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How to Stop Abusive-Borrowing Campers and Other Human Pests

Updated on May 9, 2014

Is this you?


Look at photo to the right

and ask yourself this honest, serious question: "Is the exhausted woman leaning against her camper me?"

It has been in the past. You know it. I know it. You allowed it to happen and now you are hating yourself more than the worst act of the devil starting from the Black Plague, the Holocaust, the rise of Adolph Hitler and the list of evil goes on and on.

You could be rested, refreshed, and having a world of fun if you had just known how to use some of your common sense to put a stop to probably the worst nuisance in any campground: The Abusive-Borrower.


The boozing-camper


Campers who build giant fires that annoy other campers


The selfish camper watches as your coffee boils over


Before I go on to tell you how

to stop The Abusive-Borrower, please allow me to point-out other types of campers who make it hard for those of us, the quiet, peace-loving campers who love minding our own business in order to have a great time with our families.

Other annoying types of campers are:

  • The boozing- camper is always drinking to such a level of intoxication, that the cops or camping ground security officers have to step-in and caution him to stop it or pack-up and leave.
  • The selfish camper is only concerned about himself, his belongings, and that is it. He can sit idly by and watch your portable stove get too hot and cause your coffee to spill-over. Or he can watch as brave burglars walk into your camping site and "clean you out."
  • The squatter campers who are camping in the same campground, but their tent and gear are not as new as yours, so they watch carefully to see when you and your family leave for whatever reason, and they innocently walk into your camping site and take-over--eating your food, watching your battery-powered television, and other things. If asked by a concerned camping neighbor, these squatter-campers always have the same reply, "Oh, the Johnson's asked us to watch their stuff for them while they were gone and told us to eat what we wanted and watch their television if we wanted." Sadly, these squatter campers mostly get away with their crime.

The squatter campers who move-in and take-over other camping sites


Before I tell you

what an abusive borrower is, I want to tell you what he is not. He is . . .

  1. Not broke. He has plenty of money to buy the things he is borrowing from you.
  2. Not stupid. Otherwise he would not have made this abusive-borrowing scheme work so well so many times.
  3. Not shy. He will approach you even when you have a camping site full of your friends to borrow such menial things as sugar, socks, and sometimes canned goods.
  4. Not afraid of being rebuked for he knows good-hearted campers (like you) are "easy marks," for his sob-stories such as: a wild dog ate all of my meat from my cooler.


Now it's time to tell you how

Put a Stop to The Abusive Borrower . . .

  1. First thing to do is when you set-up your tent and other camping-gear, go direct to the camper who has been "eyeing you" the most and start talking about contagious diseases. And that it might serve him and his family to stay-clear of you and your family just to be on the safe side of catching a fatal disease, going to the hospital, taking painful treatments, and possibly expiring.
  2. Talk openly about your love of being one to stay to yourself and not bother others. Plus how you get upset easily at someone who constantly asks you for things when they are able to get them himself.
  3. Take a male mannequin with you to demonstrate to the abusive borrower how you will treat a camper who keeps on borrowing things day after day until he, the abusive borrower has an RV just brimming-over with your items and items from other campers. Take the male mannequin and body-slam it on the ground. Then unleash a series of punches to the face and abdomen, just to keep him fearful of what you will do if he transgresses.
  4. Stand and meet the abusive borrower with your arms crossed and a hateful frown on your face. Then say before he speaks, "Not this time, Mac!" He will get the message. Then when he tries to soften you up, then say, "I said I am busy." Then turn and walk away.
  5. Allow the abusive borrower to take what items he needs, but before he leaves, hand him an itemized-bill for the goods he has "borrowed." This will end his abusive borrowing.
  6. Look angry at the abusive borrower and say, "No, I do not have enough goods to spare." That is the truth and then point out that you can tell by his brand-new tent from Sears Outdoor Dept., that he looks well-off enough to head to the local camping store only a block away to buy the necessary items.
  7. Be a regular smart alec when this moocher starts to walk toward your camping site. Then as he makes one step over your private area, say sharply, "Just what on earth do you think you are doing?" If the abusive borrower tries to be humble, ask him again and this time even sharper.


Other camping-related hubs you might enjoy:

  • "Roughing-it Will Do You Good"
  • "Eight Ways to Screw-up Any Camping Trip"
  • "Things Not to Do at a Camp Ground"

" Thank you for reading my hubs. "


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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago

      Thank you, sweet DDE. I appreciate you so much. I am honest. You offer me to many words of encouragement that I am indebted to you and do not see a way to pay you back.

      And what does the DDE stand for?

      Thanks, Kenneth

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great advice here and so helpful information.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ sheilamyers,

      This just came to me about your "boozing camper." The next morning EARLY, show-up at his or her RV or tent and yell, "Anyone home? My lecture on Alcohol Abuse starts in five minutes."

      Problem solved. No charge.


    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Evening, mgt28,

      I guess you are right. A self-camper cannot be accused of pilfering with other camper's sites and goods. I am thankful that you pointed this out to me.

      And I am totally-sincere.

      Now for some coffee in about 9 and a half hous.

      Come back anytime.


    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, sheilamyers,

      Great that you haven't encountered an abusive-borrower. Oh, they can pop-up anywhere--apartment buildings, suburbs, college dorms, frats, name it. If you have goods, these people can smell them.

      Thanks for the sweet input.


    • mgt28 profile image


      4 years ago

      I see no problem with the self camper. When you require your privacy you must check if your coffee is not boiling over.

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      4 years ago

      So far, I haven't run into this type of camper, but I'll keep all of your tips in mind. For some reason, I usually get stuck with the boozer-camper as my neighbor.


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