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Old 11-05-2016, 07:40 AM   #191
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Re: The KOA Thread

Our experiences with KOA are usually excellent. Just stayed at Beaver, UT KOA, Laughlin/Avi, NV KOA (for 3 weeks) and Fillmore, UT KOA on our way home -- all wonderful!


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Old 02-12-2017, 08:17 AM   #192
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Did our first long trip in the trailer, Southern Oregon to Tucson, about 1,300 miles each way. On the way down, stayed in Lodi, Ca, Banning, Ca then Tucson, on the way back stayed in Kingman, Az, Bakersfield, Ca, Orland Ca, then home.

Discovered that 350 miles or so a day is about the max we are willing to spend towing, hence the 4 days home after only 3 days there.

We have a 26' (ball-to-bumper) Keystone Hideaway 21FQ pulled by a 2013 Ford F150 V8 with the tow package and 3.73 rear end.

We travel with our own Verizon Wifi and VPN, we don't have a TV or use cable, we tend to use the park's showers and restrooms and on an overnight basis often don't connect to the sewer or water. We only need 30amp. All the overnight sites were pullthrough and we didn't even unhitch.

With the exception of Tucson, everywhere was off off-season and uncrowded.

The KOAs were:
Tucson Lazydays RV Resort (8 nights). Definitely the most "upscale" place we stayed. Huge, clean, friendly. We had a grapefruit tree and a little grass at our site plus a concrete patio, table and chairs. Level gravel pad. Very friendly people. Nice pool and spa, a little "cantina" on site. Pull-through slot. Pros: clean, well-kept. Cons: in a bad part of town, noise from the airport and air base. Nicely paved roads, which leads to the other downside: huge RVs and trucks going FAR too fast on the narrow park roads. People, the speed limit in the park is "9 3/4" miles per hour, not 15-20. The park is jammed with people, kids, dogs and you cannot stop that behemoth that fast. It won't kill you to creep through the park, honest.

Banning, Ca KOA (1 night). It is small and old, but we had a nice spot, backed up to a beautiful view of the mountains right behind. Highway noise, but the drone of I-10 is pretty much constant, so it is easy to tune out or mask with a white noise generator on low. Some of the spots on the other side are along the fence for the baseball diamond at the high school(?) next door. That could be really noisy. Only 2 showers for the entire camp.

Kingman AZ KOA (1 night). Again an older park, but off the highway and quiet. Has a permanent resident mobile home section and that is somewhat noisy, but not bad. This is not a "resort" despite being labeled one. Yes, there is a pool (although it was closed) and a small spa plus a kid's park and a very small dog park.

Other parks:
Bakersfield RV Resort (probably the most upscale after the Tucson park)

Orland Parkway RV Resort (not a resort, fine place to overnight, well off the highway - we were there during a series of torrential storms, the park roads were dirt/gravel with huge puddles, but probably not indicative of regular conditions)

Lodi Flag City RV Resort - perfectly fine for overnight, level pad. A bit of highway noise but not much. Not seeing the "resort" in the name, but around the larger cities in California there are a LOT of "RV parks" that get 1-2 reviews on the various sites. This was clean, the site was easily large enough to pull through and not even unhitch.

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Old 03-22-2017, 05:59 PM   #193
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Chula Vista?

Originally Posted by Chipsahoy View Post
The San Diego KOA is a great place to stay when visiting San Diego. I have stayed there 4-5 times and enjoyed it each time. Easy to get to from the freeway, shopping for groceries is close and it is not far from the major attractions. Many people like Campland at the Bay but it is a pricey private park that is very busy, especially with kids. I much prefer the KOA.
We stayed at the KOA in Chula Vista (San Diego) last June. Big place, nice sites even though they are a little close together. Great amenities....loved being able to rent a car onsite!

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