Buyer Beware

Buyer Beware

I’m not saying it’s their fault. But I decided to become a member of a private RV “resort” with facilities throughout much of the United States based on the recommendations of two people. One is a woman who lives in my parents’ senior living complex.  She and her husband used to travel in an RV from coast-to-coast on business, staying at these particular parks. Since anyone who lives in my parent’s place is, by definition, wealthy, I figured her recommendation was a good one.  And by “good” I mean that the parks would be frequently by fairly well-to-do people. The fact that I could afford membership should have tipped me off that things have changed.

The other person is a friend’s husband. He and his first wife (now deceased) used to alternate staying in these parks with camping out in National Forest Service sites, an arrangement based on length-of-stay restrictions. What I didn’t think to ask, however, was how long ago his first wife died.  Had I known the answer would have been decades, that too would have alerted me that the situation may very well have changed.

Then there’s the website, which had pretty pictures and superlative descriptions of amenities and tremendous cost savings. Seeing as my background is in public relations and I continue to write website copy for clients, I should have known I was looking at stock photos (ones you purchase for use in publications and advertisements) and angles that showed facilities at their best advantages.

Without directly naming the RV “resort,” I will compare some descriptions with photos of what I found.

BASKETBALL and TENNIS COURTS. Problems start with the missing nets . . .

BASKETBALL and TENNIS COURTS. Problems start with the missing nets . . .
HORSESHOE PIT - Horseshoes are replaced by dead leaves and upended plastic chairs.

HORSESHOE PIT – Horseshoes are replaced by dead leaves and upended plastic chairs.

Sign for "Sandy Banks Beach"

Seems the sand is missing.

Seems the sand is missing.

LAUNDRY ROOM – Only one washing machine and dryer.   Note open-air feel of the facility, cleverly created by avoiding the use of actual walls.

LAUNDRY ROOM – Only one washing machine and dryer.
Note open-air feel of the facility, cleverly created by avoiding the use of actual walls.
Opps, forget about the single washing machine.

Opps, forget about the single washing machine.

A couple of other amenities to forget about:

Gated Entrance. Gate cannot be closed since the power outage a few days ago.

Clubhouse.  has been dark for days. It wasn’t possible to watch football on Sunday, because the TV was fried by the power outage. Should be repaired about the same time the washing machine and gate are fixed.

Now it’s your turn. Here are some questions I’d like you to answer. Each correct answer is worth 2 points. A perfect score is 10. Answers will be posted in a future blog.

1. Can you identify this structure?

TT playground

 

 

 

2. Is this couple staying here?

TT active adults shown

3. Is this man staying here?

geezer

4. Is this family staying here?

TT RR family

5. Explain in no more than 25 words how you would sit at this picnic table. 

TT RR picnic table

 

6 thoughts on “Buyer Beware

  1. Item 1. Can you identify this structure? A ” jungle gym” with slide imported from the San Diego Zoo chimp enclosure. Guaranteed to delight all wildlife in the area.
    Item 2. Is this couple staying here? Certainly. They are enjoying the aerobics program before their spa massage.
    Item 3 Is this man staying here? Of course. He’s the security guard, and doubles as groundskeeper.
    Item 4. Is this family staying here? No. They are fleeing to the nearest Hyatt.
    Item 5. Explain. . .how you would sit at this picnic table. It’s deliberately positioned that way for anyone dining on “sliders.”

  2. OMG — Suppose the complaint box was out of service, too. What a mess. As Boomers retire and hit the road, it’s good to know someone is scouting ahead to help them avoid the pitfalls. This looks like a biz feature to me. Try another Thousand Trails. See if you find similar, deplorable conditions. You’d be doing folks a service to let them know what membership actually buys. Happy Hunting.

  3. What RV resort organization are you talking about? Jim had mentioned Thousand Trails but he doesn’t think that’s him that you are talking about. We are waiting to here the answer with great anticipation! KK

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