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Posted: 04/12/21 09:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Never seen one or paid a damage deposit. and we stay at parks ranging from $20-$140 a night!


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I've never heard of it until now in 13 years fulltiming. I wouldn't do it.


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I've never seen or heard of a damage deposit.
One time my tail swing hit a pedestal and knocked the door off the box as I was leaving the CG. (yes, I felt like an idiot)
I reported it to the office and offered to pay for it. I was told to not worry about it. I never heard anything about it after the incident.
I did stay at the CG a couple times after that day and was not charged a damage deposit.
My concern about a $500 damage deposit would be, they will find something 'damaged' before you leave.

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Posted: 04/12/21 10:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

trailernovice wrote:

(tried unsuccessfully to send this as pm to IDman...posting public)

Not sure what you mean by 'often post about problems'....and, if I DO tend that way, it's kind of the nature of the beast...people more likely to post about 'the service here was awful--steer clear' than 'the service here was great--i highly recommend it'

We don't know each other, and certainly I'm not owed anything...but we like this place and would consider going back but for this new policy...any chance, if I provided the phone number, you could call and check if it's still in place and across the board?


I think it was just making a joke about "Google is watching you".

Back to the original question: We've been to hundreds of parks, public and private, and have never been asked for a security deposit.

Yes, this would be a big red flag as it's far outside the norm. If a decent alternative was available, we would not use them.


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Thanks for the input...from what I gather:
As mentioned in the original post, all sites in this one are 'owner-owned'...The management/HOA or whatever it is (they have a check-in office, like at a hotel...guess it also serves the owners...place has a manned security gate--have to establish status as a renter or an owner to get in) gets a cut from every rental of lots owners choose to include in the 'rental pool'...so management is involved...and someone went raising cain to management about 'YOU rented MY site to an idiot who knocked over MY utility pedestal...so now YOU have to pay to repair/replace it'...the 'damage deposit' is to avoid such situations in the future

I mention all this because I'm pretty sure this is an unusual arrangement (renting owner-owned sites to the general public through resort management)

Anyway, we haven't been back since that was put into place


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Posted: 04/12/21 12:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have NEVER seen this. There's no way I'd ever agree to that.


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I ran into that at a upscale RV Resort in Palm Springs, CA. (Mainly a snow bird park.) The sites were individually owned and rented by the community sanctioned real estate office. Since I really wanted to stay in the area and this had the only available space, I went ahead and signed a rental agreement and mailed a check for the deposit. I was supposed to get my deposit back within two weeks after departure. It took many phone calls and another two weeks to finally get my money back. I would never do it again.


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No way I would put up a deposit for “possible” damage.


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I’ve never heard of this.

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Have not run into it at a commercial or public RV park, but an ownership park where the sites are owned and optionally in a rental pool is a very different animal. Since the site owners are responsible for maintenance and repair of their site, I can see where a damage deposit would make sense. Regular RV parks would have insurance policies to cover renter damage, but individually-owned sites would not.


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