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

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 RVtravel.com, but it’s been a few years.

We’ve 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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Andrea Vaughan (@guest_202800)
1 year ago

I’d have no problems with campfires if the smoke could be kept in the site enjoying the fire. As it is, I now have to retreat inside for relief at times. We can’t avoid wildfire smoke at times, either. It’s nice to camp when fire bans are in place!
People just do not understand how far away smoke of any type can be an issue for people with allergies, asthma, etc.(I once had a very scary situation with an asthmatic friend, from cigar smoke from several sites away – I had to move our campsites, after setting her up with steam in a new site – thankfully one was available. We were miles from the nearest ER, and I don’t like to think how close we came to having to head there. Again, if the smokers had been able to keep the smoke in their site, not a problem.)

Karen Grace (@guest_202539)
1 year ago

There definitely should be “no lighter fluid” on charcoal fires zones! That stuff stinks!!

Ed G (@guest_202435)
1 year ago

First it camping! Now the biggest problem with the fires is the wood. They sell kindlin dried wood and it stinks. Next if they sell regular local wood it is fresh, it should be at least a year of drying. I was a boy scout when young and like to keep my skills up and even though I have a big nice trailer I enjoy morning sunrise but then do some cooking on the fire, everyone likes the smell of steak or bacon. A secret is to get some cherry or apple wood and soak them all day then add to the fire when low flame and hour before cooking. i have more people stop by wanting to know what I am cooking and what wood am I using, before long most are using the same wood.
Also a campfire has been the TV of the woods as well a meeting place like several will bring their meals to cook also on the long lasting coals and share the days doings.
Getting out and enjoying the air not watching/listening to electronic things is what RVing is all about.

Diane Mc (@guest_202392)
1 year ago

Would like to say yes, but can’t. Do not like smoke smell in our motorhome. However, yes, it is camping and for some having a fire is a big part of their experience. Could get complicated have a “no smoking” area. Although, people could opt to be in either section if their was an availability issue. A side note. We live in a 120 yr old Victorian. We don’t have AC. Fortunately, (well, only for this issue…lol) we live in California with the best weather, so a couple of window fans & portable units in bedroom & living room help. However, our neighbor, built a beautiful home next to us and right next to our shared fence, a big wood fireplace. Even though we are on an acre, this is close to our house and when he is using the fireplace we can not open windows or doors to get fresh air. So there are times we have to run portable AC when we would prefer to use God’s AC. We’ve had more issues at home than at campgrounds.

Ozark81 (@guest_202358)
1 year ago

If you don’t like outdoor stuff, then don’t go to places that has outdoor stuff. Next people will want less dirt outside.

Magee (@guest_226098)
8 months ago
Reply to  Ozark81

I tend to agree with this.

Larry Lee (@guest_202348)
1 year ago

It seems to me that it would be easy to have a “no campfire” zone at a campground starting next camping season 2023 as a trial to test how it works. If successful and appreciated then keep it going, but if not….

Joe (@guest_202338)
1 year ago

I voted yes, I compare the whole issue to smoking in restaurants. They should be down wind of the prevailing breeze of the campground and the non campfire section, however it’s not always easy to predict the wind. After close to 30 years as a Scout Master I have found that the smoke puts me into a coughing fit for hours so I always stayed away. Why people want to inhale something other than nice clean air is beyond me. I would hazard a guess that some who say it’s their right would complain when a smoker blows smoke their way!

Leonard Rempel (@guest_202335)
1 year ago

I don’t always have a campfire, but it’s called “camping”, isn’t it? I guess if you don’t like a campfire, you should ask to see the layout of where your neighbors fire pit is.
Same as dogs. I like dogs, but do not travel with one so I always ask to be away from the dog park.

Ray Austin (@guest_202333)
1 year ago

I have allergies and my wife has asthma, we have meds, so we assumed that smoke is a part of camping. After all some of my fondest memories are sitting around the campfire with family and friends. We love camping because it reminds us of old memories and makes new memories. So all campsites should be campsites with firepits. Also it is hard enough getting a campsite and that would make families with kids possibly take a site with the restriction and they would miss out on part of the fun of camping.

KellyR (@guest_202331)
1 year ago

After reading the comments – WOW! It appears that some people would prefer campgrounds where no camping is allowed. It is amazing that when we all were younger we raised perfect kids, obedient dogs, and knew how to build a perfect campfire.

Donald N Wright (@guest_202330)
1 year ago

As I learned in the Boy Scouts, Indians would build small fires, sit close, stay warm. White folks built large fires, sit far away, not warm. Too many fires are built and people wander away, rarely is a bucket of water nearby. Often, firewood sold at campground still green, lots of smoke.

John Koenig (@guest_202323)
1 year ago

Although I voted “YES”, this is one of those things that sound good BUT, I expect will be difficult to impossible to enforce. Murphy’s law WILL kick in and, smoke from a campfire in an area that allows campfires WILL blow into areas where campfires are NOT allowed. I usually appreciate the smell of CLEAN wood burning in a campfire. Unfortunately, there are idiots who WILL burn (or try to burn) things other than clean wood. I’ve seen plastic bottles / containers, metal cans etc left in fire rings by slob campers.

Tom M (@guest_202321)
1 year ago

I didn’t take the survey because my answer isn’t a simple yes or no. I need a “Don’t Care”, or “Doesn’t Matter” button. Campgrounds are a business, and we their customers, and whatever is decided is what I’ll roll with. Yes, we’ve grumbled when a neighbor’s smoke blows into our bedroom through an open window, but rather than think “that needs to be banned!” we close the window, turn on a fan or the air conditioner, and go on with life. I see wanting campfire free areas right there with wanting pet free areas, kid free areas, early riser and sleep in areas, over 50 areas, diesel RV free areas, outdoor TV free areas, and areas that are free from groups of friends sitting outside drinking wine and laughing loudly. Campgrounds are compressed neighborhoods and as such require enhanced tolerance for those around you. Obviously others see it differently.

We don’t do campfires, but understand it’s a must do to others.

Rich (@guest_202325)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom M

well said. i totally agree.

Mark Olsen (@guest_202314)
1 year ago

The problem with campfires is not the fire it’s the idiots who build them many times. You have a campfire ring but so many people pile the wood way up and over the sides making them dangerous. The second issue I have is with RV park sites that are narrow. Recently we stayed at an RV park in Ventura CA. The campfire next door was so close to my motorhome I had to put in the window awnings to keep them from catching fire.

Traveler (@guest_202312)
1 year ago

Yep. I like campfires. I hate generators. I’ll keep my campfire away from you campfire haters if you keep your generator away from me.

roadtrip (@guest_202336)
1 year ago
Reply to  Traveler

amen

DW/ND (@guest_202304)
1 year ago

When my wife and I camp together we don’t have a campfire and all cooking is done inside. When any of the 4 great grand kids are along we have a campfire for smores, hot dogs and marshmallows. When they are sufficiently frightened from the ghost and bear stores – it is time to retire inside; they are responsible (with close supervision) with the drowning, stirring and drowning again of the fire. When we leave the campground I bag the ashes and leave them for the rangers. Any wood left over is piled neatly by the fire ring for next camper or whoever. No trash burning either!

Only one time have I had a serious problem with a smokey fire – I had just bought wood at the park and it was heavy and hard (Oak?); it would not burn! So I put it out as it was drifting smoke into a tent across the roadway. Fires are fine with us (my wife has COPD) as long as they are managed properly. We don’t need any more restrictions than safety demands! We need more common sense and courtesy!!

John Koenig (@guest_202324)
1 year ago
Reply to  DW/ND

“We need more common sense and courtesy!!”

Yeah, like THAT’S really going to happen. MANY of the last two generations are TOTALLY CLUELESS about personal responsibility As there is virtually NO downside to NOT acting / conducting oneself in a civil manner, there’s really NO incentive to change for the better in the future. 🙁

DW/ND (@guest_202486)
1 year ago
Reply to  John Koenig

Agree John – Agree! dw

Bob (@guest_202295)
1 year ago

I believe there should by NO campfires allowed ANYWHERE!!!

Dennis K (@guest_202296)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

You got that right!

Rich (@guest_202326)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

why?

Michael Galvin (@guest_202327)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

A CAMPfire is part of what makes it CAMPing. Otherwise, you’re just parking a mobile home somewhere.

Matt Coliem (@guest_202294)
1 year ago

I voted “Yes” but for a reason that is only slightly covered here. It seems few people still know how to set a fire so it burns well and clean. All the other issued raised are also valid. While I don’t mind fire smoke, the gas attack that some can manage with mere wood is amazing. Let’s not even get into those clever people that want to burn plastic. I still have a memory of being downwind of another camper that decided to burn the Kitty Litter. I don’t think I have to say more.

Bob p (@guest_202292)
1 year ago

When my children were young we stayed in state parks, the campsites were large and well spaced and we always had a fire for hot dogs and marshmallows. Just about everyone had a campfire, I can remember going to bed with the smell of the campfire. Now 44 years later DW and I don’t have campfires and with campgrounds putting sites so close together I can understand the animosity. So many newbies that have never had a gas range fire building campfires is kind of scary. Parks should have a designated park campfire with supervision in a location that is normally downwind of the campsites. That way everyone will be happy and no one will accidentally get their rig burned.

Stephanie (@guest_202291)
1 year ago

I voted yes as some people (eg.those with asthma) may be highly sensitive to campfire smoke and having a designated area of the campgound that is no campfire zone would help them to enjoy camping. I would also like to see no pet zones and adult only zones. How about doing a poll on those as well?

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