Originally Posted by CincyED
I have often thought about Walmart putting electric spots along their parking lots with meters were you could swipe a credit card and they could charge per hour or by usage. We also often stop at walmarts especially if it just for a quick over night stop and generally I will fire generator up which a can run for a few bucks per hour even with ac running.
If I were to implement a short term stay kind of place I'd go with something along this route. Only I'd look to put them in roadside truck stops. Pull thru, first come, first serve, no water, no sewer, credit card swipe for power, probably charge by hour as there should be a better profit margin than charging by usage for an overnight stay, when usage is minimal after the initial evening. Site's already manned, so at most you might need a couple of hours part time extra to cover walking the area and picking up trash, hosing down sites occupied by inconsiderates.
Within the truck stop, you'd also be able to provide showers (pay per use), a diner and a separate fresh water fill and dump station (again at a price) to complete the package.
Provided you already had a rest/truck stop, probably the most expensive startup cost would be getting a system built to handle the 'use a credit card to get power' poles.
Aside from the power, I assume rest stops in Ontario probably allowed overnights once upon a time. I know anytime I pull into one of the onroutes (onroute.ca
) I see what's now picnic areas, but based on size, layout, and the occasional one that still has gravel pads they look like they once supported dry camping. To bad they now all have signs that say "No Overnight stays allowed".