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Old 11-25-2021, 02:33 PM   #1
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What makes it a "Resort"?

As we travel we find that some "resorts" should really be called parks. So the question is: what makes a park into a resort? Higher prices?

What amenities should be expected in a resort? We have been woefully misled by some places. Arriving to find that they had NO pull throughs, that the wi-fi could not handle the basic email connection, the spaces were tiny etc etc.

The place we are in currently calls itself a "resort" but has no dining facility, no common areas, narrow spaces. Expect for a tiny pool and hot tub, nothing that you would think you would have available at a "resort"

Then again we have been at resorts that truly lived up to the name, featuring every thing you could hope for.

I am starting to think the "resort" label is just a way to justify raising the price.
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I think you answered your own question. Happy Thanksgiving!
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The answer was in the first and last paragraphs.

Since there's no standard, the term "Resort" is just a marketing term to attract more people and charge more.
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Old 11-25-2021, 05:27 PM   #4
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What makes it a resort?
A word painted on the entrance sign.
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Ignore the name and review on sites like Campground Reviews (used to be RV Park Reviews) written by users. I once was trying to pfind a place near a friend and could only find one park with “trailer park” in its name. It didn’t inspire me until I read the reviews. I stayed there and it was great. One part was very well kept mobile homes and the other part a nice RV park with a lot of amenities. I ignore the name and research, including Google Earth.
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Check out the Upscale RV Resorts app. They also have a group on another forum where people submit contributions.

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Old 11-25-2021, 10:00 PM   #9
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What makes a "resort" is in the "eye of the beholder"
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Old 11-25-2021, 10:42 PM   #10
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I know of at least 2 campgrounds near me that were called "campgrounds" until they got bought by a corporation. They jacked up the prices, added one or two amenities to one of them and changed the name to have the word "resort" in them.

I'm pretty sure with one of them they didn't change anything except the prices.
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Old 11-26-2021, 05:46 AM   #11
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To my knowledge, there is no rating system for RV parks like there is for hotels (5 star, Michelin, etc.). Had this discussion at our resort (which is very nice) where a woman was saying it was "5 star". In comparison to a "five star" hotel, it has concierge, 24 hour food service, fitness centers, pools, hot tub, room service, cleaning, etc. While we have some of these, it doesn't compare to a 5 star! Like previous posters said, research then book.
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Old 11-26-2021, 07:52 AM   #12
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I’ve encountered a few that advertised as “resort”. Upon arrival I felt like the were just plain trailer parks where the residents are referred to as “trailer trash”. One of them even should have had a permanent police precinct because I saw two encounters with one of them resulting in the arrest of two perps.

Like several have said, do your homework because what you see advertised is not always what you’ll get.
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Old 11-26-2021, 11:18 AM   #13
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As we travel we find that some "resorts" should really be called parks. So the question is: what makes a park into a resort? Higher prices?

What amenities should be expected in a resort? We have been woefully misled by some places. Arriving to find that they had NO pull throughs, that the wi-fi could not handle the basic email connection, the spaces were tiny etc etc.

The place we are in currently calls itself a "resort" but has no dining facility, no common areas, narrow spaces. Expect for a tiny pool and hot tub, nothing that you would think you would have available at a "resort"

Then again we have been at resorts that truly lived up to the name, featuring every thing you could hope for.

I am starting to think the "resort" label is just a way to justify raising the price.

Just another let down in the life of an Rv'er. Like the word Quality.
One mans quality is another mans lack thereof.
It is a catch word, attention getter and most times has no value
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What the difference between a restaurant and a diner?

Or a store and a shop? Or soda and pop?

I think it's all just semantics.
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What the difference between a restaurant and a diner?

Or a store and a shop? Or soda and pop?

I think it's all just semantics.

What makes a good RV resort?

The perfect RV campsite is spacious, private, shaded, and level, with full hook-ups and ADA-accessible sites available. A spacious site is large enough for the RV itself and any awnings or side pop-outs, so campers can use their rig to its full advantage.May 28, 2019
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What makes a good RV resort?

The perfect RV campsite is spacious, private, shaded, and level, with full hook-ups and ADA-accessible sites available. A spacious site is large enough for the RV itself and any awnings or side pop-outs, so campers can use their rig to its full advantage.May 28, 2019
With the exception of full hook-ups and ADA this sounds like a nice BLM site. My kind of luxury.
What's with May 28, 2019?
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With the exception of full hook-ups and ADA this sounds like a nice BLM site. My kind of luxury.
What's with May 28, 2019?

date was when the article was written.
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date was when the article was written.
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We try to stay away from Resort type campgrounds. You pay more , more noise, more lights, less relaxing and no privacy.
It seams like Pools = Resort, Resort = more kids, More kids = more screaming & crying 🤣.


State and National campgrounds for us if possible. No pools and the playground is almost always located in the day use area.
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What article?
I'm guessing, this one...

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