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Old 12-07-2014, 11:09 PM   #1
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In our somewhat varied and extensive Airstream camping experience, we have noticed that we very often get the most undesirable site in the campground.

We have, on many occasions, arrived late at a campground with a telephone reservation. It is most often after dark. The campground staff always seems to find us a tight site way in the back that is difficult to find and tough to get into. Then we find when we are leaving in the morning that are are several large pull-throughs right up front that had not been occupied. We have asked about this phenomenon on several occasions, and have been told that they always hold those sights out for the big rigs. These sights are the same price as our crumby sight.

Are we the only one that this happens to? Are we saying the wrong things when we reserve a site?

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Old 12-07-2014, 11:17 PM   #2
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We usually stay at KOAs, and you can specify a pull-through site when you reserve it. It may coast a few bucks more, but I have always been able to get one--some more spectacular than others. I've had a few tight ones to get in and out of, but fortunately got them AFTER I had a chance to practice with the ProPride setup. It did change the maneuver behaviour a bit--now the AS acts more like a fifth wheel setup than a standard ball setup. Just enough difference to make it interesting at times...we won't talk about the bend in the step frame I acquired when the AS went further right and onto the top of a curb than I thought it would...
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Old 12-07-2014, 11:39 PM   #3
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In our somewhat varied and extensive Airstream camping experience, we have noticed that we very often get the most undesirable site in the campground.

We have, on many occasions, arrived late at a campground with a telephone reservation. It is most often after dark. The campground staff always seems to find us a tight site way in the back that is difficult to find and tough to get into. Then we find when we are leaving in the morning that are are several large pull-throughs right up front that had not been occupied. We have asked about this phenomenon on several occasions, and have been told that they always hold those sights out for the big rigs. These sights are the same price as our crumby sight.

Are we the only one that this happens to? Are we saying the wrong things when we reserve a site?

Brian
Hi, as you know, we virtually never make reservations; We have also been put way in the back at only a few camp grounds. It might be an Airstream jealousy thing. On our most recent trip, one KOA had everyone in a circle towards the entrance. They put us way in the back away from everyone. But in this case, I actually liked it back there.
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:40 AM   #4
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As an experiment, the next few times you reserve a spot, when they ask what kind of trailer you have, tell them it's a Thor 25.
Let us know if it makes a difference.
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:53 AM   #5
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We always hated making "cold calls" at campgrounds, but also avoided making reservations whenever possible.

Most days, I would, and do, call ahead for availability, tell them a back in is fine, but level and reasonably close to the bathhouse is requested.

Few problems this way, if they are full up or can't meet my request, they say so.

Some campgrounds hold specific sites for "overnighters".

We have seen some where these are all in the front, all pull-thru, one way in and one way out, very easy and designed to minimize disruption for the longer-term sites.

Some campgrounds give overnighters something less desirable, but not often....have seen it all.



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Old 12-08-2014, 05:58 AM   #6
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I've started saying my 25', which is actually 25' 11", is 26'. I do this thinking there might be a 25' cut off that gets you the next size bigger in a site. It may not help, but it can't hurt.
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Old 12-08-2014, 12:02 PM   #7
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They usually never ask what kind of trailer, just the length.
At EZ Daze RV park in Southaven, MS, they give me a pull-through even though I don't ask for or require a pull-through.
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Old 12-08-2014, 12:17 PM   #8
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Old 12-08-2014, 12:33 PM   #9
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If I'm just staying overnight I ask for a drive through, whether it is when I make reservations or not. I tell them my total rig length since I'm not planning to unhook. I do not remember ever being refused a drive through if a site was available.

If I'm planning to stay for more than overnight I'll ask for the specific lot I want when making reservations. It's pretty much take what is available without reservations.
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Old 12-08-2014, 01:07 PM   #10
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Never had that problem. But we also don't arrive after dark. On a simple overnight stop, we make it a point to arrive at least 1/2 hour before sunset so we can get set up in the light. Of course, we have the luxury of time so aren't pressed to drive 10 + hours a day for days on end. This time of the year when the sun sets around 5 or 5:30, our routine can limit us to 250 to 300 mile days which is just about our preferred longest daily driving distance anyway.

Oh, and if we are making reservations, we do generally tell the CG that our 27 footer is a 29 footer to help avoid getting a too tight site. So far in over 120 nights on the road this year, we have only had one really bad site in Baddeck Nova Scotia but could have moved if we'd wanted to bother.
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Old 12-08-2014, 01:26 PM   #11
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We seldom show up after dark.
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Many campgrounds have maps online so we have that ready when calling for reservations, ask what is available, then we can pick and choose. If just moving along without reservations and it gets dark the navigator finds us a Walmart, Flying J, rest area or the like.
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WalMart Alternatives

Many churches will graciously allow you to park - especially if you offer to put $20 in the collection plate or poor box.

Several old fraternal organizations have free camping - usually only water and electric - some boondocking. Moosetags why not join the Moose Club?

And don't forget Cracker Barrel, over half have RV parking in the back.

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Many churches where I attend seminars, meetings, singings, or retreats have hookups and don't charge, but it is first come first served.
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