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Old 05-10-2007, 03:30 PM   #1
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Angry Kicked out of a campground

We're just back from the wonderful Casini Ranch rally and I wanted to report an awful incident that really soured us on California state parks and to find out if anyone else with a vintage rig has had a similiar experience of being kicked out. It happened at Sunset Beach outside Santa Cruz, which according to the book we now refer to as "The Useless RV camping guide" was ranked a 10. We were shocked when we drove down into it. It was quite literally a parking lot All the amibience of WalMart on the beach. $35 a night and not even hookups. But, we'd done too much dawdling it was late, we didn't have a Plan B, so what the heck...After we'd backed in and un-hooked, the "Campground Host" came scurrying up and said, "The end of your trailer is over the line". He pointed to a white line painted on the parking lot. Indeed, one small corner of the bumper was about 4 inches over the white line. I said "come on, it's only about 4 inches." He snapped, "well, then you'll only have to move it up 4 inches." and walked off. So, we hooked up the truck, moved it up a few inches. Unhooked and started the set-up process, Bill lighting pilots, me lowering the stabilizers and setting up the gray water tank. When we were about finished the "Campground Host" came back and said, "You can't use that!" pointing in horror to the blue boy tank. I stated the obvious, "Well, we don't want to dump on the parking lot." Then he pulls out the campground rules list that says all trailers must be self-contained. He said that meant no external tanks. Then the ulitmate insult that any vintage owner can relate to...."your rig looked nice so we couldn't tell that it was..." his voice trailed off without sayin POS, but his expression said it all.
So, we got kicked out. Drove down the road to a KOA. They wanted $75 +tax a night and it wasn't even on the beach. So, we started driving inland and finally found an little out of the way state park with no "Campground Host".
So, has anybody else had this kind of experience? How did you handle it?
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Old 05-10-2007, 03:33 PM   #2
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What a joke, someone was on a power trip.....

Hope you got a refund.....
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Old 05-10-2007, 03:54 PM   #3
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Let's all join in on a forum group RASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSpberry for this camp host and vow never to frequent his location. Ready now, one. . .two. . .three. . .GO!!!!!!!!! ~G I don't know about the rest of you, but now I feel better for Airyelle and Blu Hwy Lady!
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Old 05-10-2007, 03:58 PM   #4
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That is most sad. It seems like many places in our area are slowly turning into a parking lot. Sad but true. Having lived in this area for far too many years, I can tell you that I am also surprised. 99% of the people in the Santa Cruz area are quite nice and caring people. I think you just got some guy that got his corn flakes peed on that morning and took it out on you guys. Oh well, there is an idiot born every minute.........
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Old 05-10-2007, 03:59 PM   #5
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I've camped at Refugio SB (Calif) with my blue tote, I was right across the road from the host - no problems.
I suspect it was an overzealous host, not the norm. I hope.
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Old 05-10-2007, 04:00 PM   #6
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Another reason to love state and national parks

I am so sorry that you had that experience. How awful! Joining Georgia in the raspberry salute...That campground hosts' 'generosity just exceeded his good looks' as grandma would say...what a drag after all that work of setting up...glad you posted their info here.
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Old 05-10-2007, 04:03 PM   #7
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Complete B.S.

This kind of crap really po's me. I hope you waited for the sherriff to throw you out , not the POS campground host.Sounds like a reall butt head. no common sense just by the rule book, I can't tell you how I would have handled it on line, but when some dork decides to turn on the Marine Corps side of my brain things get real exciting real fast. After meeting you at Casini and seeing your nice AS I'm totally shocked you were treated this way. BUT then again you were in Santa Cruz where they charge the business owners a fee to use the storm drains each time it rains. And so it goes, what a shame, nope I'm really excited about this , some little pencil neck geek on a power trip, screwing up the deal for honest law obiding citizens- this really stinks.BTW a lot of the beach area's are parking lots, not for me. Did you file a formal complaint of some sort? I hope the rest of your trip thru Ca. turns out better, there really are some wonderful people and places out here.So kick out the nice people but let the loud rowdy drunkards stay. BS, Hang de landlord.
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Old 05-10-2007, 04:08 PM   #8
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It just occured to me - if it ever happens again, strap the blue tote to the undercarriage or bumper. Once it's affixed, it will be fully self contained.
Then in the morning on your way out, you can stop by the host's campsite.....no I guess that wouldn't be nice. Never mind.
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Old 05-10-2007, 04:12 PM   #9
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Thanks for the support guys. I gotta tell ya' Doorgunner....Your reply really made me smile and warmed my heart. We were so shocked and humiliated and angry we couldn't even be the rebels that we normally are. Plus, the place was just so awful and such a contrast to our nice stay at beautiful Wright's Beach about half an hour from Casini. We just sort of slunk off with our tails between our legs. As a matter of fact as we were driving away, Bill said to me, "I wonder how Doorgunner or one of those other military guys from the rally would have handled that."

Maybe the "campground host" needs to have a battalion of vintage Airstreams invade his stronghold.
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Old 05-10-2007, 04:18 PM   #10
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I'm still fumin about this, got a pic of this creapazoid? how about a name, I'ld love to take a drive to visit with the magot. I have no problem talking with the "law" ask anyone that knows me. Glad Wrights beach was good to you, just goes to show you some peoples kids are nice others are not. I'm really agitated , yup really, welcome to Ca. now park between the lines or get out, I woulda parked him between the lines then run over his lame tail a few times. DG I gotta go take my meds
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Old 05-10-2007, 04:37 PM   #11
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Sorry to hear of your ordeal. There are very few places I recommend to camp in my area, and this location was just added to the list. I work for a public agency and will be e-mailing our local state parks office with your message in it. There is absolutely no reason for a host representing public property to act in this manner. With previous issues I have had with our local state parks, they tend to take notice when they get complaints from other local agencies. Jeff
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Well... That sounded like a fun time.
I normally just let everything dump into the one tank if I'm only out for a day or two. Just need to be a little more careful hooking up the sewer hose.
Once again this topic begs for a pinned thread on campgrounds that refuse entry or make life for vintage owners difficult, if not impossble to use. Seems like every year there are 2 or 3 posts about some place with arbitrary "rules" on age, condition, length, ect.
There is a campground heading on the left side of the page which highlights the better sites. How about one that warns of "unfriendly" campgrounds? Maybe just a line or two from the offended party telling of their experience.

Just a thought, Tom.
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Old 05-10-2007, 05:05 PM   #13
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I'm sorry you had that experience. Every once in a while you run into a real knucklehead.

When I was traveling through Arizona I was refused entry to an ugly, paved RV park. The octogenarian clerk told me my rig was too old, that they didn't allow anything older than ten years.

I asked her if she, personally, saw any irony in that!
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Rassssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss pberry to them. There are many good places to go, I for one will never go there. Chalk it up to really bad manners on his part and let it go. he will get his comeuppance when the time is right.

Hang in there. Many places will welcome you. I agree with the idea of doing a thread or listing of the bad campgrounds. I'll contribute.

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