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Old 03-10-2014, 06:32 PM   #1
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does this mean camping industry is improving or dying?

We have a membership at an ROD resort. As part of that we are also AON/AOR members too.

Got the new campground directory and there's fewer CGs than ever before, including a nearby one that is no longer listed.

Anyone (long time campers perhaps? ) know if this is a sign that camping is having financial hard times (closing, etc), or is it a sign that things are booming (so CGs don't need to join referral networks)
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That or times are tough and money not spent for such things is money in the pocket.

Last year over Labor day weekend the CG we stayed in was near empty.
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Looking at the website of the one we visited (not our home resort) they used to be like our home resort - you'd 'buy in' and then pay an annual mtce fee and camp all you want. As an AOR/ACN member you got 'access' to other private resorts.

It seems they are now public..they list a nightly fee and show no affiliations. Wonder what happened to the 'members' that paid in?

We camped there last fall and they were working on the place, improving the tennis/BBall and pools. Talked to some members there and didn't get the feeling they were selling or changing business models.

Our CG offers a liftetime membership...one you can sell or will to your kids. They tried to sell the place in 2012 but the deal didn't stick.

As we've only been camping 4 or 5 years I don't know the 'history' of the industry and how 'stable' it is.
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:55 PM   #4
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I would guess it's about saving a buck more than anyother reason but also, us RV'ers campground expectations for certain amenities nowadays drive out the campgrounds that are stuck in the 70's-80's that will drive out the older establishments.
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They have sucked all the cash out of there members so they need to go back to making money, we have the same thing, the rod is useless the aor/ACN we still use but it is just like passport America 50 percent off the only difference is that there does not seem to be blackout periods. In reality how can they keep offering free camping, someone has to pay the bills.
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I dont know what all your acronyms mean, but around here in central to ne Oklahoma, its hard to find an empty spot-even off season.
We have so much oil/gas and pipelines going in (keystone got finished a few months ago here) but we are so close to the Oil Crossroads of America, that there is always oil/gas construction going on.
One park that has seasonal available said they would make us a spot, they would rather have weekend campers than pipeliners around.
Had noticed it hard to find cg on the internet though. Maybe they just haven't realized how beneficial it is, or would rather have the locals/regulars or word of mouth campers? Don't know, but around here its booming!


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When I go camping...the last thing I want in the campground is a large group of contractors/work campers filling up the place...just doesn't feel like we're getting away camping.
I can understand some campgrounds that are not much of a destination park wanting/encouraging work campers as it's a steady stream of cash flow month to month...probably a good reason they don't spend any advertising dollars to draw in vacationers.
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I just got a new pop up and tried to find a campground for this weekend to try it out. All of them were full even Disney. So down here it doesn't look like there is a problem.
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I just got a new pop up and tried to find a campground for this weekend to try it out. All of them were full even Disney. So down here it doesn't look like there is a problem.

It's spring break week here so a lot of Ontarians are down there right now.
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They have sucked all the cash out of there members so they need to go back to making money, we have the same thing, the rod is useless the aor/ACN we still use but it is just like passport America 50 percent off the only difference is that there does not seem to be blackout periods. In reality how can they keep offering free camping, someone has to pay the bills.

Yeah, Passport America. We recently joined for a small fee but upon getting their directory learned that most campgrounds black out the benefits on weekends, make you pay cash, don't take reservations for the benefit days, only allow a couple of benefit days at a time, etc. Maybe we'll end up getting our money back in savings, but I doubt we'll do it again.
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