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Old 05-20-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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leaving your AS

My husband and I are curious if any AS owners ever leave park their trailers and leave for a day or two? We are interested in camping this memorial weekend, but with campgrounds completely filled save for the first-come-first-serve spots, we thought it would be a good idea to leave on Thursday and take one of these few open spots. This would mean leaving the trailer un-attended overnight in a hosted FS campgound, until Friday when we could go back and stay for the weekend.

What do you guys think?

Keep in mind we are talking about a campground here in Montana, not California FWIW.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:28 PM   #2
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So long as there were people around I wouldn't worry. Campers are an OK lot. We left ours for 3 days in Florida while we went to visit a friend. They didn't even charge us for those days. It was a private CG and they said only to unplug the electric cable. I thought that was very nice of them.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:37 PM   #3
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I would think that if it has campground hosts, they would keep an eye on it for you. I don't think it should be an issue, not much different if you were to unhook and leave it all day while you were exploring the area in your tow vehicle.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:44 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I think you're right. I was just a worry-wort with my new baby AS.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:57 PM   #5
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I left my trailer in FL for over a week when I had to come home in the middle of our trip for a family member's funeral. I set the trailer up like someone was there. I left the power connected cause the refrigerator was stocked. Left a night light on. I put the stabilizers down, left the sewer hose connected, water hose connected (turned off), old chairs out, picnic table pulled up like we were using it, and put on a tongue lock. I had no problem.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:26 PM   #6
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Quite honestly we see this occurring in campgrounds that are less than 60 miles or so of St. Louis when folks want a guaranteed spot. Especially at the public parks that are first come first served. Sort of makes you angry if you pack up and head down early with intents getting a good spot, only to see site upon site where the camping vehicle is sitting but unobviously unused, or sometime seeing an truck or automobile parked in the site. One of the reasons why we don't weekend camp at nearby public campgrounds. I've been burned too many times by this.

We saw this at one state park where one site was blocked off by lawn chairs. We went back to the check in station to report this only to be met by a shrug of the shoulders by the attendant. The site wasn't reservable and I probably should have removed the chairs and backed in, but I figured that I probably would have hell to pay from the adjoining neighbor who apparently was saving the site for a friend.

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Old 05-20-2013, 06:51 PM   #7
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Thanks for your feedback Alan.

Jack, that's an interesting take on the matter and one I wasn't expecting. I'm new to this really, but I liken it to how I feel when people/families setup lawchairs around parade routes or other outdoor events. Hmmm.

Then again, I look at the campground reserve system where I see that every site has been reserved; nothing left except the first comes. I guess I could argue it either way, but the trailer/lawn chairs is another way of reserving.

I guess lawn chairs is one thing...but an actual trailer, to me is another. Though I can see where people might take advantage of this.

I hope I don't start a war here.

Well, we do have the option (and are considering) going on Thursday, staying the night, and then leaving Friday morning for our family/kindergarten graduation event, after which we will return.

Thanks again everyone.
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It's best to plan early for the Big 3 camping weekends each summer: Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:24 PM   #9
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One of our local County campgrounds has become 90% full all of the time. Folks are paying for several months and just leave the trailers sitting for weekend use. It's only slightly more expensive than a storage lot I guess. It used to be that the prime spots (Monthly rental) were full. Now folks are filling the Nightly spots.

To answer the question...yeah, in an active campground I would have no issue leaving my Airstream for a day or two.
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Dang I have to say, that's just sad HIHO.

Well I think we're just gonna skip going this weekend. I doubt we could even get a spot, and I certainly don't want to drive out there, trailer in tow, only to find nothing available. I can camp anytime, I certainly don't need to this particular weekend.
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Thanks for your feedback Alan.

Jack, that's an interesting take on the matter and one I wasn't expecting. I'm new to this really, but I liken it to how I feel when people/families setup lawchairs around parade routes or other outdoor events. Hmmm.

Then again, I look at the campground reserve system where I see that every site has been reserved; nothing left except the first comes. I guess I could argue it either way, but the trailer/lawn chairs is another way of reserving.

I guess lawn chairs is one thing...but an actual trailer, to me is another. Though I can see where people might take advantage of this.

I hope I don't start a war here.

Well, we do have the option (and are considering) going on Thursday, staying the night, and then leaving Friday morning for our family/kindergarten graduation event, after which we will return.

Thanks again everyone.
I know my response took the thread a little off your intent. Some times that empty trailer isn't always what it seems to be. In my neck of the woods when in a public campground it's more of a site guarantee than someone away for a day or two. In fairness as you pointed out not everyone can make plans far enough in advance to make a site reservation so this is sometimes a work around for those folks.

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In some campgrounds we've been in, we've seen it posted that campsites must be occupied the first night of a reservation. In Arizona State Parks (may not be the case in other states) an occupied campsite cannot be left unattended overnight without written permission.
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Dang I have to say, that's just sad HIHO.

Well I think we're just gonna skip going this weekend. I doubt we could even get a spot, and I certainly don't want to drive out there, trailer in tow, only to find nothing available. I can camp anytime, I certainly don't need to this particular weekend.
Good choice....it's just the amateurs out anyway.

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Scot and Val,

Some of our Montana state parks will require a "first night occupied" rule to prevent holding sites with no use - but it is usually dependent on the camp host. On the other hand, you'll note almost all the state park campgrounds (again, Montana) have a number of "first come..." sites even though the best ones might already be reserved, and those will be available each day (the ones that open, of course). Some of the FS campgrounds aren't as picky, and you can do what you're thinking. Depending on where you think you might go, it's all just part of your learning adventure! You can usually find "somewhere" to spend the night, and might end up with a great weekend adventure, even if unplanned.
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