Hi again all,
As a relatively new park, we allowed tents in the past, but we no longer do. The issues we had were several as follows:
1) At the time we allowed tents, we charged by the site, tent or RV same price. It was not a cost issue, it was a supply and demand issue. We are fully booked in the summer, and if a tenter didn't want to pay the rate then we just rent the site to an RV. Our rules for tenters was that they had to pitch the tent on the RV pad itself in order not to crowd their RV neighbors next door. Inevitably, many would still pitch the tent in the yard between sites, because it was softer and use the pad to park cars. This caused numerous conflicts with RVers.
2) We also had a policy that an RVer who had a site could pitch one tent on the site in addition to an RV for an additional fee of $10.00, but the tent needed to be behind the RV, not in the yard between sites. Same problem, in spite of our policies, most of the tents would wind up between sites, crowding the RV next door. Additionally, as stated earlier, the tent was usually for the kids, who, according to parents, were always just little angels. These angels would roam the park all night, sometimes stealing beer from coolers left outside, play music or party loudly beyond quiet hours, gather and loiter at the lighted bath house, etc., all while the parents were blissfully asleep in the RV.
3) People would pitch the additional tent without telling us at checkin time and argue with us when we told them that there was an additional charge for the tent.
4) The reason that we waited 5 years before doing away with tents was that tenters spent much, much more money in our store than RVers. They were profitable. But we finally came to the conclusion that the extra profit was not worth the extra headache and complaints from RVers.
5) If I had additional space for a dedicated tent area, I would not hesitate to allow tenters, but I have no additional land for such an area. Mixing RVers and tents in the same area just does not work well for either.
We have no problem with popups or any other type of RV because they are always on the parking pad, not the space between sites. Hope this helps with some of the questions.