Frequently asked questions: seasonal campers
Can a campground set a maximum age for the trailers it accepts?
Yes, a campground can set an age limit for the trailers it accepts. For instance, one campground may refuse trailers over 15 years old, while another may set its age limit at 10 years. Some operators want visual harmony in their seasonal camping section.
Information on maximum ages for trailers should be included in the campground’s rules. Make sure you read them before signing your seasonal contract
. These rules are attached to the agreement and are an integral part of it.
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.