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Old 05-17-2014, 01:29 PM   #15
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In 40 years of camping, i have never stayed at a KOA. We have stayed at some very nice privately owned RV parks. Private parks are for overnight stays when you need to be close to some event. State parks are a destination.
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The campgrounds vary. Some are "sardine parks" that pack em in and others are like estates with wide spaces between. I like our state parks in FL. They are like camping in the woods and some are just a walk to the gulf or ocean. Some parks, like the one you are at are more like an urban village. I stayed at one last year with about 10 feet between campsites. it depends on how long you will be staying and what the area holds as points of interest. We stayed there two nights- done.
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Ditto to what's been said. We've stayed at a few KOAs and their (congested) ilk, but generally it was only because we were on a long road trip and simply needed a place to stay with laundry and wi-fi; or because our destination was urban and we pretty much had to take an urban RV park.

State parks, US Forest Service, National Park Service, and (in the West) Bureau of Land Management campgrounds are much more compatible for those of us who think camping should get us closer to nature. The more accessible ones can get crowded, as well, during peak weekends and in the summer, but there is usually more vegetation screening between camp sites.
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Old 05-17-2014, 03:38 PM   #18
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Some of the great privately owned parks we have stayed at:
1. EZ Daze, Southaven, MS
2. Frog Hollow, Grenada, MS
3. Lake Tiak O'Khata, Louisville, MS
4. Majestic Oaks RV Resort, Biloxi, MS
5. Salmon Lake Park, Grapeland, TX
6. Timberlake, Ridgeland, MS
They all have full hookups, and some have cable and Wi-Fi. None of them are as good as some state parks-
1. George Payne Cossar State Park, Oakland, MS
2. Poverty Point, Delhi, LA
3. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
4. Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs, AR
Or Corps of Engineers parks-
North Abutment, Grenada, MS
Or Forest Service parks-
Choctaw Lake, Ackerman, MS
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Old 05-17-2014, 03:39 PM   #19
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You know-
You should get a review of a park on Airforums before you stay there-
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Any Airstream built in the last 40 years should have the ability to survive off grid for at least a few days. If I arrived at a place that resembled the KOA where you are now, I'd get online and find a county/ state/ national park without the issues you have now. Electric and sewer aren't worth the sacrifice...... Walmart has more space, and is gratis! That to me is worth saving $50!
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Our first choice is usually a public campground as well. We stayed at a KOA once for one night. Not likely to return anytime soon. There are several nice Army COE campgrounds in WV that are much nicer than a KOA.

We use Ultimate US Public Campground Project when looking for CG's. It's best web site we have found identifying only public campgrounds. Ultimate Campgrounds - The LARGEST POI List for US Public Campgrounds.

You will still need to go to the individual parks web site if they have one to get any details. It saves us a lot of time looking for what Public CG's are out there.
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Not much for pit toilets and hippies. I will stay at a KOA any day. Most state parks I have looked at were less than desirable, whereas the KOAs were consistently cleaner. Jim
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I agree with Beach Bum; some of our favorite campgrounds are Army Corps. I don't like to be crammed in next to my neighbor unless we're very close friends!
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Now that we've got our Solar charging system tuned to as well as possible for a 150 watt PWM system, we're ready for a bit of boondocking in national forests / parks, and the like.

An overnight at WalMart will remain far down our list of potential overnight stops, as our friends had a frightening experience there one night. They came out of it fine, but it was pretty scary - local toughs roaring about the parking lot at 2AM and banging on doors, demanding to be let in. So, any KOA will win out for a quick overnight, even if it's a cramp-ground / pseudo-parking-lot - at least it's relatively safe and thus more comfortable.

Can't wait to get going again!
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There are as many "styles" of camping as there are campers. Generally speaking, commercial RV parks, sites will be tighter...owners are in it to make $, after all, and that's how they do it ...density of sites ... which translates into less privacy and closer proximity. Some commercial RV parks do make a real effort to provide privacy to their customers, and some accomplish it fairly well. Others, not so much. We have stayed in some pleasant private parks (including KOAs) and we've stayed in so real dogs (including some KOAs)... mostly we've taken advantage of that type of park when we just need a place to stay overnight on our way to somewhere else. Research is important.

The other side of the coin ... public campgrounds ... (state, county and city parks, national forest campgrounds, and some of the national parks and monuments), will usually have fewer ammenities, will generally afford you more space and therefore more privacy. But even that isn't a hard and fast rule. For instance, camping in Yosemite last summer, while we had a good time, there was very little privacy, sites were packed in and dense, and we experienced some of the rudest fellow campers we've ever encountered. So again ... research is important. Don't give up .... look for what's important to you in a campground/destination, and you will be able to find it.

Your Airstream offers you a wonderful way to vacation, relax, see the country and enjoy your friends and family. There's nothing quite like it and it's a new adventure every time you hit the road.

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Not much for pit toilets and hippies. I will stay at a KOA any day. Most state parks I have looked at were less than desirable, whereas the KOAs were consistently cleaner. Jim

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is somewhat near you and trumps any KOA in my book. Beautiful, full hookups, lush vegetation between trailers, and walking distance to the most beautiful emerald green gulf water beach ever...
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Around here they did away with pit toilets 25 years ago. They all have modern plumbing now.
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Pit toilets was used to make a point, are not too many hippies around anymore either. Most of us have melted back into society. All be it grudgingly. Two state parks I found terrible were in Ohio. The ones in Fl are much better. Maybe I just picked the wrong ones. Sorry if I offended anyone, jim
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