Originally Posted by jauguston
We have seen the place as we live near by and it is packed in the summer with mostly Canadians. Never used the membership. Kind of a scuzzy looking place.
We are members of KM and Beachwood is our home park. And we are Canadians....not sure what is wrong with that????? It is not a scuzzy looking place in my opinion. (To be honest this comment combining full of Canadians and scuzzy together is somewhat offensive)
There's never any kind of smell there from a nearby industrial facility.
Yes, it is a very busy place in the summer. The reason is not because it is oversold. It's extremely popular because those that go there love it and it's in high demand. It's a favorite of Canadians because it's only 15 minutes from the border, it's right next to Birch Bay (a summer, touristy kind of beach & resort area), it's large and 100% flat, it's great for walking, it's got lots of amenities (pools, tennis, baseball field, etc), lot's of trees, it's gated with 24 hour security, you can walk to the beach, and more. Many there are long time RV-ers, from small trailers to BIG motorhomes. One side of the property is called the "founding member" area and it is mostly mobile homes, some park models and a handful of trailers. There are some very nice units in that section and it is well kept.
It is NOT a state park. If you want more of a wilderness experience, along with few amenities and no hookups, then go to a state park or equivalent.
I agree that the sales tactics are close to a pushy car salesman technique, but having said that if you are interested and "do the math" you will be able to determine if it is the right way to go for you. We researched a lot and feel we "negotiated" a good deal based on what we wanted.
They give away those "free" memberships all the time. Nothing special. Sure, they're a come on to get you there for a sales talk, but so what? We used ours to negotiate as payment towards a full regular membership.
We did the math and found that it will take us about 2.5 years of camping to "camp off" the membership fee. We camped 50 nights last year and spend many weekends at Beachwood. We only have 1/2 year of camping left at K/M before our membership fee is paid for and after that, it's free camping except for the annual dues. We meet many other Canadians there and contrary to the implication above, they are good people and many of them have been going there for a very long time. We also meet many Americans who we have enjoyed chatting with as well. Mind you, when we go camping we do not classify people by the country they come from we like them all.
If you want to buy into a place like K/M, you need to do your due diligence and research on the internet all the in and outs of buying into a cg resort. They do not hand you a sheet with all their rates and options. You have to know what options and combinations are available and what your needs are. Then you need to go into their office with your eyes open and negotiate with them. Everything is negotiable, and sometimes better deals are to be had at some times of the year and times of the day than others. If you give them everything they want, you are throwing money away...
You are guaranteed a KM site no matter what and yes sometimes you need to go into overflow until a regular one is available - however, you can make reservations so that does not happen to us.
In order to camp at the other campsites at $10 a night you do have to join RPI and/or Coast to Coast by paying annual fees. The first year is free so you can determine if they are worth while for you. You do have to read up on some of the campsites as they are not all $10 depending on the season and other things - but for the most part they really are.
Two years ago we went to California and back using nothing but our KM sites (all free) and the RPI/Coast to Coast sites. We keep a spreadsheet to compare costs and we saved a lot of money and once we camp off the membership we will really get the payoff.
We don't find we feel "locked in" because between all the memberships that also include 1000 Trails/Encore and Good Neighbor we can find something everywhere we want to go.
Again, personal choice
and I don't believe there is a right choice or a wrong choice....just what works for you and your camping plans.