In anticipation of our trip to Florida next Easter which we're already planning in detail, can someone give me a general idea of when RV parks accept arrivals and departures during the day?? I know I could contact several parks to find out but we just want a general idea, and you guys make it all so easy and convenient to find out, especially with all your experience! We are wondering whether arriving at 7.00pm is acceptable, or whether they only operate 'office hours'. Thanks in anticipation, Peter
You can think of an RV park much the same as a hotel or motel as to operating hours. They think of "nights" of rentals, not days. Usually, the rental period is from 11:00AM until 11:00AM the next morning. The check out date of one rental is the check in date of the next rental. Park office hours will vary -- but all parks will accommodate early and late arrivals in one way or another. I do reservation software and am also a full time RVer so have witnessed most situations.
Check-in time is usually a function of availability coupled w/an announced check in time. If the person in the site you want or they want to give you has not checked out, you would have to wait. A park will usually have temporary space available until your site is open. It may be an open field, it may be a temporary RV site. Hotels/motels have to wait until the room has been cleaned, whereas with an RV site you can move right in as soon as the site is vacated. I have occupied a site as early as 8:00AM. It was open, so they let me go ahead and park. Other parks are more hard nosed -- in that if you move in early, you are using utility bucks against that site. Of course, that is true with check out as well. If you linger in a 50amp site to finish washing your cloths while sipping a drink with ice from your ice maker, e.g., that will be frowned upon.
As to late arrivals, I have never witnessed a park that didn't have an after hours check in procedure. It will range from an envelope/drop box to just a sign that reads, "park anywhere that's open and check in in the morning". My SW provides the park with a clip board ready listing of those due out and due in each day. It also presents a map of the park with available sites displayed. Parks using it will post a copy of that map on the front door to display open sites for late arrivals. The next AM, they check in via the SW backdating to the preceding night. Of course, it you have a reservation, you best call ahead. If the park is crowded and you don't show by an announced time, they will rent it to someone else. And, just as with a hotel, you may get dinged for a one night stay on your credit card if you neglect to call and cancel a reservation.