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Old 07-13-2016, 10:03 PM   #1
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Most Expensive RV Site Ever

And it's free! I'm in Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast on my way to an Airstream rally in Cannon Beach starting tomorrow. I told Vicki that we should just stay over here in the Chinook Winds Casino free RV parking area for the night. Kind of a challenge to level side to side and front to back, and no hookups, but hey it's free.

Wait, what's that sign say about a pass being required? Oh, you need to join the Winners Circle (don't you just love that name?) and accumulate 40 points and you get a free pass for your dashboard. Well, I'm a little tired from the drive (you wouldn't believe where the Google GPS sent us this time), so Vicki said no problem, I'll go down to the casino and get our pass.

Two hours pass. I'm starting to wonder just what is involved in accumulating 40 points. Then Vicki shows up with the pass and I asked her what was involved. She said that her first try resulted in her being informed that she only had 37 points and she would have to park in the pay lot. She decided to accumulate the additional points, got the pass for our free site, and it only cost $80.00! What a deal.

Two lessons learned today: use the real GPS that is sitting at home and stay in a real RV park or campground.

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Old 07-13-2016, 10:09 PM   #2
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Wow, how fortunate!!!! 3 points and $80.00 later hope you guys get a good sleep and dump your tank before heading out, Whoops I didn't mean to leak that!
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Old 07-13-2016, 10:11 PM   #3
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That's a bummer. I'll write casinos off of my free parking list and stick with Wal-Mart. Thanks for this info.

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Old 07-13-2016, 10:27 PM   #4
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Perhaps the most expensive FREE site ever, but friends of mine stayed across the campground road from me at a KOA in Fort Collins, CO a couple weeks ago. They had a "Deluxe Patio Site with Hot Tub." $100/day. I didn't feel like I needed a hot tub.
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Old 07-13-2016, 10:59 PM   #5
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Man bummer. My grandpa, he is in deep with them and lives in the neighborhood there, got is a spot in the park last year for their 15th Anniversery firework show. A bunch of our family came out. He said getting a spot in the park was harder than getting a suite in the hotel.

Enjoy the rally! Cannon Beach is due north on 101. Don't let your GPS lie to You and get you on the county "Three Scenics Route." You will get a view with a 12% grade!

Think to stop in Neskowin for a little beach time in the morning! There is an easy parking lot and a great little grocery store with Espresso and baked goods.
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Old 07-14-2016, 12:20 AM   #6
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just make sure your wife understands "the nest egg principle" before you go near another casino . . .
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Old 07-14-2016, 12:29 AM   #7
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What the heck? It used to be free - we stayed there last year, in the busy season, no charge. My husband went and played at the casino in the evening, had a great time. I wouldn't be surprised if he could rack up however many points they want, he loves playing slot machines, but still, it was nice having a free spot for the weekend either way.
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Old 07-14-2016, 05:29 AM   #8
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Don't let your GPS lie to You and get you on the county "Three Scenics Route."
I avoid "scenic routes" and "scenic byways" as a rule. As a solo traveler, a scenic byway isn't scenic at all if you don't date look away from the road long enough to see the vistas! Scenic byways are only scenic if you're not the one doing the driving.
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I've stayed in several casino lots. On occasion I've paid $10 per day (power/water) but am usually comped that while registering. Heck, some in the UP pay me and give me free drink coupons to stay.

I'm not a "big spender" either. $25 per night is huge for me. I spend more in the restaurants.

http://www.casinocamper.com/ is my friend.

Still confused on how 40 "points" cost $80? (1 point is equal to $1 in slot play) Also, that 40 points earns you 3 days. Obviously not too many times do you stay for 3 nights, but I have! I used Indian casinos as a basecamp while exploring the St. Ignace area.
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Amazing how much those FREE casino comps cost. I live in a casino town and have not stepped foot in one in almost 10 years. They have one purpose and that is to separate fools from their money.
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Amazing how much those FREE casino comps cost. I live in a casino town and have not stepped foot in one in almost 10 years. They have one purpose and that is to separate fools from their money.
I guess I'm a fool then!

I spent three nights at the Kewadin Casino in St.Ignace. The charge for power/water/dump site was $10 per night. That was returned to us in free play cards.

We had full roam of the hotel property including indoor pool and hot tub.

From there we visited Soo locks, Whitefish Point, and Mac Island.

What was I thinking........
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Durango Riverside Resort (the old KOA north of town) has 50 amp sites on the river for a mere $125.00 and not a slot machine in sight!
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Wow, and I thought Ft. Wilderness at Disney was expensive @ $100 per site!
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