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Old 05-17-2013, 10:13 AM   #29
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Doesn't matter what you drive or how much money you have to throw around, nobody like to feel like their being fleeced.

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The reviews on RVParkReviews.com seem to be okay. I've been on some pretty unlevel sites but can usually get level pretty easily.

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It's been a number of years since I've been in the St. Mary,KOA, I hope they have improved that park. Took me 25mins to level my 5th wheel, in a pull through, and I know I'd never level my coach in any of the sites that I can remember.

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Old 05-17-2013, 11:11 AM   #31
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The reviews on RVParkReviews.com seem to be okay. I've been on some pretty unlevel sites but can usually get level pretty easily.
By the time I had the 5er leveled, I could walk under the pin.. I'm 6'2". Rear bumper skids were on the ground. Fellow traveller ran out of blocks for his truck trying to get his camper level. BUT this was years ago, they may have improved.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:56 AM   #32
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We have stayed at the Nashville KOA a couple of times. And yes, it is the most expensive campground we have ever stayed even with the KOA card and a discount coupon. We stay there because their sites fit our needs better than the nearby campgrounds. A big plus for us is the shuttle service that is available for all of the three campgrounds located in that area plus the nearby hotels. For $10 per person round trip, we can leave our dually truck behind and go enjoy Nashville. No parking worries and also no worries about imbibing too much and having to go back to the RV. After all, that is part of the draw for Nashville. Sitting in one of the many bars, having a libation (mine is usually Coke Zero) and listening to some really good country music. Generally speaking though, we avoid KOAs like the plague. They a way over priced and some times not very nice. The Nashville KOA is the exception even though it is way over priced. And the rates are just as bad in the off season.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:57 AM   #33
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We typically avoid KOA unless we really need a place to overnight and there aren't other options.

We've found that they do really cater to families and, while we're fine with that, it's just the two of us so most of their amenities are of no interest to us. We also really don't like the "keep on adding" business model.

The $72 charge in Nashville doesn't surprise me. It is supply and demand and they're probably pretty full in spite of the high price.

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Old 05-17-2013, 01:15 PM   #34
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In my 30 + yrs of rv ife, KOA is one of the most expensive parks in any given location,and they are not always the "best,cleanest etc." KOA is my "last resort" resort.
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I was planning a trip to Va. Beach in July for a family get together and I looked at the KOA, $89 so I kept looking and found a campground 15 miles away for half the price. The last time I went to Va. Beach we stayed in a hotel and it was $179 so I was not surprised at the KOA rate. Supply and demand will drive the price. Va. Beach in the summer...everything is expensive!
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:36 PM   #36
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New Bern NC KOA is 74-84 a nite. It is a nice place with pool, boat docks, launch ramp, all the kids stuff and pool, but the sites are tight and it is not river front, its marsh front with a 100 yard walk to see the river. We have stayed there, and will again because of the convience to relatives in the area.
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We just returned from AZ. to MI. and stayed in KOA's all three nights, because I like them, it is always quiet. We paid, $42-37 dollars. The only problem we've ever had was a couple of times they wouldn't let us stay because of our dog, Callie. The reason they gave was because of insurance, which I think is a little bit of a cop out, because our home owners provides liability for her. It ticked me off, because we got there at just 6:00 pm and it was time to quit driving, but of course now we have to go on, and find some place else, on down the road. Wasn't real happy about that, but we did survive! LOL!!
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:11 AM   #38
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This is another case of a service provider sticking a fork in to see if you are done. The cost being charged has no relation to the value provided....Yet another reason to stay west of I-25 and east of RENO NV and stick to BOONDOCKING in the US forest land and BLM area....
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Try the KOA in Cherokee NC. (South side of the Smoky Mtns) Up to $128 per night for a "deluxe" site. That's just crazy....
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JMHO. If more parks offered a bare bones overnight area, water , power and a free dump site for the morning, at a reasonable rate, there would be fewer RVs at Walmart. When I roll in at 5 and expect to be out by 8 the next morning, $40 and up is way to much. You hear that park owner are approching their city councils for by-laws to stop Walmart and others allowing overnight RV parking, and closing interstate rest areas to the 8 hour stays. Well I think their rates are to blame for their lack of business.
When we come across a Walmart that can't allow over night parking for us, we move on to the next Walmart. We always call ahead to see if they allow ONP for RV's.
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Years ago ('97) stayed in a KOA in west Yellowstone. The charged extra for kids, friends got hit big time for their 6 kids "because of the extra cost of the amenities they used. Kids tried to use the pool and were run out, "no childre3n allowed", tried to use the games, again "no children allowed". We tried to have a campfire, so may mosquitoes we had to go inside, grass was almost knee high.
A couple years ago we tried it again, this time we had the two grandkids with us at the beach. Way too high priced, paid extra for everything, but at least the kids could go swimming.
I can count how many times we've stayed at KOA's on one hand.
I prefer Wal*Marts to KOA's, at least we can buy food.
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I had to weekend it at a top notch chain hotel in the Sacramento area a few weeks ago, about $120/night and I wish I could have brought the motorhome. The closet size room was nothing to boast about. As for KOA, some are wonderful, some are nice, all that I have visited are at least consistant. They pay a franchise fee, they maintain staff, keep the grounds clean, maintain an office, laundry room, card room (at least) showers, toilets, and activities...they must pay unemployement, workers comp, insurance, and area taxes and fees. Many are located outside of the city limits, so they must pay additional sheriff and fireprotection fees.
I really don't think the KOA owner is getting rich. Hopefully they are making a decent living, as I used to be a small business owner and empathize with the challenges of self employement.
KOAs certainly are not the most expensive Resort parks I have visited. This summer we will be spending a week with the grandkids at a Southern California coastal RV park, the fee is more than twice the KOA rate, yup almost $200/night.
Our motorhomes have wheels, so we can call ahead, get prices, make choices, and camp just about anyplace we wish. I have no complaints regarding KOAs....unless I am looking for a quiet weekend away from children, then a Casino Resort Park would be my choice,... not cheap either (free if you loose enough at the tables).
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