People who camp are the best! Share your story----

Discussion in 'Campground Etiquette' started by whitecastleman, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. JeepMama

    JeepMama New Member

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    We've made a few new friends while camping. My friend Stacy lives in MD and I met her at the play ground area of Elk Neck SP. We were both watching our boys play together and struck up a conversation. Stacy and I have kept in touch and we have gotten the boys together for play dates.
     
  2. kjcamper

    kjcamper New Member

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    Over the years I have given people stuff when they either forgot something or didn't think about it. I have received stuff too when I did the same thing. Nothing dramatic like some of the posts but once when camping in the Wisconsin Dells a family next to us had their car break down and it was towed to town for repair. The next day we were going to one of the water parks with our son and I offered them to join us since I over heard them talking about it. They at first declined and then I said well we can plan it together and meet up different places,(pre cellphone) we ended up having a wonderful time together as their kids were just 2 years older than our son.
     
  3. BJS1785

    BJS1785 New Member

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    Bringing up a dead topic, but this is the reason I enjoy camping!

    On my daughters first trip camping (she was about 9 months old), we became friends with the older couple next to us. We shared some meals and stories during our 1 evening stay, and the next morning he had carved a small boat replica for my daughter from a tree branch he found at the campsite, and engraved "Maiden Voyage"

    We became facebook friends after leaving and unfortunately our new friend Joe passed away the next year. We still think about him whenever we bring out the tent (or PUP now!)
     

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  4. HalfAHippie

    HalfAHippie New Member

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    We got our pop up when my son was 9 months old. We found a site for the next weekend at a campground we had never camped at (Carpinteria SB). The guy right next to us needed help moving the very heavy picnic table and DH jumped right over and helped him. The guy then told us about all the perks of this campground. He was a wealth of information and we got some great ideas. Including the fact that the entire campground goes off for Halloween with decorations and trick or treating. That weekend at that CG is now our favorite trip of the year. We would have never known about it had my husband not helped him with such a simple task.
     
  5. bob barnes

    bob barnes Well-Known Member

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    Well I will post ours we are from Hannibal, Mo. we were camped out in national park in Alaska I left the keys in the car with our cooler running next am the battery was so down couldn't get the car unlocked. So we go to the camphost they were from Hannibal small small world. Anyway they got hold of a locksmith somehow and he cam and unlocked the car. Those hosts were great!!
     
  6. bob barnes

    bob barnes Well-Known Member

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    I have to share my Asian story we were in Texas I was filling my diesel car a guy pulls up in a Toyota wanting to fill up he couldn't get the spigot into his car I asked him since when did Toyota start building diesels he said he didn't know but he wanted some. Well I helped him fill up with diesel I bet he didn't get far!!
     
  7. Wardog07D

    Wardog07D New Member

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    This past weekend, I took our PUP to the campground. I had to go to work that day, so I went EARLY to drop the camper so the DW and kids could come out at their leisure. I pulled in and started lifting the top when the cable broke! There was nothing I could do but leave the camper there and go back home. I took a personal day and took my tools back out. I decided to replace the cable so I began the process of taking the system apart. The neighbor next to me came over and climbed under there with me. He mentioned that he had just replaced his cable and had brought his swaging tool. Another camper came over and asked us if we needed help.

    We got it apart and I went to the hardware store to get the cable and ferrules. I came back and both campers came right over to help. It was a LOT of trial and error. (We put it together wrong 4-5 times) We spent ALL DAY working on it in the 95° heat. Finally, we got it right just to figure out we cut the cable too short. HA! I decided to splice the cable to get the dang camper up and fix it later. 30 minutes later, the camper was up and I offered both guys a cold beer. Turns out neither drink.
    I went home and got the family. The next morning I went to the store and picked up two cases of Pepsi and 40 pounds of ice for each camper. We spent the rest of the weekend sitting in each others' campsites chatting. It was a good trip.
     
  8. Haybale

    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    I was boondocking in a CA Desert SP, miles from anyone and anything other than desert. A couple stopped by in an SUV and asked what area this was. I told them and they were meeting their friend here in an hour (5pm). I said go back down the road about 1 miles to the Y in the road so they don't miss their friend. Well they set up camp, a tripod with a propane lantern and popped the rear hatch of the SUV open about 20 yards from my site. There is probably 1,000 acres with in sight and thousands more with-in a short drive to set up camp in.... Made me feel quite uneasy with just me and my 6yo DS at the time. About 9:30 I see a truck with what looked like huge flames coming out of the roof coming up the road. Turns out it was their friend who went past the Y in the road a few times and got lost. He had a soft sided kayak with a very bright LED light in it that looked like flames!! Well they fed me mole, the Filipino version, same San Miguel Negra Beer and Crown Royal, so very good. They joined me at my fire as it was a little chilly before the crown royal kicked in!!!

    There are countless other people I came across while camping. I have helped people out when needed. Often while at some BLM land and cutting firewood I'll often cut extra for fellow campers as long as they help carry it back!
     
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  9. bob barnes

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    We were tenting in a national park in Alaska somewhere many years ago. I left the cooler hooked up to 12v in the car when we went to bed that night locked the car up. You guessed it went to the campground host they were from Hannibal, Mo. we were from Hannibal, Mo. they had to get a locksmith to unlock the car to get the hood opened.
     
  10. foxcubmama

    foxcubmama New Member

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    This march we went tenting at a CG in Myrtle Beach. Our canadian neighbors had been there for like a month and were the day after we arrived. We're pretty good tenters but we were very unprepared for the SAND.

    These lovely neighbors gave us both of their outdoor rugs to put outside of our tent to help with the sand. Now every time we go out with our new PUP we'll use these awesome rugs and think of them :)
     
  11. D_Gibb

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    In the beginning of June, we took our PUP for a quick weekend getaway to an RV park about 30 minutes from home. It's really great that we can live in the metro Detroit area, and in less than an hour, be at a relatively remote campground with nice (man-made) lakes. We arrive just as a rain storm is threatening to dump on us, and our neighbors took pity on me. I am NOT good at backing up the PUP yet, so after two failed attempts, he came over and saved me. Then they realized the electric hookup was on the wrong side and we needed to swing the PUP around so the door would face the site.

    Turns out, they were down from the Lansing area, and this was a weekend away for these two buddies, and one guy's wife and kids were coming the next day, and his kids were the same age as mine. After a few beers around the fire, it was pretty certain to me that campers are good people.

    Our kids played together all day when they were around, and I helped the other guy get a screen tent set up (he'd done some damage on a case of beer earlier in the day, and was struggling) so he didn't break the darn thing.

    All in all, when we pulled up and saw a grimy pop up and heard some blaring music (there was nobody near and it wasn't quiet hours; no foul), we were thinking "great, they'll be irritating neighbors" but were pleasantly surprised. I should have known that people with PUPs can't be that bad!
     

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