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Old 10-01-2020, 10:54 AM   #1
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$$Additional Fee To Guarantee an Available RV Spot??$$

We got back into the RV game just this year and I'm noticing many changes ,not many are good, to the way things 'used to be'.
Could someone please explain a policy that I'm seeing quite often now that I'm paying attention.
Other than straight up price gouging what is the rational, from any view point, for charging me $25-$30 to guarantee an RV spot while making a reservation that appears as 'available'....
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Old 10-01-2020, 10:59 AM   #2
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I don't think I've ever made a reservation and not had to make a deposit. Or am I misunderstanding you question?
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I guess I don't understand either. You are reserving a spot and giving them a deposit thus assuring them that you will show up as promised and they are assuring you that they won't rent the spot to another. If you arrive as promised nobody loses.
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Begs the question of how long you've been "out of the game"?
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Like the others, I've never seen an ADDITIONAL fee charged to hold a reservation. I've been to many places that want some amount of money paid up front to hold the reservation, but that money was applied towards the total of the reservation amount when I checked in and paid.
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Old 10-01-2020, 11:30 AM   #6
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OK, so do you mean that the $25-30 was in addition to the normal charge for the night ?
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Old 10-01-2020, 11:31 AM   #7
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I've always paid a deposit to guarantee a reservation.
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RV sales hit an all-time high for month of July this year. Reports stated there are more RV's licensed than RV sites available, that was 2 years ago. This means the past practice of not making reservations is history during normal camping season.
Once in a great while I make a reservation and am not required to make a deposit. If I do not wish to make a reservation I plan on stopping for the day around 3PM to make sure I find a vacancy.
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RV sales hit an all-time high for month of July this year. Reports stated there are more RV's licensed than RV sites available....
It's not even close. There are many times more RV's than there are available RV sites
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Old 10-01-2020, 12:08 PM   #10
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As long as RVers are willing to pay a fee to guarantee a specific site, RV parks will continue to charge for that benefit. If people refuse to pay, that practice may go away.

We've been RVing for 12 years and for the most part, don't know where we'll be spending the night until we're an hour or two from a park. When calling a park and telling them we're an hour or two away, they usually just hold a spot.
Almost all parks will hold a spot without a deposit.
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Based on my experiences,That additional fee is to guarantee a specific campsite. KOA has been doing that at some locations for awhile. Some other private campgrounds are following suit.
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My experience is that KOA charges a fee of $10 to reserve a specific site. Their regular deposit policy just assures you that there will be a site for you when you arrive. If you want a specific site, for whatever reason, the specific site reservation fee is a flat fee of $10 regardless of how long you stay. If I want a specific site, I pay the fee, if its for one night and I just want a site, I take my chances.
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Carolina Pines RV Resort in Myrtle Beach charges a $30 "Lock Fee" to guarantee a specific site. When making a reservation, you see the following pop up:


Lock your site location?
$30.00
While we guarantee your chosen site type and amenities, our automated optimization system may change your site location.
You can guarantee your chosen site location by paying a $30.00 lock fee.


If you are traveling as a group and want to have adjoining sites, all sites need to pay the $30 fee.

GREED.
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meh. Like everyone else is saying, RVing is at an all time high right now. We just got back in after taking a year and a half off and the state parks here in Florida are booked solid right thru the max reservation period. We also go to Disney a few times a year. You could never book a specific spot, just a catagory of accommodation and "request" a specific loop or spot. This kind of flexibility helps them keep the campgrounds as fully booked as possible and account for late cancellations. I really don't see a problem charging a premium for a specific site especially since lots of people end up changing their plans.


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Carolina Pines RV Resort in Myrtle Beach charges a $30 "Lock Fee" to guarantee a specific site. When making a reservation, you see the following pop up:


Lock your site location?
$30.00
While we guarantee your chosen site type and amenities, our automated optimization system may change your site location.
You can guarantee your chosen site location by paying a $30.00 lock fee.


If you are traveling as a group and want to have adjoining sites, all sites need to pay the $30 fee.

GREED.
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