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Old 07-14-2013, 08:53 AM   #43
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I use my phone as a "Hot Spot" now.
When we camped in Washington and Oregon Coast last year, most campgrounds have gone to a sublet pay-as-you-go Internet provider that costs on average about $7.95 per day per user. It's costly if each of us wants to get on (3 of us). You get a bit of a break on a 3 day purchase.
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I use my phone as a "Hot Spot" now.
When we camped in Washington and Oregon Coast last year, most campgrounds have gone to a sublet pay-as-you-go Internet provider that costs on average about $7.95 per day per user. It's costly if each of us wants to get on (3 of us). You get a bit of a break on a 3 day purchase.
Yep. If I have 1 bar of signal my iPhone hotspot works well. Just cant post a ton of pictures or download too many movies without going over limit. We get good camp WiFi about half the time.

Some parks offer Tengo for free, some get $15 per week. Have not needed to pay yet.
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Designated dog areas walk. Sick of people walking their dogs thinking it's OK to pee or poo on your site, or worse, on your stuff.

Check out and check in times closer together. On a reservation I made last week, they said checkout is 11am and checkin is after 4pm! This is a 20 site park! I see no reason that checkout at noon and checkin at 1pm isn't workable. It ain't a hotel room they have to clean up!

I don't need cable tv or internet service. But make sure broadcast TV and cell service works reasonably. Can they have "repeaters" to ensure that?

The facility doesn't need to be plush, but it does need to be cleaned. When you build something, like a bath-house, build it so it's easy to keep clean.

Remove sewer hookup from individual sites. Too many times I've arrived to find a gross mess left behind. Have a dual lane dump station so you can take care of business without too much wait and design it so any accidents are easily collected and washed down.

Have a small store with the things people need - ice, beer, bottled water, suntan lotion, lighters/matches - that kind of thing. Have service providers for lp gas, minor repairs, washing/detailing, etc.

Remind people when they arrive that this is a resort. It's not a retirement home or some kind of prison camp. Crotchety old farts are not needed to be self-declared czars of the camp.
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:32 AM   #46
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Clean restrooms/showers
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"Check out and check in times closer together. On a reservation I made last week, they said checkout is 11am and checkin is after 4pm! This is a 20 site park! I see no reason that checkout at noon and checkin at 1pm isn't workable. It ain't a hotel room they have to clean up!"

I agree to a point but from experience can understand that if you have 20 sites to clean alone, and half of them need the fire pits cleaned, and maybe five of those fire pits were used by total slobs it could easily take 5 hours.
Most days, this won't be the case, but some days 5 hours is not enough.

It is a lot better than letting a new camper come into a filthy site.
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Remove sewer hookup from individual sites. .
Nooooo!!!!

I want to be able to USE my own bathroom! I couldn't park more than three days without filling my holding tank. NOT a good idea - that promotes draining grey water on the ground (seen it done many times).

What upsets me is unlevel sites. Huntsville State Park (N. of Houston) did a beautiful job of upgrading their campsites but most of them are so unlevel that you can't park in them.
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My question? Why can't they have a long air hose and compressor available just like a sewer dump so we can check air before we leave?
I'm betting most people don't bother to check their air pressure before heading out.
Even though we have the 435 hp air compressor I also carry a 120 V tank model in one of the bays. I'll lend it out if asked.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:05 AM   #50
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Most people don't realize that public wifi (as in a campground) is a shared resource. All it takes is one or two clueless individuals streaming a full length movie to their computer or set top Roku box and there goes the bandwidth. Then nobody gets anything.
The infrastructure is still evolving. It will be years before demand for "everything all the time when I want it" and reality balance out. We're just not there yet, at least not for the average user.
Most people don't understand much about the technology they rely on so heavily. At work we have a 400meg Internet connection to support 1500 users and it's pegged to the roof most of the time - I've never seen an RV park with that kind of pipe myself but I have seen a park with that many people in it.

In an outdoor setting providing sufficient capacity and coverage is a logistical nightmare that few people could manage without a full time tech person and a lot of back-end equipment that would drive overnight costs through the roof...

What I wish more parks had was a population of visitors with more compassion, patience, and courtesy...

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Thanks, yesterday i bought a mifi, great.

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A area with no hookups to sleep for the night for $ 5.... No frills just level and I'm good !
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A area with no hookups to sleep for the night for $ 5.... No frills just level and I'm good !

Yep, another opportunity that campground owners, especially in "en route" locations are missing out on.
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1. level sites for us without levelers
2. dump hole at the lowest part, wheels should be above - seen it reversed!
3. basic supplies - ice, electric adapters, sewer hoses
4. photos of campsite on website should be of that campsite
5. enforce the rules - you made them - you enforce them.
6. pets peeing on other peoples "stuff" is just wrong.
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