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Dayton KOA

Brookville, Ohio

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Somewhat disappointed with this stay. Our rate included $4 for 2 kids, $4 for 50 amp and $2.5o for our car. Now the 50 amp I can understand but we were penalized because our car was not on a tow dolly or on a tow bar. We have stayed in the past and were very happy. The good: Adequate room for our big rig (although the park was 1/2 empty, full might make a difference). The new bathhouse was very nice and the addition of cable made it better then the past. The BAD: charging $2.50 for our car because we didn't have it on the tow dolly or tow bar. Then they wanted us to park it clear across the park in the "visitor's lot." We refused and asked for accommodation or a longer site since the park was 1/2 empty. They instead told us we could wiggle it in the spot with the MH and make sure we were not in the roadway. The fire rings were packed full of leaves and needed cleaned, nobody was cleaning them but plenty of people were riding around on golf carts. We are KOA card holders and have always used them for short stays as we know what we are getting and we understood their add-ons. It seems that this was over the top. If I towed a TT in there, they would not charge me for an extra vehicle, but since my DW followed me in we were charged. Also I think that $2/kid is a little over the top when you are going to also charge them for everything they do. Again, I do not quibble about the $4 upcharge for 50A as we understand that our coach uses 95% electric and we should pay for it since we use more than the average camper might. This may be the last time we use this CG due to their fees being higher than what we experiences in other KOA's.

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Second time in this park on a visit to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. We have stayed at several parks in the area and we decided that from now on this is our main destination. The only reason we would not stay here again would be if they were full. The restrooms are immaculate and the grounds the same. The spaces are snug, but not as bad an many of the campgrounds in the area. Having access to the indoor pool across the street is a plus. If I had to have one complaint, it would be that the store/office carry more stuff. The cable channels were more then sufficient and the picture was perfect.

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I try to keep my reviews limited to the facilities and not the other campers as a facility only has limited control over the guests, but total control over their facilities. This place is right off the freeway and in between parking places of other businesses. It is listed as having 150 sites but feels much, much smaller. We always note on our reservations that we have a 32' Class C and a toad. Usually this is acknowledged and the proper site given. Here we were given a site that would not have held a 25 foot motorhome, let alone what we have. Wife went back to the office and we were given another site that accommodated us for the night. Hookups are crazy. It looks like this was a CG at one time that had 75 decent sized spots and then someone decided to increase revenue and double up on the spots. There were splitters on all the hose bibs and you were either lucky and it was on the street side of your rig or you weren't and it was on the curb side of your rig. Ours was on the street side but still needed 2 hoses to reach. Our electric panel was considerably farther into the neighbor's site than it was not. Interesting lay out. The bathrooms were OK, but the showers were filthy. Chewing gum stuck on the walls and old wash rags laying in the changing areas that had been there a while. No excuse. I will always harp on the fact that on holiday weekends you need to double or triple up on your bathroom cleanings. We go to Mackinac every labor day, and we stop halfway through the trip. We will not stay here again.

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This is a really nice campground. There were two problems we saw. The first was the gate system. If you needed to go to the office (the only place that sold ice) you had to go out the gate and then go around and come back in. There was no office access without leaving the gated area and returning. Also the bathhouses are really nice, there is just not enough of them. There are a lot of tent campers and pop-up campers that use this facility. They require the use of shower houses as do many people who don't use the ones in their units for whatever reason. There are only 2 shower houses in this who facility for a total of 6 showers male and 6 showers female. There was a line daily to take a shower which at their prices and claim to be a "resort" is not acceptable. Every other aspect of this campground is great. Far above expectations, except for the shower house problem. Now it costs $3.00 to wash a load of clothes and the washers are small capacity and then add $1.25 to dry so you have $4.25 in a load of clothes. You can save a little by doubling the washed clothes into the large capacity driers, but we though that was a little pricey for a washer/dryer.

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I will preface this by stating that we are KOA Kamp Kard holders and typically look for KOA Kampgrounds if available for short stays or layovers. This is a good place for an overnight layover. The spots are very tight, even by KOA standards. Also they may advertise a certain length, but a good portion of the total length is a pretty steep incline to a short level patch. Any unit of medium to considerable length needed an insane number of blocking materials to get under the leveling jacks to get level. The bathrooms are some of the best we have seen in a KOA. Unfortunately it takes forever to get lukewarm water and then it is only a misting, not a stream of water.

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Nice campground. You must drive or be very athletic if you plan on coming down from the upper tier to the pool or office. The spots are plenty big enough and the bathhouse is clean. The problem we had all week we stayed was the smell of raw sewage (feces) near the bathhose/restroom all week. This is laid out with showers on one side and bathrooms on the other with a hallway down the middle. Our NYC tour guide told us they were actually reused shipping containers that had been repurposed. Pretty slick due to the fact that doing this and keeping them "temporary" does not affect their property taxes. That being said it seemed as though the pipes under the bathrooms must have been leaking because of the constant smell of feces. The place was spotless and the cleaning lady was impeccable and pine-sol'ed everything so you were never concerned about cleanliness. I toyed with going down the hill and notifying the office, but with the workkampers or whatever all over the place all day, I figured they must have smelled it too. They really push the NYC tour which is worth it, but makes me think there is probably some sort of quid pro quo between the tour operator and the campground, more so since I saw our guide going into the park. The sites were level and the hookups in the proper place. If you do go, take the tour. It is pricey but worth it and it lets you scope out the lay of the land in case you want to go into the city on your own the following days. We would stay here again if we go back to the area.

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Overnighted here on our way to the New England area. Typical KOA park, clean adequately supplied store and friendly staff. Check in was quick and we were escorted to our site where the employee checked the power pedestal and water supply. The Wi-Fi is sporadic at best. This was disappointing as the park was only about 1/2 to 2/3 full and we were right under the antenna. There is a disclaimer on the paperwork you get at check in..."The Wi-Fi is complementary, not guaranteed." I believe that if you are going to advertise it, you should make sure it works as many people rely on it these days for work or e-mail. The bathrooms are typical KOA bathrooms, same size, layout, age, etc. May be time for Corporate to start mandating upgrades. There is nothing wrong with them, just that doing something now will keep them somewhat current. The cost displayed reflects KOA membership. We try to use KOA for our stopovers as we always know what you get. The spots might be a touch tight, but they are usually easy on/off the freeway, clean and sufficiently stocked. Like McDonalds, you know what you are going to get when you go there regardless of the location, same with KOA which is NOT necessarily a bad thing. We would stay here again on an overnight.

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Very nice park. We stayed here for the first time 12 years ago. We have stayed at other campgrounds and cabins since but came back this year due to needing 2 sites side by side and having waited too long to make reservations. The bathrooms were resort/spa quality and the grounds were clean. I only gave it a 9 due to the fact that to get a 10 you have to be perfect. This place was very nearly perfect. Electric fluctuated between 118 and 123 all weekend and the place was packed so that is good. Had it been hotter and everyone running AC it might have been different. The roads and such are tight but there is adequate space on the spots and nobody was denied the opportunity to deploy slideouts and/or awnings. If you come here you really have to watch kids on bicycles, they are everywhere. I am not complaining as it is fun to see kids running around having fun without the worries of adulthood, I just want to warn you so you don't have any unfortunate accidents. Will stay here again. Nice shady spots and very good cable. Wi-Fi is spotty at best.

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This was a stop over on our way to Hershey, PA. While most things (pool, etc) was shut down for the season you could tell that this place is well taken care of. The only reason for the 8 is the bathrooms are too dated. Everything else is great, they just need to spend some money and time on the bathhouses.

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Excellent park, excellent back in sites with plenty of room and more privacy than expected in a KOA park. We are KOA club members so we are not knocking the usual lack of space. We use KOA's because you usually know what you get and are not blindsided when you arrive.

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We have stayed here as well as another park in Myrtle Beach. We love both, but prefer Pirateland. We stayed near the ocean. The spots are very wide which is nice. Almost all the sites near the ocean have the shelters over the picnic table. Very nice to have shade. They could easily get rid of these and double their capacity(profit margin) but they don't, which gives you penty of room. The staff was very nice and the bathrooms are constantly being cleaned which is nice considering the amount of use they get. Two things I would like to see changed in the bathrooms/showers. Figure out some space to park golfcarts. Some are far from your site and there needs to be a place to park your cart while you are using the facility. They are clean,which is nice, but they need to be updated.

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We stayed here on the way back from Myrtle Beach as an overnight stay. We used to stay at another campground, but it has fallen into poor condition, so we gave this one a try. Glad we did. This is our new overnight stopover. The place is immaculate. Bathroom/showers are impeccable. The staff was super friendly, but not pushy. It did take all of our 2 sets of legos to get our coach close to level. The sites are not level, but it was probably exaggerated by the fact that we were attached to our toad, and I didn't want to unhook so I couldn't get the coach in the best position. We found the cable to be excellent as well as the WiFi. If they could take a box blade or landscape rake and level off the gravel in the sites, this would be a 10. This is our new layover when heading to the East coast.

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They are apparently under new ownership as evidenced by all their PR materials. This place has fallen considerably since the last time we stayed here 2 years ago. Then the grounds were immaculate and the bathrooms spotless. This year, there was bare ground where beautiful landscaping/flowers once were. The bathrooms and showers were absolutely filthy. Granted we stayed here on 7/6, the Saturday after the 4th, so it was very busy. You had your typical "holiday" campers in the park with little to no respect for other people's sites. We never hold that against a campground as they can't control people's manners/etc. What we do hold campground's accountable for is cleanliness. When we checked in I counted 4 staff members sitting around a desk off to the side eating while a young male sat next to the check-in counter eating out of a styrofoam take out container using a cooler or something as a table. The young lady checked us in quickly and was nice enough. I remarked to my wife that there was plenty of help in the park, maybe for the holiday occupancy pressure. Throughout the evening we watched them ride around on golf carts and a John Deere Gator, assuming they were really taking care of the facilities. That was until we walked into the bathrooms. The upper bathhouse was deplorable according to my wife as she took our daughter up there. We assumed that it was because of it being near the tents and there being a LARGE group of kids (probably late teens/early 20's) sleeping in tents operating out of a box trailer and it being nearly impossible to keep on top of it. The next morning, however, we went to the bathhouse connected to the office. It was deplorable as well. Cigarette butts on the floor, toilet paper on the floor, the trashcan overflowing and used washrags left on the floor of the shower stalls. They also apparently maintain their once a day cleaning schedule. This obviously works in the off season, but when you have pressure of a holiday weekend, you need to clean more often. They had plenty of people in KOA uniforms standing/riding around; apparently none of them were the cleaning staff. We will not stay here again.

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The main complaint with this CG is that they do not have Cable. With 233 sites, and this close to Chicago, cable would be an asset. The dust was pretty bad but it is a CG, s that is to be expected. They use your membership card (Good Sam, Etc) as collateral for a gate card, so make sure you have a current one with you. Overall, we would stay here again if we come back to Chi-Town, cable would be great tho.

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Used this as a stop over. Some long term folks here, but overall pretty clean. The office is brand new and clean. Gentlemen checking us in was super nice. The only thing I would change is to put some time in the bathhouse. I needs some painting and upgrading, not a lot of money would be needed, just a few gallons of paint. Nice stop over, would stay here again.