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Old 03-04-2004, 08:36 AM   #15
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The idea of having a reduced rate or free area at a campground is appealing, but I don't think it will work.

Let's say there is a campground with a low cost area, $5 for the night, no hookups, no use of the main facilities.

People will take advantage of the situation. They will figure out a way to use the pool, bath house, rest rooms, etc. just because they are available on the premises.

So now the owner fences off this no frills area so you can't just wander into the main area and hires a security person to take care of late arrivals. The rate now has to raise to pay for the fence that a few inconsiderate people have forced him to install. And now we're back to people complaining about the cost, so they stay at the free spots again and the loser is the campground owner again because of the outlay costs trying to accomodate a niche market.

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Or perhaps if you have a low cost area for overnighters, they will bring that info to this and other forums and the campgrounds business will increase due to some good publicity. Not only in the overnight area but in general. For example, I would continue to pay for the amenities but I might stop at someplace in my travels that was mentioned here.
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I dont even know if I should comment on this issue, due to past problems. Maybe the administration of this site can see when abuse of powers, prevents the honest exchange of views.

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If you charge $5+ for a no hookup, no service parking spot then you are ahead of the game even if someone uses the bathroom or pool. An owner might also consider that this overnighter might spend $$ in the laundry or buy a soda in the camp store if it's still open. Maybe a newspaper in the morning. Your campground have a breakfast grill? Maybe they'll pick up a quick bite for the road before leaving. Revenue to the business owner.

You got a customer into your business that you might not otherwise have had, take advantage of that. Figure out what the customer wants and find a way to provide it. They may come back and pay to stay longer.

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I agree if a customer waqnts to spend and support the CG owner in his endeavors. However ther are many RVers that feel that they deserve a free trip, even to the point of giving tips and ways to avoid paying their way while Rving. I for one may have to use Walmart or some other free layover, but I will not advocate or encourage that way of life as others have done on this site. An emergency situation may force me to stay over at those locations, but that is not the way I will travel. If I expect a fair shake from a CG owner I will certainly try and give himm my business.

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Captain Bud, I agree with your comments. i have only stayed at a Wall Mart once when delays in my travel caused me to run later than expected. i also agree that it would be good for CG owners to provide "low cost, no frills" spaces I think it would be a win win for all, even though I know that it would be abused. My fear is that as demand for ground grows more and more CGs will become housing developments and shopping centers,resulting in fewer choices for us and certainly higher prices. There's not an easy or black and white answer to the issue, and certainly room for other opinions.


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The problem with the no frill deal is once it's found out EVERYONE including the regulars we have would want that deal. Pretty soon we would be out of business. The only way it will work is having a seperate piece of property and as i posted before it is cost prohibitive to do at $5 and even $10 a night.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by mjstef:
The problem with the no frill deal is once it's found out EVERYONE including the regulars we have would want that deal.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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The regulars would be happy to pay your regular rate and move out of the theoretical 'bare bones' area after about two days with no water, no electricity, no sewer, no trash pickup, no cable TV, etc.

If a campground owner were to consider trying such a venture, I think the key to its success would be that no amenities would be available and there'd be a limit on the length of stay. Perhaps two days would be appropriate.

It'd have to be managed like a paid parking lot, not a campground.

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I have to agree with Matt, there is no way you can buy a piece of property, upgrade it(even to parking lot standards),provide some security, police the area and expect to make money at $5-10 per nite. Especially when one of the requirements would be is near the interstates.I refer you back to my statement on another thread,why not have Walmart charge? and see how that works.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Captain Bud:
...why not have Walmart charge? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

How would you propose to convince Walmart it'd be in their best interest to charge?

In comparison to the revenues generated within their store, I doubt they need the comparatively small amounts it might generate. Additionally Walmart would likely be cautious of loosing the customer goodwill that seems to be generated by allowing this practice. Also, how would Walmart distinguish from someone in an RV who merely stopped at Walmart to shop?

According to the article in RV Business that I quoted from earlier, Walmart has already taken a stance on this with campground owners and municipal governments in many areas. I think they may be allowing this free parking policy for the long haul.

There should be some way campground owners could cash in on the desire of many fellow RV'rs for a basic place to park for a few hours of rest.

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I personally think what will happen in the future is this. The Rving community is growing every year. Mor CGs are being bought up and used for shopping malls, condos etc. This is causing somewhat of a scarcity of CGs. I have noticed that the nice new CGs and those that are putting money back into their facilities are doing well. I predict that more and more people will be using the Walmart layovers until something happens and a lawsuit occurs. Walmart and others who allow this parking are going to take a long hard look at their policies. We all enjoy this hobby and lifestyle, but lets face it, it will become costly, fuel costs, CG costs, etc. I'm at the twilight portion of my RVing days, and will probably hang it all up in a few years, I caution all you youngsters out there use your heads, appreciate the point of view of the CG owner, and patronize there establishments, look at the rising costs in state and federal CGs. Remember "there's no Free Lunch".

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Scarcity of campgrounds? I haven't found that at all, are there any industry numbers on CGs closing in large numbers that support your claims? All sorts of businesses close or move so land can be developed. If you avoid July, August and holiday weekends (or get there first) there are plenty of places to camp, the availability of hotels/motels aren't any better. As far as Wal Marts etc., should we have to pay just to sleep somewhere that we don't rent or own? Should we be forced to consume when we don't need to consume just so others can profit? Using unused parking spaces at Wal Mart (that only get used around Xmas for a month) seems like a good trade off for both the traveler and the store! I don't own my RV so campgrounds can profit. I probably spend a third of my time in commercial CGs, a third in public CGs, and the other third in relatives driveways, rest areas, race tracks etc. I've never stayed at a Wal Mart but someday I may, why not use unused areas if it is convenient and there is no impact? If I need to consume (dump, fill with water, recharge the batteries, rent a spot I can call my own) then I pay. Sure there are going to be folks that abuse certain situations , there are people that abuse almost anything you can think of.

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I'm not a campground owner, but just had a brainstorm, which either might be a good idea, or a seizure!

What I see on this thread are a group who really would like to serve the needs of the quick overnighters. Some of the other problems with the concept are the late arrivals waking up all the other campers, and the extra time involved in collecting etc.

If those aren't really issues, then how about this? A ten dollar overnight fee for those who come in after five, and leave by , say, 7:30. However, they have to leave a deposit up front, that is the same as the full rate. At 7:00 refunds begin, and are cut off at 7:30. If they oversleep, or decide to stay, they are prepaid, and have no gripe. If they leave and your normal fees are say $30.00 a night, they get $20.00 refund, only if their rig is on the out road. They can use the showers, full hookups, or whatever they want, and the only policing would be the refund in the AM. Repeats are no problem as long as they are off the property, rigs and all, until after five, or whatever time for your local area you know there will not be any more regular customers pulling in.

Just a thought.

The camper gets a break, you fill up any vacant spaces, and the other campers will not want the same rate to leave that early, which leaves you plenty of time to spruce up anything left behind for the next camper.

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Well! Guess that was a seizure instead of a good idea.

Oh well, thought I had an "outside the box" possible good suggestion.
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