The NACC supports a common sense code of conduct for all RV travellers. As with all lifestyle pursuits, there are benefits but also responsibilities. This Code is an attempt to highlight the positive actions/behaviours which we all expect.
In many towns across the country, water is still a very scarce commodity. Remember that it is the local residents that pay for this water, and in many towns there are strict water restrictions. Always ask before filling water tanks, and where possible offer to pay.
Only wash vehicles in a commercial car wash or designated facility in a caravan park (if one exists). Always check with the park owner if vehicle washing is permitted before commencing.
Parking and camping
Do not park in a manner that blocks a local resident’s access to their property or view.
Do not park in any area that is not signposted accordingly, and only stay for the maximum length of time allowed.
If asked by a Council Ranger to move on, then do so as quickly as possible.
If fees apply to an area, please pay them. Councils have to maintain these areas, and it is reasonable to expect to contribute.
Do not hang washing out around your vehicle whilst stopped in a rest area, especially in a city environment. This creates an unsightly image, and is generally unnecessary.
If you are staying in a caravan park on a non-powered site, do not hook up to power after dark.
If you do need to connect to power after hours for a legitimate reason, then offer to pay for such use.
Do not stop overnight adjacent to a Council structure such as a camp kitchen, and then connect to the power.
Disposal of waste water
Unless permission is granted by the controlling authority, never discharge grey waste onto the ground, especially if parked on an impervious surface such as bitumen.
Wherever possible all grey and black water waste should be discharged into a dump point. Where this is not possible, in extreme cases it will need to be buried in the bush. Choose a site at least 100m away from any campsite and any watercourse. Bury waste at least 15cm (6 inches) deep, mixing the waste with soil to help decomposition. In snow, dig down into the soil, otherwise the waste will be exposed when the snow melts.
Do not discharge the waste directly onto the ground surface as this can create serious health issues. Studies have shown that grey water can be as toxic as black water under certain circumstances.
Do not flush grey and black water holding tanks or their hoses with a hose attached to a potable water outlet. This can cause contamination, not only for your water, but for others using the outlet after you.