Thursday, January 28, 2016

Febuary RV Shows, Contests, A Sweetheart of A Deal on Cabins, and More!

RV show season isn’t over just yet!  We still have a couple to go!  So, make sure that if you haven’t visited one of the local RV Shows, that you get out to visit one!  It’s a great low cost day out!  Call some friends, and get out of the house for a bit!  Look at RV’s, have dinner together, and get in on some great deals that include free camping offers, contests, and much more!  We hope to see you!

Listen to NASH FM 98 For Your Chance To Win A FREE RV Rental from Ray Wakley RV and a FREE Weekend of Camping at Meadville KOA Campground!  That’s right, Ray Wakley RV and Meadville KOA have teamed up with NASH FM 97.9 to provide you an opportunity to win a FREE RV Rental and a FREE Weekend of Camping at Meadville KOA!  So make sure you listen to NASH FM 97.9 from Feb 1 through the Erie RV Show for your chance to win!  Get more info at: https://meadvillekoa.com/recreation/contests/

Erie RV Show Feb 11-14 At the Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, PA!  Show Hours: Thursday 2 pm to 8 pm, Friday Noon to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 7pm, and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.  General Admission: Adults $6.00, Children 10 & Under Free, and FREE PARKING!More info & coupons to save $ online at: http://www.eriepromotions.com/RV/eri/default.aspx

Win Free Camping at the Erie RV Show!  Come to the Erie RV Show for Your Chance to Win Free Camping from attending campgrounds! Erie Promotions will be raffling off a free night of camping from over 12 attending campgrounds at the Erie RV Show! All you have to do is attend the show and register to win! There are no additional fees! So come on out to the show, and get Registered to Win FREE CAMPING! And of course, Meadville KOA is one of those Campgrounds! We wish you luck! But you can't win if you don't come to the RV Show and get entered!  https://www.facebook.com/ErieRVShow/?fref=ts

Butler RV Mall RV Show at the Clearview Mall, in Butler PA! February 19 – 21, 2016 Time: During mall hours!  More infor and mall hours are available at the Clearview Mall Site: http://www.shopclearviewmall.com/

We invite you to attend any and all of these RV Shows!  Stop by the KOA booth and say hello!  We hope to see you there!

Don’t forget that we have fun online in the winter with our campers too! Follow Meadville KOA on Facebook for updates on fun contests too! 

Surprise your sweetheart with a cabin vacation getaway this summer!  It’d make a GREAT Valentines Day gift for your special someone!  Book a Cabin in April – June for 4 nights for the price of 3!  Book our Lake-Front Deluxe Cabins, Kitchenette Cottage Cabin, or Camping Cabin for any three nights between April 22 and June 30, and get 4 nights for the price of 3! Get more info on at https://meadvillekoa.com/discounts-and-free-camping/

Seasonal Camping RV Show Discount!  Become a Seasonal Camper for the 2016 season from the RV Show!  When you pay for seasonal campsite in full by May 1, you receive a $75.00 rebate!  See our Seasonal Camping page for campsite availability, prices, and more details!  Check out our seasonal camping, and all the premium services you get at a less than premium price at: https://meadvillekoa.com/seasonal-camping/

By Robyn Chilson

Tim & Robyn Chilson are CPO’s who own and operate Meadville KOA Campground. Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251. Kampgrounds of America, is now the world’s largest system of open-to-the-public family campgrounds.  

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happy New Year! It's RV Show Season!

RV Shows are a great place to begin your search for local reputable RV dealers.  They are generally scheduled for January and February in the Northeastern US when dealerships are slowest.

RV Shows provide you the opportunity to see newest models and talk to dealerships that you may not have heard of, and reduce your expenses and time by not having to drive to many different dealerships.  As a customer you can see and compare prices, brands, layouts, and more with one stop shopping.  There is always a huge range of quality & prices.  So when comparing units, make sure you’re comparing the prices of like models of differing brands.  One RV may look like another one, but you need to compare the options, construction, equipment, and features they both have to offer. See who offers the best deal but remember if the dealer isn’t reputable or isn’t equipped to work on the RV, or is located too far away to conveniently return the RV for service, your purchase may not turn out to be the best deal.  Don’t be afraid to talk with other RVers at the show. Many of these people have years of RV experience and knowledge of different products and dealerships.  Most will be honest and tell you when and where they’ve gotten the best deals & service.

We talk to dozens of RV owners each year.  One of the biggest complaints we hear is that campers bought their RV from one of those big “discount dealers” that is 4-5 hours drive away, have trouble with it, and it’s a pain to take it back to the big discount dealership, and the local dealerships don’t want to work on it.  If you think about it, you can kind of understand their position.  after all, you didn’t buy it from them, and them doing the work and getting the refund from the factory is very time consuming to their business.  Time is money.  That time also means time that they are taking away from serving the customers who did buy from them.  Who can blame them?  If you were their buying customer, you wouldn’t want to stand in line behind a repair for a non-customer, would you?  There you have it.  So, keep that in mind, these small business owners can’t compete with these “Wal-Marts” of the RV industry on price because they can’t buy the volume of RVs those mega discount RV dealers can.  But, those big discount RV Dealerships can’t and don’t offer you that home town connection, service, and responsiveness that your local RV Dealer can.  And remember, you're not just buying an RV.  When you buy from a local dealer, you're supporting a neighbor and all of his employee's families!  

Buying an RV from a local reputable dealer insures you the best possible service, convenience, and shortest distance to travel for maintenance, repairs, & warranty work.  It is always a good idea to visit the dealership’s physical location before you buy, check out their service department, service hours, etc.  In addition, many RV dealers offer show discounts and sometimes manufacturer rebates are available.  So not only do you save money with the one stop shopping, but there are huge savings in the purchase prices!  Show specials also sometimes include discounts or coupons from campgrounds.  So, your new RV sometimes comes with savings to use it, too!

For more information about local RV Dealers who have partnered with campgrounds in Western PA who offer $800.00 in free Camping with the purchase of a new RV from those dealerships in a Very Special Camper (VSC) Discount Offer, visit our website at:  http://meadvillekoa.com/discounts/

RV shows aren’t just for RV dealers to showcase new and used RVs.  RV shows offer a wealth of information on the whole RVing industry.  Most campgrounds & RV resorts are slow or closed for the winter.  RV shows allow campgrounds to showcase new activities, special events, new amenities & extended stay (aka seasonal camping) availability to potential campers.  Make sure you stop by their booths and find new places to explore and exciting things to do with your family this summer!

You can also find information for aftermarket RV products, RV accessories, RVing insurance, Camping or RVing Clubs, Discount Clubs, pick up brochures, camping directories for your state and other states, or the free KOA directory for the whole USA and Canada, and more!

You don’t even have to own an RV to enjoy camping or go to the RV Shows!  Even if you don’t intend to buy an RV, you can learn about cabin camping or pick up information about campgrounds for tent camping!

Many people think of camping as ‘roughing it” with a tent, the ground, the rain, and a less than pleasurable “vacation”.  This is no longer the case.  For about the price of a hotel room, most campgrounds are now supplying cabins.  Prices vary by campground and the amenities offered.  Camping cabins are generally the least expensive.  They are generally one room with beds and a table.  Cottage Cabins may offer kitchenettes, or a few more amenities, and deluxe cabins are lodges with deluxe facilities like suits with multiple bedrooms, full kitchens, and bathrooms.  So, there is no requirement to own an RV to have a family fun camping vacation!  You can enjoy the luxury of RVing with a camping vacation in a cabin and not miss any of the campground recreation programs and planned activities!

Why not pack up the family for a fun winter-day activity and attend one of the local RV shows in your area.  Invite a friend to come along, and enjoy a day of looking forward to a summer camping season filled with friends & fun at these RV Shows:

Cleveland, Ohio RV Super Show, January 6 – 10, at the I-X Center, Cleveland, OH.  Show Hours: Wed. – Fri. Noon to 9 pm, Sat. 10 am to 10 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.  Ticket Pricing: Admission is $12.50/person.  Two Day pass $20.00.  Children 12 & under are free.  Parking is $10.00.  Discount coupons for admission available on their website at: http://www.ohiorvshow.com/!

Pittsburgh RV Show January 09 - 17  At David Lawrence Convention
Center, Pittsburgh, PA!  Show Hours: Saturdays: 10 am - 9 pm, Sundays: 10 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday: 4 pm - 9 pm.  Ticket Pricing: $10.00 for Adults, $9.00 Senior (55+), $5.00 Children 6-16.  Monday and Tuesday are BOGO nights!  Buy one adult ticket and get one free! No other discounts accepted with that discount!  One dollar off Discount Coupons available online at: http://www.pittrvshow.com/!

Erie RV Show Feb 11 - 14 At the Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, PA!  Show Hours: Thursday 2 pm to 8 pm, Friday Noon to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 7pm, and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. General Admission: Adults $6.00, Children 10 & Under Free, and FREE PARKING!  More info online at: http://www.eriepromotions.com/RV/eri/default.aspx

We invite you to attend any and all of these RV Shows!  Stop by the KOA Kampgrounds booth and pick up some brochures, a KOA directory and a KOA bag!  Tell folks in the booth that you received your invitation to the RV Show from Meadville KOA Campground!  We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

2015 Awards & Planning Your Camping Summer

We were honored to have Meadville KOA awarded “Best Website in Pennsylvania” by the Pennsylvania Campground Owner’s Association (PCOA) at their 2015 annual convention in State College.  We launched this new website in the spring of 2014.  Our new website has paid off big for us, by focusing on better serving you, our campers.  From its security of your personal information, to providing more photos of our campground facilities and fun, virtual tours of our cabin facilities, and online reservations capabilities, it provides our campers with a “what you see, is what you get” view of Meadville KOA and real-time reservations capabilities.  We thank all of our campers for your positive feedback about our website, and encourage you to continue to let us know what changes we need to make so that camping with us continues to improve for you!  Please be sure you check it out by visiting it at: https://meadvillekoa.com/.  And while you’re there, please sign up to receive our monthly email newsletter for information about upcoming weekends, special offers, and more! 

We invite you to join us on social media!  Meadville KOA is on Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, You Tube, Pinterest, and Instagram as MeadvilleKOA.  Please join the conversations about camping, cooking, recipes, RV Maintenance, and camping tips!  All of those links are on the top right hand corner of our website’s home page! Please join us!  We look forward to talking to you!  

We hope that you have already heard the news that we were also awarded the 2016 KOA Founder's & President’s Awards by Kampgrounds of America Inc., which is given only to those KOA Campgrounds that attained the very top scores in both customer service and the KOA quality review.  We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your patronage and continued top ratings for our staff and camping facilities.  We were very blessed to have such an excellent staff this summer and to serve so many wonderful camping families.  We sincerely thank you.

We’d also like to remind our campers that while you’re with your families this holiday season, that it’s the perfect time to not only share memories from this camping season but to also begin planning your summer camping adventures for summer 2016! 

You can see our all new 2016 themed event weekend schedule at:  https://meadvillekoa.com/themed-weekends/.  We hope you’ll check out our 2015 memories slide show, and some of our new family-friendly events being offered, like our annual car show with a “new” Vintage RV Rally added, “S’more Fun Weekend”, “Arts and Doodles Weekend”, or “Duck Dynasty Weekend”, it’s sure to be fun filled family camping at its finest!  And of course, we kept our old favorites like “Death by Chocolate Weekend,” “Jungle Terry,” “Wet & Wacky Weekend,” and more!  We sincerely hope that your camping plans will include Meadville KOA and at least one of these fun-filled family event weekends! 

We will begin accepting reservations for the 2016 camping season January 4, 2016.  As always, our offices will be closed while we attend RV Shows in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Erie, and Butler.  If you call us to reserve a site or cabin, and we don’t call you right back, please be patient, as we’ll call you back as soon as possible.  Please leave us your name and phone number, and the best time to reach you, and we’ll call you back in the order we received your call.  Or, you can make a reservation online, and place your requested site number in the comments section of the online reservation.  We’ll assign you that site if it is available.  If it is not, we’ll contact you for your next available choice.       

Until we see you at the RV Shows in January and February, we wish you and your families a very happy and healthy holiday season!    

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thank you!

It’s been a great summer!  The spring weather was too wet, but the summer and autumn redeemed itself with some great weather for camping!  We can’t ask for much more than that, can we? 

We met campers new to Meadville KOA and some new to camping!  We also saw many of our regular campers who’ve camped with us for years!  Some have even camped with us for generations.    
We just wanted to take this time to tell you how much we appreciate having your family camp with us!  We try to run a family campground with fun activities, and clean facilities for your family’s enjoyment.  We take that responsibility seriously, and hope that it shows in the facilities, our cleanliness standards, and the type of entertainment we provide your families. 

We’ve enjoyed watching children grow up over the years, and seen many of them turn into fine young adults.  What a great investment you’re making by camping with your kids.  And we are eager to meet, and get to know new families who are just beginning their journey into the camping and RV lifestyle.  We too hope that they’ll spend many years camping with us! 

As we’re beginning our task of planning our events and activities for the 2016 season, we want you to know that it is our plan to continue to make improvements to our events, facilities, and amenities at Meadville KOA Campground. 

We hope that you will bear with us while strive to make those changes, and that you will continue to provide us your input and assistance in making the changes that you, the camping consumer want.  We hope you’ll continue to do that through our KOA Guest Surveys.

Your ratings in 2015, helped us to achieve us both the KOA President’s and Founder’s Awards again this year!  We thank you, our campers, for taking the time to tell us what we need to hear!  We sincerely thank you!    

We’re already looking forward to seeing you next spring or this winter at the RV Shows!  Stop by the booth to see us and say hello!  We have some great fun in store for next season.

Until we see you again, we thank you and wish you a great winter season!

See you soon!

Sincerely,
Tim & Robyn Chilson, Owners


Tim & Robyn Chilson are both CPO, own and operate Meadville KOA Campground in Meadville, PA.  Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Autumn Camping

The events and activities are winding down at Meadville KOA (Kampgrounds of America) by the time the month of October arrives but there are still some great camping weekends remaining this camping season and some of them include big savings so don't winterize that RV just yet!

Many RVers use October as a perfect time to travel and enjoy the fall foliage. "With gas prices lowered, fall festivals, and fall foliage at its’ prime, it's a perfect time to get outside, enjoy the beautiful autumn weather remaining, and do some camping," Meadville KOA Campground Owner Tim Chilson added. "We have some great price discounts and special offers, which makes it even more affordable for people to get out and enjoy fall festivals like the Franklin Applefest on Oct. 2-4, and the Pioneer Steam Show in Saegertown and Conneaut Lake Area Pumpkinfest on Oct. 9-11.”

This coming Weekend is Applefest and campers can use their returning camper discounts to save 15% on their second stay or 20% on their 3rd or more stays with us this summer.  They can stay here and enjoy our activities or they can visit the Applefest in Franklin. But that’s not all!  They can leave their RV here all week at no charge as long as they are camping here the next weekend. 
October 9-11 is Customer Appreciation Weekend.  Campers can use the discounts mentioned above, or they can take advantage of the BOGO offer.  Any camper who brings a new camping family (who has never camped here before that weekend), both families receive Saturday night camping for free when they purchase their campsite Friday night! 

“Where else do you get that,” Chilson asked.  He went on to add, “That is a great way to introduce your friends to Meadville KOA and it doubles your fun for that weekend, and it does it at half the price!”

October 16-18 is the final weekend for the 2015 season at Meadville.  All campsites are discounted $10 per night!

“You almost can’t afford to not camp these last few weekends!“  Chilson went on to add, “Our prices with the discount are below State Park’s rates and you get free Wi-Fi, Cable TV, and catch and release fishing, not to mention our events and activities for the next two weekends and you’re a close drive to the local festivals and activities!"

If you’re into haunted attractions, they run now through the end of October.  There are also autumn driving tours in the area that maximize your fall foliage viewing as well.  They are provided on the Crawford County Visitor’s Bureau website.  There are Fall Foliage Train Rides at the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad, and not only can you enjoy those wonderful autumn festivals, haunted attractions, and the fall foliage, but the cool evenings provide wonderful opportunities to enjoy an autumn evening campfire and some warmed apple cider and s'mores! 

“October is also a great month to visit campgrounds if you’re looking for a seasonal camping site,” according to Chilson.  “Campers can look at the availability and pick a site for the following season.  And because our sites include free onsite winter storage with their deposit, they can leave the RV in onsite storage here for the winter, come open up in the spring, and start camping!  They save money by not having to pay for storage, and the convenience is great, and it allows our seasonal campers to maximize the use of their RV for the whole 2015 summer season!”

Meadville KOA Campground is located on Route 27 and hosts 160 camp sites, 4 cabins (which includes two, lake-front deluxe lodges).  Our Seasonal Campers get the benefit of us mowing and trimming their campsites, seven fishing ponds for catch and release fishing (no license required), a swimming pool, a creek for wading, a hiking trail, volleyball, basketball, soccer & ball field, horseshoe pits, themed weekend events with planned activities, a reduced rate on the rental amenities, and much more!

By Robyn Chilson
Tim & Robyn Chilson are both CPOs, and they have owned and operated Meadville KOA for 15 years. Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251. 


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Why Seasonal Camping?

As summer gives way to autumn, most campers’ thoughts turn to thoughts of school starting, autumn campfires, and Halloween Weekends.  While you're enjoying those camping weekends, maybe it's time to think about next summer, and begin planning your family’s camping vacation time!       

Here are some reasons why we think Meadville KOA might be the right choice for your family! 

The Price is right!  When you compare our unlimited seasonal camping rates to overnight camping, the discount you get by being a seasonal camper is huge!  Most campgrounds provide similar services and activities, but ask about extras!  Some campgrounds provide all inclusive seasonal rates like we do, and some do not.  Make sure you know exactly what your expenses will be before you sign that Seasonal Camping Agreement!   When you do the math, you’ll find that the price is right!

What’s included in the Seasonal Rate?

  • We do the mowing!  That is a premium service.  Meadville KOA Campground is the only campground in NW PA that offers that at no additional charge.  What that means is no mower to buy, transport or store.  No gas to buy and transport, and no work!  You can spend more time having fun and less time working!  Even more importantly, it makes our park quiet.  There aren’t mowers running on Saturdays when you’re trying to relax and enjoy sleeping in. 
  • Unlimited camping for 2 adults and 2 children, or a 3rd adult.  Most campgrounds charge extra for extra adults. 
  • Seasonal Campsites have water, sewer, refuse, and the electric is metered.  The water, sewer, and garbage services are included in your seasonal rate.  The electric (and we offer 30 and 50 amp) are metered, which means you only pay for what you use. 
  • Wi-Fi and cable TV are included!  We provide Wi-Fi to all of our Seasonal campsites, and each campsite has 48 channels of Cable TV.  Channels include Disney, ESPN, Movie Channels, 5 local channels, The Weather Channel, and more!  They make camping on rainy weekends easier with, or without the kids or grand kids!
  • Themed event weekend’s planned activities are included!  We even include children’s crafts and meals for the people listed on your seasonal camping agreement!  Where else do you get that?
  • We have a reduced, pre-paid visitor’s program, and a reduced pre-paid extra camper program for your extended family members.  It’s affordable and allows your extended family to come enjoy the campground!
  • We have a reduced cost fun band for the rental amenities!  It’s affordable and will keep your tweens and teens busy!
  • The rate includes your on site winter storage of your RV!  (With your deposit and signed camping agreement for the following season.)
  • We have an interest-free payment plan with a $75 Rebate if you pay in full by January 1!  That helps make it fit your family budget!
Right now is the perfect time to select a site!  Like most campgrounds, we have a few openings for next season this time of year.  So it’s the perfect time to shop for a campsite!  Don’t forget that we have a winter payment plan and we even include on site winter storage in the fees!  If you normally pay for a storage facility, that’ll save you even more money!   

Save more by getting an early bird discount!  You can save even more money by paying for your campsite early.  We provide that $75 rebate off the $2250 if you’re paid in full by Jan 1!    

Meet new people!  Seasonal campers are like a small community.  They become friends, hang out, play cards or yard games, have group campfires, their children become friends, play together, and much more!  Many volunteer to help with activities and events and bring lots of fun to their camping environment in a family-friendly way!  What a great way to meet new people and make new friends!  We hope you’ll consider joining our KOA family!      

We’re a family campground!  We run a campground that caters to families of all ages.  There aren’t golf carts racing around, there are quiet hours, etc.  We are all about family fun!  We want your family to create a lifetime of memories from camping here!  That is our goal!  And we have 3rd and now 4th generations of campers camping here at Meadville KOA! 

We save you work!  Recreating is never work free.  But, you can save all the work of hooking up, unhooking, setting, up, tearing down, and towing expenses by camping seasonally.  You get a vacation home away from home, for about the price of one vacation! Now that’s a savings and it makes vacationing every weekend all season long even easier!  Vacation right into autumn and enjoy the fall foliage and autumn events and activities, and who doesn’t love sitting around a campfire?

Make the right choice!  Seasonal camping maximizes your summer vacation time and use of your RV while minimizing your expenses!  It can provide your family a summer full of fun, family oriented camping experiences for about the same price as one vacation!  Make sure you take a little time to consider that idea, and how it can help your family get the biggest bang for your buck next summer!  Then, we hope you’ll start looking at local campgrounds and thinking about becoming a seasonal camper!  It’s not too late to move onto a site this fall!  Campground owners are looking forward to talking with you and showing you all the fun events and activities we’re already planning for next summer! 

By Robyn Chilson

Tim & Robyn Chilson are both CPO, own and operate Meadville KOA Campground in Meadville, PA.  Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251.