Should RV parks offer ‘No campfire’ zones?

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KOA in Missoula, Montana

With campgrounds increasingly packed with RVers and other campers into ever-smaller campsites to accommodate them, do you believe that areas in the parks should be offered where campfires are not allowed?

Many RVtravel.com readers have reported that they are allergic to smoke, and studies show that inhaling it is not healthy.

Long ago, hotels, restaurants and other public places banned cigarette smoking, except in certain designated areas. Is it time for the RV industry to follow suit with “No Campfire Zones?”

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Fred

Most camp grounds have a camp host whose job is to control and service common areas. Camp host should control camp fires and educate in proper RV edicate.

McCool

A couple of summers ago, we spent three months as campground hosts at the Grand Canyon Mather Campground (374 sites). It was like living in a forest fire. We could never escape the cloud and smell of smoke. Won’t do that again!

DK

If you are in a tent I suppose a open fire is ok but I really think it’s a very bad idea in an RV park where my 200k motorhome with 100 gallons of fuel is within 10 feet of a open fire. Nope NO camp fires in an RV park or any place where it’s next to a motorized vehicle.

Jay French

I am the Louisiana camper, this means a bonfire every night, community barbecues/fish fry’s/crawfish boils & an outdoor TV usually on a LSU or Saints game, with lots of beer drinking. We cook outside community style every meal & everything we do is semi-organized chaos & fun.
We often come in groups of campers & make 1 particular campsite the social gathering spot.
However we are extremely friendly & other campers can wander in, make quick friends & participate with us. Often they will be invited to the next weeks event & can easily become 1 of the crowd.
This is the only time I use the camping resorts, the rest of the time National Parks & I always have a bonfire at night, cook all meals outdoors & barbecue. Plus my campsite is visitor friendly, stop by grab a cup of coffee, drink a cold beer, sit in a chair & chat.
We just fail to understand unfriendly type people who fear everything or have a hermit desire.

Teresa

OK.. Have to leave my “2” cents here. I am very guilty of enjoying a raging fire. I am new to the rv lifestyle…thus, the reason I subscribed to this site. Before reading and attempting to educate myself I did not understand nor even stop to consider that I was bothering anyone else. I just assumed a fire was part of being outdoors. I had never even heard that there was “fire edicate”. Some of us are not rude…just ignorant. Not stupid, just ignorant. There is still hope for some of us!

JamesGangAZ

So we are building an RV Campground in the next year in Arizona. I really value your opinions and feedback. We have heard it all. From Adults only on one side of park, family friendly side, no pets and a pet friendly side. No campfires and campfires side. Our sites will be large enough to handle campfires as that is what WE hate the most. Small sites! So this just opened my eyes to the fact that not everyone likes campfires!
So how does an adult only, no pets, no campfire and no smoking area sound. Is this even possible?
What else would you all like to see??

Bob Godfrey

How about simply being courteous? When you light the fire and the smoke heads directly into your neighbor’s rig 10 feet away do you feel responsible for that? I would. And then please don’t leave your site with the embers smoldering for the rest of the afternoon and the smoke continuing into the adjoining sites. It’s all about “responsibility” folks ! Yours!

Paul Goldberg

When we camped in a tent the campfire was for cooking and warmth, a necessity. We enjoyed it and put it out before turning in. Later when we were boondocking on beaches we got together with our neighbors and built a fire to sit around and chat. When we were ready to turn in we put it out. Now I have a fire pit lit by propane that provides the heat we want to sit out in our space and it doesn’t affect anyone else, except one lady who is multiply allergic to most everything and when she comes over we skip the fire, Warmth is inside. When we are on the road we try to find places where a campfire is not necessary for outdoor socialization.

Bill & Kitty BATEMAN

Out here in the west it is getting more and more rare to even be able to have a campfire in an organized campground OR boondocking from mid June thru October. Yeah, forest/wildland fires are the norm nowadays unfortunately for us all.

Natalie

Stayed in a small National Forrest Service campground on the coast of Oregon for 2 nights (was supposed to be 5 nights). Campers with adjacent sites across road brought a recently dug up tree stump, about 2 ½ ft wide x 2 ft high, plopped it atop the fire ring, built a fire under it and got it to partially burn. Thereafter it continued to smolder, emitting copious amounts of smoke which wafted around the entire campground night and day. I did ask them if they would either light a proper fire or extinguish the root-log to eliminate the smoke but that did not work. They said there were no restrictions on having a camp fire. Since the wind blew my way most of the time, I left after two nights because I had to keep windows and door closed all the time. What should have been a lovely camping experience in the woods was ruined by inconsiderate campers.

Ron

I also agree with no campfires in RV parks, but would have no problem with one in a campground or boondock location.
That said…..too often forest fires are started by those that are careless with or neglect to properly put out a campfire.

Michael McCracken

I deplore RV Parks that allow campfires. There is nothing quite like being next to a person who has the need to have a raging campfire within a few feet of your motorhome. When the wind is in your direction, it fills the air with suffocating smoke inside your motorhome. RV Parks are not “campgrounds”. I find this mostly happens when the summer vacationers decide to go camping with the kids. They need to find campgrounds in the woods or boondock. I don’t see where there is a need in RV Parks these days to have firepits in order to attract visitors. A simple firepit fuelled by propane would be a solution.

Brian m

How about just reducing air pollution in general with no campfires.

Linda Petersen

Non Smoking campgrounds would be awesome. We could actually enjoy the fresh air and a breeze though our RV with our RV windows open. Instead we are frequently forced to endure the carcinogens from our neighbors second hand smoke. And the stink lingers on after they throw their butts on the ground in their outdoor ashtray.
There is a CA. RV park we will NEVER stay at again as their pull thru are buddy.spaces, and our shared outdoor area consisted of 10 people gathering day and night to smoke, drink and yack..we left here early. A miserable experience.
It seems the smokers don’t want to fully enjoy their cigarettes and cigars by smoking them inside their RV with the windows and doors closed. Why? They could get the most smoke for their money that way.
I can’t count how many cigarette butts we have cleaned up from our campsites on arrival left behind by yet another inconsiderate smoker. ( Bad for pets too).

How about a pool to see if people would pay for non Smoking camp sites…just like so many now charge $2 for a pet?

rvgrandma

Campfires? What about BBQ? Nothing more irritating than sitting in your rig when the smell of those steaks come drifting through? I get so upset because it smells great and I am not invited to join in!

A few years ago, we were at a park that had one big campfire pit for any that wanted one – the only place in the park it was allowed. We had this great fire going, kids from throughout the park were roasting marshmallows and hot dogs when suddenly a neighbor appeared demanding we put it out. Turns out she had breathing problems. Despite that she purposely asked for the spot knowing the fire pit was right behind her. Management also knew her problem but let her have the spot every time she came. Unfortunately the fire had to be put out and many went home disappointed.

Gigi

I think the people who don’t like a campfire, the essence of camping should just stay at the expensive slabs. They are not really campers, this would leave the nice areas for the real campers.

TP

A campfire is fine if you are in a campground in a state or national park where you have some room between sites. Most RV parks however are too small and the owners should consider installing propane or natural gas fire pits. they could add a $5 charge and no smell, no mess, and I bet they could get a propane supplier to cover some or all of the cost for the infrastructure if they signed a long term contract with them.

Bill Lampkin

So what’s the best Campfire APP for my SkyRocket 90ss SmartPhone??

PennyPA

I LOVE the smell of a campfire! However, I had lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) for emphysema 10 years ago and I’m living with less lung capacity than many others. Since I don’t want to aggravate the lungs that I have left, a campfire-free area of a campground would be nice. .. nice but not a law.

Ed

Would not be a problem if campers were considerate of others, but there are people who are just a pain in the arse and no matter what you do they are only in it for them self. If I start a camp fire and the smoke is hugging the ground to much, I put it out as I don’t want it to get into my unit and I am sure others don’t want it either.