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post Oct 8 2010, 03:41 PM
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Hello all! I have a question on check in time etiquette at “campgrounds”. My family is new to the RV / Camping world. We bought a very nice pop-up camper in August :-). I have two children under the age of 10 so we like staying at campgrounds and not RV parks. I love this site and all the reviews it offers! One thing I have noticed jumping to campground websites is that they all have check in times and check out times. I have to stay in Hotels 3-4 nights a month for one of my jobs so I understand why they have the check in times and check out times. But I have noticed in the last few months most of the campgrounds / state parks have several empty sites during the week and there is no need to rush out of a spot to have the cleaning crew clean it up before a new camper checks in like at a hotel. So, finally my question… Do most campgrounds let you check in early? Is it acceptable to ask to check in early “8:00-10:00 a.m.” when they have a 2:00 check in time?

I work three jobs so time is very precious to me. I usually will only have two to three days off at a time so I don’t want to waste ¾ of a day waiting to check in and set up. I am not a very pushy person or a haggler so I have never asked about it the few times we have camped. I don’t want to offend the campground attendant or park ranger by not following the “check in time etiquette”.

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Dixiefire53   Check In Time Etiquette   Oct 8 2010, 03:41 PM
kcmoedoe   I would expect that a very early check in would re...   Oct 8 2010, 04:48 PM
Denali   I was once told by a campground owner in Arizona t...   Oct 8 2010, 05:21 PM
dalsgal   I would just ask when you call for information, or...   Oct 8 2010, 06:34 PM
Lindsay Richards   Maybe, I am old fashioned, but we check in when it...   Oct 8 2010, 07:45 PM
Dixiefire53   Thanks for the advice and information. I can see ...   Oct 9 2010, 07:11 AM
Parkview   :) As a campground owner, I can tell you that we h...   Oct 9 2010, 11:50 AM
Texasrvers   As others have said I think the main thing here is...   Oct 9 2010, 12:00 PM
dog bone   What I usually do is reserve the site for an extra...   Oct 9 2010, 12:15 PM
Lindsay Richards   We usually try to boondock on holiday weekends. Wa...   Oct 9 2010, 12:24 PM
lauriefla   Many campgrounds will take away your reservation i...   Oct 9 2010, 05:30 PM
Texasrvers   Many campgrounds will take away your reservation ...   Oct 9 2010, 08:57 PM
dalsgal   I am a manager, not an owner, but I would hold the...   Oct 9 2010, 11:25 PM
Lindsay Richards   I think taking a credit card number and having a c...   Oct 10 2010, 08:10 AM
RLM   I suspect that paying in advance on a reservation ...   Oct 10 2010, 03:21 PM
Lindsay Richards   What we did about No Shows is take a credit card n...   Oct 10 2010, 03:30 PM
Parkview   :) Hi again all, We take deposits via credit ca...   Oct 13 2010, 03:13 PM

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