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Tips: Protect Your Spot While RVing

| Updated Jul 2, 2017
Tips: Protect Your Spot While RVing 1

One of the nice things about having a Class B motorhome is mobility.

You don’t have to tow a car behind you when you set out on your RV adventures.

And when you’re at a campground and you want to do some sight-seeing or head into town for some shopping, you just unplug and take off.

But what do you do about that campsite you are only temporarily vacating?

How do you prevent newly arriving campers from thinking it’s available and taking your spot?

What Mike and I do is put up a sign that says “Campsite Occupied.” It’s a bright red sign with white lettering and we push it into the dirt at the campsite.

We got it at a campground we visited and we’ve since seen them in Camping World stores and at RV shows around the country.

Here's another version of the Campsite Occupied sign that we found on amazon. You can clip it on a picnic table, bush, chair or whatever.

We’ve also seen people string rope across the campsite, or they leave their chairs or water hose and electrical cords behind. We don’t leave anything but the sign when we’re away for any length of time. Water hoses and electrical cords could easily be stolen.

Tips: Protect Your Spot While RVing 2So far nobody has stolen our sign or tried to take our campsite. So it works!

If you’d like something a little nicer and that is personalized, let me tell you about my friend Rhonda Phipps.

Rhonda makes a customized campsite flag that has your names, hometown and even an embroidered drawing of your RV. Because they are personalized just for you, they are less likely to go missing when you’re away from the campsite.

They’re made of durable nylon rip-stop and measure 11 by 17 inches.

Here’s a link to a video showing Rhonda’s work. Or go to for ordering info.

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Jennifer Wendland

Published on 2017-07-02

Jennifer Wendland travels North America with husband, Mike, in a small Motorhome. She has worked with Mike as a television producer and traveled extensively all over the world. She is a self-described "gym rat," enjoying fitness and exercise wherever she goes. She is a certified Water Aerobics instructor and has taught large group classes in leading health clubs for more than 20 years. She and Mike have three grown children and seven grandchildren. They travel about two weeks out of every month. When not on the road, they live in southeastern Michigan.

2 Responses to “Tips: Protect Your Spot While RVing”

July 02, 2017at4:35 pm, btrandolph said:

maybe things are different in other parts of the country. here on the east coast, every campground I’ve been to has numbered sites. when I check in (or more likely reserve) a site, it’s mine for as many nights as I pay for. is your sign designed for claiming sites before you pay for them? or just to avoid awkwardness of dealing with people who can’t find the site they’ve reserved? odds are, folks like that will have used the sign for kindling before you get back…

July 04, 2017at3:48 pm, Onyx Joanne Henneke said:

A lot of campsites out here are first come, first served. Not reserved. I can absolutely see the need for a sign like this. I’ve seen people go so far as to set up a tent in their spot to hold it. They travel with an empty pop up tent just for the purpose.

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