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Old 09-05-2014, 05:53 PM   #15
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Haven't found a bad campground host yet. So our perception is positive. We takl to them when they make their rounds and if we see a problem we'll let them know. If they take core of it fine, if they don't, well, that's OK too. Sometimes a minor "infraction" of the rules is no problem but we let the management decide.
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:17 PM   #16
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Only had one instance to ever "need" to talk to one.. Unfortunately he was never at his site. I only saw him on our departure day as I was driving out.

Woulda liked it if he was actually at his site on occasion. I was at this particular state campground for 2 weeks and stopped by his site every day at diff times..

It did make me wonder why he was there.. Clearly more for the state park than for helping out the campers I guess.
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:31 PM   #17
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I have never met a bad CG host.....I didn't know there were any.
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:37 PM   #18
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We like the State of Arizona campgrounds and have only had issues with one host. All the others we've met have been wonderful and helpful. Our dog hates golf carts to the point where I feel I need to hold her collar firmly if one comes near us. This host was aware that the golf cart he rode caused a serious reaction but persisted in driving by our site constantly. The park wasn't crowded and there was no reason for him to drive by so often as we were out of the way. He commented on our "vicious dog" and I told him it was her reaction to his golf cart and if he could just find a way to avoid driving by our site so frequently there would be no problem. I learned recently that he was asked not to return
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:30 PM   #19
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I think like peace officers cg hosts have a hard job. And some of us don't make it easy on them.
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:35 AM   #20
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Those we have encountered have always been courteous and helpful to the best of my recollection. One of the best we've ever seen is Clay Moore at Port of Newport RV Park in Newport, OR. He is the model for all campground hosts.

He greeted us when we first arrived and just after exiting the registration office. He gave us his business card and said when we had time to set up at our site, he would like to stop by and give us some helpful information. He came by after we were set up and sat down with us and told us everything you'd ever want to know about things to see and do in the area and favorite places to eat. He knew the history of the area and he told us about things we would have never discovered during the week we were there. He checked on all the campers daily and always asked if we were enjoying our stay and if we needed anything. The guy was a gem.

As noted by others, I think of a host as more of an embassador than a rule enforcer.

WOW! Don't we wish they were all like that!
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Old 09-06-2014, 10:15 AM   #21
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We have never seen a host before??? I've seen their MH, TT, Rec.vehicle or what ever they are residing in but have never spoke too any off them. Not sure, maybe they were OTL?
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:03 AM   #22
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In general, what do you think of hosts?
92.4% of them are great.
4.8% of them don't seem to give a . . .
2% of them need to find a new hobby
.8% of them make up statistics

Which one's do I usually remember, unfortunately the 2%


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As rule enforcers?
There seem to be three types

1 Non-confrontational - "I know it's quiet hours but can you just try to ignore their music. I'm sure they will stop partying soon. Good night."
2 Highly confrontational - Pounding on RV Door, ME:"Hi how are you" HER with a puffed out chest: "You can't lean you bike against the parks picnic table, it might scratch it and that's defacing park property."
3 Just right

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As information sources?
Local area attractions they seem to be pretty good at.
Local dining options not so much. Ironically private campground owners seem to spot on with their food recommendations. Haven't figures out why this is yet.

Overall I want a campground host to be invisible. That doesn't mean don't walk around or say hi but don't be overly friendly and if I want some information I will come to you.
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"Dog Folks" ......I'm glad you're soliciting responses here.....it means you care about what you're doing. I understand the purpose of a camp host and I think there are different types (jobs and duties) at every campground.

In your situation it sounds like you have time to interact with the campers and really makes for a nice experience for you and them, but I don't think you're the norm. For example....there is a camp host position at Yosemite, Upper Pines, during the fall. I think they're so busy running the check-in booth that they don't have time for anything else. (National Park type host.)

We have a large local campground (Flying Flags in Buelton Ca, near Solvang) that has several husband/wife residents that work camp. The husbands do odd jobs and the wives work the check-in counter. These hosts have very little contact with the guest after check-in. (Large private campground type host.)

I think the third type host is the work camper, helping out where they can and doing many jobs. (Small park type host.)

As I said, you sound like the perfect camp host, but there are two other types we see. The ones that don't have time to make contact with the guests and the ones that are very officious. The officious ones are the ones I have trouble with. Many camp hosts/work campers that I've spoken to are supplementing their income so they can afford the RV life. Often this type host has never managed other people during their career. They now have the opportunity to tell others what to do and take advantage of that. These are the hosts that I would like to see get a better understanding of what their job is, a diplomat for the campground, not Gestapo.
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We have generally also always encountered nice hosts. Those that come by and say "hi" are a bonus, and many of the state parks we've stayed at we've met the local host. It's usually always a pleasant exchange.

Most hosts are not rule enforcers. They may remind you of the rules, but they are not really there to enforce. At least that's the direction we've been given at all of our own hosting jobs.

I've met one or two "militant" hosts, but it's a rare encounter.
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most of the ones we have been in contact with have been very helpful with info on where to eat and what places to visit while in town. when they are making rounds they all at least give a nod if not stop and chat if given the chance.
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Never had a problem, some more pleasant than others...just like everyday life...
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Hosts have been friendly, helpful and welcoming.
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