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Old 07-24-2015, 09:38 PM   #1
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I guess I just don't understand why campgrounds-

I guess I just don't understand the business of RV campgrounds.
3000 miles into a 4000 mile trip and most every campground we have looked at or stayed at has big issues. Granted, we are off the main roads and doing hiways from Texas to AZ but still- why would owners just let stuff slide. Broken power boxes, weeds, trash, derelict rvs with flat tires, crashed cars in rv sites. It seems that out in the west ( I know gas and oil people) anyone with 2 acres has skinned it to dirt, thrown up a few power boxes and now has an RV site. Many were not level, most we just passed by, some (like the de leon tx city rv campground were unmarked on the hiway and blocks off the street behind industrial buildings with the road washed out by a stream) are so hard to find even with GPS as to be not useful.
I guess I was always taught to be the best you can be in any business you're in. What I'm seeing is-'here it is, if you want it fine, if not goodbye".
We've sure seen a bunch of dumps in 2 weeks with our TT.

Why is there no national chain of franchises like hotels, in the rv campground business? Seems like a good opening for a national first rate operation.
KOA aside.
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I guess that these owners made their money way back and today they suffer that Wall Marts, Flying J and others hurt them accepting overnite parking...
If these camping owners would be proud of their business, they would keep it and give us good service, but that is not the case.
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Old 07-24-2015, 09:52 PM   #3
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We don't often hit the types of campgrounds you describe, between Passport America, and RV Parkreviews, and Tripadvisor, my wife does a little research while I drive, she calls ahead, and in we go...usually a 4-5 star rating means no derelict cars or electric boxes hanging....
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Maybe their numbers wouldn't be so bad and Wally World wouldn't get the business if they provided a decent service Kinda like either side of the isle in Congress!
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Old 07-24-2015, 09:55 PM   #5
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Try finding Passport America of even GS where we have been! We looked also!
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Does Walmart really compete with RV parks? I typically see a couple of overnighters parked at the Walmarts I pass ... but it's certainly doesn't seem to be any sort of destination (nor should it be). A couple of sites one way or another shouldn't be that big of a deal.
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Does Walmart really compete with RV parks? I typically see a couple of overnighters parked at the Walmarts I pass ... but it's certainly doesn't seem to be any sort of destination (nor should it be). A couple of sites one way or another shouldn't be that big of a deal.
I agree. Wal Mart, rest stops, etc....they are generally for needed sleep and you are on your way.
I am surprised at the way a lot of small businesses run today. I always tried to get back to people quickly and give them great service. But often people ONLY shopped via price. We weren't always the cheapest. Try to get a plumber or blacktopper or tree trimmer or contractor to even call you back or get back to you with a price. It's comical. But unfortunately, most people don't shop by service....they shop by price.
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Blaming Walmart is silly. It sounds like somebody is poking around well off the beaten track then wondering why they don't have full tourist services. A basic truth is that of there was a lot of business in an area then there would be franchised parks with the appropriate overcharges. ;-)
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For one, I hated sleeping at a Wall Mart or truck stop facility, but leaving Quebec early november and heading south, there are just a few campgrounds that are opened. So after a one year experience looking and paying some $20-30 for a one night stay, just for a 16 hours stay, we joined the Wall Mart or truck stop boondocking facilities.
We do stop at campsites every so often that we like and we do spend a couple of days going down south.
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During our trip to the 'lower 48' this last spring, we traveled the 'road less traveled' and the RV parks that we stayed at were all nice. While some of them may not have been '5 star' they were clean, reasonable price and had good areas for our Labs to play in. What we did find a 'lack of' was good pull out/rest stops so we could give our Labs a break. I guess that we all look for different things.
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Does Walmart really compete with RV parks? I typically see a couple of overnighters parked at the Walmarts I pass ... but it's certainly doesn't seem to be any sort of destination (nor should it be). A couple of sites one way or another shouldn't be that big of a deal.
Nope, we both we still working so had a limited amount of time to gt to our destination. So we travel long and late, far beyond most park office closing times. We go two nights at Wal*Marts then find a park, although by then we're at our destination. We paid many thousands of $ to have a self contained rig so we don't need to use any facilities. And, no, it's not because we can't afford to pay, we just have no need to!
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... We paid many thousands of $ to have a self contained rig so we don't need to use any facilities. And, no, it's not because we can't afford to pay, we just have no need to!
This is what I have discovered when I bought my 2010, "a self contained rig" that I ca now use for a few days without any service.
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To add to the list of things it seems that RV park designers don't think about: Having your site situated so that the awning will provide some afternoon shade. Too often, in parks with little natural shade, the RV will face the west so that the sun shines directly under the awning as it goes down. Also, some park designers seem to forget that water (& sewage) won't run uphill which makes dumping your tanks more difficcult.
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I guess I just don't understand the business of RV campgrounds.
3000 miles into a 4000 mile trip and most every campground we have looked at or stayed at has big issues. ........................
If that was happening to me, I would be taking a serious look at my campground selection process. There are literally thousands of great campgrounds out there.

Some of the greatest campgrounds we have stayed in were small, off the main highways, and owner operated.
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