I'm intrigued that you would pay more for the facility of a club or a bar. I'm quite sure that the club is a profit centre on its own and that the cost of the drinks and or food will cover the establishment. In fact for some of us if we were to frequent the bar it might be worth trying to negotiate a reduction on the camping fees on the next occasion as adequate profit was made from us in the bar.
The Dandy mantra of The Caravan Club say I own a caravan, if we need to be a caravan and the Camping & Caravanning Club say we're a trailer tent if they charge for awnings is very useful.
I'm not quite as mean as I make out when I shy away from camping fees. I accept that I take up the same space as your Dandy in my Dandy so accept that I'm paying the same even though I'm on my own.
I think the concept of how you are charged is just how an individual campsite wants to "skin the flea." Some will be up front with a simple charge per person or per pitch. This might in some cases appear more so others add every possible extra. I tend to find that the most expensive sites have the most convoluted charges.
Mike made an interesting comment that he wouldn't camp at Woodhall Spa as an individual but that it was good as a meet site and he would much prefer there than some site where you were embarrassed about the facilities but camped there because it was cheap. I thought the facilities at Woodhall were wonderful but I've never been embarrassed about cheap facilities either. I tend to camp cheap because I tend to spend the money on other things; petrol (I'm not shy about doing miles) , days out and as some of you will have spotted beer.
There is a final reason to justify being a cheapskate on fees. Though I don't own a motorhome or caravan I note that this country has no equivalent to the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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where a locality can see it is to the advantage of the community to encourage a short stay. In this country we have car parks that want to charge for more than two hours and local authorities that ban overnight parking. If I'm fool enough to pay out over £20 per night to camp I encourage sites to charge this and penalise the cheap sites by not attending.