A lot of people choose to go on vacation with a caravan in tow – it’s practical and convenient. But as an owner of a caravan, you may be wondering if there is such a thing as a caravan etiquette? What is the polite way to use your caravan on site? How can you ensure that you are not disturbing your neighbours? And what about driving? Is there anything a caravan owner should know about driving with a caravan? Let’s take a look at the top 10 caravan etiquette tips.
1. Make sure you remain on the far left lane. You have to be aware that you are towing quite a big load, and that means that you need to have superior driving skills and be very careful and mindful of your vehicle and caravan.
2. Pay attention to your towing mirrors – are people having a hard time driving past you? Is there a line behind your caravan? If so, take a minute to pull over, in order to allow them access.
3. When you arrive at the camping area, make sure that you are parking your caravan in your allotted space and not in anyone else’s. It’s a common sense issue, more than anything. Your space is yours to fill, and others’ space is theirs. Respect that.
4. And speaking of respecting other people’s space, don’t walk all over someone else’s site. It’s very tempting, especially when you’re trying to cut corners and take shortcuts to the bathroom and such, and it may not seem like a big deal to you, but it will bother people, so keep to the designated pathways.
5. Take a minute to meet your neighbours. You are going to spend a significant amount of time in their vicinity, so it’s courteous and good manners to go over there and introduce yourself and your family. You may even make a friend for the duration of your stay or for life.
6. Spending a few days in a camping site is a great way to give your pets an opportunity to run around, but don’t allow them to trespass on other people’s lawns. Not everyone thinks your pets are cute and, even if they do, it’s not pleasant to have someone else’s dog sniffing your food.
7. If you have a generator, only use it in the designated time slot that you are allowed to. Most campsites set this between 8 am and 8 pm, but even so, you may want to check with your fellow campers and let them know when you are going to make noise and how much.
8. You may want to play some games with your kids – do it on the designated spaces, and not on your campsite, where the ball can get out of hand and hit someone in your vicinity.
9. Your toilet waste should be dumped in the designated places, and not anywhere else; hose down the dump stations, don’t rinse them in the kitchen sink.
10. Finally, when it’s time to pack up and go, make a point of collecting all the rubbish or waste and dumping it accordingly; don’t leave a mess behind you.