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Old 08-18-2007, 12:11 PM   #99
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West Texas KOA's along I10

I stayed at the KOA in Fort Stockton, and at another one about one hour west of there, in Van Horn, just recently. Both were pleasant, no complaints. Both were well run, and reasonably clean. The Fort Stockton KOA is quite close to the freeway, so noise can be a problem if parked at the rear of the compound.
The Van Horn KOA seemed reasonably quiet, and had some very nice and big sites, although on gravel.
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Old 08-18-2007, 02:59 PM   #100
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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.
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Old 08-19-2007, 09:20 AM   #101
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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.
So does Fort Wilderness at Disney World.
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Old 08-19-2007, 09:37 AM   #102
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We have found the most campgrounds, KOA or otherwise, require a credit card over the phone when you make a reservation,
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Old 08-19-2007, 11:04 AM   #103
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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 did not have this experience. We reserved some campspots with KOA over the phone, several hours before arriving. They did not charge he card until we got there, on 3 occasions.
One time I decided to leave a KOA and drive a little farther after having already checked in, and the KOA office called me 20min later and informed me that the card had been credited alredy, with no "handling fees".
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Old 08-19-2007, 12:25 PM   #104
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This has not been my experience either - in fact by KOA policy if you are not satisfied with your site within the first hour, they will refund your money.

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Old 08-19-2007, 12:35 PM   #105
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Old 08-20-2007, 08:18 AM   #106
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Spent a night in the so-so KOA in Ely Nevada. In addition to the full hook-up rate there was an additional charge of $2 for cable TV (which didn't work) and another $2 for Wi Fi. It was our most expensive RV park on US 50 from California to Colorado....and certainly far from the nicest.
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:30 AM   #107
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It's camping with a "K." I guess I prefer camping over "kamping!" Lol.

Our scene did quiet down nicely as of this morning here though. The place is half empty now. Whew.

I did remember one KOA that we found to be nice... it was just South of Charlottesville, VA. We stayed for about three days. It was pretty, quiet and well run.
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We've stayed at about a dozen KOA's in the last year and overall found them to be just fine. Yes, some are better than others - but I think the variance of quality is less with KOA's than with private campgrounds.

In other words, on a 1-10 scale I find the KOA's I have stayed at normally range from about a 3 to a 7 while private campgrounds can be anywhere from a 1 to a 10. Unless you have local type knowledge about a particular private campground it is iffy on just taking a chance with a private one so I usually stick with KOA.

If you are looking in the northern Maryland area try -- Morris Meadows Campground -- in Freeland MD. Nice place and it is where I have my 'Stream parked year-around. I have an annual lease on the campsite so I can just drive up and camp the weekend or hitch-up and go whenever I want with my own spot anytime when I return.

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If you are looking in the northern Maryland area try -- Morris Meadows Campground -- in Freeland MD.
Dave,

That sound pretty nice. Post it in under the reviews tab in campground reviews so we don't lose it in the threads.

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Old 08-20-2007, 05:17 PM   #110
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If you are looking in the northern Maryland area try -- Morris Meadows Campground -- in Freeland MD.
I was visiting the folks (sans Airstream) in Hampstead, MD last week and we drove by that campground on our way back from Shrewesbury, PA. It looks like a nice place. It's settled in the beautiful rolling hills that area has.
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:49 PM   #111
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I am still in the "shakedown" mode since purchasing my AS. I just stayed at the KOA in Flagstaff and thought it was pretty nice. They back up to a State Park and had good hiking and decent campsites. I will stay there again.
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Old 08-28-2007, 01:16 PM   #112
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KOA works on franchise mgmt..

We've found over 10+ years that KOA tries to keep its franchisees in line, and within that mythical range of 5 to 8 or 9 on scale of 1 to 10.. We've come to know a number of unhappy former franchisees, who were equally strong-willed and quit over advertising or fee practices, and are making it as independent campgrounds.. The old "A" frame office/store is a giveaway for a "Former KOA". One good example is east of Olympia WA, complete with hay rides, petting zoo and bicycle riding track... Another is just south of Tillamook OR on 101, with cows adjacent... Some are also terminated by KOA for failure to maintain standards, which is rare for Good Sam or other raters...

Credit Card charge is local franchisee practice, not KOA demand.. We've had some accept res based on KOA Value Card number, and others want guarantee. Depends on when reservation made, and how full they are or expect to be..
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