LAUNDRY - General
Laundry facilities are for the convenience of your camping guests.
Establish prices competitive to your local area campgrounds. Keep
the laundry clean and in good working order. While a laundry might
not make campers stay longer, it could be a factor in bringing them
to your park in the first place.
One of the reasons a park laundry is important is that campers
don't have to go to a nearby town to find a coin laundry and they
are close to your amenities while the clothes are washing and/or
drying. It is important to have the laundry room pleasantly appointed
in the camp-resort as well as bright, cheerful and clean.
Establish laundry rules and signs to warn campers of any special
local conditions - especially soft water, abnormal minerals in the
water, and any special type of biodegradable detergent the sewage
disposal plant may require. Rules posted must include:
- Laundry room hours
- Length of wash and dry times
Other rules should include:
- Any special soap requirements
- Request overloading machines
- Remove clothes from washers and dryers promptly at end of cycle
Laundry equipment should be of commercial type in the camp-resort
laundry room. Camp-resorts have the option of making a cash purchase
for the equipment, therefore collecting all revenue from the washers
and dryers or leasing the equipment on a percentage basis, whereas
the lease company owns the equipment. Thoroughly check out a lease
agreement before entering into it to determine the length of the
agreement, exact percentage of the revenue collected to be distributed
to the camp-resort and any hidden clauses that may decrease your
percentage. Always be present when the machines are emptied
and the money counted if you have an outside lease.
|Remember - The cost of operation is your
expense and should be considered when leasing the equipment
as this will decrease your percentage. A laundry should be a
PROFIT CENTER as well as a convenience.
Another type of purchase could be a lease to buy agreement where
the camp-resort leases the equipment for an established period of
time, make a monthly lease payment and at the end of the lease contract
pays off a pre-set amount to own the equipment. During the term
of the lease contract, the camp-resort is responsible for all maintenance
and repairs that are not covered by a manufacturers warranty and
collect all revenue from the equipment. This is an excellent way
to own your equipment without having to have a lot of upfront cash.
The revenue from the laundry will make the payments for you.