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Old 12-31-2012, 11:41 AM   #1
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Arriving at night

Is it difficult to arrive at FW at night. Coming into pop up camper already set up by a company so no set up worry. Will likely be around 8pm and in oct
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:24 PM   #2
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No it won't be a problem.

It will probably be dark but you should already know from your setup company which site your rental popup is on. That late in the evening usually means no waiting in line at the Fort. You have the option to use a drive-in lane (they usually keep one open at night) or park in the lot and go inside the checkin building (it's either/or).

The fact that the pup will be already set up is a HUGE timesaver for you.

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Old 01-02-2013, 11:08 AM   #3
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I would add to keep a flashlight handy. Where there is some lighting, its good to have till you find the light switches and get unpacked.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:14 AM   #4
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Howdy! In just a few short weeks, we will be arriving back to the Fort. I saw this thread and wanted to know what a night-time arrival would be like for us, too. We will be arriving late Sat, 2/2, and saw that BamaEd had some insight. Because I like to know what to expect, it sounds like the check-in lanes will be pretty open and arriving late is not an issue. Anything else we should consider?

Forgot to mention we will be in an RV.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:30 PM   #5
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Howdy! In just a few short weeks, we will be arriving back to the Fort. I saw this thread and wanted to know what a night-time arrival would be like for us, too. We will be arriving late Sat, 2/2, and saw that BamaEd had some insight. Because I like to know what to expect, it sounds like the check-in lanes will be pretty open and arriving late is not an issue. Anything else we should consider?

Forgot to mention we will be in an RV.
Well Ed says use your common sense.

It depends on what time you arrive. You should use common courtesy - if it's late (say after 10pm) then only do a minimal set up (maybe plug in the RV to the power post, extend your slides, and leave any other unpacking or outdoor activity until after breakfast. Some of your fellow campers may be in tents, popups, or might even hear loud noises inside their RV or TT.

As I said, they usually keep one lane open in the evening. If it's WAY late you may have to go inside to check in.

It's kinda neat to come in at night because you can't really see a whole lot (other than what's in the headlights). The dawn brings my favorite time to the Fort.

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Apr 1981 FW Creekside Meadow... Jan 2002 FW 2200 Loop (cabin)........Nov 2009 FW 1500 Loop (pop-up)
Nov 1987 FW 100 Loop(tent) ...... Oct 2003 FW 2000 Loop (tent).........Mar 2011 FW 900/1500 loop (pop-up) to/from KW
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Dec 1995 Contemporary.............. Mar 2007 FW 1000 Loop (pop-up).... Apr 2013 FW 100 Loop (pop-up)

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Old 01-05-2013, 11:30 AM   #6
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Well Ed says use your common sense.

It depends on what time you arrive. You should use common courtesy - if it's late (say after 10pm) then only do a minimal set up (maybe plug in the RV to the power post, extend your slides, and leave any other unpacking or outdoor activity until after breakfast. Some of your fellow campers may be in tents, popups, or might even hear loud noises inside their RV or TT.

As I said, they usually keep one lane open in the evening. If it's WAY late you may have to go inside to check in.

It's kinda neat to come in at night because you can't really see a whole lot (other than what's in the headlights). The dawn brings my favorite time to the Fort.

Bama ED
Bama ED-Thanks again! While I love checking in during the day, the night arrival will be fun! Courtesy and common sense to be used.

We can just put the stabilizers down and snooze for the night. Super excited and cannot wait for the adventure to begin.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:09 PM   #7
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and be aware of your headlights.
thanks for your courtesy of even ASKING OP!
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