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pcfeld

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Posted: 04/03/13 01:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A local sportsman club is looking at locking the power boxes requiring you to call and wait for someone to arrive and unlock the power box. Seems they are worried about unpaid users versus someone stopping out on occasion to check for campers not paying.

How would you handle it when you found it?

Me I would leave never to return unless I call complain then leave.


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Posted: 04/03/13 02:59am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Personally, I'd make arrangements for them to open the power box and plug in my stuff and enjoy the camping trip.

To me, there is nothing wrong with an owner/caretaker trying to keep "fly by night" people from trying to use their electricity and taking reasonable precautions.

Last time I was up at one of our lovely State Parks, I counted no fewer than 10 people (solo and families) that cruised in and semi set up (after 7pm) - and were gone the next morning by 7 am - not paying for the site at all.

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I see nothing wrong with it, they're just trying to prevent theft of their power.
I would make arrangements for them to unlock the box if I was staying at their campground.

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reddove wrote:

Why not lock all the unused power boxes and water hoses. When some one sings into a space unlock the power box and water and when they check out lock them back up.

I thought this is what the OP was talking about. They wanted to avoid people using the power without paying. You call, pay and they unlock the box.
I really don't think they are going to lock the campers power cords and water attachments inside the box so they can't leave in an emergency.
But, I've been wrong before.

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I have seen many times where a camper will come in to our local state park well after dark, plug in, and then pull out before the rangers can make the rounds in the morning. In effect, this is stealing from all of the paying customers which in turn will raise our rates. I see this as being no different than filling your tank of gas and pulling out without paying or stuffing your pockets at WalMart and walking out without paying. It is robbery!

Parks are looking at the bottom line and if bills like electricity exceed camping revenue, camping rates will rise. Locks on the electrical boxes would help to prevent this type of theft. I am in favor of this practice.


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I break camp around 3:30 am so I can get down the road before the traffic picks up. Who do I call and wake up?

If I found someone that was not permitted it would be stealing. I would call 911 and have a cop come out to deal with it. In Iowa it looks to be trespassing and also theft. Unless they take or damage more than $200, it looks like a slap on the wrist. Post a sign upping the charge for unpaid guest to $200 and you have a case.

Unless all plugs could be pulled with out needing the key would you have a emergency disconnect issue. I think this would be OSHA and NEC issue.

Why not lock all the unused power boxes and water hoses. When some one sings into a space unlock the power box and water and when they check out lock them back up.


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Posted: 04/03/13 06:09am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think it is a great idea.
I have seen too many power boxes, breakers, and receptacles that have been broken or the covers hanging off because of RV'rs that are slobs.

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Posted: 04/03/13 06:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't believe I've ever stayed at any campground where power is optional. If you don't want power you pick a site that doesn't HAVE a power box and if you DO....well you can figure out the rest.


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Posted: 04/03/13 06:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why don't you just leave your keys in your unlocked car so others can borrow it for errands. No problem, we don not want others to complain the car is inaccessible or need to ask permission.

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Seen the same thing at one of the overnights I made in New Mexico at a Casino campground, but that guy got his when he left and forgot to put up a rear stabilizer and drug it all the way out of the parking lot and ripped it completely off. Figured it was gonna cost him more to fix the stabilizer than the 20 bucks he tried saving. Karma!

I think that the campground is doing the right thing, but I feel that they might be infringing on a safety item. I understand having to unlock after you pay but not while you are hooked up. If something were to go wrong and you had to unplug in a hurry because something malfunctioned it could cause damage to your unit.

So as long as you paid they could take the lock and lock it to the pedestal not locking the cover and after you leave they could come and relock it until the next person pays.


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