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This was our second stay here. The first time, we had a site with lots of grass. This time, the rigs were so close together that if I jumped out of the door, I could jump into the rig next door. We had even more electrical problems than last time, the 50 amp service loosing power quickly in the hot weather. The park maintenance man said there was nothing wrong with the park electricity, but when we got to the next stop, strangely enough, we had no problems whatsoever. The park's power supply simply cannot handle the load. The AT&T and Verizon signals were good and strong. The water pressure was very good. The sewer system, however, had some problems. When emptying our black tank, water bubbled up from the ground about 20 feet from our service outlet towards the head of the rig and water was also backing up the next site over. I do not think that we will be staying here again.

     

Joplin KOA

Joplin, Missouri

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Like most KOAs, it is more expensive than it should be. The park is located right of off I-44, but the at the back of the park where we were, highway noise was not noticeable. There is a truck sales, service and transportation company next door. This borders one side of the park, but is not a noisy operation. There is, however, a 24 hour truck stop on the other side of the KOA that does generate a lot of noise. The roads and sites are well graveled and level. There are a number of really long sites for those with big rigs. We were escorted to our site. The office sells 12” thin crust pizzas, freshly baked and will deliver to your site, which can be convenient after a long day on the road. They were pretty good. There are a couple of ponds in the park that are home to several flocks of ducks. You can get duck and turtle food from the office, to feed to the residents of the ponds. There is a right-of-way for a natural gas pipeline, that makes for a good dog walk. There are several excellent truck stops near the RV park. Shopping and restaurants are plentiful a couple exits down the highway. We would stay here again. The pool was closed for season.

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The owners are very friendly and helpful. There is excellent water pressure and electricity voltages. Each site has its own garbage can with a lid held on by a bungee cord. park wifi was very good, bearing mind that park was mostly empty. Eagleville is in the middle of nowhere so unfortunately there is no OTA TV reception. However, ATT phone was 5 bars. Verizon Jetpack was 5 bars as well The park is about ½ mile from I35, so interstate noise is barely noticeable, However the park is located next to US69, a very lightly travelled road, so you do hear the noise when a car or truck goes speeding by. The pool was closed for the season. There is no shopping to speak of in Eagleville, but there are 4 fuel stops at the interchange with really good prices. We would definitely stay here again.

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The daily rate reflects the ‘rally rate’. It is not really a question of if you will stay here, but when. The Amana Colonies are an amazing place to visit and the Amana RV park is the only place to stay. It is a very very large grassy area with gravel roads separating the park into sections based on hookups types. The roads were in terrible shape. When it is dry, cars and trucks kick up an enormous amount of dust. When wet, the roads are a bunch of little lakes, where water collects in all of the potholes and the sides of the roads are muddy. The gravel sites are nice and long and level; set up as either a very long site or two long sites back to back, so you end up with 4 rigs all sharing a single cluster of utility posts and faucets. Each site does however have a sewer connection at the rear on the drivers side. Even with a 41’ fifth wheel and 23’ tow vehicle, we still had lots of room in our site. The staff is very friendly and we were escorted to our site. Water pressure was good, although it did fluctuate at times. The electricity was a good voltage and steady. ATT and Verizon signal strengths were terrible. The park wifi is very good, lots of access points and connection speed. There is so much to see and eat in Amana, restaurants, cafes, bakeries and chocolate shops, but for good grocery shopping, need to drive the 20 miles to Coralville for a Costco, Wal-mart or Hy-Vee’s. The Visitor’s Center in downtown Amana offers 3 hour long driving tours daily and sometimes twice a day. The drivers are knowledgeable about the history of the 7 villages and the colonists. If passing through this area, we will definitely stay here again. The roads were the main reason for the rating, otherwise it would be have a 10.

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The approach along Pennsylvania/Middle Road is like a roller coaster, I would guess 15+% grades. As you are driving along Pennsylvania/Middle Road from IA-32, the house numbers are all high 4 digit and 5 digit numbers that do not seem to bear any relationship to Hoot Owl Hollow’s address of 1650 Middle Rd. The park is exactly 2 miles from IA 32, just past the second stop sign at Seippel Rd. There is no visible sign indicating the entrance to the park. As you come over the crest of a hill, you notice all of these RVs right in front on you and you are there. The park manager stays in the RV that is to your immediate right ( site #1) as you drive into the park. The roads are paved, but the sites are gravel and not all that level. Our site sloped down to the rear, so much so, that our leveling system could not level the rig, so I had to level the rig manually. Overnight, the legs settled into the mud, requiring the rig be leveled again the next morning. There was just insufficient gravel down on our site to cope with the water and it was more of a mud pit than anything. We carved some nice 5-6” deep ruts (in addition to the ones already there) and the tires on the rig ended up caked in mud. Many sites appeared to have the same problem of insufficient gravel to cope with the rain, but since these were seasonal sites, not really a problem. All the hookups are at the very rear of the pad, some 6’ past the end of the gravel. Ours were buried in a flower garden. I had to dig a path for the water and sewer hoses. So if coming here, make sure you have enough hoses/electric cable to reach well past the end of your rig. The park is in a meadow between two hills so there were no OTA TV signals, however AT&T and Verizon were just barely usable. The park only accepts cash or checks, no credit cards. Water pressure varied anywhere from 15 to 40 psi, depending on the time of day. The 50 amp electricity was good, we had both AC units running most of the afternoon and evening with no voltage problems. The park is 90% occupied by seasonal/weekend residents. I selected ‘No’ for ‘pull-through sites’ to change the previous setting: There is 1 site that is a true pull-through plus 2 back to back sites which if unoccupied, you can pull through, but 3 out of 70 does not justify a ‘Yes’ , especially as they are usually occupied. Not surprising, our promised pull-through was not available. I selected ‘No’ for ‘big rig friendly’ to change the previous setting: . Once off the main entrance road, the roads are very narrow. The only way we were able to maneuver into our site was by swinging back over 2 other empty sites, as the road was just too narrow and the sites not well angled to the road. If there are vehicles parked from neighboring sites, getting into most of these sights would be impossible.. A mile east of the park on Pennsylvania/Middle Rd, there is a parking area on the south side of the road, for a hike and bike trail that leads off to the south. There are many grocery options available within 3 miles of the park, back at IA32 and Dodge St. We will find somewhere else to stay if ever in this area again.

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About 90% of the sites are occupied by seasonal or year-round residents. The sites for short term visitors are located on the south side of the park, next door to the shooting range that is just on the other side of the fence. During the week, the sound of gunfire started about 5 PM and lasted until after dark. As we were hitching up to leave on Saturday morning, it started up again at 9:15 AM. We cannot say what the rest of the weekend noise might be like. Regardless of what the office says, the noise is loud and intrusive. Aside from that the staff are very friendly and helpful. AT&T and Verizon signals were OK, however the Verizon data connection was pretty slow. The water pressure varied greatly, depending on the time of day, anywhere from 20 (very low) to 50 (good) PSI, but most of the time was on the low side. The Wi-Fi was better than most, which may have been because we were parked right next to the office and antenna. There was a notice posted on the swimming pool entrance for a $2 charge for campers, $3 for non-campers for use of the pool. Note on finding the park: Using Google maps to search the address ‘973 County Road 2250 E Secor, IL’ gives wrong location, off of IL 5, to the north of Hwy 24. In order to find the correct location, you need to search on the park name. The park is located on the county road, SOUTH of US-24. Bing maps however does find the right location when using the address. If you are too tired to cook, Monical’s Pizza, 4 miles back at the interstate, will deliver to the RV Park for a $3 fee. The main reason for the low rating is the noise from the shooting range. We will not stay here again.

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This is a nice quiet park just on the outskirts of Bluffton. The roads and sites are gravel, reasonably level and many of the sites are nicely to very shaded. The sites are placed with lots of grassy space between. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. The staff are very friendly and helpful. There are a couple of dog walks and a new fenced dog area will be ready for the 2015 season. The ATT and Verizon signals are very strong (5 bars), you can see the towers across the farm field. Even though the KOA flyer lists television stations, on our site, we could not pick up any channels due to the trees blocking signals. The park wifi is free, but slow and easily disconnects. There is NO cable TV at the park as some reviewers have indicated. The park workampers host a pancake breakfast every Sunday. Bluffton has all of the basics; groceries, hardware stores and restaurants. For big rigs, the directions on the park website are problematic. Do NOT follow the directions to use Wabash/Bond streets, but take IN 124 around town so as to approach the park on Lancaster St. from the west.

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This Park has had a few bad reviews, however we found the the staff to be welcoming and the park well maintained. Our site was a least 100 feet long with very tall trees which didn’t impede our slides or awnings. Our RV is 13 ½ feet high and the branches didn’t come down that low.The water pressure was good as was our Verizon signal, but ATT reception was very poor. There is an oil well pump, at the gate, partly obscured by a fence and also a couple of large tanks. There is a slight aroma sometimes as you walk past but it doesn't extend out to the sites. We didn’t use the restrooms, showers or laundry. It appears the park was carved out of a mature forest and there was a concerted effort to take down as few of the big trees as possible. As such, the roads are not perfectly straight and a bit of attention is needed when maneuvering, but even with our large rig, we had no problems. Around the corner, on Birch Run Rd., there is a farm stand with locally grown produce. The proximity to both Frankenmuth and the Birch Run Outlet Mall makes this an ideal location. We would stay here again.

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This is a park nicely situated only one mile from the USA/Canada border crossing, right beside Hwy 69. It can be a bit noisy depending on where your site is. The park shares the same driveway as the Cracker Barrel. The signs are not very large so you need to pay attention. Township Park #1 is right across Water St. with swings and an awesome spiral slide. Decent park Wi-Fi, but slows down as park fills. There are good Verizon and AT&T signals and good water pressure. The sign posts that mark each site are sometimes removable, which can come in handy when entering and exiting a site. The washrooms are clean. Our site was close to the office, so the road was still fairly wide, providing a lot of swing room to back in to our site.

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The rate reflects a monthly rate, tax included. The park has good water pressure. The water is very hard, but the water softener took care of that. There is lots of open space to walk and get your daily exercise. The park has a good sized pool and playgrounds. The pool is clean and well maintained. Our site was located at the far end of the park, far enough from Hwy 401 so as not to hear the noise, but sites at the front of the park are closer to the freeway with all the noise that goes with it. The far end of the park does border on Campbellville Rd, but in the evening, the traffic is minimal and the trees make a good sound barrier. Shopping and dining is readily available in Milton, only minutes away, every store you can imagine, and then some. Olde Downtown Milton is close by with many shops and restaurants The park also recycles, with bins located along with the trash bins. There is a store in the campground, carrying basic groceries, snacks and camping supplies. The washrooms are kept clean and in working order. Once the weather warmed up and we needed to run the AC units, we had problems with the breakers on the pedestal constantly popping. Shortly after reporting the problem, a maintenance worker came, replaced the breakers and we did not have any more problems. The first day we arrived, we had problems with electricity, getting a ‘low voltage' error (104 VAC) and the air conditioners would not work.. Unfortunately, it was a holiday weekend so there was nothing they could do about it. Luckily the next couple of days were cooler and there was no need for the AC. The. local utility came in days later and made some changes. The voltages went back up to where they were supposed to be (124 VAC). In the part of the RV park where we were located, all the sites are back in, but not angled, so are all tight approaches with not a lot of swing room. The parking area was level, but not so on either side. Because of the dips on the side and the narrowness of the approach, we dragged backing in until the wheels climbed back up the dip onto the site. The dumpsters need to be emptied more often or else they need to get another bin to handle the amount of garbage the park generates. There is a charge of $5 for guests to drive into the RV park. This was a real sore point. We had not seen friends and family for 2 years and if they were coming to visit, why should they pay to get past the gate when not using any of the pool or picnic facilities. The Wi-Fi is very slow when it works, which was only about 50% of the time. We have a roof antenna booster for Wi-Fi, so we got a strong signal, but even with that, many times the system was overloaded with no available IP addresses to connect to, or worse yet, their ISP was down. Even with a connection, it would drop in the middle of reading a news article. When it goes down, it would stay down for days. We will probably stay here again when we come back to southern Ontario.

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Rate reflects a 15% Good Sam discount. This is a very small RV park nestled in the corn fields. It is located on a side road with little traffic, so noise is not a real problem, even though you are parked close to the road. There are only a few sites that can take a big rig. We had one of the back-in sites in the dead-end part of the park, and could only maneuver in as the sites across from us were empty, otherwise, there was not enough swing room to back in. The owner is very friendly and helpful. AT&T and Verizon signals were good. The water is nice and soft and has good pressure. Over the air TV reception pulls in the networks out of Springfield and that is about it. The only reason we would probably not stay here again is that it was difficult to take the dog for long walks, as the only place to walk was along the roadway, otherwise it was a nice place to stay.

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This RV park was a bit of a disappointment. The water pressure was really low, to the point where you could only have one water faucet/appliance going at a time, especially when someone was in the shower.. The park drainage was also a problem. I realize that the rain in the area had been very heavy, but even 3 days after, grassy areas were a bog, with lots of standing water everywhere, including around our rig. Trees on the sites were not being trimmed back and presented a problem while entering our site. The sites are angled, which helps with entrance/exit. The park is far enough off the main highways, so that it is nice and quiet. We might stay here again if passing through the area in the autumn, but definitely not in the spring/rainy season.

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This is one of the best RV parks we have ever visited in our 3 years on the road. Long, level concrete pads. Lots of grassy area between sites. And to make it even better, Lonnie Q’s BBQ is right next door. The Verizon and ATT signals were great, as was the cable TV, electric and water pressure. You don’t really hear the traffic on I70 as the trees bordering the park make an excellent sound barrier. There is a great play area for kids and a very large fenced area for the four legged children. It poured buckets of rain for almost 12 hours after we arrived. The park has such excellent drainage that there were no puddles on the roadways.

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This is an older park that is in need of some serious infrastructure TLC. The roads are gravel, but the edges and turns in the road are rutted and when it rains, it's like driving in a mud bath. I spent an hour scraping the stone-encrusted mud off of my tires. There are 3 types of sites: seasonal residents located in a shaded area at the front of the park; long gravel transient sites in front of the Self Storage building that have grass in between the sites and are fairly level; at the south end of the park, sites on a large mound of gravel, raised up several feet, where your wheels and front legs sit on opposite sides of the hill and leveling can be a challenge. There is no grass between the sites, and sites are opposing so you are facing the doorway of your next door neighbor. Almost all of these sites are occupied by working families, so work trucks abound, sometimes making navigation tricky. There are lots of children running about so you need to drive carefully and slowly during the day. Weekends are like ‘party central’. On the plus side, the water pressure, cable TV, and Verizon signals were great. The park is very close to several of the main attractions in Abilene; the Eisenhower Museum, Greyhound Hall of Fame, Old Abilene Town. There is a small swimming pool, the water is bright and clear, but there were some leaves sitting on the bottom. On the negative side, the ‘big rig’ access should be taken with a grain of salt, as the roads are narrow and winding. The exit route is like following a snake trail (or you can cheat and exit via site #15 and the main entrance). A double tracked main rail line runs through town. At the road crossings the train horns are loud, long, and at all hours of the day and night.

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This is a nice park, but built on a hill. Each site has a level concrete pad, but has a steep driveway up to the pad and another steep driveway down. Depending on the size of the rig, you will end up parking your tow vehicle or toad on a slope. Other than that, the wifi, Verizon, ATT and cable services were all good. While we were there, the park was full and it was 91? outside. We were getting low voltage errors on the power management system, so the air conditioners repeatedly shut down. The maintenance man said there was nothing he could do about it as the demand on their electrical system was so high. There is a pool, unfortunately is was out of service for repairs while we were there. The park is nestled into a corner created by the intersection of two busy highways, but the noise soon becomes background. One of the negatives is that for their seasonal residents, they don’t enforce parking rules about parking on the street, so sometimes you have to squeak your rig past parked trucks to get your rig onto your pad. There is lots of room to walk dogs and also a large dog run at east end of park. There are also walking trails across street at a health and wellness campus for those who want to put on a couple of miles.