Frequently asked questions: seasonal campers
Can I purchase my campsite?
Yes, but the campground has to allow the purchase of campsites according to the campground-condo formula, an emerging trend in the camping industry. For the moment, only a few campgrounds offer this option. There are different transaction models. Before buying, make sure it suits your needs.
I want to buy a trailer that is already in the seasonal section of a campground. The seller assures me that if I buy his trailer, I can also rent the site where it is now installed. Is he right?
No. When you buy the trailer, you do not automatically rent the site
. The rental site remains the property of the campground owner, and the right to use the site is not included in any way when a trailer is sold by a camper
. The campground manager is perfectly entitled to decide that he doesn’t wish to sign a rental contract with you. If the manager already has a waiting list for would-be seasonal campers, he may decide to give them priority and not to rent you the site. In that case it will be up to you to find a way to move the trailer off the site. So be very careful when buying a trailer already installed at a campground!
Can the campground manager ask me for a deposit for the next season? If I change my mind or have to cancel my next camping season for reasons beyond my control, can I recover my deposit?
Yes, the campground manager can ask for a reservation deposit when the contract is signed
. The contract normally includes a cancellation clause specifying whether the reservation fees are refundable, non-refundable, or non-refundable after a certain date. Make sure you get a receipt when you pay your deposit, too.