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garmp wrote:

when on a time schedule and just need a night over and some stretching time it becomes a real pain.


If you are just crashing for the night, that's not really the target market for busy public parks.

With public parks, it's not just about maximizing profits but maximizing access for the public. A site used only on Saturday likely won't get used the rest of the weekend.

Less busy parks are usually a little more open but as a govt entity, they may follow the letter of the law unlike a private park which can make an exception to the rule.


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I can understand the logic of 2 nights on weekends, as far as the park mgmt goes. If I owned/operated an RV park, I would do the same.

HOWEVER...it always galls me to see an empty site when the park sign says FULL. These are people who booked and paid for 2 nights and didn't show up. Park mgmt says "but they paid..."

They have knocked someone else out of using the site!

I think it would be fair to open that site and re-rent it IF the original renter did not show up the first night.

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you are lucky, wisconsin is now 2 night reservation anytime

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We've never had COE parks require 2 nights until this year. Although they are different park than the ones we used before.
I guess COVID changed everything, either directly or indirectly.


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Our favorite park in San Diego is usually booked solid on the weekends but has room during the week. When we try to plan a trip months ahead of time to spend a week or two it is difficult to find a space for our long trailer due to the weekenders. It gets frustrating even with the two night minimum.


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azdryheat wrote:

Our favorite park in San Diego is usually booked solid on the weekends but has room during the week. When we try to plan a trip months ahead of time to spend a week or two it is difficult to find a space for our long trailer due to the weekenders. It gets frustrating even with the two night minimum.


Those pesky weekenders that have to work Monday thru Friday? How dare they make it frustrating.

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I went to reserve a Sunday night at a NY State Park and when I got to the check out screen it told me I needed to reserve 2 nights ( Sun and Mon) . Didn't fit with my schedule and I wasn't going to pay for something I wasn't going to use. So I booked at a local private CG at less cost than the 2 nights at the State Park.


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JoeH wrote:

I went to reserve a Sunday night at a NY State Park and when I got to the check out screen it told me I needed to reserve 2 nights ( Sun and Mon) . Didn't fit with my schedule and I wasn't going to pay for something I wasn't going to use. So I booked at a local private CG at less cost than the 2 nights at the State Park.

I have run into various versions of having to book an extra day. Sometimes you can find an alternative spot or can adapt your schedule.
However often booking an extra day is the easiest solution.
An extra day at state park rates isn't a deal breaker for me vs. rearanging my schedule or staying someplace I don't want to be.
I will often book an extra day just so I can check out later vs. having to be out at check time. I prefer to leave at my leisure vs. leaving before I'm really ready.


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A few years ago we traveled with another couple in our respective rvs. We wanted an overnight stay in a La. state park. The park had plenty of openings but they made us call in to a number off site that charged us for making a reservation.
What a rip off.

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Spade Cooley wrote:

A few years ago we traveled with another couple in our respective rvs. We wanted an overnight stay in a La. state park. The park had plenty of openings but they made us call in to a number off site that charged us for making a reservation.
What a rip off.
That is the same thing that happens here in South Dakota. A couple we camp with a lot used to pick an empty site and then have the campground attendant (an employee) book it. The out of state reservation company told the state they couldn't do that anymore, they were losing too much money. So it's probably not the states fault.


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