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RVer takes pride in cheating campground reservation system

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We found this on the Facebook group Florida RV Camping. It made us mad. Why do some people think they do not need to play by the rules?

Here’s the post from a member of the group:

“While at an RVers luncheon today, I asked the man seated next to me where he was going next. He said he and his wife would be at Johnathan Dickinson State Park for 6 weeks. I asked if they would be hosting. Nope.

“Then I asked how he finagled 6 weeks. “Creative registration ” was his answer. He reserves two weeks in his name, 2 weeks in his wife’s name, and I guess 2 weeks in the dog’s name. When I said that was just wrong, he justified it by saying they had paid for it, so they deserved it.

“Florida has the 2-week max rule, so it appears Reserve America isn’t enforcing it. And those of us who live here suffer the consequences.”

This makes those of us at RVtravel.com angry! Why do some people believe they are entitled to make their own rules, which in this case deny two or more other campers a campsite that should be available? Hopefully the rangers catch on in this case, but you wonder if they would legally have the power to do anything.

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UPRIG
1 year ago

Loose Lips Sink Ships … never discuss your advantage… never.

Joe
1 year ago

A Florida State Park Ranger told me that they know people are manipulating the system but they do not know how to prevent it. A few years back I was trying to book a reservation at Bahia Honda State Park. The reservations opened up at 8AM and there were 20+ open for my time frame at 7.55AM. I punched the reserve button at exactly 8AM on my computer and could not get a spot. I also had the phone ready and dialed Reserve America at the same time and still had no luck.

Don Reynolds
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

The same thing happened to 4 of us this morning. Four different groups, different geographic locations, 9 spots available at 6:59, all taken at 700. All 4 of us tried and nada. Something’s up, some group of people are cheating the system somehow. If anyone knows what’s up I would appreciate a heads up.

Richard
1 year ago

Sounds like a Politician.
Human Beings are a terrible creature. I much prefer animals.

Rich
1 year ago

i would’vev condidered turning him into the mgmt at that state park.

Ken
1 year ago

Wow! Talk about using the attitude, it’s all about me and the hell with everyone else. I wish there was a way to flag these people. Another similar is someone who makes two or three campground reservations, chooses one and never cancel the others.

Dennis
1 year ago

The Wife & I agree: if you somehow “ace” the system, you just made life more difficult for those of us who choose to follow the rules. Does anyone agree with this assessment on a personal level?

Randy
1 year ago

As to reserving a campsite for 6 weeks, it’s a loop hole. Two weeks in his name, then two weeks under his wife’s name, then back to his name for two weeks.Unless the gate shack persons or a Ranger make note of their stay, they’ll get away with it. Federal and state regulations state that what their doing is prohibited.

Bob p
1 year ago

This is a prime example of the modern day families not teaching the golden rule to their children. We all like to blame the millennials including me, but when you think about it if children raise themselves with the help of TV they turn out like this person. Me only generations!

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

P.S. this is progress in the name of computerism. I’m not against computers they are a great tool, but… as with everything else we encounter if there is a way for abuse it will be found and capitalized by some. I’m so old I remember when the computer industry was just starting and their big advertising gig was how computers were going to eliminate all the paperwork, only thing they forgot to research was when computers die you better have your info backed up by paper.

cee
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob p

There are PLENTY of Baby Boomers playing the reservation scam game, it’s not just as you put it, “modern day families”.

Dave Pellegrino
1 year ago

Florida has migrated to a new reservation system. Hopefully it is better a catching the offenders than RA was.

Ed
1 year ago

I learned of this about seven years ago at Topsail in Destin, Fl. Their was a group of about 5 or six RVs who were recumbent bikers. They were very clavier and proud about what they were doing.

D Haley
2 years ago

Part II: Federal parks are a different creature as we all own part of the park with federal tax dollars. So the system should be of equitable usage. A two week period use at a park and if you booked another park say in another State park as you continue your travels that is permissible use of federal park campsites never having more than two weeks at anyone park. Then strictly all rules and laws with stiff monetary fines and rangers given the power to enforce. In the meantime confront legislators, governors, Congress persons and senators as well as media and for

D Haley
2 years ago

Part I: It seems this RA company at best is an issue. Why have not the RV organizations band and attacked the politicians that have allow your state lands and federal lands to operate so poorly. It seems as well as reading that RV rental companies are an issue the the problem as what about companies like say camper world and others. Clean out the mess, and stop contracting. Feds run it with fed employees as the same with states. RV organizations sit together and help put rules and regulations together. State residents get a percentage of sites and others sites open up to non-residents on state control parks.

Rodger
2 years ago

I frequently spend the summer operating a Forest Service campsite in British Columbia. I do have people come in and book for 2 weeks, set up, and only show up on weekends. It is frustrating, but legal. We do have a policy that they have to occupy the site, but We cannot remove their stuff, not to mention a trailer. I did remove a tent once and was accused of damaging their possessions. No way would I hook up to a trailer.

Engineer
2 years ago

It’s the same “me” generation that has ruined Wal Mart overnight parking; state parks and the newest is the Harvest Host program….soon to be ruined by these people who think they are “entitled”

Rosalie Magistro
2 years ago

As a campground host in one of the most popular state park Arizona, I have seen this plenty of times, mainly Canadian guests.
We are eyes and ears for the park so we report it to they rangers and they take care of the problem.
It’s not fair or correct to,follow the rules and let others have a chance to stay in the parks.

Glen Cowgill
2 years ago

I live in Florida and am a Disabled Vet yet I can never get a reservation in any of the Florida state parks if I want to get away. This current reservation system does not work for the residents of Florida.

Skip
1 year ago
Reply to  Glen Cowgill

Glen it’s not only Florida it’s nation wide. Until there specific info in registering as in RV registration and is verified nothing changes. And like it or not that number is entered into a system and the RV in itself is registered and two week against not a name that way Mr the Mrs and Spot cannot register 2+2+2 weeks in reservations. Simple and to the point and that registration will be checked against chassis number. And if Mr the Mrs and Spot have been found to registered 2+2+2 their entire reservation is cancelled and the data reflects such violation and any and all reservations are deleted from system and no registration can be made by the for 2 years. Maybe that will slow down the thiefs of the system.

Charles iacono
2 years ago

This could be corrected by registering each space to the license of the RV, not by name. Hopefully these crooks will meet their fate somewhere down the line.

Rosalie Magistro
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles iacono

Half the time you can’t get a phone number on their regi.

Skip
1 year ago

Then no registration. No valid info or half reg info then no reservation. Someone has to take the bull by the horns and brand them and where it hurts. Suspended reservations over next several years. All personal info and vehicle info is collected upon registration for reservations. Applicant will receive notification up in approval and that info again will be verified upon check in. No match no entry.

Bob Harrelson
2 years ago

At one of the National Parks that i camphost at they have taken measures to stop People from spending the entire season in the campground. They have a first come first served system so no reservations but 14 day limit. At which point you have to leave the park for 14 days then may only return for an addition 14 days in a calendar year. It takes a little effort to enforce. Especially when it was first introduced. But after a few people were escorted from the park word got around( there must be a Facebook page for those who try to beat the system) and it works pretty well now. I know some people who come for a three or four day mini vacation have taken in total more than the allotted yearly time. But those who do three or four days never were the problem. It was those who wanted to do three or four months.

Dottie
2 years ago

To the person that talked about “RVer takes pride in cheating campground reservation system”. The people are paying the campground so that is not cheating. They are cheating the RVers that can not use the space because they are hogging the space.

BOb Harrelson
2 years ago
Reply to  Dottie

If the same person is reserving under multiple name how is that not cheating

Skip
1 year ago
Reply to  Dottie

Really Dottie they are thiefs. Rather they paid the are not following the rules and since people can’t follow follow those rules Then the rules should become laws with heavy fines and those fines be used to make upgrade to the park and pay rangers, host more in wage.

Tas
2 years ago

I live in Palm Beach and Jonathan Dickenson is our short getaway goto spot. Only December thru April, exactly when we want to do a two or three night camping trip, it is impossible to get a site. It saddens me that greediness and breaking the rules for selfish gain is so commonplace. I wish they would use the license plate of the RV to enforce the law.