7 Reasons RV Park Owners Hate Their Job
Managing a hospitality business is a challenge! RV parks are no exception.
However, if you could hear some of these RV park owner complaints, you might get a good laugh.
Here’s the thing…unlike hotels, RV parks are often owned and operated by campers. These owners usually buy a campground because they love camping. That’s a big mistake!
The service industry is a pain in the arse (everyone should wait tables at least once).
It’s clear, though, that some of these RV park owners are in over their heads!
Here are ten humorous complaints I’ve heard as a fly on the wall in RV owner forums.
Too Many Golf Carts
RVers love golf carts. The trend is really catching on. However, certain RV park owners are not welcoming of golf carts.
Some of the gripes include – the RV park streets are too crowded, no designated golf cart parking, insurance is confusing, and (obviously) they drive too fast!
Why Are People Calling Me 24 Hours a Day?
Many RV park owners don’t think they operate a 24/7 business. They believe once the office is closed, they’re off duty.
What an awful assumption.
Patrons are trained (by past hotel experience) that the hospitality industry is never closed. If an issue arises after hours, it still needs to be dealt with.
This is a common complaint of ‘mom & pop’ RV parks. It’s understandable why an owner may believe it, but it doesn’t align with the modern RV campers expectations.
It’s Too Busy This Summer
This strange summer is punishing every part of the hospitality industry, except RV parks. Complaining about too much business sounds extremely ungrateful.
I understand that it may be crazy busy…but making money is more than some can do right now.
People Aren’t Listening
As if this is something new. Since the beginning of humanity, the lack of listening has been a universal human trait.
What do RV park owners expect? Campers are excited to arrive. It’s their vacation for crying out loud!
When RVers check in to a park, the last thing on their mind is a page full of rules.
If only an RV park owner had previous service & hospitality industry experience, they’d realize this is par for the course.
Guests Are Complaining About Bad Wifi
RV parks are notorious for using “free wifi” in their marketing material, only to offer a virtually unusable network.
Yes, RV park wifi almost always stinks. Don’t offer it if it doesn’t work well. And, indeed, don’t gripe about guests being dissatisfied with lousy wifi.
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There Are Too Many Kids Running Around
This is a valid complaint if you’re managing a 55+ RV park. Otherwise, it’s summertime and kids are gonna be kids!
I understand it can be overwhelming; I have a one-year-old running around the house every day. But, RVers go to campgrounds for vacation…not for silent meditation.
RVers Are Always Asking for a Discount
Well, duh! Everyone loves a discount. Believe it or not, RVers are a frugal bunch.
Many discount programs like Good Sam, Passport America, Thousand Trails, and Harvest Hosts offer significant campers discounts.
Considering the steep price of RV parks, it’s only natural to find a way to lower the bill!
RV Park Guests Aren’t Off The Hook
Just because RV park owners have a lot to complain about, it doesn’t mean the guest are off the hook. Everyone should behave like a civilized person!
But, it’s summertime…so go have fun and be your best self!
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Tuesday 14th of December 2021
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Saturday 12th of June 2021
This post sounds a little more like a gripe against owners who are frequently justified to complain about the behavior they see daily? It gets wearing on you.
Sunday 11th of October 2020
As an owner sure we may gripe, but man campers can be so damn entitled. We are also going to complain about campers not listening to the rules at check in, and then they get mad when we get on their case about breaking them. The rules exist for the safety and comfort of guests. Many times in these rural campgrounds strong Internet doesn't exist. I don't know one owner who doesn't want to provide strong wifi. We all want to, many times it's not possible.
Tuesday 4th of August 2020
Wow. The spoiled demanding brat that "wrote this article, really needs to learn one thing. No one gives a fuck about your personal opinion. If you dont like the "crappy" wi-fi, go to another park. Or go home to your home internet. You try finding wifi outside of a city limits (where most parks are), that is worth a damn.
You call yourself a journalist, but you've made yourself look like a cry baby.
I guess etiquette is a word you've never heard of.
Sunday 2nd of August 2020
Everyone is a beginner at first and beginner or not , the tongue should NOT fall off