Workamping Tip: Reservations

If you work in a campground that uses the ReserveAmerica, or www.recreation.gov system, you’ll recognize these reservation cards:

Reservation Card - front
Reservation Card – front

First tip:  Do NOT write on the card until you have covered it with clear cellophane tape.  It is best to completely cover the card.

This is because anything you use to remove the writing, from the bare card, will also remove the red print.

Second tip:  Use a grease pencil, also known as a China Marker, to write the date and name on the tape.  Press firmly to make it dark enough to read from a vehicle driving by the site.  A dry-erase marker comes off too easily and a permanent black marker is too hard (although possible) to remove.

Third tip:  Use a (dry) Magic Eraser to remove the writing.  Using the eraser dry, instead of wet, lifts the writing off the tape instead of smearing it.  The Magic Eraser will last longer if you do not get it wet.  However, you will need to rinse it out when it starts getting hard to cleanly remove the writing.  There are generic Magic Erasers on the market that work just as well as the name-brand product.

Reservation Card - Open
Reservation Card – Open

Good signage cuts down on the questions.  But there aren’t enough signs in the forest to completely eliminate them.  There are SO many different ways that campgrounds work.  So be patient when the campers need a little explanation.

Tillicum Site 26
Tillicum Site 26

Happy Hosts mean Happy Campers   🙂

 

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