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Old 02-15-2011, 02:52 PM   #1
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KOA charges for WIFI

Has anybody experienced the large charges for WIFI at KOA campgrounds?
Some KOA's are $4.95 a night with poor signal strength. We should let them know that WIFI is often free or a $1.00 per night.
If we express our concerns to the head office it may influence their policy.

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Old 02-15-2011, 03:18 PM   #2
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Where are they charging for WIFI, or is this a new 2011 charge? We spent 80% of our nights at KOA's and I have never been charged in the last three years. We have only been in the east, southeast and midwest KOA's so it could be a geography thing. I use that "slow" Wifi to do my work and have not complained because it was free, if that changes I'll either expect a true Wifi experience (faster speeds) of take my camping to a different campground.

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Old 02-15-2011, 05:16 PM   #3
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I also spent time in Koa on the the canadian side and never paid wifi.... But yes it is slow, then again ur supposed to be roughing it lol
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:01 PM   #4
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We have stayed in KOA a few times, never a good experience with the quality or staff.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:27 PM   #5
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I've never stayed in a place that charges for WIFI. This is why I try to stay away from the large chain CG's. They tend to gouge you for everything it seems.
FYI, we found out last year that Palm smart phones (ie Palm Pre) has a wireless hot spot feature for no additional charge, it uses your existing data plan whereas Blackberry/Droid requires an additional fee on top of your data least this was the case through Verizon.

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Old 02-15-2011, 07:56 PM   #6
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I have stayed at KOA's all across Canada and have never paid for WIFI some CG will give you a password to log onto their system. Many CG will limit the amount of time you can be on WIFI inoder to allow everyone access to the system. I have been at a KOA where they charge to use the computer in the office area.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:59 PM   #7
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I will not stay at a CG that charges for your pet. I understand the extra fee for number of people in your party but a pet. Your dog does not use the shower, pool or any of the ammenities offered by the CG.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:12 PM   #8
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I go camping to not be on internet. Again I have a droid phone will full internet. My rules are no internet or tv. Well depending on length of stay.
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Old 02-16-2011, 06:48 AM   #9
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I am extremely happy with KOA. Please visit their web site to get the latest on their different campgrounds. Remember that KOA campgrounds are individually owned and not owned by KOA.

While all KOA's must accept pets (some have breed restrictions) none I have camped at have charged extra for Bella.

All KOAs provide free wireless internet (that I am aware of as I have never been charged at a KOA for it); however some smaller ones do not have repeaters and require you to use or be near the clubhouse. They may not provide the access code unless you ask however; most are focused on getting you in and hooked up.

All in all, I am very happy with keeping my KOA membership. I also have Good Sam and enjoy their magazine. I am also thinking about joining "Passport America" as friends have recommended it.

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Old 02-16-2011, 06:53 AM   #10
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It sounds like KOA franchise Campgrounds can make their own decisions of what to charge extra for. What may be included at one place may an extra somewhere else. We've stayed at 3 or 4 different KOA Campgrounds over the years, not too bad but nothing real spectacular either. Just depends on the location and who owns the franchise.


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