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Old 04-28-2016, 08:58 PM   #29
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Just booked at W. Yellowstone - yowsers! Even in CA and across other areas of the US (except NY), nice spots are generally in the $50 range. W. Yellowstone was $80/nite. Guess it's not only location but time of the year. Glad I booked last night however - last pull-in slot available for our dates.
The campgrounds inside the park are much cheaper and more scenic. That's where we stay. It's the very best location.
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Old 04-28-2016, 09:13 PM   #30
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Campground fees are only going one way ... up, up and up.

More baby boomers are retiring and getting into RVing.

The overall population is growing.

More people are living in RV parks when working.

The only way to beat the prices is to travel off season.
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Old 05-03-2016, 12:41 AM   #31
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The biggest problem as I see it is that Florida State Parks need a draconian cancellation policy. As it is I know folks who reserve 2 or three parks for the same time period using different names/credit card #'s because they don't know where they want to stay. Then they cancel the ones they don't use. . . . So the reservations show as full, but open up late. One of the rangers I spoke to said last minute cancellations were a big problem, and that they often have spots available to drop-in's, but I'm not willing to drive to the Keys unless I have a reservation.

If they charged a substantial cancellation fee, they would go a long way to stopping that crap.
If they would address check the Credit Cards and compare to existing revelations they could detect most concurrent reservations at least within the state park system. Add a driver license address check to the mix would make it even harder to do concurrent reservations.

Just a thought.
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Can't speak to all the numbers, but last I took count, the big 4-5 Class A manufacturing conglomerates and companies are pushing out over 250 Class A coaches a week, combined....and selling them. One might presume that the number of 5th wheels and trailers, Class B and Class C rigs are seeing similar sales. They have to park somewhere along with the rest of us who have already bought in.

We've been at full time for 3.5 years now, and generally, we've seen about a 20% average rise in rates...supply and demand. And we're seeing that rise in a lot of parks that don't rate the increase.

Combine that with states and some federal parks going to third party reservation companies and seeing that tag 20-30% increase in those types of parks...well, bottom line...it isn't going to get cheaper anytime soon.JMHO
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The RV industry took a hit after the housing bubble burst, but has rebounded and lots of new CG customers. So, I understand why CG owners can raise their prices in prime areas. I, too, get frustrated trying to get into FL SPs. On our way to KW next Monday and I got lucky yesterday finding one night in Bahia Honda on Tuesday. Perhaps they will have another nite once we arrive LOL.
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I had stayed at Beverly Beach Camptown near Flagler Beach FL on the Atlantic side back in the winters of 2011 & 2012 when the monthly rate for Campers Village was $900. I returned there this past winter to stay three months and OMG, the monthly rate had jumped to $1300 plus tax which brought the total to almost $1450 for the month.

Bought a beach house while here and are presently moving into it and trying to get it settled. I refuse to pay that much for rent so my portfolio is now more diverse now by owning real estate with a mortgage payment a lot less than $1450 per month.

I'll be 102 years old when the mortgage gets paid off, yeah right!

After Full-Time RVing for the last 14 years we are now Part-Time RVing from now on.

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Old 05-03-2016, 03:25 PM   #35
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which brought the total to almost $1450 for the month.
1450 = 48.33/day

1450+150 = 53.33/day including electric?

It is a close call between owning a home and full timing. When you add in gas and other costs it probably is about equal.

I own a home and thinking about full timing. I'm on the fence about it.

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Houses generally go up in value, RV's go down.
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It's called Supply and Demand. If less people would demand the RV Parks, the prices would be lower. If you want cheap rent come down between June and Sept. The prices are next nothing.
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