Wow-have you ever left a campground due to poor service - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-11-2009, 06:34 AM   #15
member
 
Trailer: Bigfoot Rear Queen 25 ft
Posts: 346
Quote:
yep.. drove through Del Norte Woods State Park in No. Cal, never even tried to stop at my site. I had reservations.. it was in the evening, but something made my skin crawl there. Can't say it was dirty, scary or any other clearly definable reason. It just didn't feel right. Instinct kicked in, I kept driving into Oregon.
..we have enjoyed many nights there. They put on excellent amphitheatre shows in the evenings....and the park is generally very busy and well patrolled. I've recommended this one quite a bit over the years.

For me at times, especially after a long stretch of driving my thinking is cloudy ..could that be the case perhaps? In younger days touring with my buddies, we could put away a 1000 miles in one day but couldn't make a group decision on where to stop for a meal...

Ooops, here's my no go

Coeur d' Alene KOA but I see it's been removed as a KOA....the sites were terraced on a slope built for mountain goats and the staff seemed disinterested and responded to your questions as if everything you asked for or inquired about they had already given you the answer a million times...
__________________

__________________
Time K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2009, 07:32 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Trailer: Casita 17 ft Spirit Deluxe
Posts: 509
One we stayed at for only one night and would never go to again is the city owned fairgrounds park in Hope, Arkansas.

It was just electric and water in an open field. Quiet enough, except they lock up the showers and bathrooms from 5 PM to 8 AM and never tolds us.

__________________

__________________
CD and Joyce Smith - Lily, Violet, and Rose
1999 Casita 17' SD - "The Little Egg"
2007 Escalade - 6.2L V8 - 6L80E Trans - 3.42 Diff
CD Smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2009, 08:00 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
Name: Craig
Trailer: U-Haul
South Eastern Pennsylvania
Posts: 101
Theresa P, that was probably the very same place my wife and I and 6-month-old son checked out but left without staying. Same plans: planned ahead and checked AAA, camp hand high ratings, took the ferry, sun just setting as we pulled into the camp. I have not seen the movie Deliverance but this place just did not feel right. Bathhouse was filthy and filled with huge insects flying around.

We were groggy at this point and really wanted to set up and relax but instinct prevailed and we left immediately. Drove several more hours to find another campground. The next morning when I took my shower I noticed a faint odor of sewer. Yep, next day I got sick.

Though we may not understand the details and origin of our instincts, they are usually valid.

Craig T.
__________________
Craig D. Thompson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2009, 10:38 AM   #18
Moderator
 
Gina D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Gina D.
Trailer: '77 Leocraft 17 & Former Burro owner and fan!
West Coast USA
Posts: 9,016
Registry
Quote:
Though we may not understand the details and origin of our instincts, they are usually valid.


Del Norte is an acclaimed campground and it was actually OK looking. BUT... the vibe at the time was all wrong. It could have been being road worn, but it is doubtful as I only drove a couple hours that day. (I continued to drive to north of Brookings without feeling tired after that)

Could have been anything from feeling somewhat claustrophobic in the canyon its in, to having the deliverance people somewhere in there sending out bad signals.. I don't know.

I am not a scared little rabbit and have stayed at some dicey campgrounds before, but I do listen to my instinct. Since I am fairly logical and calm most of the time, when the alarm goes off, I am confident it means something and I act, or in this case, don't act accordingly.
__________________
Gina D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2009, 09:36 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Orlen Wolf's Avatar
 
Name: Orlen
Trailer: Eggcamper 2007 ('Wolf's Lair')
Colorado
Posts: 312
Yes I have - and here's the story.

The year was about 1980. We were traveling from northern Maine to Colorado via Canada. Campground was in Quebec or possibly Ontario, way off the beaten path. Our camper was a bare bones Starcraft pop-up with no appliances, essentially a tent on a box. The campground was bare bones too. It was near a river and mostly sand.

Pulled into the campground about 6pm. Guy behind the counter said it was $10 per night and included use of the bath house. He also told me there were no utilities at the sites. No registration forms, just hand over a ten spot. He told me to pick a site and set up. We just needed a place to sleep for the night so thought that would be fine since we wouldn't be needing any utilities and had a porta-potty. About 9:30, after the kids went to bed we decided to take a shower. Bath house was locked. Bathrooms were locked. Went to the office. It was locked. Sign on the door said he'd be back at 7am. By that time I was so mad I went back to the trailer, folded everything up and headed for the gate. Got stuck in the sand while heading for the gate. Gate was locked too! Disconnected Starcraft from the Volvo and dug out the tow chain. Unlocked the gate. OK, removed the gate. Re-connected the trailer and left. Three other campers left right behind me. They weren't willing to open the gate but were happy to leave. I left a note on the gate alluding to the attendant's ancestry. Spent the next three days watching the rear view mirror for flashing lights. Never saw any.

I'll bet they don't get many repeat customers. I know I'll never be back. That's probably a good thing. Did I mention that I was reeeealllllllly mad.

The rest of the trip through Canada was enjoyable. That night wasn't.
__________________
Orlen Wolf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2009, 11:32 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Bobbie Mayer's Avatar
 
Name: Bobbie
Trailer: 2011 Escape 15A
Washington
Posts: 3,236
Registry
Quote:
I am not a scared little rabbit and have stayed at some dicey campgrounds before, but I do listen to my instinct. Since I am fairly logical and calm most of the time, when the alarm goes off, I am confident it means something and I act, or in this case, don't act accordingly.
My sentiments exactly. When that alarm goes off, heed it! Especially women traveling alone, but probably good for everyone. You can't always pinpoint what it is but something has caught your mind and is telling you to be careful.

I had friends who aborted a backpacking trip in the 70s when a strange guy driving a VW bug followed them to the trail-head off Stevens Pass (after telling them he was headed for Canada). They bypassed the trail-head and went to a nearby cafe, same guy came in. So they turned around and went back to Seattle. Some time later the guy was identified as Ted Bundy.

Bobbie
__________________
Bobbie Mayer is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2009, 02:51 PM   #21
Senior Member
 
pjanits's Avatar
 
Name: Pete
Trailer: 17 ft 1986 Burro
Tennessee
Posts: 881
Quote:
Yes a KOA in the Black hills .They put the camping trailers 2 feet apart in a dirt lot. We left after 1 night. NEVER again will I stay at that KOA NEVER.
I hope that's the one by the heads ( totally crowded, completely insane place) and NOT the one in Spearfish. I thought the Spearfish one was great.
__________________
pjanits is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2009, 03:41 PM   #22
Senior Member
 
Name: Ken
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
US
Posts: 1,564
ahh thats just the secret service doing its security detail for the former home of president clinton which Hope is famous for

Quote:
One we stayed at for only one night and would never go to again is the city owned fairgrounds park in Hope, Arkansas.

It was just electric and water in an open field. Quiet enough, except they lock up the showers and bathrooms from 5 PM to 8 AM and never tolds us.
__________________
Ken C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2009, 01:19 PM   #23
Senior Member
 
Trailer: Casita 17 ft Liberty Deluxe
Posts: 214
Sandy and I stayed at the Salem KOA earlier this year on our way from Tacoma, WA to the Great Oregon Gathering at Bullard's Beach. We were unssure of how long it would take to drive all the way in one day, and we have relatives in Salem we had not seen for some time, and someone had told us that the Salem KOA was great....NOT SO!

There was only one person at the check-in booth, and he was both taking personal calls and handling telephone reservations, while we stood around waiting.

As others have mentioned, the sites were crammed together, rough uneven gravel, and the restrooms were old and dirty, but the showers were so worn out and moldy that we stayed the night, got up early, no showers, no breakfast, and left shortly after dawn. Altogether, an very bad experience!

mike and sandy
__________________
Mike Price is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2009, 08:47 PM   #24
Senior Member
 
Roger C H's Avatar
 
Name: Roger
Trailer: 2009 Trillium 1300 "Homelet"/2014 Subaru Outback "Rosie"
Washington
Posts: 2,172
Registry
Unhappy

Quote:
Quiet, shady. Bathrooms were a bit rustic but the staff is friendly and the location is ideal.
The campground is hidden in the trees beyond the alfalfa and farm house.
Vic

Click image for larger version

Name:	KirkwoodPa1_1_.jpg
Views:	55
Size:	399.1 KB
ID:	24563

It looks like the folks in the sites in the foreground are there permanently! LOL
__________________
A charter member of the Buffalo Plaid Brigade!

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.
Roger C H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2009, 11:48 AM   #25
Senior Member
 
Chester Taje's Avatar
 
Name: Ches
Trailer: 1992 Kustom Koach 17 FT
British Columbia
Posts: 4,897
Quote:
Attachment 24563

It looks like the folks in the sites in the foreground are there permanently! LOL
I think you are right.
__________________
Retired Underground Coal Miner.
Served in Canadian Army (1PPCLI)
Chester Taje is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2009, 12:32 PM   #26
Senior Member
 
Vic&Kathy's Avatar
 
Name: Vic
Trailer: Trail Mite
California
Posts: 171
Quote:
Attachment 24563

It looks like the folks in the sites in the foreground are there permanently! LOL
Those are long-termers. That section is very quiet (except for Halloween night ) but there are no hook-ups.
__________________
Vic&Kathy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2009, 10:46 PM   #27
Senior Member
 
Adrian W's Avatar
 
Name: Adrian
Trailer: Lance 1985~'Casita de Campo' ~23' 4"~Dinette Slide Previously: Scamp 16 ft Side Dinette, Front Bath
New Mexico
Posts: 1,185
Red face

Trying to get a campsite at a California State Park can really be an exercise in patience, they seem to go out of their way to make it hard to get into them without a reservation. I hate having reservation, takes all the spontaneity out of travel. Some were worse than others as I remember.
__________________
DesertHawk- Las Cruces, NM USA
2015 Lance 1985 ~ Casita de Campo ~23' 4"
~Previously ~ 2005 16' Scamp
2009 White Ford F-150 Reg. Cab Longbed ARE Topper
Adrian W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2009, 11:55 AM   #28
Senior Member
 
Robin G's Avatar
 
Trailer: 2007 Casita
Posts: 3,440
Yes, have left a couple of campgrounds that we had reservation at but not unlike leaving a few Hotel/motels over all the years of travel. I am super picky! I can not/will not deal with filth! So I have pulled out of a few. Never to the extent of Orlen's....... LOL


I hate reservation but know that they are sometimes necessary. One in Astoria Oregon gave me the willy's the minute we drove in, we had reservations I told Dh to keep on driving I wouldn't stay there if it was the last campground on earth! We ended up driving back to Portland because we couldn't find any availabilty other than the creepy, filthy, overgrown, nasty, junk yard that they called a campground. I personally believe if they can't take care of their grounds, how well are they gonna take care of me the guest? Nothing like back tracking, but actually turned out to be a great time exploring Portland for a few days.



Having owned and worked in campground/rvpark I always am aware that the guest pulling in can/could/most likely will be crabby (lol) It's like I told my workcampers, sometimes you have to give a guest a few minutes to de-compress from their travles and 98% will be great. But having had experience being on the other side of the front desk, I can't not understand why front desk or anyone working in a hospitality industry have to be such cranks, rude, totally clueless, mean, etc. I am of the thought process of if you don't like your job, GET A NEW ONE! I understand that there may have been a guest ahead of me that was a cranky thing, but your in the hospitality business, move on and take care of your other guest! Of course there were people who put me over the edge, but I didn't let that effect the service to other guest. I can/could put a "bad guest in his or her place" and move on to service the other guest in the blink of an eye! I always say, some people should not be working with the public! It's a love/hate relationship and a lot of people can't handle it!
__________________

__________________
Robin G is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Want Boler 13 near NC poor condition prefered Chandler Wanted: Molded Fiberglass Travel Trailers 0 08-09-2008 09:00 PM
I left my trailer in a Campground Gina D. General Chat 31 07-04-2006 08:54 AM
POOR POOR BUNNY !!! Dan Quinn Jokes, Stories & Tall Tales 1 05-02-2006 06:56 PM
Alas poor Yorick Legacy Posts Jokes, Stories & Tall Tales 10 09-26-2002 03:12 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:45 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.