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Old 08-01-2013, 06:12 AM   #29
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Very happy with Passport America, maybe not so much for destination parks, but can be a real cost saver for en route travel. Given the choice between a Walmart or a $10-$15 overnight at a PPA campground, I'll go with the latter.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:34 AM   #30
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... The option to support the local merchant, ie: the campground owner that is the basis of small business for his or her community. Just a thought !
We support Wal-Mart every time we do an "extended overnight shopping stop". We never "camp", never just "park" ... We call it a "shopping stop". Darned costly too, now that I think about it. Good for my WMT stock though.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:46 AM   #31
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I believe in New Bern our choice would have been the National Park at $12 ($17 with electric) and in Ft Stockton using RVparkreviews could find nothing over $28. per day???? We stayed on the east side returning from Quartzite this year at an OK park with a nice little clean restaurant and good prices.
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:26 AM   #32
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First of all, unless you really like KOA (kicked on arrival)They would be the last place i would stay for even one night. Been there done that back in 05 and will Never Ever do that again. I would sit in a Wallmart Parking lot before a KOA any day! We live in NC and there are lots of places to Rv/Camp and they aren't high on price either! If you don't have the Internet to use, ask around and if all else fails, ask an rv dealer.
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:47 AM   #33
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Don't forget the fairgrounds of most cities and towns. They usually have RV parks associated with them for when the fair workers are there.
Here is a list of sites for campground sites that are cheap or free:
http://www.bandofboondockers.com/
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html
http://www.camphalfprice.com/
http://www.escapees.com/
http://www.forestcamping.com/index.htm
http://freecampgrounds.com/
http://freecampsites.net/usa/
http://www.frugal-rv-travel.com/
http://www.fs.fed.us/
http://www.harvesthosts.com/invitation.htm
http://hasbeenthere.com/
http://www.overnightrvparking.com/
http://www.recreation.gov/
http://rvthereyetdirectory.com/
http://www.seeya-downtheroad.com/InformationPage/ThisLand.html
http://www.uscampgrounds.info/
http://www.gypsyjournal.net/Unfriendly.html
http://msstreets.com/2011/04/12/poi-megafile-rv-unfriendly/
http://www.radiobrandy.com/RV-Unfriendly.html
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KOA has been flamed for decades, but they are still in business.

For some, if they did not like one KOA, or one with a host that had a tude, they paint them all that way. Same goes for those that will avoid highway X forever due to one rough ride even though it was recently rebuilt.

I mentioned before that I research and am very selective. The ones I select, whether KOA or not, have all met my needs and is a great way of hop-scotching between RV resorts.
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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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You are not trying. We have been full time for over 7 years and NEVER have paid more than $30.00 per night, or stayed in a WalMart. It really does not take much effort.

There are many of us that do the same so I know it is doable.

Sate parks, national parks and other government managed campgrounds are often a great deal, price wise, and have "better" sites.

If you want a "resort" style campground with all the amenities, you have to pay the price.
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If you pay those rates, it's on you! There are many viable alternatives, and having to be a WalMart Squatter is not one of them unless you prefer that alternative on a single night basis.

Venting solves nothing.


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As others have said, stay away from KOA's if possible! They are definitely overpriced!

Don't let this experience kill your love for RV'ing. There are lots of other options!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Wow, the campsite we have used last year and this year has gone up 5 bucks to 23.00 a night.
for:
our 30 amp service
Wi-Fi
water
sewer
cable Tv
clean showers and bath rooms
a free shuttle to the casino (every 20 minutes @ your driveway)
good food and always a Buffet
outdoor pool/indoor pool
picnic table
level driveway
24 hour security (why I don't know we are out in the country)
if we're lucky a Northern lights show (free)
Nice golf course,
we just found out that Good Sams has a 3 dollar off a night
So for 20 bucks I'll go to them.
They even have year round sites, so you can get a feel of winter wonder land!!!!
Come on up too Minnesota.
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Wow, the campsite we have used last year and this year has gone up 5 bucks to 23.00 a night.
for:
our 30 amp service
Wi-Fi
water
sewer
cable Tv
clean showers and bath rooms
a free shuttle to the casino (every 20 minutes @ your driveway)
good food and always a Buffet
outdoor pool/indoor pool
picnic table
level driveway
24 hour security (why I don't know we are out in the country)
if we're lucky a Northern lights show (free)
Nice golf course,
we just found out that Good Sams has a 3 dollar off a night
So for 20 bucks I'll go to them.
They even have year round sites, so you can get a feel of winter wonder land!!!!
Come on up too Minnesota.
Snow removal too?!?!?
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Take a look at the daily postings on rvparkreviews,com and you will see lots of bad reviews for KOA campgrounds every day. We avoid KOAs is possible but do stay at the way overpriced one in Nashville, TN since is the best of the lot in the area and we can get a shuttle to downtown. It is by far the priciest campground we have ever stayed at. Even pricier than the D.C. area.
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