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Old 07-20-2019, 12:40 PM   #1
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RV Park Site Escorts

This may be a touchy subject for some, but I'm going to ask anyway.
Many RV parks have escorts to guide you to your site. I don't have a problem with that as some parks are kinda difficult to get around in.
I'm wondering though if anybody has a polite way of telling your escort that their assistance in helping you get into the site itself is not necessary. I find that usually it is more difficult to have someone telling you which way to turn or just how far back you need to be on the site. I sometimes am frustrated by their attempts and the various hand signals and voice commands (it really gets to be fun when there are two of them giving you different instructions). Many times, I'm better off if I can get out, look at how the site is laid out, where the obstacles are and then depending on my wife to keep me from hitting something.
Does anyone else have this problem or is it just me? I don't want to step on any toes and I realize that they are only doing their job. Does anyone have a polite way to say: "Thanks, but I really don't require your help"?

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Old 07-20-2019, 12:55 PM   #2
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I have not stayed in many of the large RV Resorts, but every time I do get this assistance. It is a mandatory thing according to the campground setup. In most cases.

For me it was mostly for direction including going down a one way the wrong way. They have offered to help me park a they are supposed to stick around until I am.

I usually mentioned that I am quite capable of doing it all on my own, but still let them stand there and direct me if they wish. I always end up where I want to be, so no real harm done.

Even though they may not be working in my own style, I just go along with what they want, and usually end up with the great stay there.

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Old 07-20-2019, 01:25 PM   #3
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Same as Jim. They've never asked if I want help, they just do it. I believe they want you parked in a specific spot or manner. Their campground, their rules.
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Old 07-20-2019, 02:51 PM   #4
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I usually comply and re-position (if necessary) after they leave...

...their house...their rules.

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Old 07-20-2019, 03:05 PM   #5
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It maybe required for the insurance purposes, I just let them do their thing....
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Old 07-20-2019, 03:40 PM   #6
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I have only rarely encountered these, and in those cases I have found them somewhat useful, but the idea of someone telling me which way to turn the wheel (rather than how much space I have left of which side I am of the intended location) is really annoying. You could just turn the radio up...

I do understand that they are intended both to be helpful, and likely to reduce property damage due to RVs hitting bushes, fences, utility pedestals, and even other RVs.
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Old 07-20-2019, 04:08 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Brian B-P View Post
You could just turn the radio up...
I don't think that I'd have to do that. According to my wife I have selective hearing.

Are you supposed to tip these folks?

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Old 07-20-2019, 04:12 PM   #8
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I have not, not that I asked.
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Old 07-20-2019, 05:05 PM   #9
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I had one staff member linger a bit to long, maybe he thought he was going to get a tip.

Sorry I can’t tip everyone.
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Old 07-20-2019, 06:00 PM   #10
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I had an excellent attendant at a private campground and yes he did tell me which way to turn the wheel. He knew the campground very well, he knew how to position the unit before backing. I listened to him and obeyed what he said. It was most helpful and eliminated my learning a process that he already knew.

I would add that this campground was in North Carolina and built on a hill side. A steep hill with each site cut into the hill side. It was one quick back-in operation, I am sure the other residents appreciated that the process was completed quickly and quietly.

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