Do you look for RV park reviews before booking a campsite? You are not alone. I always read the reviews, the best ones, and the worst ones. It often helps me get a balanced view of the park. In my research, I have found some really ridiculous RV Park Complaints. Today, I am sharing them with you!
First off, this is meant to make you laugh. If you don’t have a sense of humor, I suggest moving on. RV parks are different, but even the nicest, most scenic, and luxurious parks don’t always meet RV camper expectations. We have all been there, but most of us move on and enjoy what we can, but some can’t drop it and leave a bad review, and…some of them are just a bit over the top.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 campground complaints I have found on Trip Advisor (typos and all!) Oh, and I saved the best one (as in the worst) for last.
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Bugs and Other Natural Things
“Park is full of fleas and other biting bugs. Site is grass and crushed shells. When it rains the inside of your RV is a mess.”
I can understand this, but there are always ways for a guest to deal with these things. The camper could have used personal bug spray regarding fleas (or maybe these were chiggers?) and biting bugs. As for the unpaved site, the RVer could have called and asked if the spot was paved. When it rains in most places, things get messy. It’s common to leave your shoes at the door, have towels or supplies by the entrance to help keep your RV clean. Just saying.
Manicured Beaches aren’t Real
“Both beach access were extremely pitiful, having to cross 50-plus feet of seaweed, algae, and rocks before reaching a swimmable depth. I know the gulf is not the ocean but this was the worst access I’ve seen…Water HOT and stagnant due to being so shallow and near highway bridge, smelled like sewage, felt like wading through hot murky sewage and we had to wade through the smelly hot water for about 20 min before reaching decent water. Also very loud traffic noise from bridge.”
I’m not sure why they would fault the campground about the shallow and rocky water on the gulf. It’s a natural environment, not a beach created by the RV park. A quick look on google maps or attention to the directions would have shown them the campground is directly off the interstate and highway bridge. Vehicles pass by day and night. Besides, this interstate is in the keys, and there’s no other route for traffic to take.
“Management went fence happy. Every playground now has a fence. The large canal behind loop 300 got a fence. The pond by the dog run and volleyball court got a fence”
Most folks applaud fences around playgrounds, waterways, etc…especially families. They are usually put up for safety. It helps keep the kiddos (dogs and wildlife) safe and out of the areas where they don’t belong. Once again, we can’t please everyone, can we?
RV Parks are out in Nature
“We were out in a spot surrounded by swamp so our kids couldn’t play outside. Bugs are horrible.”
Well, maybe camping in Florida is not for you because this state is full of swamps and bugs.
Someone Didn’t Do Their Homework
“…but even the beach was closed “for sand replenishment”. Staff was friendly, but operated a leaf blower all morning around the RVs instead of after 11 (check out time).”
Beaches erode from time to time, and this is especially true after a big storm comes through. Sand replenishment is a real thing to help preserve Florida’s amazing beaches. I’m not a morning person, and I get the whole “leaf blower in the morning” situation. Still, if it’s not during quiet hours, anyone can mow leaf blow and all the other things to keep the RV park in good shape.
“The worst part was the karaoke. We had a site right by the main office. Karaoke, and I mean loud, bad karaoke started at 4pm. We were trapped being blasted but it at our site. Had to leave for a couple hours just to get a break. ”
I’ve never seen this kind of complaint. I’m not a big fan of karaoke myself, but I like it when people enjoy themselves. I feel bad for these RVers; I do, but… Just keep reading…
“Came here thinking I was going to relax & unwind but they are sooo strict & you can’t even enjoy the pool nor Jacuzzis at night because their closed! Employees kept coming up to us in their golf carts to complain about EVERYTHING down to the space where we parked our car & if we were outside having drinks, playing music because we weren’t being “quiet”.
People take vacations to have fun! Not go to sleep at 10 pm & be quiet!”
Clearly, someone did not read about quiet hours before booking at this RV park. Most campgrounds have quiet hours that begin at 10 pm, 11 pm if you’re lucky. And most RV parks close the pools and jacuzzis at night. Having folks over after quiet hours is cool; move it inside.
A Room with a View, or Not
“…another camper came along and park next to ours. It was way to close and block the whole “Ocean View” they advertised and we paid for. I paid to get “Ocean View” and it didn’t go that way. I got a Camper View instead. I could literally see the other people inside theirs and no room at all.”
This is a case where looking at an RV park map is essential. Unless you are in a spot right on the ocean, you will not be getting a direct ocean view. I mean, even when you are talking about private property, a water view isn’t straightforward. “Simply put, water view is just that, having a view of the water from your property… Views and how much of a water view “counts” is subjective. You can have a view between houses, down a street and even between trees.” from The Waterfront Group. It’s the same thing in RV parks and campgrounds.
I think this is Agism
“the camp office closes at 4:30pm. This also means the fitness room closes at 4:30pm. Again, because they cater the older adults who probably aren’t doing much after 4:30 anyway.”
Ouch. It can be frustrating when things close up earlier in the day, but let’s not attach folks because of their age. Also, every campground and RV park has its own way of doing things. Most places have their rules, policies, and hours posted on their website, and if they don’t, always call and ask before booking. It saves everyone a lot of frustration.
Yeah, You’re Just Racist
“Four RVs full of latins arrived. And when I say full I can’t overstate our displeasure of watching 10 to 12 people unload from each of the RVs. As they set up there kiddie pools, bounce houses and portable canopies we couldn’t believe we were in the same facility described on the internet. Four different spanish radio stations began blaring and the resort pool was quickly overwhelmed.”
I don’t think I even need to talk about this one, do I? Maybe they had some valid complaints, but when they mention the people’s race and native languages in the complaint, all credibility is lost.
So there you have it, the most ridiculous RV park complaints I have found on the internet SO FAR.
Have you found some gems out there? If so, share them in the comments.
Now some of these complaints have some validity to them, but a lot of it is miscommunication. The campers didn’t realize what they were getting into (not enough research, or they didn’t ask the right questions). On the other hand, the RV park management didn’t always make it easy for RVers to find the rules online. Or maybe, the front desk failed to make sure campers understood the “feel” and “vibe” of the RV Park.
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