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Old 05-24-2016, 11:27 AM   #1
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Making Friends versus Intruding

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?
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Running over while your neighbor is trying to set up is a sure way to get a cold reception, I have found.

Waiting until things slow down and popping over with a cold beer or soda cooler seems to be a sure friend maker.
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Running over while your neighbor is trying to set up is a sure way to get a cold reception, I have found.

Waiting until things slow down and popping over with a cold beer or soda cooler seems to be a sure friend maker.
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Old 05-24-2016, 11:50 AM   #5
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Telling me how your class A is better than my fifth wheel was a great ice breaker. And then loudly proclaiming how I was doing things wrong. I really liked that guy.

OR, alternatively- the friends we actually made at the same campground. We pulled up and the kids on the playground literally squealed in delight at seeing other kids. We made a point to get a site near them. Our kids played with their kids. The adults chatted with the adults. It was good.
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Old 05-24-2016, 12:22 PM   #6
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Keep the interaction short and don't overshare. We had one couple come by our site and stay for an hour, telling us all about their teenage daughter's medical issues and lots of other stuff I wish I didn't know about them. Most folks are game for a little light conversation, though.
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Old 05-24-2016, 12:47 PM   #7
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I do not hesitate to go say hi after a neighbor is set up. If they seem talkative I will mention the weather or some important topic like that and if they don't seem talkative I leave. If they are offended just because I said hi then I don't really care about them anyway. My wife and I camp six months a year and we have many really good friends around the country just because we took the time to say hi.
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Running over while your neighbor is trying to set up is a sure way to get a cold reception, I have found.

Waiting until things slow down and popping over with a cold beer or soda cooler seems to be a sure friend maker.
Agree. I know I can be a little short while setting up, especially if I am trying to beat sundown. Once I am setup I'm cool with anyone stopping by.
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My Grandfather used to say that he didn't mind mankind..... it was the people he couldn't stand. Personally, I prefer to be left alone but I will wave and chat. My DW on the other hand, she is our social director and tells me what to wear and what time be somewhere.
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Personally I'm not a very social person.
I prefer staying alone on my site...I don't interact with others very often.
And prefer when others do the same.
Happy camping and no offence to anyone !
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