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Old 05-11-2012, 09:50 AM   #11
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Two motor vehicles = two fees. What is so hard to understand about that? If you don't like it then stay in a private campground. Residents pay other state taxes that support their parks. No reason tourists can't chip in as well.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:06 AM   #12
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What makes me mad is there is even such a thing as non resident ANYTHING.
fishing hunting snowmobile trail pass camping. Its bs
why not charge a non resident fuel food motel and shopping while there at it!
Gotta love state government!
I agree. But the alternative might not be good either. I bet the way our state works if they changed it would be to charge the residents the same premium State Park fees that non-residents pay. I doubt they would lower the non-resident fee.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:36 AM   #13
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Not to mention the price of gas or diesel fuel that you had to use to get there. It all adds up one way or another. Oh the joys of having toys!
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I guess we should be glad that Michigan doesn't have some antiquated law on the books that states only a small percentage of sites at state parks can have electric hook ups. Private campground lobbyists have lined the pockets of our legislators with gold to keep this assinine law on the books for far too long. If you want a site with electricity in summer, you have to book it 11 months in advance. Driving up to most state parks in Wisconsin and finding an electric site available without a reservation is like winning the lottery. I see no reason for this law to exist.
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:07 PM   #15
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There's a petition going around to get a fishing-license exemption across the U. S. for anyone 62 or older. I'd like to see that expaneded for camping fees, hunting licenses, and anything else for recreational purposes, with the age dropped to 60, with veterans exempted altogether, regardless of age... Sadly, I doubt it will ever happen. The "non-resident" issue galls me. Que las tima... (what a pity)...
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There's a petition going around to get a fishing-license exemption across the U. S. for anyone 62 or older. I'd like to see that expaneded for camping fees, hunting licenses, and anything else for recreational purposes, with the age dropped to 60, with veterans exempted altogether, regardless of age... Sadly, I doubt it will ever happen. The "non-resident" issue galls me. Que las tima... (what a pity)...
This rule should be for seniors and vets imo
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I've gotta take a little exception to the 2 vehicles 2 fees response. There is zero difference to driving in a 37' Class A with a Toad vs a 37' 5th wheel with a truck..... Once one is parked, it stays parked and becomes your accommodation, while the other becomes your transport. Dinging one for extra fees makes little sense to me.

I see the issue is they don't have a clean mechanism to manage the pricing of the toad/RV when their current pricing model is "vehicle" based.

And having spent over a decade running an eco-adventure resort and sitting on the board of directors of a number of provincial tourism boards it does not surprise me to see governments being penny wise and dollar poor when it comes to promoting toursim in their areas. Grab the money for the gov rather than making the region attractive as a whole and bringing more tourism revenue into the economy as a whole is not an uncommon story. What folks spend on accomodations in the parks is peanuts compared to all the other things they drop money on while in the area.

Still a poor strategy to me, at least make it really clear on your websites, I watched two other couples leave the check-in pissed about the extra fees just in the short time I was there. Multiply that over all the parks and a whole season and thats a whole lot of negative advertising for the state....

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What makes me mad is there is even such a thing as non resident ANYTHING.
fishing hunting snowmobile trail pass camping. Its bs
why not charge a non resident fuel food motel and shopping while there at it!
Gotta love state government!
Yes,Canadians pay 35.00$ a year to snowmobille in Mich. USA,snowmobillers pay 100.00$ a WEEK to ride in Ont. & 150.00+ a WEEK in Qbeck. Stay in the USA! Youroo!!
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I've gotta take a little exception to the 2 vehicles 2 fees response. There is zero difference to driving in a 37' Class A with a Toad vs a 37' 5th wheel with a truck..... Once one is parked, it stays parked and becomes your accommodation, while the other becomes your transport. Dinging one for extra fees makes little sense to me.

I see the issue is they don't have a clean mechanism to manage the pricing of the toad/RV when their current pricing model is "vehicle" based.

And having spent over a decade running an eco-adventure resort and sitting on the board of directors of a number of provincial tourism boards it does not surprise me to see governments being penny wise and dollar poor when it comes to promoting toursim in their areas. Grab the money for the gov rather than making the region attractive as a whole and bringing more tourism revenue into the economy as a whole is not an uncommon story. What folks spend on accomodations in the parks is peanuts compared to all the other things they drop money on while in the area.

Still a poor strategy to me, at least make it really clear on your websites, I watched two other couples leave the check-in pissed about the extra fees just in the short time I was there. Multiply that over all the parks and a whole season and thats a whole lot of negative advertising for the state....

Wisonsin, here I come!!!
It is not a 'vehicle' policy it is a 'motor vehicle' policy. A fiver is not a motor vehicle hence no charge.
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Old 05-19-2012, 08:26 PM   #20
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I'm glad this discussion came up. I'll just plan on staying away from Indiana. We don't travel with 2 vehicles anymore however, if Indiana is that way with out of staters they don't need any of my money. I won't even fill with diesel there.
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