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Old 07-18-2021, 03:55 PM   #1
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Campground fees really skyrocketing

Someone had reported on the increase in CG fees but never realized they were doubling. One CG I use had fees 3-4 years ago of $43-$52 per night. Checked for reservations last week for late September and fees were $84-$91 per night, and nothing available in July, August, or September.


Checked on another one and fees were $70-$80 per night and again nothing available. These are nothing special, just gravel campsites, no concrete pads, no grass, and few trees. Didn't realize things were bad enough campers would, or could, pay exorbatant fees like these.



Still looking but may end up spending this fall at home instead of our usual camping. In the past a week or two advance reservation was sufficent in the fall but guess things have definitely changed. Hope others are having better luck.
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Where are you hoping to stay in Fall?
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Old 07-18-2021, 05:11 PM   #3
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Things have certainly changed. Went to make reservations for October a couple of weeks ago and wasn't able to get into a decent site at the campground we wanted to stay. Had to do some looking and finally found something in another park. Not what we wanted but better than nothing.

Sure hope this is a fad that doesn't last too long.
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Old 07-18-2021, 07:50 PM   #5
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Old 07-18-2021, 08:44 PM   #6
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Where are you hoping to stay in Fall?

Mostly western Colorado. Usually move around some never staying in one place all the time. Found one site in a CG that mostly has very tight parking spaces where side by side campers have trouble both putting out awnings which kind of takes the joy out of visiting the mountains.


Been camping in this area for over 25 years, but with health problems for the wife and I, plus the pandemic, it was difficult to tell when and for how long we could make reservations until just recently. Unfortunately too late.
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Campgrounds have lots of mandated expenses placed on them just like other kinds of business. When the government (local, federal or state) mandates additional costs on the the employer/owner you can bet those will get passed on to the consumer. There just ain't no free lunch no matter what anybody tells you. Factor in the additional demand and the impossibility of any increased supply in most locations due again to government mandates, and increased costs to the consumer are the inevitable result. It's not just campgrounds. Everything else will follow. That's just the way our economic system works.
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Don't tell anyone but the state parks around me haven't gone up.
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Old 07-19-2021, 03:32 PM   #9
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Prices on everything are going up and it rolls down the chain. We have found CG fees up 30-50% over what they were a year ago. Even most state parks are now over $40 a night.
Our budget for CG fees is 50% higher and we hope this covers it.
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State parks near interstates, population centers, or in-demand locations seem to be up a bit, but the more out of the way places are still quite reasonable and not crowded. Also look at county and city parks in small towns. Some of the best deals out there. I don’t bother won’t NPs at all - not worth the hassle to me and I’ve seen enough of them over the decades traveling with my kids.

We just got back from two months and had very good luck finding nice CGs in pleasant locations, usually on water, with plenty of room, peace and quiet, and reasonable rates - free to around $30.

We also found some high dollar gravel lots with hook ups in places where there wasn’t a lot of choice, such as Rock Springs Wyoming KOA. It’s on I-80 and we felt like stopping so we paid the price~$50. But we did that less than once a week, depending on need. Most SPs have water and a dump station, so we didn’t bother with private RV parks much. If we felt like driving 25 miles out of the way we could have stayed on the Green River for $22 and if we were staying for several days we would have.

So get creative and be willing to go a little farther out away from the maddening crowds, which is the point anyway, and I think youll do just fine.
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If people are clamoring for your spaces, booking you up for a year, and paying whatever, then why would you not raise your prices? From the campground owner's viewpoint. I mean they are running businesses and looking to turn a profit. I like to go to less visited destinations and have no issue. However we have family members who are bound and determined to go to the most "popular" and jam-packed places. If we want to join them it always costs double what I'm in the habit of paying. But there are plenty of people still lined up to take my spot should I choose to let my reservations go.

They're charging what the market is bearing apparently, that's all. We're lucky the state and out of the way campgrounds haven't followed suit. Yet.
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Read an article that dynamic pricing is the future in rv campground pricing. Prices will fluctuate in real time based on demand. Very interesting.
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Read an article that dynamic pricing is the future in rv campground pricing. Prices will fluctuate in real time based on demand. Very interesting.
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If people are clamoring for your spaces, booking you up for a year, and paying whatever, then why would you not raise your prices? From the campground owner's viewpoint. I mean they are running businesses and looking to turn a profit. I like to go to less visited destinations and have no issue. However we have family members who are bound and determined to go to the most "popular" and jam-packed places. If we want to join them it always costs double what I'm in the habit of paying. But there are plenty of people still lined up to take my spot should I choose to let my reservations go.

They're charging what the market is bearing apparently, that's all. We're lucky the state and out of the way campgrounds haven't followed suit. Yet.
What do you mean I can't charge $5 / gal of gas during a Hurricane? We have laws against price gouging in FL and your question/example above sure sounds suspiciously like price gouging. They were ok with what they were making before Covid and now we should pay them more? Don't we see enough unwarranted "Covid Upcharge" for just about anything where someone claims a supply chain problem and "I need to charge more"?
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