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bigorange

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Posted: 06/19/21 11:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lwiddis wrote:

“As I was setting up the guy in the site next to us came over and said "you're early".”

That guy needs something else to do.

Sounds like he should have been getting himself ready to leave by checkout time.


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Posted: 06/19/21 11:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’ve had someone pull up and ask how long I’d be in the site before leaving...even though it was about an hour before checkout. Then proceeded to impatiently wait right there blocking traffic.

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Posted: 06/19/21 11:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I make an effort not to arrive early. It is against my nature but I am aware of my issue and try to find another distraction to delay my journey if needed.


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agesilaus wrote:

You sound like you manage RV parks..heh.
We've run into a couple of parks that had 10AM check out which we thought was a bit unreasonable. And you should be aware that many if not all COE camps have 3PM checkin times and late checkouts, 1 or 2 PM.

I cannot say that we've found most camps to be full, a few are but most seem to be half full at most. We camps at a park right on the gulf a few weeks ago and it had 6 or 8 empty places in a very small park. An one on Gulf Shores, a big park, that was maybe 20% full for example.


Our COE campground has a 3pm checkout and 5pm check-in, works great for us weekend warriors as we can get there after work on a Friday and actually get to do stuff on Sunday before packing up and heading home!


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I am just a weekend camper that used public campgrounds in SW MN, Northern Iowa and, Eastern South Dakota. Check in and out times around here are usually 4 pm.

I did once get to a park on time once and that there was someone in the site. I waited patiently for awhile but, noticed that there was no one at the site. There was no park workers there at that time but, there was a phone number on the door to call. I called it and they were shocked that the other camper was still there. Long story short, the teenager they hired to work the desk screwed up and double booked the site. They offered me a different spot, one free night of camping, and free firewood for the weekend. I was happy with that. They were apologetic but, I just said S##T happens and I was not upset.

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Last week we were doing the "site shuffle" at a NY state park. At the initial check in, we were told we could move to the next site as soon as it was available, but the crew might not be around to clean it for awhile. After we moved, I went to the office to sign in on the new site and pick up our new car pass. I told the clerk the only cleaning the site needed was some trash in the fire pit, and I had already taken care of it. Seemed like little enough to do given all the good memories we've made there.


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We have arrived early a few times. Generally, our site has been empty so no problem at all. If it is not, we leave and return later. We ALWAYS leave before the stated check out time - we see it as being courteous. Once we arrived after check in to a large private CG near Disney World. We had made our reservation almost a year ahead, and I had called a week before we were scheduled to arrive to guarantee the reservation (we paid extra to pick a specific site) was still OK. I was told everything was fine. We arrived about an hour after check in and were escorted to our site that was not only clearly occupied by also clearly no one there planned on leaving. They weren't even there but everything was still totally set up. Chairs out, awning out, awning rug out, everything. We went back to the office and were asked to wait. After over an hour, we were told "apparently the other campers had chosen to extend their stay". Did they get permission to 'extend their stay'? "Apparently the evening staff approved it and they have paid for 3 extra days". Really? No, Really? My next question - "So which site will we use?" Our next answer - "We don't have anything available at this time". You have our money, paid in full for a week beginning TODAY, and NOW you tell us there is nothing available? My next question "So what are you going to do now?" The manager was summoned. He apologized. Once again I asked "What are you going to do now?" I was offered a full refund. I asked that he call around and find me a site at a competing Campground that was similar to the one I had reserved with him. He told me that was "against company policy but I will see what I can do". He disappeared. After 30 more minutes DH, even more annoyed than I, asked to speak with him again. Apparently he really did disappear! No where to be found. After another hour,(as I tried in vain to find another site somewhere else) as my blood was boiling, we were escorted to a site, and told it was absolutely the only one in the whole park. Our RV just fit - but we could feel every car that went by! The man who escorted u s there helped put us in so neither end would be hit by a car going by, but he also said it was really too small (he was great, BTW!). We had to park our toad about 1/2 mile away. We did get a full refund on our credit card from Tropical Palms, along with a written apology, but we most certainly will never go back! I know mistakes can be made, but the way we were treated was unacceptable. No one seemed really surprised or even very concerned. In more than 45 years of RVing, there have been more than a few times when reservations have been lost. One time, I made them for the wrong month! We showed up in March - I had reserved on line for May! The CG was also full, but the KOA in Tampa Florida found a spot for us - a site that was set aside and almost never used precisely for mistakes like mine. They were wonderful. DH and I have been camp hosts at several state parks. Each of them held a site 'in reserve' for 'unexpected circumstances'. We had to take advantage of this a couple of times. Once when the RV in a reserved site would not start and could not be moved to make room for the next camper. Once when a camper became very ill, had to be transported to the hospital and his wife needed to stay until he recovered (fortunately only a few days). Each time the incoming campers were very accepting and understanding. As the original post stated, Check in and Check out times are determined based on what needs to be done by the workers so each of us can enjoy our stays. Courtesy, following the rules, and treating others as you would expect to be treated makes it so much better for us all.


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Posted: 06/21/21 06:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think there is a difference between a camper who ignores the check in/out rules and a management that screws up a reservation, etc.

2Retired - your experience was definitely the fault of the campground. I would wipe that park off my list just as you did.

On the other hand, if a camper just takes someone else's spot, or refuses to leave by check out time, or demands you leave early to accommodate them, then I wouldn't blame the campground.


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We host at different campgrounds around the country, sometimes we have problems with squatters who try to take reserved sites but they eventually leave. There are sometimes issues with campers due out but enjoying the day, fishing or boating and can't be found creating a problem for everyone.
We also have a reservation loop that allows a FCFS for only one day at a time people try to do multiple days with the payslip envelopes, sometimes it works out other times they have to relocate in the park if there are spots available. It uses a iron ranger and refunds are very difficult to impossible. Know the rules and print them out it seems every campground is different.


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We don't stay at campgrounds often, but this last weekend we were at one, and we had a site reserved at a different one starting today in the South Dakota state campgrounds system. ( After not being able to get boondocking sites last year, the DW said never again.) We were going to be at the new campground at 12:30, and checkout is 3:59, check in is 4:00 pm. I was totally prepared to sit for a few hours, but lucky for us the site was empty when we arrived. Before anyone starts whining, if the site is empty in South Dakota, you can have it, if you have a reservation. If it is still occupied, they "own" it until 3:59 pm. at 4:00 pm, it is whoever has rented it.

Yes there are people who arrive early as we did, and try to pressure people to leave so they don't get inconvenienced, but you can tell them to pound sand. I know of one campground host who will also pressure people to leave if they have friends waiting for a site. They always get poor reviews from me. They are the type of host that don't want to be bothered, and do not clean up anything in the sites when the previous people leave.

I had no intention to even say anything to the people of the site we were going to today if they were still there. I just assumed that they would be out fishing, since that is what most people do at this particular campground, but lucky for me they weren't. It was a good Monday! [emoticon]


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