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Old 11-08-2013, 07:39 AM   #1
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Are campgrounds turning into low income housing?

Has anyone else seen a drastic change in the makeup of campgrounds in the last few years?

We just completed a cross country trip and saw that quite a number of campgrounds are now dominated by permanent residents.

Some, like the one in Ely, NV, seemed to be transient workers that were staying for the winter. A lot of 5th wheels with insulation around the bottom and big propane tanks. Most were well kept.

Then we stopped at a campground right on the WY/NE border. At one time, this seems like a really nice campground with wide roads and easy highway access. Now it is beat down with very old rigs that looked like they have not moved in years. If the next campground wasn't over an hour away, we would have moved on.

I can see campground owners wanting the security of long term residents paying for sites, but you also want your campers to keep their sites and rigs in decent looking shape.

Maybe just a testament to our poor economy.
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:45 AM   #2
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Has anyone else seen a drastic change in the makeup of campgrounds in the last few years? We just completed a cross country trip and saw that quite a number of campgrounds are now dominated by permanent residents. Some, like the one in Ely, NV, seemed to be transient workers that were staying for the winter. A lot of 5th wheels with insulation around the bottom and big propane tanks. Most were well kept. Then we stopped at a campground right on the WY/NE border. At one time, this seems like a really nice campground with wide roads and easy highway access. Now it is beat down with very old rigs that looked like they have not moved in years. If the next campground wasn't over an hour away, we would have moved on. I can see campground owners wanting the security of long term residents paying for sites, but you also want your campers to keep their sites and rigs in decent looking shape. Maybe just a testament to our poor economy.
I have seen an increase in oil and pipeline workers taking up long term campground residence in Ohio. Fracking has turned around that industry here. Most of the workers follow the work around the country from what I have seen.
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Some campgrounds yes others we stay in at $30 to $40 a night no. On a recent 3K mile trip, several campgrounds had separate ares for long-term parking. I don't have a problem with that as long as the areas are separate and well kept.

Heck, someday I hope to go to Florida and stay long term.
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this is why I try to stay in higher end cg's. for what little extra it cost to me it's worth it. all kinds of other issues arise in these cg's. as well, and I just don't care to be bothered with them.
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I stayed at a couple of campgrounds on my way to a long term (6 month) stay in Fl. that had a few older TT that appeared to have been there for a while, but in this case I just think it was a lack of annual cleaning rather than migrant workers or such.

I also try to stay long term at RV Resorts that I check the reviews before making my reservation. So far the long term stops were at very nice well maintained resorts that did not have any older looking, unkept RVs.
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With everyone staying at Wal-Mart, cracker barrel, rest areas ect, ect CG owners have to rent to who ever to get by.
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Hundreds of thousands have lost their homes over the past 5 years due to our corrupt loan and banking organizations that were greedy.

Those people needed a home so they chose whatever they could afford at the time which happen to be a RV.

Others use a RV to follow the work around the country. They need a place to stay for the duration of the job.

I chose to full-time whereas some of those people have had no choice.

Regarding the "residents" who don't keep their sites or RV's looking friendly, I blame the RV Park owners for not enforcing their rules and regulations.

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Wrong, they were forced, by the Government, to give loans to those that didn't qualify for them, which eventually had to collapse.

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Wrong, they were forced, by the Government, to give loans to those that didn't qualify for them, which eventually had to collapse.

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And, as this practice seems to be going on again, will we see many more new RVers forced into the lifestyle, versus those who simply choose to?
This may result in more CG's being opened or expanded. Hopefully there will be a 'silver lining' for us.
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With everyone staying at Wal-Mart, cracker barrel, rest areas ect, ect CG owners have to rent to who ever to get by.
This statement is so wrong! Having work camped at several parks, the camp grounds are not having a problem with vacancy. As with anything the quality of the camp ground and its residence has a great deal more to do with the management or owner of the park. Just left one $60 a night plus park where the managers did not seem to care about the status/age of the trailer or motor home nor how well kept the site. On the other hand the previous position where we managed for two years both the owner and we were very conscientious of just how well kept the sites. Even to the point that the owner would not allow skirting. His reason was not wanting a site to become a storage lot. Here 2/3 of the sites where for long term monthly stays and the remainder were daily and weekly sites.
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Wrong, they were forced, by the Government, to give loans to those that didn't qualify for them, which eventually had to collapse.

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And the good government just a year ago was talking about how the banks need to extend loans to the lower income and less qualified borrowers. Not that we should ever expect them to learn from experience!
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We have seen more of this, but I also know of some parks that are trying to do away with the long term stays. Parks can make more money renting a site on a daily basis versus monthly. Especially in the south where the weather permits them to be open year round. It's unfortunate that the economy has forced people to alter their lifestyle but people are either neat and tidy or they're not. That's where the owners of parks need to step up and enforce rules. We full time by choice, but others are trying to survive the best way they know how. Very sad.
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