L.A. Beach Campground Boasts Eclectic Mix of Campers

June 13, 2012 by · Comments Off on L.A. Beach Campground Boasts Eclectic Mix of Campers 

Dockweiler RV Park in Playa del Rey is the only beachfront campground in Los Angeles County. Photo courtesy of Jeff Crider Photography.

Growing numbers of Europeans are renting RVs and visiting popular tourist destinations in California.

But one place many of them visit at some point during their stay is Dockweiler Beach RV Park in Playa del Rey, according to a news release.

“It’s the only L.A. County campground on the beach,” said Jose Mata, a recreation services manager for the Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors.

Indeed, on any given day, the 117-site park accommodates an eclectic mix of European tourists as well as Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside County RVers who come to the park to escape the summer heat or simply to enjoy the beach and the ocean breeze.

“The diversity of our guests is incredible,” Mata said. “We often have people from Germany, Austria and The Netherlands.”

And many of them share the park with Caucasian, African-American and Hispanic RVers who themselves represent Southern California’s diversity.

“Last year, we were here almost every holiday,” said Alita Aldridge, an African-American motorhome owner from Los Angeles, who camped with her family at Dockweiler Beach RV Park over Memorial Day weekend.

Dockweiler RV Park is located next to the beach bike path at the terminus of Imperial Boulevard, near Los Angeles International Airport, which explains why many Europeans visit the park at some point during their stay.

Camping fees range from $55 to $65 per night, depending on campsite location, and include water, sewer and electrical service. Bathrooms and showers are also provided.



Writer: Raising Fees on RV Park Not the Answer

July 30, 2009 by · Comments Off on Writer: Raising Fees on RV Park Not the Answer 

Editor’s Note: This analysis was written by Julian Gothard and distributed by 


Dockweiler Beach RV Park

Dockweiler Beach RV Park

In response to the city of Los Angeles self-inflicted fiscal crisis, the L.A. Department of Beaches and Harbors recently announced that it is considering raising charges at its Dockweiler Beach RV Park. Fees at L.A. County’s only RV park located on the beach would soar from $45 for a front row spot to $65! Unfortunately, some basic market research comparisons and rudimentary business analysis does little to support such an increase. 

If you want to see what $65 could get you at an “RV Resort,” check out the Wine Country RV Resort in Paso Robles and the Oasis RV Resort in Las Vegas. Now take a look at this Dockweiler Beach. In spite of the wonderful beach views, there are a few drawbacks at Dockweiler. Its proximity to LAX airport, the offshore Chevron Oil Terminal and the El Segundo Power Plant immediately behind you, flies in the face of the three most important elements in establishing a business, “location, location, location.” Add to that the complete lack of “Resort” facilities at Dockweiler and you can only conclude that these fee hikes would not only be unjustified, but there is little chance of the “market” either supporting or sustaining them. Full occupancy of the 39 front row spots would yield $2,535 per day, an increase of $780 a day. However, if the fee increases led to a 25% drop in occupancy this would yield only 

$580 a day extra on the front row. If you compare that to all the front row spots remaining full at the current $45 per day, then this would be only $100 a day less than the proposed fee hike! It doesn’t take a genius with an MBA to figure out that the county might well end up losing money on this deal, especially if occupancy rates also decline on the middle and back rows. 

Now, if they wanted to add a pool and spa, improve landscaping, add more date palms, a clubhouse, fitness room, game room and group BBQ areas, then this fee hike might be justifiable. Instead of applying punitive fee increases, perhaps the county would be better served looking to a public-private partnership to maximise revenue from this great RV resource? What a concept! 

More On Julian: Julian was born in Singapore, has lived in Germany, England and the U.S.A. and has traveled extensively in Europe and North America, including Canada and Mexico. He is a freelance writer and photographer and an enthusiastic advocate of the RV lifestyle. Send feedback to