campfire_crowdAt some point in your RVing life, you will encounter noisy neighbors on the campground. They play their TV too loud, their dog barks at everything that moves, and they stay up late into the night around a ginormous campfire talking and laughing. Whatever your noisy neighbors do, the one thing you don’t want them to do is spoil your camping trip. So, dealing with noisy neighbors directly, as undesirable as that prospect might be, can be the more desirable of alternate options – like calling the cops, complaining to management, or storming around your RV with a reddening face and smoke coming out your ears.

The most effective method for dealing with noisy neighbors, is to not park your rig next to them in the first place. This requires a bit of profiling of your potential neighbors before you pull into a campsite. If you are an older, retired couple that goes to bed by 10 o’clock, you might want to choose a campsite between other similar RVers who are unlikely to party around the campfire into the wee hours.

If you are not pet lovers, avoid setting up camp next to RVers with a dog that barks a lot. The type of campground or RV resort you choose to camp in can also increase or decrease the probability of having noisy neighbors. You are less likely to find noisy neighbors in a remote forest service campground. When possible check out the campground or RV resort rules before making reservations, as some resorts encourage RVers with pets or others may have no curfew rules. You cannot expect noisy neighbors to abandon their activities if there are no rules against those activities.

However, if you visit your noisy neighbors and politely remind them of the rules they may be breaking and why it’s important to you, you will often find that they will voluntarily tamp down their activities in an effort to be considerate. If that doesn’t work and the noisy neighbors are in flagrant violation of existing rules (or you have safety concerns), a call or visit to management may be the only recourse. Unfortunately, there will be times when dealing with noisy neighbors has no favorable outcome and you have no other choice than to switch campsites or abandon it completely and seek a campground more in tune with your lifestyle.

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  1. Tim OBrien

    I just join them

  2. Choosing a campground that's in line with your lifestyle is probably the best advice.

    If you go to a family-friendly campground, there are likely to be children, teens, dogs and some general loudness. Whereas, an adult-only campground may be quieter.

    Also, make sure to read up on reviews before you go! If you see several comments that mention noise or rowdy visitors, it might be a good idea to think twice before parking there for a relaxing weekend.

    Whatever the case, make sure to enjoy your vacation to the fullest, even if the circumstances aren't ideal!

  3. Michael Cagle

    I stay away from campgrounds on holidays. Too many drunks and redneck idiots.

  4. It can definitely go the other way too. I have been camping in a tent before when all of a sudden I was surrounded by giant RV's that kept their generators on all night. It was not only obnoxiously loud, but really stinky too.

  5. Eileen Tolzmann

    We ask the offending party twice nicely and if that doesn't work the campground ofgice gets a call no matter the time of night. It is not worth losing a nights sleep especially if you are going to be on the road early in the morning.

  6. Judy Sharum

    we had bad neighbors that played music till 12-1am loudly and no one complained! dog also barked a lot-was going to go tell the office to keep them quiet but they were leaving next day-thought we got rid of them but a week later came back again IN THE SAME LOT! this time we left FOR GOOD

  7. Just dealt with rude neighbors this past weekend. The campground was wonderful until Saturday evening when this group showed up. No one seemed to know how to talk at a normal level. The campground we stayed at had no rules that were given to us. While that was nice on one hand,it ended up not having a quiet time or rules about pets. We were just lucky we were leaving the next morning. S o me people just don't understand common courtesy.

  8. Risa Spencer

    Or the campground assigns your site. How about NOT being rude campers? Please?

  9. Coleen Carr Mills

    Good advice, but sometimes they pull in around you when you are already there and settled at your site. Never really had a problem with other RVers, it's usually the tent campers who are the biggest offenders. Only one place we've stayed did not restrict tent campers to the tent camp area: Kiptopeke State Park in Virginia. And that's where we had the problems.

  10. Denise Cruzado Mallery

    Easy enough! 🙂