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Salina KOA

Salina, Kansas

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Price was for 50 Amp full hook ups. Location is very convenient to Truck Stops and I-70. Noise was not a problem with the air conditioner on. The is a well maintained park with gravel driveways and pads and some grassy tent pads. We had a very heavy rain and the drainage was excellent. There was excellent cable TV. There was no trash pickup at the sites. There were robins, rabbits and chirping birds in the mature shade trees. The RV park offers 2 pan cakes, 2 eggs and 2 sausage patties or bacon with coffee or juice for $5.50 in a building just behind the office.

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Price was for 50 Amp full hook ups. Location is very convenient to TA Truck Stop and I-80. Noise was not a problem with the air conditioner on. The well maintained park is decorated in cheerful yellow signs, picnic tables, fences and site markers. They have crushed asphalt gravel driveways and pads and some grassy tent pads. We had a very heavy rain and the drainage was excellent. There is no cable TV. We picked up one PBS channel over the air. There was no trash pickup at the sites. The free WiFi strength was excellent and response time was great. There were some gnats at night. Verizon wireless showed 5 out of 5 bars signal strength and ATT showed no network coverage.

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Price was for Good Sam 50 Amp electric and water only. Staff is friendly and we received free huckleberry ice cream bars upon check in. No cable TV, but one OTA channel without raising the antenna. They have gravel driveways and pads, and a short drive on a gravel road to get to the park. This gives you a great view of I-90, I-90 frontage road, Reno Creek, and the railroad track. All are far enough away to enjoy without a lot of noise. There was no trash pickup at the sites, but they do have picnic tables, BBQ grills, and lighted pedestals at night. The free WiFi strength was excellent, but response time was slow on the iPad and not useable on my HP laptop. There were some mosquitoes at night, but no flies. Lots of crows. Verizon wireless showed 3 out of 5 bars signal strength and ATT showed 5 out of 5. The park is well maintained and has hiking trails you can use.

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Price was for 50 Amp full hook ups. They have gravel driveways and pads. There is no cable TV, but over-the-air channels are available. Signal strength is good but the signal drops out to zero periodically which is very irritating. We were on the lower level. The landscaping is attractive and very well manicured with flowers, shrubs, trees, and mowed grass and clover. Road noise from highway 2 was not noticeable inside the RV. The free WiFi strength and response is excellent. No flies or mosquitoes.

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Price was for 50 Amp full hook ups not on the river side which was a higher price. They have gravel driveways and pads. Screw in sewer connection. There is cable TV. The infrastructure and buildings look new. The landscaping is attractive and very well manicured with mature shade trees and mowed grass. With the high trees and birds, it was like camping in a very pleasant aviary. There was no trash pickup at the sites; dumpsters were available. Cottonwood was in full bloom creating an artificial snow storm. The free WiFi strength was OK and response was slow and barely usable even with the park less than 25% full. There were no flies or mosquitoes. Lots of ground squirrels and some rabbits and Canadian geese. Continental breakfast is available in the office to the campers for $3.50. If you have prepay cell phone accounts, you may not be able to make any calls from the Dubois Telephone company. ATT and Verizon are roaming here. We had no signal on ATT wireless and 3 out of 5 bars roaming for Verizon, but still couldn't make a Verizon phone call using our prepay account.

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Price was for 50 Amp full hook ups weekly rates with Escapees discount. No pool, no playground, no campfires make this a wonderful quiet and peaceful place to camp. Food is very expensive in this area of the country, so stock up before you come. They have gravel driveways and pads. We were deluged with rain for a couple days, but drainage was excellent with only a couple small puddles to contend with. There is no cable TV. There are 2 over-the-air channels available, channel 8 and channel 10 (PBS). They are extremely difficult to tune in and impossible to get half the time. Most campers were using satellite. There was no trash pickup at the sites; bear proof dumpsters were available. The free WiFi strength was excellent, but the response was slow and barely useable. There were some mosquitoes at night (nothing like the warms in Yellowstone), but no flies. Lots of ground squirrels and robins. Verizon and ATT wireless showed 5 out of 5 bars signal strength. They do have a huge laundry.

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Price was for 30 Amp full hook ups. They have gravel driveways and pads. There is excellent cable TV. The landscaping is attractive and very well manicured with flowers, shrubs, mature shade trees, and mowed grass. Cottonwood was in full bloom. We had 1 1/2 inches of rain one night and the gravel roads drained well with no huge puddles. Road noise from I-80 was not noticeable. The free WiFi strength and response is excellent. No flies or mosquitos. Lots of robins and rabbits.

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Location is right off I-70 and Highway 13. They have gravel driveways and pads. There is a top older section and a newer low section. We stayed in the top section. We had full hookups and WiFi was excellent. This park contains acres that are mowed grass and weeds and provides a pastoral feeling. There is a very large pond at the back of the lower section. There is no cable TV, but several over-the-air channels are available. Road noise from I-70 was not noticeable inside the RV. No flies or mosquitoes.

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This place has it all; laundry, dog park, miniature golf, pool, etc. The help was friendly and guided us to our spot using a golf cart. Site E2 has an unobstructed view of I-25 and the East. They have gravel driveways and pads. Screw in sewer connection. There are a lot of long term campers, but they are in a section by themselves. There is good cable TV. The landscaping has patches of mowed grass between each site. Road noise from I-25 was not noticeable. The free WiFi strength was good, but when the park filled up the response was nonexistent from all three WiFi towers. Response returned the next morning when people started leaving. There were no flies or mosquitoes. There were lots of rabbits.

     

Rusk KOA

Rusk, Texas

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We saw in the KOA website reviews for the Rusk KOA that they were closed. But in fact they are open and everything still looks great. There was a change in ownership in May 2014 and the new ownership is not quite completed, but this didn't impact the camping at all. It did result in phone messages not being answered and returned.

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Price reflects Good Sam rates. We were there on Memorial Day weekend and there were a lot of available sites. This park has excellent infrastructure, but badly needs a grounds keeper. The buildings and 2 cabins looked relatively new. The weeds that pass for grass were a foot high in a lot of places and made if difficult to find the sewer connections. Weeds are taking over the children's playground. Bring your bug spray, Off, and Hydrocortisone cream because we were eaten up with chiggers. There are also plenty of ants. The giant checkerboard has boards warped and badly needs paint. Location is north on highway 2021 off the off the highway 59/69/287 loop. Road construction that has been going on for months has the exit onto 2021 blocked when headed east. You have to go to Atkinson Rd. and make a U-turn, go back west and take the Highway 59 exit, and then you will see the small highway 2021 sign. The water pressure is good. The passworded Wi-Fi has good speed and strength. Pictures download with difficulty. The sewer connections are screw-in. There is cable TV with 70 channels. Permanent residents are not apparent. Sites are concrete, level, with good space between and no trees. There are long pull-throughs. Roads are paved. They have trash pick up at the site in the morning. There is a pool and playground. Electricity is 50-30-20 amp. AT&T is max signal strength and Verizon is 3 out of 5 bars. There is no propane and no fire rings. If you turn on your air conditioner fan, you won't hear the highway 59 traffic, the Saturday night mariachi band, and the stock car races. There were no sand burrs or cockle burrs. There were no flies or mosquitoes when we were there. We will look at some other parks in the area next time.

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Price reflects winter rates with a Player's Card, which are a real bargain. Rates go up in April. In the RV lobby the TV displayed no signal showing that the help didn't care about first impressions. The RV Center help knew very little about what was happening in the Winstar casino. They have a shuttle bus that will take you to the casino and bring you back to your RV. The shuttle bus sunscreen graphics were peeling away from the windows. The internal light lens in the shuttle bus looked like holes were broken in them with a hammer to allow insertion of LED lights and some of the seats were stuck in a permanent recline position. The water spigot at site 152 leaks and needs to be replaced. The water is very soft. The Wi-Fi logon site causes the web browser to display, "There is a problem with this web site's security certificate. The security certificate presented by this web site was not issued by a trusted certificate authority. Security certificate problems may indicate an attempt to fool you or intercept data you send to the server. We recommend that you close this webpage and do not continue to this Web site." If you ignore this warning and proceed anyway, you are asked to sign in with your email address and then you have excellent speed and strength. The sewer connections were drop-in (no threads that would work). There is no cable TV. Channel 4 out of Dallas was the only broadcast TV station available in the day. FM radio stations were religious, East Indian, sports, or Hispanic. Only one country station and no rock and roll or oldies stations. Location is the first exit, Thackerville, on I-35 after crossing the Red River going north. Permanent residents were not apparent. Sites are concrete, level, with grass in between and new sapling trees. There are very long pull-throughs. Roads are paved. They have trash baskets and picnic tables at the site. There is a pool and playground. Water was 50 PSI; electricity was 50-30-20 amp. At night we got broadcast TV channels 4, 5, 11, 13, 21, 27, 33, and 68. AT&T is max signal strength and Verizon is 3 out of 5 bars. Reservations are recommended as this is a very popular area. There is a pet walk with half of the lights turned off at night. There are no sand burrs or cockle burrs. There are no flies or mosquitoes when we were there. We will stay here again.

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Location is on hwy 13 going north just on the right after you cross the bridge crossing into Evangeline Parish. Sites are gravel, level, with grass in between and mature, very tall pine trees. There is a lake and a sand beach. There are no picnic tables at the sites. There are long pull-through sites with plenty of space between sites. The park is very well maintained. They do not have trash pickup at site. There are beggar's lice (the plant, not the bug) in the grass. Due to the cold temperatures and time of year there were no flies or mosquitoes, but lots of love bugs. Roads are gravel with standing water in some places after a rain. WiFi was pass worded and had good speed and strength. AT&T is max signal strength and Verizon is 4 out of 5 bars. Water, electricity, sewer connections are all in good shape. Cable with 7 channels all of which dropped out frequently. Antenna picked up 25 channels, but during the day the signal would go from good to completely gone causing repeated dropouts that lasted for a couple seconds. This was on several channels and was no fault of the RV park. During the week there aren't many campers, but come Friday the park starts filling up with bumper pull trailers, kids and camp fires. Saturday there is a Cajun barn dance until midnight with very good prices on adult beverages. We will stay here again.

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$45 per night reflects Good Sam rate. This should be rated a 10, but with Comcast and the flakey Wi-Fi they get a 9. All staff were very friendly. On Beltway 8 immediately east of Hwy 288 on the frontage road. It is just across Hwy 288 to Bass Pro Shops. Cracker Barrel and several shopping centers are very close. Sites are concrete, level, with grass in between and young trees. Grass is manicured with no sand burrs or cockle burrs. No flies or mosquitoes. They have long pull-throughs. Roads are concrete. They have trash pickup at site. Doggie bags and play area are provided. Laundry was clean and machines were higher capacity than home units. Wi-Fi was password protected and had excellent strength, but speed was 5 to 28 second response time for reading Google news items with numerous disconnects followed by "unable to join network" messages. AT&T is max signal strength and Verizon is 5 out of 5 bars. Water, electricity, sewer connections are all in good shape. Cable is Comcast Houston with over 70 channels. Channels 2,3,5,7,8,9,11, 13 were very bad quality, but 10, 12 and all above 13 were excellent. It is not your RV, but it is Comcast cable. This is why I cancelled cable at home. Reservations are recommended We will stay here again.

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The location is on the east side of Hwy 188 just after you pass under Hwy 35 coming from the north. Sites are concrete, level, with grass in between and very old, majestic live oak trees. All sites are back-in. Bare feet and dogs that tread on grass will pick up painful sand burrs. I killed two mosquitoes before I unhooked at 6 PM. All roads are concrete which was very nice when we experienced a four inch rain. They do not have trash pickup at the site. Wi-Fi by Peplink is password protected and is excellent. It dropped out several times, but you just sign in again. AT&T is max signal strength and Verizon is 3 out of 5 bars. Water, electricity, sewer connections are all in good shape. Cable One cable TV with over 150 channels, many of them duplicate. Only 60 real channels. Reservations are recommended on the weekends. We will stay here again.