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Author Topic: Update on KOA and their bus policy  (Read 2395 times)
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« on: March 30, 2007, 05:38:45 AM »

I was finally able to speak with someone at the main office for KOA.  She stated that KOA does not have a policy against busses.  She said that since most KOA's are privately owned, it is up to the owner to set the rules as to what is allowed.  Any KOA does have the right to refuse any RV or bus that doesn't meet their standards.  She agreed with me that the owner waiting until after we paid before telling us we weren't wanted, was uncalled for.  She also felt it was wrong of him to blame HIS bias on KOA and therefore tell us a lie.  I felt I got good response from this lady.  She said she would contact the owner here and also, her supervisor will be contacting the area manager about this.  I told her that I had stated on this board about KOA's attitude and that he had already cost KOA some business.  This didn't set well so I am sure she will follow through.  I also told her that I would go on this board and set the record straight about the policy.  So, busses are allowed at KOA's as long as each owner doesn't mind.  Just don't plan on coming to this KOA unless you have a really, really nice bus.  Now, record set straight!!!!   Cat
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2007, 06:00:05 AM »

Cat,
   If ya'll move to a different location, please let us know.  We hope to be going through your area mid May and would like to stop and visit for a day or 2.  Jack
PS: Yes, we will have the cats with us!
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2007, 08:54:44 AM »

She stated that KOA does not have a policy against busses.

Yeah, that's what I figured. Not long ago when I was out getting parts I stopped by a regional KOA with a photograph of my bus and asked if it would be welcomed. The Manager said, "Sure! How long do you want? A month?"

I breathed easier, as ya'll have made me paranoid! Wink
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2007, 10:10:46 AM »

What are the current plans for a rally?
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2007, 11:07:11 AM »

Jack, we will let you know where we end up. You better bring my "babies" so they can get some pettin' from their Aunt Cat.  Kyle, right now all plans are on hold.  We are waiting to see what happens with the auction of the campground.  If strangers get it, it will probably not be a campgound any more.  If Tom gets it, we will do all we can to get it turned into a really great place.  Right now, we are moving to a campground for a couple of weeks to be closer to my new job.  Hopefully, we will get to move back to Lake Honeydew by the end of April.  Cat
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2007, 06:29:29 PM »

YEA TOM!!!!  Grin

Good luck yall!
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2007, 08:34:49 PM »

Cat   We hope  things work out ok for another rally there.  That is really a blast so we are waiting on the answer from you and dallas


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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2007, 05:12:33 AM »

Here is a quick update on the campground sale. I have the money for purchase BUT, the present owner has divided it up into four parcels. I will have to buy all four to get the whole campground. That means I can buy the first three and somebody can run the last one out of sight price wise. I have tried to make a deal with the owner for the entire site with no success. The auctioneer has indicated he wants $10,000/acre and is expecting $40,000/acre. Those prices are way out of line for any realistic business model. I am still trying to negotiate with him. If there is any chance of success, I will be on site for the auction. If they continue to be totally unreasonable, we will have to find a new site.

One happy note, even if we go down & donít buy, we get a good bus trip and meet Dallas & Cat in person.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2007, 06:34:30 AM »

Tom - there is a lot of farmland being sold by auction now.  What they generally do up here is auction the entire bundle first and then auction the individual packages separately.  Once the individual parcel auction is finished whichever way brings the higher return to the landowner is the way the sale is concluded.  Last week there was a sale here of 70+ parcels.  On that one they sold the parcels first.  Then they sold any combination of parcels.  So if you wanted parcels A, B & G you notified the auctioneer and they auctioned A, B & G as a package.  Then they sold the entire package.  The sale ended up going as one block.  If you can negotiate that sale order effectively you have a right of last refusal so it isn't very common to see that arrangement.  Regardless of the order, what you need to make clear to the auctioneer is that he loses a bidder unless you can in some manner bid on the entire parcel.  You are absolutely right, bidding on the individual parcels is a mug's game.

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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2007, 10:24:25 AM »

Here is a quick update on the campground sale. I have the money for purchase BUT, the present owner has divided it up into four parcels. I will have to buy all four to get the whole campground. That means I can buy the first three and somebody can run the last one out of sight price wise. I have tried to make a deal with the owner for the entire site with no success. The auctioneer has indicated he wants $10,000/acre and is expecting $40,000/acre. Those prices are way out of line for any realistic business model. I am still trying to negotiate with him. If there is any chance of success, I will be on site for the auction. If they continue to be totally unreasonable, we will have to find a new site.

One happy note, even if we go down & don’t buy, we get a good bus trip and meet Dallas & Cat in person.  Smiley


Hay Tom,

What if we get alot of bus guy's together and show up for the auction. We could intimadate other buyers!
Maybe discourage who would be bidding against you....
Just a thought.
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2007, 12:28:58 PM »

FYI - after talking to the Auction Co. - they indicate that the property will be sold by the acre and that the first 25 acres are ABSOLUTE - that is, if your the high bidder you can have up to 25 acres in combination of any of the 9 parcels - high bidders choice - HTH
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2007, 05:44:00 PM »

This auction sounds like something on ebay/paypal.  Do you have to give them access to you bank account before they let you bid?
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2007, 07:41:32 PM »

Here is a quick update on the campground sale. I have the money for purchase BUT, the present owner has divided it up into four parcels. I will have to buy all four to get the whole campground. That means I can buy the first three and somebody can run the last one out of sight price wise. I have tried to make a deal with the owner for the entire site with no success. The auctioneer has indicated he wants $10,000/acre and is expecting $40,000/acre. Those prices are way out of line for any realistic business model. I am still trying to negotiate with him. If there is any chance of success, I will be on site for the auction. If they continue to be totally unreasonable, we will have to find a new site.

One happy note, even if we go down & donít buy, we get a good bus trip and meet Dallas & Cat in person.  Smiley


Hay Tom,

What if we get alot of bus guy's together and show up for the auction. We could intimadate other buyers!
Maybe discourage who would be bidding against you....
Just a thought.
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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2007, 07:54:45 PM »

Hi NewbeeMC9,

No, not at all...  Many auction regulars judge an auction by how many people show up.

Large crowds usually mean high prices! But we would only be having Tom bid.

Maybe an apponent would just move on instead of foolishly wasting his money.

Lie I said, Just a thought!  No clubs...lol

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« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2007, 04:13:27 AM »

Awwww Nick.....I had my club all ready to go.   Actually, I think it would do better if the auctioneers felt that not many people were interested and that those that were, were not prepared to pay much.  I think that would catch them off guard and whoever they are hoping will win, won't be prepared to pay much.  That way maybe Tom could win.  If he doesn't win all of it, maybe he can make himself some money by purchasing some and if he doesn't get the whole thing, he can ask a huge amount for the part he gets.  Especially if he got a major part that the other person needs.  Cat
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« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2007, 06:38:39 PM »

Bob & Niles- I have gotten several different stories about how the parcels will be sold depending on who I talked to. I guess we will just have to see what happens auction day.

Nick- Intimidation doesn't sound too bad.... I'm just not sure what it would take to do that...... maybe pipes?   Grin Just kidding!
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« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2007, 06:44:47 PM »

Good luck Tom.
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« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2007, 09:58:35 AM »

Hay Tom,

What if we get alot of bus guy's together and show up for the auction. We could intimadate other buyers!
Maybe discourage who would be bidding against you....
Just a thought.
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