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What’s Duck Duck Jeep? (+ Other Secret Games RVers Play)

| Updated Mar 20, 2024

Rubber ducks, toy cows, frogs- have you seen people leave these on different vehicles? Here is what Duck Duck Jeep is, and other secret games RVers play…

What's Duck Duck Jeep? (+ Other Secret Games RVers Play)

Have you ever walked around the campground and noticed a lot of Jeeps adorned with little rubber ducks? If this scenario sounds familiar or downright intriguing, you're about to dive into the quirky, fun world known as Duck Duck Jeep.

It's a community-driven game that's as endearing as it sounds, bringing smiles and surprises to Jeep owners everywhere. Here is what Duck Duck Jeep means, how it all started, and whether this playful tradition is exclusive to the Jeep community.

Plus, the fun is spreading to other communities that are starting their own quirky games!

What Does Duck Duck Jeep Mean?

Duck Duck Jeep is a unique way Jeep owners connect and spread joy among one another. Think of it as a grown-up, automotive twist on the childhood game of Duck Duck Goose.

Here, instead of running around in circles, Jeep enthusiasts surprise each other by placing small rubber ducks on other Jeeps they spot at campgrounds, in parking lots, or just about anywhere.

Typically, these ducks come with attached messages that might include well wishes, Jeep-related jokes, or information about local Jeep clubs.

What Are the Rules for Ducking a Jeep?

The beauty of Duck Duck Jeep lies in its simplicity and the element of surprise. The “rules,” if we can call them that, are pretty straightforward:

  1. Get your hands on some rubber ducks.
  2. Write a friendly note or message to attach to the duck.
  3. Find a Jeep (preferably one that doesn't already have a duck).
  4. Place the duck somewhere noticeable on the Jeep, like the hood or door handle.
  5. Stealthily walk away, leaving a soon-to-be-delighted Jeep owner to find their new duck friend.

Of course, you want to make sure you don't leave the duck in a difficult-to-reach place and don't invade the owner's privacy by shoving it through an open window or flap.

Other than that, it's all done in good spirit! So, have fun, be kind, and your fellow Jeep owner will likely get a big a kick out of receiving that duck as you do giving it!

Is Jeep Ducking Just for Wranglers?

While Jeep Wranglers are often the stars of the Duck Duck Jeep game, given their iconic status and enthusiast following, the reality is any Jeep can be ducked. From Cherokees to Gladiators, if it bears the Jeep badge, it's fair game for a bit of ducking fun.

This inclusivity is part of what makes the Jeep community so special. And, as you probably know, many RVers think Jeeps make the best toads, which shows how special the RV community is, too!

How Did Jeep Ducking Start?

The origins of Duck Duck Jeep are as heartwarming as the practice itself. It all began in 2020 when a Jeep owner from Ontario decided to spread a bit of happiness after experiencing a rough day herself.

She had bought a bag of rubber ducks as a funny thank-you gift for a friend who had come to her rescue. On a whim, she decided to leave one of the ducks on a Jeep she saw in a parking lot, along with a note that simply said, “Nice jeep.”

The idea was simple: bring a smile to a fellow Jeep enthusiast's face with a small, kind gesture.

The concept caught on like wildfire, growing into a beloved tradition within the Jeep community. It reminds us that sometimes, it's the little things that can make a big difference.

That single rubber duck and social media post grew to an Official Ducking Jeep Facebook group that is even recognized by the Jeep brand. It has more than 77k members!

Can Other Vehicles Be Ducked?

While ducking is specifically a Jeep phenomenon, the playful spirit it embodies has inspired similar movements among other vehicle communities. For instance, “Moo Moo Subaru” is a riff on the idea that is quickly catching on, where Subaru owners exchange cow-themed toys or trinkets.

Jeeps and Subarus are very common in the camping world, but games for certain RVs are catching on, too.

For instance, Alliance owners are getting surprised with “Alli-gators” and Forest River owners are finding friendly frogs on their RVs. The frogs represent the Forest River Owner's Group, which, as you can see, has the cute and convenient acronym F.R.O.G.

These random acts of kindness games are a testament to the fun and friendly rivalry that exists between different car and RV cultures. At the end of the day, they prove that the camping lifestyle is all about sharing joy and making connections.

Happy Ducking!

Are you one of the many RVers who use a Jeep as your toad? If so, you might find a little rubber duck waiting for you.

Now, you'll know that you've been tapped into a circle of joy, adventure, and kinship. Let us know in the comments below if you give or receive ducks or something similar.

Happy ducking!

What About the Secret Code of Pineapples?

Social media has recently been spreading the “true meaning” of pineapples and flamingos used to decorate a campsite or RV. There is a secret… and sultry… message behind the brightly colored fruit and bird.

Or so people say. But is a pineapple ever just a pineapple, and a flamingo just a flamingo? Keep reading to find out…

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2024-03-20

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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