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Old 10-04-2006, 02:52 PM   #1
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Where Do You Draw The Line?

Everybody has their limits when it comes to campground fees. What is that $$ limit for you. To compare apples with apples, please indicate amenities included for that amount (ie: E, W, W/E, W/E/S, w/ cable, w/ WIFI, etc.).
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Old 10-04-2006, 02:59 PM   #2
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In most cases you get what you pay for. I don't like to be nickled and dimed. We have gone to a resort campground where they charged a $5 bicycle registration fee. We're not going back. Family campgrounds that have rates for 2 adults and then everyone else is extra doesn't excite me either. I love when they charge $5 a night for a dog. She doesn't use the pool, rec room, bathhouse, playground or laundry facilities. I think some fees are excessive.
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Hi--Although we go there, Disney's Fort Wilderness should be one of the highest.--Frank S
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What's the limit? $$$$$?
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Old 10-04-2006, 03:32 PM   #5
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Hi--Although we go there, Disney's Fort Wilderness should be one of the highest.--Frank S
I stayed there for 2 weeks duriing Katrina and found it worth the money. I was planning a trip to FW or Mardi Gras 2007 and found out that FW is booked up. I then checked the Orlando KOA and found they are higher belive it or not.

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Old 10-04-2006, 03:37 PM   #6
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What's the DOLLAR figure?????????? I think that's what's being asked.For me it's $30.00
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Thanks Craftsman!
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Old 10-04-2006, 04:15 PM   #8
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Consider the math

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I did quick calculation and with over 20,000 campgrounds in US and more than 10,000 members here, there are (insert large number here..) possible combinations of what each of us might pay for any campground... I'd pay more for Disney or Key West or Yellowstone than for county park in Nevada wilderness, but it is very subjective... Park on Monterey Bay near old Ft. Ord and Monterey is full at $58/night near us, and county parks empty at $19...

Jellystone Parks in midwest are overbooked in summer at $60+, yet we don't understand the attraction of being awning to awning with big crowds... I'd conclude my $ number depends on what and where and when...
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We usually pay $12.00 for W/E, with a dump site available in the park. The highest we have paid is lakeside, W/E for $16.00. I know there are a few W/E/S in the park which I think are $20.00, but they are usually booked up or handicapped accessible. No cable or Wi-Fi in any of the parks I've seen in Oklahoma.
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We pay $13/night at a local county park where we attend horse shows - water/elect only/have to drive to another park to dump, but we love staying there and it seems like a bargain.

We also often go to Fort Wilderness and pay the going rate - I think $49/night - maybe even $50+ if we get a site with cable tv - for full hookups/cable - and it seems well worth it also for all the fun we have and as well as it is maintained.
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One more - my avatar is a pic from a stay at Periwinkle Park on Sanibel Island - water/elec/sewer 1/2 mile from the beach - $26/night.
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Old 10-04-2006, 04:40 PM   #12
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Like other have said, it depends.
It depends on:

How close to the beach/river/lake I will be.
What the accomodations are - hookups, etc.
How late I'm getting in.
How bad I need a spot.
What else is available.
How long I will be staying. Probably will pay less per night for a longer stay.
West Yellowstone or Mojave desert?
I don't think I've ever paid more that $47.
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Old 10-04-2006, 05:36 PM   #13
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boy, there's some cheap sites out there....

Here in the Midwest, campgrounds seem to be, well, mid-priced. We usually pay $20-25 for W/E, around $30 for full hook-up. Haven't heard of anywhere for under $18 for W/E that isn't just a wee bit suspicious...

Joining the majority opinion, it depends where we're going. For the first and last camping trips of the season or if we're going for more than a weekend, we need full hook-up because our grey water tank is WAY too small. Otherwise, W/E are all we need. We don't go anywhere that doesn't have electric (because I'm spoiled, okay?).

I'd love to hear about nice, clean, cheap sites. Pam
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Old 10-04-2006, 05:43 PM   #14
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The most I've ever paid was $47 per night (minus a 10 % discount for AAA, Good Sam, military, or police) at Cherry Hill near Wash. DC. It's probably my limit, but because of the proximity to DC, the operation itself, and the amenities, it was worth it. They had 3-way hook-up w/cable, two swimming pools, hot tub, sauna, exercise room with high end equipment, Wi-Fi (30 minutes free per day, after that an hourly charge), outdoor theater, restaurant w/free internet hook-up), and conference center. It was one of the cleanest campgrounds I've ever seen. The DC Metro busses come right to the campground approximately every 30 minutes.

If I'm looking for a place to pull over just to rest for the night, that would be around $15 per night. Any more than that and I'll use a rest stop or a Wal-Mart. Speaking of which, just last week on a trip into Pennsylvania, we stopped at a Wal-Mart in Harleysville. When we asked the manager if it was OK to park overnight, he said "Of course it is!", and directed us to the best location in the parking lot. It was well lit, and quiet. Before we went to Wal-Mart, we checked with the nearest campground and it was $30 per night for two adults plus $6 each for children over 18 yrs., and an extra couple of bucks for electric heat or AC, etc. A bit pricey for 8 hrs. of sleep.
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