May 1 2014 | matt
All beginners should know these guidelines
We’ve had a LOT of requests to write an article on how to follow simple caravan etiquette, from the highway to the caravan park. If you’re new to the lifestyle or want to make sure your manners are up to scratch, check out this guide written by experienced caravanners.
Caravan Park Etiquette
- Introduce yourself to your neighbours! You’ll be surprised how much of a difference this makes towards everyone enjoying their time at the park. You might even score a free meal and a good chin-wag with some great people.
- Don’t walk across anybody else’s site. You might be able to get to the toilet block faster, but you’ll step on some toes at the same time. Try to stick to the roads and walkways where possible.
- If you’re lucky enough to have a pet with you, make sure it’s under control. Not everyone is an animal lover. Also, make sure that pets are allowed in the park!
- Park your car on your own caravan site.
- Empty toilet waste in designated dump stations or toilets and do not rinse them in the bathroom sinks or camp kitchens.
- Always wash down a dump station with the hose provided after emptying your holding tanks.
- Use a sullage hose for greywater. No-one appreciates the noise of sullage spashing from the sink onto the ground.
- Take all your rubbish away with you when you leave.
- The majority of caravan sites will have specified areas for activities and ball games purposefully set away from the caravans. Use these areas if you and your children want to play.
- Monitor how much noise is coming from your campsite. Try to keep noise before 8am and after 10pm to a minimum. This applies to music, generators and loud TV sets. If you want to stay up late drinking with friends, consider the local pub or a more secluded area of the park instead of your caravan site.
- Always follow the park rules if they have some in place.
- Towing a caravan requires significant handling skills, constant vigilance and spatial awareness. It is essential that you remain aware at all times of the fact that you are towing a significant weight. By remaining in the far-left lane whenever possible, you will convey a message that you are a courteous driver.
- When parking, be mindful that your van is parked on your designated allotment out of respect for fellow caravanners.
- Keep a watchful eye on your towing mirrors to take note of whether there is a build up of traffic behind your van. To avoid holding up other drivers, it is considered polite to pull over and allow them to pass. On gravel and narrow roads, if you see a road train or semi coming, pull right off the road and pull up. This gives the truckie a clear run so he can stay on the tar and prevent kicked up stones and dust.
- Last but not least: give other RV drivers a nod as you pass on the highway. We’re all in this together!