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Old 12-04-2015, 07:11 PM   #1
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Dear Airstreamers,
We just reopened an old Fish Camp on the Gulfcoast of Florida north of Tampa that has been closed for the past 5 years and we have 17 RV spots on the River that we have put in and looking for a little guidance from fellow air streamers on what makes a good park for air streamers. Any comments or guidance would be helpful

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Old 12-04-2015, 07:21 PM   #2
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

We plan to head down to Dade City before Christmas. Hopefully, we will be able to stop by and try out your campground.

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Old 12-04-2015, 07:22 PM   #3
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New RV Park and new to the RV world

Good for you! We'll be rolling your way in mid-Jan enroute to our sailboat in Bradnton. Perhaps we can stopover.
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I just Googled Mary's Fish Camp. All I got was a trailer park established in 1946. You need to post an address.

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And pictures, maybe? What do you offer for hook-ups on site? Electric? Water? Sewer? WiFi? CATV? Campfire pits? Concrete sites?

Tell us more! And good luck on your new venture!

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Old 12-05-2015, 08:05 AM   #6
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If you're on a river, a nice launch for kayaks / canoes would be nice. Walking and running trails, fishing areas, small grocery and bait store, an access road that doesn't make dust. We stayed at one in Missouri that was very nice, had a small lake. Every car that came down the gravel access road created a ton of dust that settled on everything in the camp.

Make sure the bathroom and laundry areas are nice. If the bathroom / shower area isn't nice then my wife won't stay more than a day.

Down the road, having an Internet presence would be especially nice, so people can find you. There are plenty of places that can put up even a static website with phone number.
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Old 12-05-2015, 08:13 AM   #7
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Down the road, having an Internet presence would be especially nice, so people can find you. There are plenty of places that can put up even a static website with phone number.
Not very far down the road. I think you should make this a top priority. I don't know how phone apps like Allstays get their listings, but it would be good to get there.

Folks like spacious sites, try not to cram them in.

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We just reopened an old Fish Camp on the Gulfcoast of Florida north of Tampa that has been closed for the past 5 years and we have 17 RV spots on the River that we have put in and looking for a little guidance from fellow air streamers on what makes a good park for air streamers.
In order to provide meaningful suggestions, it would help if we have more of an idea what you've already got. Fishing camps are often in the boonies, and while they might have electrical service, they might not have municipal water or sewer services. They usually have good access to the water, which is why they're fishing camps and not hunting camps, but conversely they may be on low-lying land with poor drainage, especially along the Gulf Coast. You say you already have seventeen campsites, but what kind of hookups, if any, are already in place? Are the sites paved, graded with crushed stone, or grassy? Is there an existing building on-site that can serve as a pavilion, clubhouse, general store, and/or office? How far away are the nearest services like grocery stores, fuel, etc.

The more you can tell us about what you already have, the more we can tell you about what you might be missing to make the campground more desirable as a destination.

But having asked a bunch of questions, I'll offer one constructive suggestion even before you answer. One thing every successful campground needs is good signage. People need to be able to find you even if they don't use GPS. People pulling a trailer— or driving a motorhome and pulling a toad— don't like to get lost if there's not a good place to turn around when hey realize they've missed a turn, so making sure they don't miss their turn is best. Not necessarily billboards, but definitely some kind of "turn here" signs along the best route from major highway to your camp. Which typically means getting permission from the local highway department to put signs on their right-of-way, or getting permission from landowners adjacent to the highway to put signs on their property right next to the highway/street right-of-way.
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Trees and vegetation - the more the better. Privacy between sites. Being on the river is a huge plus too.
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Matches everything the OP says. 17 sites with full hookups. Looks like they already have a good setup, even a web site. Wonder why they're posting here, maybe asking specifically about AS camping???

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There are 17 RV sites at Marys Fish Camp with Full Hook Ups to Power, Water and Sewer. 50 amp service is available. Rates - $28.00 a day plus $5 a day for water, power and sewer.

Daily Rates

30 Amp Service $40.00
50 Amp Service $50.00

Weekly Rates
30 Amp Service $225.00
50 Amp Service $265.00

Monthly Rates
30 Amp Service $700.00
50 Amp Service $775.00

All sites include water and sewer.
Weekly Rentals add $25.00 for Electric
Monthly Rentals add $75.00 for Electric

Fishing off the Wall is included in all rental prices.
All check in Times are 11:00am
All Check out Times are 10:00am

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Old 12-05-2015, 10:39 AM   #12
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Mary appears to targeting Airstream owners.

As for Airstream specific concerns, I would suggest getting out the pruners, trim branches that might scratch the clear coat. I'll take that spot with the alligator proof fence.

I am guessing that this was an inexpensive, clever way to advertise.

She might want to focus on fishing forums as well.
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Sites that are relatively level, FHU, a picnic table, a lantern hanger, fire pit, small stand up bbq grill. Think "state park".


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Many people travel with cats and dogs. Make them feel welcome. A dedicated dog run and dog poop stations are the minimum.
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