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Do campground owners think we LIKE to be squashed together?

Do campground owners think we like to be squashed together? For the second time in a row, we are piled in like sardines in an almost-empty campground, lined up like soldiers—while across from us is an entirely empty row.

Last night we were packed in one after another in the middle of the campground. Around us, wide and vacant were the rest of the sites. I had been delighted with our campsite until the RVs started pulling in and I could easily reach across the aisle to meet my neighbor.

Today I had requested an end passenger side site and the escort was raving about how nice and roomy it was. I agreed, although the chief advantage was that there was a fence on the passenger side shielding us from the dusty roadway.

All roominess disappeared as RV after RV was escorted down the row in that horrendous pattern of butt to nose. (Rear end of RV to the front of adjacent RV). One RV after another rolled in while the sites behind us and in front remained empty.

What’s up with that, campground owners?

What is up with that? Don’t they know we RVers would prefer to have a little space? Is it just easier to book that way? Does it cost less somehow?

In the meantime, I am glad our neighbors pulled down their shades. They must have figured out I was looking at their dinette trying to see what they were having for dinner. I hope they pull down their bathroom shades soon….

##RVT1070

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Linda
11 days ago

Could also be a matter of how many 50/30 amp pull thrus and/or back ins are available and which type site the guests needs. Also, site maintenance is sometimes an issue (even though they may not look like they need maintenance).

Wolfe
12 days ago

I MOST see this effect when only one section has certain amenities… say, power or water hookups. I’ve sometimes offered to downgrade from a “full” site to a roomier generator site, and they oblige since they can rent more sites.

KellyR
12 days ago

Restaurants: If you don’t expect a full house on a particular night, the vacant area does not have to be cleaned and reset and servers are not running all over the place. I would expect that once an area in a park is cleaned up, why not leave it that way until it is needed? It makes sense to me.

wanderer
11 days ago
Reply to  KellyR

If you are paying $50-$100 for a nice meal in a restaurant with lots of empty tables, you are entitled to not have to be jammed in tight and have to listen to every word of the conversation at the next table. If owners are more concerned about keeping their restaurant tidied up so they can close early, than in people having a good time, I hope they get the return business they deserve.

The same goes for paying $45 a night and having to look at someone elses waste valve instead of being spread out around an empty campground.

Irene D.
12 days ago

Restaurants are the same…go during a time when they aren’t packed so you can “distance” from others, and everyone is stuffed into one area. Even during the height of Covid! Back to back so you can feel the seat move everytime the person on the other side moves and pushes against the seat so you can hear every word of their conversation and they yours.
At campgrounds I try to choose “corner lots”, where my door opens out to…a fence. That’s why I look at campground maps, and try to choose carefully.

Bill Fisher
12 days ago

Yep, we have experienced the same thing several times. I have no idea why they don’t spread people out when plenty of spaces are an available.

wanderer
12 days ago

There are lazy clerks who simply pass out sites in sequence, it helps them easily keep track of what rows are full; just like hostesses who pack people into restaurants at back-to-back tables . They could not care less about your experience.

I have stopped letting them give me random sites; I (kindly) ask for something level, that has some ‘elbow room’, saying I don’t want to stare at the back of someone else’s unit, unless it’s so crowded that it’s necessary. It usually works well. If they balk and insist on crowding you, don’t pay for the whole stay, pay for one night, leave in the morning.

Wolfe
12 days ago
Reply to  wanderer

Depending on the campground, you may have luck telling the check in clerk that you will be practicing your trombone or like to watch loud football or have an aggressive pitbull, so they want to give you extra space. You’ll either get a great site or evicted.

Last edited 12 days ago by Wolfe
wanderer
11 days ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Lol! That’s another way to go. But with my luck they would site me next to the folks with 3 pit bulls!

Uncle Swags
12 days ago

If that bothers you then hope you never get assigned a spot in the old section at Fishing Bridge RV park in Yellowstone. The new section is all level paved sites with utilities on the proper side and a picnic table but for the same price you can get assigned a spot in the old section with no privacy and play armrest battle of the middle seat. One night I came back to find my neighbors set up their grill in my site and the next night that was replaced with the car of the other new arrival.

Jeff
12 days ago

Something to consider here is that most campgrounds are well over 20 years old. While cars used to be bigger the average trailer was much smaller resulting in more space between than we have today. With sewer, water and electric lines plus landscaping, park owners cannot just create wider spaces. As for space utilization, certain spaces better accommodate certain trailers (length, slide outs, etc) and still to arrive guests may account for some of those empty sites. Granted, management should always do their best to put the guest’s experience first.

George
12 days ago

Nanci,

The pictures included in your posting appear to be pretty typical spacing in most campground. I tend to agree with you that “slides” are making campground sites feel tighter.

>>In the meantime, I am glad our neighbors pulled down their shades. They must have figured out I was looking at their dinette trying to see what they were having for dinner. I hope they pull down their bathroom shades soon….

Didn’t your rig come with shades?

Last edited 12 days ago by George
M D-B
12 days ago

The same exact thing happened to us in the KOA in Benson, AZ. Empty rows and newly arriving RV’s of all sizes parked close to each other. First time at KOA but decided to try another this time outside of OK City. Fortunately it was a nice park with a nice amount of space for a corporate park.

Bob p
12 days ago

Not defending the campgrounds but, maybe some of them somehow shutdown unused sections. I don’t know how they could do it unless they have master shutoffs for each row of sites. I can see how with the EV craze some may be sneaking in after the office is closed and recharging EVs for free.

Lisa Adcox
12 days ago

Close campsites are nothing new. It’s been that way for a long time and now with so many people camping it will not get any better. The only solution is more campgrounds or less people camping. Neither is happening. So many people have tried to get their cities to allow them to build a campground to be told NO. So if we want to travel in our RVs this is going to be more the norm. Many campgrounds are trying to ease the over crowding by adding more sites but then that means closer together.

Irene D.
12 days ago
Reply to  Lisa Adcox

This wasn’t about a crowded campground. It was about an empty campground where the few RVs were squeezed next to each other, leaving the rest of the campground…empty. Most people understand that if the campground is crowded, that is what you get, but that was not the case here.

Tom H.
12 days ago

We stayed at a RV Park in FL for about a year and a half while I finished a contract. We used to make this same observation over and over again. We could not understand why the management kept piling RVs together instead of spreading them out since there were plenty of open spaces. It always intrigued us but we never asked. Our little bit of interaction with the management and staff proved to us that they either didn’t care or weren’t competent. We are out of there now and feel a little bit sorry for those who are stuck there dealing with it.

Tommy Molnar
12 days ago

Many years ago we drove to Battle Mountain, NV to attend the first (and last!) Armpit Festival. A local truck stop had just installed an RV park attached to it. We drove in and rented a site. The RV park was relatively large, and there was only one other trailer there. We went to find our site, and guess what. Yup, they had us right next door to that one other party. I drove back to the office (the same office/mini-mart that ran the trucker’s fuel island, gas station and mini-mart sales. And the RV park!). Obviously, the guy running all this had no clue how to run an RV park but agreed to change our spot. I explained why I wanted a different site. It must have stuck with him because those who came in after us were spread around the park. Oh, and now it seems to have been turned into full-time living.

Rusty Clapp
12 days ago

We spent a few days at a campground we like in Steamboat Springs, CO last week. We drop in here a few times a year. No more, campground bought out by a corporation which turned this pleasant place into cabins, lodges and paved parking spaces so tight one is able to watch the neighbor’s cat.

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