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Old 10-23-2003, 07:51 PM   #1
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Campground Rates, A Little Pricey?

We recently visited St. Francisville, La. to take in some of the historical sites in that area. There is one campground there, and we checked in, $18 a nite was OK, but they charged me $5 for each kid. The place was nothing to brag about, unlevel, gravel pads. I probably could have stayed at the Motel 6 for the same price, maybe next time the walmart parking lot.

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Old 10-23-2003, 07:54 PM   #2
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That seems to be the going thing, we try to avoid that situation, my kids don't travel with me much anymore But I really believe it is an unfair practice. I wonder if they would charge extra if 4 adults all came in one RV?


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Old 10-24-2003, 02:38 PM   #3
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It really is a shame. The Corps or Engineers and the State park campgrounds seem to be cheaper to me and this is where we often go. We have two kids and don't get socked with a "kid penalty" at those.

Regardless, of cost I avoid private campgrounds anyway, just because of past experiences.

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Old 10-24-2003, 02:49 PM   #4
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Some are, some aren't. One place we visited was $29+$5 air conditioner+$5 dump fee!! Another $21+$1 airconditioner fee. Then there is good 'ol Pennwood, everything for $15 including 54 channels of cable TV
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Old 10-24-2003, 02:52 PM   #5
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Campground Rates, A Little Pricey?

Greetings Aaron!

When traveling with a group of friends several years ago, there were three adults and three teenagers in my Overlander. When we stayed at one of the larger chain campgrounds near a major tourist attraction (theme park), we paid an additional $2.50 per camper for each person over two per coach. We didn't really object to the surcharge since the park offered numerous free activities of interest to both the adults and teenagers. During my travels, I have noted the practice of charging for coaches with more than two occupants in several areas - - it does, however, seem to be more common near large cities or where popular tourist attractions are nearby.

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Old 10-25-2003, 12:40 AM   #6
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Come to think of it, the state and county campgrounds really are cheaper, and often more family friendly than private ore corporate type campgrounds. Most of the private ones in and around California do offer more services, but are also prone to charging more for the "incidentials". Sometimes my wife and I prefer the ones that sock it to you up front, but then offer everything under the sun for no extra charge. Others have better basic rates, but nickel and dime you for every move you make.
And then there is Baja California, where you can camp smack dap on the Sea of Cortez, for a few bucks a night....
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Old 10-25-2003, 09:24 AM   #7
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Campground prices

We went to the Northeast this summer. We stayed at private campgrounds and one state park. The highest price we paid was $40.44 per night (including 10% discount) at Aquia Pines Campground on Rte 1 in Stafford. The trailers are packed like sardines and the entrance is one of the most dangerous I have encountered. It is a the bottom of a short hill and the traffic comes over the top at 60mph leaving little reaction time for the hapless camper.

Generally we stayed at Good Sam approved campgrounds including the Prince William Travel Trailer Village on Rte 234 just off I-95in Prince William county, Virginia. That cost us $98 for 4 nights. Keep in mind this is about 30 miles south of Washington DC.

In general we paid $20-25 for private campgrounds. The state park in South Carolina was $15.

We have stayed at Wal Mart parking lots twice. Both times I was a little uneasy but it is nice to know a big corporation makes their facilities available to the RV community. Such uncommon generosity is hard to find these days.
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During a forced career change my former boss and I seriously consided buying a camp ground. What we found that in the situations where you are seasonally driven, the income is not great.

The comments we got from many owners were in the realm of "you live like paupers, you retire like kings". This statement attributing much to the value of the land and facility only coming to bear when the property is sold.

When you consider, the length of season, the occupancy rate, is this a destination site, weekends only, etc., the cost of your overhead, including utilities, insurance, staff and special facilities, plus the cost of keeping the place up, repairs, vandalizm, etc, the bottom line its a pretty marginal existance for many owners.

So while we may consider some sites pricey, you may have to consider that these folks are making a living just like you and me and that price they charge isn't all gravy to them.

After looking at the different factors and campgrounds all over the country, we both decided that the amount of debt we would have to carry plus income derrived would put us both into an existance that would require a second job.


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