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Old 03-05-2019, 03:26 PM   #1
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No pop-ups or tents allowed?

Just wanted to get some thoughts and discussion about a recent decision that was made by a local campground... oh excuse me, they now bill themselves as an RV resort that I happen to be familiar with.

Some background:

My wife and I were seasonal at this place a few years ago when it was still a family-owned campground. Then they were sold to a large corporation who immediately came in and a started making all sorts of "improvements" to the place. With all these "improvements" came rising costs.

We saw the writing on the wall and got out ASAP. Many others followed suit in the next couple of years. From what I've heard they've probably lost somewhere around 25% or more of their seasonal base.

Now I've recently learned that they are no longer allowing tents or pop-up trailers. From the comments I've read on this, NOBODY is happy about this decision.

I simply don't understand why a company would alienate a percentage of their customer base like this. For no reason at all.

Sadly, they've just recently purchased another local campground and I'm sure they be implementing the same changes in it as well.

Aside from a a few national parks that have this rule due to wild animals, I've never heard of a place making a rule like this. Anyone else?
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:34 PM   #2
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We have many campgrounds here in the New England area that do not allow tent camping, have not seen any that don’t allow a pop-up.
My guess is that they want the higher price tag of bringing in trailers and motor homes.
Some campgrounds will not even allow you to have a tent on your site.
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I've heard that some campgrounds prefer not to have tents or pop up campers since they are not self contained forcing the occupants to use the facilities on site causing higher operating fees
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:56 PM   #4
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I've heard that some campgrounds prefer not to have tents or pop up campers since they are not self contained forcing the occupants to use the facilities on site causing higher operating fees
That's an interesting thought.

I do know that during one of their many floods last year much of the sand and dirt that was surrounding one of their bathhouses got washed away making the building completely inaccessible.

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My guess is that they want the higher price tag of bringing in trailers and motor homes.
This is probably the correct guess. They've put a bunch of money into the place and they are trying to make it back as quickly as possible.
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Business is business...

And it sounds like the company that now owns this campground has changed it from a campground to a place that caters more to people who aren't camping...but RV'ing.

Probably no campfires...possibly age controlled to keep the kids out...that kind of stuff!

Nothing wrong with that...
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I've heard that some campgrounds prefer not to have tents or pop up campers since they are not self contained forcing the occupants to use the facilities on site causing higher operating fees
I ran into this once or twice when we had our popup, but we had a shower and toilet. i usually see this rule for sites that are well away from the facilities. they dont want people peeing outside at all hours.

to the OP: it really is sad when places take camping options away from all of us. they want to charge more money for the bigger units. and people will pay, and their sites will fill up. just look at this as a way to explore your area a little bit more, find a new place to call home that suites your needs. new friends are just waiting for you!
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Old 03-05-2019, 04:33 PM   #7
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just look at this as a way to explore your area a little bit more, find a new place to call home that suites your needs. new friends are just waiting for you!
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They are just trying to keep the rif raf out. I dont stay at those type places. It is just another way to keep the less fortunate out sight of people who think they are better than everyone else because they got money. I dont want to camp with those upity a$$ed people.
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I'll just say this,... I have come upon some of these CG's & RV Parks in the Pacific Northwest. I don't agree with everything, but it is their property, and their business. Some were tolerable, others we put on the no return list. Rather than complain I say "let the free market speak".
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I've seen "campgrounds" that banned all travel trailers, and fifth wheels had to be 5-7yrs old or newer, and had to be over a certain footage and not tin sided. Motorhomes had pretty much the same criteria. All units couldn't have any major visible damage. If you had an older unit, you could send in a picture of it to get an approval.
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