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These Surprisingly Common RV Park Rules Could Catch You Off Guard

These Surprisingly Common RV Park Rules Could Catch You Off Guard

These Surprisingly Common RV Park Rules Could Catch You Off Guard

RVers are very familiar with RV park rules. From check-in time to picking up dog poop, every RV campground creates their individual code of conduct.

However, many times common RV park rules can catch campers off guard.

Today we’re sharing 7 RV park rules that may surprise you even though many parks have them in place.

Let’s dive in!

Make sure you know the RV park rules before booking your reservation.

Electric Fee in Addition to RV Park Rate

Short term RV campers don’t (usually) have to worry about this. It’s the monthly reservations that can have this added fee.

Monthly RV parks rates are typically deeply discounted compared to nightly rates. Quite often that monthly rate doesn’t include electric usage. These added fees can cost between $50-200 extra a month.

When booking your RV park reservation, ask about the parks electric billing policy.

Dog Breeds Not Allowed

Even if an RV park allows dogs, it may not allow your dog (and we’re not talking about your husband). Breed restrictions are common among RV parks.

The potential breeds restrictictions are usually on large breeds associated with aggressive behavior. This can include boxers and pit bulls (even mutts that are partial mixes).

Keep in mind, some parks limit dogs based on weight, too!

Don’t get too mad at the RV parks for this rule. It can often be in place because of the parks insurance policy.

Boxers may not be allowed at the RV park.

No External RV Leaks

Haven’t fixed that leaked water heater valve yet? This could get you kicked out of an RV park.

Sure, no one wants to camp near an RV leaking sewage water. However, it’s not uncommon for an RV manager to ask you to leave due to any external water leakage.

Make sure your motorhome or travel trailer is in full working order before you hit the road.

Is Your RV 10 Years Old?

The 10 year rule is a hot topic among RVers. Essentially it means certain RV parks only allow newer units to stay at their property.

There are certain ways around it.

None the less, this rule affects many campers. You should always verify if this rule is in place before making your reservation.

No ATVs (and Sometimes No Motorcycles)

Bringing a toy with you? Make sure it’s allowed before you book your RV campsite.

Many RV parks don’t allow you to keep an ATV or motorcycle on site. Here’s how you get around it – buy a toy hauler 5th wheel.

Traveling with a toy hauler is like having your own personal garage. No one needs to know what toys you’re carrying around.

No Excessive Decor at the RV Park

We’re not kidding, many RV parks have policies against excessive decor. Don’t believe us? Check out this RV resort’s page of rules.

We understand that a trashy site is unappealing. However, these “judgement call” rules can be unevenly applied (especially if politics are involved).

Don’t travel with those pink flamingos, either!

No Glass Containers Allowed Outside Your RV

After a long travel day there’s nothing better than sitting outside and drinking a cold one. Just make sure it’s not in a glass container.

Many RV parks don’t allow glass container outside of RVs.

This means no beer bottle, no wine glass and no drinking straight from the whisky bottle! Trust us, after certain travel days, straight from the whiskey bottle is the best choice 😂

With All These RV Park Rules, You Should Experience the Freedom of Boondocking

To be honest with you, we hate paying for camping. There are so many free campsites in America (with complete privacy). You should give it a try!

Here’s our list of the 20 Best Free Campsites in the USA.

If you haven’t tried free camping before, also known as boondocking, take a look at our beginners guide to boondocking filled with everything you need to know to get started.

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Sunday 28th of November 2021

I am contemplating getting a motorcycle for off road use, and a mini van for sleeping. Even if I have a cargo trailer, it may not be acceptable for some campgrounds. There are so many campground rules, a motel room might be the only choice.

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