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Old 06-28-2016, 08:07 AM   #11
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What drives me crazy are the retired folks using their “America the Beautiful” senior pass to reserve COE campsites for the entire summer. With the 50% discount they can afford to make the campground their summer home on the lake.
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Old 06-28-2016, 08:24 AM   #12
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I have one of those. COE Campgrounds, with the pass, are about $12 a site or so.

For the summer?????? Summer here is about 100 days or more. I can't afford $1200 to 'reserve' a site at ONE campground just in case I might use it. People do that?

When you 'reserve' at a COE or State Park, you pay for it then.

I realize that there are way 'too many' of us, and way too few nice campgrounds and decent sites. Surely the cosmos will rearrange itself soon to alleviate that. Heck, freeway fuel-available-next-exit signs say "Diesel" on them now, and that never happened just a very few years ago.

I never, ever reserve a site just in case I might need it. I don't know anyone that does. I believe you.......it might happen........but I'd have to doubt it until someone tells me they are doing that. How many sites would a guy do it for? I don't want to stay at one campground all summer.

But if it is done, I'd think that yes, that's bad etiquette.
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Old 06-28-2016, 08:25 AM   #13
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What drives me crazy are the retired folks using their “America the Beautiful” senior pass to reserve COE campsites for the entire summer. With the 50% discount they can afford to make the campground their summer home on the lake.
Pine Tree, I though there was a 14 day limit in a 30 day period at COE Parks! Youroo!!
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Old 06-28-2016, 08:52 AM   #14
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Pine Tree, I though there was a 14 day limit in a 30 day period at COE Parks! Youroo!!
My extremely talkative to the point of unbearable neighbor at my last campsite said that both her and her husband have passes so they can stay 28 days per month.
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:05 AM   #15
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I think part of the problem is that the park offices close so early that there's no one to call to cancel. I tried to cancel once and could not get an answer after 6pm. Luckily my nephew was in the next spot over and told a park ranger. Someone was in the spot within the hour.
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:06 AM   #16
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I have one of those. COE Campgrounds, with the pass, are about $12 a site or so.

For the summer?????? Summer here is about 100 days or more. I can't afford $1200 to 'reserve' a site at ONE campground just in case I might use it. People do that?

When you 'reserve' at a COE or State Park, you pay for it then.

I realize that there are way 'too many' of us, and way too few nice campgrounds and decent sites. Surely the cosmos will rearrange itself soon to alleviate that. Heck, freeway fuel-available-next-exit signs say "Diesel" on them now, and that never happened just a very few years ago.

I never, ever reserve a site just in case I might need it. I don't know anyone that does. I believe you.......it might happen........but I'd have to doubt it until someone tells me they are doing that. How many sites would a guy do it for? I don't want to stay at one campground all summer.

But if it is done, I'd think that yes, that's bad etiquette.
$1200 is pretty darn cheap for a summer home on the lake, don't ya think? Usually these folks are into boating. You can pay almost that amount for just one week at a condo on Lake of the Ozarks.

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Pine Tree, I though there was a 14 day limit in a 30 day period at COE Parks! Youroo!!
Yep, but there are ways around it.

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My extremely talkative to the point of unbearable neighbor at my last campsite said that both her and her husband have passes so they can stay 28 days per month.
If you know all the tricks you can spent the entire summer but it does involved changing sites.
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:17 AM   #17
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I guess my view of life is skewed by poverty and debt! LOL That's a TON of money for me...
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:50 AM   #18
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I get the allure of reservations, this year is the first time we have tried it and admittedly it's comforting to know you have a spot but we can't always plan that far ahead and many times even when we are planning a month or so out those spots are already booked. Fortunately our favorite COE has some of its best spots on a first come first serve basis, we have had to jump spots occasionally spending a night in a less desirable spot til the better ones open. Those spots never spend a weekend empty in the summer.
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To the point of gaming the system, we tried booking a full hook up for 2 weeks in July. There was one spot left available during that 2 week period with the exception of one Saturday in the middle of it, Reserve America says you can't book one weekend day but there it was just that Saturday?
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Our state park reservation system says if you don't show by checkout time on day after scheduled arrival you will lose your site.
Last July 4th weekend, our neighbors arrived late and set up in what they thought was their site. Around 1 pm the next day, another rig stopped and said they had the site reserved. The two drove down to ranger gate to resolve, our neighbors were told to move out of the other guy's site…but by the time they drove around the circle to the correct site, it was taken by someone else. The site had been marked as available earlier that day, and there was no place else to go. I don't think I would have wanted to be a passenger in that rig headed home.


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