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wintersun

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Posted: 05/21/13 07:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Curious as to what people do when they go to a first come first serve campground without formal registration. BLM for example states: "Camping equipment and/or a recreational vehicle is set up at the site to clearly indicate the site is taken."

I don't want to leave valuable gear at a campsite to show it is "taken" and we don't want to have stay parked in the space. Interested in what people have done successfully in this situation.

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A couple of chairs placed around the fire ring, is a good way, Or putting up a dining fly, or eazyup. Maybe a grill sitting there. You got to mark it somehow, and chairs, grills, and canopies are the easiest way.


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My understanding is that on a federal first come first served campground such as NPS or BLM is that unless you are ready to occupy you are not supposed to leave any thing to "claim" the sight. I don't know what to suggest other than that. We arrive and setup and done, if we don't get a "choice" site then so be it.

I will say that it ticks me off to arrive at a site and see a lawn chair or cooler sitting there with nothing else. They are taking a site and not using it for a day or so and to me that just aint right. If you want to be the "first come" then set up and use the sight!

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57 Panhead wrote:

My understanding is that on a federal first come first served campground such as NPS or BLM is that unless you are ready to occupy you are not supposed to leave any thing to "claim" the sight. I don't know what to suggest other than that. We arrive and setup and done, if we don't get a "choice" site then so be it.

I will say that it ticks me off to arrive at a site and see a lawn chair or cooler sitting there with nothing else. They are taking a site and not using it for a day or so and to me that just aint right. If you want to be the "first come" then set up and use the sight!

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I've seen this a couple of times and I've always been tempted to move the chairs to the dump station


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57 Panhead wrote:

My understanding is that on a federal first come first served campground such as NPS or BLM is that unless you are ready to occupy you are not supposed to leave any thing to "claim" the sight. I don't know what to suggest other than that. We arrive and setup and done, if we don't get a "choice" site then so be it.

I will say that it ticks me off to arrive at a site and see a lawn chair or cooler sitting there with nothing else. They are taking a site and not using it for a day or so and to me that just aint right. If you want to be the "first come" then set up and use the sight!

Steve


Not sure why one would do it any other way. Set up, go pay the tube, have fun you are done.

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57 Panhead wrote:



I will say that it ticks me off to arrive at a site and see a lawn chair or cooler sitting there with nothing else. They are taking a site and not using it for a day or so and to me that just aint right. If you want to be the "first come" then set up and use the sight!

Steve


Really?....maybe they've already been enjoying their paid-for site in a smaller RV ( for days, for all you know), and just drove their RV over to the nearest grocery store, or to visit other areas in the park to hike...or see some local sights, planning to return later for dinner and a good night's sleep???

There is certainly no requirement I've ever heard of that after campers have selected and paid for their sites that they must occupy it continuously 24/7 during the reservation!

To answer the original poster, most of us leave chairs, and some use an orange traffic cone to indicate that we've paid for a site for that night.


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I always left my ex-wife sitting in a chair at the site as a marker that we were going to occupy the site, in the next few days.

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Carry a small pup tent with you all the time and set the tent up if you have to leave. This will mark the spot as taken. Would not hurt to leave a couple folding chairs out too. We've not ever had to do this with a TT, but if in a MH, and you want to leave your site for whatever reason, the small, inexpensive pup tent would mark your spot as taken.


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I guess a "Be back soon!" sign would work, in addition to a few chairs.

I can see where it might be a hassle for folks with a MH or TC, that may want to drive off site to see something. Guess that is one of the bonuses of having a TT or 5er....you can leave it there....as nobody will second guess that!

I like the idea of the ex-wife.....but then again, you may not want to go back to claim your site either!!


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Posted: 05/21/13 08:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

PapPappy wrote:

I can see where it might be a hassle for folks with a MH or TC, that may want to drive off site to see something. Guess that is one of the bonuses of having a TT or 5er....you can leave it there....as nobody will second guess that!


Just as an aside... it takes about 10 minutes to offload a TC and lower it to the ground. Then, the truck's pickup is incredible.


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