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Old 05-16-2015, 08:36 PM   #41
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I'd be more than a thorn in the thief's side & the cg host side. They'd be hearing a lot from me especially if $ & reservations were involved. I ain't "rolling over" for anybody!

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Old 05-16-2015, 08:57 PM   #42
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You said "The decline I see is that many boomer and later parents don't think rules apply." The youngest boomers are 51 and the oldest are 69. That doesn't leave too many left to think that rules DO apply.

Maybe you meant GenX (oldest are 50, youngest are early 30's) and later?

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Old 05-16-2015, 09:06 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by rockfordroo View Post

You said "The decline I see is that many boomer and later parents don't think rules apply." The youngest boomers are 51 and the oldest are 69. That doesn't leave too many left to think that rules DO apply.

Maybe you meant GenX (oldest are 50, youngest are early 30's) and later?

He was a Gen Xer. For the record the greatest generation, the WWII guys, would never even think of doing something like this guy pulled. Just sayin'
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:36 PM   #44
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For the most part, overall experiences are still positive with campers, most try to be respectful. It's that low percentage self absorbed, entitled, rude, campers that can ruin an entire outing, especially if you are camping nearby. For the loud ones who yell, let their dogs constantly bark unattended, or insist on consistently loud music I want to pull into their site and just lay on my horn constantly, but that would spoil it for the others.
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Old 05-17-2015, 10:58 AM   #45
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Wow! I guess I'm just to old school if I reserved the site and have a registration ticket the folks in my spot they are moving! Its like many people today they think rules are for the other people, we the normal campers must take a stand. (As calmly as possible)
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Old 05-17-2015, 12:47 PM   #46
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I said boomers and I meant it. The Gen-Xers and later are our children and our responsibility (I'm the tail end of the boomers). Society is what we make of it (we reap what we sow).
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Old 05-17-2015, 01:29 PM   #47
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We have reserved a spot months in advance, get there and check in with CH then proceed to our spot only to show up with people in our spot. let them know we reserved the spot for a full week but they didn't care and were not moving. Returned to speak to the CG only to find out we had been moved to a totally different area from our reservation. We declined and had them give our money back and we went to a different lake and got a good spot on the water even cheeper with a lot better sight. Turned out to be one of our favorite sights still today. We came to find out that CG host was fired after we spoke to the owner because this wasn't his first go round with them letting their relatives come and go as they please taking the choice spots without paying or reserving. We've never returned and won't. Sad
This has only happened to me twice in over 30 yrs but it's twice to much when other mess with your vacation plans. What's up with the ones that take short cuts thru your camp also. Rude people are everywhere. I like TEXAS
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Old 05-17-2015, 01:52 PM   #48
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We had an interesting experience in a small, first-come first served, campground in a N.P. We figured the small c.g. was full but drive through and 'just see'. We paused at an empty site and checked the tag on the post and the date indicated it was reserved. But, the occupants of the two neighboring sites came over and told us they were pretty sure the people had left. Nothing, not so much as a spoon, was left behind. They told us several people had done as we did, get out, check the post, and drive on. We decided to pull in, but not set anything up, so, if someone came back, we could pull out and move on quickly and politely. The assumption all round, was that they had written the incorrect date on the reservation ticket. We waited and finally paid the fee. No one came to claim the site.

However, not too long after we pulled in, we heard a bunch of yahoo-shouting from another nearby site. A carload of young people thought they had scored an empty site. (This is a popular campground with only about a dozen spaces.) In that case, the neighbors were pretty sure the site had not been vacated. The RVers had left a bucket or dishpan on the picnic table but no more. Not much later-- fortunately the youngsters had not put up their tents -- the site occupants returned and explained it was their site. The young people were sad and disappointed, but departed politely.

One more thing that happened. In that same c.g. apparently check-out time is 10 am. We didn't realize this. (Our mistake to not carefully read the rules.) Starting quite early cars began circling the campground. Vacated sites were claimed instantly. In our case a young couple approached us. they had checked our tag date and -- nicely -- let us know that 10 was checkout time. They waited for us to pack up and leave.

My conclusions: leave something obvious, but not valuable, in the site. Make sure it is easily visible from the road. And, something I don't think most people think to do; remove the tag from the post when you leave.
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Old 05-17-2015, 03:55 PM   #49
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Angry Our worst experience....

We had a confirmed and paid reservation at Fairhaven State Park in CNY. The site was a very nice site we had stayed on many times and tried to reserve that one whenever we could. The next site to it was is terrible spot that was usually empty except when the park is full.
Well we arrived at our site and there's this guy and his family all set up on our site with more crap than I've ever seen any camper have. His wife and several children there too. I was surely surprised and had to double check my registration tag I had just gotten at the park's office. Sure enough he was on our site. I got out of my TV and right in front of him walked up to the site marker signs with my registration in hand. He jumped up and ran right inside his camper. I went right up and knock and announced that he was on the wrong site. He finally came out and said I realized after I set up I was on the wrong site. Sorry but I'm all set up, go set up on the one next door......GRRRR so I asked was that supposed to be your site?? After lot's of hemming and hawing he said yes. So I said move your camper, I want my site. (which was right next to my brother and we'd reserved them side by side) He still gave me some grief about having to pick up all his stuff and move and he said "what's the big deal about you just taking the other site?"
I said OK no problem, I'll tell you what, I'll go get the park police and let them sort it out. I started to get into my truck and his wife yelled out to me, "Don't worry he's going to move" and I heard her say to him "see I told you'
He moved.
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Old 05-17-2015, 06:51 PM   #50
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We've actually gone to a site that was reserved for us where someone HAD left a tablecloth on the table (from the previous users)! We've always left a few chairs... and at one place, our teenager to guard the spot . I'd chock it up to "one of those things".

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