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GaryWT
post Jul 20 2014, 10:51 PM
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So thankful that we all like different things in a campground. Stopped at a campground 2 years ago and loved it, great little KOA while we were traveling. Every time we talk about the trip which was a great trip, everyone talks about the KOA. I keep reading negative reviews about the place. Wifi not good, cable not good, site not good, road not good or whatever. Gives me hope that when we can make it back to the area, we will not have an issue getting in.
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post Jul 21 2014, 06:04 AM
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QUOTE(GaryWT @ Jul 20 2014, 09:51 PM) *

So thankful that we all like different things in a campground. Stopped at a campground 2 years ago and loved it, great little KOA while we were traveling. Every time we talk about the trip which was a great trip, everyone talks about the KOA. I keep reading negative reviews about the place. Wifi not good, cable not good, site not good, road not good or whatever. Gives me hope that when we can make it back to the area, we will not have an issue getting in.



Yeah, I sometimes wonder if I am in the same campground. We all see things different.



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post Jul 21 2014, 08:01 AM
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Last night my wife was looking for some campgrounds for next summer. Yes, planning our trip for next summer already. She told me she was amazed on all the reviews of people who had MHs and 5th wheel trailers complaining about the paid shower, the small and dirty shower houses. She asked why don't they use their own in the RV? I said maybe to small? Her: Then why did they buy the RV if the shower and bath area was to small?

But like you we have gone to campgrounds with poor reviews because there is nothing else in the area that we want to be in. Try it for a night and they have been great. It is interesting sometimes.
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post Jul 21 2014, 09:42 AM
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You've identified a point that so many seem to overlook. The numerical score a reviewer gives to a park may be heavily influenced by factors of no concern to you such as bathrooms. My approach to picking a park is to first look at the average numerical score. My experience has shown that if a park has an average score of "7" or better then most likely it will be acceptable to us.

After selecting a park with an acceptable average score I then scan through the mos recent 5-10 reviews to determine the factors that dropped the score below "10". For us many of the complaints are irrelevant. As full-timers in a 40' MH we use our own bathroom and laundry. We carry an unlimited cellular connection and rarely use park wifi (in the US). We have satellite TV so we don't need cable or OTA. We don't have kids or pets so playgrounds and dogwalks don't matter and we rarely bother to use the pool. As a result, most clean, attractive parks are fine with us and many that get 7's would rate as 10's in our book.

I find it a shame that some people insist on giving a park a very low numerical rating because of one specific objection irrespective of the remainder of their camping experience. These days it seems more parks get low ratings because of poor wifi than anything else. It's as if nothing matters anymore other than one's ability to get on the internet! cool.gif


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post Jul 21 2014, 04:23 PM
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Yes, agree with much of what is said. I get a full hook up site as I am using my bathroom. Wifi is nice but I have 4G and cable is good but not what we go camping for.
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post Jul 21 2014, 08:09 PM
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QUOTE(Nolan @ Jul 21 2014, 10:01 AM) *

Last night my wife was looking for some campgrounds for next summer. Yes, planning our trip for next summer already. She told me she was amazed on all the reviews of people who had MHs and 5th wheel trailers complaining about the paid shower, the small and dirty shower houses. She asked why don't they use their own in the RV? I said maybe to small? Her: Then why did they buy the RV if the shower and bath area was to small?

But like you we have gone to campgrounds with poor reviews because there is nothing else in the area that we want to be in. Try it for a night and they have been great. It is interesting sometimes.


We have a smaller TT and for us we use our shower for storage, just don't have the extra space. So we end up using the campground facilities. I have found bathrooms sub-par but never to the extent where I have had to rate a campground below average.

This said, I have read on the forums often where people say "buy your second RV first" well for me I believe "Stay Within Your Means When Buying a RV" (sorry if I sound like I'm on my soap Box biggrin.gif )

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post Jul 22 2014, 07:05 AM
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I too look at what the reviewer says. I used the shower in my 5er so I didn't rate the bathrooms. If I didn't see bad reviews about things important to me I stayed there. I have stayed in places rated a 4 that were fine for me. It's all a matter of opinion. I don't think I have ever given a place a 10. Maybe a 9 once.


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post Jul 22 2014, 07:33 AM
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We normally use the bath facilities in our coach, but while walking around a park, we'll often answer the calls of nature at the closest park facility. Since that does give us a chance to evaluate them for cleanliness, etc., I do mention it in my reviews.


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post Jul 22 2014, 02:12 PM
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If a park advertises that it has clean bathrooms, cable TV and Wi-Fi, then I am paying for those amenities. If those amenities aren't working, then I'm not getting what I'm paying for. Simple as that. I like to get what I pay for. If I *don't* get what I pay for, I note that in my reviews.
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post Jul 22 2014, 06:56 PM
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We would have to agree with some of each reply in this topic. It is really hard to have a single type rating that everyone can agree on. We usually travel each summer for 2-3 weeks with our grandkids. Our biggest 'WANT' during that time is a pool tongue.gif . We have a 39' DP but we are only concerned with a level site, we don't really mind what type of surface it has. Since our rule is 'No Electronics' while at the campground we aren't really concerned with the WiFi or cable. On the other hand when we travel without the grandkids we don't care about the pool and we do care about the scenery for hiking or just relaxing with a fire. If we think about it the biggest problem we have is where campgrounds don't allow campfires and are not pet friendly. We also look for the average scores and determine from there what the 'Problem' was that brought the score down sad.gif
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post Jul 23 2014, 06:44 AM
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When reading reviews, I also look at the overall average score. I tend to discount the reviews that give a "1", calling it the "worst campground ever" as those folks usually have an axe to grind against the CG. What I don't understand is some of the reasons people give for dinging a CG with a negative rating.

Example: we're at the KOA in Virginia Beach. Many of the the negative reviews I've seen, the submitter was dinging the CG because of the noise from the military jets that frequently fly overhead. To me, that's completely unfair and, frankly, just stupid. It'd be like me saying this campground sucks because there's so many French-Canadians! biggrin.gif (Yes, there are F/A-18s that frequently fly overhead. Yes, they are loud. YES IT IS AWESOME! - No, they have not spoiled the trip at all!)

I also don't care much about wi-fi so I don't factor that in to my rating. I sometimes will use the CG showers and toilets and rate them accordingly when I do. For us, we look for activities for the kiddos, a clean park, and helpful friendly staff. We're pretty laid back, and don't get too uptight when we're camping. Not too much gets us riled up where we've felt we had to pack up and leave a park, and hasn't happened yet. But I do my research prior to going to an unknown place and rarely do I have any surprises when I get to my destination. There's so much info out there and fairly easy to find on the interwebs. If you do your research and due diligence, you shouldn't have any surprises.
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post Jul 23 2014, 04:49 PM
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QUOTE(BoomerNY @ Jul 23 2014, 07:44 AM) *


Example: we're at the KOA in Virginia Beach. Many of the the negative reviews I've seen, the submitter was dinging the CG because of the noise from the military jets that frequently fly overhead. To me, that's completely unfair and, frankly, just stupid. It'd be like me saying this campground sucks because there's so many French-Canadians! biggrin.gif (Yes, there are F/A-18s that frequently fly overhead. Yes, they are loud. YES IT IS AWESOME! - No, they have not spoiled the trip at all!)



I cannot figure out why people blame CG's for "being brown" if they're in the desert or blame coastal CG's for being "windy." I really liked one that said "there's not much to do around here" as if that was something under the CG's control. IMO people need to judge a CG on what it offers, not what the region offers in the way of climate or tourist attractions. Some reviewers seem to have the attitude that it's the CG's responsibility to entertain them just because they decided to spend the night there. Given them a break! It's no different than a hotel; a place to spend a night!


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post Jul 23 2014, 07:34 PM
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How about the review that complained that it was sandy at the beach?
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post Jul 24 2014, 07:10 AM
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QUOTE(docj @ Jul 23 2014, 06:49 PM) *

I cannot figure out why people blame CG's for "being brown" if they're in the desert or blame coastal CG's for being "windy." I really liked one that said "there's not much to do around here" as if that was something under the CG's control. IMO people need to judge a CG on what it offers, not what the region offers in the way of climate or tourist attractions. Some reviewers seem to have the attitude that it's the CG's responsibility to entertain them just because they decided to spend the night there. Given them a break! It's no different than a hotel; a place to spend a night!


Agree %100. Sometimes we choose the park based on geographical location (ie. VA Beach) other times based on what the CG itself has to offer (ie Jellystone WNY). It's not up to the CG to find me stuff to do.
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post Jul 24 2014, 07:13 AM
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QUOTE(dalsgal @ Jul 23 2014, 09:34 PM) *

How about the review that complained that it was sandy at the beach?


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