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Old 05-15-2015, 05:45 PM   #1
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Survey; Lost camping spot to rude camper

Just wondering, I was camping recently and reserved a spot the day of with the (state)park office. Went to the site, placed my table cloth w/clips on the sites' picknic table, then proceeded to drive the MH down to the lake and enjoy the sun. When I returned a few hours later, this guy and his family had set up on my site. The parks' office was already closed, so I know he couldn't have checked in through normal channels, so, he just took the table cloth off and set up camp. Upon questioning him whats up, he said he has this site for the rest of the weekend starting tomorrow, so he thought "someone just left the table cloth". I figured he was just a rude lazy sh__. and didn't want to move sites, being he came a day earlier than his reservation. Upon questioning why he just removed the table cloth, he responded "well, since there wern't any chairs" how was he to know it wasn't just left by the last guy.

Is camping starting to slip a bit like I perceive with society in general, or is this just a rare event. Please comment with similar expierences, if any. Thanks

P.S. I helped the guy after a "in disbelief" discussion to an open spot.
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:54 PM   #2
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Its just the way society in general is going. It will change,give it time.I think we are at or reaching a low point either now or soon.
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Old 05-15-2015, 06:08 PM   #3
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We have 100 plus nights in the last 2 years and only have seen something once. A RV camped next to us and came over and asked if we had seen their camp chairs, that they left to mark the site. We said we had not. They walked the CG and found them at another site, the guy said he thought they had left them. So based on our experience about 1% of the people out there are crooks. I do have to say that 95% of the CG we have been at had camp hosts.
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Old 05-15-2015, 07:40 PM   #4
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If you leave your site to dump tanks or "enjoy the lake", make a sign that states - SITE RESERVED - and place it in the middle. Leaving chairs around it usually lets idiots know its taken. Harder to ignore.
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You know there's just some people out there who are so dumb, they don't realize that their not the only people in the world and it's not all about them.
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:31 PM   #6
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Just wondering, I was camping recently and reserved a spot the day of with the (state)park office. Went to the site, placed my table cloth w/clips on the sites' picknic table, then proceeded to drive the MH down to the lake and enjoy the sun. When I returned a few hours later, this guy and his family had set up on my site. The parks' office was already closed, so I know he couldn't have checked in through normal channels, so, he just took the table cloth off and set up camp. Upon questioning him whats up, he said he has this site for the rest of the weekend starting tomorrow, so he thought "someone just left the table cloth". I figured he was just a rude lazy sh__. and didn't want to move sites, being he came a day earlier than his reservation. Upon questioning why he just removed the table cloth, he responded "well, since there wern't any chairs" how was he to know it wasn't just left by the last guy.

Is camping starting to slip a bit like I perceive with society in general, or is this just a rare event. Please comment with similar expierences, if any. Thanks

P.S. I helped the guy after a "in disbelief" discussion to an open spot.
Do they not have site posts on state park sites? If you reserved the site there must be a better way to indicate you've reserved it than to just put a tablecloth on the picnic table.

I've seen people leave stuff like that behind so if that's the ONLY indication you reserved the site I wouldn't call it rude.

At our provincial parks they have posts at every site where you put your reservation ticket. If you had that and he ignored it, that would be rude.
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:45 PM   #7
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When I was completely new, first time out, I went and picked out a site, and then went and registered. Upon returning, I found someone just getting there and claiming the site. He had just stopped and was getting out of his truck, and had not unloaded anything. I showed him our registration. I thought I was going to have to punch the guy out because he was totally rude. He said there were signs directing me to set up first, and then register. There were none, and he couldn't point them out. So being new, I apologized... oh... but that wasn't enough. I finally told him that I truly appreciated his insight and information for a newbie, but that it was time for him to go or else. I had been completely polite and apologetic up to that point. It was time to call his bluff... He left. I never saw them in the park the rest of the week... The only thing I can figure is that it was his favorite spot, and I had already paid for it. He was trying to bluff and bluster his way into getting me to go back and change my spot. Now I know... and try to read all info online before I get there. I pay attention to signs and instructions.


So... maybe these folks are just new to all of this and don't know any better... but... there are thieves out there, and people that have absolutely no consideration for anyone else. I'm definitely no thief, and I do try not to be inconsiderate... I think most RVers are pretty good folks, but if you camp long enough...... you'll run across the other kind.
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:51 PM   #8
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In most parks I have been you get a site slip and post it at the campsite. I would chalk it up to an honest mistake (most people are doing the best they can most of the time).

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The decline I see is that many boomer and later parents don't think rules apply. They blow stop signs with their kids in back, but then expect kids to drive within the law. They bike without helmets but yell at their own kids about not using helmets. Each of us must try to be the person our children thought we were when they were 8 years old.\[off soapbox]

As far as society getting worse, it's a mixed bag. I work with Boy Scouts and truly believe our future is bright. I know great leaders with strong morals who are 16 and 17 years old.
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Use a construction cone and put in middle of site if you have to leave.
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