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Old 05-18-2014, 12:30 PM   #1
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Campground Policies - Extra Charge for Guests

Just curious to see if anyone has camped at a private campground that charges you extra to have visitors. We're full-timers and found ourselves in Winchester, VA at a private campground. We are here specifically to visit two family members. We were unpleasantly surprised when we were told it would cost us $4/per person, per day to have them visit us. They're not even allowed to pick us up at our site. This is the first we've ever run into this, but the owner tells us other parks do the same. Anyone else out there ever experienced this? If so, what were your thoughts on it?
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Old 05-18-2014, 12:59 PM   #2
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I have seen as much as $10 plus per person per day. It depends on the amenitys they offer.
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Chief, this is a practice I see almost everywhere I go. When you ask the owners why they charge extra, they tell me it's due to the extras it will cost them in electricity, water etc. But aren't we going to use the utilities the same anyway? They also say it's for the amenities that the guests would use. Some RV parks don't have any amenities. I think they do it because they can do it. Kinda like airline fees.
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Old 05-18-2014, 01:31 PM   #4
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We have only seen that "day use" thing at a RV resort with LOTS of amenities.

At normal campgrounds, we have only seen extra fees for guest who set-up tents on a RV site (to maybe discourage it).

They will charge what they can...it's supply and demand.

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See similar thread here regarding such additional fees.

I was charged $10 guest fee at the Malibu RV resort just to have someone drop me off at my site... I was told if their tires touched the property the charge applied.

Campground "Resort fee" ?
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Not unusual at all. If not for the extra fee I can see the population exploding on a hot summer weekend. Imagine going to the pool to find it packed with free visitors and you, as a paying guest, have no place to sit.
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Yeah , but just for someone to pick you up is wrong IMO.
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The practice of charging for guest's is common, facility's figure the guest will be using shower's, toilet's, extra quantity's above the normal person's per site.
However we have pre informed at the office of a visitor coming a particular day and would only be staying a few hour's to visit then leaving, also coming to pick us up to go out for the day and have alway's been given a free visitor's pass for our friend's visit.
I've found if your up front and tell them what you expect and consider reasonable they will be receptive, they want you to return.
I do agree the fee seem's unreasonable for just a visit, but if you don't respond to management, they assume your okay with the fee,and a lot of time's the person at the check in has to check with management and get back to you, they only know what the policy say's.
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I have been charged twice for dinner guests (KOA'S) and it still irritates me. I don't mind paying for all day or all night guests but being charged for 2 or 3 hours is wrong.
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The practice of charging for guest's is common, facility's figure the guest will be using shower's, toilet's, extra quantity's above the normal person's per site.
However we have pre informed at the office of a visitor coming a particular day and would only be staying a few hour's to visit then leaving, also coming to pick us up to go out for the day and have alway's been given a free visitor's pass for our friend's visit.
I've found if your up front and tell them what you expect and consider reasonable they will be receptive, they want you to return.
I do agree the fee seem's unreasonable for just a visit, but if you don't respond to management, they assume your okay with the fee,and a lot of time's the person at the check in has to check with management and get back to you, they only know what the policy say's.
In my case, management was very aware. I had the gate keeper call out the manager on duty, who came and affirmed any access to the property for any length of time or purpose would incur the charge.
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I have been charged twice for dinner guests (KOA'S) and it still irritates me. I don't mind paying for all day or all night guests but being charged for 2 or 3 hours is wrong.
Agree!
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thats why i have a list of questions i ask before ever booking, i also get the persons name and position i'm talking to. can't take anything for granted anymore. if i don't like the answers i just spend my money elsewhere.
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Yeah , but just for someone to pick you up is wrong IMO.
Yeah, that's just way wrong and what I consider gouging to the utmost.
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