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Old 03-27-2013, 06:08 PM   #1
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Why campgrounds charge for extra people?

Why do campgrounds charge extra ($4 a piece) for more than two? That's an extra $8 a night for us! I could understand it if they were cleaning up after us or if we were using their linens but I don't understand when it's our own camper. Anyone know?
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:23 PM   #2
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They charge more to cover their cost. Water, electric, showers, swimming pools, activities, sports equipment, etc. The more people camping, the more it cost the campgrounds.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:36 PM   #3
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The private CG`s here all charge extra, some here allow 2 persons and some 4 before the extra charges. As said they are a business and the more people in the site the more people using the facilities and the activities provided. The state parks here allow 6 persons per site with no extra fees.
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Pretty much $$

We purchased a resort membership campground many, many, years ago (*used*) mainly because it had a 'reciprocal' resort campground agreement ($2 a night back then) and now $10 a night. Most don't have extra fee's.... but some do. I'm surmising that some of the cg's that do so (membership/public/or not) draw campers in based on the low rate that they advertise to draw them in in the first place! When camping, always ask for total fee's (tax, person's, pets, etc) before making your decision if based on cost

Also, check out rvparkreviews.com to compare local campgrounds if you are fortunate to have many near you
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that fee of addl people can also be hidden by a addl vehicle at site fee at some CGs.
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that fee of addl people can also be hidden by a addl vehicle at site fee at some CGs.
Have not run into that one yet, but some only allow one vehicle per site with other vehicles required to stay in overflow parking lot.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:42 PM   #7
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I guess I'm pretty naive, BUT it's about the memories anyway, right? Our first trip is tomorrow and I'm so excited!
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Not naive, just thinking its unfair, and it is... but they own the property and you need somewhere to park your RV. The extras can really pile up quickly, we looked at a private CG locally that seemed pretty reasonable, but when you added all the extra fees for anybody visiting us it was out of line. I'm don't agree that my family should pay a "cover charge" to come visit me while I'm camping. Last year on our maiden voyage, I attempted to join my family at a state campground and the park wouldn't let me in without paying, although I already had a reservation, and my wife had just pulled in 10 minutes earlier... I told them where they could stick the charge and left. Got the issue resolved and came back the next day and enjoyed the weekend. Pleasantly surprised that none of the campgrounds we have reservations at this year have any additional charge for our new dog... happy about that.

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Going to Camp Hatteras in April and this specific CG charges extra: $3 per pet per night, 3$ a night for cable, $8 a night for a 3rd adult AND an extra $5.00 for online reservations!
I think they are generous and offer free wi-fi :O
Expensive CG but was told they are the best and that's what we are looking for. We didn't pick RVing to save money over hotels, but to bring our dogs with us and love the lifestyle. We could get a cheaper CG without all the extra charges but would it be the same? maybe they do it to give people the option to opt out and pay less for the same CG instead of bundling it all together and making it a steeper price for all.
I am not super happy to pay to extras but nobody forces us to stay there so their park, their rules. Once I agree to this, I have no rights to complain
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Lake George RV park also charged more for a third person. This campground is spotless and full of reasons to go back. All the trails are paved! and they blow the leaves of the trails in the morning. They also deliver firewood to the sites... the list goes on.
The luxury doesn't come cheap but this place is a resort and it shows. We are going back in July
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