I've enjoyed camping for over 35 years, but I've always been perplexed as to why people pack up and pull out Sunday morning. I understand if they have a long drive, etc., but many times that's not the case.
This weekend we camped at a COE that's hard to get into once summer starts. I booked this weekend a month ago, and there were only about 3 sites to choose from. When we arrived the host said the CG was full. Most all posts had tags showing they were reserved for next weekend, and many on Wed. and Thursday.
It rained most of Friday, but trailers continued to pull in all day and evening. Saturday we had rain until 2 p.m. Sunday while we're eating breakfast those who hadn't already left were preparing to leave. By lunch I'd say only 10% of sites were occupied, and some of those were staying the week.
Check-out time is 4 p.m. The way I see it, I've gone to the trouble of packing everything for the camping weekend, and I've paid for Sunday (til 4 p.m.), why use only 1/2 of my time by only staying Saturday and pull out Sunday morning?
The people on each side of us had less than an hour's drive home. This seems to happen everywhere, and every weekend. Maybe you all can enlighten me?
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Well if it was us, we were lots further than that from home, and headed towards next CG via lots of stuff to see. When traveling we usually can tell you the MONTH, but the day of the week will escape us.
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2010 Outback 230RS Toybox, 5390# UVW, 6800# Loaded Not yet camped in Hawaii, 2 Canada Provinces, & 2 Territories I can't be lost because I don't care where this lovely road is going
And they are so paranoid about getting enough sleepy time to wake up refreshed for their stinking JOBS!! And they don't want to oversleep the electric rooster either!
So they hold no value on what really matters - the R&R time with the family, and the enjoyment of actually living for a weekend, so they can get home, clean out the RV, wash stuff, put the thing away, get the kids ready for school the next day, pack their brown bag for tomorrows lunch, and then still have time to sit in front of the idiot box and get depressed before they go to bed!!
OK, it baffles me too.......
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1) they may work long hours during the week and need to do clean up of the rig (because it has to park somewhere else) and washing clothes, etc.
2) they may have to get up early early early Monday morning for work
3) they have kids in their rigs ---- rain as you described would make me go home early!!!
We are one of the early Sunday pull outs. DW and I both work full time (teachers)and have two young sons. We always have A LOT of stuff to fit into a weekend so an early pull out on Sunday is a good compromise to being able to camp during the weekend but still have time at home after lunch on Sunday to get errands done, laundry, shopping etc.. so we are not playing catch up for the rest of the week.
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I always wonder that too. But my wonder is when most everyone on their check out day is gone before I even wake up. LOL But i figure they have their reasons. I know for me, when i reserve a site, I ALWAYS stay until the last possible minute. EVEN WHEN i have to go to work the next day. LOL
I camped with my three children when they were young....most of the time with my mom. Our 3 were born in a space of 3.5 years. We "closed" up the campground though. I figured I had the weekdays after work to slowly work on cleaning out the fridge, doing laundry, etc. I work, and used to travel with my work, but I couldn't make myself pull out of the CG Sunday morning. We like to arrive home around 5:00 or so. To us, that gives us camping time on Sunday, but not too late on Sunday evening to return and get everyone bathed, get a load in the wash, etc.
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Around here checkout time s most often noon, sometimes even 11, and rarely 1:00 pm. So wouldn't be all that early. Now even if this campgropund didn't have that early a checkout once you get used to packing up and being out by noon doesn't seem to matter what time checkout actually is.
Ray, Cheryl & of course Miss Molly the four-legged child