Originally Posted by jaco
Lynn If memory is correct you own a trailer park. I saw your advice above regarding courtesy parking at WBCCI members homes, yards, etc. ... Is it unproductive for a park owner to rent for just one nighters? i.e. Does it take a certain number of days before you guys cover overhead on a per slot basis?
Well, if you look at the rate structures, it's generally true that anybody paying a daily rate -- whether for one night or several -- is paying the highest rate. In that sense, a one-nighter is as good as a three-nighter.
But there might be more to it. Up here with have a big balloon and airshow festival in the summertime. That's one of 4 or 5 opportunities throughout the year for us to fill the park completely and earn some very much needed cash. (It does cost a bunch to maintain an AS, right?) The festival runs for three whole days, so we usually get reservations for 4 or 5 days. Almost nobody wants to come during the middle of the festival; they all want to arrive on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning and then leave on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.
So, then, what about the person who calls early on and wants to make a reservation for the balloon festival for Saturday night only
. If we accept the reservation, then that sight will be practically unrentable for Friday night only and/or Sunday night only.
Do you see what's happening here? For festival periods, when park owners may be trying their best to make ends meet, you might find folks who are less than willing to rent for a single night. (But, then, that's exactly where the WBCCI Courtesy Parking might be really nice, too!)
I don't want to ever feel uneasy about attempting to check in for one night only, In fact it would be interesting to know what the average stay at most trailer parks is. The fulltimers would have to be factored out of that average. And the location of the park would certainly make a difference. I guess many parks are considered destination parks and hopefully others are intended traveler's respites.
Your input would be appreciated.
This will depend a bunch on what kind of park it is! If it's primarily a vacation area or a vacation park -- and especially if it's somewhat off the beaten path (for example, not next to an interstate!), then you won't find that many one-nighters. If, on the other hand, the primary business of the park is to serve folks heading from way over there someplace to way over yonder -- especially along interstates or other major highways -- then you're going to find almost exclusively one-nighters!
Finally, some parks will reserve a restricted number of sites for seasonal guests (for example, folks who want to stay for a couple of months).
Whew! Let me know if that clarifies things or just adds to the confusion!