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Roy&Lynne

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Posted: 06/23/19 12:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just wondering about paying for public campgrounds. I am thinking mostly about places like Forest Service and BLM campgrounds that may just have a pay box and not an office. Do you bring cash, pay with checks or credit card? I can see disadvantages to each of them.


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Paying the iron ranger is the only thing I still use checks for. Not for any purpose, other than the amounts seldom total up to a convenient cash amount.

Some may think, ah by paying check, if the ranger/manager claims to have not received payment I can void that check and write another one. Well, at least my bank charges quite a sum to void a check, and it's a process. Lost money either way.


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We always have written a check. There are usually instructions on to whom it should be payable.
This has two advantages.
I does not deplete our supply of cash
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If the box (or iron ranger) gets broken into (as happened once), the check is of no value to these cretins.

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We pay by check as we don't usually carry cash.


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We always pay by check in an unattended iron ranger. Case in point, two years ago we camped at Wilderness Gateway along the Lochsa River in north central Idaho. A friend was a CG host at a nearby CG and let me know, after telling her that our check, written 6 months back, had not cleared. She said theives came through and busted into the iron ranger, ripping open all the envelopes and taking only the cash, leaving checks all torn up. Sadly that was a free night for us and at such a nice campground. I would gladly pay for that night if we ever went up that way and met with the ranger. FS has a small budget to keep their CGs nice.


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Posted: 06/23/19 12:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check...because I put a $20 bill in one once and never did give me any change back[emoticon]

Seriously check... cuz we've seen kids trying to fish money out with coat hangers. And easier to reconstruct your travels at a later date.

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cash

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path1 wrote:

Check...because I put a $20 bill in one once and never did give me any change back[emoticon]


I booked a week long site for myself and some family, with an extra vehicle and the total was $86, so I put a $100 in the ranger having forgotten the checkbook at home.

Next day the host came by, gave me $14 in change. I was very surprised.

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Matt_Colie wrote:

We always have written a check. There are usually instructions on to whom it should be payable.
This has two advantages.
I does not deplete our supply of cash
And
If the box (or iron ranger) gets broken into (as happened once), the check is of no value to these cretins.

Matt
Friends had a thief steal a payment out of their mailbox. The person washed the check and printed a bunch more and cashed them all over town. It took them two years to straighten out the mess. The gal that stole the check was doing this all over town and was making close to 30g a month. The judge gave her a slap on the wrist and probation. Sure taught her a lesson didn't they.

If you write a check they make a ink pen that cannot be washed and I would write on the back for deposit only.

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Carry cash and do not expect change.
A pay box was the norm for about 75 years.
A lot of resident managers are a pain in the butt. Those sites always cost more.
Forest Service and NPS campgrounds are out of date and do not accomodate RVers well at all.

* This post was edited 06/23/19 09:17pm by ppine *

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