Whether it’s the friendly neighbors, swimming in the pool, or the many activities the park offers, RV parks can be enjoyable places to stay. With all these amenities and luxuries, it’s easy to feel at home. However, don’t make the mistake of getting so comfortable that you forget you’re only a guest. So can an RV park serve you an eviction for no reason?
Today, we’ll examine how you can avoid eviction from an RV park during your next stay. Let’s get started!
Are RV Parks Private Property?
Like most businesses, RV parks are private property. They exist to make money. It is their right as a business to not only set rules and regulations for their establishment but also to enforce them.
When you check into an RV park or make a reservation, you agree to the park’s rules and regulations. Before making a reservation, you must familiarize yourself with the rules to avoid violating any policies. It’s better to catch these rules in advance than to discover them once you’re already at your campsite.
Can RV Parks Kick You Out for No Reason?
There are many reasons an RV park would kick someone out, but they must typically have a justification. However, if you’ve signed a lease with the RV park for a long-term spot, the park must go through a formal eviction process. The local court system handles this process, where they must show reasonable proof to approve the eviction. Having a lease can help you as a tenant during the legal process.
The RV park and its guests are usually more of a hotel-to-guest type relationship for short-term stays. The RV park has more authority and can serve evictions on a case-by-case basis.
In general, if you follow the rules and policies of the park, you will not have any issues. However, some power-hungry RV park owners look for any opportunity to throw their authority around and evict someone from their park. Don’t believe us? Keep reading!
Pro Tip: Make sure you know these 7 RV Park Rules You Should Never Break before you set up camp at your campground.
Reasons We’ve Heard RVers Getting Evicted From RV Parks
Most RVers don’t expect ever to face eviction from an RV park. However, nobody is perfect, and sometimes people have bad days. Here are some reasons we’ve heard of RVers getting evicted from RV parks.
Receiving a Package
Receiving a package at a campground resulted in an RV park eviction for Jason and Abby from RV Miles in Colorado. The park had a rule for long-term guests that they were not to have packages sent to the park. If they needed to receive a package, they had to make other arrangements. However, Jason and Abby were not long-term guests, so they did not read this rules section.
Jason received a package at the campground, but the park’s office rejected it. The delivery driver noticed his phone number was on the box and thought he would want to come off the property to accept the package.
Despite going off the property, the campground sent them an email stating they canceled the reservation and that Jason and Abby would need to vacate the property the following morning. After confronting them, the campground decided to expedite the eviction and kicked them out immediately. They even called the local sheriff’s department.
As silly as it sounds, receiving a package can lead to eviction at an RV park. Ensure you read every rule before making a reservation. It also helps to read the reviews for a campground.
According to Jason and Abby, this park’s management at the time had a history of reckless behavior and treating guests rudely. When they called a local campground to make a reservation, the campground said they weren’t the first guests to call them after getting evicted from that particular location.
Losing Temper Over Laundry Code
If you have a problem with losing your temper, you must be mindful that it could lead to an eviction from an RV park. Kim from the YouTube channel RoamtownGirl faced eviction from an RV park for losing her temper over the campground’s laundry code. She shares how she didn’t handle the situation appropriately, and she paid the price.
An RV park can evict you if you’re creating any disturbance affecting other guests. Banging on locked doors, behaving aggressively with laundry machines, and talking harshly to other guests are all behaviors that campground management won’t appreciate.
If you behave this way, don’t be surprised if you face eviction from the RV Park.
Having Kids in the RV Park
While there are many reasons, you might expect an RV park to kick you out, having kids isn’t likely one you’d expect. However, for Ben and Charity of Grateful Glamper, that’s precisely why management told them they couldn’t stay at a local KOA using the monthly rate for long-term stays. The ownership at this particular KOA didn’t like families with kids RVing full-time.
The couple was planning to stay for a month while looking for property, but after the interaction decided to only visit for a couple of weeks. After looking at the campground’s reviews, they saw they were not the first to experience frustrations with this particular park being less than family-friendly.
Don’t get caught off guard by a cranky campground manager. Some people like to use their business to cast their beliefs onto others. If you are in these situations, save yourself the trouble, request a refund, and move on. Even if they’re unwilling to refund your money, it’s not worth the stress of dealing with a difficult person in a position of authority.
Parking in a No Parking Zone
Robin, from Creativity RV, headed out to Red Rock Conservation Area outside Las Vegas, Nevada. However, things didn’t go to plan, and it was not a smooth experience. Robin received the dreaded knock on her RV door for parking in the wrong spot and needed to find a new place to camp for the night. Her experience is an example of what happens when you park in a no-parking zone.
While Robin wasn’t in an RV park, there are no parking zones at RV parks. Parking in a no-parking zone, even for a minute or two, can be enough to set off a cranky RV park owner. They might even want to ruin your day by serving you an eviction from their RV park. So ensure you only park in areas that allow parking and stay off the grass.
Pro Tip: How many of these 5 Weirdest Rules You’ll Find in RV Parks do you know?
How to Avoid Getting Kicked Out Of An RV Park
Because an RV park is a private property, there’s no 100% guarantee that you’ll always avoid an eviction. However, there are a few things that you can do to reduce the odds.
Read and Follow the RV Park’s Rules
It’s best to read the RV park’s rules before making a reservation. Most RV parks will post any unique regulations on their website. However, you might not receive the full scope of the policies until you check-in.
Just knowing the rules isn’t enough; you must follow them. No matter how silly some regulations may be, you agreed to follow them when you checked in to your campsite.
Some RV park owners or managers may get a thrill out of catching violators breaking the rules and delivering an eviction. If you think you’ll have a problem following all the rules, it might be best to cancel your reservation and find a new place to stay.
Keep to Yourself
One of the best ways to avoid getting an eviction from an RV park is to keep to yourself. This is effective for various reasons, as it avoids attracting attention. If you keep to yourself, there’s a good chance you’ll fly under the radar, especially if you’re only staying for a short period.
Similar to keeping to yourself, you must avoid drama. Dramatic situations can quickly escalate, and people can act unpredictably. You don’t want to get sucked into a potentially toxic confrontation that could have an unpredictable result. Being involved in a dramatic situation could be enough for the RV park management to give you an eviction notice.
If you see a dramatic situation unfolding, avoid the temptation to join in. Contact the park’s management and report the issue to them. Let them handle the problem, so you don’t get in the middle of a chaotic mess.
Avoid an Eviction From an RV Park
Simply following the rules and being respectful to those around you will significantly improve your chances of avoiding eviction from an RV park. However, no matter how much of a rule-follower you are, some RV park managers can be highly challenging people. Some abuse their authority and enjoy being in control a little too much.
If you’re considering staying at an RV park with a long list of rules, it may be best to find another place. It’s typically not worth the hassle of trying to avoid upsetting the staff at the park.
Have you ever been to an RV park with too many rules? Tell us about your experience in the comments!
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