I was browsing through the NJ reviews looking for possible campgrounds to stay at when we go camping there next summer (yes, I like to plan ahead, LOL), and I came across this recent review for Pine Cone Campground located in Freehold, New Jersey: Paid to camp, asked for a full hook up, they didn't have one available. So, off to a water/electric site. Site was a good sized, one no real problems. It was time to dump the tanks, low and behold they charge $10 per dump, can you believe it! They charge $35 a night for full hookup, 30 for electric (30AMP)/ water and $10 for each time you have to use the dump station; unbelievable. Stay way from this dump, will never return again money hungry isn't strong enough to describe this place. Go up the street to Turkey Swamp $26 a night and you can dump until the cows come home. We camped here in a Motorhome in September 2005.
Okay...this caught my eye because this person gives very little detail about the park itself...notice the person goes from checking in to dumping the tanks and the only mention of what the park is like is when the person says the site was good sized and no real problems. It seems this person had a problem with spending 10 dollars for use of the dump station. This person gave this campground a "1".
Being the curious person that I am, I decided to contact this campground to get their side of the story. When I did, the first question I asked is if they charge 10 dollars to use the dump station and she said yes and the reason being is that it's not free for them to have it hauled away, which I totally understand, I mean, the sewer fairy isn't exactly going to pay for it, LOL.
This reviewer also states that you could go up the street to Turkey Swamp pay 26 bucks a night and you can dump until the cows come home, which is true, unless you just want to use their dumping facilities then it would cost you 15 bucks to do so...but a free service if you're a camper...but guess what, that service isn't free either...the taxpayers of NJ and Monmouth County are paying for you to dump until the cows come home, it's not costing the County Parks Administrator a dime, like it would cost the owner of Pine Cone Campground if she were to allow free service to the campers.
I did tell the owner about why I was calling in regard to this review and she seemed right off the bat to know exactly who I was speaking about. And, she told me that he came in and wanted a full hook up site for his 40 foot motorhome, she told him that their full hook up sites can accommodate only up to a 35 foot motorhome, and she then offered a water/electric site that would accommodate the size of his RV, he accepted it and paid for a water/electric site.
She also told me that they charge $40.00 for full hookups and $35.00 for water/electric sites...so, if this reviewer were to have gotten a full hookup site, this person would have been paying 5 bucks a day for sewer service, instead he got a site without sewer and the only way this person could have lost money would be if the reviewer would have only stayed one night. I know when I used to camp in a motorhome I only had to dump once in a 5 day period and my RV was a lot smaller than 40 foot...so if this reviewer stayed for five days he only would have had to pay 10 dollars for dumping with the site he was on, whereas if he were on a full hook up site the sewer hookup would have cost him $25.00 for the five days.
So...I feel this review was very unfair to Pine Cone Campground, calling the place a dump when the reviewer said that the site was good sized and no real problems. To me it seems this person seemed disgruntled to have to pay 10 bucks for something that probably ended up costing the reviewer less if the person would have just thought about it.
I've seen lots of posts on the forum of people saying this should be free and that should be free and this campground is too expensive, etc. and yes, there maybe are those that are overpriced, but think about it, do you know of any campground owner that's made millions on their campgrounds...most even charging a higher price than other campgrounds are probably just breaking even or making very little...taking into consideration of what it takes to run a campground...like this campground charging $40.00 per night...that has to pay for all the utilities, property, school and business taxes, salaries of employees, supplies and maintenance, insurance, etc...so, really how can this reviewer honestly say that the owner of this campground is "money hungry"....that's absolutely absurd!
I can't wait for July to get her fast enough, because I have decided Pine Cone Campground is where we're going to stay and upon my return, I will let you all "honestly" know what the campground is really like.