Why do campsites charge for an awning?

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  1. Nirvanauk

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    Surely we are paying for a pitch so why do some campsites charge for an awning and a motorhome with an awning is no bigger than a caravan with a car parked next to it.
    Any ideas please?
    Norvanauk
     
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    Because they can!!!:cry:
     
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    Simple answer... Because they can ..

    same reason many charge extra for a dog, pup tent, trailer, boat, extra car, and even a pull out awning.. some even charge more for US RVs ..

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    snap.. beat me to it
     
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    :Rofl1: Greeed :Rofl1:
     
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    Free market. Supplier has the right to set the charges; buyer has the right to accept or reject them.
     
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    Because they think the money in your wallet would look better in theirs.
     
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    A campsite is a business, and just like any other will try to maximise it's profits by any means possible, so will charge as much as the market will support.

    If you owned one would you not try to make as much profit as possible? I know I would..

    It's called capitalism ..

    If you don't want to pay the extras.. vote with your wheels..
     
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    I have said it before and I will say it again, we do NOT charge for any extras at all, dogs, awning, people or extra cars, you pay one price for the pitch and thats it ! :thumb: :Smile: All camp sites are not the same.
     
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    Well said, Dylan.

    There are quite a few sites now, that I know of, that charge a flat-rate- however, there are also quite a few that will try and charge for absolutely everything.

    The only way to treat them is as Scot Jim says -drive away!

    As long as some people are willing to pay through the nose, there will be people who are willing to take advantage.

    Dick
     
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    We are free apart from £2 for EHU and £1 for water.

    No one has stayed there yet - LOL

    (it's more a wild camping area, no showers etc):Smile:
     
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    As has been said, they charge it because there are people that will pay. If every one refused to pay the extra they would no longer charge it.

    There are so many nice little sites that have a flat rate, why would anyone want to pay the extra for what should be included.
     
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    If you charge less than what the market will stand, its not a business, its a hobby.

    Ian
     
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    Cant argue with that, Ian, but for how long will the punters put up with it before going elsewhere?
    Business must be sustainable, or it's bust.
     
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    I have to be honest, I really don't understand why anybody that has gone to the expense of buying a motor home would then waste their investment by paying some one to stay on a field in the UK in all the rain and wind when for the same price of a 3 or 4 for weeks stay in the UK they can get over the channel to France and get south to all the sun and comfort.

    I really just do not see it!!!

    Doug...

    Go south young man and wild camp! "£$%^&**(()_)+
     
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    Plus £800.0 or there abouts for the ferry fare, nothing personal.

    Doug...
     
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    Went to a site on N/Wales coast, went to reception on arrival to book in and she quoted me a price, I said hang on, thats not what your advertised rate is, she said but you've got an awning, it's £2 a night extra... hang on woman, its a wind out that latches into brackets on the side of my van, I,m going on a hard standing, it won't even touch your ground, thats the rule she said, well I'm not going to wind it out said I ( there was an offshore wind blowing about 30mph so I wouldn't have put it up anyway) She said, quite disgruntled "I have to alter all my inputs now"....Tough, was my response, I will not be going there again.
     
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    Well £300 return, but know exactly what you mean.
     
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    OK, £300.00; but when you have a choice of £100.00 to SOUTH East or £300 to NORTH west, which way would you go, I can never understand why the Irish Tourist Board have not noticed this?

    Doug...
     
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    Think on this... a hypothetical camp site owner

    He has 100% occupancy all year .. he charges £10 per night inc. EHU .. :Smile:

    He doubles his price to £20 but finds his occupancy drops to 50% :Sad:

    Is he

    a) worse off
    b) better off
    c) the same

    he's better off because his leccy bill is halved .. also less hassle and paper work .. for him.. less is more... and he can now think on charging for extras and make even more money :Laughing:
     
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    Ferry to France free then is it? :BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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