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Old 02-15-2011, 03:52 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, 04:18 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, 06:16 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, 08:01 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, 08:27 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 plan....at least this was the case through Verizon.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:56 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, 08:59 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, 10:12 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, 07:48 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, 07:53 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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Old 02-16-2011, 08:14 AM   #11
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Spent over 2 weeks at KOA's last summer and no charges for WIFI and we are spending 6 days at the one in Hill City SD and a night in Minot KOA and there is n/c for wifi there either.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:28 AM   #12
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To BE a KOA campground they must provide a certain level of service and as far as their web site states; free WiFi and free pet acceptance is on the list.

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Old 02-16-2011, 11:04 AM   #13
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Kissimmee / Orlando KOA charge for the internet services stay there in november for 3 day i think the charge was 11.46 but it was a nice campground verry cleen and nice
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:16 AM   #14
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KOA's Charging for WIFI

They charged us for WIFI in 2010 at the KOA Fancy Gap, Virginia ; KOA South Point, South Carolina ; KOA Orlando, Florida ; and KOA Maderia Beach, Florida. These are all of the KOA's we stayed at over a two month period.
It is good to hear they do not charge for WIFI at all KOA's, maybe it is like other things in this business, they will charge where they can and not receive complaints. When I complained to head office they quickly made it free at the Maderia Beach site for the month of April this year.
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:35 PM   #15
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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.

I could not agree more, however being in the Business Development side of sales and working from a home office I have discovered that I can actually camp more, at least the kids can, and still get my work done at KOA's and the boss is non the wiser.
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:02 PM   #16
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I have stayed at KOA's in the past and they are normally nice places, but No WiFi while camping at my site please. Cell phone yes, computer NO! Fishing yes, hiking yes, biking yes, etc. We have a emergency weather radio/GPS/ and cells. Enough elctronics already being loaded into the camper, DVD player, TV, Nintendo's ETC. I have to draw the line somewhere. After all we are going camping not surfing.

Skip the WiFi and have a cold beer next to the camp fire.
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:33 PM   #17
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WIFI good, cell phone bad when you have roaming charges from another country. Google phone is free to call anywhere in North America (although I have to keep my Blackberry on 24/7 for work regardless of where in the world I am) and so is checking emails via wifi. We don't do TV or satellite but do bring along some movies to watch later in the evening and when the weather turns bad. But everyone has their ideas as to what works and what dosen't.
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Old 02-16-2011, 06:01 PM   #18
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wifi bad, wireless card with booster antenna good! When you have a 13 year old daughter already taking online classes for computer programming, the lap top goes every where! We also have a lot of family games on there that are great for rain outs. We travel to a lot of new race tracks and the laptop has helped us more then once find places to camp when the track is to muddy. I wouldn't ever leave the pc at home.
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:19 PM   #19
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We camped at a KOA in Florida that advertised free Wi-Fi but when we got there it had changed ownership and were charging for a time card that let you on. It wasn`t a problem as we only use it to get e-mail or use a Magic Jack to phone back to Canada so we would just go to a Bob Evans (way to big of portions) and use their`s or find an unsecured site in a residential area. A lot of U.S. restaurants have free Wi-Fi that can be tapped into from the street or parking lot. Please don`t overuse it or abuse it as it provides a great service for those of us who are travelling far from home. Thanks to those commercial, public (library) and even private sites that do let us use their time which they have paid for. Old Guys
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:46 PM   #20
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Camped at KOA Clewiston Lake Okeechobee tonight enroute to MacDill AFB.

Nice folks, free Internet, no cable.
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