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Posted: 07/11/19 05:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No different than Sirius radio advertising a cheap rate then adding mandatory fees. One reason I’ll not do business with them.


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Posted: 07/11/19 05:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't mind what they call it, I only care about the 'OTD' price. But if someone is trying to screw me over any amount, they have lost my business forever.

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The KOA on Pine Island, FL tacks on a Resort Fee at check in. This is beyond the cost of the site when making the reservation online. We paid it for a couple of years because we were 1200 miles from home and they were the only CG on the island BUT we won't be going back.


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Posted: 07/12/19 03:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's less of an issue with campgrounds (but growing as the digital world creeps in) but one of the big draws for hotels, is online sites get a commission based on the listed price from the website. If they cut the price by 20%, they cut the website commission by 20%.

But yeah, it's basically false advertising 95% of the time. Enforcing it is harder to do as they bury it in the fine print.


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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.


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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.


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their rules, rates and policies. if you aren't happy with it, choose another location.

we travel with 4 small dogs. some private campgrounds have a 2 pet max policy. i don't complain about it, i just find somewhere else to stay that doesn't have that policy.

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It's kinda like getting an oil change...add on for shop towels, filter disposal and so on. So many buisnesses have these ridiculous add on "fees" you really have to watch!

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I usually research the campgrounds pretty well before I make reservations, but occasionally you can get surprised. The "resort fees" that I've encountered are usually per person and usually cover something extra... "free" breakfast, small waterpark or other activities.

If we are getting some value out of it, I usually don't mind it, especially now that I have kids who are old enough to enjoy those activities. However, if its just an overnight stop on the way to a destination, I'm usually looking for a clean, no frills park that is convenient to my route. I'll pay a couple dollars more for a cleaner/safer park, but not exorbitantly so.


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


The problem sounds like they added it at check out so it was a hidden fee. The fees must be explained upon check-in.

I don't like them just like I don't like fuel surcharges or mandatory options. Just a way to lower the price or weight for advertising purposes. I avoid those places because if they aren't being upfront with the price, I wounder how else the are cheating their customers.


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Not only avoid them to the point of walking out during registering, but post on RV Park Reviews to warn others.


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