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NorthernLimits

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Posted: 06/26/12 10:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is the first I have ever seen of this. This park closes and locks some huge metal gates at 9pm. No one in, no one out. We don't get a key, there is no staff here, the campground host is not here, there is no phone number you can call.

We have been locked in before in places but always were given a key. I got thinking since I am traveling with the older Mother In Law this trip...what if i had an emergency or needed to get out?

And they don't open the gate until 9am. Not that it will mess with our travels because we can't seem to get on the road any earlier than 10 or 11 but this morning I was out there right at sun rise around 6:30 shooting pictures of the sun over the cliffs and hunting reptiles and there was a couple that had packed up early and pulled up the gate and couldn't leave.

Seems like a safety thing to me. There are no exits and it's a LONG walk to the main road.





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Posted: 06/26/12 10:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Local sheriff and fire departments always have keys to get in, or let you out in an emergency.


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Posted: 06/26/12 10:48am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't like feeling trapped. And we have to be back to the camper by 9pm or we can't get it. Well we can, but we have to park outside the park and walk about a half mile to the camper. No emergency runs to the store for milk or anything. Just bothers me.

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Hmmmmm...that sounds kinda funny...at all the Texas state parks we've been at, it works like this--the gates are locked at 10:00 p.m., but they write the lock combination on the back of the vehicle permit...if we'll arrive after that time, we get the combination over the phone from the park staff before they leave at 5:00 p.m.


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Yea, have been in parks like that also. These are huge key locks.

My 10 year old said..."Well, we have a one ton dually and a snatch strap. I don't think that gate will stop us if we really wanted out."

LOL I think he has seen me pull out too many trees and posts on our property.

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Posted: 06/26/12 11:10am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IN many states this would not be legal but not sure about NM. Local emergency response people would HAVE to have a key and I believe THAT is true in all states. It would be reason enough for me to camp elswhere since those tire spikes are NOT an expensive thing to install and would solve the problem to everyones benefit.


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I have actively avoided doing anything that would send me to prison all my life. No way would I voluntarily sign up to be locked in anywhere. It very much is a safety concern, not to mention a pain in the rear to be back at your rig by 9 and not be allowed to leave until 9 the next day. This park will never have the pleasure of my occupancy.

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bigdogger wrote:

I have actively avoided doing anything that would send me to prison all my life. No way would I voluntarily sign up to be locked in anywhere. It very much is a safety concern, not to mention a pain in the rear to be back at your rig by 9 and not be allowed to leave until 9 the next day. This park will never have the pleasure of my occupancy.


The couple this morning were from Texas and were all kinds of miffed off. I even heard the wife ask "Do we have bolt cutters?" LOL

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I had the same thing happen in Dungeness Park in Washington State. We woke up at 3:00 in January to a raging snowstorm and broken tree branches from the 15 inches of snow that had fallen.

When we cleared the campground area we proceeded to the gate only to find it closed and it did not budge. I was desperate, and set to cleaning the gate around the hinges and tried to figure out how I might have to swing it to open it.

Finally I cleaned into the middle of the gate, it was awfully deep by then and dark and snowing like hell. I finally cleaned off the little sign that was completely covered and read it. "To open gate from inside, approach with vehicle to ten feet!" "Ack!!!" Back into the motorhome, drove it forward, and it electrically opened right in front of us from one side to the other!


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Artum Snowbird wrote:

I had the same thing happen in Dungeness Park in Washington State. We woke up at 3:00 in January to a raging snowstorm and broken tree branches from the 15 inches of snow that had fallen.

When we cleared the campground area we proceeded to the gate only to find it closed and it did not budge. I was desperate, and set to cleaning the gate around the hinges and tried to figure out how I might have to swing it to open it.

Finally I cleaned into the middle of the gate, it was awfully deep by then and dark and snowing like hell. I finally cleaned off the little sign that was completely covered and read it. "To open gate from inside, approach with vehicle to ten feet!" "Ack!!!" Back into the motorhome, drove it forward, and it electrically opened right in front of us from one side to the other!
That's funny!

Reminds me a little of this situation: Bad winter morning

* This post was edited 06/26/12 02:31pm by mockturtle *


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