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What do you expect from a CG for the money?
Eastern Pennsylvania
3716 Posts
December 5, 2013 – 6:54 pm

If you were paying $20 per ngt for a campground, what would you expect?
What about $30, $40 or $50?

Most CGs I stay at are in the $30 price range and include water and electric.  When I book a CG in the $40 price range, it’s often at a destination area or has many onsite amenities like a pool, jacuzzi, stocked fishing pond, mini golf, etc.

It’s rare I booked a CG in the $50s.

What about you?

JoeCamper, EwwwBugs, 4 kids, 2dogs and whatever else fits in my truck.
04 Dodge Ram 1500, 2010 Coleman Avalon

46 Posts
December 5, 2013 – 7:19 pm

For twenty dollars a night here in Ontario I don’t expect much if I could find one.
Our provincial parks are in the 30 to 40 range and some private campgrounds can be 50 but that would be more of a resort type.
We have paid in all these ranges from provincial parks, conservation areas and private parks.
FYI: ont. prov. park fees
Good luck all and happy camping!

410 Posts
December 5, 2013 – 7:51 pm

We generally camp in public campgrounds – nation and state parks, USFS. Most of the campgrounds don’t have electricity or other hook-ups, though we have stayed in several with power. We just made reservations at Mather, South Rim of Grand Canyon NP for $18/night, dry camping. That’s probably mid- to low-range for that type of campground.

We have paid $30-40 in some private campgrounds. Most sites have probably had sewer, but we only use power. We expect to have showers available; laundry is nice on longer trips. We use private campgrounds due to location, not for availability of activities on site.
If we really wanted to stay in an specific area, we wouldn’t have much issue with paying $50 or maybe a bit more – it is still less than a hotel would be and we have our own bed and the ability to cook our meals.

December 5, 2013 – 9:11 pm

As Frank said, here you find find much of anything for $20 per night, maybe for a tent site (no hydro,water or sewer) but last time I looked most Provincial parks were up to $30 per night for these..    In the $30-$40 range, again not much as side from those dry spots which your lucky if you can get a tent trailer into (either site sizes are small or the roads don’t allow for them).  $40-$50 per night you’ll find a majority of sites in Provincial Parks, Private parks, Conservation Area Parks.  With most of these except for a very rare few Provincial Parks, almost all Private parks and most Conservation Area Parks are Hydro only, the later 3 will have water and hydro and some will also include sewer (3 service sites run $50 or more per nite).. 

By the time you get done reserving a "class A" site in a "class A" Provincial Park (high demand site in a high demand park) and pay the ressie fee, your close to and sometimes over the $50 per night mark… 

2545 Posts
December 6, 2013 – 8:26 am

In Pennsylvania

$15 I camp at a County Park.  It is basically a drit road loop with clearings in the woods with a picnic table and fire ring.  I have seen tents up to small class A’s.  It has pit toilets.  No electric/water or anything.  The sites are nice and roomy with foliage nearby and between sites.  It is actually very nice and not crowded since there are no ameneties. 

$27ish I camp at a State Park.  They usually have paved roads and parking spots with electric.  The sites are roomy and have foliage.  A modern bath house with warm showers and and flush toilets.  Some are nice tile and others are circa 1982 cement blocks and cobwebs.  It depends if they have gotten there yet to remodel.

$40 am usually at a private campground.  I expect the bathrooms to be immaculate, well lit and roomy. Water/Electric/Sewer.  The sites are usually tighter and not as much foliage and usually have grass.  The spots should be nice and level either paved or gravel.  There should be some activities going on ie: crafts, bingo, dance.  It should have a store and a snack bar.  A pool as well.

$50 I was at Raystown Lake Resort.  I had a spot right on the water, they had a nice swimming beach electric and water at the sites.  I would have liked sewer as well.  This place had a restaurant on site, a water park and lots of unique activities….boat rental, boat ride, tours, serious fishing.

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

400 Posts
December 6, 2013 – 9:31 am

No matter what we pay we expect a clean campground and the staff to be courteous .

1263 Posts
December 6, 2013 – 1:26 pm

We mainly camp in state parks and COEs which range in price frm $28 to $36 – without our senior pass or resident (GA) discount. (The discounts most times range from 10% to 50% off ea. night $$.)

For that range, we expect clean, level (98% anyway), shaded/wooded site with water and electric. Bath house should be clean, well maintained, and have hot showers; most have AC/heat seasonally. On the upper end we also expect sewer hookups and an attraction or special feature on site or close by to visit.

Ranging from $40 to $50, we have only visited one so far for a rally on Tybee Island, GA. It was a former private CG that the city took over. It had all hookups (water, sewer, electric), a swimming pool, clubhouse for groups, walk-to beach access, and the city of Savannah as a destination. If it weren’t for the rally, we would not book anything like this (or similar private CGs we have seen) because the next door neighbor is close enough to help you turn your sheets down at night!

Space and foilage between campsites is offered in the $28-$36 range and we like those the best. With our discount, $14-$18 cannot be beat for the amenities and camping experience.

336 Posts
December 6, 2013 – 2:00 pm

Same as Judy, except we don’t qualify for the senior discount yet. lol

306 Posts
December 6, 2013 – 2:13 pm

wow those prices seem high to me. We stay at some very nice county or state parks around here with electrical hook ups and even some with water hook up for about $15 – $18 per night. No hook ups Are around $12 per night

235 Posts
December 7, 2013 – 12:02 pm

I don’t think we’ve ever stayed anywhere over $36. a night, but hubby always pulls out the senior cards, AARP, AAA and retired miltary to get a lower rate.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.  We were gifted a stay at Disney’s Wilderness cabin and thought we would like to go back and stay at the campground, but their price per night for a camp site ranged up there where I would pay for a decent hotel and someone would clean up after us and make my bed, so we chose not to stay there.

I do expect a CG to have a picnic table, and a fire pit, a couple of trees is nice and have cleaned up the campsite after the last tenent has left. The water and electric and sewer is something I’ll pay for if it is offered.

71 Posts
December 10, 2013 – 9:25 am

Usually I pick campgrounds for location.

Price is pretty much set by location.

Enroute to Oregon, I planned to stay at a campground in Tucumcari.  It was a graveled parking lot, locked office & restroom.  Went to the KOA instead.  Usually avoid KOA, but they had a few trees, somebody around,and the restrooms were acceptable.

At my destinations I looked for proximity to attractions, good ratings and of course the all important restaurant nearby.


5 Posts
March 24, 2014 – 12:23 am

I like to stay at Texas state parks….I have a state park pass and I get in at  twenty dollars a nite, plus they give you 3 free nites camping free during the year time of use on your pass.  If the showers and rest rooms are clean we are happy.  In the Houston area the state parks are near attractions, so we are happy campers

615 Posts
March 24, 2014 – 11:51 pm

Lone Lock and JoeCamper: same here. Always have the going motel rate in mind if going somewhere we are not familiar with. If staying for a week, could I stay in a hotel or rent a cottage with all the comforts of home for a similar price?

191 Posts
June 24, 2014 – 5:12 pm

[quote author=samebutdifferent link=topic=2825.msg27152#msg27152 date=1386340261]
No matter what we pay we expect a clean campground and the staff to be courteous .


But to answer the question, I expect to have clean bathhouses no matter the cost.

For $20-$30, I expect no hookups.  For $30-$40 I expect water and electric.  I don’t expect to spend more than that unless I’m headed to a destination.  I don’t really mind spending more for a destination.  But for that money, the campground is just the place I’m staying for the night, not part of the destination.

68 Posts
July 7, 2014 – 8:25 pm

Just got back from a KOA near Chattanooga this weekend on a last minute trip. With a member card we paid about $37 a night. Had a nice shaded site, full hookups with sewer, wifi, pool, and cable TV. They also had clean bathrooms and a friendly staff and an area aside for pets to run loose. We got a good value for what we paid on a holiday weekend. State park and COE campground are Great for the price paid like others have stated. The most expensive ( and worst) CG we stayed at in Wyoming was almost $50 a night and lousy facilities, dirty and the campers were treated like 3rd class to the resort guests at the same property that had great reviews.

296 Posts
August 24, 2014 – 9:57 pm

We choose our CG’s based on their proximity to attractions (mainly the DE shore but also Rollins Pond, NY). 

First and foremost, we expect that a CG provides an atmosphere where all campers feel safe and protected (i.e. confidence that CG personnel will intervene and stop disruptive/threatening behavior if summoned).

Otherwise, I do like clean bathrooms and shower facilities (who doesn’t?) but it’s hard for me to compare the price of clean shower vs. a one-of-a-kind experience of having only a dune separate my PUP from the ocean…

In that regard, I think it’s up to the individual.  As far as safety, I like to know that at least, in theory, some sort of authority figure would show up if I had a complaint.  That’s what I expect from a CG or ANY place that I would stay.

P.S. this post is not intended to criticize dispatchers or first responders; my point is that if I’m paying someone to camp on their property, I expect them to treat me as a guest and be at least a little concerned for my personal safety/happiness.

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