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Old 03-25-2024, 06:35 PM   #1
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Those insane campground fees.

I like to go to Acadia every couple of years and I usually stay at one of the more popular private campgrounds. A weeks stay this summer would have been north of $1000.00, with another $50.00 fee for being site specific. There is NO WAY, I'm ever springing that kinda money for a campsite, let alone one that offers minimal privacy. We aren't talking a 5th wheel or a motorhome, just your basic travel trailer. Everbody seems to think they can keep jacking up the prices and we will continue to pay them. I'll stay at the Blackwall for a week basically for a nights stay at the private campground.
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What campground was that?We stayed in Southwest Harbor at a great campground, actually stayed there twice this last camping season and didn't pay half that.
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Yup, the more popular the area, the higher the prices. I pay close to 80 bucks a night on Outer Banks of NC, so a two week vacation adds up, but is far less than renting a house for thousands per week. No way would I pay 1,000 for one week. As long as there are wealthy people who do, it will only get worse for the rest of us.
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Supply and demand..........if they can fetch that much money for their location capitalism at work.
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I like to go to Acadia every couple of years and I usually stay at one of the more popular private campgrounds. A weeks stay this summer would have been north of $1000.00, with another $50.00 fee for being site specific. There is NO WAY, I'm ever springing that kinda money for a campsite, let alone one that offers minimal privacy. We aren't talking a 5th wheel or a motorhome, just your basic travel trailer. Everbody seems to think they can keep jacking up the prices and we will continue to pay them. I'll stay at the Blackwall for a week basically for a nights stay at the private campground.
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Old 03-25-2024, 08:01 PM   #6
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What campground was that?We stayed in Southwest Harbor at a great campground, actually stayed there twice this last camping season and didn't pay half that.
its on the north end, that should say enough.
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I pay close to 80 bucks a night on Outer Banks of NC, so a two week vacation adds up . . .
Yikes. I have 6 nights reserved at Oregon Inlet Campground - about 1/2 way down the banks - for the end of April/beginning of May - - $84 total. It's dry camping, sure, but still - - $80 per night - - yikes.
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Most of the camp grounds around Cape Cod are $100+ a night before discounts for full hook ups.
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We've stayed at Bass Harbor CG some years ago. It's showing $62-72 a night for summer season to peak season.
Not cheap but better than $1000 a week! Plus we liked the area.
Bar Harbor vs Bass Harbor

For us it's sort of like the difference between Townsend or Gatlinburg in the Smoky Mtns.
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Yikes. I have 6 nights reserved at Oregon Inlet Campground - about 1/2 way down the banks - for the end of April/beginning of May - - $84 total. It's dry camping, sure, but still - - $80 per night - - yikes.
I've looked into those sites. My wife would murder me taking her on a beach vacation with no water or leccy hookups. Even though that time of year for you is not really hot yet normally. When we go in Sep, the AC and dehumidifier normally run non-stop. At least for the money I get a spot right on the sound, and top notch pool/bathhouse about 100 yards away. It's way better than the double wide spot I would rent on a canal in Hatteras Village for well over 100 a night. I saw the light and checked out Frisco Woods.
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We use National Parks and have a Senior Pass. Likewise, the state parks are great, have electricity and water at the sites, and all for under $30/night. Corps of Engineers parks are equally as nice and economical.

We avoid the commercial sites.

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Old 03-26-2024, 11:16 AM   #13
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Yikes. I have 6 nights reserved at Oregon Inlet Campground - about 1/2 way down the banks - for the end of April/beginning of May - - $84 total. It's dry camping, sure, but still - - $80 per night - - yikes.

With the America the Beautiful Senior Pass Oregon inlet is a whopping $21/night in an electric site. We carry 200' of water hose so reaching a hydrant to top off the tank is usually a matter of five minutes of unrolling and rolling up the hose.


We'll be at Oregon Inlet from 22-26 April.
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Old 03-26-2024, 11:25 AM   #14
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Most of the camp grounds around Cape Cod are $100+ a night before discounts for full hook ups.

Nick, I see that you're retired from the Air Force. We haven't been there in several years but the Air Force MWR site at Fourth Cliff, south of the Cape, has full hookups for $57.50 a night. Our old 36' fifth wheel was in a site that was bordered by a fence. Just the other side of the fence was the bluff dropping off to the ocean. The view was spectacular and it was nice sleeping listening to the surf.


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If it's still there, on the way in you'll pass a seafood wholesale place that, at least when we were last there, had retail sales. We loaded up on lobsters both during the stay and on the way back to our old Auburn, NY farm......

I don't know if the MWR sites on Cape Cod have camper sites but it's worth looking into it.
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Old 03-26-2024, 11:31 AM   #15
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Supply and demand..........if they can fetch that much money for their location capitalism at work.
X2. As long as some are willing to pay that price, they will continue to charge what they do. There's a faction of these people who desire concrete, blacktop, and lots of amenities. These place are geared towards them.
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Ya Myrtle Beach Summer Rates $110 a night and if you want a golf cart $358 for a week, ................. (just the basics there are more things you can spend & on in the campground)........They do have a nice water park. For the most part all sites are booked for the summer a year in advance.......( glad winter rates are less)

and yes a house is $1,500 up for a week ..........

Prices go up every year..................

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We've stayed at Bass Harbor CG some years ago. It's showing $62-72 a night for summer season to peak season.
Not cheap but better than $1000 a week! Plus we liked the area.
Bar Harbor vs Bass Harbor

For us it's sort of like the difference between Townsend or Gatlinburg in the Smoky Mtns.
Exactly, Bar Harbor is expensive. If the subject campground is one of the Thousand Oakes national chain of campgrounds I believe it to be, it is an "RV Resort" with quick and easy access to Bar Harbor. It also has a lot of amenities. It is the type of Campground I stay away from.
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Old 03-26-2024, 06:35 PM   #18
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It canít be inflation related at only 3.2%. Itís seems like everything I buy doesnít fit into that percentage either. Fortunately in this case I am a BLM or similar type person.
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RV site costs are going up along with the income levels of the "campers".

When I first started out with a travel trailer a typical motorhome was <$100,000 and a luxury one was a converted MCI (Greyhount) or Trailways coach.

Today the coaches have never seen "bus service" and can cost well into the million dollar range and of course "Super C's" easily half way to a million.

If one owns a nice RV park and can attract the upscale clientele, that are willing to spend what for many is merely "pocket change" why shouldn't they. In the world of business a "seller" with "inventory" can raise prices as high as they want as long as they can sell their product. Prices will only drop when they get stuck with "inventory" and no customers willing to pay their prices.

I don't fret over it as I can usually find nice places where I go, either RV parks a reasonable distance away from the popular points of interest, or on "public land" where many of my neighbors are just the local wildlife that visit early in the morning or later in the evening. In many cases they are better behaved than the raucus (often inebriated) occupants of the huge coaches.
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I mostly avoid state parks and NPs. I avoid any place that is really popular. I like the off season, boondocking and USFS campgrounds that are quiet and use a Senior pass to pay half price.

I am trying an RV park next month at a nice place in the woods on a river because the USFS campground will not be open yet. It is around $60 a night. If the girl likes it, we will try some good Rv parks again.

For most people RVing is not popular because it is cheap. It is a specific way of traveling. You bring your own stuff, bring your pets and go where you want.
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