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bikendan

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Posted: 10/21/19 02:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I saw two problems the OP made:

1. Going to a KOA
2. Going on a weekend

Both of these almost guarantee this kind of experience.


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bikendan wrote:

I saw two problems the OP made:

1. Going to a KOA
2. Going on a weekend

Both of these almost guarantee this kind of experience.


SOME of US still work and have NO CHOICE other than camp on weekends...

And unlike a bunch here, I have stayed in a few ( not many) KOA's and have not had a bad experience yet..


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I stayed in a sausage parking RV lot ONCE. There is a BIG difference between camping and RVing. My buddy only goes to RV parks that have full hookups, showers and a pool, we always dry camp or boondock. Many choices of where to camp/RV, if you don't like the atmosphere try something else, you might like it.


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JimK-NY wrote:

I can only wonder why anyone would stay at the Allentown KOA. Is this some sort of resort type camping? When I pass through the area, I stay for free at the Cabelas down the road in Hamburg.


Dorney Park is in the Allentown Area

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Could have been far worse. Could have had the music blaring and a couple of construction grade gennies cranking...

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This isn't an issue of boondocking vs a commercial RV Park, it is an issue of a poorly designed and/or managed park. Having RVs park so that the door of one RV opens into the door of another RV is just plain wrong. It is customary for the area out your front door to be your area, not an area shared by another RV unless that area is unusually large. I don't mean 35 feet instead of 30, but something like a huge common area, say baseball field sized, where the RVs are parked around that area. Very uncommon to say the least. Sharing your front yard with a stranger in another RV is awkward at best. For that small shared yard to be occupied by 30 strangers is unacceptable to almost any RVer. The park should have done something to prevent it from happening. The OP took it much better than I would.

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JRscooby wrote:

Campground? When I see "KOA" I think "RV park"


For me at least I don't look at KOA's as RV Parks, I look at them as a possible place to stay. I research them, and if the reviews are good and if the park fits our needs we will book it just like any other place. [emoticon]

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I for one am getting pretty tired of the campground cult telling me how I should enjoy my recreation time. If you wouldn't be caught dead in a KOA, then why would you force that view on anyone else? Who are you to say what "camping" is? Is "camping" only BLM land off-grid in your TC? Try that in the east. Don't want to spend any money on an over night stay? Fine. Good luck with your full black tank searching for a free dump site. Everyone here has a different view of what they enjoy. STFU about what you think is the correct way to do it.





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westernrvparkowner wrote:

This isn't an issue of boondocking vs a commercial RV Park, it is an issue of a poorly designed and/or managed park. Having RVs park so that the door of one RV opens into the door of another RV is just plain wrong. It is customary for the area out your front door to be your area, not an area shared by another RV unless that area is unusually large. I don't mean 35 feet instead of 30, but something like a huge common area, say baseball field sized, where the RVs are parked around that area. Very uncommon to say the least. Sharing your front yard with a stranger in another RV is awkward at best. For that small shared yard to be occupied by 30 strangers is unacceptable to almost any RVer. The park should have done something to prevent it from happening. The OP took it much better than I would.


Not one to normally drop Park Names but I was put(with our traveling friends) in a site that was a "neighbor site", meaning facing one another. This particular one had room for a Volley ball tournament+++ between us. One of the best sites ever....OH, Red Rock Canyon in Idaho near Yellowstone.


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Just because someone doesn't want a party of thirty-some people right by their front door does not make them anti-social idiots. When I go camping, I prefer to either hang out by ourselves, or with our friends. Doesn't mean Im not friendly when walking around, and wave and say hi to folks as they walk by, but it also doesn't mean I want to spend hours talking to everyone I meet either.

It sounds like that KOA was just poorly designed. I don't see that as OP's fault, nor do I find it unreasonable that he would like and expect some level of privacy.

Even the RV resort I stay at periodically in Sarasota Fl, while all small spots, still provides some measure of "privacy". No ones doors are facing each other, and I don't have to worry about someone borrowing my picnic table, or whatever.

It's really not too much to ask for others to be respectful of boundaries. At least it used to not be too much. Now, I guess it is.

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