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Old 10-11-2015, 06:41 PM   #29
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We're new. We're just finishing our first year of MH ownership. 6,000 miles, 46 nights. It's not a driveway trophy.

We went back to the KOA where we started our season in April. We didn't have a toad then. But last night they informed us there was a $5.00 per day fee for the "extra car". Why? We had a pull through site. No extra space being occupied that we hadn't already paid for.

KOA PAY ATTENTION--- I'm starting a movement DEMANDING that ALL extra fees be posted IN ADVANCE of making a reservation. I know others will cite "Keep On Adding" - but I like the assurance of a brand. Even sneaky airlines are honest enough to pillage your wallet up front when booking!




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Old 10-11-2015, 07:30 PM   #30
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We only had the MH and toad. When we pulled in the toad was detached from a previous stop. DW. was driving. The answer as to where - Erie, PA. Nice place but at $65. For a patio site adding $5.00 was cheesy IMHO.


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Old 10-11-2015, 07:58 PM   #31
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While KOA's are a bit more pricey I find them conveniently located and pretty much straight forward in what to expect. I haven't yet been over charged or had extra fees added. I have a KOA, GS and PA card but rather than look for one club's campgrounds I look in the area that I expect to be at and find which campground has the best reviews and then I use the price as my second deciding factor. I look at it as dollar cost averaging for example in my last month long trip I found that I ended up just splitting the time at each of them equally and the average was under $30 / night. One thing I do like about KOA is the online reservation system. Recently I had a slide failure the day before I was to go to a KOA and by the the time road service finished it was too late to make the trip. I called and cancelled my reservation at 5:45 PM and was only charged $10.00. Had it been another park I would have had to pay for the full day rate. With all that said I have stayed in KOA's across the country including the #1 KOA in Billings Montana and found while check in is straight forward they all have some differences which might not appeal to all.
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We have stayed at more than a few KOA's.
The ones we have stayed at, for the most part have worked well for our travels.
I am always baffled by folks who cry over $5.
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Old 10-11-2015, 08:58 PM   #33
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KOA fees

I was going to renew my KOA Rewards card online, but was notified that my annual fee is waived now that I am a VIP member, and I have only been a member since 2012. And cancellation fees are also waived!
I mean....um...Woot!
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"KOA" and "resort" should never be in the same sentence.

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We only had the MH and toad. When we pulled in the toad was detached from a previous stop. DW. was driving. The answer as to where - Erie, PA. Nice place but at $65. For a patio site adding $5.00 was cheesy IMHO.
I think you may have had a confused check-in clerk. I just went to that park's website https://koa.com/campgrounds/erie/reserve/ and made two entries with everything the same except one with motorhome only, and the other with motorhome towing. There was no difference in the daily rate.
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We usually stay at KOA, some good like Carlsbad NM. and Branson MO., then those like Las Cruces NM. and Colorado Springs CO. that aren't so good. They are usually a little higher, but we like being able to make reservations on line. You don't really know what you're going to get till you get there, but what RV park isn't that way.
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We have been traveling to AZ. from MI. for 41 yrs. We bought our first MH a used Tioga class C in '76, back then we were traveling straight through, young and foolish, and in a big hurry, don't 'ya know! We then went to a Class A Pace Arrow, still on a time schedule and stayed anyplace that would allow us, gas stations, rest areas, truck stops. Then we retired, purchased a new Damon Challenger, and we decided KOA's made us feel safer and more secure. We read in our RV park soon after about a couple that were killed in a rest area, made us doubly sure from then on it has been KOA. Yep, I'm sure we have paid more but what is the piece of mind worth? My biggest complaint with KOA, is being told I couldn't stay because of my dog! As you can see by my signature, she is a Doberman. She is a wonderful, shy, happy, rambunctious 1 yr. old, that is always on a leash. They say it's about the liability, but she is always covered on my Home Owners policy, so I don't see/understand the problem.
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We have stayed at more than a few KOA's.
The ones we have stayed at, for the most part have worked well for our travels.
I am always baffled by folks who cry over $5.
I don't hear anyone "crying" over the $5 charge. I hear people complaining about being surprised by an additional charge that isn't customary. Even in government CG's, a toad isn't charged for. However the OP mentioned that the toad was "driven" into the CG. They may have written in the fine print that cars driven onto the premisis are considered to be "extra" and subject to an additional charge.
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They say it's about the liability, but she is always covered on my Home Owners policy, so I don't see/understand the problem.

It is the individual campground insurance coverage. They set the limits., and do the same to 1000s of campgrounds. Sorry about that.
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We only had the MH and toad. When we pulled in the toad was detached from a previous stop. DW. was driving. The answer as to where - Erie, PA. Nice place but at $65. For a patio site adding $5.00 was cheesy IMHO.


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OK, they must do like some state and maybe Federal parks. If the toad is attached it's free, if detached it's extra. We were told that at one place, as I remember it was the last KOA we stayed at some 5 years ago. In our RV'ing we've only stayed at a KOA 3 times in over 50 years of RV'ing. And I remember every one of them due to the high cost and poor facilities!
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Stayed at 2KOA's a couple weeks ago. One was in Branson, MO, one in Waterloo, IA. Both were nice, clean and good locations. No worries, just sayin.
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The OP states that the tow vehicle was driven in. That's probably why they got charged for an extra $5. Even State Parks & probably National Parks do the same thing - it your tow is attached, it's free, if not, it's considered as an extra or additional vehicle.
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