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Old 05-24-2016, 05:02 PM   #31
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One of the great things about RVing is the opportunity to meet our neighbors at campgrounds. However, lately we have resisted just walking over to the camper next door for fear of intruding. If I see someone next door I will wave hello, but if they don't look receptive to a conversation I tend to leave them alone for the rest of the camping period. Maybe I just catch them at a bad time.

What are some of your tips for striking up a conversation with your neighbors?
I have been camping for over 50 years and seen where having children or pets can work both ways depending on how they are behaving and have seen some examples of both.
Coming from a rural Northern town you just spoke to people or they thought you were uppity. On the road not so much. I've read in Trailer Life and Good Sam publications about people meeting some good people and you do but they are generally not your weekend campers rather they are the experienced seasoned vets. We have even had a few disasters on the road where nobody in the campground nor the campground owners showed any concern or interest in our plight.
I would say wave and say hello when you or other people arrive. Be respectful of their site and privacy. Offer to lend a hand if you see they are in difficulty and you are going to meet some fantastic people on the road and the odd jerk!
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Old 05-24-2016, 05:09 PM   #32
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Pretty good thread. Lots of interesting stories. Later RJD
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Old 05-24-2016, 05:30 PM   #33
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As a person who prefers to be left in his own peace and quiet I can speak only for myself.

I don't mind people who wave and say hi or even stop for a quick chat. But the annoying ones are the TMI people. I'm sorry but I don't give a crap about you or your life....not being rude but I have 3 adult children and a grandchild...I have enough problems with them. I have had some brutal tragedies in my life that probably beat 90% of anyone else on here but we keep these to ourselves.

I don't feel like listening to you or your issues....you probably can't match mine...and I never discuss mine with anyone. Life is too short to bring down the neighbors with my lifes tragedies. I smile and keep it light and happy. But too many other people need to shut the heck up......sorry but seriously...TMI TMI.

Also don't run over to say hi and ask for my ladder as I am getting out of my vehicle...give a man time to go pee and get a cup of coffee.

People camp to relax...if you do not project relaxation then you are probably annoying...or your kids or worse your dogs.

Just read the persons response both verbally and physically when you say hi. Even on a bad day I am always polite but I may not exude come on over right now.

If a person can't handle a wave and hello then they need to find a lone stretch of BLM land and go it alone. I am a bit of a loaner..always have been but hey...it is a campground and I try and be polite and friendly. But..I have waved at people sitting at the fire ring and gave a quick hello and just got the evil stink eye
I guess we're made of the same wood....I feel exactly the same as you !
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Old 05-24-2016, 07:25 PM   #34
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When you are in full view of your neighbors stretch and very loudly say "Damn, it feels great to be out of prison"......joking of course lol. I say hi comment on the weather, then if they want to talk fine. If not I go about my business. I like to say Hi, but really font look for any best friends. I like my space also. So far people I have met have been great.
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Old 05-24-2016, 07:58 PM   #35
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Discovered one weekend that a bushel of crabs and a lot of corn on the cob will bring the neighbors over in a heartbeat. My brother and his family and a co worker all bailed on me. It was to be a great get together we were planning for months. Co worker became very ill and hospitalized two days before event. My brothers vehicle broke down that morning enroute to CG. He decided could not make the trip do to vehicle repair costs. So I had a lot of food to eat, we invited many people at CG join us. It was slightly awkward not really knowing anyone but we all warmed up and had a great night.
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I arrived late (at sunset) to a campground once and a guy came over and followed me around with a really good flashlight while making light conversation. That was actually helpful. And we made good friends and neighbors.

But the best way we have found to make friends is with our 12 -15 serving Dutch oven peach cobbler recipe, since there are only 2 of us and it would be a shame to waste all that cobbler and the ice cream, too.

My line is "Could you help us out with a problem we're having over here?"
Invariably the answer is "Sure, what can we do to help?"
And my answer, "Well, it seems we have way too much peach cobbler and ice cream on our hands...."

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I always had the silver Husky's leash in my and most people couldnt walk past her and not stop.Not too sure what I'll do this year.
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EVERY CG we have been in, people stop by to comment on the Aviator, ask if the huge front windows are actually windows, ask about the solar panels on the roof, the outside entertainment center, or the cat in the window. It's good we are friendly folks and enjoy sober company. Drunks can keep on walking.
Please do not bother me while I'm setting up. At my age, I have a procedure and if it is interrupted, no telling what the outcome will be. However, if you see that I am trapped under the unit, bleeding and not breathing, feel free to offer your assistance and assume that I will take it. My wife most likely is inside asleep and won't miss me till time to cook supper as I'm the cook. The first thing she does when we set up is nap. Actually, that's a good thing as she is...mechanically challenged and has no clue what "if you can't see ME in the mirror, I can't see YOU" means. She still can't understand that. Stupid mirrors!
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One of the great things about RVing is the opportunity to meet our neighbors at campgrounds. However, lately we have resisted just walking over to the camper next door for fear of intruding. If I see someone next door I will wave hello, but if they don't look receptive to a conversation I tend to leave them alone for the rest of the camping period. Maybe I just catch them at a bad time.

What are some of your tips for striking up a conversation with your neighbors?
New England is Classic for the no answer no eye contact camper...
My Rule...Never speak or approach first!
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Yep typical easterners. Found that out many years ago. Later RJD
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