Monday, June 4, 2012

A Day in the Life of a Full-time RVing Campground Manager

A day in the life of a full-time RV'ing Campground Manager.

What can I say, each day is different from the day before and the one that will happen tomorrow.  I want to just give you a glimpse into our life as we are the campground managers at Branson View Campground, Branson, MO.
The Office at Branson View Campground
 Our campground is small, 41 full hook-up sites w/cable, electric, water & sewer and occasionally wif-fi when I can get it to stay on.

Hubby is the Outside Manager and I am the Office Manager.  Other titles for us include: Bathroom Cleaner, Maid (for the cabin), Garbage Picker-upper, Pool Maintenance Guy, Errand Runner, Greeter and Potluck Coordinator.  I am sure there are other names but can't think of them right now.

My typical day begins around 8:30 in the morning in the office.  I have to do the daily reports, count the till, answer the phone, reply to email, post a morning greeting on Facebook ~ oops, forgot to do that this morning, will do it when I am done with this post :), put outgoing mail in the box and then later in the day collect the mail that was delivered, clean the bathrooms ~ there are two on the lower level and two at the upper level by the group picnic area, sweep the office ~ there are so many bugs here in Branson ~ sometimes I wonder where do they all come from.  I also clean the laundry room, dust the shelves in the store, keep the store fridge stocked with cold pop, bottled water and Gatorade.  We have candy bars, cookies and ice cream bars for sell as well along with the typical RV supplies that campers need to pick up occasionally.  Oh and give out the keys to the bathrooms.

A note about cleaning the bathrooms ~ I have to wonder how grown men can pee on top of the urinal which is 4' from the floor?  So far no one has been able to give me an answer that makes any sense.  Also, after cleaning the bathroom after Memorial Day weekend I did wonder if people are as dirty/messy at home as they are here when using a public bathroom.  Toilet paper laying on the floor...ummm  let me see, if you drop the paper on the floor don't you think you should pick it up?

We enjoy being campground managers 99% of the time but there are those times we do wonder what did we get ourselves mixed up with?  Like having to show someone how to start the dryer..umm the button that says START - push it :)   That one made me laugh.  Hubby did not think it was too funny because he couldn't figure out how to start the dryer either :)::))

We enjoy swimming in the evenings and visiting with guests when they check-in or while we are out working in the campground or visiting at one of our Potlucks. 
Our beautiful and clean swimming pool :)


We were so blessed in May to host the Amber Waves Band (the Costello family) and they blessed us back with holding a free concert for us here in the park.  You can check it out at here.  
What a feast!

Eating and listening to the some great music!

Not the best picture, the Costello family singing and playing!


We had a ton of fun and are looking forward to our next Potluck which is going to be a BBQ Potluck.  If you are here we would love to have you join us on June 17th at 5:00 p.m.  Bring your own meat and a side dish to share.  Give us a call to make reservations for your stay here.

Some of the things hubby has on his daily list is to clean & service the swimming pool each day.  We are loving having this amenity to use every day!!  He also does a garbage run, cleans the sites of people coming into the park and the lawn mowing & weed eating.  One of the projects we have done here at Branson View Campground is to clean out and open the Activity Room for guests.  They now have a place to come and read, watch TV, use the internet and soon will be playing games here.

We usually take a lunch break about 1:00 for an hour and then back to work till 5 or 6 depending on the day.  But alas our work is really never done since we live in the park.  We have greeted guests after hours, assisted someone who ran out of gas and coasted into our park ~ they were talking really loud and woke us up at 2:00 a.m. and hubby went out to see what all the commotion was about.  Made me wonder don't people usually try to be quiet when they are outside in the early morning hours at a campground ~ guess not :)

Oh, one of our other wonderful benefits here at Branson View Campground is the huge ice maker in the back room :)  We sell bagged ice for $1.50 a bag but we get all the free ice we want.  Let me tell you it sure comes in handy after a long day  and strawberry margaritas are calling your name.

Hope you enjoyed a peak into a day in the life of Campground Managers.


11 comments:

  1. I think the men that pee on top of the urinal do it on purpose I mean seriously thats the only way unless they're maybe 7ft tall?

    I have often wondered if people are as sloppy at home as they are at campgrounds or other public places. Our new site we are leasing for the year came loaded with bags of dog poop, parts of a sat dish and cables and an over all mess.

    Sometimes I can't figure people out, but what can ya do right?

    Have fun!

    Erik

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  2. Glad you're enjoying your work. I never could understand why people are such slobs sometimes. :(

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  3. I work for a large church and the samething with restroom go on there.

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  4. I do believe messy bathrooms are the norm. Surely it takes a LOT of work just to keep up.

    When I was a HR Mgr at a food processing plant, we had same problem. I had a meeting and told employees the next time it was messy, I drew names and the three people whose name was drawn would be assigned bathroom cleanup that day. Stopped the problem. However, don't think you can use that method!

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  5. I hope you are managers there when we can travel again. Think we would much rather stay there than at Shenanigans RV Park up by the water tower.

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  6. I hope you are managers there when we can travel again. Think we would much rather stay there than at Shenanigans RV Park up by the water tower.

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  7. Your job sounds great (well maybe except for the bathroom cleaning, buy hey I do my own, so..) Alice, Thank you so much for participating in June 2012 :: Our Life On Wheels :: Blog Carnival. Hope you participate again next month.

    ~Stephanie
    www.wechoosethislife.com
    Fulltime Traveling Family of Eight

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  8. Our camp hosts here have told us many times that the bathrooms are the only "messy" part of the job! Otherwise, it sure looks like fun :)

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  9. Even though you have to deal with some messy situations, I'm glad to hear that you and Ron landed on your feet, Ali!

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  10. When I was 20, I worked in a retail store. After the holiday rush was over, hours were cut. I was able to supplement my hours by helping the cleaning crews. OH MY! Never knew people were such PIGS in the bathroom! Wonder if they leave messes like that in their own bathrooms???

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  11. I'm just now getting a chance to read the "Day in the Life" blogs! Phew, what a busy day for you! I don't get why people have to be so messy in the bathrooms either. I don't envy you that part of your job. Keep enjoying the perks of the job you do have though!

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