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Old 06-30-2003, 05:18 AM   #1
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Recently on another group there was a remark regarding people asking to shower for a fee. My question is how do campground owners feel about this? Would you let someone who is not a guest (boondocker?) use your facilities for a fee?

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Recently on another group there was a remark regarding people asking to shower for a fee. My question is how do campground owners feel about this? Would you let someone who is not a guest (boondocker?) use your facilities for a fee?

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Old 06-30-2003, 03:08 PM   #3
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That's a good point!

If you're not willing to let a walk-ins use the showers (at a fee), where do you get off asking someone who has already paid to stay there to pay to take one>

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Sorry, maybe I ask the question wrong. I have never stayed in a campground that charged a registered guest to take a shower. For the campground owner or manager - how would you react if someone offer to pay you to use your showers since they were not registered guests. This discussion was related to boondocking.

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I have been to campgrounds in parks in Canada that charge a fee for showering. Usually the charge is 25 cents for so many minutes, and the showers are open to anyone who uses the park. I have no problem with that - hikers, etc. need to shower too and the parks are public property, so why not?
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I have asked and paid to take a shower at a private campground in the past. I have also put coins in the slot at a shower at Shenandoah National Park. You know when you really need a shower - 50 cents or a dollar isn't much!!!!
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I work as a camphost in a National Forest Recreation Area, including campgrounds. We allow those that camp for free in the wilderness area near here to come in and pay a fee to use our showers. It would be unfair for the registered paying campers in our campgrounds to subsidize the cost of hot water, cleaning, etc, for use by the non-campers coming in.
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Old 07-07-2003, 05:15 AM   #8
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Wanda & Gene, thank you for answering the question per the topic.

I really wanted to hear the opinion from camground owners of private campgrounds. This topic was on a boondocking group who could not understand why private campgrounds would not allow this.

As a work camper I know how my employer would want me to answer this, just wanted other campgrounds opinions.

This has nothing to do with coin operated showers, but this brings up another question for camground owners. Do you have coin operated showers?

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We do NOT allow it. You have to be a registered guest to use the facilities. We have had some scary people stop and ask to pay to take a shower. I will not put my paid guests at risk from some lowlife ect. As far as boondockers we don't see many except those who want to dump.

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I am a campground owner in Northern MS. On occasion we have had people stop in just to use our showers. The first few times it happened, the people told us that it costs $5.00 in a truck stop and that is what they paid us.
We have had no complaints regarding this fee.
Non campers dumping was also brought up in one of the posts. We charge $10.00 + tx for someone to dump into our wastewater system. We have no dump station as all our sites are full hook up. We know of other campground owners that charge a nights fee for dumping.

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If those same scary people came in to register for a campsite would you let them pay and stay at your campground?
This is once again a case where it would seem to be good pr for the campground owner. This time they might be hiking on the trail and need a shower but the next time they might be looking for a campground in their rv. I would hope that most campground owners are kind and logical people. Whatever you figure the cost for the hot water + a little for your work would be reasonable.
On the other hand if your shower capacity is somewhat limited and there are long lines just say sorry and explain the situation to the person.

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Lynnvt's feelings mirror mine to the tee.

There is the matter of location that must be taken into consideration. The urban or highway location is much different than the recreational out of the way place.

In Matt's case there are vary few who may have the legitimate need for a shower just as they pass through the south side of Starke, Florida.
Here at the KOA in Polson/Flathead Lake, Montana where I am presently located there is a strong possibility that good folk may need a shower while passing . The possibility is high since many may be trying to put as much sightseeing and travel in a 24hr period as possible.
The volume of people traveling from Washington (Pacific Northwest) and Canada to Sturgis, SD and other parts of our country now is quite high.
The brightly colored KOA sign or any sign for that matter, should reflect clean and friendly campground services for the traveler. This is a welcome mat for the legitimate recreational traveler.
This is the style of business that owners have chosen to be involved with.

There is no blanket answer to any of the problems previously or presently mentioned. Making services better and easily available is all part of the game.
So many owners and managers complain about Wal-Mart for offering solace to the weary traveler. They do not offer an alternative however.
This friendliness has worked for Wallyworld. It can work for anyone else also.
Instead of making excuses and fighting what the consumer may want or need, give it to them and make a friend and future guest. I am tired of businesses telling me what I want.

The nature of the industry was to make people happy and comfortable and most of all safe. This does not mean the cash register must always ring with a loud announcement of profit every time something moves. Profit comes when you make it look easy and natural.

If a recreational oriented business cannot make it in a particular location by giving all the goodness its clientele want. It might not warrant being in operation or in that location.

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In our area dump stations are 5 to 10 dollars and no showering except for registered campers as we are not in an interstate travel area. The campground I have been paying 5 to is going to 10 this fall.

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I had a cousin that drove to FL from NC onetime. This girl never missed a shower in her entire life. She stopped at a truck stop where she got a free shower with fill-up (all 3 gallons! ). If you don't let outsiders use the showers can you tell them the closest place that does?

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