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Old 06-18-2015, 08:34 AM   #11
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Our last trip out was at a private campground with an 11am checkout time. We asked if we can check out later and they said "Sure, no problem". It was the end of the weekend and no one else was scheduled to come in.
It was fun lounging around playing with the kids while everyone else was packing up to go.
I think we have done this a few times as we prefer to drive after lunch while the kids nap. Much more convenient for us. I don't recall ever being refused or charged. But I would understand if we were.


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Old 06-18-2015, 08:38 AM   #12
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Most of the time I am early to a campground. Mostly Corp of Engineers parks. Their check in time is usually around 3:00 PM. I might be there as early as 9:00 AM. I do keep track of the reservations on that site and go early only if there is a good chance the site did not have a reservation the nite before. Only once has someone been on my site when I was early. No big deal. I just pull into an out of the way spot and wait my turn.

As far as leaving on time I make sure I am ALWAYS out by the check out time. There may be someone who wants the site on a first come, first served basis. I think it would be very rude on my part if I was preventing them from using the site.

Some of us are courteous and respectful of other campers and then there are the ones norty1 refers to that make it difficult at times for the rest of us.

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Old 06-18-2015, 08:41 AM   #13
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Many private CGs we have stayed at have an early check-in fee. We often arrive early, and most that have the fee have not charged us. I think we only got charged this fee one time.
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:47 AM   #14
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We always call ahead if we are coming in earlier than the stated check in. Never been refused or charged. Fl., SC and Ga sp's will allow it if the site is vacated and checked by a staff. They usually rake and check it between campers. Some don't.

Same with leaving. If we need to delay leaving for a while, a quick call to the office or host and it is always cleared or at least communicated. Never been refused unless the site was reserved.
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Old 06-18-2015, 02:09 PM   #15
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We've never had to pay for an early check-in, but we always stay in provincial parks. Only once were we a little too early and the previous campers were still there. No big deal; we just drove to the nearest town and filled up with gas, which was something we had planned on doing anyway. When we got back, the campsite was vacant.
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Old 06-18-2015, 02:24 PM   #16
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If I need to check in early, I just go into the registration office naked and they oblige. Try it..it works. You may not be able to come back, but it works...once.
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Old 06-18-2015, 02:32 PM   #17
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If you search for campgrounds on AllStays or rvparkreviews.com, what you experienced is a good thing to put in the notes when making a review. May help someone else down the road.

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Old 06-18-2015, 03:52 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by norty1 View Post
Many cg's have a no early check in policy and some charge extra. I assume to cover extra usage.
It's no different than hotel/motel early check-ins. Some will forgo the fee others will charge it.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:30 PM   #19
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If they already told you what time you could check in, why would they have to post early check in fees at any place other than their office? I'm sure if you called and asked about being early, they would give you the info about the fees.
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:19 PM   #20
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Preparing sites for occupancy takes time. Typically a routine is set to minimize time at each site. If a worker has to move from their rounds to prepare a site for a waiting guest, then yes it does cost time and money. Just cutting grass with tables, fire rings, pedestals, sewer connections take considerable time, even when done in a logical order. When that order is interrupted it does cost money. Typically you have 4 or 5 hours a day to do all the maintenance any interruptions causes issues. Late checkout or early arrivals do cost money. With 60 to 100 sites (200 site campground) flipping daily it is a monumental task, add weather into the mix and you have an almost impossible task. I fully understand and endorse fees to cover the added costs.

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