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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 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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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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GaryWT   Thankful We Are All So Different   Jul 20 2014, 10:51 PM
nedmtnman   So thankful that we all like different things in ...   Jul 21 2014, 06:04 AM
RLM   Yeah, I sometimes wonder if I am in the same camp...   Jul 24 2014, 07:44 PM
Nolan   Last night my wife was looking for some campground...   Jul 21 2014, 08:01 AM
mdcamping   Last night my wife was looking for some campgroun...   Jul 21 2014, 08:09 PM
docj   You've identified a point that so many seem to...   Jul 21 2014, 09:42 AM
GaryWT   Yes, agree with much of what is said. I get a ful...   Jul 21 2014, 04:23 PM
nedmtnman   I too look at what the reviewer says. I used the s...   Jul 22 2014, 07:05 AM
Dutch_12078   We normally use the bath facilities in our coach, ...   Jul 22 2014, 07:33 AM
jamarynn1   If a park advertises that it has clean bathrooms, ...   Jul 22 2014, 02:12 PM
jimnina   We would have to agree with some of each reply in ...   Jul 22 2014, 06:56 PM
BoomerNY   When reading reviews, I also look at the overall a...   Jul 23 2014, 06:44 AM
docj   Example: we're at the KOA in Virginia Beach....   Jul 23 2014, 04:49 PM
BoomerNY   I cannot figure out why people blame CG's for...   Jul 24 2014, 07:10 AM
dalsgal   How about the review that complained that it was s...   Jul 23 2014, 07:34 PM
BoomerNY   How about the review that complained that it was ...   Jul 24 2014, 07:13 AM
docj   How about the review that complained that it was ...   Jul 24 2014, 08:32 AM
John S.   Yes reviews differ and I know I have marked down o...   Jul 25 2014, 02:30 PM
MT woodworker   We do almost all of our camping in Montana (home o...   Jul 26 2014, 02:04 PM
dalsgal   I would love to ask some reviewers if they ever l...   Jul 26 2014, 06:25 PM
docj   I'm sure I will get a bad review from some fo...   Jul 26 2014, 06:33 PM
Hutch333id   I'm sure I will get a bad review from some fo...   Jul 27 2014, 12:05 AM
dalsgal   Sorry, double posting here   Jul 26 2014, 06:26 PM
tiffinman   I'm surprised you just didn't call the pol...   Jul 26 2014, 06:41 PM
dalsgal   The sheriff's department here is a joke. The ...   Jul 26 2014, 06:55 PM
dalsgal   I wanted to update you folks. The rule breakers f...   Jul 27 2014, 11:27 AM
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