This is the off season for many RV Parks. Often you need to leave a message on an answering device to speak to a park employee. I have a few suggestions that will help that process.
1. Speak slowly, clearly, and repeat the phone number.
2. Include the area code when you leave that phone number.
3. Include your name in your message.
4. Include the reason for your call
5. Keep the background noise to a minimum, screaming kids and booming music won't speed up a callback or make it easier for us to understand your message.
6. Even if you are upset we didn't answer the phone, don't tell your spouse "They aren't $%ing, answering either" before leaving your message.
7. Leave a BRIEF message about what you are seeking, but please, don't leave an unpublished novel.
8. If you are calling to complain about one of our policies, it is best to wait until you are called back before starting your rant. I am very unlikely to return a call from someone who's message is "Why do you have the stupid policy that we have to have our dogs on a leash?"
We really do want to call you back, but nearly one out of every 5 messages in unintelligible. If you don't get a callback, it won't hurt to try again, because it is possible we couldn't understand your message, unfortunately it happens.
Will it be worth it after you pay for advertising, commercial insurance, the improvements necessary, taxes (especially if they increase because the usage of the property is converting to commercial from residential/ag etc. ) Utilities, repairs and maintenance, the inconvenience of having to manage even a small business? And that doesn't even take into consideration if you make a mistake and get a bad tenant. My gut tells me there just isn't a whole bunch of people with nice rigs and impeccable manners that will just show up on your doorstep, 5 miles off the interstate, between a few small towns. The vast majority of RVers meeting your description often want more than a place to park. The few that do have to be aggressively hunted. You have to let them know you are there, and that costs a lot of money.
Even if it was possible, and I had the technological ability to carry it out, why would I, as a park owner, want to hack someone's Google Account? And I will double down on that question by reminding everyone that 95% of my guests use a credit card at check in, so I already have their account number, expiration date and can see their digit CVC code if I ask to see the card to verify their signature (which other threads on these forums seem to believe is some kind of high tech security trap enabled on their cards.).
Looking thru billions of pages of family photos and videos, nonsensical personal emails and all the other junk people send over the internet every day looking for an account number and password to some account that I have no idea if it contains twenty bucks, twenty million or is their personal senior citizen gay porn account sounds tedious at best. Then when I hit the mother load, my heist of the century is traced directly back to me and my parks, earning me a 10 year paid vacation with "Honky-Killer" the Gangbanger from the Hood just doesn't sound like a good plan to me.
Where I live, the town draws water from the river, treats it then sends it to the residences and businesses. The waste water is piped to the sewage treatment plant, the solids settled out, the water aerated and treated and then it is returned to the river for the next town downstream. The big loss in water comes from irrigation, where much of the water is evaporated away to eventually consolidate into rain elsewhere. And some of the remaining irrigation water that isn't consumed by the plants eventually leaches back into the rivers or settles into the aquifers. Implying that water not directly consumed (And even that is returned via good ole #1) is lost or wasted is very much simplifying what really happens.
We are making our first ever trip to Yellowstone this summer. I've been doing a lot of research on camping options both on this forum and through web searches. I will need full hookups and Fishing Bridge is booked. So it looks like we're staying outside the park. We want to take at least one day and do some exploring up into Montana. The problem is, we can't decide where in Montana we want to go. So i'd like some ideas as to some cool places to explore in Montana. Up towards Ennis and some of the ghost towns in the area sounds like fun. If we did that, then we would probably want to base out of West Yellowstone. I don't know what there is to see north out of Gardiner, but if we was to go there, then we would want to base camp in Gardiner. There seems to be more camping options in West Yellowstone than in Gardiner plus there seems to be mixed reviews on the Gardiner campgrounds. So I need Montana sightseeing ideas and good campground options. Next question: if you only had three days to spend in Yellowstone, what are the the best "do not miss" areas of the park?Virginia City/Bannock are interesting. They are restored "ghost" towns. Other ghost towns are pretty much a collection of a few falling down shacks. You can see that close to your home, there are plenty places like that in the Ozarks. If you feel there is more to see and do in West Yellowstone and your research indicates the parks are better, that is probably where you should stay. West Yellowstone is a great base to visit the geyser basins, not so good if your tastes lean towards animal watching, fly fishing or if your plans include a trip over the Beartooth Highway. Do you plan on taking in Glacier National Park and/or Grand Teton Park? That should also weigh on your decision.
In addition to the reasons already discussed, the park pays a fee for the deposit you placed on that reservation. On a $50.00 deposit, it is around $2.00 to $3.00. That includes the percentage paid to the card company (1.5 - 4%), a transaction fee ($.35 to $.65) and a bunch of miscellaneous fees based on the type of reward card you happen to use (up to another 2%). We get to pay some of those fees again when we refund the deposit.
Many third party online reservation systems charge a fee for each reservation, sometimes as much as $2.00 to $5.00. Even if the park doesn't use a third party vendor, there can be hefty "Click Thru" fees if the park utilizes things like Google Keywords and the like. (I pay around $.75 for each click thru on RV reservations and a few dollars for cabin click thrus. Cabins are much more because of the competition from hotels, B&Bs and the like) These fees are not refunded when a reservation is cancelled.
Finally, an employee is paid to handle those transactions. A $10.00 to $20.00 cancellation fee is not much more than a breakeven proposition for a park.
From reading discussions here it is apparent that many RV owners here have little grasp of the intricacies of their RVs. I would never think of renting out my valuable and expensive possession to those with likely even less knowledge. Then again, I understand a few people even rent out their spouses . . . .
Well it is common practice with Motor Yachts and sailboats that often COST in excess of 1 million dollars.
This is a long standing practice that is well regulated and can allow someone to buy a much nicer rig than they might be able to afford otherwise.
This is not unusual and in reality the vast majority of renters take very good care of the boat/vehicle. Accidents are rare and insurance is usually more than what would ever be needed.It may be common practice in the Yachting industry, but I bet there is a little bit of vetting the renter involved. Doubt that happens renting an RV. And you can happily go along with $1,000,000 of liability coverage, but that is peanuts compared to what you can easily be liable for should you have an accident involving serious injuries or fatalities. When you see all those settlements for three, four or five million dollars when a teen in paralyzed, where do you think that money comes from? And I bet your homeowner's umbrella will fight tooth and nail any claim for vehicle you rent out.
Is your rig still on the side of the road after 2 weeks? I think not. I believe you were towed to a repair facility (as the service contract requires). I believe you also don't like that facility, but that is not really Good Sam's problem. Kind of like having an HMO and you want to use a doctor outside that HMO. That is going to cost you.
What is the hold up on your repairs? Is it parts, is it the shop is backed up, is it the repairs are just going to take a long, long time, or is it truly incompetence? Maybe, Maybe, Maybe you can convince Good Sam to tow it to another location if you can prove to them the shop is purely at fault. But if it is only they aren't as fast as you think they should be, that probably isn't going to get you satisfaction. And on top of that, you are going to owe the shop for what they have done. There probably isn't any way around that. Good Sam probably can't expedite parts, can't make a 6 week repair take 6 hours and can't move you to the front of the line at a facility they do not own.
Repairs on RVs can be very, very frustrating since they are pretty close to custom built compared to cars and trucks. Everything takes longer and parts often need to be special ordered or even fabricated. Just be sure you are blaming the right culprit.
Why would the weak Canadian dollar force Canadians to liquidate probably their best investment, US real estate? The fact that the Canadian dollar has fallen 30+% means that their US real estate investment has given them a 30% return in Canadian Dollars, even if the value of the property has remained completely flat in US dollars.
The only reason to sell is if you feel the weakness is only temporary and the Loon will soon return to a value nearer Par. You sell your $100,000 US property, collect $100,000 US, convert it to $130,000Cn and then wait for Par. Then you convert $100,000Cn to $100,000US and buy the property back. You profit $30,000Cn. The falling Loon is great for Canadian holders of US, dollar denominated assets. Any increase in expenses to travel in the US would easily be offset by the currency exchange values created from owning that US property.
Why have most currencies devalued against the US dollar with our debt at $19T.Because the US is the premier government and economy in the world. In times of uncertainty, the US is the ultimate safe haven. Our national debt is not the same as you owing on a credit card. First, much of our national debt is owed to ourselves. The largest holder of treasury debt is the Federal Reserve.
Those countries holding US debt have a vested interest in keeping the US and the Dollar afloat. They become defacto supporters of the US when they hold Treasury bills. They have no interest in the value of those investments falling.
US debt is always denominated in US dollars. We don't owe gold, oil, or Rubles. If there was some sort of worldwide catastrophe and all the creditors of the US demanded instant payment, we could just turn on the printing press and send them stacks of paper. Ultimately, US currency is only legal tender in the United States. All that money those nations could in theory possess can only be used to purchase goods and services in the US. Since we are a net exporter of primarily technology and renewable goods (agriculture) even a run on everything US wouldn't create lasting damage to the country because everything we sell that can be exported can either be replaced (grains, beef, etc) or really exists only in theory (technology is 99% intellectual property, take the software, but the intelligence that created it remains to make the next generation). Things many foreign debt holders covet cannot be removed from the US (you can't buy land and buildings and then somehow take them to China, for example) so when they buy those items, they suddenly become vested in the US remaining strong, since you wouldn't buy a building hoping the nation it was located in would collapse into chaos.
Finally, since the US is also the most powerful nation on earth, those debt holding nations cannot do anything to collect that debt should they feel the need. This is probably unprecedented in history. Historically, poor, weak nations owed the big powerful nations and eventually those powerful nations either bled the weak ones dry, or invaded and took what they felt they were entitled to. That cannot happen in the US.
I have got to agree with a few of the recent posters, your website is leaving a lot to be desired. No rates, no policies, very few pictures of the actual park. You even have to hunt around to find the address and phone number.
Are you sites not graveled or paved? If not, that would be where I would put my money first. People generally want well defined sites and grass sites don't generally give that impression. I have a big Class A and I would immediately be concerned what would happen should it rain. The last thing I want is to be stuck in a field of mud and I really wouldn't even like leaving 6 inch deep ruts if I was able to spin out of a wet site. Advertising and good first impressions will get you more visitors than a hot tub or soap making classes. What do the other parks in the area look like? If yours isn't the best looking, that is where I would go first. How does your website compare to theirs? How quickly do you appear in web searches?
Finally, determine what you want to be and be very good at that. Do you want to be an overnight park, a seasonal park, a weekend getaway, a destination park? Tailor your marketing and amenities towards that goal. An overnight park would have no need for soap making classes. At a seasonal park, one soap making class in the season would more than suffice. If people are coming out for the weekend, they tend to cram a lot of living into those two days, so anything that takes a lot of time probably won't be a draw. What age group are you seeking? Kids and families need different amenities than seniors. Remember, when you market to one demographic, you are automatically marketing against another. Trying to please everyone is a great way to please no one. If you just bought the place, run it for a year before making any major changes in direction. You need to learn what you have before making changes that may or may not get you any customers. Sorry, but there isn't any magic formula that works everywhere. Good luck.
PS on edit: I made those comments regarding the grass sites BEFORE I read the reviews. Now that I have read them, I can say without any hesitation the reviews of the park make it very clear where your money needs to be spent.
While anything is possible, meters are very robust and will seldom fail. Furthermore, failures are almost always limited to failure to read usage, not run up some ridiculous bill. Do you know if the meter is read remotely or if there is a meter reader that visits the address. If someone physically reads the meter, it is possible for them to misread it or to transpose some numbers or for the data entry person to misread their writing. That can cause a temporary long or short reading that gets straightened out at the next reading.
Many older systems not on electronic reading estimate usage and only actually read the meters quarterly or less. This can result in a very large, unexpected bill if they have estimated low in the period in question. Then there is the issue in California of seasonal rates. Where my winter home is, the winter rate is around $.14 per kilowatt hour. In the summer that rate jumps to $.37 which is insane, but you pay what you have to pay. No wonder solar companies are thriving in the California Desert. Power companies generally give little leeway when it comes to adjusting bills, so hopefully it is an error. If it is actual usage, the best you can hope for is a payment plan if The $800 bucks isn't doable in one lump sum.
In these forums you will quickly find out that no matter what you paid or what you bought you could have bought something much better for a much lower price. If the truck was made of solid gold and the dealer offered to pay you to take it, someone here will tell you they got a much better deal.
Was the well in usage before you arrived, or is it separate from the house? If it is separate, there is a possibility there is a leak in the pipe from the pump. If that is the case, the pump can run 24/7 and if the well is fairly deep, the pump can draw a huge amount of when running.
Yes he could have a different meter base with breakers included installed
Provided local code allows this, and the utility company was willing to okay it
But that was not the original question
The answer to op is no
Are there things that can be done ? Yes
But it will need a complete change out. Of the meter housing
Not a simple attachment of an outletAt least in Montana and Texas, the meter base is the responsibility of the property owner and the utility company provides the meter. You can do anything you want, subject to electrical codes, past the meter. If the current meter base is not conducive to adding services a new one is a couple of hundred bucks. An electrical permit would probably be required, but the actual work should be pretty easy. Personally, I would install a regular RV pedestal, which would give you 50/30/20 amp connections. You should be able to find one for less than $300.00 Lots more flexibility at very little additional cost.
Amazing how this thread diverged from the OP original question?
.... if advertised... should it be available and working? ....????If you care to define those terms, maybe you could get an answer. Does available mean available on the park, available everywhere in the park, or available inside your aluminum skinned cocoon that blocks 98% of the wifi signal while using you underpowered I-phone as the connection device? Do you define working as able to use email and surf the web or do you need to be able to conduct HD Video conferencing simultaneously with 10 other guests on the park property in order to consider it "working"?
I figure five years, max, and I can get out of the wifi business completely. Wifi will go the way of the pay phone and the landline.
snipDon't bet the farm on that one. :) Wireless communication is here to stay, one way or another.Off course wireless communication will exist. You will get your wifi connection from your cellular carrier almost exclusively. There will be no need to have a intermediary providers like coffee shops and RV parks. Just like telephone service on the road. Everyone uses a cell phone. The pay phone and public phone are gone. When was the last time you saw a phone booth on a city street? The only loser was Superman, he lost his changing room.
And yes, the financial cost for wifi will be borne by the user, just it is for phones. Now you have a $100 a month cellular bill instead of the ability to drop a quarter into a pay phone. Thankfully, it is just around the corner, because it will be a great day when I can trash my thousands of dollars of wifi equipment.
I figure five years, max, and I can get out of the wifi business completely. Wifi will go the way of the pay phone and the landline.
As for service you can expect, cable tv is the best comparison. At a RV park you get basic cable. You don't expect premium movie channels, HD, NFL ticket, on demand pay per view or 500 channels. Same with wifi, you get basic wifi coverage, email and web surfing. Anything else is gravy.
In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.
In theory, the guide takes responsibility, period. In practice, the guide baled on you and threw you under the bus. That is why you go with the only good, self interested practice. Do it yourself.
I only trust my Angel to guide me.Knife cuts in both directions. We have had countless things run over and destroyed in our parks and can count of Captain Hook's fingers the number of people who have come into the office and were accountable for the damages. It is a cost of doing business for which we budget multiple thousands of dollars a year.
We escort everyone to their site and are glad to help if people want assistance getting into the site and if they don't want assistance we just leave them to their own devices. It is a service most people like and is necessary because if we just gave people a site number and a map some will end up in Timbuktu. We aren't trying to be evil and it isn't a conspiracy to get you to destroy your rig or your neighbor's property.