Written By: Terry Simpson Jr
Private campground memberships are becoming popular with RV and tent campers alike. Memberships may include several responsibilities that promote fun and safe camping. All campgrounds have different member responsibilities and could be more or less stringent.
Keep the campsite clean. Make sure the site is not cluttered with trash. Surprisingly, some people try to get by without cleaning up their trash. Most campgrounds provide dumpsters or trash cans for trash collection.
Give the RV a bath. Dirt collects on RVs throughout the year. Therefore, washing RVs once a year may be another member responsibility. So grab the pressure washer and clean that RV.
Grass must be cut. Most campgrounds will charge a fee to provide grass cutting service. This may be a weekly or monthly service that is provided. Along with cutting the grass, members will be responsible for trimming around objects on the campsite.
Alcohol consumption may be permitted. Invite family and friends for a good time during a stay at the campground within reason – but be aware of those with unruly behavior when consuming alcohol. Some campgrounds may go as far as banning someone from the park for bad behavior.
Be careful with campfires. Most campgrounds provide fire rings to use at each site to help prevent forest fires. Of course, a supply of firewood will be needed for a campfire. Just make sure it is stored a safe distance from the fire ring.
Turn off that alarm? Car alarms may be permitted at the campsite. If an alarm is overly sensitive, do the responsible thing and disconnect it.
Pets are welcome in most campgrounds. Pets will most likely have to be kept on a leash. If a pet is noisy or aggressive, the owner could be asked to remove the pet from the property. Additionally, pet droppings must be disposed of properly.
Light fees. Most, but not all, RV campsites have electric hook ups. Electricity bills will likely be the member’s responsibility to pay. This bill may be part of the yearly fees, but electric usage could be restricted by the campground.
Taxes. Some campgrounds make the members responsible for paying the property taxes on the member’s site – be sure to look for this member responsibility as part of the contract.
Cleaning. Campgrounds sometimes ask campers to clean up after the winter. Some have even turned this activity into an annual event, complete with food and drink and even prizes. Spring cleaning is usually done before Memorial Day at most campgrounds.
Preserving the natural environment. Members are responsible for taking care of the environment. Wild animals are curious and will eat almost anything, and members can protect them by keeping harmful items stored away. Trees and other plant life are also an important part of camping. Members are responsible for making sure trees are not mutilated or destroyed.
Boat restrictions. Members who own a boat may be required to secure the boat and trailer at the dock area. There may not be enough room at the campsite area to store boats and trailers.
These are not all of the responsibilities a campground member might encounter. Some responsibilities will be written into an agreement, and other responsibilities will be more common sense and natural to campers. Just remember that safety and fun will make camping better for everyone.