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Old 02-08-2005, 12:25 PM   #43
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My wife and I have experience managing several different parks in different parts of the country. We always charged extra for kids over a certain age because of the extra burden they put on the parks infrastructure. More water, more sewer, more litter, more staff supervision of unattended children, and so on and so on...
After 9 11, insurance costs sky rocketed for the travel industry, including RV Parks. How about permits for food service, potable water licensing, Certified Pool Operators. But, in return for those extra fees, the kids had a fun, safe and enjoyable time. They enjoyed a sparkling pool with staff watching them, free mini golf, basket ball and badmitten, and other park sponsored activities. And, they came back, year after year. I'd like to say that if you have to complain about rv costs, then maybe its better that you "go on down the road". Oh, and I forgot to mention, all overnight guests got a major daily newspaper in the morning to go with their coffee and free continental breakfast!

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Old 02-08-2005, 06:09 PM   #44
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It is very irritating to get to your destination and find out there are hidden charges. I think it is unethical.

re: Vipers comment about children.
I have two teenagers, and they have been taught campground ettiquette, dont shout, dont invade others privacy, etc., since they were tikes. If anyone is going to accidentaly get loud it will be me LOL, I'm hard of hearing.
I can understand Vipers comment though. How many of you have observed those horrid little brats in the campgrounds shouting, screaming, arguing with parents, watching you eat your dinner, walking through your site.... I could go on. I dont like those kids too much either. But you know.... I have found that most of the kids we meet are pretty good people. My kids get to meet and interract with people of different areas/cultures and I get to meet some of the nicest people on earth.

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Old 02-15-2005, 04:54 PM   #45
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I get a big kick out of campgrounds that have the word 'Family' in their name but charge extra if you actually bring a family camping. I just made reservations for a week at a campground that charges $3./night per child and I have 3. That is on top of the $52/night just for the site. The total was just under $500. I got into camping because it was a cheap way to take the kids away and we could do it more frequently than the standard vacation in a hotel or cottage. Last year we spent 9 days in VA for under $250.

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