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Posted: Oct. 24, 2003 1:42 am/pm Quote

Got this email from an x-friend. Thougt I'd post it for the fun of it.

I wanted to tell you about our experience at FW.  

Our first encounter was the Outpost check-in building.  What a great experience.  When I went in, there was a line of people already there but I figured that it really wasn’t for people checking in so I politely excused myself and cut in front of all those people. I only needed a few seconds anyway.  The host tried to tell me to wait my turn but I convinced her that they others didn’t mind and she ended up taking care of my check-in very promptly. They do need to better train their help.  Man was she flustered by the time I finished asking all the questions and getting checked in.  Don’t understand why all those people were staring at me all that time. Didn’t matter, I got in and I’ll never see any of them again.

Next I drove the coach to the site to see what it was like. I passed an unhook area but was anxious to see the site.  When I got there, I decided that it was OK so I went ahead to unhook the Hummer (we have a big motorhome). My goodness can people be impatient. It only took me a couple of minutes to unhook the rig.  But after I got unhooked, I noticed that a couple o branches might touch the coach so I left the thing in street while I trimmed them off.  Then, before I could back it in, some guy from security decided to hassle me just because I didn’t want to scratch my coach.  People were really getting upset while he was hassling me.  If he wouldn’t have bugged me, it wouldn’t have taken me so long to get backed in and settled. Besides, all those people could have driven the other direction. Some guests don’t seem like they enjoy camping.  In fact, a lot of people I run into don’t seem very nice.

After all that, my kids decided that they wanted a golf cart.  They’re great 11 and 14 year olds.  Very responsible too.  So I sent them to get one.  Don’t know why but they needed me to go get it for them.  Man could they fly with that thing.  You should have seen that kid on the bike get out of their way! The golf cart got them out my way for a few hours too. I was upset at the security people this time when they brought my kids back without the cart. And they wouldn’t even let me rent them another golf cart.  How much damage can a few feet of water do to a golf cart anyway? They’re just lucky my kids weren’t hurt when it went in the canal. They still might hear from my lawyer.

My dogs liked it there too.  They’re trained just a well as the kids.  I can turn them loose for their morning and evening run and they’d disappear for a while, take care of their dog business and come home when they got hungry. Remarkable how they could find they’re way home each time. That lady with that little ShihTsu dog should have known better than to let it play with two Pit Bulls. I was confused by two things, I don’t know why would they put doggie bags by campsites instead of in the restaurants and why wouldn’t they want dogs in the comfort stations?

Another thing that griped me was the lack of parking spaces at the stores and restaurants.  It was inconvenient to leave my car on the road while we went to the Hoop-d-do thing.  Had another note from the security people too.  They sure hassled me during our stay.  They had buses everywhere but I don’t like buses.

That stupid security guy was there real fast when we started to leave and I was having problems getting the Lexus hooked up to the coach at the site.  I was in the street for an hour trying to figure it out. He kept bugging me to move the coach to the hook-up area but I was determined not to let the problem get the best of me.  

People were a lot friendlier when we left.  They were waving and wishing us a good trip home.  Some even stopped us to ask us if and when we were ever coming back.  Said they wanted to plan their trip around ours.  Didn’t understand that because they all seemed to avoid us while we were there.


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Posted: Oct. 24, 2003 3:48 am/pm Quote

Lots of things to learn from in that report, Richard!
:o

I haven't pulled a trailer or had a vehicle on a trailer behind me, so I'm interested in something if you can explain it. What are those hitch/unhitch areas used for? If you unhitch your trailer there, how do you get the trailer to your campsite? Or are they just to drive your car off of one of those trailers that pulls cars behind an RV?
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Posted: Oct. 24, 2003 5:50 am/pm Quote

Please dont flame me for this..... But the part about the Lexus was right on the nose !

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Posted: Oct. 24, 2003 5:54 am/pm Quote

No one flames here. Nuh-uh. Just isn't done.
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So don't worry!  :talktohand:

So, anyone able to answer my question I wrote above? I'm not kidding -- I'm that inexperienced at campgrounds that I really want to know.


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Posted: Oct. 24, 2003 11:37 am/pm Quote

Ok, I must confess:  I was halfway through the second paragraph of your story (with my jaw on the floor)  :Oo: before I realized, "hey! this is a joke!!!;) LOL

(Soo, I'm a little slowww! )

Thanks for the chuckle!  :D  :D  :D  LOL  LOL  LOL


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Posted: Oct. 25, 2003 7:47 am/pm Quote

Quote (RichKoster @ Oct. 24, 2003 3:48 am/pm)
Lots of things to learn from in that report, Richard!
:o

I haven't pulled a trailer or had a vehicle on a trailer behind me, so I'm interested in something if you can explain it. What are those hitch/unhitch areas used for? If you unhitch your trailer there, how do you get the trailer to your campsite? Or are they just to drive your car off of one of those trailers that pulls cars behind an RV?
:confused:

Rich:

Those areas are for motorhomes that tow cars behind them.  It really is a nice service since they can take their time unhitching without blocking traffic.  For those of us who tow trailers, we pull right up to the campsite and back in, then unhitch the tow vehicle.  Hope this clears things up.

For any of us with experience camping, I'm sure we have all met the guy in this story, at least once.  I thought this piece was HILARIOUS!!  Thanks for a day brightener, FWMT! LOL


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Posted: Oct. 25, 2003 7:48 am/pm Quote

I loved that story. I have one that you won't believe, but its real.  Thank goodness it didn't happen at FtW though. It happened in a NY campground and only rude NYers could have done what I am about to tell you.

About 2 years ago, we made reservations to camp over a long July 4th weekend.  We got a pull through site made for a much larger Class A motorhome or trailer.  Our little Class B was dwarfed by the size of the site.  Since the campground was fully booked up, we figured they were not holding sites based on the size of the rig.

We got the rules which said a maximum of 2 (motorhome and 1 car or trailer and tow vehicle) vehicles and 4 people per site.  Extra people cost extra.  Quiet hours 10 pm - 7 am. No refunds.  No problem. It was just the 3 of us and our dog and we always kept quiet.

Right next to us was another similar site.  Not long after we arrived, our neighbors, a young couple with 2 young kids, checked in and began setting up camp.  They had a little pop up trailer and they also looked sort of out of place on such a big site.

A few hours later, some friends of their's, another couple and some kids, came and joined them on the site.  They set up 2 tents for their family.  Now there is a pop up, 2 tents and 2 trucks with 8 people.  OK we thought.  They must have paid extra.  

Next came 2 more trucks with 2 more families.  All tenters and all very noisy.  Since the big site was now full, what could the new arrivals do?  SIMPLE.  Just pitch their tents on our site and parked the overflow of trucks in front of our motorhome!  Did they ask if it was OK?  NOPE!  Did they even look a bit guilty about doing it. Down to the office I went.  The owner said she would send her husband up to check it out.  She was busy checking in other campers.  Back at the site I was wondering if they may have pushed our motorhome out of the way and taken over the whole site.  

They then proceeded to drink and carry on well after the 10:00 quiet time.  Now surrounding neighbors were getting outraged and joined us at the office to complain.  Of course by now it was closed and everyone was long gone!  

Needless to say one night was more than enough.  We ate breakfast early and packed up to head home.  Before we left, we saw the owners touring around in the golf cart checking for empty sites. I know they saw our site had been invaded, but they just ignored it.  I saw others in our neighboring sites who were also packing up to leave stop them and point to the rowdy site where the drunks had all passed out by that time while expressing their outrage at the previous night's debauchery. Again the owners shook their heads yes and proceeded on their merry way.  Hey they had a full campground.  They were making money, the heck with those of us who were cheated out of a quiet enjoyable weekend.

I will never go there again.   :pissed:


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Posted: Oct. 25, 2003 7:54 am/pm Quote

We've crossed paths with this guy before :bomb:  :tsk:

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Posted: Oct. 25, 2003 9:20 am/pm Quote

rocklandrvers:

We all wondered why you left so early that next morning!  As a matter of fact, your leaving really disturbed my big group of friends...after all, we had been drinking all night and really needed to sleep in!!!  And it was very inconvenient to move our tents and vehicles so you could get out!

We'd appreciate it next time if you could be more considerate!!! ;)

karen :) :D :) :D


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Posted: Oct. 25, 2003 10:59 am/pm Quote

What have I started!!! Maybe we should start a site to discuss doofuses (not sure how to spell that) that we've run into during our camping experiences. However, I'm sure that none of these people ever really show up at FW. Well, maybe a few have.

:crazy:

In 1999, I took a year off and my family and I traveled to 45 states in our motorhome and in all that travel only ran into a couple of knuckleheads who should lose their RV license.

And after all those months camping and everywhere we went, we still found no other campground that compares to FW. We found some really nice ones out west but FW is the absolute best.

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