As I perused the the low ratings (I'll always rubberneck a train wreck) in recent reviews I noticed several were given because of the refund policy of the park in regards to early departures. As a park owner, this is a very difficult policy to set fairly. If I give no refunds for any reason, I look pretty darn greedy and mean. If I take it case by case I become a judge to what is reasonable and what is not. If I just give refunds to anyone who asks, I run the risk of having people reserve more days than actually plan to stay (just in case they want to stay a little longer) or they depart because it's raining, or too hot or too cold or the kids are fighting and they leave me scrambling to fill sites. Since I am 100% full during the peak season, I would be turning away advanced reservations for sites that will be empty on very short notice. In my area it is very hard to fill one night reservations, since most visitors to my park need several days to tour the National Park I serve and people really don't want to have to change sites once they have checked in. Secondly, many people know that the area is full and will not travel to the area if they do not have reservations. They do not want to be stuck 50 miles from the next nearest park with no place to stay. Therefore, someone leaving a day early usually means I can't fill the site on such short notice. My policy is I charge a one night's cancel fee provided I am notified before checkout time for that day. If I am notified after checkout, I charge for that day (since the guest was in the site for that day) and a one night's cancel fee. I do not make any exceptions, so people don't have to tell any lies. I also will remove any discounts given for a weekly stay if the early departure means the guest has not met the 7 night stay requirement for the discount. I would think my policy would change (be more punitive) if I did monthly or seasonal stays, since those would be even harder to replace on short notice. One of the posts recommended paying day by day. I would not allow this, for the reasons above, I can not easily fill a site at the last minute. I would only guarantee the availabilty of a site for the length of time it is paid for. I would greatly appreciate everyone's thoughts on what is fair for both sides.