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Old 08-24-2021, 06:07 PM   #1
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We have always had good experiences with fellow campers until last weekend. We pulled in on Thursday with our camper. Friday we set up a large tent in a shady spot at the back of our large site for step daughter and family who were arriving late that night. Friday evening, a car pulls into the next site and a woman comes over and tells us to move our tent because she picked her site to put her tent under the same tree where our tent was. We told her that tree was on OUR site, not hers. We also had picked our site becauss of the shade from that tree to place our tent.
We walked back and showed her where the lot lines are and that our tent was on our space. She kept trying to intimidate us so my husband called the park ranger to tell her where the lines are, which he did. She argued with him about it! So the ranger comes over and asks us if we could move it just to make peace with her. My husband agreed and moved it in the 100 degree heat, which I did not agree with. Ended up that it was not just this one woman and a tent. Her husband came later with a huge 5th wheel, another camper on the other side of them and 2 tents. I had to look at that woman and that tent on my site all weekend I'm sure she treats everyone else in her life the same way.
How would you guys have handled this?
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Old 08-24-2021, 06:11 PM   #2
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We have always had good experiences with fellow campers until last weekend. We pulled in on Thursday with our camper. Friday we set up a large tent in a shady spot at the back of our large site for step daughter and family who were arriving late that night. Friday evening, a car pulls into the next site and a woman comes over and tells us to move our tent because she picked her site to put her tent under the same tree where our tent was. We told her that tree was on OUR site, not hers. We also had picked our site becauss of the shade from that tree to place our tent.
We walked back and showed her where the lot lines are and that our tent was on our space. She kept trying to intimidate us so my husband called the park ranger to tell her where the lines are, which he did. She argued with him about it! So the ranger comes over and asks us if we could move it just to make peace with her. My husband agreed and moved it in the 100 degree heat, which I did not agree with. Ended up that it was not just this one woman and a tent. Her husband came later with a huge 5th wheel, another camper on the other side of them and 2 tents. I had to look at that woman and that tent on my site all weekend I'm sure she treats everyone else in her life the same way.
How would you guys have handled this?

Told her and the ranger #SAND and ask for my money back.
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Old 08-24-2021, 06:16 PM   #3
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We have always had good experiences with fellow campers until last weekend. We pulled in on Thursday with our camper. Friday we set up a large tent in a shady spot at the back of our large site for step daughter and family who were arriving late that night. Friday evening, a car pulls into the next site and a woman comes over and tells us to move our tent because she picked her site to put her tent under the same tree where our tent was. We told her that tree was on OUR site, not hers. We also had picked our site becauss of the shade from that tree to place our tent.
We walked back and showed her where the lot lines are and that our tent was on our space. She kept trying to intimidate us so my husband called the park ranger to tell her where the lines are, which he did. She argued with him about it! So the ranger comes over and asks us if we could move it just to make peace with her. My husband agreed and moved it in the 100 degree heat, which I did not agree with. Ended up that it was not just this one woman and a tent. Her husband came later with a huge 5th wheel, another camper on the other side of them and 2 tents. I had to look at that woman and that tent on my site all weekend I'm sure she treats everyone else in her life the same way.
How would you guys have handled this?
I would have not moved the tent. It’s clearly on your rented space and the ranger should have never asked you to do so. The ranger should have kicked her out after she kept arguing. That way you would not have had to make peace with her, nor would others have to put up with her.
This type of person is used to getting their way because everyone gives in. I prefer to not be an enabler of this type of behavior. The more resistance to her nonsense that she runs into, the less she will act like this. The less, the more she will act like this.
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Completely agree with the above. I would have never conceded. ESPECIALLY to some jackleg with an attitude problem.
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We just had the opposite experience. We are in an upscale RV Resort and the sites are not tight, but still close. So the friendly folks who were on the site next to us left and another rig came in later that day. Our door faces their door as we have a class c and they had a pull behind.
I came out our door and the lady was standing next to their unit. I said a friendly Hello. All I got was a stare and then the back of her head. ??
Oh well, some folks can have a day day. Every day must have been a bad day for them. She and her hubby were there three days and never said a word to us. My DW actually spoke to the man early the next day and got the same treatment. It was a little strange as our patio was face to face with their patio. So when everyone was sitting outside it was very quiet. We finally just lived our life and had our conversations and ignored the fact that they were very unfriendly.
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Old 08-24-2021, 06:55 PM   #6
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As mjbenedict stated, I would not have moved the tent either.
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Old 08-24-2021, 06:56 PM   #7
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I had an issue with a neighbor one time. I say one time because after nearly 30 years of camping this is really the only issue. It got to the point where I was going to do something I would likely regret and law enforcement would have been involved. I used better judgement and left and filed my complaint. It isn't worth being a tough guy and have to put up with a holes and risk the inevitible once the alcohol starts flowing.
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As mjbenedict stated, I would not have moved the tent either.
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Because of her argumentative nature, usually I let things slide but for her, no. You paid for your spot.
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Old 08-24-2021, 07:34 PM   #10
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This thread sort of reminds me of an incident during my much younger days tent camping at Yosemite when the site next to ours became obnoxious. Later that evening I tossed an open can of tuna fish on the side of their tent. The bears convinced them to leave.
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Now that is funny!
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Old 08-24-2021, 09:29 PM   #12
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Your beef should be with the Park Ranger.

If in fact, your tent was on your site, the Ranger should have made that perfectly clear to the obnoxious neighbor. He let her win.

If her verbal abuse was enough to keep him from doing his duty, he should be held accountable. Their job is to enforce the rules, not give in and ask others to make concessions because of inability to enforce.

I'm sorry you had to deal with two imbeciles on your camping trip.
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If a ranger made me move a tent and someone like this put their tent in that place i would encourage my dog to make their tent his favorite piddle spot. He'd get a treat after every trip too.
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Old 08-24-2021, 10:57 PM   #14
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Hard to believe your tent was on your site if the Ranger's suggested solution was for you to move your tent.
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If a ranger made me move a tent and someone like this put their tent in that place i would encourage my dog to make their tent his favorite piddle spot. He'd get a treat after every trip too.
One way or the other. It would have become my favorite "piddle" spot.

Ranger definitely wrong. Probably coerced to do a "professional favor". Just saying.
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Sadly it is the feeling of entitlement that many people are getting now - entitled to things that they are not entitled to. I think I posted here about the person who would not vacate a campsite when their reservation expired. End of the story is that the park ranger gave me a list of available sites and said I could pick the best one (he did offer to kick the offender out of the site, but they had left in their tow vehicle and not known when they would return). I ended up in a much nicer campsite with an actual watered and green lawn rather then the dry desert like site the previous person refused to vacate. Karma is great sometimes!
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They would have been worthy of a double barrelled middle finger salute.
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Old 08-25-2021, 07:47 AM   #18
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You could have negotiated a deal with her. If she wanted that tree area so bad, advise she can pay you whatever you paid for your stay. Like sub-renting.

Mean people suck.
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Sounds like a thread in support of boondocking.
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Sometimes, you can win the battle but lose the war. The ranger should have told them that your tent was on your campsite, and if they didn't stop bothering you that they would be evicted. Period. But then you have a bitter, cranky person next to you for the rest of your stay. There are unstable folks out there who can do crazy things. Truly a no win situation. Sorry you had such a bad experience.
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