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Old 10-06-2006, 11:29 AM   #29
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$$$ To Much

In 2004 we paid over $50 for a "nothing" KOA in Santa Cruz, CA.

I thought that was too much then and I still do. They had no attractions and the place was almost empty in the middle of the summer. I wonder why.


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Old 10-06-2006, 11:33 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by peegreen
I remember traveling cross country in '71 with my parents. We were gone for 8 weeks and had no reservations, just a very thick Woodalls that covered the entire country and Canada. After travelling for 500-600 miles my dad would ask Mom to start looking for a campground. She would check the map for upcoming towns and start her search. She would read the descriptions and the number of W's rating. Many campgrounds were in the $2-3 range. ".... 3 miles from STHWY 9.... pool... laundry... rec room... $3 wtr/elec, $4 swr..." Dad would reply, "keep looking for something cheaper." Now it's, do they have cable, WIFI, water slides...?
I hear you! I remember we never paid more than $5 for a camp site without my dad complaining that it was highway robbery...and it was usually a KOA!

I do remember staying at a campground in FL in the early '70's that was a Holiday something. I think it may have been Holiday Inn's experiment into campgrounds. Anyway, it was probably the nicest campground we had ever stayed in and it had a clover leaf shaped pool with a fountain in the middle. I was doing the back stroke and ran into it head first that first night. Boy did that hurt. Anyway, fond memories...that's why we have an Airstream for our kids to have those kinds of memories. (Not the backstroke into the fountain kind, though.)

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Old 10-06-2006, 11:33 AM   #31
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I live full-time in my Airstream and work full time too. My primary campground is a "condo - time share" arrangement, but I can stay on the premises for 4 weeks, then have to pull off for 1 week. Total cost just over $1000 per year, great deal, No?

Most of the time I've been able to combine work travel to coincide with my week off premises. Because I do business and sometimes meet clients in my trailer I make sure that I choose a very accessable and usually somewhat upscale park when I travel for business. KOA's are usually easy to find, but many are a bit on the run down side so that's a gamble. I usually spend $30 to $35 per night for those. When I'm stuck in Va Beach I'll boondock behind my own business for up to 3 nights. If I need to be here for the whole week, I go to one of three local campgrounds which vary from $25 W/E/S to $45 W/E per night.

Virginia Beach is the capital of Canada in the spring and summer, so much so that Holiday Trav-L Park hires only people who speak French & English during the season. Being a tourist destination city really runs the rates up from late April to November 1.

On the road I do take a short overnight rest at WalMart, Cracker Barrel (don't care for most of their food, but eat breakfast there in return for RV parking space), or a rest stop or state park. Most state parks W/E are about $8-$12.

The nicest place I've ever stayed (so far) is Highland Haven Park, an Airstream only park south of Roanoke VA. It's $15 per night and the place is just magic. Beautifully kept, quiet, cool, serene and within easy driving distance of three wineries. Trout streams and a big lake or two are also within an hour's drive.

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Old 10-06-2006, 12:17 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by yukionna
2) A campground we went to in Virginia had all the amenities listed in the first post for $25/night. I found the campground using Woodalls and it sounded like I found a dream come true with regards to a CG. Not! We arrived and found the CG did have all the amenities along with some not so nice things such as a) unkempt landscaping, b) next to hiway location, c) filthy washrooms, d) no after dark lighting, and e) sites stacked one on top of each other. The campground was SO over the top scary that my husband and I amused ourselves by locking our selves in our trailer and telling ghost stories to each other! LOL! Note: this was the first and only time (so far) that we have thrown all three deadbolts on the trailer before going to sleep!
I want to avoid this one! Where was it?

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Old 10-11-2006, 01:47 PM   #33
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If it's a nice lakefront or ocean view, private space it's worth $75 a night - dry camping in a parking lot... $10
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Old 10-13-2006, 03:53 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by Foiled Again
I want to avoid this one! Where was it?

Cedar Creek CG in Middletown, VA.

We camped there in the middle of March so perhaps it was the off season for them?
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Old 10-13-2006, 06:57 PM   #35
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I like to compare to local motel least $20 less.

Oh ....Key West...$68 power and water, on the water, in a tent!

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