Saturday, June 21, 2008

Campground owners, RVers at odds over camping in Wal-Mart

Daily Republic - Mitchell,SD,USA
Pools, mini-golf, laundromats, game rooms — these are some of the amenities that campground owners advertise.

Some local campground owners say none of those extras can compete, though, with one perk that the Wal-Mart and Cabela’s parking lots offer: a free night’s stay.

Staying overnight in the Wal-Mart or Cabela’s lot has become so popular that, on some nights, there are as many or more campers in those lots as there are in any of the six campgrounds in and around Mitchell. During the past week of nights, The Daily Republic counted a total of 135 pull-type campers or RVs camped in the two stores’ lots — 71 at Cabela’s, and 64 at Wal-Mart. The highest number in a single night was 36 on Thursday, the final night of the newspaper’s count.

Jennifer Doyle, owner of the local Dakota Campground, said she’s virtually powerless to stop the drain on her business.
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