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Posted: 06/16/21 12:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pitch and Profdant both bring up excellent situations.
Pitch, don't feel "but" or "bad". I absolutely hate when double dipping happens on campsites. The All American Greed Factor.

We always try to put the tag etc. in a baggie just in case. Also, we don't have the problem because our fiver is sitting in the site, but always recommend to tent campers, van dwellers etc. always let something sit on the site and make sure your occupancy tag is where it is supposed to be.

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WhitehouseLV wrote:

cptqueeg wrote:

Locals here become friends w the hosts at non-reserved FS campgrounds so they get a call when something opens. The host typically puts the lawn chairs out to hold the spot until the camper shows up.


sounds like a good approach


Home field advantage. It seems a little selfish to me.

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Yup. Tough enough to get a FCFS campground anywhere without someone taking advantage. Selfish is right the word.


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Home field advantage. It seems a little selfish to me.

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Some people get a little power or responsibility, they use it irresponsibly. THEN, we campers wonder - or maybe not wonder - why the system does not work as designed.

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I agree! shouldn't be like that


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First COME first served should mean just that.

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First come - first served is a terrible way to operate a campground. If I'm gonna drive all day I want some assurance I will have a place to park at the end of the day.


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azdryheat wrote:

First come - first served is a terrible way to operate a campground. If I'm gonna drive all day I want some assurance I will have a place to park at the end of the day.


Then you need a reservation before you go, or don't drive all that way. Some folks like free-travel camping. We like FCFS. Should be some of each for everyone who camps.

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monkey44, we do the FS camps also. Love the first come, first serve. We might take 2 days, then re-up for more days, can't do that with reservations. Or smoke and fire get bad, we can bail, not lose money. Another thing is that a lot of FS camps is there is no wifi or internet available. So that means the host must travel somewhere to pick up the reservations or someone must deliver the info to the host. We have been in a couple FS camps that had that very problem. A real cluster. Use the KISS theory. And be flexible.

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