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cptqueeg

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Posted: 10/17/21 08:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife and I were at Yellowstone the past few days at NPS campground Madison, which is run by Xanterra. It was pretty cold and snowy for several days, not extreme, but a little "rough" for mid-October.

The campground rules are no generators btwn 8pm - 8am. There were many in the campground that ran their generators intermittently all through night. My question is this:

Is this complete disregard for the rules and FELLOW CAMPERS acceptable in light of the conditions?

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Posted: 10/17/21 08:59am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

cptqueeg wrote:

My wife and I were at Yellowstone the past few days at NPS campground Madison, which is run by Xanterra. It was pretty cold and snowy for several days, not extreme, but a little "rough" for mid-October.

The campground rules are no generators btwn 8pm - 8am. There were many in the campground that ran their generators intermittently all through night. My question is this:

Is this complete disregard for the rules and FELLOW CAMPERS acceptable in light of the conditions?


IMHO NO!!! Those that are camping should have enough sense to make sure they have a battery bank good enough to last through the night. Throw on an extra quilt, turn the thermstat to 50F and most any battery will last through the night even if it dips below freezing.


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Posted: 10/17/21 09:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Welcome to the world of "entitlement" and "unprepared".
That is why I rarely camp in campgrounds.
Actually, pretty normal weather, for there, which is why it shuts down this time of year.
In my experience, the more expensive the RV, the ruder people are. YMMV

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Posted: 10/17/21 09:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

cptqueeg wrote:

My wife and I were at Yellowstone the past few days at NPS campground Madison, which is run by Xanterra. It was pretty cold and snowy for several days, not extreme, but a little "rough" for mid-October.

The campground rules are no generators btwn 8pm - 8am. There were many in the campground that ran their generators intermittently all through night. My question is this:

Is this complete disregard for the rules and FELLOW CAMPERS acceptable in light of the conditions?


Well Captain,

You don't give much for the specifics of the conditions. You also allow that those that ran generators ran them intermittently.

It would seem to me that those that did run generators were doing their best to not inconvenience the others there and still survive the night. There are more than one reason that they may have had to fire up the generator. One of the top ones to me would that Fishing Bridge is probably closed along with the other campgrounds that can supply electric.

Now, if they had run the generators all night, that would be a different story altogether.

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Posted: 10/17/21 09:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Matt_Colie wrote:

cptqueeg wrote:

My wife and I were at Yellowstone the past few days at NPS campground Madison, which is run by Xanterra. It was pretty cold and snowy for several days, not extreme, but a little "rough" for mid-October.

The campground rules are no generators btwn 8pm - 8am. There were many in the campground that ran their generators intermittently all through night. My question is this:

Is this complete disregard for the rules and FELLOW CAMPERS acceptable in light of the conditions?


Well Captain,

You don't give much for the specifics of the conditions. You also allow that those that ran generators ran them intermittently.

It would seem to me that those that did run generators were doing their best to not inconvenience the others there and still survive the night. There are more than one reason that they may have had to fire up the generator. One of the top ones to me would that Fishing Bridge is probably closed along with the other campgrounds that can supply electric.

Now, if they had run the generators all night, that would be a different story altogether.

Matt


So regulations are just for "some" people???

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Posted: 10/17/21 09:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rules are rules. Don't like the rules? Leave.

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Posted: 10/17/21 10:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

But to put a positive spin on it, had folks not been running their generators, it wouldn’t have provided content, for people with nothing better to complain about, to complain about…..


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Posted: 10/17/21 10:16am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don’t know the individual situation of those campers but under the conditions I give them a pass for the night.

Did you speak to your neighbor in the morning to see if they could use some help?


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Does the written rule have written conditions for when it does not apply? Such as except when it snows, or rains, or is colder than 50 degrees, or there is a full moon, the bison are all laying down, etc. That's your answer....You should of called in the Rangers and reported every single violator.

Seriously if that bothered you it's probably time to stop going to campgrounds. Rule violators are only going to increase in number.


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Posted: 10/17/21 11:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

cptqueeg wrote:

Is this complete disregard for the rules and FELLOW CAMPERS acceptable in light of the conditions?
I'd probably let it slide, but, it's a complete disregard for having enough battery to get through a cold night...and possibly the weather forecast.

If these people need hookups then that's where they should be.

* This post was edited 10/17/21 12:01pm by 2oldman *

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