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Old 09-04-2016, 10:03 PM   #15
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The "Airstream" parks are usually subdued. Or is that UNusually so? ��
This has been suggested before... Wouldn't it be a dream if all parks allowed / funneled all the campfire, loud stereos, loud campers, etc, so all parked together? Then they could share in each other's fun?

They could then put the "non-participants" in the quieter areas...

I like the idea of cranking up some "mood music" at the Crack-o-dawn!!! Revile, Flag raising ceremony, Marine Corps Hymn... Just the sort of lively morning stuff to start a beautiful day... No matter where you are....

But we would have to all join in...

I have an idea how this could be arranged....maybe a business startup!

In retrospect, if the RV park owners would address this, it would improve for many.... Of course they will lose money..no matter how much they love their business, there will be losses, maybe lose the Park entirely. The "we reserve the right to not put up with your shenanigans" has been nearly eliminated... And we all know some reasons... Just ask the mod squad.

All seriousness aside... Maybe rent the 4 spaces around you... At least you will have a place to set up an early morning middle school choir and orchestra recital!! Imagine how the hangovers will appreciate a few concert!!!
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Old 09-04-2016, 10:58 PM   #16
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For properly welcoming the dawn, you need the traditional method used at CALTECH.

Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" ** being pushed by a home-built stereo amplifier putting out an honest 250,000 watts (not a typo) into every speaker they could find in the housing area. It was heard clearly about a mile or more away.

To this day, it's known as the "Ultimate Ride" with great reverence. They still play it, but not with enough power to crack the concrete in the dorms. (Yeah, that happened too. They found the resonant frequency of the building and cranked the 250Kw amp up a little too much)

My eldest son graduated From CALTECH. He was as surprised as you are....this from the kid with a PhD in Computer Science, that's inventing the Holodeck as we speak...

Yup. My family is dangerous.

** more familiar to us all as the theme music to the classic "Kill the Wabbit" cartoon starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. They also did one to the "Barber of Seville" every bit as funny.

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Old 09-04-2016, 11:03 PM   #17
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The KOA near Glacier NP west entrance, in Billings, MT, as well as Devils Tower were all great.
The KOA in Flagstaff, AZ is by far the worst place we have ever stayed.
The KOA in Benson, AZ was a 3 on a scale of 1-5.
When we are traveling we do use KOAs quite a bit. Usually clean, nice amenities and easy to find while on the road. I agree with the ones above but have never been to Benson, AZ.

Like any RV place, some are better than others. Flagstaff was indeed bad but one equally dismal is the one in Red Lodge, MT. The best? That would have to be Sisters, OR. We also liked the original at Billings, MT and the one in Ft. Collins, CO too.
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The KOA in Flagstaff, AZ is by far the worst place we have ever stayed.
hmmm, it must be giving the KOA in Fort Collins, CO a run for its money then.

On the other hand, the Amarillo, KOA and Custer/Mt. Rushmore KOA were great. In fact, the last time (last month) when we were at the Amarillo KOA, we met a great couple with an Airstream who were on their way out to Los Angeles. I forget their names, but they do frequent these boards, and we chatted for a couple of hours.

KOA's in general seem to be pretty good, but they are a bit hit and miss depending on who the owners are and how much effort they put into them. The KOA in Fort Collins was dominated by long term residents who really put the 'trash' in trailer trash.

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We have one KOA we stay at once a year in Ashland Ky. Mostly a gravel parking lot, that's how we like it for a nights stay. I found kids being more of a problem at government parks than KOA. Koas have things for them to do, they're bored at the government parks and go unsupervised and create havoc. Noise from loud music, however, is whole different thing, very annoying.
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It is hard to generalize about any franchise operation (incl. KOA), as each location can vary widely. When planning a trip, we tend to rely on the Good Sam reviews and star rating system, and always check out the campground's website, and especially its internal map showing the site layout.

You can often "read between the lines" when you see how close together everything is, and especially when you read the CG's own description of its facilities, activities, and so forth. If they really emphasize pools, playgrounds, etc. for children, it is best to get a site away from all that, or consider a different campground, if kids bother you.

The Internet has empowered us to get all kinds of useful information in advance, and doing one's homework usually pays off in avoiding undesirable campgrounds IMO.

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I just had a stay at the KOA Starkville, MS. Yes there were kids there, but they were under control. Noise was not a problem. They were mostly families in town for the Mississippi State University football game. (as was I). The only problem encountered was children driving golf carts through the CG.

The staff was pleasant and helpful. The facilities were clean and well kept. Plus, if camping in Starkville it is really the only game nearby the town.

For a picture see my post in the thread "Where did you wake up this Sunday morning".
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We stayed at the Grand Island, NE KOA going and returning from Glacier National Park last month. Its about a mile off the interstate so not too noisy. This KOA is pretty nice, surrounded by corn fields. One service they offer is you can order a pizza if you are too tired to cook and they deliver to your site. They escort you to the site and help guide you in. On the outbound trip the KOA was full due to a local event but we had reservations. There were no issues with unruly guests.

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For properly welcoming the dawn, you need the traditional method used at CALTECH.

Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" ** being pushed by a home-built stereo amplifier putting out an honest 250,000 watts (not a typo) into every speaker they could find in the housing area. It was heard clearly about a mile or more away.

To this day, it's known as the "Ultimate Ride" with great reverence. They still play it, but not with enough power to crack the concrete in the dorms. (Yeah, that happened too. They found the resonant frequency of the building and cranked the 250Kw amp up a little too much)

My eldest son graduated From CALTECH. He was as surprised as you are....this from the kid with a PhD in Computer Science, that's inventing the Holodeck as we speak...

Yup. My family is dangerous.

** more familiar to us all as the theme music to the classic "Kill the Wabbit" cartoon starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. They also did one to the "Barber of Seville" every bit as funny.

We now return you to the normal thread.
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The cartoon is What's Opera Doc. There is a lot of opera and classical music in the old cartoons. We got educated and entertained as kids, but now Elmer and Bugs are stuck in our heads, just like the Lone Ranger.

Being a lover of loud music, that would be something to experience; 250 KW of raw power. I was recently at a ZZ Top concert, about 15 rows back from the speaker. I could feel my lungs vibrating. I can't even imagine 250 KW, even outside.

I would attend a reveille at a KOA followed by a flag raising. There is 'getting even' and then there is 'getting ahead'. A flag raising at 0600 would not last long enough, we'd need a parade of diesel TVs for about an hour right after the flag raising.
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