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Old 05-12-2006, 11:02 AM   #29
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You mean your not supposed to use your fresh water hose to rinse out your sewer hose?
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You wouldnt dare....... I guess we won't be having coffee or tea at your place , will we.
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Old 05-16-2006, 11:16 PM   #31
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We prefer parks that have a pond or lagoon of some kind, centrally located within it. We even pay extra for the waterside sites. Preferably with a foot path around the water's edge for exercising our legs and our four legged passengers. We carry our own baggies attached to our leash, but we got excited about mini-drop cans at one location we frequent. Can be ackward making a new aquaintance with a full baggy in your hand. Great you are close to lakes, but a hot day under the awning, is a lot nicer if you have a refreshing view. Concrete isn't high on our list as long as the sites are level and we don't have to place wood under the jacks. An angled pull-in or back-in is a lot easier than the 90 degree kind. We bring our own outdoor grill, furniture and table, but if you do plan on providing picnic tables, the wire mesh kind dipped in a heavy coating of rubber seem to hold up well to the elements and keep you clean and dry. I also hate scraping bird doodoo off the top and seats to use them. Last choice would be the wood ones. I agree a fire ring is nice for doing smore's with the little ones, not really necessary at all the sites. Might consider several large social ones. Great ice breaker for the kids to meet playmates and more supervision around the fire. Also here in California sometimes if there are too many campfires the smoke seems to get pulled indoors and burns my eyes. Guess my hubby may have other more technical ideas, but this is just one woman's point of view. Have never written before. Thanks.
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Old 05-17-2006, 05:21 AM   #32
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I must say the number of responses has been overwheleming, If i can hit 90% of the ideas we should be all "W"'s
hard part is ahead, thanks again all for the inputs. they do not fall on deaf ears
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Old 05-17-2006, 12:52 PM   #33
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Tom and Patty:
We prefer parks that have a pond or lagoon of some kind, centrally located within it. We even pay extra for the waterside sites. Preferably with a foot path around the water's edge for exercising our legs and our four legged passengers. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Tom,

Just a note of caution. Here in Florida and other Southern States these area's are the prime area's to be attacked by a Gator. We have just had a string of such attacks with fatalities over the past few days. If you are in the strike zone you will not be able to outrun a gator. Also, a Gator will be more likely to attack someone with a dog.

In to mountains wild pigs could be more of a problem but in either case the paths should be raised boardwalks to keep you safe.

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Old 05-18-2006, 04:35 AM   #34
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Hey all... Wow! Folks sure have given some great input here. I'd like to add my 2 cents worth too.

I can't tell you how many parks we've been to that have roads so narrow that there's no way that two vehicles can pass without one pulling off to the side a bit. I think having the roads a bit wider to accommodate the big rigs of today is a must - especially the main entrance leading to the pull thru area.

Loved the doggy run idea!!

We recently stayed at a park that used regular old tire rims with an old washing machine tub (the metal kind of course) as fire rings. I thought it was a neat idea, and safe for the kiddies and pets as well.

Happy planning!!!
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Robert, A Jacuzzi and swimming pool would be nice. A well set up exercise room is a plus for some of us too. Decent picnic tables and a "LEVEL" site.
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Old 05-26-2006, 04:56 AM   #36
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What ever you do, if you are going to allow pets, make sure you have a separate section in the back for them. I realize folks with pets think the world of them, but folks without pets are very annoyed by them, and/or annoyed by the fact their owners have little respect for others.
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Old 05-26-2006, 05:54 AM   #37
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Robert,
Great idea. I would forget the concrete unless your prepared to make all the sites at least 6 inches thick with rebar. I have seen CG that only made the pad 3 inches and they cracked very quickly. You best bet is crushed stone rolled. If you set each pad area as a road bed you won't have any problem keeping it level and drained.

On the water outlets, grid your CG and put in main water shutoff valves so that if an accident happens and a water pipe breaks, you can shut down just that section until you fix it and not the entire CG.

All the electrical boxes should have a light with a solar cell to turn on a night, this way comin in after dark it's easy to spot and not back into, even with someone guiding.

One other thought, search out and find some RV repair folks that will come out and look at problems for your customers. Good luck.

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Old 05-26-2006, 03:38 PM   #38
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by wa0mqe:
What ever you do, if you are going to allow pets, make sure you have a separate section in the back for them. I realize folks with pets think the world of them, but folks without pets are very annoyed by them, and/or annoyed by the fact their owners have little respect for others. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I diagre with the segreation of the pet/non pet owners. What needs to be done is to enforce the doggie rules as for noise and pick up after them. I for one carry plastic bags and pick up after my dogs and will turn those that do not into the office. If a park owner would step up and kick the non-compliers out, it would make a difference.

But if you start separating pet/non-pet, where will it stop, smoking/non-smoking, campfire/non-campfire, kids/non-kids, motorhome/5er/travel trailer, red sewerhose/blue sewer hose, awning/non-awning....get the point I hope.

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It surely looks like you are planning a NICE camp ground. I am curious as to how you will compete with Wal-Mart camp grounds. They are free and I have noticed increased hostility in the forums about how private cgs are ripping off RVers by actually charging for camping over night and influencing local governments to ban parking lot campers just so they can get rich off the poor RVers. I would gladly stay at a place as you describe instead of being a Wal-Mart camper.
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Here is my list:
A large covered pavilion with installed outdoor super kitchen for large RV rally gatherings. If in the South, enclose and A/C it.

Some sort of on the grounds entertainment center. This would have some game machines, a snack bar - drinks and nachos at minimum and a source of music. This gives the young teens a hang out spot. If you have CATV in the campground, put a camera or two there and in the laundry room with channel selection.

Room service would be nice too! Oh... is that only for hotels?
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i have to agree with the pro-dog comments. we have a rottie who is a gentle 85 lb love bug, but we have been turned away by more parks than i care to count. i'm a responsible dog owner. she and my std poodle are always leashed, never allowed to roam or bark, and i pick up after the dogs the minute anything hits the ground.

enough with the talk of segregation in the parks...instead, like others have said, be firm about the rules and enforce them. do not be breed restrictive either, just be selective in the dog itself. meet the animal/s first if you think there could be a problem.

good luck! you've got some great ideas in front of you so far!
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:09 PM   #42
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Are you sure you really want to work this hard?
Have you ever worked at a campground?
Managing a campground is a whole lot of work. It takes all of your time. Even if you hire a manager, it is still LOTS of work.

I really like all of the ideas everyone has come up with. Sounds like the dream RV park.
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