Ramblin' On

Late Departures

On our recent weekender to Burra we enquired with the caravan park manager when we signed in if it were possible to have a late checkout on Sunday as the trip home was only a few hours and we could do some more sight seeing Sunday morning before returning home.

We hadn’t asked for a late checkout before so we didn’t know what to expect. The manager advised that it wasn’t possible and that we would need to pay the full day rate if we did not leave the site by 10.00am. As the daily rate was only $17/day, we decided to pay the extra day so as not to leave early Sunday morning.

This got me thinking whether this was normal or not! So I asked the question on the MSN Groups Caravanners Forum. Most responses were from those that have had little or no trouble negotiating late checkouts.

Macka17 said:

Most parks will let you stay till lunch time if you ask.
Unless prebooked by somebody else.

DiscoPeter3 said:

You have to play this game by ear. generally the busier parks are reticent to let you linger. It also depends on how long you ask to delay departure and your reason. You will find that the inland parks are more accommodating, particularly if you offer to move off site.

Mick & Sally said:

We have never had a problem with late departure times unless the site that we are on is booked for the day that we are due to leave. If this is the case, it would be unfair to the Park and the new arrivals to stay beyond the checkout time.

Evernew98 said:

Over the years, most of our requests for a late departure have been granted without any extra charge.

Based on the comments made, it would seem that our experience at Burra was the exception to the rule, rather than the norm. From now on when we consider staying at a Caravan Park, we will be clarifying whether a late checkout is possible.