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Old 05-22-2005, 08:01 PM   #1
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How seroius do most campgrounds take bans on alcohol? I am sure it varies from those who sell beer to those who will write a ticket and tell you to leavre for violating "prohibition." What are the ranges?

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How seroius do most campgrounds take bans on alcohol? I am sure it varies from those who sell beer to those who will write a ticket and tell you to leavre for violating "prohibition." What are the ranges?

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Old 05-23-2005, 03:26 AM   #3
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Most often it is OK at your campsite. They do not want you roaming around & drinking. If you have frieds there too, I would be a little inconspicuous carrying it to their site. If you have it stored outside in a cooler, please do not let kids see you drinking. They will go to cooler after dark and grab what's in the cooler. You just have to remember to not get drunk and loud.
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As one who does a lot of campground hosting, we have been around this issue a number of times. Many county, state and some federal parks have the no alcohol rule. In most cases the intent is more to control drinking and to keep it our of site. At the most, you need to keep it inside of the RV or in a container that does not show what is in it. And, stay in your own site when you imbibe. Very few locations desire to prevent the occasional drink, but if the ranger should see you doing so, he may have no choice but to say something. If you stay sober and keep your drink in a container that does not show what it is, almost no park will say anything.
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Old 05-23-2005, 11:11 AM   #5
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We have our "Happy Hour" every evening around five, just before supper. Imbibe a couple of the finest grape juice available and have never had even a hint of a problem!

As others have said, keep it to your lot and civilized and you should be able to imbibe in peace.

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Old 05-24-2005, 04:31 PM   #6
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I think most will just tell you to put it away if they see you and it's prohibited.
If they do say something don't try to camouflage it and continue as there's a good chance thay'll check again later. In a case like that I would just have my drinks inside trailer.
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Old 05-26-2005, 03:05 AM   #7
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I was walking around a campground that had a no alcohol policy and visiting some new friends. There were some people down the way that were having too much fun and making too much noise. They had copious amounts of beer cans everywhere. The rangers finally drove through and told them to pack up so they could be escorted off the property. After this happened, one of the rangers came by to apologize for the noise, etc. He asked to sit down and we talked for a little while. After he left, the missus of the site asked me if I wanted a refill on my coffee, since I was carrying a large ceramic mug. 'Nope,' I replied, 'It's not coffee.' She looked at me kinda funny and I asked her to wrap her hands around the mug. 'It's stone cold!' she replied. It wasn't coffee, it was a mug of chilled white wine. The ranger never said a thing to me. He probably thought it was coffee also.
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We generally have a happy hour when we camp, and in state and forest campgrounds, it has never been a problem; but then we don't get loud and obnoxious. In "private" campgrounds we are pretty circumspect and keep it "under wraps."
Having said that, I really like the coffe cup idea!
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The state park that we were just in said on big signs on the roads "No intoxicating beverages allowed" but in the rules it said that it was okay in your campsite and inside your RV but no where else. Our camphost for our loop would drink a glass of wine outside in the evening. I think that pouring it into a glass or cup would be a bit more discrete since others might see you with a can or bottle and think that it means it's okay to have a drunken party (or clean out your coolers while you slept).
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