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Old 10-13-2016, 07:41 AM   #1
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We called a Passport America campground named Pine Knoll Campground, in Conway, New Hampshire to check availability. The answering machine said "Hello, this is Pine Knoll campground and no one is in the office right now, but leave your name and number and we will call you right back". We never got a call back and when we arrived at the campground, we were met by several RV leaving. I drove up to the office and it was not only closed, but completely empty of all furniture. I walked down into the campground and found someone hooking up a travel trailer to a pickup truck and asked him if the campground was open. He looked at me and said "NO. they have been bought out by someone who wants to turn this area into condos and we all have been ordered to vacate the premises immediately!"
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I can see how condos could make just a little bit more money for the owners than a campground........ bummer.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:54 AM   #3
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Here is a story from the local newspaper:

Albany Town Column: Pine Knoll Campground sold
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:02 AM   #4
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The CG we spend most of our winter in was sold and will be a "resort hotel". People have been camping there with their families for over 50 years so it is sad to see this. Money talks, campers walk.

Would have been nice if Pine Knoll could have at least changed the message on the answering machine to say we are permanently closed.
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Bernardo Shores in Imperial Beach, CA was sold about a year ago for condo development. A very nice RV resort was lost, sad. Of course they gave their campers plenty of notice.
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The article said something about turning it into a tent camping experience with tents and everything provided. No Rv's...I feel sorry for the seasonal campers who now have to move all the items they built attached to their RV like decks and awnings..
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OP: I hope you contacted Passport America so they can remove them from their system. Then others won't stop there needlessly.
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The article says Huttopia will convert it to Glamping...

We saw this "migration" from a Campground/RV Park to a "Glamping" spot (Glampground?).

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Not for us, but maybe a successful operation...see the photos here:
Wyoming Glamping - Jackson Hole Glamour Camping in Wilson, WY

Fireside had cabins in the front and RV's in the back of the clubhouse (looked like it was an ol' KOA at one time(?).
http://jacksonholecampground.com/
The manager said the RV spots would be changed to the "tents" as budget/time allowed...Hope not. Really too bad to be losing these faculties to that kind of (IMHO) VERY different customer ...there were moose walking right through our spot, daily.

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We called a Passport America campground named Pine Knoll Campground, in Conway, New Hampshire to check availability. The answering machine said "Hello, this is Pine Knoll campground and no one is in the office right now, but leave your name and number and we will call you right back". We never got a call back and when we arrived at the campground, we were met by several RV leaving. I drove up to the office and it was not only closed, but completely empty of all furniture. I walked down into the campground and found someone hooking up a travel trailer to a pickup truck and asked him if the campground was open. He looked at me and said "NO. they have been bought out by someone who wants to turn this area into condos and we all have been ordered to vacate the premises immediately!"
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Why do you bother to drive to a campground that didn't bother to call you back?
We often call in the morning to check on availability or seasonal closing especially this late in the season. I have found that sometimes the campground office isn't staffed at that time of day. In this case we had a short day and got there about 1 PM. Driving here we passed through the White Mountains with very limited or spotty cell service, so I assumed the call could have been made but we missed it, or they just hadn't staffed the office yet.

I was just surprised the message seemed to indicate everything was hunky dory with the campground. Even their web page indicated the campground was open till the 15th of this month.
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OP: I hope you contacted Passport America so they can remove them from their system. Then others won't stop there needlessly.
Yes, email was sent.
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That's the way it's done in New England (unfortunately, and I am a New Yorker who moved to new englander) 😀😆😀 hahaha....sorry for your inconvenience on behalf of our New England campground. It is disgraceful at times, perhaps a little more thoughtfulness and compassion would help this world.....I hope it doesn't discourage people from visiting New England
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It just goes to show some people have no class.
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Happened in Moab, Riverside Oasis RV Park is now a hotel.
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