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Old 09-26-2022, 04:17 PM   #1
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A bit of a vent but I had to get it out there.

So my wife and I were out and about on Sunday afternoon around 3ish and decided to go check out a CG that we had been to a few times previously but had gone through a few ownership changes and some expansion recently. We are fairly happy with our seasonal site where we are at but we are always on the look-out to see what else is out there.

We were hoping to talk to someone in the office but they were closed so we decided to just take a drive around the CG to see what was new and how many open sites there were.

This was a fairly large campground but being late Sunday about 90% of the campers had already closed up and headed for home. We passed a few people sitting outside but not many.

So we are creeping through looking around and we passed a couple of groups of people sitting around their campfires. We waved as we passed as is customary but it turned out we were on a dead-end/turn about so we turned around and passed the same groups a 2nd time.

As we were passing the first group my wife happened to have her window down and someone yelled out "Slow down!".

I looked at my speedometer when I heard that and we were literally going 6 MPH. If I was going any slower I would've been stopped.

Then as we pass the second group they also shout at us about what the speed limit is. We simply shouted back, "We are only doing 5 MPH. Just looking around."

We've been seasonal campers for many years. Most places have a speed limit sign of between 5 and 10 MPH. The one we stay at is no different. I know how to travel slow through a CG. I also know it's pretty easy to tell if someone is going through at 10/15/20 MPH which we obviously weren't.

This is a CG that we had debated on going seasonal at many years ago. The only things that stopped us were the fact that it's a little farther than we'd like to drive every weekend and the fact that they don't allow golf carts.

The fact that they can't tell the difference between 5MPH and 20 MPH (which is what most golf carts can easily get up to) is probably the reason.

It kind of left a bad taste in our mouths about the place and added a 3rd reason as to why we will be unlikely to take up seasonal residence there.
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That's why we NEVER contemplated going to seasonal sites. The "homesteaders" at these places have a tendency to develop cliques as well as mini HOA's. They actually think they're in charge of fiefdom. My bride says they suffer from Delusion of Grandeur. NOPE, make it point to avoid those places.
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My problem with a 5MPH limit, is my truck idles at about 9 MPH.
Don't want to ride the brakes to keep it at 5. I figure if I am idling, I can have my foot hovering over the brake at all times, allowing for a VERY quick stop if needed.
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We stayed at one campground that the speed limit signs said 5 1/2 MPH. We looked at each other and said really, 5 1/2 MPH? I should have taken a picture!
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We stayed at one campground that the speed limit signs said 5 1/2 MPH. We looked at each other and said really, 5 1/2 MPH? I should have taken a picture!
I've seen that before in various places 7 1/2, 3 1/2,.... They do that so you take notice of the sign. And it worked in your case.

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So...you got all butt-hurt because some folks yelled ''slow down''?

I really don't get it...what's the big deal?

If you're doing the speed limit, tell them to pack sand or just be the bigger person and mind your own business while continuing on.

Good for the people of that campground...they don't have any tolerance for speeding, and they are willing to keep it that way.
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Old 09-27-2022, 07:58 AM   #7
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My problem with a 5MPH limit, is my truck idles at about 9 MPH.
Don't want to ride the brakes to keep it at 5. I figure if I am idling, I can have my foot hovering over the brake at all times, allowing for a VERY quick stop if needed.
I did check that when we got back to our campground. I let my vehicle idle just to see what I would go up to. It was around 8 or 9 MPH.

And it's virtually impossible to distinguish between 5MPH and 8 MPH when someone is driving by.
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So...you got all butt-hurt because some folks yelled ''slow down''?

I really don't get it...what's the big deal?

If you're doing the speed limit, tell them to pack sand or just be the bigger person and mind your own business while continuing on.

Good for the people of that campground...they don't have any tolerance for speeding, and they are willing to keep it that way.
Not butt-hurt. I just thought it was a bit rude considering we were literally doing the posted speed limit.

Before we became seasonal at our current campground while were touring around we had a guy stop and talk to us about the place. We actually ended up becoming friends later on.

At this other place they yelled at us about something we didn't even do. Big difference.
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Good for the people of that campground...they don't have any tolerance for speeding, and they are willing to keep it that way.

It sounds to me like those folks don't have any tolerance AT ALL.
That's not nice.
It definitely wasn't any sort of a welcome to the neighborhood.
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...we NEVER contemplated going to seasonal sites. The "homesteaders" at these places have a tendency to develop cliques as well as mini HOA's. They actually think they're in charge of fiefdom.
I've noticed this myself at several locations. I've even realized that at my bricks and sticks location I notice anyone that "isn't from the neighborhood". And I'm the first to "help" someone that looks "lost". My gut says that I and they are just making everyone aware that someone is paying attention. Think "broken window" theory.

Just my 2 cents and your results may differ.
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Old 09-29-2022, 04:46 PM   #11
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So...you got all butt-hurt because some folks yelled ''slow down''?

I really don't get it...what's the big deal?

If you're doing the speed limit, tell them to pack sand or just be the bigger person and mind your own business while continuing on.

Good for the people of that campground...they don't have any tolerance for speeding, and they are willing to keep it that way.
Really don't think it was a matter of Iwritecode being butt hurt. Instead he just stated the obvious. First impressions are always everlasting.
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Perhaps they were being sarcastic and thought you were going too slow?

Who knows. All it takes is one 'jerk' in the group to make a bad impression.
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This is why you have middle fingers. .
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Perhaps they were being sarcastic and thought you were going too slow?

Who knows. All it takes is one 'jerk' in the group to make a bad impression.
My guess is that the group was well into their daily allotment of adult beverages.
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Old 09-30-2022, 09:58 AM   #15
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This is why you have middle fingers. .
No, that just demonstrates you've sunk to their level. Remember,never wrestle with pigs in the mud because you're both going to get dirty, but the pig likes it.
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My guess is that the group was well into their daily allotment of adult beverages.
I'm thinking Geritol and Metamucil?
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First, let me admit I have an electric bike. My bike can easily reach speeds of 30 MPH but since it is s trike I can also ride slowly along the road. Rarely am I passed by a car or truck but often I am passed by fellow electric bikers. This has become more of a problem than the cars or trucks speeding. I cannot stop my bike quickly it tends to skid and slide instead of stopping in an emergency. Kids use the roads in campgrounds as an extension of their play area and I know I could never stop in time to miss a kid running after a ball or just playing tag, who does not hear my quiet electric motor.
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Campgrounds have a lot of rules, I know why and I do my best to obey them. It's their property, I'm just a guest. I have to say though, it's not easy going 5 but I try.
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I'm thinking Geritol and Metamucil?
Aren't those just Senior Adult beverages?
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I'm thinking Geritol and Metamucil?
I'm thinking Geritol shots (vodka) and Metamucil (bourbon)?
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