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.
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?
2. Is this couple staying here?
3. Is this man staying here?
4. Is this family staying here?
5. Explain in no more than 25 words how you would sit at this picnic table.