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What Do RVers Owe Tent Campers?

What Do RVers Owe Tent Campers?

What Do RVers Owe Tent Campers?

No matter where you like to camp, RVers and tent campers often have to share the space. Campgrounds frequently allow for both, which means we RVers have to be mindful of the tent campers around us.

Just what do we owe tent campers? How can we camp harmoniously?

We’re taking a look at a few things we can all do to make everyone’s trip better. 

Let’s dive in!

RV Camping and Tent Camping Are Two Totally Different Worlds

While it may seem that RV and tent camping are the same, they’re actually totally different worlds. Yes, a tent and an RV serve the same purpose, but that’s where the similarities end.

No matter how much RV campers like to think they don’t require much, tent campers require a lot less. To pack up and go tent camping, you just need a tent, a sleeping bag, clothes, a small cookstove, and a car.

RV campers, on the other hand, require a tad bit more. First, you need an RV, and if that RV is a trailer, you need something to tow it with. Most RVers also bring a car along with them. And that RV is probably loaded with items as well.

RV and Tent Campsites Are Often Side by Side

Tent and RV sites are often right next to each other. This isn’t to say that we can’t all be good neighbors. It’s just that tent campers may have a different view of camping than RVers. RV campers bring along all their toys.

Tent campers bring along the bare minimum. RV campers take up a lot of space compared to folks camping in a tent.

How to Respect Tent Campers as an RVer

While there should be mutual respect, the responsibility lies more with the RVer because RVers generally require more. Here are some ways to be mindful of your tent camping neighbors.

1. Be Mindful of Quiet Hours

During quiet hours, turn down music, limit conversation, and wrap up your parties or gatherings. With an RV, quiet hours also include not running generators and knowing how loud your movie is.

That kind of noise can carry easily to your neighbors and, honestly, your RV neighbors too!

2. Don’t Asphyxiate Tent Campers with Your Generator Exhaust

Be aware of the exhaust that inevitably arises from your generator. Plan ahead for this. Do your best to have your generator facing away from the campsite next to you. This will result in fewer fumes and less noise.

3. Watch Your Engine Exhaust Too 

The same goes for your engine, especially if you have a diesel engine. If you have to idle your engine, do so during times when your neighbors aren’t there or during daytime hours when you’re not disturbing quiet hours. Better yet, let your neighbors know ahead of time.

4. Stop Slamming Your Entry Door

Close the doors gently, and open them just as gently. Slow down when coming and going from your RV, so you aren’t slamming doors. Your neighbors will appreciate it.

5. Don’t Let Your Pets Harrass Tent Campers

Keep your pets leashed. Tent campers should be doing the same. Many campgrounds have rules regarding keeping pets leashed. You should follow them not simply because they’re the rules but also because an unleashed pet can be a real nuisance to your neighbors.

6. Be Mindful of Your Kids

Camping in an RV with walls, albeit thin, may make it easy to forget that tent campers don’t have walls. Keep an eye on your kids to make sure they’re not invading your neighbors’ space. You may also have to remind kids of quiet hour rules.  

7. Don’t Block Tent Campers’ View

If at all possible, don’t block a tent camper’s view. This can be tough in a campground. Sites may be very close together. However, do your best to park strategically. RVs are bigger than tents and take up a lot of space both horizontally and vertically. 

8. Turn Outside Lights off When You’re Done with Them

Turning outside lights off when they’re not in use is one of the easiest things to do to gain the respect of fellow campers. The stars shine above with much more brilliance when artificial lights go off. It’s fine to use lights inside your RV; just make sure the outside lights aren’t blaring all night.

9. Don’t Encroach Upon or Cut Through Their Campsites

No matter how much easier it is to get to the shower house by cutting through your neighbor’s campsite, don’t do it. Just as you would want them to be respectful of your space, you should respect theirs. You wouldn’t cut through your neighbor’s yard at home, so why would you do it at a campsite? 

Tent Campers Choose Tent Camping and Deserve Respect

Tent campers choose tent camping just like RVers choose RV camping. It doesn’t mean they aren’t as well off or anything. Tent campers deserve their campsite and their space just as much as RVers do. In the end, we’re all probably here because we love getting out into the great outdoors.

There is plenty of common ground to bond over, as long as we respect each other. Do you have any tips for having a harmonious camping experience?

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Tuesday 9th of November 2021

last year I went to a mountain area with my friends. There was a family with us, actually, we met there. so irritating they were. they were shouted with children, talk so loudly . we felt so disturbed. It's common sense to behave nicely. I like your content because you write about it. I am waiting for your next content dear.


Tuesday 28th of September 2021

I don't get the point of this article. It is clearly written with bias as a tent camper. I don't see the difference in how these would apply. Does it really make a difference what shelter a person stays in? I also take issue with your idea that the onus is on the RV camper. There are A holes just about everywhere regardless of what they are sleeping in. I've seen this before in other articles. For the tent camper, if you want total quiet and not to be surrounded by RVs, camp at places where they are not allowed. I'm certain you'll find a bunch of A holes there too. But at least you won't be forced to cohabitate with the RVs.

Rj law

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

I tented for most my life, just got a camper trailer this year. Bad behavior seems to resonate on both sides if it happens. There are some good nuggets of truth here. For me, I usually cringe at a full adult beverage cooler being brought out at exactly 9:55 PM a roaring fire and about 4-6 adults who are just getting started chatting. Don’t get me wrong, I like a nice late whisper convo and maybe a drink or 2… but when it looks like a future 4 hours of drinking it don’t matter if you’re a tenter or RVer, you are probably going to annoy your neighbors. One other thing… just to add to the gear. I bring about the same amount of gear as I did as a tenter… well other than 1500 lbs of mini fiberglass trailer. Anyhoo, aces.

Michael DeAngelo

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

More than a few times my family has hosted some tent campers in our RV during a particularly bad rainstorm. A dry spot inside on the floor and a spare blanket is luxurious compared to a soaked sleeping bag.


Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

Tent campers bring along the bare minimum. ?? Ummmm??? In what country is this?? Not the US. Even as a backpacker I wouldn't say I bring the "bare minimum". And anyone staying in a campground, in my experience, brings as much stuff as they can cram into their cars. The only difference that I see between RVer's and tent campers is how much money they spent to bring all of the conveniences of home out into the woods.

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