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Old 06-14-2007, 10:33 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by 53FlyingCloud
One of the nicest looking but, Airstream unfriendly, is called Front Royal-Skyline Drive KOA. I pulled into this one with my 29' Airstream and, discovered that all the spaces were just too tightly spaced and small. (for what I could see) The road was single lane with no turning or backing up space.
The space assigned to me was such, that, in order to even park the unit I would had to pull forward in such a way that: The Suburban would have ended up pointing downward on a steep slope~!
I just drove back around to the check-out office and, got my money back.
Shame, it was a nice place and, the location to the local attractions was perfect.
Yep Vern I stayed there overnight with my 25 and wow, was it tight turns. Pretty though. Where you SHOULD go if you're in that neighborhood is Virginia Highland Haven an AIRSTREAM ONLY campground. It's about 50 miles away - south of Lynchburg, north of Floyd, VA. Beautiful, on top of a mountain and nestled between 4 wineries! Just for heavens sake when you get to Lynchburg get off the interstate and onto the Skyline drive (don't take 29 it'll eat your transmission.) See their website for directions. I may actually buy in there and keep the sparestream up there all summer.


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Old 06-14-2007, 10:36 AM   #30
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We Have Found Some Very Nice KOAs...

Originally Posted by sandiegan
I'm interested to know what you and others think of the ones along I-10 from San Diego to Key West. I am taking the kids to Disney World next June and thought the KOA system might be easier to book than the public(fed, county, state) campgrounds I have been using in California. Haven't been in a KOA in 20 years. Have they slipped that much?
Beginning in 1976, we found ourselves dragging a travel trailer from East Coast to New Mexico every year or two. For non-destination camping, when we just wanted to get in, get cleaned up, have a swim, and hit the road early; we found KOAs to most consistently offer clean, comfortable, safe parking.

Some KOAs actually became a destination in themselves. The KOA in Van Horn, Texas became the spot we headed for on trips west, because when we arrived there, we knew we were just one day from New Mexico.

The KOA in Silver City, NM is another jewel where we stayed for days at a time.

So, enjoy your trip west on I-10, and know that your kids will enjoy some KOAs more than others, but they will always look forward to taking a dip in the pool at the next one. You'll be happy knowing that they can safely have the run of the campground.

If you want natural beauty, detour north or south from Deming, NM. City of Rocks State Park to the north is a wonderful, quiet spot away from the Interstate, as is Rockhound State Park south of Deming. Both offer hiking trails and desert beauty during the day with awesome star gazing at night. Look for my reviews of other campgrounds on these forums.

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Old 06-14-2007, 10:37 AM   #31
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I stayed at the one in Seligman AZ also. I checked in after dark not realizing just how close to the train tracks we were. Spent a sleepless night listening to the trains go by...and I was wearing ear plugs. I think that's one of KOA's biggest drawbacks...they buy cheap real estate right next to major highways/train tracks etc. and are usually very noisy and not very scenic. I think KOA's are kind of in the "slightly better than nothing" category. If you find a nice one, it's rare.
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Old 06-14-2007, 11:02 AM   #32
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I have stayed in a whoping one. Somewhere in South Dakota off I-90. Spent one night on my way west. I could not find a Wal-mart or a truck stop. I was "not realy open" yet. I did not care. I was tired and park it plugged in and went to sleep. I did not even lower the jacks. I slept well that night. Not too near the highway not too near the train tracks. I looked at one near Mt Rushmore. They were not open either. I was barren and packed with spaces. I went down the road to a small family owned place. As a rule I avoid chains. Cookie cutter, and big business. I am more a mom and pop kind of place.
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Old 06-14-2007, 11:38 AM   #33
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Like anything good there will sooner or later be a not so good experience. Over the past several years we have stayed at KOA's from the East Coast to the Rockies and the Blue Ridge to Canada and I don't ever recall an experience that would make me say, never again. We have seen some good ones and have seen some great ones and when ever the need arrises we will stay at a KOA.
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Old 06-14-2007, 11:41 AM   #34
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We have stayed at the KOA on I-75 at the wildwood exit several times. It is not the taj mahal, but the owners are very friendly and try very hard to keep it clean and well maintained. They are far enough away from the interstate to be quiet and close enough for easy access. The showers/bathrooms are clean, but older. They have a pool and gooney golf and plenty of room to ride bikes. There are some fuul timers there, but they are off to one side. 2 airstreams are there full time.

We have also stayed at one in Ga near Chatanooga, and had a very pleasant experience. It made a great home base to visit places in the mountains and we really enjoyed it.

I think it depends on the owners and how much they want to spend to keep it up.

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Old 06-14-2007, 12:50 PM   #35
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We've been at the KOA in Smithfield, N.C. for several weeks and I have to say it is wonderful! Very clean, freindly people and great amenities. My kids are having a blast here. It's a great place. I would recommend it to anyone. When we first came, they put us in a site with no shade, I aksed to be moved becuase our AC unit couldn't keep up. The side with no awning would get soo hot during the day, you couldn't touch it. They were happy to move us and even gave us a brand new plug because ours wouldn't fit. I can't say enough about this one. It's the first one I've stayed at but I would stay here again. The staf all live on site and take pride in their campground and are quick to run off any "bad campers" (noise, rude behavior at pool, etc ) It'll be easy to stay two more months. If you're ever near Smithfield, you should check it out!
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Old 06-14-2007, 12:54 PM   #36
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Katkat, I love your signature line - Terry must be proud!

Another KOA that does a great job is in West Yellowstone. Plus it's a gorgeous area. We were there for several days 2 years ago.
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Old 06-14-2007, 03:26 PM   #37
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Not all KOAs suck

Whenever we make our yearly trip to Eureka Springs, or any other trip in that general direction, we stop at the KOA in Mount Pleasant, Texas. The friendliest folks you can imagine and a great and constantly improving campground. We stop there as many as 4 times a year and always look forward to the stop.

Most sites are shaded, each year, more sites have concrete pads, free cable, free coffee, etc. We never use the amusements after 325 miles of non-interstate towing, but we do walk the short distance to an Applebees (or several other restaurants that we have not tried).
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Old 06-14-2007, 04:06 PM   #38
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For those with a long distance destination and would not prefer a Walmart or Rest Stop layover a highway-side an inexpensive (I did not say Cheap) RV campground is a reasonable choice. Pools are nice especially for the kids that are sandwiched in the back seat. But KOA can't be the only choice. Do campground guides have a section for such 'overnight' camping? In 1952 on my family's 'immigration' to California from Michigan via RTE 66 in a travel trailer "Trailer Parks" were plentiful. There were sections for permanent residents and a place usually at the front of the t-park for overnighters

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Old 06-14-2007, 04:22 PM   #39
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There is a KOA here in Denham Springs, near Baton Rouge along I-12, which is fairly nice. It is clean and has a big pool which my kids like, and old trees which I like. Still not much planted between sites, though. My parents stay there quite often in their motor home when they come to see us. There is a huge Bass Pro Shop being built a stone's throw away which I am sure will be a big draw too when it is finished. My Aunt and Uncle used to work for KOA as "surprise inspectors" driving accross the west and popping in on KOAs to grade them for the company. Some got good grades, some not so good...
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Old 06-14-2007, 04:23 PM   #40
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Check the signs at the exits for campgrounds, I have seen many listed when driving, but the old addage, "You can't find one when you need it" applies here.

Some of them are very nice, and some only accept huge double slide out motorhomes!

The best thing is keep each other posted when a good or bad experience happens, and we will all hopefully, have good experiences.

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Old 06-14-2007, 04:32 PM   #41
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Old 06-14-2007, 04:36 PM   #42
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Maybe we should start a new thread titled "KOA Reviews." I've got some good experiences at KOAs around here, but I hate to post them on a "KOA's suck" thread.


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