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Old 06-24-2015, 02:02 PM   #127
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KOA is our first choice. Most of the time we travel to see the sights, Branson, Nashville etc. If they are centrally located we stay there. With the KOA card you get a discount. Have seen some very nice KOA's and do not have a problem with their price. Like someone said in an earlier post, If I own an expensive RV and now I'm going to worry about $10 difference in price I probably should be camping at Wal-Mart, which by the way I have never done. May have to someday because I'm road weary but I try to plan better than that.
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Old 06-24-2015, 07:36 PM   #128
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KOA's are our very last choice. And we rarely hook up anything except electric when we are just stopping for the night unless we have been on the road for a week or so. We start with a full water tank and 70 gallons of fresh water will go a long way. We find very nice spots to overnight and can usually keep the price in the $20-$25 range. We have only stayed at a Wal- Mart once in our 7 years of full timing.
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Old 06-24-2015, 11:43 PM   #129
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…..what do you'll think about them?

We've had limited experience with them but…..my impression is that they are overpriced by about $10/nite, thus we use them as a last resort….am I wrong??
I agree.We don't stay in them anymore. There are cheaper places.
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Old 06-24-2015, 11:50 PM   #130
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......Like someone said in an earlier post, If I own an expensive RV and now I'm going to worry about $10 difference in price I probably should be camping at Wal-Mart, which by the way I have never done. May have to someday because I'm road weary but I try to plan better than that.
Huh?

We PLAN to stay at WalMarts when on the road. We only use CGs to spend a night and do laundry, dump and fill our tanks and take long hot showers - then we're good for another week. Of course we also boondock in the wilds where the scenery sure beats looking at someone elses RV.
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:25 AM   #131
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We PLAN to stay at WalMarts when on the road.
IMO these kinds of threads don't accomplish much since neither "type" of RVer will convince the other to change his opinion.

But FWIW, I'd like to note that we try to get off the road by ~4pm when we're traveling. If the weather is decent we'll sit outside with a glass of wine and relax. We can usually do that in even the "tightest" RV park we have encountered. In contrast, we would not find sitting outside in a Walmart parking lot to be something we would enjoy.

I think we've stayed at a Walmart exactly twice in the nearly 5 years we have been full-timing and those times were both in the first year. With today's online resources I've not had any trouble finding acceptable RV parks to stay at and we've traveled more than 45,000 miles in that time. Some parks have been KOAs and many haven't been, but IMO it's worth $35-45 a night to have a safe, pleasant place to spend the night.

To put it another way, when I traveled by air for a living (I retired with >500,000 miles on United Airlines) I didn't sleep in airports. Now that I am retired, why would I want to sleep in a parking lot?
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My take is that if we are traveling (moving every day or two) I need electric-& water and maybe a dump station. Give me a grass field with electric --I don't look for any other frills. So for those trips trip I don't need the frills of the higher price KOA's.

In all our travels I've yet to have anything missing so I don't think one park any different from the next. So we try & save a few $$$ most of the time.

Now if I'm doing an extended stay I'm looking for more frills. Club house activities, pool , walk paths, bike trails. Etc.

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IMO these kinds of threads don't accomplish much since neither "type" of RVer will convince the other to change his opinion.

But FWIW, I'd like to note that we try to get off the road by ~4pm when we're traveling. If the weather is decent we'll sit outside with a glass of wine and relax. We can usually do that in even the "tightest" RV park we have encountered. In contrast, we would not find sitting outside in a Walmart parking lot to be something we would enjoy.

I think we've stayed at a Walmart exactly twice in the nearly 5 years we have been full-timing and those times were both in the first year. With today's online resources I've not had any trouble finding acceptable RV parks to stay at and we've traveled more than 45,000 miles in that time. Some parks have been KOAs and many haven't been, but IMO it's worth $35-45 a night to have a safe, pleasant place to spend the night.

To put it another way, when I traveled by air for a living (I retired with >500,000 miles on United Airlines) I didn't sleep in airports. Now that I am retired, why would I want to sleep in a parking lot?

Similar scenario, I traveled by auto for my job as a sales representative for too many years. Sleeping in cheap motels, eating lousy food to meet my expense account. NOT staying in a parking lot, NOT staying at a rest area nor truck stop. Just not! We plan ahead, take our time, pick out reasonably priced budget CG to relax and socialize with other RV'ers. That's what the RV lifestyle is about. Then Reserve a very nice resort to be our destination to sight see, play golf, and socialize. JMO but well thought out. X-2 with Docj
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We're staying at a brand new KOA until Monday. It's Waterloo/Lost Island KOA in Waterloo, Iowa. We have the granddaughter and one of her friends with us so we need the kids activities to keep them occupied.

It's a very nice park with the campsites and cabins overlooking a small lake in a rural setting. They have a very nice swimming beach with paddle boats and fishing and even a frisbee golf course. We have a patio site with the furniture and fire ring. All roads are paved and all pads are seal-coated. Very nice store with meeting rooms and A+ shower/latrine building. No railroad tracks and with easy access to town and major highways. Very clean and well-kept with nice roomy sites and very friendly and helpful staff.

Good old fashioned Midwestern hospitality.
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We're staying at a brand new KOA until Monday. It's Waterloo/Lost Island KOA in Waterloo, Iowa.
Being inquisitive, I just checked for a mid-week site - $55/night. Wow!
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Being inquisitive, I just checked for a mid-week site - $55/night. Wow!
Ya, our site is $52/night minus the 10% KOA discount. That's for a patio site, pull-though, full hookups, cable, WiFi, etc. On-site grocery store, gas station, propane station, game room, frisbee golf course. It's a bit steep, but for the amenities to keep the granddaughter and friend occupied it's worth it to us. Right now they are at a huge waterpark just down the road about 1/2 mi. Gives the grand parents a bit of a breather.

Just took a quick spin around the park and noticed license plates from all over the US. I don't gamble but I can see the top of the casino from our spot, it's about 1/4 mi away for those so inclined.
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Ya, our site is $52/night minus the 10% KOA discount. That's for a patio site, pull-though, full hookups, cable, WiFi, etc. On-site grocery store, gas station, propane station, game room, frisbee golf course. It's a bit steep, but for the amenities to keep the granddaughter and friend occupied it's worth it to us. Right now they are at a huge waterpark just down the road about 1/2 mi. Gives the grand parents a bit of a breather.
I agree it's a bit on the high side, but no worse than many other parks we've been in lately.

In a world where a FHU at a State Park usually costs $35-40 and even that may be accompanied by reservation fees and/or daily use charges (in some states), it is unrealistic to act as if this park's fees are particularly high, especially given all the extra "stuff" you say it offers.

I guess if you're the kind of RVer who likes to park for free on BLM land or in Walmart parking lots, these prices are high. For those of us who like our conveniences they are simply something we budget for as part of RVing.
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During our recent trip to Yellowstone National Park, we stayed at three KOAs. I have written reviews of each:

Beaver (Utah) KOA:Armand's Rancho Del Cielo: Beaver, Utah KOA

West Entrance KOA (Montana): Armand's Rancho Del Cielo: West Entrance KOA, West Yellowstone, Montana

Richfield (Utah) KOA: Armand's Rancho Del Cielo: West Entrance KOA, West Yellowstone, Montana
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During our recent trip to Yellowstone National Park, we stayed at three KOAs. I have written reviews of each:

Beaver (Utah) KOA:Armand's Rancho Del Cielo: Beaver, Utah KOA

West Entrance KOA (Montana): Armand's Rancho Del Cielo: West Entrance KOA, West Yellowstone, Montana

Richfield (Utah) KOA: Armand's Rancho Del Cielo: West Entrance KOA, West Yellowstone, Montana
These are good reviews. I would like to invite you to post them on RV Park Reviews - Trusted Reviews of Campgrounds & RV Parks the website with the largest number of user-generated RV Park and Campground reviews. Many more people will see them there than will on your blog.
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These are good reviews. I would like to invite you to post them on RV Park Reviews - Trusted Reviews of Campgrounds & RV Parks the website with the largest number of user-generated RV Park and Campground reviews. Many more people will see them there than will on your blog.
I will eventually get around to it. Thanks for reminding me. But I do get over 30,000 visits a month at my blog.
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