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Old 08-01-2009, 05:46 PM   #15
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... But what I don't understand is why don't the owner's define some 'park' rules with just simple requirements of picking up trash and periodicity washing the outside of your RV...

In the south here we get a lot of green algae and black mildew on vehicles parked in constant shade. It doesn't cost a lot to put some bleach in a cheap garden sprayer, spray the outside of your RV and make it look much better. Just because an RV is old does not mean it has to look ugly...
Ah... but many, many campgrounds/park object to someone washing their RV in the park.

Our Bluebird schoolbus was bought and recently moved from Southwestern NC. It had a lovely garden of moss growing in most of the windows! My daughter referred to it as "the moss bucket". On the way out here (11 days thru very high temps) and its now a lovely shade of brown... And I haven't washed it yet. There is a "no washing" rule here at the campground where we are living & the bus is in "storage". Luckily there is a car wash across the street with a big rig bay. When I am ready to coat the roof with Snow Roof, I will drive over and spend a few hours scrubbing the thing down.

Oh & by the way, my Class C was "green" from being parked over the winter under some trees. I washed it down with bleach (had to do some painting on the cabover) and less than 2 weeks later, it was green again... and washed again 2 days before we headed out. Just because the RV is green doesn't mean it's been parked there forever.
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Old 08-02-2009, 03:45 PM   #16
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We are very disappointed in the rating systems of both Trailer Life Directory and Woodalls. The last park in which we stayed was rated and advertised as a 10/10*/8.5 and, while it was nice, it certainly didn't hold a candle to any one of the Outdoor Resort sites, nor many other places we've stayed. Maybe the full page ad in the TL guide played some part do you think? Woodall's is even worse and give their highest ratings to places we would not ever stay in again. At least the descriptions provided in the TL directory tend to be a reliable guide to what to expect.
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My rule of thumb - - if the school bus stops at the RV park, you can bet it is full of "permanent RV's". The Trailer Life X sites, X available is a really good indicator!
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Old 08-05-2009, 05:24 PM   #18
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The rates go up; the quality goes down; unless your willing to pay top dollar $50.00 or up you get second class campgrounds.
Thats been my experience; some C.O.E and some forest service parks are the exception.
State parks are taking a beating and most are run down; (there are exceptions) but not many.
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Old 10-16-2009, 06:59 PM   #19
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Man, you guys sound as if your campground snobs. I guess I don't care that many are living at a campground for whatever the reason. In fact, these permanents rarely use the amenities like the restrooms as they just keep to their own place. It keeps me from waiting to take a shower in the morning, and the campground is all yours to enjoy during the day. I've been to full campgrounds with alot of permanents and I have the pool during the day to myself.
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I too, am concerned about highly rated parks going downhill. In my opinion, the permanent residents should be parked in the rear of the park. We have been stopping at a camp ground just west of birmingham, al. For years. Every time we stop, the conditions are worse. We stayed there this year on our way to canada, and like everybody described, there were many derelict trailers and motorhomes that had not been washed or moved in years. I understand that the cg owners have a big investment, but where is their pride of ownership? We also stayed at one in virginia which had a decent rating in the cg guide, but we had to travel 10 miles of narrow winding roads to get there, and when we got there, it was trashy, muddy and half filled with full time residents and the hookups didn't work like they should. Next time, i will call ahead and ask how many permanent residents in the cg.
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I too, am concerned about highly rated parks going downhill. In my opinion, the permanent residents should be parked in the rear of the park.
Should they also ride in the rear of the Bus?

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Hello all. I'm an avid RVer and campground owner. Couple of points from the owner side. (I didn't address all the points above, so forgive me. please feel free to ask questions)

There are different types of campgrounds with different camper bases. Basically there are Seasonal/Permanent parks, destination parks, overnight parks, and parks near tourist attractions i.e. just a place to stay while seeing the attraction. (casino RV parks, or amusement park campgrounds are examples.)

Seems like the parks that get the worst complaints are the ones trying to be more than one or two of the above. In fact, you will find that the industry is concentratiing to these 4 models. ( we could argue that there are only 3 or 5 but, not important)

We are a destination park that focuses on young families. We only have a few seasonal campers who are all family focused and do not live on their site. The seasonal sites are all in one area. Works very well for us and both our overnight and seasonal customers.

A corollary to that is not all campgrounds have permanents as their bread and butter. For example, it is common industry knowledge that overnight customers have a much higher ancilliary spend rate.

RE: Directories such as Woodalls and Trailer Life ratings. The people who rate the parks are essentially work campers. However, they are compensated by the ads they sell. I can tell you that they spend more time selling to you than inspecting your park. Clear confilict of interest. Also, capability and experience is wildly different. (FYI, we are highly rated in both and do not advertise so no sour grapes here)
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I agree with you Scott. woodalls and Trailer Life ratings are almost always too high. Restroom ratings are probabloy the improperly the highest. 3 restrooms with showers can be well maintained but insufficient for 400 sites and not deserve a 9.5 rating..
Welcome back Scott you have been missing from the forum for a long time!
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Hi Ronnie,

Have been building a waterpark and doing an expansion at our campground which has consumed me for over a year now. Finally some time to enjoy. Leaving Thursday for the South for a month. Can't wait.
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