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DrewE

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Posted: 01/14/20 09:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've encountered it from time to time.

I'd actually often prefer to pay the full fee with the reservation, rather than have to bother with two separate transactions. Regardless, it doesn't really bother me one way or the other.

Quite a few other businesses work in this basic way, too. If you book a round-trip flight, you have to pay for the whole thing up front, not just for the first leg.





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Had one instance that we were unabe to make it to the campground to keep our reservation. They had a no refund policy that I was fully aware of so they issued a credit for future use. I was happy with that and used it on our return trip only a few weeks later.

When on the road and need an overnight we call ahead for availability. Some ask for a deposit which I decline and say I will take my chances that we arrive before you are full. Never been shut out...but then we like to be off the road by 5pm. Around 7pm I see a rush of people coming into the park where ever we stay.

Early in our beginning camping days I made reservations with deposit that I lost because of one reason or another not being able to make it to the CG. I learned. I will not make reservations unless it is a destination we are staying at for a week or more. Then I know the rules and their policy and if something goes wrong I talk with the owner nicely and usually come to a happy agreement on future use or if I miss the first night I eat the loss. That's the way it goes.

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Just an observation that may our may not be accurate.

Deposit requirements at private RV parks are higher in the East (typically 1/2 or full down) than in the West (typically a 1 night or no deposit).


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Very common for most national state and COE parks to require entire payment up front. big reduction on the "reserve the weekend, then don't go" folks. Especially for non-refundables. I personally thing that weekend reservations should be non-refundable, threedays or more, and pay up front. For travelers, several days including a weekend is almost impossible. Have had to Walmart because of that many times, while CGs sit unused during the rest of the week.


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Johno02 wrote:

I personally thing that weekend reservations should be non-refundable, threedays or more, and pay up front.


I have no problem with the non-refundable part, but the three days might be a stretch. Many a family comes out for the weekend on Friday and returns Sunday in order to be at work Monday. A three day minimum would be a significant hit to a large group of people. Around here, many private locations have three day minimums for holiday weekends (when people stay until Monday anyway), but allow for the regular two-night stay over the weekend. That policy makes sense to me.


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For travelers, several days including a weekend is almost impossible. Have had to Walmart because of that many times, while CGs sit unused during the rest of the week.


This is precisely why I book our entire season by January of each year. I simply don't want to worry about whether or not a site will be reserved for me. In most cases, all I've risked is a $10-$15 cancellation fee if my plans change, which they rarely do. DW and I plan out our season in the fall and winter, then by January I've got everything lined up - including overnight stays on the road. Would be a bit harder for someone full-timing, but it's an increasing need in the growing demand that's out there right now.

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Yep, a couple of the places that we really like require at least a 50%, if not a full payment at time of reservation. We have a lake we go to with a group that requires full payment. The place we go in Florida in the winter requires 50%. Places that have high demand can make those requirements, because they know that people will pay it. Both these campgrounds are worth the risk in my mind and I know that we are going unless there is a horrible weather event or personal tragedy. In those cases I'm sure I could get most of my deposit back.


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Our favorite park in Fort Bragg California requires one night deposit if reserving for seven days or less and two nights for reservations of more than seven days.


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Posted: 01/14/20 05:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Varies with location and dates. Some require full payment for holiday weekends.

Flying Flags in Buellton, CA required me to pay full several months in advance over a holiday weekend. When we arrived I was told we must pay another $100 because their rate changed since I booked. Tried to argue but was told take it or leave it. I have been back a few times since without such issue.


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Posted: 01/14/20 07:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Deposit requirements at private RV parks are higher in the East (typically 1/2 or full down) than in the West (typically a 1 night or no deposit).

I haven't camped out west but your observation is probably accurate. Camping season can be very short so the campgrounds cannot afford lost revenue due to no shows. I think there's a different mindset up here as well-we aren't as laid back or as trustful as other areas.


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ACZL wrote:

For those CG that are requiring half/full payment, they are using your $$$ to collect interest IMO once they get it. Other's thoughts.
You are concerned about them making a few pennies of interest?

The business will just use the money immediately. Not going to open a CD and earn 1% until you arrive so they can use the money then.

My tenants pay a full month up front and believe me I make no interest. Same with the security deposit. Money collected is just used for current expenses in one big pool of money.


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