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Old 10-11-2015, 11:46 PM   #43
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I got a bit miffed being charged an early check in fee. We were 30 minutes early. The park was 1/2 full.

I definitely look for any Good Sams campground and compare to the KOA's. I understand that many campgrounds along the East area of the US are seasonal so they need to get what they can but I was stunned at the high prices we paid.

I probably would have left my RV in their checkin lane, found a chair in their lobby, got out my computer, and caught up on email and forum viewing... for the 30 minutes.
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The added fee is news to us. We went with KOA card last year and have so far stayed at @8 different locations. We tow a car and never paid extra for it.

So far the ones we have stayed at were nice, clean and comparable to price for the area we stayed. This past summer we stayed at the KOA in Williamsburg VA and it was really nice. We stayed at a KOA in Baton Rouge Louisiana that recently completed many upgrades. Again, nice sites, clean and very competitive to other campgrounds within 30 minutes of that location.

I do agree though, hiding a cost like that would not be fair and I will be watching so thanks for sharing the experience.
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Old 10-16-2015, 03:59 AM   #45
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I have always preferred state and national parks over any private campgrounds. Unfortunately, they aren't always convenient to our chosen route.
KOA's, whether they are the destination rv parks, or the roadside convenience parks, are what they are; gravel parking lots with a pool. But, like stopping at Burger King, you pretty well know what to expect. For the most part they are just places to pull over and rest.
Really, of the 33 we have stopped at over the years, there are only two I would never return to (Little Rock, AR which was a run down trailer park, and Estes Park, CO where you were parked so close you couldn't open your awning). There are even a handful we would recommend, whether for the place itself, or the people running the show. Which, for us, is comparable to our batting average with state/national parks. We haven't been that lucky with other privately owned campgrounds. Granted most of our bad experiences occurred before Al Gore invented the internet. I've pulled in at a couple of places with the smiling Sam logo and wondered which would happen first, a gun shot, or a meth lab explosion.
We have been lucky with KOA, so far. Which is why I didn't understand the whole Keep On Adding thing until I read about other's experiences. We have never been charged more than advertised at a KOA. I am, in sick way, looking forward to the first time it happens. My wife can be entertaining in moments like that.
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I got a bit miffed being charged an early check in fee. We were 30 minutes early. The park was 1/2 full.

I definitely look for any Good Sams campground and compare to the KOA's. I understand that many campgrounds along the East area of the US are seasonal so they need to get what they can but I was stunned at the high prices we paid.
That happened to us at a private CG.
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I'm disgusted with the private CGs, really nasty owners with idiots at the desk. Moving to the next stop gave me anxiety about what the park would really be like. Would their so called 65' pull thru really be long enough for my 65' (40' & 20' trailer) plus was there room to park my car that's in the trailer and would I be able to navigate around the trees and find truly open sky for satellite. We did use KOA mostly because they were usually very good.
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