Sunday, March 26, 2023


Have you ever called the police about an incident in your campground/RV park?

It is no fun, and actually could be quite scary, when a situation arises at the campground or RV park you’re at and the police have to be called, either by you or another nearby camper. Especially if it’s a dangerous situation! We see it happening more and more lately, so make sure you keep safe and you are aware of your surroundings.

Have you ever had to call the police about an incident at the campground/RV park you were staying at? If you answer yes, will you please leave a comment and tell us what happened? We hate to admit we’re so curious but… we’re so curious! Thanks!


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1 month ago

New park hosts in Alaska, we discovered a “campsite” in the woods near the campground with a gun stashed under a sleeping bag. We knew the ranger was far away so called 911. Turns out there had been a murder in the area and that was the gun used.

Dennis Johnson
1 month ago

Just once so far, to complain about neighboring landowner who let’s his dogs run free. They were messing with people’s grills and eating others’ pet foods, making a daily circuit. A slingshot with dried chickpeas would run them off for the moment, but back the next day. Calling the Sherriff’s office didn’t seem to do much. We’re thinking if different campers call daily we might get some action, unless the neighbor is the Sherriff’s brother in law……

1 month ago

Heart attack. Became a mediflight to Phoenix

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1 month ago

Almost called on a domestic fight but one party left. Management kicked them out by 0800 in the morning. Neighbors called on a person running around with a shotgun, we believed he was on drugs. Called fire when a mh had a fire in their refrigerator.

1 month ago

Once while in Yuma, the motorhome 2 rows over blew up in the middle of the night. Around 2:30 or 3am while I was awake and sitting up I heard this large boom and flames shot up thru the trees and this motorhome’s roof raised about a foot and then came back down. I called 911 and went to see if I could help. The owner died a few days later from the burns. He was lighting a propane heater and didn’t realize he had a leak. His detector wasn’t working. His wife and dog both made it out with minor injuries.

1 month ago

In our ten years of volunteer camp hosting we have always been able to get ranger response to any issues that came up. However we did call the police one time while camping in a forest service campground. We called over what sounded like a domestic violence situation. Turned out it was a drunk screaming woman who was not being beaten like it sounded.

1 month ago

A few years ago, I was workcamping at an RV park in Colorado, and the family of a long-term resident camper called to ask for someone to do a welfare check on the camper. Sadly, I found him deceased and immediately called police.

As a volunteer camp host in state and national parks, I have had to call law enforcement due to unruly campers on several (too many) occasions.

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles
1 month ago
Reply to  Lew

I was practicing hyper-miling when a deputy approached me and said he’d been called to do a welfare check.I almost told him “I’m employed”

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles
1 month ago

Dh wanted to put in (true) that the speed limit was 55mph. Everyone routinely exceeds the speed limit ythere

Tim Slack
1 month ago

My wife & I were hired as mgrs of a state c/g in Indiana. The mtnce wkrs and bathhouse employees were cliquish and didn’t like us ‘intruding’… very much didn’t like it. Among themselves, they made up paranoid offences that featured us. The bathhouse wkr finally stormed over, beat on our RV door and said he was “going to be packin’ “ from then on. We’d only been there 2 wks but called the district mgr and quit on the spot. We also called the sheriff who came and detained these dangerous people while we broke down our rig to leave – that still stands as our pack-up-and-depart record.

Jeff Craig
1 month ago

No, but we stay in State Parks mostly and the Rangers handle the issues.

1 month ago

Notified, national park host that in turn called national park ranger. Potentially dangerous situation ( drug crazed camper directly next to our site ) long story short not what you would have thought to be the outcome.

1 month ago

Several times. But, I was working there. Theft in progress (more than once), break and enter (burglary of about $2,500 in cash including the safe), drunk driving, trespass, failure to pay (stand by to ensure the peace while I evicted them – not always necessary, but sometimes), shots fired, suspicious vehicle (parked and occupied in the middle of the night without valid licence plates and unwilling to give me a reason for being there), and vandalism. And, just outside our fence: driving on an adjacent pedestrian path, drug deal in progress, assault in progress by a town bylaw officer (on one of our customers), fire, fishing in a restricted area, and vehicle accident with injuries. Maybe more … but never for drunks, noise, or dogs. Resolved those without help.

1 month ago

No but I almost called one time to report battery on a dog owner. I wanted to choke the tar out of someone that let their dog bark incessantly. 🙂

James LaGasse
1 month ago

Camping in a state campground over thanksgiving a few years back there was an extended family in the site next to ours. Let’s just say Dr. Phil was desperately needed. From 6am onwards it was constant yelling and screaming, pushing and shoving. I called the rangers and they came out and calmed them down and warned them they could be evicted. Within an hour they were at it again, this time 2 young men were beating a third, I immediately called the rangers as the victim broke loose and ran into the woods, they said they would be right there. Meanwhile the two decided to go after the third and drug him back to the site and started beating and kicking him again. I was just getting my phone to call the Sheriffs office when the rangers came back, broke up the fight and stayed while they packed up to leave. I still feel I should have called the Sheriffs office is because they gave the victim a ride out but the two attackers should have been arrested. If in this position again I will call law .

1 month ago

As a camp host in a state park in a resort, we have called the police a couple of times. As a camper in any park, we have never called the police.

1 month ago

we didn’t call police but came mighty close on at least two occasions, both over unreasoable noise levels likely due to drunks behaving badly. in one case a complaint to state park personnel resulted in the offenders being immediately booted from the park.

in the second case private rv park managers refused to do anything about the drunks throwing glass bottles againt trees and rocks. but by the time we returned to our space from the office the offenders had, apparently, run out of “ammunition”.

Ed K
1 month ago

No, that is what park staff/rangers are for. 911 only for medical emergencies in my opinion would I make the call.

Richard Pendleton
1 month ago

Sad to say but I had to call police last year because my cable locked bicycle (cable was cut) was stolen from my site from directly under my bedroom of my fifth wheel as I slept.

Roy Davis
1 month ago

I had to say yes, but that was because I would work security for the campgrounds on “bluegrass, bike, and honky-tonk” weekends. Two occasions we had drunks who had loud music and a bonfire going at 1am. Both had been warned earlier and ended up going to jail for “drunk and disorderly” conduct. Actually it was the bluegrass people who caused the most problems.

Lee Rousseau
1 month ago

On two different occasions, we had to call the fire department. The first occasion an Rv a couple of sites over caught on fire and burnt to the ground before the fire department could get there. The second time we had to call the fire department was early May And we were at a campground helping them clean up for the season. All of the dried leaves were raked on to tarps, and the tarps were hauled to the back of the campground and dumped into a pit. Through spontaneous combustion, the dried leaves started on fire . The flames were about as tall as the pine trees that surrounded the fire pit. adjoining the campground was a national forest. We called the fire department and the police showed up as well as the fire department. The owner was super mad that we had called the fire department . The flames were quickly diminished, and the fire was put out.

1 month ago

I answered no only because I didn’t make the call. We were in a campground in upstate NY during a motorcycle rally. The site next to us had a two people in a tent for the first night. The second night two more tents showed up. Then two more. It was OK until they started drinking and partying late into the night. I spoke with the CG owner and he approached them about the number of people allowed on a site, he had bent the rules a little because of the rally, and the quiet time regulation.
A shouting match occurred and 10 minutes later, three sheriff’s cars showed up. The rest is history. Within 15 minutes, all five tents were packed up and gone.

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