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DAS26miles

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Posted: 04/09/12 10:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We made a reservation at a National Park 5 months ago for a double camp site this weekend. We intended to go with our neighbors. The neighbors can't make it. We tried to find other friends and relatives, but with school starting back up and the threat of rain, no one wants to go.
The site says
•Min Num of People: 7
•Max Num of People: 12
•Max Num of Vehicles: 3

Now it looks like just the DW and I will be going with the MH. Can I expect some problems with the camp hosts or rangers? We don't want to cancel, as we have been wanting to do this trip.


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Don't sweat it. I'm sure it happens all of the time.


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Posted: 04/10/12 07:25am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you feel really bad about it, you could offer to pay for the site, if nobody walks in to use it over the weekend. I'm sure that would keep everyone happy (with the exception of your wallet).



In reality, this is why so many of the private CGs ask for deposits and won't give them back.....your reservation (well, you neighbor's reservation) caused them to possibly turn away some other camper.


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Posted: 04/10/12 02:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"I don't know what happened to my friends, they were right behind me!"

Remember the old military adage that it is much easier to beg forgiveness than to obtain permission.

(Of course having served in Strategic Air Command, I remember the axiom there was 'To err is human, to forgive is not SAC policy')


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Posted: 04/10/12 08:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They won't care as long as both sites are paid for. Usually they will not allow you to cancel just one so they will just keep the reservation money, thus paying for both sites.


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Posted: 04/10/12 10:03am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's already paid for. Cost 50% more than the standard site. Cancelling would leave me with no site. Extra cost was not a factor. I have the senior discount National Parks pass. Site cost $15 per night versus $10 .
Just concerned about vacant area. I could put up a tent and extra chairs

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Posted: 04/10/12 01:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Minimum number...7
"Sorry...friends cancelled but we're here and sites are paid for. Which way do I go? Thanks!"

After setting up:
"Ah....this double site sure is nice. No neighbors"

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Posted: 04/10/12 06:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you've paid for the double site you can use it by yourself with only one camping unit. They won't care that 1/2 of the site is vacant if it's already paid for. Enjoy your extra big site!


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Posted: 04/10/12 07:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Or you could tell the park to rent it if possible, then give you your money back if they do rent it.


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Posted: 04/10/12 10:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mockybird wrote:

Or you could tell the park to rent it if possible, then give you your money back if they do rent it.


The reservation was made thru Recreation.Gov. Their policy is to charge a $10 cancellation fee. If made lose to the reservation date, they deduct 1 night also. They usually rent it out quickly either online or at the reservation office.
But I want to use it and will. I've decided I'm not going to drive for 5 hours and give it up. If they give me any trouble, I will just wait near the reservation office and find a nice family needing a site to share mine for FREE.

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