Don’t Like Your Neighbors? Move!

I’m pretty sure you’ve all heard the old saying “If you don’t like your neighbors, move!” especially in the world of the full-time RVer’s out here. But I can honestly say that in the past two and a half years that had never happened to us … until recently.

Now, I know this sounds like it’s going to be a rant, but stick with me here. It’s really an RV park review in disguise. 😉

Let me set the scene if you will. The Boss and I pulled into a very cute little hide-away in South Carolina called Keowee-Toxaway State Park.  The park is nestled into the very northwestern part of the state and is a beautiful spot to take in the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Jocassee Gorges.

Site #7 at Keowee-Toxaway State Park, SC

Site #7 at Keowee-Toxaway State Park, SC

After a little bit of masterful maneuvering, (we were right about at the max length for this particular site) we got the H.O.W. into a spot with water and electric. We marveled at the solitude… nobody to the left of us … nobody to the right. 🙂

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We were so happy to find this quiet little gem, we got our earthy, crunchy vibe on and decided to get our couch potato butts out of the rig and down onto one the great hiking trails (by great I mean fairly easy for us out of shape Zen seekers). The trail we took winded its way down to a nice boat launch with a private sandy beach.

Sweet! I think we should stay an extra day and get out float on tomorrow!

Sweet! I think we should stay an extra day and get our float on tomorrow!

. .Too bad we didn’t grab the kayak when we left Connecticut … darn!

Boat ramp Keowee-Toxaway State Park, S.C.

Small launch – Keowee-Toxaway State Park, S.C.

We also stopped to take a look at the cabin the park has available for rent. It was occupied at the time so we didn’t get to peek inside. But it was plain to see from the outside in was in an awesome spot and had some nice amenities, like a private dock and nice outdoor living space. 🙂

As is my usual habit I stopped to take some pics of the bathroom facilities and dump station set up. We didn’t use either one, but they seemed to be about average for state parks.

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They did have an unusual garbage policy. The park has a pack it in/pack it out policy for any trash that isn’t recyclable. I think this is the first time we’d been to a pay for use park without dumpsters. Thankfully, visitors seem to be taking this rule to heart and there wasn’t any left behind trash scattered about.

The park has 11 RV sites including a pull-thru or two and 14 tent sites. The tents sites are nicely arranged with a raised pad for your tent and communal water spigots.

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All in all it’s a really nice little state park. We liked it so much we decided to stay that extra night after all. We were fairly sure the day was going to clear up so we could check out the Blue Ridge Trail and mountains tomorrow. Yay!

Good news – site was available!

Bad news – as soon as I got back a tribe of 8 chain-smoking, foul-mouthed, noisy people with a fetish for lighter fluid moved into the empty site next door. 3 of them may not have been chain smokers just yet, as they are of the 2-legged little screecher variety.  If that wasn’t bad enough (and trust me it was) the entire time I gawked and spied on them through the window (Call me Gladys Kravitz if you must)  they never once picked up after their 2 dogs that seemed to poop non-stop. Uggg!

How the hell do they even get that many people and two dogs in there?!?

How the hell do they even get that many people and two dogs in there?!?

Thankfully our house has wheels. So after watching the show we decided to pack up and hit the road. It was probably the quickest pack up and go we’ve done! LoL I have to admit I felt a little snobbish or rude just up and leaving the way we did. But we would have been miserable listening to the neighbors from hell all night and our R&R time is way too precious for that nonsense!

So we hit the road shook it off and before we knew it we were happy campers once again! 🙂

Happy Campers!

Happy Campers!!

Even though we cut our stay short we still recommend Keowee-Toxaway State Park, (108 Residence Drive, Sunset, SC 29685 Phone: 864-868-2605) if you’re in the area. Really… we do. 😉

How about you? Do you have any nightmare stories about neighbors from hell?

~Cheers~

P.S. For those of you too young to get the Gladys Kravitz reference, no it’s not Lenny’s granny. Think Bewitched! 😀

 

Thanks Google Images!

Thanks Google Images!

 

 

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I am a full-time RVer living a nomadic life with my husband as he travels throughout the United States for his career. Our mobile castle is a 38 foot 5th wheel with all the comforts of home and office. I do a little freelance writing here and there. Maybe someday I'll finish that novel. In addition to writing, I've developed a passion for health and fitness. It's taken my nearly 50 years to really nurture this passion, (eeeek!) but now that I'm on board I'm loving the journey. As a matter of fact, I love it so much I decided to become a full-time Team Beachbody Coach. Contact me today if you'd like to be a part of one of my private Motivation and Accountability Groups on Facebook or if you're interested in the Team Beachbody Coaching opportunity.

12 thoughts on “Don’t Like Your Neighbors? Move!

  1. We used to camp just about every weekend a few decades ago, but it’s been a very long time since we stayed in a public campground – ‘way too many stories of loud-mouthed neighbours with roaring bonfires in tinder-dry conditions. I don’t like struggling to fall asleep to the sound of shouts and whoops, only to sleep fitfully because I’m afraid I’ll wake up half-barbequed in a forest fire. Add a few groups with no-muffler quads tearing up the back roads, and we just lost interest. These days we go for day hikes and then retreat to “camp” in a hotel room – not nearly as nice as being out in nature, but much nicer than being out in nature surrounded by a bunch of yahoos.

    • It’s true Diane. I’m not sure if people in general are becoming less courteous to others or I’m just getting too old to deal with the nonsense. We love to camp in a hotel room every once in a while too. If there’s one thing I miss it’s a big bathtub. So I take advantage of tubby time any chance I get! Is the snow melting away for you up there or are you in winter mode now until Spring?

  2. Oops, looks like WordPress ate my last comment. I just said we’re still pretty wintery here but expecting temperatures in the mid-20s (mid-70s F) next week.

    If you don’t mind me picking your brain, though, may I ask if you’ve ever had a problem with flies getting into your RV? We’ve had a plague of them, and last week we ripped all the interior trim off our slide to find colonies of them living in the wall… blech, brrr!!! We cleaned them all out and I found some large gaps in the weatherstripping around the top and bottom of the slide so we’ve stopped them up. I’m not sure now if we’re just dealing with the last of the stragglers or if they’re getting in somewhere else. We’ve screened off all the fridge/furnace/stove vents and everything else we can think of…

    Any advice would be hugely appreciated!

    • Yikes! Just had a flashback to the fly scenes in “Amityville Horror ” … eeeek! Thankfully, no flies have come to roost. We’ve had ants a couple times, a PITA to get rid of too. Hmmm, I don’t know what you could do that you haven’t already. Hopefully what ever is left will die off with the cold temps. You’re going laugh when i tell you how I kill the occasional fly that makes its way into the camper. Windex, yep the glass cleaner. I spray them with Windex and it’s enough to stun them enough so they fall where they are and then I just wipe up the residue. Quick and easy! Of course those random shiny spots can be a problem … lol. 😉

      • Love it! And I know exactly what you mean about the clean spots. So far our most entertaining method of dealing with flies has been the hand vac. You haven’t lived until you’ve watched a full-grown man lunging around an RV brandishing a hand vacuum, trying to suck flies out of the air like some maniacal fencer with an invisible opponent. (He’s actually getting pretty good at it by now…)

  3. Sadly, in the south, there are far too many types like your unwanted neighbors. Glad you shook it off and were happy campers again soon!

    That fly story is going to give me nightmares, and I don’t even have an RV (yet).

  4. Wendy — After 5+ years of full-time RVing, we’ve definitely seen our share of whacky neighbors. We did leave a campground near W Yellowstone. I posted about this last summer, but will repeat the gist of the experience here:

    We’d looked forward to staying at an out-of-the way RV park and campground outside West Yellowstone. We’d met — and were impressed by — the owners when we’d visited their on-site restaurant and poked around the property, vowing to stay there the next time we were in the area. As a matter of fact, we re-routed ourselves to go there in the summer of 2012. The campground was overrun with groups of families and friends, some in RVs, some in cabins, who seemed to think *they* owned the place. They traipsed through our site, even peering in windows. Yuck! Worse, when we complained, the owners asked us to write out a complaint because “we’ve been trying to get a reason to kick them out.” They offered to let us stay for free, but we left anyway. They didn’t want to run their own property — they wanted their guests to do it.

    Needless to say, we haven’t been back. In this case, my gripe was more about the owners than the neighbors (who persisted in their rude behavior because no one was doing anything about it). And that’s usually the case.

    We remind ourselves that as full-timers, we’re always “on vacation.” Others who visit (especially those we see in the summer or on weekends) might only have a few days to enjoy what we can experience most of the time. We try to give them some leeway — and like you, if the situation is just unbearable (and it sounds like it was in this case!!), we go someplace else.

    • Ellen, thanks so much for you comment. That’s too bad your experience was so bad, especially seeing as you re-routed your trip. 🙁 It’s true, we do try to remember that many of the weekenders have just a couple days to unwind. I’m all for it and up until this experience, never really had an issue. We almost felt like we were initiated into “the club” by moving on because we could. So all in all it was a good thing! 😉 LoL

  5. During the summer we tend to stay away from campgrounds during the weekends… better that way. 🙂

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