In our five years of full timing, we have had very few negative encounters with fellow RVers. For the most part everyone shares at least one common interest and are out to enjoy themselves. Our current campground in Bar Harbor, Maine is one of those places that does not accept reservations and only accepts cash payments. It is a large and beautiful place on the water with great views.
When you come in, they give you a campground map and go in to pick out your site. Then come back and pay. So we drove around and found that most sites were pretty unlevel as the campground sits on hilly ground and they have made little attempt to level the sites. We found one that looked good and I prepared to pull into the site. Almost before we could get out of the motorhome to unhook the toad, a woman literally flew out of a nearby motorhome screaming and hollering that we could not have that site as she was holding it for a friend. Hostile is not a too strong a word for her demeanor. We were non- plussed to say the least. When it was pointed out to her that there are no reservations here, she got even hotter under the collar. She said that she had placed some stuff on the site to hold it. There was no such stuff on the site and that really set her off.
Scanning around the area, she spotted her table and cooler on the site of a pop- up one row over. She immediately charged over and started yelling at them that they had stolen her gear. They informed her that they had simply moved the stuff that they assumed the last camper had forgotten for safe keeping. She grabbed it all and dumped it back on the site and stormed back to her motorhome.
After a brief discussion we decided to look at another site and Anneke would head back to the office. We had determined that we were not going to deal with this crazy person. So while she was gone, I moved into a second choice and when I did not hear back quickly, I just started to set up. Now Anneke is not one to take abuse easily and when she arrived at the office remarked on this woman’s behavior.
Next thing I know, a guy shows up with a radio and asks if I would like to move into the spot we had first chosen. It seems that the crazy lady had no right to hold a spot since there was no reservations here. If she wanted that spot she should have gone the office and paid for it. I said that it would be up to Anneke in the office but that I had already started to set up in the other spot. Meanwhile, the guy with the radio went and talked with the folks in the pop-up. After hearing their story, he confiscated the gear the woman had replaced at the site. All said and done, we decided to not take the site.
To be fair, the poor husband came by and profusely apologized for his wife’s behavior and asked us to please take the site. We appreciated his comments but said we were not going to move.
The upshot was when her friends showed up they turned out to be bigger idiots than the first woman. They ran a very loud roof fan 24 hours a day that could be heard all over our section of the campground and even annoyed the staff. The manager decided that there was nothing she could do about it after polite requests to not run it 24/7 were rejected with some hostility.
Once again, it was brought home to me that no good deed goes unpunished.
Happily, they left today and Anneke can sleep again.
There are no pictures with this post to protect the guilty.