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Old 07-14-2017, 11:55 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by rockfordroo View Post
Exactly! As proof, just read the previous posts with everybody posting methods to beat the rule!


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Old 07-14-2017, 11:59 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by rockfordroo View Post
Exactly! As proof, just read the previous posts with everybody posting methods to beat the rule!
I have never been on a premium site ever. I did post a work around but most places I stay the premium sites are booked every Fri-Sun for the entire season. I have friends who book 11+ months in advance.

I simply choose a site because it is available and I live full time. $10 is much cheaper than all others.

I am saving for a house and 10-20 acres down payment then I will end my FT status.

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Old 07-14-2017, 12:05 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by TreeLady View Post
I wish state parks would do this also but register the trailer license. We have state parks in Ohio that have lake front and full hook ups. They are always reserved. There is a 14 day limit but the same trailer never moves the entire season. Makes me wonder if they just reserve it under someone else's name every 14 days on the first of January for the entire season. Maybe I have to learn to be faster on making reservations on January 1!!! I just would like to be able to stay a week in that spot.
You could mess up thier plan by reserving the site one day a week for five or six weeks.
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Old 07-14-2017, 12:13 PM   #24
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I have an account at/with Isn't that the reservation site for these campgrounds? Set-up another account in a different name and use that. PO box? Business address? etc. Yes. It is cheating, but it isn't a bad cheat...
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Old 07-15-2017, 08:00 AM   #25
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You know that many of these homesteaders and squatters think of themselves as full-timers don't you?

We've been seeing it more and more all over the country. Most recently near Seattle and Portland in the county parks during our spring trip up that way. But also last winter down in Florida.

Kind of sad to see a single mom living out of her car with a couple kids and a small tent show up at the campground and seem to not know the first thing about what to do.

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Old 07-15-2017, 09:39 PM   #26
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Went to a NFCG a couple of weeks ago the locals just park their trailers there for the summer. Sure would be nice if they enforced the 14 day rule so some of us non-locals could camp.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:37 AM   #27
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We just returned from a one month trip visiting Federal Lands/Parks in Michigan. Came across a new rule posted on the campground kiosk. The rule states that you may only stay 14 days in any one 30 day period in ANY federal campground. We actually drove to the park headquarters to get the readout on it ( I talked to the camp hosts that were not clear on the rule ) and indeed the ranger stated that you cannot camp again in a federal park until you pass that 30 day period. In other words at the end of 14 days we can't just move to another campground in same federal park, nor can we move to another federal park. He did state that if we moved to another federal park ( we were at Huron National Forest ) that he didn't believe that another ranger at another national park or forest would even know if were there or boot us out . So we took the chance and moved to the Manistee National Forest. The ranger stated it was because people were homesteading instead of camping and therefore no one else could get into some campgrounds.
I think there is some confusion on the Rangers' part. In Salt Springs in the Ocala National Forest here in Florida they allow "seasonal camping", 3 months at a time in certain months of the year. What that rule might be for some national parks it might not be true for others including National Forests.

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Old 07-17-2017, 05:38 AM   #28
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Old 07-17-2017, 05:57 AM   #29
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Local CG we like to go to during the summer, about 3 years ago, there was a group of about a dozen campers that moved in the same spots, about 2 weeks before the CG even opened...(no clue how they pulled that off)...but they would homestead until the end of October when the CG closes. They put up temp fences, small storage boxes, pile of firewood that had to be 4 or 5 cords. New camp host this year...that actually "Enforces" the 14 day rule and made these campers move every 14 days. Took till about mid June for this group to get the hint and they left completely and haven't been back yet.
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Old 07-17-2017, 06:14 AM   #30
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We were better off when you just showed up for a camp site and did not have do the reserv on line. Ya hate folks that abuse the system. Later RJD

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