Have you ever moved from your campsite because of a bad neighbor?


Have you ever voluntarily moved from your campsite because of a neighbor who for one reason or another was so objectionable to you that you felt you had no choice but to move away?

Face it, some people are just plain rude or disrespectful of others. They play their music or blast their outdoor TV so loud you can’t hear yourself think. Or they get so drunk they become downright scary. Even if you ask them to cease the objectionable behavior, they may just keep on doing as they wish.

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David A.

We had met in the middle, our friends came up from Petaluma, and we came down from the Seattle area. All set up and moved in. Group comes in to site behind us, loud kids, louder parents, cussing from all parties. Our solution….set up a Bible study lesson with the kids, complete with props, and a cassette playing music, quietly. Because we had quite a range of ages, the older ones helping the younger, it went on about 2 hours, with breaks for snacks, and invites to the loud kids to join us. They were packed up and gone by dinner time.

Tom Wenzler

We moved only once in 50 years of camping and that one was 45 years ago. We were young and I was seriously concerned about the integrity of someone on a site next to us. He was very disrespectful to women and had a very disturbing attraction to my girlfriend, he also had a mean dog so we packed up and left right away. We found a better campsite anyway and had a great trip from there.


Several years ago we were staying at campground in Bishop CA and a rally was taking place. Several people decided to have a camp fire one evening and I watched in horror as one guy (he had a few too many) decided to use gas to get the fire going. Flames were about 10 ft in the air and lite up the night. I could feel the heat where we were parked. We packed up and left the next morning.

David Barnett

I actually left the entire campground!! Little did I know when I booked the stay, the local Hells Angels had also booked a number of sites for a weekend get together. Loud exhaust pipes, loud people and non-stop loud music (if you can call it music), drunkenness, walking through campsites with no regard for the other people staying there.. I went to the front office to speak with the manager and was told they were friends of the group, and it was an annual event! That was all I needed to hear and packed up and left.


It’s happened a couple of times over the years. I don’t tolerate bad neighbors and I don’t make a stink. Making a stink just makes it uncomfortable for everyone.

That’s why we boondock almost always. No issues.

Gary Smith

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Tom H.

I have never changed sites, but have come close to doing it a few times!


We had a neighbor who had what he said was a “service dog” He left it tied outside and didn’t clean up after it. The final straw was when the dog bit my husband. The owner said nothing and the campground managers did nothing. We asked to move and were told no because they had to leave a site open. We said they could leave our site open. They reluctantly agreed.


We were staying at Dead Horse Ranch state park in Cottonwood Az for a week. Two ladies moved in next to us with a tent and came over and introduced themselves. Later on around 10 pm 5 people shows up and they began bbqing and drinking. We were enjoying our campfire and soon turned in for the night. All of a sudden they all began shouting and screaming because a whole family of skunks came to their site because they had a bunch of food laying around. After the skunks left they started whooping and hollering again. I went over and asked them to try to keep it down…..they laughed. I went to one of the 3 camp hosts and complained and they told me to close my windows. So I called the local sheriff and they kicked them out. There was so much food and garbage in the site that we had to move across the park so that the skunks wouldn’t bother us. The camp host didn’t bother to clean up after them the next day. We have been hosts in our state of Montana and if someone complained of too much noise or whatever we would go talk to them and if that didn’t do it we called the LEO (law enforcement officer) of the area. They were a big help to the camp hosts.


our campsite had a 50amp pedestal —the outlet at the site next to us was not working….we left for the day, slides out, a/c running…when we returned late that night, someone had pulled into the adjacent site, unplugged our cord and plugged theirs in….the shutdown caused a fuse to blow, we could not move to another site because the slides would not retract….spent over an hour on the phone with the tech rep trying to get to the fuse (inside the storage compartment) in order to reset the power……neighbor came over the next morning and asked why we had been making so much noise in the middle of the night!!!

Donald N Wright

At Garner State Park we had the classic bad, drunk, loud neighbors across the way. As the music blasted into the dark, at ten pm the Park Ranger showed up and I believe a Texas Ranger visited too.
The campsite was silent & dark til sunrise, and then they went away…


Three ways to handle a bad neighbor: 1. Go talk to them. 2. Report them to management. 3. Ask for a different site, across the otherside of the campground or leave and go somewhere else.

Cary Nickel

No. But we did have a fellow show up around midnight in a BLM campground in Nevada once, who then went on about setting his aluminum boat up for fishing, apparently so he could get out to the nearby lake before day break. He was banging an clanging away for a couple hours and it was like ringing a gong 15 feet away. We were leaving in the morning anyway, so there was no sense moving.

We could have easily moved, though. Until he showed up, we had the entire campground to ourselves. He could have picked any spot in the whole place, and chose one as close to us as he could get.

Nancy Michaels

I said ‘no’, but that being said, we DID move our RV to a different campsite in a ratty RV park in North Dakota because of the proximity of an overflowing, stinky dumpster belonging to a BBQ place just behind the site we were assigned to! Needless to say, this was a ‘one and done’ night for us!! Sometimes the neighbors who are objectionable are NOT the ones with the RVs!


Yes it happened once in Manistee MI at a fish camp where we were to stay for two weeks. On day four a group of about seven men came in for a week of fishing. They brought with them cases of beer and used the cases to start fires outside our living room window, within five feet, and party every single night until the wee hours. As if that wasn’t enough, the language out of their mouths was bad, even for me with my gutter mouth it was bad. At first we tried talking with them during the day, but it only made it worse. Talked to the manager and he said they come every year as a guy getaway but he’d talk with them, it only made it even worse. Manager would not move us or refund our last week so we decided to move on in spite of losing the week fee. Two lessons learned, don’t pay fully in advance and stay away from a group of grown a** men that are away from their wives on a fishing/drinking trip. Not bad considering we’ve been tent and RV camping for 36 years together.

Rod Humphrey

WE were at a Horse rally in Central Pa for about 10 days, and the neighbors wouldn’t clean up after their “3” dogs.. In a few days it was unbarable! 4th day we left and moved about 15 spots away!
We even left a roll of dog bags on their step the day we left as well and a note stating they’d get fined for each deposit $25 from the management, but we didn’t stick aroud long enough to find out if they took the HINT!


Didn’t leave or say anything about it because they were there beside us for only a week. They would come outside early morning and in the evening and smoke……and smoke………..and smoke. We had to keep our windows closed because of the cigarette smoke stench. They were nice people, and they had paid for their spot, but the smell was awful. WHY do people smoke???


No. Fortunately we have not had the misfortune to experience this type of neighbor. We have been in campgrounds where incidents have happened, some leading to arrests. many of them we didn’t know about until the next day. I worked in campgrounds for several years and never had to ask anyone to move or leave. Our experiences seem to show that courteous RVer’s are in the vast majority in our 10 years as fulltimers.

Joe Allen

We have always tried the reason approach, but when we see that isn’t the answer, management has always stepped up and done the right thing and move the offending party. However, in all our years of travels, we find most neighbors to be, well, good neighbors!


Moved? Yep, construction-style portable generator running. Some folks just don’t get it. Don’t be a cheap bastard, spend a few extra bucks and get a quiet generator!