I’ve been on the road for a few weeks and have not been as social as I thought i’d be. I love small talk with strangers but most of my neighbors never seem to come out of their campers. Anyone else having this experience?
We have had this in the past and it seems to be the prevailing wind in general anymore. We have this in our neighborhood as well as when we go camping. Unfortunately there are times when folks go camping to virtually do what they do at home, watch tv.
A running joke with us is that our stay will be just as you say but then suddenly people come out of nowhere to talk and ask questions about your rig/setup right when you’re breaking down and need to get on the road!!!
Could be the pandemic?
I’m a full-time RVer who works from home during the day in my RV. Depending on weather and other things, I usually come out in the evenings. It all depends on what kind of RV park you’re at. The place we are at now has mostly full-timers who work, so I rarely see anyone out and about. If I were in an RV park catered more to kids or was in a popular tourist area, it might be different.
Then, of course, there’s the pandemic. Trying to stay 6 feet apart, trying to talk through a face mask…it all seems like a lot of effort when you can’t sit down and just shoot the breeze without thinking about all the other people this person has come into contact with.
Many people are somewhat reclusive and many are not. We tend to be that way too. However, I try to get into the amateur radio or bike riding groups and the other half tries to get involved with some Quilting circle. In non-Covid years we went to the various parties that the park might have. We are a Class A 36’ rig and tow our Civic with us. The social types have a campfire or some other social activity and just post a note on the bulletin board and generate their own groups. We are Boondockers Welcome Hosts (Charlies Lake View) in our off season and that is our social life in a nutshell. Cheers.
We’ve had great conversations with our neighbors at every place we’ve stayed this year even with COVID. We were at places where people were vacationing, not living long term, so maybe that made a difference.
I definitely think the pandemic has a lot to do with it, but I here’s another reason that might be good to talk about. We have often had the situation where someone is walking their dog past our site and we say, “Hi”. They stop to chat and then never leave. After 45 minutes, we make up something to do and go inside. We try to be friendly and respectful, but I get the feeling that some RVers are lonely and looking for someone to talk to. I am camping for peace and quiet, and don’t really want to be pinned down every time I go outside. I think a rule of RV etiquette should be, don’t chat with strangers at their site for more than 10 minutes, then move on. Then, if they come to your site, it’s a sign they want to develop more of a friendship and chat longer.