I believe the Good Sam "Rally" is expensive because it is a good money maker. They used to have one per year and now they have three. (Three times the profit?)
I have been involved in a non-profit motorcycle club that has annual rallies where they rent a fairground, have tents, vendors, and national rock bands. The cost is generally about $35 rally fee per person for tent camping with an additional $100 per RV. (full hookups) The rally provides income for the club.
Our state Samboree costs around $45 per RV and that includes electric. The rally involves renting a fairground, vendors, and quality regional entertainment. The Samboree provides income for the state organization.
I have never attended a Good Sam "Rally" because I feel the price is ridiculously high.
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You're a campground owner and Good Sam's is wanting to do a rally at your park. It's the golden goose egg dropped right in your lap.
Do you choose to charge just the vendors so they can rent space to sell their wares, or do you go full monty and charge the campers 150% the normal rate as well. Yeh, we know that answer already.
A smart Marcus, would make part of the deal with the campground to clamp down on the over-charges to members just for the show. Hey, you want all this business? Then be decent about charging them. That way he could advert a bit of love and all to the GS members.
You're not just renting an RV space. Many people get paid to find locations, organize vendors, transport people to and from events. Bill Cosby nor Martina McBride or Reba work for free. I have found the price of a ralleys is cheaper than what it would cost to go to some of the shows. Remember you are usually paying admission for two in the ralleys price.
You asked, people answered...just because you don't like the answers you got does not make the respondents a$$e$....
Obviously what IS provided at these events does not interest you, therefore, these events have no value to you...you would be better off just finding a nice FHU campground somewhere and leave.the rallies to those who DO see the value they provide...
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You're a campground owner and Good Sam's is wanting to do a rally at your park...A smart Marcus, would make part of the deal with the campground to clamp down on the over-charges to members just...
It would take a huge campground to host the "Rally". Good Sam normally rents the entire venue, be it a race track, fairground, etc.
You're not just renting an RV space...Bill Cosby nor Martina McBride or Reba work for free. I have found the price of a ralleys is cheaper than what it would cost to go to some of the shows...
Problem with big name entertainment is we all have different tastes and may not care squat about the entertainers they hire. If they could use quality local or regional entertainment that was reasonably priced the cost could be cut drastically. Since it is an RV rally, if I were to go it would be for the seminars, camaraderie, vendors, and RVs.
Lets take Pomona,CA fairgrounds for example. To rent the fairgrounds is $500,000. Now, you want some chairs to sit in, that will be extra. You want tables for the vendors, seminars, etc, that is extra also. Oh, you want some lights, that's extra. Need a PA system, that is another extra.And the list goes on and on.
At some venues it is required that you get food service from them. You do not have the option to bring in your own caterer. One rally we went to, the on site caterer charged $40.00 for a gallon of coffee!!
Oh yes, you want a little entertainment? That will really add to the bill.
I guarantee you that having vendors and rv manufacturers pay a fee in no way covers the total cost of a rally with 1600 attendees.
So, to those of you that want something for free or for a small charge, I suggest you hit Quartzite,AZ
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For $270 you get what? electric and a space for 3 nights 30 amp
Golf extra, meals extra, entertainment you did not select.
I am still at a loss as to why one pays $80.00 per night for what. Topsail in Fl isn't this expensive they have full hookups with cable laundromats and fine shower houses with a beach nearby.
I understand the haters here saying if you don't like it don't go. Unnecessary to the issue but haters also can write sometimes.
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FMCA's 87th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase, August 27 to 30, 2012
Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Indiana
Seminars | Exhibits | Display Coaches | Coffee and Donuts | Ice Cream Social
Movie Night | Tours | Entertainment | Ladies Social | Games
Early Bird After 7/9/12
Registration Fee $160 $190
Additional fee for 30-amp Electric dry camping $180 $180
Additional fee for 50-amp Electric, water and sewer
SOLD OUT $240 $240
Passport — 2 people, no overnight parking $150 $180
Coach with 1 person: deduct $20 - $20 - $20
Additional fee for Non-FMCA Member $50 $50
Additional Guests $25 each $25 each
Golf Outing —Sunday, Aug. 26, 1 p.m. $50 per player $50 per player