they are out before leaving.

1 year ago

I love campfires for watching the flames, but now my asthma can’t handle it when neighbours have smoky fires all day and night. I’d still like to camp. Perhaps no campfire sections and central shared campfires would work.

1 year ago

I think campfire ring locations should be taken into account because it’s not just sections of campgrounds, but the locations of rings relative to adjacent sites. And TBH, I would go a step farther and require a refundable but hefty permit for campfires that hold campers fully responsible for properly managing fires, including not burning inappropriate materials and fully extinguishing them or they don’t get the permit money back and will not be welcome to camp there again — and this permit must include the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone in their party so ALL will realize they will never be welcome back. I say this after watching too many drunks and other people being dangerous and irresponsible.

Last edited 1 year ago by Ramey
Carson Axtell
1 year ago

The unfortunate thing about humans is that explicit rules and laws have to compensate for the bad behavior and lack of common sense of the few. I’m in favor of common sense rules, and for enforcement of those rules when necessary. Rules restricting bad behavior need to be clearly posted so that EVERYONE is aware of them, and then those rules have to be enforced by those authorized to do so. If that is not done, the innocent are made to suffer the offenses of the few, both immediately and in the long run when public areas are closed as a last resort. Registration for camping should be implemented by public lands administrators and their budgets increased so that those who behave badly can be fined or banished. That way our public lands can remain open for future use by all.

Last edited 1 year ago by Carson Axtell
Michael Galvin
1 year ago

“Camping” involves campfires. Parking a luxury home on wheels is not camping.

Mark & Sherri
1 year ago

I have never thought about this problem but I can see it could be a big inconvenience to those that are on the receiving end of the smoke. I love a fire and can sit and watch one for hours. My wife and I received one of the Solo fire pits for Christmas from our daughter one year and it is worth it’s weight in gold (Well maybe not gold). They smoke very little and the way they are designed, the smoke goes strait up. I would hate to add restrictions on camp sites but it could be a good idea.

1 year ago

Campfires are a wonderful part of camping, but the folks who have to build a fire the minute they arrive and again when they wake up each morning are annoying. This type usually fires up the pit and then goes in their camper or leaves the campground to go do whatever. Leaving the rest of us to enjoy a smoldering fire pit all day. Please build a fire, maintain it and enjoy it while you sit by it. But put it out when you’re done.

1 year ago

They have made great advances in propane firepits. I love mine. I can make smores with the grandkids. Or put a grate on top for cooking. Plus there is no smoke ever. It is simple when it is bedtime, just turn off the knob and go to bed. No more water to make sure the fire is out. I don’t smell smoke in the shower for days after I get home, either. The ambiance is great. It’s just like a regular fire without all the hassle. Instant on and off. Love it. And I can move it around the site, or use it at home.

Einar Hansen
1 year ago

I know that for most people that having a campfire is part of the camping experience, but with in reason of course. When I was camping in Europe some campgrounds didn’t allow fires in parts of some of the campgrounds. So instead the owners had set-up open areas where the campers could walk over and build there own fires to cook on and relax and enjoy a campfire until quite time. It was more like a big social gathering and gave people a chance to meet some of their fellow campers. And I have seen almost the same idea at a campgrounds here in I think it was New Hampshire a few years ago. And they even had a covered food prep area with sinks and picnic tables to use in case of bad weather.

Mark & Sherri
1 year ago
Reply to  Einar Hansen

Cool idea!

Chuck B
1 year ago

I love a good campfire when there is a legitimate reason. A legitimate reason can stretch all the way from warmth winter camping to a great background for Cub Scouts telling Ghost Storys, to roasting smores. However, pulling out accelerant to torch up a stack of wood next to the rig to toast the tootsies while you toast the neighboring tootsies, in an old tire ring, just doesn’t make sense to me. It smells up everyones rig as a minimum and fouls the air. Besides most fires are not extinguished properly and smolder for hours. If you want smoke with your toddy, drink scotch or mescal!

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