Date of Stay:
September, 2012 -
The owner was quite nice. It is an easy off from Route 17. I had a 40' fifth wheel and no problem here. The all grass pull through were very level. Internet would drop off for 5-10 seconds occasionally, but otherwise worked better than several KOAs I've been too. Verizon cell reception is strong. A swimming pond and a driving range are on the KOA grounds. Decent spacing. Walmart and various shopping needs are within minutes of camp. Algonquin Park and Ottawa are within day trips. We camped at Renfrew / Ottawa West KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay:
July, 2012 -
I camped here for 14 days, including the $29.95 for 2 nights/3 days deal. You have to attend a sales pitch on the first full day for a membership that ranges from $5k to $10k. There looks to be some value there for a frequent traveler, but it wasn't a good fit for me in the next year or two. The daily price is $42--high for what they offer. The camp is nice enough and the owner/manager is friendly, but in this industry friendliness is basic and most of my campgrounds have been wonderfully friendly and helpful. I felt they fell below grade here. Most of the "staff" is the sales force at the clubhouse--they're useless unless you want to buy a membership. The staff is really only at the front check-in building. The camp is lopsided, with the pool, "clubhouse" (a room with two sofas), laundry at the front of the property with all the spaces spreading out largely behind it. So a lot of spaces are far away from it. The pool is small with some picnic benches. I've seen much better facilities elsewhere for less. They have at least two playgrounds and at least two satellite shower/bath facilities. I'm not sure if those had laundry too. The Wi-Fi is useless. I am rushing to type this because it is 8:30 AM and this is the first time I've been able to use the Internet in 4 days. I expect by 9:30 AM it will be useless again. I mentioned the problems to three people, including the owner. I got the impression that Internet is that mystical thing kids are always playing with. AKA, not worth investing in. The access point IDs itself as a $50 Linksys router--that might be a ruse, or it may explain why the Internet is lousy or just unusable. The only way I can use it at all is sitting in my car at the clubhouse in the early morning or after midnight. Honestly, we have little signal at the back third of the park (lopsided park with the antennae at one end). and often we never get an IP address. No cable TV, but basic 7 channels over air. My site was very unlevel but it had three trees so I that was of more value. My auto-leveler had to lift me off 5 out of 6 of my wheels to get level. Many of the sites have no shade at all. Water pressure is good and no electrical or sewage issues. Sewage is at the back of the sites, so I needed a 25 foot sewer run. It is convenient, right on 16 and you've got sites to see in almost every direction the crow flies, which makes it ideal. I would not stay here again, except for a desperate 1-2 day stay. With fires closing roads around us, vicious storms rolling in at night, and just the need to research for things to do and good restaurants, any longer stay you really want Internet. The TV news didn't help (we don't know where "Region 23" or "Myrtle" fires mean). I also had Verizon outages at this camp. Some days I couldn't make any calls despite 4 bars. When I went into town it worked. Something must be up with the local tower. There are other camps that offer better at $42 a night. We camped at Rushmore Shadows RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay:
May, 2012 -
Well maintained, but a pricey grassy park. My fee was with Good Sam Discount. There is a pool, play areas for kids, a dog walk and an old White Firetruck makes rounds throwing candies to kids like it is Mardi Gras. The staff were all very nice. They escort you to your spot and guide you in backing in. The camp borders the highway and the train tracks. The long trains didn't bother me, they usually pass slowly and I don't sleep lightly. I checked in before Memorial day and stayed over a week in an "F" spot. The prices are higher over holiday and event weekends. No weekly discount around those times. Spot had a concrete pad, no problem with a 40' fifth wheel. However the "F" spots are packed very close together. The pace filled up for the holiday and you basically have about 10-12 feet before the side of the next camper. When full the only "sights" are out the very back or front windshield of your camper. I had 50 AMP power, sewer, good water pressure. If there was cable I didn't notice, but I didn't care to look either. The other spots aren't lined up like sardines in a can--I wonder if the F are for short-timers. Most of the time the F spots have been empty and when another camper shows up it has been for an overnight. The only thing that was truly disappointing was the internet. You have free WiFi for 1 hour a day. Beyond that you must pay $4/day to $14/week. There is a reasonable byte limit per 48 hours. The Internet becomes unusable as the park becomes crowded. The Winchester area is great. Most of the stores you might need are around. 24-hour Martin grocer (aka Stop-n-Shop/Giant), Walmart, Costco, all the big chains and restaurants. Old Town in Winchester is quite nice and there are some really great lcoal places to eat (Winchester Thai, The Chocolate Bar Restaurant). There are upscale outdoor malls as well. We camped at Candy Hill Campground in a Fifth Wheel.