Yes, they are renting out "trailer equipped" campsites.
Why is it that government organizations think that they have to get involved in hairbrained schemes like this? They overpay unionized employees and come up with oddball ideas like this and then they wonder why they aren't financially self sufficient.
So they've bought 15 camper trailers. Fully equipped, with add a rooms. What would the initial outlay be? Maybe they got a deal (highly unlikely...) and paid out $20k a piece. So an investment of $300k.
And then let's say they last for 5 years (any more than that is also highly unlikely!) so they need $4,000 a year in revenue in order to cover their initial costs. And that's just to cover their initial cost. Let's not forget about maintenance, repairs, and cleaning. ( I think they forgot about these things.)
So then they need to figure out how much to charge for them.
What figure did they come up with?
$141.25 per night!
Yep, they figure they're going to be able to rent these suckers out for $125 per night, plus Ontario's ridiculous taxes.
I honestly wonder how many non RV'ers are going to pay that kind of money to go camping. My guess is...not many!
So I checked out reservations. Sure enough, they are available for this upcoming weekend. Not booked. As in...sitting empty.
It might be a great idea, if the price was right. Maybe, just maybe, at $75 a night they might get enough revenue to cover their costs. But I think that at $141.25 per night, they'll sit empty most of the time.
Speaking of camping, here's an interesting looking book that I came across. For those of you with Kindle e-readers, you can buy it for only $2.85...
A history of the RV industry in America featuring biographical sketches of some of the visionaries who created the industry in the first half of the 20th century.
Written by Al Hesselbart, historian for the RV Hall of Fame Museum in Elkhart, Indiana.
It includes the stories of inventors and manufacturers as well as retailers and campground operators all of whom played vital parts in the development of today's active RV lifestyle. It also describes the evolution of each individual style of recreational vehicle from tent trailers and truck campers through travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers and motor homes big and small.