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Old 02-13-2016, 11:52 AM   #1
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Sticker Shock

Sticker shock: Well not for RVs, but for campgrounds. Went to the Minneapolis RV show and got several campground/resort brochures, what I found is camping at any of these was really expensive, bordering on Super 8 pricing. Normally I camp at State and County Parks, these have pretty reasonable rates, but getting harder to get site to accommodate our TT.
I have to say these private places provide many additional attractions that are really attractive to some (families with children for one), but we just want a campsite that has power, if available water in a location area we want to camp in...
The exception for us in Grand Marais City Campground, the rates here are still somewhat reasonable and provide excellent location along Lake Superior north shore and town of Grand Marais (the two real attractions for the campground).

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I agree with you but I believe it is the old supply vs demand and demand is growing yearly. so many new to camping families with bigger rigs has strained the infrastructure of campgrounds and especially the state campgrounds. We have to book the sites we want in the state park we frequent 6 months in advance almost to the day if we want to get our site.
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I found the Municipal sites in Grand Marais were not that nice (very close together and not a lot of grass) but certainly the attraction is the close proximity to the town and Lake Superior. My most favourite place would be Lebanon Hills just outside of Minneapolis. Large grassy sites with full hook ups and only 10 minutes from Mall of America. And at $30 a night it was a real bargain considering some places in SD and MT we stayed at were charging us $75-80. Either way I find myself researching the heck out of places and using google earth to look at sites.
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if at all possible it is good to lay eyes on the site.. we booked a site last year at pokegon state park that said it would fit 50 foot and when we got there no way would it fit our 39 foot tt. luckily it was middle of week and we found a site we could fit in and changed
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if at all possible it is good to lay eyes on the site.. we booked a site last year at pokegon state park that said it would fit 50 foot and when we got there no way would it fit our 39 foot tt. luckily it was middle of week and we found a site we could fit in and changed
Understood, we went to Porcupine Mtns in the UP Michigan along Lake Superior last year and the site we requested was for our size camper (or bigger), but didn't come close to fitting, wound up on another site diagonal to fit and pointing the wrong way to hook TV up and drive out..
We can book many State Park sites 1 year in advance, but still best are gone when try.
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My most favourite place would be Lebanon Hills just outside of Minneapolis.
Love it there too. Stay there when visiting freinds in Farmington.
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I agree with you but I believe it is the old supply vs demand and demand is growing yearly. so many new to camping families with bigger rigs has strained the infrastructure of campgrounds and especially the state campgrounds. We have to book the sites we want in the state park we frequent 6 months in advance almost to the day if we want to get our site.
Same here in Ontario. For stat holidays, 6 months in advance and you had better get up early and be fast on the computer.

I also hate when pop up trailers take the pull throughs or the extra large sites.
There should be some sort of camp ground courtesy so all can enjoy.
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Don't forget that besides all the amenities private campgrounds have, they also have to pay property taxes, income taxes and a multitude of other fees that public campgrounds do not pay. Plus, public campgrounds typically are not paying for land etc. Part of your taxes go to pay for the public campgrounds, if you use them or not.

Most private campgrounds are not getting rich, they make a decent living but, like any small business are not cash cows. Many of the costs of a campground go on year round even when the park is closed. Sewer fees at one campground we worked at came in at almost $50 a month PER SITE.. open or closed, and that was after a $300 a site tap in fee to begin with. This park was closed for 6 months a year, so, their actual monthly rate was $100 when open. Water was a whole other cost, as was cable TV etc.
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Same here in Ontario. For stat holidays, 6 months in advance and you had better get up early and be fast on the computer.

I also hate when pop up trailers take the pull throughs or the extra large sites.
There should be some sort of camp ground courtesy so all can enjoy.
I somewhat agree but.

Don't blame the pop-up owners
If a campground charges a certain price for a campsite that has water and electric and only charges extra for sewer and cable then why shouldn't a pop-owner take a larger site. If I am limited to certain sites due to the size or type of RV I have then that should be stated in the campgrounds rules. But if I am allowed to choose the site I want and pay the price then I should be allowed any site I pick. And I would say most people would choose the largest site they can get.


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I have no problem with tents or pop-ups taking whatever sight they want. the big problem nowadays is that with the size change of campers to huge lol a lot of campgrounds just aren't equipped to handle many of them at one time so it puts a big question mark into where we can go and actually fit. Some of the parks just weren't designed for big rigs on every site and some weren't designed for big rigs at all
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