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Mayor30

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Another rule at many of these parks is no early check in. So even if the site is open,you cannot use the site even if you wanted to pay for early arrival.Most commercial parks allow for early arrival or late departure if you pay extra.


If you want to arrive early, you simply make the reservation starting the night before. Even with campgrounds that have a "must occupy the site the first night", they don't cancel your reservation until checkout time the next day. So, if you want to arrive early on Monday, you book for Sunday night - as long as you arrive before check out time on Monday, they consider you to have " occupied" the site for Sunday night. There are few exceptions to this.

I was talking about if you drive 400 miles and pull into a COE campground. Check in time is 5pm. Because the weather was good,there were no accidents,you arrive at 4pm instead of 5. I have read several instances where they not only won't let you occupy your site, they won't let you pull over and wait. You must exit the campground and wait some where else.I agree if you want to arrive at 9am versus 5pm to make a reservation. This is for people that move from park to park towards their destination. It is not always possible to time your arrival perfectly.

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I routinely arrive at COE parks "too early."

The few times sites were still occupied I was offered parking in the lot by the boat ramps; if the occupants had already checked out I've always been permitted to go to the sites. At some parks of course there's no room to pull over and wait.


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Why is the concept of CC only for camping reservations even a discussion point?
How else would you make an online or phone reservation? Promise to send them $46.57 exact change? Lol.
CC would be easier at campgrounds that still only accept cash/check in the little envelope.
Last summer wife didn’t bring the checkbook. Hell, we only write about 5 checks a year.
Had to drive into town for change to pay the bill, lol. Needed boat gas anyway but not the point.
Although I understand it’s not possible everywhere or feasible. If no cell service, it’s hard to have a CC machine.


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Mayor30 wrote:

I was talking about if you drive 400 miles and pull into a COE campground. Check in time is 5pm. Because the weather was good,there were no accidents,you arrive at 4pm instead of 5. I have read several instances where they not only won't let you occupy your site, they won't let you pull over and wait. You must exit the campground and wait some where else.I agree if you want to arrive at 9am versus 5pm to make a reservation. This is for people that move from park to park towards their destination. It is not always possible to time your arrival perfectly.


So you just go park at the day use area for an hour. Or make a shopping or dining stop. Or fill up your tank.

One or two hours isn't really a major problem.

And as a camper, I'd get a bit annoyed if someone parked in fron of my campsite and just sat there for an hour waiting to move into another site.


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5 PM? really? I've seen 2 PM which is a PITA but not 5


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agesilaus wrote:

5 PM? really? I've seen 2 PM which is a PITA but not 5
Yes,5pm at Canyon Lake in Texas and 7 Points, Raystown,Pa

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With the number of public servants stealing cash being prosecuted it's no wonder they want a credit card.


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Priority for federal park reservation system is that they are unable to solve the problem of insiders who block the choicest campsites for their friends.

I was booking a good campsite in the Village at Yosemite NP seconds after it's opening for the next calendar cycle. And lo and behold, by a stroke of incredible miracle, it's all already booked solid.

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Y Sam, I would guess in your case it's the early 2 weekers booking sites before they actually plan to use them and then either letting them sit empty or cancelling later the dates they don't actually want. Got to find a way to end this practice.
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agesilaus wrote:

5 PM? really? I've seen 2 PM which is a PITA but not 5


Yes, some COE campgrounds have a 4pm checkout time. It works great for us as frequent weekenders as it means we can get up and do something at the park rather than just fix breakfast and pack up.


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