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Old 08-01-2013, 04:48 PM   #57
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If you can buy into A KOA yearly membership it is expensive up front but it is probably a good value to use it all year, depending how much you use it.

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Old 08-01-2013, 05:06 PM   #58
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Yes, Mr. D, that's the one. We just wanted a site reasonably close to the freeway for an early start the next morning. We went to Silver Cove for the irv2.com Meet & Greet last fall. I agree with your rating, but it's a bit far out in the sticks for a quick overnight stop, particularly with no toad.

To get a perspective on prices, our neighbors went to Victoria BC with their Pleasureway a couple of weeks ago. The CG they used was one they knew from a few years back. The quoted price was higher than they expected, at $45, but what blew them away were the add-ons - city tax, county tax, state tax and the national GST which ran it north of $60 a night.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:30 PM   #59
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Cracks me up people with $200k+ rigs plus attached toys cry the most about parting with money. I get the tent campers tying to do it inexpensive so I'm not poking those folks.

Stay at the cemetery's for free, you'll be there soon enough without your toys.

Geez don't wanna pay, pass right on by. An open market will regulate itself without throwing rocks at.
Smacks of elitism while some people are trying to put food on their tables while this conversation is going on. Now I see why people give a bad rap to RV's.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:47 PM   #60
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We stayed at Hilltop RV Park in Ft Stockton, TX last year for $25. It was a little family owned place that was nice and clean. The internet worked fine too. No they are not KOA, GS or part of any other groups. When we were checking in we asked the guy if they offered any of those discounts and he said that they were approached by GS the year before to "join" but first GS wanted them to up their price by $10 to then offer the 10% discount. They said no thanks and just charge the $25.
Yep ... We found Hilltop RV Park with the AllStays app. After staying there I gave them a good rating. It is by far the best place in Fort Stockton.
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I like KOAs. Some are fantastic, most are pleasant, and at very least all I have visited are consistent. The 50 amp power works well, many have cable, the pool is clean, the office is friendly. Since they are a franchise the owner/operator has a real interest in the property. The staff are clean and friendly, and are paid on a regular basis. I'm sure there are significant insurance costs, upkeep costs, taxes, and expenses. Although $60 may seem high, it is competitive with most quality parks out west, especially ones in locations I wish to travel through. California State parks are now charging $60 per day and many have no hookups or limited hookups and are not maintained nearly as well as private parks.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:04 PM   #62
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mad as hell

saw your post a few days ago and got the message
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:40 PM   #63
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Cracks me up people with $200k+ rigs plus attached toys cry the most about parting with money. I get the tent campers tying to do it inexpensive so I'm not poking those folks.

Stay at the cemetery's for free, you'll be there soon enough without your toys.

Geez don't wanna pay, pass right on by. An open market will regulate itself without throwing rocks at.
Smacks of elitism while some people are trying to put food on their tables while this conversation is going on. Now I see why people give a bad rap to RV's.
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I guess you never mind what anything costs and go ahead and pay whatever they ask?
Not sure where the elitism was in the post but sounds pretty rough kicking a guy for what he may have paid for a rig don't you think?
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Folks, let's not forget the iRV2 "Be Courteous" rule and refrain from personal attacks on other members. Thanks!
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:36 PM   #65
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None of my comments directly directed at the OP or any particular poster, more so the general tone of complaining about something we have control over.

I see no reason to bash an organization that posts their prices and does not force us to stay there.

We are fortunate to have choices and I choose the way I spend my money, I hope venders recognize that by my presence or absence. If one is not happy with their offerings, which turns into many they'll figure it out or go broke. Complaining to similar interest crowd is just complaining and mean spirited to those who are not able to respond and will have no positive outcome.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:04 PM   #66
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You don't have to take it any more.. Many private parks charge like 25-35 for full hookup sites.

If you think the prices where you were were high,, Check out Port Huron (MI) area KOAs I did, and dang near needed to change underwear. Thankfully. I have no need to park there as I have a handy membership park nearby I belong to so 2 weeks out of four I am parked where I am parked for about 45 dollars a month. The other two weeks, Smaller network of parks, 35 a month.. That is what, less than 3.00 a day.
Did you add in the cost of the two memberships to that $3.00/day figure?
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Passport America is another one that you can use to save some money. Many times they will only honor the 50% for one night, but we have stopped at some that gave us the 50% rate for a couple of weeks. Not real fancy, but most are pretty good. We usually hit the smart phone at about 2:00 and put in camping and sometimes come up with county parks, fairgrounds, and even city parks that will work. We are now staying in a mobile home park that happened to have one RV spot and gave us a monthly rate of $150 + elec, so that worked out pretty good.
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How does KOA survive? My guess is that there are folks who just don't care how much it costs as long as the kids have a playground.
Exactly what we did a few years ago for the two grandkids we have living with us. Close to $100 a day, could barely fit in the spot due to it's length and width, scratched the side some leaving. But the kids enjoyed it at least.
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Yes, Mr. D, that's the one. We just wanted a site reasonably close to the freeway for an early start the next morning. We went to Silver Cove for the irv2.com Meet & Greet last fall. I agree with your rating, but it's a bit far out in the sticks for a quick overnight stop, particularly with no toad.

To get a perspective on prices, our neighbors went to Victoria BC with their Pleasureway a couple of weeks ago. The CG they used was one they knew from a few years back. The quoted price was higher than they expected, at $45, but what blew them away were the add-ons - city tax, county tax, state tax and the national GST which ran it north of $60 a night.
We couldn't make that Meet & Great due to my being in charge of our yearly Lodge meeting that weekend. Would far rather have been at Silver Cove!
We looked at the campground you were at for our GS chapter and decided the facilities just weren't what we wanted for it.
Silver Cove is only about 5-6 miles further though, but with no toad it does limit you.
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With a little research you can keep your daily cost down to less than $30. We spend about 5 months a year on the road and have never stayed at WalMarts. We like Corps of Engineer campgrounds when possible, some state parks and some privately owned campgrounds if their rates are reasonable. We have never used monthly rates, but may this winter. Actually, the campground rates are one of our lessor expenses. Just did $4,000 in maintenance last month, not including required services that I did myself. We spend some time doing actual recon on prospective sites for the next year after doing Internet searches. I do not like surprises and rarely stop at a site we have not checked out in person previously. We usually do not stop at a KOA, but still use one or two due to the convenience when we are on the road.
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