Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-10-2007, 10:17 AM   #127
Moderator
Commercial Member
 
eubank's Avatar
 
1967 30' Sovereign
Bosque Farms , New Mexico
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 6,428
Quote:
Originally Posted by moosetags
We have found the most campgrounds, KOA or otherwise, require a credit card over the phone when you make a reservation,
.
I can understand that. Before we started requiring a CC number for reservations, we had nearly a 50% no-show rate on reservations. Folks would just forget to cancel. Once we started asking for a CC number, the collective memories of reserving guests improved dramatically: Our no-show rate is way less than 1% now.


Lynn
__________________

__________________
WBCCI 21043
eubank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2007, 09:22 AM   #128
3 Rivet Member
 
wagnerda's Avatar
 
2006 19' Safari SE
Central Part , Maryland
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 160
Hi,

I also stayed at the Grants NM KOA last month and agree it was nice and the folks there very friendly... I even got extra cookies because I checked in sort of late and they were getting ready to close the office... :-)

On a separate note, one thing that I have noticed at the 20 or more KOA's I stayed at last month was if I listed my trailer as a "19 foot travel trailer" (which it is) that when I checked in I was invariably assigned to a "short" site down with the pop-up campers and the tent campers... Yes, I can fit onto a pop-up site it but it barely fits. I think many places have a break-off point for sites for rigs 20 feet or less...

So, right or wrong, what I started doing, and will continue to do, is when I make my KOA reservation I always list my unit as "30 foot travel trailer" and then when I check in I get a decent site with a little more room (same price). I realize the campgrounds are trying to save the longer sites for the people with the bigger rigs, but......

At any rate, it has worked and nobody has ever noticed or mentioned that my 30-footer looks a little short... I guess if they ever do I will just play dumb (not too hard for me) and say I measured the truck along with it...

regards, Dave.
__________________

__________________
Dave&Shari Wagner
2006 Bambi SE,
2008 Ford F350 Diesel 4x4
AIR#23096
" I am lost and have gone Airstreaming to find myself, If I should return before I get back, please ask me to wait..."
wagnerda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2007, 09:49 PM   #129
Rivet Master
 
Condoluminum's Avatar
 
1988 25' Excella
Sunnyvale , California
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,858
Images: 13
Send a message via AIM to Condoluminum
We stayed at Kingman AZ KOA on way home from ABQ, and it was challenge to find (Way off I-40) but quiet and well equipped.. Tried to get reservation at Gallup NM KOA on Thursday before ABQ Balloon rally, and rude clerk hung up phone on us rather than take reservation, believing he'd sell out from drive-ins before we got there..
For those put off by Moss Landing at $80 (before KOA discount?) the only other spot near Monterey is Marina Dunes, and they sell out at $75/night for full hookup site, so it is a Monterey Bay thing... Coastalviwe may have secret alternate in Monterey (or Laguna Seca County park is nice..) but ocean views in CA are not going to be very cheap...
__________________
Condoluminum

In Theory, there's no difference between Theory and Practice, but in Practice, there is usually a difference...
Condoluminum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2007, 11:19 PM   #130
tpi
Rivet Master
 
2005 25' Safari
Trabuco Canyon , California
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 866
Images: 2
I've stayed at 2 KOA campgrounds; Willits CA. and Chula Vista CA.

The Willits campground caters to families with kids and it works very well. Lots of activites, petting zoo, ice cream, karakoke. Attractive grounds but a little dusty.

The Chula Vista (San Diego Metro) was a very attractive urban campground. Mostly paved. The landscaping appears to be a labor of love, lots of flowers and seasonal displays. Mature trees and green grass. Very mild coastal climate. Some freeway noise at night.

While only a fraction of my camping is at KOA campgrounds, the two I camped at were decent.
__________________
tpi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2007, 12:25 AM   #131
4 Rivet Member
 
DFord79's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Yakima , Washington
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 381
Quote:
Originally Posted by Condoluminum
We stayed at Kingman AZ KOA on way home from ABQ, and it was challenge to find (Way off I-40) but quiet and well equipped.. Tried to get reservation at Gallup NM KOA on Thursday before ABQ Balloon rally, and rude clerk hung up phone on us rather than take reservation, believing he'd sell out from drive-ins before we got there..
For those put off by Moss Landing at $80 (before KOA discount?) the only other spot near Monterey is Marina Dunes, and they sell out at $75/night for full hookup site, so it is a Monterey Bay thing... Coastalviwe may have secret alternate in Monterey (or Laguna Seca County park is nice..) but ocean views in CA are not going to be very cheap...
For you folks who do not know about the "Monterey Bay thing" I second it. I lived in Carmel (next to Peable Beach Golf and Country Club). Eveything there is real spendy. But it is a great place to visit...just bring cash....lots of it. Seventeen mile drive and the Hogsbreath Inn....nothing like the evening in Carmel. BRING MONEY. They love Airstreams down there tho.
__________________
DFord79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2007, 12:43 AM   #132
Rivet Master
 
janetb's Avatar

 
2007 25' Safari FB SE
Santa Cruz , California
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 907
The Watsonville KOA on San Andreas Rd. is not really bad at all, and about a 40" easy drive from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It's also very close to beautiful beaches, including Sunset State Park and Manresa, with literally miles of sand. Good access to Big Sur, Carmel, and Monterey, as well as Santa Cruz attractions.
Just saying.
J
__________________
janetb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2007, 07:01 AM   #133
Rivet Master
 
bobfowler's Avatar
 
1972 Argosy 20
Middletown , New Jersey
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 589
Images: 14
We like to stay in state parks, but during our last trip out, we stayed at two KOA's, one night in each. Wytheville VA wasn't bad at all, we were placed higher up on the hill away from the masses, so it was quiet and we had a measure of privacy. The facilities there are very clean and well maintained. Hagerstown MD on the other hand, was a zoo, very crowded. We couldn't even open the window on the road side of our trailer because the fire ring of the site next to us was right underneath the window, about 4 feet away! That's a bit too close for comfort (especially with a smokey fire going). I guess it's a case of "any port in a storm", and it beats the Wal-Mart parking lot.

The best KOA we've ever seen was outside of Dayton OH. Beautiful setting, lots of space, clean and quiet.
__________________
Bob Fowler

Some people are like Slinkies. They're really good for nothing, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

TAC - NJ-007

bobfowler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2007, 09:29 AM   #134
3 Rivet Member
 
Phil/Edee's Avatar
 
1999 25' Excella
Bemidji , Minnesota
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 199
Quote:
Originally Posted by bobfowler
The best KOA we've ever seen was outside of Dayton OH. Beautiful setting, lots of space, clean and quiet.
We've been to the Dayton KOA and it is really a great campground!! It was packed when we were there because of some agriculture group shindig but we still had plenty of room. Our site backed up to a neat little creek.

Right now we're at the Indianapolis East KOA and it's another really great spot. The owners are super and the lots are huge. Nice woodsy country setting and all the amenities you could want. Distant freeway noise but not bad. Also has a small river....

We had reserved a w/e site for our two nights but when we got here it was raining kind of hard so he changed us to a w/e/s "super" site at no extra charge. Great place!

Phil & Edee
__________________
“Cats and dogs are magical creatures... just petting one can make both of you live longer!"
Phil/Edee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2007, 10:43 AM   #135
Rivet Master
 
Mikethefixit's Avatar
 
1977 27' Overlander
Trotwood , Ohio
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,153
Send a message via Yahoo to Mikethefixit
HUMMMM that's nice to hear that our local KOA is a nice place.We might have to disappear from the area and camp a weekend in plain site. LOL! Go outa town and not leave town Hummmm thats a neat Idea. Thanks
__________________
Mikethefixit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2007, 07:12 PM   #136
Rivet Master
 
yukionna's Avatar
 
Massachusetts
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: 1964 17' Bambi II
Posts: 4,278
Images: 18
Send a message via Yahoo to yukionna
Quote:
Originally Posted by Surman1322
KOA has a business practice that I find offensive. When you make a reservation, you are required to give them a credit card number. They charge your credit card before you can get off the phone. Most RV parks don't charge you until the date of your reservation. With KOA, if your plans change and you have to cancel, you have a heck of a time getting a credit to your account. So, I never use a KOA unless there is no private park nearby.
I've stayed at KOA's and many other campgrounds too and have found that most campgrounds will charge your credit card for at least one night to hold the reservation. I had to cancel my reservations at one KOA and received a prompt refund of my money in my next VISA statement.
__________________
WBCCI Region One

Attitude is the only difference between ordeal and adventure
yukionna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2007, 07:53 PM   #137
4 Rivet Member
 
flitzwhopper's Avatar
 
1976 Argosy 24
Tempe , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 326
truth according to flizwhopper

we have had a uniformly good experience with KOAs. We don't use them as destinations. We tend to stay at the state/national parks, so the KOAs are intermediate stops. The nice part is they usually have full hookups and give us a chance to put the twink in order. Donna likes to get some laundry done. The trick, is to check in with the folks here to see if there are any reviews. The forum is extremely valuable in that regard. We have not had a question about a particular campground or park that someone here hasn't been able to give some valuable advice on.
__________________
Donna & Mike
Cowboy up! or go sit in the truck

Charter Member Four Corners Unit

WBCCI #2417
flitzwhopper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2008, 03:28 PM   #138
Rivet Master
 
bobfowler's Avatar
 
1972 Argosy 20
Middletown , New Jersey
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 589
Images: 14
I had to dig to find this thread...

... I knew it had been a topic of conversation a while back!

We stayed at the Jonetown, PA KOA during our trip to Muzikfest. OK, not the closest CG to Bethlehem, but we also wanted to see my sister in York, so it was a good compromise.

As for the CG - very clean, nice facilities, well laid out, very friendly staff. Cost was reasonable ($39 per night for a back-in, 30A, water & sewer site) and we saved an additional 10% with our KOA Value Card.

We arrived on a Thursday afternoon and was third in line for registration. There were a lot of Canadian RV'ers making the trek back North and the CG filled up pretty good Thursday night. Friday morning, there was a long line of 5th wheels and Class A's headed on out. Repeat the process Friday evening, though there were a few that stayed the weekend. We departed Monday at about noon and headed for home.

There is a very good grocery store about a mile down the road in Jonestown, the closest big town is Lebanon (about 10 miles or so) with usual shopping centers & box stores. Easy access to I-78 (exit 8), I-81, and US-22.

Not exactly a "destination" CG, but if you need to be in the area or a place to stop for the night, this one is a good choice. I'll be going back later this year for a business trip scheduled at Fort Indiantown Gap (about 9 miles away).

Oh yes... I almost forgot... If you're in the area, do plan on stopping at Cabela's! They are at exit 29 off I-78. Even if you don't NEED anything, it's worth the trip to see the displays!
__________________
Bob Fowler

Some people are like Slinkies. They're really good for nothing, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

TAC - NJ-007

bobfowler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2008, 04:07 PM   #139
4 Rivet Member
 
HankandLois's Avatar
 
2007 27' International CCD FB
Everett , Washington
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 378
Images: 5
One of my favorite places to park the airstream is a KOA... Prizer Point in Cadiz, KY. It is one of the best campgrounds in the country... In fact, I'll be up there on Sunday!

This spring /summer we stayed at several KOAs (been part-time full-timing for 100+ days). Each one has their own "flavor" and some facilities are nicer than others. The staff at all of them were so friendly (Prizer Point, Manchester TN, Milton FL, Lillian AL). Facilities ranged from good to excellent. It all just depends on the location and owners.

I check out campground reviews... I throw out the best and the worst and then rate from there...Everyone can have a really good or bad day. Consistency is the key.

Hope this helps.
/Lois
__________________
Air # 20467
WBCCI #4018

Just call us Jean & Bill :-)
HankandLois is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2008, 04:10 PM   #140
Full Timers/Diesel power.
 
Mike Leary's Avatar
 
1983 31' Airstream310
Cactus Hug , Arizona
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 2,540
Images: 11
We like KOA, they're not the cheapest, but the facilities are the best. We'll stay at KOA
when it's power/ shower/laundry/wi-fi time. The KOA in Flagstaff, Arizona is great!
__________________

__________________
"A settled wisdom, plus the itch to be elsewhere"
Mike Leary is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Basic exterior cleaning of a neglected trailer Andy R Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 12 05-10-2013 12:03 PM
Nice to be here sofron52 Member Introductions 12 01-25-2006 02:12 PM
twice as nice fuzzywickle Member Introductions 3 01-06-2006 06:45 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:51 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.