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Old 02-14-2018, 03:09 PM   #4261
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So what do you TT members do when you reserve a spot and travel hundreds of miles only to find the last few sites left are too short and have no sewer?
Sewer is not a guarantee- some parks you go into knowing you will likely get sewer, others are a maybe you'll get sewer, others are probably not, and a few are even definitely not (or a minor miracle if you do). One of the parks here in the east has a loaner sewer tote. Our west, none had the loaner and you were expected to deal with no sewer.

As for a site not fitting, in my short years- I've only read of a small handful of times that this happened. Generally, your options are to take boondocking in the parking lot/overflow sites. Hershey's TT park has the nicest setup for that- decent lot with water hookups. Others are literally just a dirt parking area. If it's hot or you're not setup to boondock, you're SOL. But it's pretty rare when this happens.

As mentioned, I do know that some parks will switch to assigned sites or "holding" big rig friendly sites to help those of us with the bigger units. Circle M in PA parked took people to specific last year for Memorial Day. Russian River TT in CA put black bags over pedestals and told us that they were dedicated to big rigs. A long time ago, I called Harborview in VA that I was going to be arriving late on Friday for a July 4th, they put cones into a big rig site for me to keep others from taking it. A little kindness goes a long way.
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:18 PM   #4263
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Doesn't sound too accommodating unless you have time, (retired or full time) have friends willing to stake claim to the sites, or been there before to know what's good and what's bad. None of those things pertain to us, at least right now. We go places we've never been, usually with others that haven't been either and no way to get there on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

Just doesn't seem like a system that benefits most... just some.
I agree and that's probably why TPWD is supposedly changing it. With that being said, MOST of the Texas State Parks are broken down by loops and you could reserve for a specific loop- which mitigated that risk most of the time since certain loops had larger sites and others smaller- and this was typically noted. But, there are some parks that have VERY different sizes and layouts (lots of trees limiting slideouts for example) of sites within the same loop.
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:20 PM   #4264
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Sewer is not a guarantee- some parks you go into knowing you will likely get sewer, others are a maybe you'll get sewer, others are probably not, and a few are even definitely not (or a minor miracle if you do). One of the parks here in the east has a loaner sewer tote. Our west, none had the loaner and you were expected to deal with no sewer.

As for a site not fitting, in my short years- I've only read of a small handful of times that this happened. Generally, your options are to take boondocking in the parking lot/overflow sites. Hershey's TT park has the nicest setup for that- decent lot with water hookups. Others are literally just a dirt parking area. If it's hot or you're not setup to boondock, you're SOL. But it's pretty rare when this happens.

As mentioned, I do know that some parks will switch to assigned sites or "holding" big rig friendly sites to help those of us with the bigger units. Circle M in PA parked took people to specific last year for Memorial Day. Russian River TT in CA put black bags over pedestals and told us that they were dedicated to big rigs. A long time ago, I called Harborview in VA that I was going to be arriving late on Friday for a July 4th, they put cones into a big rig site for me to keep others from taking it. A little kindness goes a long way.
Harbor view was where they assigned a site to us when we arrived.
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:23 PM   #4265
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Sewer is not a guarantee- some parks you go into knowing you will likely get sewer, others are a maybe you'll get sewer, others are probably not, and a few are even definitely not (or a minor miracle if you do). One of the parks here in the east has a loaner sewer tote. Our west, none had the loaner and you were expected to deal with no sewer.

As for a site not fitting, in my short years- I've only read of a small handful of times that this happened. Generally, your options are to take boondocking in the parking lot/overflow sites. Hershey's TT park has the nicest setup for that- decent lot with water hookups. Others are literally just a dirt parking area. If it's hot or you're not setup to boondock, you're SOL. But it's pretty rare when this happens.

As mentioned, I do know that some parks will switch to assigned sites or "holding" big rig friendly sites to help those of us with the bigger units. Circle M in PA parked took people to specific last year for Memorial Day. Russian River TT in CA put black bags over pedestals and told us that they were dedicated to big rigs. A long time ago, I called Harborview in VA that I was going to be arriving late on Friday for a July 4th, they put cones into a big rig site for me to keep others from taking it. A little kindness goes a long way.
Thanks Doug,
Does the TT web site (or literature) break down pretty well what each park has to offer (site wise) so you are not arriving blind?
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Harbor view was where they assigned a site to us when we arrived.
I can believe it. They've always been a quirky little park. When they held the spot for us, that was back in 2012 or 2013. I know in 2014 or 2015, they had the manager from hell- screaming at people and causing a big fuss. By 2016, she got the boot and the new lady who came in was friendly to us. But we only stayed there for a short stay in early April- I think it was one of our Tuesday to Saturday stays as we were making our way north.

I'm surprised they could turn people away. I've never delved into my contract deep enough to verify or debunk it, but people claim that you should be able to show up at any TT park unannounced and they give you a place to stay. At Harborview, their parking lot is big enough that they could definitely house a couple of unexpected member rigs in it.

I liked it there- I know others have mixed feelings.

What I don't like is the Harry P. Nice bridge that crosses the Potomac between MD & VA on 301 that I take to get there. That thing is neither hairy nor nice!
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:40 PM   #4268
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Thanks Doug,
Does the TT web site (or literature) break down pretty well what each park has to offer (site wise) so you are not arriving blind?
Mostly arriving blind. It's inconsistently shared. For Bend, it's hidden on their policies page but for Chehalis where we didn't get sewer (and had heard to not expect it), it's sort of shown on their campground map that there are limited sewer sites.

But honestly, I've never been surprised as I always research the parks I go to ahead of time. It's something that's shared via word of mouth and review sites and whatnot.
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And, my apologies to those following along at home- didn't mean to derail the thread quite so much!
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:46 PM   #4270
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Mostly arriving blind. It's inconsistently shared. For Bend, it's hidden on their policies page but for Chehalis where we didn't get sewer (and had heard to not expect it), it's sort of shown on their campground map that there are limited sewer sites.

But honestly, I've never been surprised as I always research the parks I go to ahead of time. It's something that's shared via word of mouth and review sites and whatnot.
Again, thanks.
As we ready ourselves for a more 'full time' position, the TT idea has crossed my mind. I suppose once you become part of the 'network' some of these obstacles become a smaller hurdle.
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I can believe it. They've always been a quirky little park. When they held the spot for us, that was back in 2012 or 2013. I know in 2014 or 2015, they had the manager from hell- screaming at people and causing a big fuss. By 2016, she got the boot and the new lady who came in was friendly to us. But we only stayed there for a short stay in early April- I think it was one of our Tuesday to Saturday stays as we were making our way north.

I'm surprised they could turn people away. I've never delved into my contract deep enough to verify or debunk it, but people claim that you should be able to show up at any TT park unannounced and they give you a place to stay. At Harborview, their parking lot is big enough that they could definitely house a couple of unexpected member rigs in it.

I liked it there- I know others have mixed feelings.


What I don't like is the Harry P. Nice bridge that crosses the Potomac between MD & VA on 301 that I take to get there. That thing is neither hairy nor nice!

Yes, that is the idea... They cannot turn anyone away. But what I have gathered is that might mean your in the overflow. I inquired when I arrived one time and I got the last site in the CG and they told me three more people were still not there who had reservations (I did have reservations). They told me they are supposed to put the show ups in over flow if full... Apparently they did not follow their own rules.
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Again, thanks.
As we ready ourselves for a more 'full time' position, the TT idea has crossed my mind. I suppose once you become part of the 'network' some of these obstacles become a smaller hurdle.
It's definitely not for every one, but for us- it works. I think it sounds worse until you use it a couple of a times. Or maybe it's bad and I'm easy (or dumb?!).
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We were with Doc in Harbor View over last Memorial weekend and I was very surprised they called me about a week before to be sure we were still coming and what size rig so they could plan who went where, I was very pleased and impressed. At Sea Pines in NJ they have a sign asking people to pick a site that agrees with their size rig, but we all know how that ends up. We also can plan to arrive on a so called off day so we have a better choice to fit our size rig.
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It’s getting to the point that it’s not amazing that this thread is way over 4200 replies.

If we were to weed out the entries of anything NOT seen in an RV Park, kinda wonder where we’d be?

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And, my apologies to those following along at home- didn't mean to derail the thread quite so much!
I forgive you! I was 5 or 6 pages behind on this thread and was about to ask why the title wasn't "Things you discuss when not at the RV park". You might have started the derailment but others kept it going.
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It’s getting to the point that it’s not amazing that this thread is way over 4200 replies.

If we were to weed out the entries of anything NOT seen in an RV Park, kinda wonder where we’d be?

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Eh, no thread is good or complete until at least one good derailment..
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