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Old 09-24-2013, 11:16 PM   #29
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Sometimes I book a campsite 6 months in advance. (South Carlsbad State Beach) and end up having to work during my families vacation time. I have to leave at 4 or 5 am in my diesel hauler. All I can do is be silent getting ready and have my F550 pointed in the right direction the night before. I light off the diesel 30 seconds before I gently drive away. What else can I do. I figure if I do not wake my family in my spot my neighbor should be ok. I however am a super light sleeper myself and understand people like me will hear my departure. I also understand however that I can tell when somone is being as courteous and quick as possible and do not get upset about minor, well mitigated infractions. There is a difference in being woke up by someone trying not to wake you. (It is much easier to fall back asleep when you know they are trying not to disturb you than when they act like you do not matter and you are so mad by the time they leave you can't fall back asleep in silent darkness) Also, your neighbor next door to your house has the right to start his/her vehicle any time of the day or night they may deem necessary. Even so, a little courtesy should go a long way. Another point of view to consider is I worked nights for 15 years and never met a single person who gave a rats a$$ about my sleep requirements. Try to fall back asleep in broad daylight with the world buzzing around you and the temperature rising! The next time somebody briefly disturbs your slumber in an otherwise dark, cool and silent environment. Just go back to sleep and let it go. Try to keep it down in the day time for those of us who truly have a hard time getting the required amount of sleep and can not instantly recover from being disturbed. Just my $.02
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:26 AM   #30
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Being a full timer and retired, I try not to rush leaving a campground. The day before departure I take my time and get a head start putting a majority of stuff away. This allows me the next morning for coffee and a relaxing departure and get on the road after the morning rush hour. Then I have time for a relaxing drive and even take a stop for meals and a stretch.
Rushing causes accidents and driving during rush hour is stressful.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:27 AM   #31
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We have to get up and leave sometimes early, but we pack up he night before and run the diesel minimally before pulling out.

FYI I have had to listen to louder kids & adults running up and down hotel halls. Haven't been near a rude camper yet
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:36 AM   #32
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We have always left our site on the day of check out early. We get up eat, pack up and leave hours early. We are currently siting in a parking lot waiting for our site to open. It is 2:45 check out is 3:00 and we have been waiting for two hours. The park is basically empty except for the spot we reserved. Granted it is the best spot.
For us, it kinda depends. Normally, we pack most of our stuff up the night before. That leaves us more time for a nice breakfast, any last-minute repairs, and maybe a dip in the pool if there's one in the campground before heading home.
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I have no routine on checkout time.

Sometimes I am out well in advance of checkout time and other times I am close. All depends on why I am in the area and where my next destination is.

If I need to stay past the scheduled checkout time, I check in with the office to see if my site is booked, if not then I request a later checkout time.

I like to pack up the night before so I can be ready to hit the road after coffee and a shower.
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Maybe I am missing something here but the OP said the park was nearly empty but he's complaining about one spot not being available ..... That's the only spot that's the right one? Maybe I am missing something but if it was us we would have just taken another spot and not worried about that one. I mean they may be having a problem with the coach or not but really there were other spots available.
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My take....if they reserved the site, then it's theirs at whatever the site check-in time is for that campground. Not before if the site is occupied. If the site is unoccupied (which in this case it isn't), then it's up to the check-in station to decide whether or not to allow early occupancy.

At most campgrounds I've been to, there is a lag-time between check-out & check-in to allow for the site to be cleaned up by staff in preparation for the next occupant (or to allow for us slow-pokes). If the site is occupied past check-out & another has reserved & is waiting on that site, it's up to the staff or park official to enforce the check-out time.

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7am is not early for the majority of people. most cg's do not consider people leaving by 7 breaking quiet hrs. [moderator edit]
I work till midnight and I try to keep the same sleep schedule when away from home so anything earlier than 10:00am is early!
I don't consider coming in and setting up or breaking camp to leave to be breaking any "quiet time" rules. It's part of RV'ing.
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Often I have had folks pull in next to me and not even hear them. Perhaps that is because my rig is well insulated.
Same here, plus the rain has to be pretty heavy before we hear it, usually see it first.
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I work part time in an RV park in Texas. Check out time is 12 noon, check in 12 noon. I always explain when regerstration that if they shay past 12 noon it is $10.00 for the first hour and $8.00 per hour after that. We had lots of problems before with late checkout, not so much now.
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I work till midnight and I try to keep the same sleep schedule when away from home so anything earlier than 10:00am is early!
I don't consider coming in and setting up or breaking camp to leave to be breaking any "quiet time" rules. It's part of RV'ing.
understand exactly what your saying. you get use to sleeping a certain time, hard to change just for a week or two. I try to keep mine as well, somewhere we'll meet halfway.
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great idea and money maker as there seems to be lots of people that don't seem to be able to meet time frames
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