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coacbcps
post May 17 2010, 04:57 PM
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When I read other people's review about a campground sometimes they will say that it was overpriced. Most of the time the price is in the $40-$50 range for one night. I live on the east coast and it seems as if ALL the campgrounds (with the exception of state parks) cost $40 or more. I would like to know: Where do you live? What do you consider a reasonable price for one night? Is $40 a reasonable price if there is a pool and weekend activities? Is $40 a reasonable price in the summer? On weekends? etc. What kind of campground can one get for less that $40? huh.gif What price would you consider to be ridiculously overpriced for one night? $50, $60, etc.
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post May 17 2010, 07:23 PM
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That is a very hard question. It is similar to what makes a woman beautiful. It is all in the eyes of the beholder. Rather than thinking price, we try to think of value rather than price. Value is quality divided by price. We have stayed in campgrounds now in 44 states (soon to be 48) and I think price and quality vary so much it is hard to go by just price. The most we have ever paid was $70 (on the water in Maine) and the least of course is zero. It is very location specific. At Disney close to me, you start at $100 and a few miles away it is $45, go a little further and it is $30 or less. I don't pay a lot of attention to the price comments unless there are a lot of them in the same direction.


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post May 17 2010, 07:37 PM
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Great OP coachcps,

There was only one campground that we thought we over-paid....$90+ per-night and after doing a great review I realized I should have cut back one number because of what we paid per night.

Yeah, I'm from CT and $40 to 60 per night just seems to be the norm these days...I don't consider anything ridiculously over-priced because if I have a choice of either paying to much per night or having a bad camping experience (campgrounds that don't enforce their own polices)...I'd take paying to much per night any day...IMHO

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post May 17 2010, 08:08 PM
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We generally 'winter base' in Southern California, (read the kids live here). Generally book winter in monthly increments to bring the daily price down into the +/- $25 range, including electricity. (Same park's daily rate is $40-45 per night.)

Once it starts to warm up, we high-tail it out of So Cal., for two reasons. The prices go up ($10 to $20 per night), and the crowds move in.

Have paid $50 per night in the middle of nowhere (Cedar City, Utah at a KOA), and was fuming. Then $40 a night at a fabulous Pismo Beach RV Park for MUCH better amenities...plus access to the Pacific Ocean...and was purring.

It's easy to say, "I could have booked a hotel for this price!"
Hmmm, those 'hotels' are now $150 - $200 a night. cool.gif
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post May 18 2010, 08:10 AM
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QUOTE(mdcamping @ May 17 2010, 09:37 PM) *

There was only one campground that we thought we over-paid....$90+ per-night and after doing a great review I realized I should have cut back one number because of what we paid per night.

Mike

Where was this campground located? On the east coast . . . west coast . . . florida? I'm wondering if in general the more expensive campgrounds are on the coastal shores.
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post May 18 2010, 10:55 AM
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When we travel in the car, we usually find a motel room from $45 to $60 along the expressway. These are the Hampton Inn, cookie cutter style. They have everything we need and are usually clean with cable TV, pool and of course WiFi. They are really motels rather than hotels.


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post May 18 2010, 11:06 AM
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When we camped in the midwest we oftentimes would pay between $20 and $35 per night for a site at a campground. This usually meant that it had sites, playground, bathhouse, and maybe a lake. Now that we live in the southeast we pay $25 a night for the state parks, with similar amenities as in the midwest.

However, when we go to the coast, the keys, or other coastal area, then the price typically goes to around $100.00 a night for a family of 5 (nightly fee only includes 2 individuals). What has been different? Much SMALLER sites -- we feel like we are in a sardine can. However, we typically don't stay at the rig. We are typically gone from sun-up to sun-down playing in the ocean, hiking, biking, etc.

Another item that is different, you get cable TV, phone hook-up (if you need em), multiple swimming pools (indoor/outdoor), restaurants, etc. So resort camping on the coast is much more expensive but you get more for the $$$. Also, when you don't have much of a choice in some areas such as the Outer Banks, you will pay the going rate if you want to visit that area.

I don't mind paying more since we have a great, but different type of time, when on the coast.

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post May 18 2010, 05:33 PM
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QUOTE(coacbcps @ May 18 2010, 10:10 AM) *

Where was this campground located? On the east coast . . . west coast . . . florida? I'm wondering if in general the more expensive campgrounds are on the coastal shores.


Camp Hatteras OBX (NC) Great resort campground...just darned expensive! biggrin.gif

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post May 18 2010, 07:31 PM
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I agree with the point that others have made--location, time of year, and amenities will affect the price. So I think it is hard to say what is "overpriced." If there is a "to die for view" and/or if there are lots of amenities, then $80+ a night might not be overpriced although I would not like to pay that much. But any site can be worth its fee if it is nice enough. A lot would depend on how much time you would have to use the amenities or enjoy the view. An overnight stay does not usually allow much time to enjoy everything you are paying for so in this case the site may not be overpriced, but you may not get a good value for your buck.

For a descent site (good gravel or concrete) with full hook-ups, 50 amp, with cable TV and wi-fi included we usually pay between $30 and $40 a night (for two people). We still find some places in the $20's and feel lucky when we do. If we have to spend in the $40's we usually do not stay there very long.

Hope this helps to answer your questions.
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post May 20 2010, 11:23 PM
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$30 to 50 for me, depending on where and why. Just lost my forest campground for memorial weekend due to snow, next available was a KOA in Monterey CA at $110 a night. That's an RV site, not a cabin. Totally unreasonable in my opinion.
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post May 21 2010, 10:57 AM
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QUOTE(RE:Todd @ May 21 2010, 01:23 AM) *

$30 to 50 for me, depending on where and why. Just lost my forest campground for memorial weekend due to snow, next available was a KOA in Monterey CA at $110 a night. That's an RV site, not a cabin. Totally unreasonable in my opinion.

Whoa! ohmy.gif I guess $110 is the holiday price . . . do you have to stay at least two nights?

OK, this is going out to everyone . . . what's the highest price you've ever paid for an RV site for one night and was it worth it? Let's see who gets the prize! ph34r.gif
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post May 21 2010, 12:50 PM
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QUOTE(coacbcps @ May 21 2010, 12:57 PM) *

Whoa! ohmy.gif I guess $110 is the holiday price . . . do you have to stay at least two nights?

OK, this is going out to everyone . . . what's the highest price you've ever paid for an RV site for one night and was it worth it? Let's see who gets the prize! ph34r.gif


Nowhere near $110 - spent $80 a night at Fort Wilderness at Disney World - worth it.


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post May 21 2010, 02:42 PM
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QUOTE(HappiestCamper @ May 21 2010, 02:50 PM) *

Nowhere near $110 - spent $80 a night at Fort Wilderness at Disney World - worth it.

What time of the year was this . . . was it peak season? I'm thinking about making a trip down to Disney with the hubby and girls.
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post May 21 2010, 03:20 PM
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I remember paying $80 per night at Cedar Point in OH but while waiting in line at the checking in I over heard the people if front of us paying over $300 per night for their cabins....so I guess it's all relative. cool.gif

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post May 21 2010, 04:25 PM
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Although we have, on occasion, paid more, we like to stay under $35-$40 per night. Parks justify their elevated rates in terms of the "amenities" offered........but most of the "amenities" are of little interest to us (e.g., fancy clubhouses, miniature golf courses, video arcades). When we can fit, we prefer state parks and Forest Service campgrounds.
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