Letter to editor: RVer turned off by RV parks

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letters to the editorHi Chuck,
Just did about three weeks rving from Naples, Florida to home in Michigan. We spent from $20 to $65 per night.

Sadly the $65 was at a Destination KOA last night in southern Michigan. We asked for 50 amp, water, sewer on a level site with access for our satellite dish. One night only. Pull through.

The site was horrible. Uneven with sparse grass and roots everywhere. The back wheels were about four inches, at least, higher than front, and two inches higher on the passenger side than the drivers side. 

Not sure how RVtravel.com can help the often p-poor sites we encounter. Now 120,000 miles on this coach. I rated the park a two out of five on an RV website. I cannot understand why RV park owners milk their profits and apparently neglect their basic product — each site in their park. 

In another case, Renfro Valley in Kentucky, a non-KOA park, was almost perfectly level. They charged $46. Full hookup and pull-through. Their negative: failing to tell us when we made our reservation that there is NO OFFICE at the park. None. Nada.  The office is about 2-3 city blocks farther down the road on the opposite side of the highway. I tried to pay over the phone with my credit card, but they would not accept it.

So, we will continue to use RV parks only when necessary and rely on Wal-Marts and similar. Your comments that there are not enough RV parks and sites is valid. But just getting a level site would be an improvement. — Ernie

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Wolfe

It’s morbidly interesting to me, the more I read this newsletter, how disparate my desires seem to be from so many commenters — we literally want/hate polar-opposite things. I’m not a retiree and move often, which probably plays a big role in those choices, but I do drag a “huge” trailer around the country, so I *think* I’m still part of “RV folks?” The campground has poor WiFi? I’ve never used CG networks that I can recall (a combination of speed and insecurity). The site is unpaved? GOOD! I don’t want to “pavement camp” unless I’m actually on pavement —… Read more »

William Morris
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William Morris

We are staying in Grand Ole RV Park just north of Nashville. It is the best park in Tennessee. Level pull thru sites. 50 amp. MUSIC every night. Terrific performances. Dinner every night. 110 sites. Owners family takes you to your site and hooks you up. 25 minutes to downtown Nashville. But. They also have tour bus come in and pick you up ….bill Morris

Sue Adams
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Sue Adams

We stayed at a KOA in Ohio for 2 days. It started raining and when leaving we had to drop our vehicle off the toter that has a golf cart on the front (pull through site) and disconnect so the guy could pull our 40′ MH out of the mud in mid April on our way back to Northern Michigan. My husband used their hose to wash everything down. Mud everywhere. That finalized our decision of selling toter and flat towing. Didn’t detour our love of full timing one bit. ☺️

Sue Adams
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Sue Adams

We stayed at a KOA in Ohio for 2 days. It started raining and when leaving we had to drop our vehicle off the toter that has a golf cart on the front (pull through site) and disconnect so the guy could pull our 40′ MH out of the mud in mid April on our way back to Northern Michigan. My husband used their hose to wash everything down and was not happy. Mud everywhere. That finalized our decision of selling toter and flat towing.

J Cherry
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J Cherry

My husband and I were just traveling LA, MS, and AL. We have a 43’ motorhome that weighs almost 43,000 lbs. so we have to stay in a spot that has solid ground. We found a beautiful Amry Corp of Eng. park in MS that I honestly don’t want to write a review for as I don’t want people to know how nice it is. Doesn’t that just go against everything I was taught growing up. Also that is not how we RVr’s roll. But I’ll tell you. It was North Abuttment in Grenada, MS. $20/night, no sewer. We also… Read more »

Tommy Molnar
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Tommy Molnar

Spot on, ECohen! We have a favorite story about an RV park which had beautiful pics on there website, showing an old western town atmosphere that was hard to NOT make reservations at. So we did. Got there and HOLY CRAP! What they didn’t show was what was behind the person taking the picture. Totally misrepresenting the place.

Live and learn, I guess.

Diane
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Diane

This is our third year RVing. We have the 1475 Lance and it has most everything you bigger rig folks have including a real bathroom. We live in CO so we have mostly travelled out west and in the mid-west. We often travel with friends. So far, with planning, we’ve gotten decent parks. A few duds and many more were just OK. But we didn’t go into this experience expecting 5 Star, luxury hotel environments. We’ve done that and got tired of it and even with the most expensive RV parks (Lake Tahoe for instance), its still cheaper than those… Read more »

Phil McCraken
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Phil McCraken

Listen, when “in route “, just don’t bother with a RV specific site. Download the Wal-Mart, Cracker Barrels, etc. locators. Patronize their establishmentss and your headache goes away.

Unless you really know your landing point, why bother with parting with $ just to sleep.

Denny Wagamam
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Denny Wagamam

Bottom line though you had a choice to stay or not and find a Walmart or whatever. Do you belong to Passport America? Dint you know what the price was before you stopped. I know there are times that we just want to stop for the night and pay whatever. Did you check out the park reviews? Did you call the office whereever it was located and complain? Did you call your cc” company and put a stop on the paymenat and then leave.? You do have choices. Did you write a letter to the park? Did you write a… Read more »

Curtis Dowds
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Curtis Dowds

Further west you get and more urban you won’t be able to overnight in WalMarts (or other commercial parking lots) and parking on city streets will be often prohibited. Your point about the quality of RV parks is well taken but why spend a significant amount of money for an RV and then more on top of that for RV parks (which are hard to book and, as you point out, often of questionable quality). At least that was my thinking going in and the reason I spent a decent amount of money on beefing up my batteries and installing… Read more »

ECohen
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ECohen

In addition to the above issue, most RV parks post all kinds of pictures of their park, playground, pool, rec hall, etc., but FAIL to put pictures of ACTUAL RV sites and some that do only post one or two of their prime sites and/or put minimal information. . RVers want site information, and to see pictures of actual sites, i.e., width, length, level, room for slides, tow vehicle, trees, table, sewer location (usually right out your door next to a picnic table!), etc. Some are quick to charge for everything, but fail to provide honest, complete information. The majority… Read more »