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Default Camping tips for newbies

Since we (and others) are still new to this whole camping in a bus thing, I was hoping some of you guys could help give us some tips so we aren't bad camping neighbors...giving Bluebirds a bad rap.


I have questions like:
When to run and not run the generators?


How long should we need to run the gen. if we are dry camping, to properly charge the batteries?




Any other bits of advice on proper bus camping etiquette?







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Since we (and others) are still new to this whole camping in a bus thing, I was hoping some of you guys could help give us some tips so we aren't bad camping neighbors...giving Bluebirds a bad rap.


I have questions like:
When to run and not run the generators?


How long should we need to run the gen. if we are dry camping, to properly charge the batteries?




Any other bits of advice on proper bus camping etiquette?







When using your generator always check with the rules wherever you parked. There are rules almost everywhere. It’s always a good idea to check with your neighbors.
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A campground will usually have a policy on times to run and not run generators. I would refrain from running it between about 9:00 PM and 8:00 AM depending on the sleeping habits of neighbors.
Rule of thumb is that about 4 hours/day in boondocking situations is adequate. However, your power usage, charging rate, and battery capacities will dictate your needed run time.
A hydrometer used to check the state of charge on your house batteries and some notes will tell you pretty quickly how much you need to adjust the daily run times.
In a campground you should be able to plug in to shore power and use that instead of the generator.
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Thanks.
Any other no, no's you've come across in your travels?

Like at Pine mountain last year we saw a trailer allowing it's grey water to just freely run from the RV...all over the dirt road we had to travel on. I would suspect this is a no no.
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Since we (and others) are still new to this whole camping in a bus thing, I was hoping some of you guys could help give us some tips so we aren't bad camping neighbors...giving Bluebirds a bad rap.


I have questions like:
When to run and not run the generators?


How long should we need to run the gen. if we are dry camping, to properly charge the batteries?




Any other bits of advice on proper bus camping etiquette?








Don't walk through someone's parking space. Short cuts are for friends not the public. If your attending any type function, be on time. If someone has made the effort to invite you to a event/gathering, make the effort to be there on time. Four letter words are for four letter friends and not the general public. Many many people are offended by the use of expletive. Generator rules vary. If in a camp ground observe the quite hours. They will be posted. If in a parking lot I run ours when needed. Keep your site clean of trash by disposing of it daily. Don't leave your pets outside unattended. No heavy maintenance without permission. And most important, have a good time.
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Again, thanks. That's the kind of advice I am looking for, to help me (and others) in this new chapter of our lives. I know I am going to have a bit of adjusting to gentile life once I am finished with this hardened career. I promise I do not mean to offend,
unless it's warranted. Just bear with me when I make the transition from ultra guarded to carefree and happy.
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You should also consider adding a vertical exhaust pipe to your generator exhaust when parked. That way you are not blowing exhaust at a neighbor. Mine is in two pieces and I connect it to the exhaust with an implement PTO lock pin, and bungee it to an awning support and goat rail when in use.

When on the road I attach the pipe to the goat rail for storage.
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Pick up after your pets.
When someone tells you the kitchen is closed,stay out of the kitchen
Bring something to a pot luck
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Again, more good tips,
thanks!
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Dana,

Most campgrounds are old . I always and I mean always get out of the coach to discuss how I plan to park . Even when the KOA s of the world escort me . I have seen so many mistakes made that will cost you money . Hitting trees , taking out power poles, hitting other vehicles . These parks are old .

When you call to reserve we always ask a few questions

do you have pull through 90-100 feet long sites
will GPS get me to your place
are there any bridges with weight limits
how is your WIFI
do you have 50 amps
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