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Posted: 08/23/21 05:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BB_TX wrote:

Don’t ask. Let them offer. Maybe ask if they know any where fairly close where you could park your rig. When asked, that puts them in an awkward position of trying to find a way of saying no if they would rather you didn’t, or saying yes so as not to offend though they preferred you didn’t.


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Don't put them in a position to feel your presence is something unpleasant.

Even if they offer, leave sooner rather than later...leave them wanting more not praying for the day you leave.

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YC 1 wrote:

I have a second RV pad with full hookups. Includes OTAR and Direct TV if wanted.

A dear friend has spent up to two months at a time here.

We come and go and do not have to entertain each other but we often make dinners and share our favorite recipes. The last stay I warned them NOT to buy us gifts etc in return. They left a $100 bill kind of hidden when they left this time to cover electricity. I know they just had to do this to satisfy themselves and not burden us with the extra costs. It is worth it to have friends and family nearby.


I think having an extra RV pad makes a difference. They aren't taking up your vehicle space, blocking the garage, having to unplug your RV, and so on.

For the average person, using their driveway means just that. The friend/family member likely needs to park their car on the road so you can fit in the driveway.


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We have some very close friends we regard as family and we spend thanksgiving with them every year and stay in their drive about a week or more.


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Lol, some of the topics here…..
Guess I’ll say, if it feels awkward to ask then those aren’t the friends or family you should ask.

* This post was edited 08/23/21 07:01pm by Grit dog *


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Posted: 08/23/21 09:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Asking anyone to stay on their property puts them in a bind. Nobody wants to be the bad guy so they my say “yes” even though they want to say “no”. If they don’t volunteer you need to stay elsewhere.

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I've done it, only when it was offered though. Frankly I'd rather stay at a CG, it's just more comfortable and easier all around. The few times we did stay in a friend or relative's driveway, I kept it to a few days. What's the old saying - guests, like fish, start to stink after 3 days.


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The fact you mentioned the longer the better, and needing to know how to ask, means you shouldn't. If you need long term, find a longterm site.
I think the suburban/rural ratio has some determination in this also. There may be HOA/City issues if its suburban, if they have a 100 acres, thats a little different.


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wowens79 wrote:

The fact you mentioned the longer the better, and needing to know how to ask, means you shouldn't. If you need long term, find a longterm site.
I think the suburban/rural ratio has some determination in this also. There may be HOA/City issues if its suburban, if they have a 100 acres, thats a little different.
I was sorta thinking along the same lines as you; but you put it a whole lot nicer than I could have.

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Posted: 08/24/21 05:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have some good friends - good being defined as they would be comfortable asking me, and I would be comfortable giving them an honest answer like no or yes, but only for X number of days.

If your relationship with them is not at that level, then don't bother asking.


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There are 2 types of people in our lovely chaotic world: Givers and Takers.

Wanna see a lovefest? Watch 2 Givers try to do business with each other.

And for the Main Event round, pull up a chair and watch 2 Takers negotiate--when both are unhappy, then, in their eyes, its probably a good deal, lol.

Ask a Giver for a piece of concrete to park your RV, and they'll toss in Wifi and DirecTV, and refuse your offer to compensate.

Ask a Taker....and its all about the "me, myself and I", and of course the Benjamins.

Being a Giver, I try to ask favors from other Givers, as there will always be an opportunity for a "next time".

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