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- September 9, 2018 at 8:17 am #79439
Maybe take a lesson from the Ohio Turnpike, which I have never used but I did google it.
At RV Parks have a Kiosk that can issue a ticket for overnight use. Set aside X amount of sites just for overnight. Have it set up to where you can only pull in after 5pm and have to leave by 8am, if want to stay earlier or stay later you have to buy a site at the Park. But leave these overnight sites for travelers just going from point A to point B. the amount charged would depend on the amenities. If the overnight sites are full then you either have to buy a regular site or move on.
- September 9, 2018 at 8:18 am #79440
P.S. I did have a bigger post about this but lost it somehow..
- September 9, 2018 at 3:19 pm #79464
We have put our $$ in an envelope and dropped it in a slot many times and I see no need for any hookups other than electric. Pull in, test the electric, plug up, and then be ready to pull out the next morning.
- September 25, 2018 at 4:47 am #81271
In this new day of overcrowded RV parks and campgrounds having the potential of sites not used because they were not reservable is just not viable, even for just a parking place. The Minnesota park system used to hold back a certain percentage of sites for same day, first come-first serve use and found that those sites were going unused, empty while people were clamoring to reserve a site. All the sites are now reservable. It is the changing face of RVing and camping.
- September 25, 2018 at 6:01 am #81272
We have used Ohio Turnpike, fantastic for easy overnight. Wish this amenity was more widely available. The hours suggested might be slightly more flexible, we like to be off the road around 3:30,but leave at sunup. Just safe overnight with electric at reasonable price would free up many spaces RVs taking at truck stops.
- September 25, 2018 at 6:37 am #81273
I’ve promoted a similar idea:
Build no frills automated RV sites near major interstate travel routes. (I-40, I-10, I-95. etc) focused on overnight stays. Electric at sites, water and dump stations nearby. No restrictions on hours. Maybe have 4, 8, 12, 24 hour rates.
No fire pits, picnic tables, office, restrooms, etc. Take reservations and post site availability on the internet so sites can be reserved while traveling. Site them away from large cities so land is cheap. All sites would be level pull throughs so there’s no need to unhitch a trailer or level it. All pads identical as to ease of entry and all the same length to simplify reservations.
Decent spacing with something like a hedge or fence between sites to cut noise. The expectation being that people would be entering and leaving at all hours of the day and night. I’d like to do a lot of my cross country driving between midnight and 5am–especially past large cities.
- September 25, 2018 at 7:08 am #81310
Not practical. Two reasons. First I and a group of potential investors that happen to be RVers as well have sat down numerous times to access the economic feasibility of numerous RV parks where we have stayed and learned were for sale. They were for sale for numerous reasons but usually it was financial in nature. Bottom line, in most cases you have to charge a nightly fee that most folks are either unwilling or unable to pay in order just to break even and keep the park in manageable shape. Problem is everyone is looking for a bargain but do not understand the economics of running a park and the costs involved. Is this true in all cases? Most likely not but the standard that should be used for the operation of an RV park should at least be higher then a broken down trailer park. Unfortunately most folks have picked a hobby that they cannot afford and is why many RV parks are in the sore condition that they are. The second reason is actually tied to the first. In order to make the RV park profitable which is more feasible, to have a set number of sites set aside at a much discounted rate for “over nighters” or to offer those very same sites to folks that will pay full price and stay for several days? I guess that is a pretty obvious rhetorical question and one of many reasons why you do not see it happening at established RV parks. Maybe the solution is out there but it will more than likely assume a different format then what we are seeing today.
- September 25, 2018 at 8:32 am #81322
I think a safe overnight parking site for RVer’s would be a great service. I would be willing to pay $25 – $30 for this service.
- September 25, 2018 at 12:53 pm #81369
Sounds like a good idea BUT, I do NOT see it as getting off the ground.
RoyDC states he’d pay $25~$30 for this service. I believe he’s the exception to the rule. With the various discounts that are widely available (Good Sam, Passport America, Freedom America, Escapees, FMCA etc) I pay that for a REGULAR site.
If, anywhere close, there’s a Walmart, Cracker Barrel, Cabelas etc, why pay when you can park free (OK I realize those free place have no electric BUT, most RVs can get by for a single night in boondock mode.) I have used the paid RV parking on the Ohio Turnpike and, if convenient, will do so again.
Asking a business to set aside RV sites for low cost parking that could otherwise bring in “normal” revenue is something I just don’t see happening. I understand that many RV parks are converting RV sites to cabins which generate more revenue so, I seriously doubt they’d be open to “bargain parking”.
As for Chuck Woodbury’s idea of having ONLY “short stay” (one or possibly two nights ONLY) I think that would stand a better chance BUT, how do you enforce that VERY limited time period? I see people who would change sites, claim breakdowns etc in order to stay on. Forcing people out can be VERY difficult. For the mid to high end RVer, a new “members only” program might work where members buy in up front (but that sounds a lot like Thousand Trails, doesn’t it?).
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