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Old 08-15-2013, 09:11 AM   #155
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Thousand Trails are not zero. You had to pay for the membership and must pay yearly fees. TT are good for some but not all of us.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:07 PM   #156
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Jackson WY, tell me about it!!! I just pulled into a park with the lovely name of Grand Teton Park RV Resort. I think you would have to climb a hill to see the Tetons as the park is 6 miles east of the N-S highway. No TV, no water park, no fancy playground, just gravel sites with their own prairie dog holes.. WIFI, yes, trees, no. They gave me a pull through site with water, sewer, 30 amp electricity and they charged (with tax) $80.66. I hear the KOA in Jackson is even more. I hope this is the worst I let myself get ripped off as I have 6 more weeks on the road.

On the other hand I reluctantly pulled into a similar gravel paved but much smaller site off I-90 at Oacoma SD called Camp Dakota. I asked how much for the night for a pull through. The young gal said "well we normally charge $25, but the last guy complained that it was too much, so I charged $15, so that is what you will pay". But they had water, cable TV (which I didn't try, my cable was too short), sewer, 50 amp elec and, get this, 22 mbps WIFI. But only 4 RVers with a few more permanent guests. Looked like a fairly new basic RV campground.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:25 PM   #157
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Mr D since you have 9,794 posts on this forum you know the drill, some places expensive and some not. When I was looking in Allstays ap a month ago for the Oregon coast I saw the place for 100 bucks. I did gag. I am sure it is the same place as it was the only one I found for 100. I can stay for nada on the Oregon Coast because I belong to Thousand Trails which has a number of parks all up an down the Oregon Coast.

And Yellowstone area. Pretty high priced for full hookups. Jackson very high. But we are staying at Colter Bay for 50. Way too much for me normally, but we have spend a couple of great family vacations there in the past and we wanted to be there again. We camp in Southern CA all the time. So Millshuff, you need to look around a bit more carefully. If you look you can find high priced places in S Cal. But there are all kinds of very nice RV parks that are 33 or 35. Thousand Trails has four parks in that area I can stay in for zero. In San Diego there are several County Parks that are very nice and do not cost a lot - Sweetwater and Santee Lakes. San Dimas is a good park owned I think by the County of LA that we have stayed in several times for about 40 bucks. A very nice park with a view and park around it.

We are in a 5W park in Boise right now. $33 a night.
Yep, the cost wasn't any surprise (except for the KOA motto: Keep On Adding additions after we got there) and we certainly don't do it very often.
We stayed at the KOA in West Yellowstone in '97 with a group from our club. Others made the reservations and the place was terrible as well as expensive ($63 a night for just the two of us). Grass way too high, couldn't stay outside due to all the mosquitos (even with a smoky fire), friends charged extra for each of their 6 kids (blended family). Kids tried to use the pool, no children allowed. Tried to play games, no kids allowed. I think it rates as the worst place we've EVER stayed at. Luckily we were able to get into Fishing Bridge the next day, then we had a great time.
Our favorite campground is Silver Cove RV Resort on the way to Mt St Helens. High season for waterfront is $32 a night less GS discount, but then they add sales tax which is only 1.6% less than the 10% GS discount. Nice park, only open a few years and still building out.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:22 PM   #158
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I've never been a fan of KOAs. When it is just my wife and I traveling, I stay in them only under duress.

We just completed a two week trip with our 9 year old granddaughter and Iw as very pleased to stay in several KOAs, a couple of them in both directions of travel. Having a swimming pool and rental bikes to help our granddaughter take some of the steam off at the end of the travel day was worth the extra cost.

The KOAs were not our highest cost CGs on this trip. I think that sometimes people forget that any CG near a big tourist attraction is going to charge "whatever the traffic will bear". Because of a breakdown, we ended up needing a night near Rapid City during the Sturgis Rally and paid $90 for a very short backin site that only had 30amp service. And I was glad to have any place to put our RV that night. There were no amenities like a pool, etc. They gouged me. They knew it. I knew it and there was nothing that I could do about it. Their campground was very spartan I would never consider going back. I also understand that they don't care. For next year's rally, they will be in demand again. Whether they can keep going in between times is another matter.
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I've never been a fan of KOAs. When it is just my wife and I traveling, I stay in them only under duress.

We just completed a two week trip with our 9 year old granddaughter and Iw as very pleased to stay in several KOAs, a couple of them in both directions of travel. Having a swimming pool and rental bikes to help our granddaughter take some of the steam off at the end of the travel day was worth the extra cost.

The KOAs were not our highest cost CGs on this trip. I think that sometimes people forget that any CG near a big tourist attraction is going to charge "whatever the traffic will bear". Because of a breakdown, we ended up needing a night near Rapid City during the Sturgis Rally and paid $90 for a very short backin site that only had 30amp service. And I was glad to have any place to put our RV that night. There were no amenities like a pool, etc. They gouged me. They knew it. I knew it and there was nothing that I could do about it. Their campground was very spartan I would never consider going back. I also understand that they don't care. For next year's rally, they will be in demand again. Whether they can keep going in between times is another matter.
Best thing to do is submit an honest review to RVparkreviews.com which warns other campers of the problems and attitudes in a particular park.
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:36 PM   #160
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We've been to a few KOA's and most are nice , some very some not so. We do our share of casino camping while travelling, most are cheap,some free, some full hook up.You have the security of staying somewhere safe (most have roving security guards) and often a cheap brekky in the am if you don't want to cook before moving on. Camping Worlds are also a cheap stay if you park in back.
But I agree some places are just too much for a 2 day stay.
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:03 PM   #161
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We just returned from Reno from the car show and we stayed 8 days at the Boomtown KOA. We really like most of the KOA'S as we know what to expect. The cost during our stay was higher than normal because of Hot August Nights car show and Barrett-Jackson. The normal cost is around $35.00 per night but went up to $89.00 for the weekend. I would not think the rip off artist would stay in buisness long as the word travels fast!
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I would not think the rip off artist would stay in buisness long as the word travels fast!
Problem is that everyone raises their prices for big event weekends so there's nowhere else to go.

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Problem is that everyone raises their prices for big event weekends so there's nowhere else to go.
The price goes up because the value goes up. Supply and demand takes over. Lodging is not based on a cost plus basis. I have no problem asking for a discount when I pull in and a campground is only 20% full. Selling a site at $25 when you have a bunch of folks willing to pay $75 is not a good business decision.
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If you're in the Black Hills during the Sturgis rally or anywhere else there is an attraction that draws tens of thousands of people you've got to expect the prices to be high.
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I just pulled into the KOA in New Bern, NC. The charge for a basic site with 50 amp service is $60.00 per day. That isn’t acceptable to me. We planned to stay for two days, but the fees made us elect a single day only because we were here and stuck.

We checked another KOA in Wilmington, NC for the next night. That fee is $65.00 per night.

Enough is enough! I’ll not pay those fees. These rates are destroying the RV experience. Walmart is the only option, and how long will that last?

I’ve been RVing since the 1950’s. Now it is ending – quite a pity!

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The New Bern Koa in summer is indeed $60. With KOA card, $54. In Sept it is $52/$46.80. And this is the TOP site! What can be added on?

"RIVER ROAD PATIO SITE" Offering a unique fire ring, wrought iron table w/umbrella and glider.Even though we have wetlands between you and the river, it is just a short walk to the pier.

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OK, I was going to leave this thread alone... but I can't believe how long this has dragged on...

First, why all the KOA bashing! KOAs are franchises, private franchises... We have stayed at KOAs that were first class resorts and we have stayed at KOAs that were "armpits"... I don't condemn all KOAs just like I don't condemn all RV parks when I pick a "sucky" one... Who is holding a gun to your head and forcing these folks to stay in any particular park... be it a KOA or any other park? If it's too expensive move on, if its just overnight find a Wal-Mart... and what about "planning ahead" and picking a park that meets your needs (amenities and price)...

I use Good Sam "park finder", I look at the ratings and I look at the price... if they don't match I continue looking...

Come on folks, no one is forcing you to stay at any particular park... it was your decision to stay at the park and pay the cost so why are you complaining now?
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The New Bern Koa in summer is indeed $60. With KOA card, $54. In Sept it is $52/$46.80. And this is the TOP site! What can be added on?

"RIVER ROAD PATIO SITE" Offering a unique fire ring, wrought iron table w/umbrella and glider.Even though we have wetlands between you and the river, it is just a short walk to the pier.

Up to 6 people.

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I've stayed there. Good value for money IMHO.
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Please leave comments on Rv park review , it won't take long before the bad ones start losing business
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