Motorhome Hire & Campsite Rules
When you arrange for motorhome hire and stay on a campsite, there are always rules of the site you’re expected to observe. Some will be specific to the site, other might be more unspoken, but still with the expectation that people will know and follow them. The vast majority of common campsite rules are fairly self-explanatory and self-evident, but still are worth taking note of in any event.
Observe check in and check out times
If you’ve booked into a campsite, make sure that you check to see if there are specific check in and check out times, especially at busy times. THere may not be space for you to arrive early and you may be holding up other campers (and attract an extra day’s fee) if you leave late.
Keep the noise down
When you’re on a campsite, you’re sharing space with other people who you’ll almost certanly hav never met before. People go camping for a variety of reasons, but nearly everyone expects to be able to get a good night’s sleep. WIth this being the case, it’s especially important to keep the noise to a minimum at night. Noise carries particularly well after dark and many of your fellow campers will be staying in tents, caravans or motorhomes which have thin walls. Many sites will have specifically designated quiet times, where all guest are expected to make an effort not to disturb other campers.
During the day, while being quiet isn’t quite so important, do try not to turn up your stereo too loud, and try to keep your dog from barking too much.
Don’t leave a mess behind
This counts for rubbish and general care of the campsite facilities. As a general rule try to leave the facilities in a condition that’s at least as good as that in which you found it. The old addage “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints” rings true here. There was a beach in Wales earlier in the year which motorhomes have been banned from using because of rubbish being left behind and toilet cassettes being emptied on the sand.
Keep under 18’s under supervision
Going on holiday is exciting and naturally, kids enjoy the extra freedom, the extra space and the opportunity to play outdoors. The sound of children playing is one of the happiest sounds there is, but some children are louder than others so be mindful if the volume is getting a bit high. Otherwise, for safety’s sake, keep an eye on your little ones and make sure they stay out of trouble and out of harms way.
Check before lighting the fire
There’s something primal about building a campfire and sitting around it. You’re staying in a motorhome, so you’ve no need of a campfire other than to toast marshmallows, but it still ‘feels’ kind of ‘outdoorsy’ to do it anyway and sit around it. If you feel the urge to light a fire, make sure that you check the campsite rules first – many don’t allow it at all, or any other kind of outdoor flames (ruling out your barbecue). Even if you AR permitted to light a fire or BBQ, makes sure it’s safe to do so, especially if consitions are dry and also bear in mind the which direction the smoke will blow. You’re likely to be unpopular if it blows right into someone else’s pitch.
Watch your speed
Whether the campsite is formal and purpose built, or simply a patch of available land, there’s likely to be a speed limit, which, naturally, you should observe. Even if not, consider that campsites might be full of children or dogs, either of which might venture into your path. On less formal campsites, the ground is likely to be at least a little uneven, so keeping your speed down will reduce the risk of flicking up stones, hitting rocks or potholes hard, damaging your motorhome, or losing control.
Check the rules on pets
While dogs are allowed on many campsites, it’s best practice to check just in case. Those that do, will almost certainly insist that your dog is kept under control at all times, which is fair enough, occasionally there will be campsite rules about dogs being kept on leads and of course, it goes without saying that it’s expected everywhere that dogs are cleaned up after.
Not everywhere permits drinking alcohol on site
While surely no-one could object to a pre-bedtime tipple, unfortunately, some campsites have banned the drinking of alcohol onsite due to excesses of drunken behaviour in the past.
Check what you set up on your pitch
More common for European motorhome AIres ans stopovers, some sites where you can park your motorhome overnight don’t allow you to set up tables, chairs, or anything else on the outside of your motorhome. Blackpool’s council, for example, has similar rules on its own car parks. Park up, sleep, but don’t set anything else up.
Campsite Rules – Making Camping Better For Everyone
While most of these rules and observances will come as second nature and will be common to the majority of campsites you might visit, it’s always worth checking the posted rules for each new location, especially if you’re travelling in Europe, to make sure you don’t fall foul of an unfamiliar regulations, or less common campsite rules.