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dalsgal
post May 16 2013, 07:49 PM
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When my husband and I were traveling in our RV we always stopped at a campground office to check in. If it was after hours we still stopped to see what their policy was. Did they want us to fill out something and drop cash in a drop box? Did they want us to call them for check in? Did they want us to park and pay before we left? No matter what, we always stopped to see. We manage a campground now and, at the office, is a stop sign. On the door of the office there is a sign that says everyone must stop and check in, no matter what time of day or night. I have had more and more people just go park, even in the middle of the day, and when questioned they tell me that every park has that policy. What do you folks find when you travel? Do you stop to check on the policy or do you park and then go find out what the policy is?

I had a man tonight that said he figured we were closed and he didn't see anyone around. I was in the office and he ran the stop sign and never slowed down to see if I was inside.
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post May 17 2013, 06:25 PM
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QUOTE(Nolan @ May 17 2013, 10:54 AM) *

10 AM is pretty late to have the office open. Might want to rethink that one.

We call ahead to see if there is a site and to be sure it's big enough for all our stuff. Fortunately we have never had to come in late. Like to be parked by 5 PM at the latest. I really dislike it when an RVer comes in at 10 PM or later to park. Banging doors and yelling at one another as they get parked. If you are coming in that late find a Wal-Mart or truck stop and stay there for the night.

We have done some workamping and in the winter I work in an office so am on call on evenings/nights that people come in after hours. However the winter job has a gate so they have to call unless they follow someone in.

At summer campgrounds that we have worked at have heard stories from owners/managers of people coming in after hours and then trying to leave early in the morning to not pay. Have had several who got up early in the morning going around with a list to see who came in after dark wrote down license number just in case they tried to leave without paying.



I work 9 hours a day as it is. If people had their way I would never leave the office. I am on call 24/365 and am always available for people to check in. I think that is sufficient for people wanting to camp here. This is a small CG and my husband and I are the only employees. The office is closed on Sundays except for people wanting to camp here and I can't leave the property without having calls forwarded to a cell phone. I don't mind getting up in the middle of the night to check someone in but I don't want to have to be out there at 6 or 7 AM so that someone can pay in the morning. I do have grass to cut, bathrooms to clean and other duties that I like to do before I open at 10 AM.

In TX there is a law called theft of service. If you leave without paying you can be prosecuted. The bad part is the two times I have tried to do that for someone the Sheriff's department tells me it is a civil matter and they won't do anything about it. They don't want to bother with helping us. The DA agreed that we had a case this last time but the head Sheriff said our policy is not proper (the tenant signed and agreed to the policy) and he convince the DA to do nothing. I have spent hours already trying to get something done.

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dalsgal   Check In At Campground   May 16 2013, 07:49 PM
pianotuna   Hi, If you wish them to stop then install one of ...   May 16 2013, 08:13 PM
dalsgal   Hi, If you wish them to stop then install one of...   May 16 2013, 09:07 PM
Fitzjohnfan   We always check in, in some way, and I woul suspec...   May 16 2013, 08:51 PM
Ted Morgen   We always check in, in some way, and I woul suspe...   May 17 2013, 10:14 AM
Nolan   10 AM is pretty late to have the office open. Mig...   May 17 2013, 09:54 AM
edcornflake   I don't know that I've gone anywhere witho...   May 17 2013, 12:03 PM
Lindsay Richards   We always stop and almost always call ahead. I sus...   May 17 2013, 05:16 PM
pianotuna   Hi dalsgal, I'm sorry the gate idea won't...   May 17 2013, 05:59 PM
dalsgal   10 AM is pretty late to have the office open. Mi...   May 17 2013, 06:25 PM
Nolan   I work 9 hours a day as it is. If people had the...   May 19 2013, 10:25 AM
Fitzjohnfan   Ok, I have two small, relatively inexpensive possi...   May 17 2013, 07:12 PM
dalsgal   We could do the locks but they could still hook up...   May 17 2013, 07:39 PM
docj   This might be more work than you want, but it woul...   May 18 2013, 09:44 AM
pianotuna   Hi, How about removing the handles from the bibs?...   May 18 2013, 04:45 PM
Dutch_12078   It looks like the biggest problem is not just find...   May 18 2013, 06:52 PM
docj   I understand that the owners don't want to put...   May 18 2013, 08:28 PM
Lindsay Richards   Just shoot a couple of drive offs and word will ge...   May 18 2013, 08:35 PM
Fitzjohnfan   Just shoot a couple of drive offs and word will g...   May 18 2013, 11:03 PM
dalsgal   Especially loved the "shoot em" suggesti...   May 19 2013, 06:56 AM
kcmoedoe   Unfortunately, the owner is correct in this situat...   May 19 2013, 10:06 AM
jim crowl   I have always stopped at the office to check in up...   May 19 2013, 05:32 PM
Lindsay Richards   Jim Crowl, unfortunately the world you and I grew ...   May 19 2013, 05:38 PM
dalsgal   "Where is your husband in all this? Husband w...   May 20 2013, 09:57 AM
Nolan   "Where is your husband in all this? Husband ...   May 21 2013, 05:29 PM
Texasrvers   I sympathize with your situation. The owners real...   May 20 2013, 11:06 AM
dalsgal   Everyone knows that if they need me they can use t...   May 20 2013, 01:25 PM
Glenn Norton   Have you tried using traffic cones to block access...   May 20 2013, 05:02 PM
dalsgal   Yes we have used cones. They just get out and move...   May 20 2013, 05:37 PM
FosterImposters   We encountered a park, in which the check-in proce...   May 20 2013, 06:16 PM
Glenn Norton   Yes we have used cones. They just get out and mov...   May 21 2013, 01:49 PM
edcornflake   What about a fake camera (available at home dpot f...   May 21 2013, 12:10 PM
Lindsay Richards   My shoot a couple and let the word get around is b...   May 21 2013, 05:49 PM
dalsgal   Lindsay, we did get accused of greeting people whi...   May 21 2013, 06:25 PM
QueenofQuitealot   As I see it, your complaint is late arrivals who l...   May 28 2013, 01:19 PM
dalsgal   The people that sneak in come in around 11 or 12 a...   May 28 2013, 02:24 PM
Texasrvers   Some of this is going to sound a bit harsh. But ...   May 28 2013, 03:27 PM
Tom   Some of this is going to sound a bit harsh. But...   Jun 10 2013, 08:41 AM
pianotuna   Hi dasgal, You are being taken advantage of. Unle...   May 28 2013, 04:43 PM
kcmoedoe   Hi dasgal, You are being taken advantage of. Unl...   May 28 2013, 05:37 PM
RanMan   dalsgal, I am a park owner and I was surprised whe...   Jun 3 2013, 02:30 PM
puddleduck   dalsgal, Another park owner chiming in here. I thi...   Jun 8 2013, 08:50 AM


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