Just need to bring this up about giving some space

Discussion in 'Campground Etiquette' started by charliec, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    ...and I've had the misfortune of being in CGs with some folks who would never even notice your activities, IPAman. They are so loud, disruptive and "into" their own activities that they don't care.
     
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    IPAman New Member

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    The OP's scenario is boondocking with no one else around. The irritant party was hunting ducks. Wild ducks won't come close to that kind of racket with many things that are close to gun shot report in sound.
     
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    spider211 New Member

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    I thought it only happened to me. This past weekend we had been set up for two days, go for a canoe trip, come back to our camp site and lo and behold someone decides to camp next to us and puts their tents on our site and put their hammock within arms reach of our table. I say to them oh I see you are joining us in our site and they say yeah guess we are kinda close.. We got up early the next morning and broke camp, hope I did not disturb the youngsters (they were college kids) when we left.
     
  4. Justin91

    Justin91 Member

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    I am new to the Camper lifestyle but I have been backpack camping since a kid, much like the OP. I always enjoyed getting away and the solitude that came with hiking and camping. If I set up camp and the whole place is vacent and someone pulls in next to us and runs a generator in the morning and splits wood...I will have to say something. Is this the norm? If so I see a lot of boondocking in our future.
     
  5. Ryanincc

    Ryanincc Truth is poetry. Most Americans do not like poetry

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    Maybe its just our herding instinct [LOL]


    I know, long ago, when I was a waiter, tables of people always leave in groups. When one table got up, almost always several would be right behind.
     
  6. skeetercampsintexas

    skeetercampsintexas Active Member

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    Soeak for yourself there ryan...I prefer solitude over socialism. I do much better with my own family along the path as opposed to taking care of everyone else's, except at rallies of course.
     
  7. Ken1967

    Ken1967 Can't wait to Camp!

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    And in some state parks, at least in Minnesota, they put the campsites right on top of each other... so they can maximize the revenue by getting as many campers in paying. So in parks where it is very busy all the time, like Itasca State Park, you always have neighbors just about on top of you... not my idea of getting away.
    We did find a park in Chippewa National Forest where the sites are either in groups of two or three or spread out from one another... giving you a feeling of being away from it all. We did however stay at Moose Lake State Park last year and even though the sites were close together, they left lots of trees between them so it did feel private. [PU]
     
  8. Ryanincc

    Ryanincc Truth is poetry. Most Americans do not like poetry

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    Hey, I'm with you skeeter. Spread it out man. Lol


    My iPhone did this
     
  9. Justin91

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    This is coincidence, but we ran into the "heard instincts" at the movie theater a couple of days ago watching the new Muppet movie with my wife and son. All three rows behind us and all the rows in front of us were completely empty and two ladies and 5 kids sat in the row just behind us. They were very loud during the previews, but was not too bad during the movie itself. I guess one good thing will be that maybe camping in a crowded camp ground might loosen me up a little :) .
     
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    tfischer Well-Known Member

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    We went camping with a large group (taking up 8 or 10 sites) last weekend, and everyone else left on Sunday morning. We had decided to stay for Sunday night and leave Monday morning. After the rest of our group and other neighbors left, there was nobody else left in our "circle" of about 50 sites (part of a large regional campground of 300 sites).

    About mid-afternoon, a single guy in a car pulls up, and takes the spot directly across from us. Sets up his tent, starts cooking up some food. I was literally scratching my head... out of an entirely vacant section of the campground, he takes the spot right next to a young family in a pop-up.

    He didn't hurt anything although I kept thinking we were bugging him. He just at at the picnic table most of the day, reading a book or playing on his phone. He ended up going to bed around 8-8:30... even my young boys don't go to bed until 9 or 9:30 on a summer camping evening. We weren't particularly loud, but we were out playing yard games, etc until at least 9... quiet hours weren't until 10. If he wanted it quiet, he should have picked one of the many spots 100 yards away lol.

    Oh, and as far as I could tell, there was nothing about this particular spot/section that was any better (or worse) than any of the other vacant spots he could have chosen.
     
  11. Camp-N-Nuts

    Camp-N-Nuts KrustyKamper

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    Safety in numbers maybe? [?:~{]
     
  12. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    On my recent trip to the SW I was at a CG with 50+ sites on the Salton Sea (in SoCal). I was the only one there. Two guys in their late 50s-early 60s pulled in with a TT and parked right across from me. I was in the trailer at the time so I gave them about ten minutes and then walked outside and said, "Hi. Gee, I'm surprised that with every other site in the campground empty that you'd park right across from the only occupied one." The response was, "We needed the handicapped site." It was indeed a handicap-designated site and they did have a placard but neither of them seemed to have any sort of handicap. Beyond that, there was nothing different about that site. It was just designated that way because the park needed a certain number if them to comply with the law.

    It turned out that they were also photographers and I crossed paths with them a few more times at the shore while shooting pelicans. They always parked in the handicap spot which was, of course, right up at the front of the lot. Frankly, I think these guys were taking advantage of having an actual handicapped person in the family who wasn't present.
     
  13. RotnMom

    RotnMom Am I there yet?

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    Handicaps and disabilities OFTEN aren't 'obvious'. And I watch folks too, using the spots and hopping out and practically running into a store. One lady cut me off, and nearly ran over a family of four, for a handicap spot at the grocery. I took the one across from it. When I got out, she's in her truck digging through God knows WHAT as it looked like a flea market on wheels. So I asked if she was aware she was in a handicapped spot.

    HOLY FIRECRACKERS, Batman!!! That woman came at me like I had one of her cubs or something! But she did let it out that her momma is handicapped and this was her car. So I said, 'fine'. Then I called the cops. Her ticket will be no less than $500 because 'momma' wasn't even with her! She told the cop momma was shopping. I told the cop she pulled in alone and there was no momma with her. Witch. She got hers! [}:)] [A]

    On the flip side, I tend to keep my disability card handy so when someone makes a smart arse remark to me, I tell them I can prove my need, 'would you like to see my card with MY name on it?'. They usually grunt at me and drive or walk off.

    [:D]
     
  14. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    These guys might have been legitimate but I don't think so. I watched them both climb up and down huge piles of rock numerous times to get into shooting positions. There was no indication in their movements, speech or behavior that indicated a disability. After several observations and three or four conversations with them I am pretty sure they were just taking advantage of another person's handicap permit.
     
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    There are some legitimate reasons a person parks in a handicapped spot that are not necessarily obvious to people. Before my husband died there were times I would let him off at the door and then go park the car. I totally get that some people abuse the system, but at the same time not all ailments are obvious. When my husband was first issued the card his needs probably were not as obvious as in later stages of his illness.
     
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    Nandy Active Member

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    I have a female coworker about my age with MS. You cant tell she has it, she is very athletic in her looks and most guys find her very attractive so you will never think she has an ailment but when her joints are acting up she can barely walk faster than my grandpa when he was 95. When she is feeling ok she dont park on the handicap. So yes, just because they dont look sick to you dont mean they are not.
    HOWEVER, people that uses other people handicap to get a "better" parking spot irks me to death!!!!
     
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    tfischer Well-Known Member

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    My mom will occasionally offer me her handicapped placard when I run errands for her - I won't do it. It's not only illegal, it's unethical.

    On the other hand I have no qualms about dropping her off at the door, then parking in a handicapped spot. Many times she'll just walk back to the car with me on the way out, if she's feeling OK.
     
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    I may be wrong in my thinking but I don't think you actually have to be handicapped to use a handicap site in most cases. I still think they are first come first serve. It's like a handicap accessible restroom stall in which anybody can use but they are designed to accommodate those who do need the extra space or assistance.

    I know an older couple in great health that reserve handicap spots because they are typically on cement or asphalt pads when the rest of the sites are not, or have extended paved pads and they can keep their stuff off the gravel and dirt. Also if the site is near a comfort station there's typically a sidewalk from the site to it. They never have to get on the grass/gravel. As far as I know they haven't been asked by anyone official to move or given a ticket since they weren't. Their thought is if you needed the handicap spot you can wait for it to be available and reserve just like we do. Right or wrong in principle they aren't breaking a law that I'm aware of.

    I haven't used a handicap site but one day if it is the nicest site still available I would consider.
     
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    tfischer Well-Known Member

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    This is correct from what I've seen. But in this case, the people claimed they "had" to use that site next to the poster because they NEEDED the handicapped site.
     
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    So a handicapped camper can stay home that weekend because your friend likes the handicapped spots? Nice
     

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