The 10 Unwritten Rules every RVer needs to know

 The 10 Unwritten Rules every RVer needs to know

There is a certain etiquette and behavior standard that RV owners are expected to adhere to. The problem is, many of the key tenants of that etiquette are learned through experience.

Many are unwritten and usually learned through trial and error.

We're going to help you avoid the errors by sharing 10 of those unwritten rules of the road and how to camp. Feel free to add your own unwritten rules  in the comments section below.

Happy camping everyone!

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • I recently read somewhere (probably on Cyberrally) that RV air conditioners are designed to lower the temperature by 20 degrees. If it does that it is considered to be operating at full efficiency.

  • I agree strongly with all ten of your unwritten rules.
    I would add a rule about controlling your kids and dogs.
    We once had to ask some kids (their parents were camped several spaces away from us) to stop their basketball game long enough for us to exit our camp to go to town. They had set up their portable goal across the drive from our site. I guess the parents didn’t want the kids to bother them.

    We enjoy your content in all the forms.
    Be safe.


  • These are some great tips about the unwritten rules. We especially appreciated the one about the cigars and keeping the lights on all night…how rude. 🙁 We’d like to add another one for consideration – make sure you don’t walk through another family’s camp area without asking their permission. There is an invisible border surrounding your RV when you’re camping that others should respect, much like a property line. I think keeping that in mind makes you a much better RV neighbor.

    Happy Rolling – Brian and Pamela (The Black RVers Chronicles)

    • Thanks, Brian and Pamela. That has always been one of my biggest pet peeves in RV parks. We were in a San Diego military FamCamp several years ago, which is located next to the recreation park. There was a large private event one Saturday and (rude) folks decided to park in the FamCamp parking area then cut thru the RV sites to get to the event. I stopped one guy and told him that he was walking thru RVers rented property. When I asked him if he would be OK with people cutting thru his backyard to get somewhere, he gave me the middle finger salute and kept on walking. I will admit that I then said that he might find his tires had gone flat when he returned. My bad!! But about 5 minutes later, he came back (without cutting thru RV sites) and moved his truck.

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