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Posted: 07/12/19 09:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My understanding is that the resort fee is added for anyone who is not a paying member of the resort, as in they purchased a membership or are owners of a lot in the park.

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Posted: 07/13/19 06:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not a fan of these "resort" fees myself, either cgs or hotels, but if it's clear upon registration then as others have stated you can just go elsewhere. If it's tacked on after-the-fact then that is indeed fraud. My suggestion would be to just pay with a credit card then dispute it immediately. Second thing to do would be to contact the state's AG and have them investigated for fraud.

I don't think anyone "likes" the extra fees that are tacked on. It is what it is with options of going elsewhere, picking a fight over it or just staying home.


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Posted: 07/13/19 07:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What you do if they are the only one with space available drive another 100 mile? Just pay and shut up.Is not right but what can we do give up camping?The price in some area getting ridiculous high .


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fitznj wrote:

I thought the Marriott Hotel chain just got fined for doing this.

The advertised a rate then added "resort fees" on checkout - I believe they
have been ordered to reimburse their customers for the "resort fee".

How's this any different?


Marriott was not mentioning the resort fee until the bill was presented at checkout time, at which point you're stuck with it. Every campground I've stayed at the payment was collected up front, which allows the customer to decide in advance if the total cost is acceptable.


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2012Coleman wrote:

My thoughts include - Hhhmmmm, how badly do I want to stay here? If I want to badly enough, I pay the fee, otherwise I look into a state park.


Posting a high nightly fee or highlighting it upon making a reservation...I can decide if it's worth it.

Waiting until I show up with reservations before disclosing it...now you may have me over a barrel with few or bad options (ie: I'm tired after a long drive and there isn't another place with openings nearby). This is where false advertising comes in. It's an intentional attempt to trick you into paying a higher price, knowing most people will have few options once they arrive.


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Even a few state parks do it now. It takes a legislative act to increase fees, so some states have added a "dock fee" or a "day-use" fee to every campsite. SO advertised site say, $20 a night, becomes $26 a night. We would probably stay anyway, but would like a bit of honesty.

We all (campers, RV'ers) understand costs go up sometimes - and the state parks are often jewels and less priority than other budget items - but honesty about the fees should trump an arrival add-on. Just seems sneaky to me, same with the hotels and cell phone service companies. Deception seems to be the rule of the day in a lot of business dealings and advertising.

Price plus tax, should never be price plus tax plus fees. And just because it calls itself a resort does not mean it is one.


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