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Dutch_12078

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Posted: 04/12/21 08:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The only time I've seen anything like a damage deposit was at a very pricey Class A's only "resort" that had a $200 deposit for long term stays over 6 months. The deposit was refundable after a site inspection and clearance on any outstanding utility bills.


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IMHO the correct way to handle this would be for the rental pool to self-insure. Take a small cut off each rental and place or into an account to be used for such damage. It's an RV site, the amount of potential damage is extremely limited. To expect every guest to put up a large deposit is asking for the kinds of reactions seen here, and for good reason since about 50% of landlords use damage deposits as a way to pad their rental rates while advertising a lower rate.


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trailernovice wrote:

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


Haven't done it with the RV but on the boat, been to condo marinas many times...never asked for a deposit.


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I've never heard of it... but if I wanted to stay there and submit the depoist, a pre-occupancy walk around with management and pictures would come first, then upon vacating the site, another walk around and if all is well, immediate refund of deposit.


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Posted: 04/13/21 06:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's because it was a mobile home park not an rv park. Are you a long termer? I see no reason for staying at a trailer park on vacation.

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A couple of things come to mind.

If this is a place where each site has a power meter, then perhaps this is to insure the site user does not leave with a power bill unpaid.

Is this place in trouble financially and is the deposit being used as a 'float' to keep their head above water? Depending on new come guests to cover the float when your refund is made.

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valhalla360 wrote:



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


Uh... that's no joke!


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