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Old 05-04-2014, 09:45 AM   #1
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Campground "Resort fee" ?

More and more camp-grounds seem to be adding a "resort fee" to their otherwise listed prices. Even camp-grounds that are no more than glorified car-parks appear to be doing this.

Someone please enlighten me: Is this fee they are forced to charge like some hotels and therefore has to pass on to where-ever, or is this just a clever way to get more money out of people? Isn't there a minumum of facilities they have to be providing to be able to charge you this fee?

Not many places will charge you their actual advertised price I think. I frequently see add-ons like
A) Extra people over and above 2,
B) Charge for electricity,
C) Charge for 50 Amps,
D) Extortionate fees for WiFi and/or cable TV,
E) A fee if you want to stay at "the nice sites"
F) A fee for your dog
G) A fee if your friends come visiting for the afternoon
H) and of course the "resort fee".

I certainly like to see all fees advertised rather than find out once I am at the check-in.
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:50 AM   #2
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Good point for share
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:58 AM   #3
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I have found these "extra fees" coming with more and more things
like....Passport America, Coast to Coast, RPI, etc. Resort Fee seems to be only
in some States, not all over.
I guess if they give reduced rates for clubs, you just add on fees.
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I agree, everything is an illusion. We use RPI and per contract they say 10.00 per night, we rarely see that. Usually it runs from 13.00 to 21.00. I can understand a extra fee for cable or even 50 Amp but just to add the " resort fee" doesn't seem right.
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At the Ocean Lakes campground, a true resort, it's pay one price up front advertising. There are no hidden fees that I an aware of.

I do empathize with you in regard to some campgrounds that have a vertical pricing schedule that at the end of the day still does not make them a resort.


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We were charged $10 to have our son drop us off after going out to dinner. We were staying at the Malibu RV Park in Malibu CA, nearby where he lives. For his car to touch the property there was a charge.
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Am not happy with this trend. Am seeing it EVERYwhere. Seems like you just can't trust the advertised price anymore. In every transaction you have to ask, "What other fees will I be expected to pay?", before signing. What happened to the good ol' days when you got a fixed price on a handshake? Ugh! \ken
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We were charged $10 to have our son drop us off after going out to dinner. We were staying at the Malibu RV Park in Malibu CA, nearby where he lives. For his car to touch the property there was a charge.
We stayed there ....once......too expensive and too many rules
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We stayed there ....once......too expensive and too many rules
Just looked at their website. Dang they are expensive!
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When visiting son near Sussex, NJ., it costs $28.00 for a campsite dinner with his family of four there at the park...no amenities used. We did that ONCE.
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What I thought was expensive, non-resort like and probably applies to the majority of the campgrounds in the area was the immediate DC vicinity.


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Just looked at their website. Dang they are expensive!
You are paying for the Malibu and ocean front location. We love to listen to the ocean at night, and it's close to family there. But yes pretty spendy, especially in season. And when you want to have someone drop you off at your coach...
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You are paying for the Malibu and ocean front location. We love to listen to the ocean at night, and it's close to family there. But yes pretty spendy, especially in season. And when you want to have someone drop you off at your coach...
For that much money, I can stay at Oceano Elks for a week and walk the block to the beach. No fees for drop off and you can hear the ocean at night
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If you don't like the fee's take your business and move on down the road...That's what I do...The KOA in Williamsburg, VA tried to hit me up for "activity fee's" a couple of years ago when Martha and I went down to see the lights in December. I just told the owner that I didn't see any need to pay for activities that wasn't even being offered that time of year. Owner said pay up, I said see ya. I went down to American Heritage RV and stayed there... Real nice people, being staying there ever since.
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