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Old 04-07-2016, 10:12 PM   #1
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I wish I could do it... a la carte campground!

I wish I could buy a campground, and charge a la carte services. Have about 4-6 simple, no hook up sites, for people wishing to pull in late and leave early. I really wish campgrounds would consider doing this. A lot of campgrounds have all these facilities that we never have time to use and essentially you pay for.I guess the problem would be having late night/early morning staff on hand to catch you to make you pay!
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Old 04-07-2016, 11:27 PM   #2
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A la carte won't even begin to repay the monies spent in land/permitting/construction/operating costs/insurance--bond let alone any staff besides yourself.

It's difficult to cover those costs charging full price

What a Full Time low paying high involvement slow return business just develop/own/operate a CG.
Fun fun fun-------
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:33 AM   #3
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A la carte won't even begin to repay the monies spent in land/permitting/construction/operating costs/insurance--bond let alone any staff besides yourself.

It's difficult to cover those costs charging full price

What a Full Time low paying high involvement slow return business just develop/own/operate a CG.
Fun fun fun-------

I agree.
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Old 04-08-2016, 07:58 AM   #4
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I wish I could buy a campground, and charge a la carte services. Have about 4-6 simple, no hook up sites, for people wishing to pull in late and leave early. I really wish campgrounds would consider doing this. A lot of campgrounds have all these facilities that we never have time to use and essentially you pay for.I guess the problem would be having late night/early morning staff on hand to catch you to make you pay!
They already have them I believe? it is called Wal-mart or Flying -J.
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Try Passport America and use the Full hook ups or not.
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We have stayed in a lot of CG's that had anything ranging from Full Hookups- 50amp/water/sewer or 30amp water and sewer, partial hookups-water/electric only, to no hookups, all charging different prices. So they do exist. For me the full hookup is always worth it as in most cases it was only about $10 more than the no hookup sites.
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And then there are small towns who have land out here in the midwest who have campgrounds that are free or for donation overnight. They are not on the main highways usually, but if you do a little research on the route or general direction you want to take you can find many... we stayed in one on our way to yellowstone in Kansas here in the northwest corner town of St. Francis on US Highway 36. Right by their little county/city airport there was a park with campsites. You could use electric if needed but just household current. There was a bathroom and shower that got cleaned every day needed or not... We stayed there overnight, went flying the next morning in the powerchute over the northwest corner to see the Arickaree breaks from the air... interesting landscape. Then headed on... we also stopped in Laramie, WY and there was a campground by the city there along the river at a park had electric, and a shower house there. There was a box on a post you put your donation in for the night. They are there if you look for them!
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And then there are small towns who have land out here in the midwest who have campgrounds that are free or for donation overnight. They are not on the main highways usually, but if you do a little research on the route or general direction you want to take you can find many... we stayed in one on our way to yellowstone in Kansas here in the northwest corner town of St. Francis on US Highway 36. Right by their little county/city airport there was a park with campsites. You could use electric if needed but just household current. There was a bathroom and shower that got cleaned every day needed or not... We stayed there overnight, went flying the next morning in the powerchute over the northwest corner to see the Arickaree breaks from the air... interesting landscape. Then headed on... we also stopped in Laramie, WY and there was a campground by the city there along the river at a park had electric, and a shower house there. There was a box on a post you put your donation in for the night. They are there if you look for them!

Good info! I didn't know they existed!
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They already have them I believe? it is called Wal-mart or Flying -J.

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Looks like ALLSTAYS has a filter to show city/county parks. I have only looked at the demo online. I suspect it isn't complete.. but then what app is?
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The ALLSTAYS app that DH bought is very good & accurate. He says it's the best ten bucks for an app. I get to navigate & find it easy to use with the links to camp sites, rest areas and big box stores in each area. You can choose what to filter ( i.e. Only campgrounds with laundry etc)
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My motorhome is fully sustainable on its own and I can always somewhere fill up my fresh water and propane tanks when needed and am happy to pay a dump fee. All I need in a campground is 50 AMP to run my A/C's in the summer. Other facilities that RV parks have, I may occasionally use, but have no real need for. So yes, I wish there were more places where for a reasonable $10 to $20, I could get nothing more than a power plug in. But I am usually on that.
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We have stayed at some smaller casino's. Full hookups, went in to pay, and was told "no charge". I'm sure they expected us to come in and gamble.....but that is not for us.
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We have stayed at some smaller casino's. Full hookups, went in to pay, and was told "no charge". I'm sure they expected us to come in and gamble.....but that is not for us.
Same here, but usually they have an all you can eat buffet that's worth the money! I've worked too hard for my money to just gamble it away and my luck has always been lousy anyway.
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