Friday, December 15, 2017

Thank you for Camping with us at Meadville KOA!

2017 has been another great summer at Meadville KOA! We met new campers and were visited by old friends, making 2017 another banner camping season!  Thank you for choosing Meadville KOA!  

We had some great fun this last season, and hope we got a chance to catch you and your family having fun!  You can check out some of those camping memories at:

As we’re planning our events and activities for the 2018 season, we want you to know that it is our plan to continue to make improvements to our events, facilities, amenities, and customer service 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.

We achieved both our Presidents and Founder’s award for 2017.  We thank you very much for your very kind comments and ratings.  We ask you, especially if you’re a regular who camps with us multiple times a summer and loves our campground, to please remember to complete and submit your Camping Customer Survey to KOA each time you camp with us!  All you have to do is provide us an email address to do that.  KOA will automatically send you the survey, which has just two questions, and only takes a couple minutes of your time.  Your ratings and comments count and are important to us!  And, we thank you for your support and making Meadville KOA an award-winning KOA Campground!     

We have some great fun in store for next season which you can find on our website at  We hope that when you’re spending time with friends and family over the holidays, that you’ll include some great fun family camping at Meadville KOA in your schedule for 2018!  We hope you’ll check out and join us for some new fun events and some old favorites!  Don’t forget to book early to ensure you get your favorite campsite!  

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the winter RV Shows and then again next spring!  We hope you’ll stop by the booth to see us and say hello!  The RV Shows are a great opportunity to get out this winter, and start thinking about the summer season and camping!

Until we see you again, we always wish you safe and happy kamping, where ever your travels take you!

See you soon!
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, September 18, 2017

Autumn 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!  Your RV is all set up and ready to camp, for about the same price as a weekend of camping!  

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 seasonal fee if you pay in full when you reserve your site this fall.  Or, you can save $50.00 if you pay it off in full by Jan 1!  Now there’s a savings!    

Store Your RV onsite all winter at no additional fee!  With your deposit for 2018, you get free, onsite winter storage.  Get set up on your site for camping next season, and then leave it there all winter!

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.  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.

Enjoy Halloween In September!

At Meadville KOA, we do Halloween in September.  Generally, the weather is little better than in October, and we’re not competing with other campgrounds who do their Halloween Events on or near Halloween.

Halloween is a big deal.  Kids love trick or treating, parents love the creativity, and it’s just good, family fun!  If you’re looking for some family fun this fall, then come to Meadville KOA!  We have some great Halloween (and other autumn) event weekends in store for your family!  But you better reserve now, because the weekends are upon us!

The weekend, Sept. 16, we have Pumpkinfest Weekend! – This is a great weekend for tweens & teens!  We’ll have free crafts with the younger kids, and free pumpkin carving for teens, and then enjoy free pumpkin treats like pumpkin cake and ice cream!  Turn your campsite into a Haunted Campsite!  Big prizes (Free Camping) for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Scariest with Best Pumpkin Theme!  Tweens & Teens, join us on our pumpkin scavenger hunt!  Find a magic pumpkin and bring it to the store before you leave for your prize!  (* 2 night min. at holiday rate.  Leave your RV for free if you’re coming back next weekend!)

The Next weekend, September 23 is Our Halloween Weekend!  We have costume contest (prizes for all ages), trick or treating, apple cider, donuts, after dark glowing wagon ride, and a Sunday morning free all you can eat pancake breakfast with the purchase of your campsite (for 2 adults and 2 children)! We have a campsite decorating contest!  Prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Day & Night time!  Breakfast is just $3.00/person for visitor’s & extra camper’s!  (* 2 night min. at holiday rate.  Leave your RV for free if you’re coming back next weekend!)

September 30th is our Applefest Weekend!  (Save $5.00 per night this weekend!  Discount Code CD)  Or, Bring a friend who never camped at Meadville KOA before and you each get a night free, when you each buy one! Ask for Discount Code C1! Come join us and enjoy the flavors of the season!  We’ll have free crafts for kids, an apple dessert dish to pass social, and an afternoon wagon ride to enjoy the foliage!  This is Franklin Applefest(tm) Weekend!  (+ Leave your RV for free if you’re coming back next weekend!)

October 7 is our Customer Appreciation Weekend & Columbus Day Weekend!  (Save $10.00 per night on your campsite if you camped with us earlier this summer!  Discount Code CA)  Or, Bring a friend who never camped at Meadville KOA before and you each get a night free, when you each buy one!  Ask for Discount Code C1.  Adults & Children play Farkle (a dice game!)  Winners go home with a pocket Farkle game as the prize!  Then, we’re having a free pizza party after the Tournament!  The Fall Saegertown Steam and Gas Engine Show is this weekend!  (+ Leave your RV for free if you’re coming back next weekend!

October 14 is our Closing Weekend!  (Save $5.00 per night on your camp-site!)  Or, Bring a friend who never camped at Meadville KOA  before and you each get a night free, when you buy one!  Ask for discount code C1!  This is our last camping weekend for this season!  Please note that all amenities may not be functional this weekend!

If you don’t own an RV, don’t panic!  We have a camping cabin, kitchenette cottage cabin, and deluxe lake-front lodges to rent so your family doesn’t have to miss any of the fun!  And all of our autumn campsites and cabins (unless otherwise noted) are at our lower autumn rates!  Come enjoy some autumn camping with your family!

By Robyn Chilson
Tim & Robyn Chilson CPO, Own and Operate Meadville KOA Campground. You can contact her at 814-789-3251.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Our Featured Kamping Family for July 2017

We want to introduce you our featured kamping family for 2017! They are Michael and Sue McAndrews from Tonawanda, NY!   They stayed with us in July of this summer.  
They were kamping with us because they are on a mission to camp at as many KOA (Kampgrounds of America) Campgrounds as they can in one summer!
The McAndrews tell us that they have been to the Houghton/Letchworth KOA, Canandaigua KOA, Chautauqua Lake KOA, and Natural Bridge/Watertown KOA.  All of which and in the lovely state of New York.   We’re so glad they decided to wander a little south of the border and check us out! 
During our discussion, they also mentioned that the had camped out west in Utah’s three KOA's which were Cedar City KOA, Green River KOA, and Panguitch KOA without there RV.  They camped in their cabins!  These folks take this KOA kamping thing seriously, don’t they?
They were camping in a 2015 Whitewater Retro (lit looks like a 1950’s camper!) that they purchased from Colton RV in North Tonawanda, NY.  They were towing it with a small SUV.  They said it made it easy, affordable, and fun!     
Michael is a retired hardware store manager, where he had worked for 31 years.  Sue works at Trader Joes.  They just love to camp and RV at KOA Campgrounds!
We were the furthest KOA from their home base that they had travelled to!  We’re sure glad they decided to camp with us at Meadville KOA.  It gave us a chance to see their awesome Whitewater Retro RV and to meet a really nice couple who just love travelling and camping in their small RV!  They really put the kamper in KOA Kamper!  And of course, we took this opportunity to invite them to our vintage RV Rally next June!  
We hope that you’ll come see what’s behind the yellow sign at Meadville KOA this summer, bring the family and spend your vacation enjoying a campground where modern convenience meets nature! 
Until we see you, we wish you safe and happy kamping, where ever your travels take you!    
By Robyn Chilson

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

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Camper Courtesy – What’s it all about?

Camping is a great way to make new friends!  Whether you camp in a cabin, tent, or RV there are is no better way to get your family outside and enjoying quality time together in the great outdoors!  No doubt about it, campers all look forward to being outside and going hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, and more!  But, we also need to know how to do it in a way that doesn’t offend or intrude on our camping neighbors experience as well!     

Problems arise between campers when someone invades, interrupts, or disrespects the other camper’s space.  Below, we’ve created a list of items that are just good courtesy to your camping neighbors.  If you practice these rules, you’ll be a good camping neighbor!  And hopefully, your neighbors will practice them too.   

Quiet Hours:  Most campgrounds have posted quiet hours.  Respect those, and you and your neighbor and the campground owner or manager will get along fine.  People with very young children, appreciate that their children aren’t awakened by the campers next door.  The same is true of older campers, who may go to bed earlier.  Making excessive noise should be avoided at all times, not just during quiet hours.  No one wants to listen to parents screaming at their children, domestic disputes, or loud music blasting at any hour of the day or night.  What’s the measure for too loud?  If it can be heard on the next campsite, it is too loud.

Excessive or Annoying Day Time Noise: Most people try to be quiet during the night-time quiet hours, but what about day-time noise?  Most campers don't want to camp next to people with the radio blasting, someone making something that is noisy (like metal working), someone pounding the fire poker on the fire ring, kids screaming or screeching, parents screaming at their kids, or another couple having a domestic disturbances, etc. 

Visitors: Everyone loves to have family and friends visit them while camping!  Campground owners love it too.  But remember, that when you registered, you registered for X number of people.  So when 2 friends stop by to visit, they need to report to the office, register as visitors, and pay the visitor’s fee for the day if they are only staying for the day, or for the overnight camping.  There is generally a limit to the number of visitors you can have per campsite.  So check that out at the campground before you invite the whole family to that July 4th picnic and find out that someone was sent home because your site was already at max. capacity.  And, large groups easily disturb the neighbors, so please be extra considerate and quiet. 

Pet Policies: Nothing is more irritating then a camper who locks their pet in an RV, leaves for the day, and the neighbors can’t sit out at their campsite because the neighboring dog is barking non-stop for hours on end.  It’s not fair to your pet, the camping neighbors, nor the campground owners.  The other problem is retractable leashes and pet owners allowing their pets to do their business in other people’s campsites.  Walk your pet in the pet walk area, clean up after it, keep it leashed, and keep it quiet.  Pets are without question, the #1 area of complaints that campground owners get.  So, if you want to keep campgrounds pet-friendly for your four legged family members, this will go a long way in doing so.

Your Campsite: Your campsite runs from your hookups, to your neighbors hookups.  Please keep all of your stuff (noise, kids, dogs, vehicles, etc.) on your campsite.  Don’t exchange picnic tables with someone else, or fire rings, etc.  None of that stuff is yours to move, so please don’t.   

Trespassing: It sounds silly, but your neighbor’s campsite is your neighbor’s campsite.  Please don’t park your third vehicle on it, assuming they don’t care.  Don’t allow your children to cut through others campsites on the way to or from the restrooms, shower house, or playground.  Not only is it rude, it’s also dangerous.  There could be a fire ring (or other obstacle) to trip over, a dog lead you don’t see, or a pet that will be startled and bite you. Neither the dog owner, nor the person bitten, want that to happen.  It’s always a trip to the restroom.

Follow The Campground Policies: You would be astonished at how many people pay no attention to the campground policies.  Most campgrounds have policies for the protection of their campers.  Make sure you get a copy and read the rules at each campground you go to.  They may differ slightly from campground to campground, but most are pretty standard.  They are there to ensure safety, security, and courtesy for you and others.  Teach your children and new camping friends to follow them, and everyone will have a great time, every time.

Check-in/Check-out times:  Please be punctual.  If you are checking out, and check-out time is 2:00, please be sure that you are departed at or before 2:00.  The campground needs time to check it, clean the fire ring, and perform any needed maintenance. The next camper may be sitting in the parking lot ready to come onto that site.  Your late departure becomes an inconvenience to the next person.  We’re confident you wouldn’t want the camper before you, to make you wait for the campsite you reserved for your family vacation.  Be courteous, and don’t do it to the next camper.  Please pay it forward.

Leave the site like you found it (or better!):  There is nothing worse, then pulling onto a campsite with the garbage still sitting on it or worse yet something scattered around the campsite.  Make sure you take your refuse to the dumpster before you depart.  Don’t leave broken water balloons, confetti, etc. all over the campsite.  Please don’t burn plastics, Styrofoam, etc.  It stinks and it’s toxic to you and others, and it’s bad for the environment!  Please place tin cans, glass bottles, used sparklers, etc. in the garbage that goes to the dumpster.  They do not belong in the fire ring.  Leave the campsite as clean or cleaner than it was when you checked in.  Not only will the campground owner or manager appreciate it, but the next camper will too.    

If you have an issue, please report it:  Whether you have an issue with a camping neighbor, the Wi-Fi isn’t working, the bath room needs attention, or there is an electrical problem, report it.  If you report it, it provides the business owner a chance to fix this issue and make your camping experience better.  It also raises their awareness of issues they might need to address with staff, or a policy change that improves everyone’s camping experience!  

Following these simple rules, may seem almost a no brainer.  But these are the top complaints we get from campers, about other campers.  So, if you’re camping, and you follow these rules of courtesy, hopefully your camping neighbors will too.  When that happens, everyone has a better camping experience. 

We wish you safe and happy kamping where ever your travels take you! 

By Robyn Chilson

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

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What is “Glamping”?  Glamping is a combination of the words glamour and camping that describes a style of camping with more amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services, not usually associated with camping.

What does that mean, exactly?  It means that you’re not roughing it by sleeping on the ground in a tent, or struggling with the weather!  It means you don’t have to leave your accommodation to stumble to the rest room in the middle of the night, and it means that you’ll have less work and feel less like a pioneer while doing it.  If your significant other’s idea of “roughing it” is a 4 star hotel, then this might be for them!  Basically, it’s a little more luxury, and lot less “roughing it”! 

In the case of Meadville KOA, it means a two bedroom cabin that can sleep up to 8 people with heat and air conditioning, a master bedroom with a queen size bed, and a bunk house that includes a double bed, a single bunk over it, and another set of single bunk beds, a full service bathroom, and a full service kitchen. 

Our deluxe cabins includes a full kitchen with a refrigerator/freezer, counter-top stove, microwave, and kitchen sink and large table for inside dining.  The living and dining area can accommodate 8 people comfortably, and rainy days are saved by the Direct TV services that are included.  The full service bathroom has a shower, toilet, and sink to make your stay complete and convenient.  The deluxe cabins are conveniently located near the main building so they are close to the camp store, pool, bear playground and all the fun! 

Your lake-front deluxe cabin rental includes catch and release fishing right at your cabin!  There are no fees and no license is required.  Just bring your equipment, bait and a lawn chair to begin your camping adventure! 

Your stay also includes free outdoor recreation which includes use of our pool, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and horseshoes facilities!  And, we have all the equipment you need.  You just sign it out at the store/office to use it, and sign it back in when you’re done.  There are no fees for the equipment use, unless you fail to return it. 

Meadville KOA Campground also provides a rental amenity Fun Band which includes unlimited paddle boats, pedal karts, and mini golf all week long for just $7/day/person or $12/stay/person (up to 7 days).  On weekends, the Fun Band also includes the use of our jumping pillow for an hour Sat morning, an hour Sunday afternoon, and again for an hour on Sunday morning at the scheduled times.  It’s great fun and great exercise!                       

Our weekday deluxe cabin rentals are $10/day less than are our weekend rentals.  The weekday rentals do not include the themed weekend events with planned activities that our weekend rentals do, thus the lowered prices.  Holidays and special event weekends are at a holiday rate because of the increased demand, and holiday rentals are a 3 night minimum, while all others are a 2 night minimum.

Of course, if all that isn’t enough to entice you, you’re also centrally located to enjoy all of the local recreation, festivals, and events in Crawford County and the Great Lakes Area of Northwestern PA!  Home to the Erie Wildlife Refuge, Ernst Trail in Meadville, Oil Creek State Park, The Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad, Drake Well Oil Museum, Pymatuning State Park & Spillway, French & Indian War Re-Enactments, Civil War Re-Enactments, Crawford County Fair, and of course the places you’ve heard of like Waldameer Amusement Park, Lake Erie’s Presque Isle, there’s no shortage of things to do and see in the Northwest corner of PA! 

Our Northwestern Pennsylvania lakes range in size from the shores of Lake Erie to the smaller lakes and marshes that are so prevalent throughout the area.  Our “great lakes” area offers all kinds of water and outdoor recreation in Crawford County and Northwestern PA!  So whether you seek to get back to nature, canoe, kayak, hike, bike, boat, fish, bird watch, or attend fairs, hot air balloon events, or historical re-enactments, Crawford County and NW PA has something for you!  We refer you to the Crawford County Visitor’s Bureau and their schedule of events and more!  You can find more information at:  

Would you like a guided fishing trip, to go on a rented kayak trip of French Creek, or take a boat ride?  Ask us for more info!  If you would like a more complete list of things to do in the area, please visit our page at:

Come explore these great, nearby parks for even more outdoor recreation like biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, boating, and more!  Then, return to your deluxe glamping rental at centrally located Meadville KOA Campground, and enjoy all the modern facilities and amenities like satellite TV, our swimming pool, catch and release fishing, our creek, hiking trail, other outdoor recreation, or, just relax by a campfire!  This is glamping the way it was meant to be!   

You can enjoy the great lakes region of Northwestern PA and find outdoor experiences like biking, boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking, hunting, or use the glamping cabin as a base for you to attend the Roar on The Shore Motorcycle event, local hot air balloon event on Father’s day Weekend, the Crawford County Fair, the Fall Franklin Applefest, Conneaut Lake’s Pumpkinfest, and much, much, more!  So why not get out of that hotel and enjoy the sun, fun and fresh air in the wide open spaces of Crawford County?  Come enjoy your great lakes glamping vacation in the beautiful surroundings of Crawford County in Northwestern Pennsylvania at Meadville KOA! 

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.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Save BIG with KOA's Big Discount Weekends!

March is a great time of year to begin booking your later summer holidays and other summer camping.  Everyone loves a discount, and that is why you need to know about the KOA Value Kard Rewards Membership, and these special discount weekends offered at KOA Campgrounds.  They provide big savings for your family!

All campers are welcome at KOA campgrounds.  You do not have to be a KOA Value Kard Member to camp at a KOA campground.  If you do become a KOA Value Kard Rewards Member, it pays you back with big savings!  The more you camp at KOA Campgrounds, the more points you accumulate and the more discounts or free camping you’ll receive.  It’s a great customer loyalty discount program! 

First, for a yearly membership of just $30.00, you save 10% on every stay at any of the 500 KOA Campgrounds across the US and Canada. 

Secondly, you receive points for each stay, card renewal, special offers, and more.  Those points can later be redeemed for more discounts or free camping, as long as you maintain your membership (i.e. renew your membership each year prior to its expiration). 

Third, being a KOA member entitles you to these special discount weekends listed below, and the Hot Deals advertised on the KOA website for each individual KOA Campground.  You can get more information about KOA’s Value Kard Rewards Program at  If you have any questions about the program that we can answer for you, please feel free to call us, and we’ll help you!

We hope you’ll join us for these three super savings weekends offered by KOA! 

May 12th & 13th is Care Camps Big Weekend!  All paying guests renting a campsite Friday May 12th, receive Saturday May 13th for just $10.00!  We dedicate this weekend to raising money for Care Camps across the United States to help send sick children to enjoy the healing nature of camp.  In 2016, thanks to the generosity of our wonderful campers and suppliers, KOA raised over $1,000,000 for this effort.  KOA covers all the administrative costs for the charity, which means, that every dollar of every donation you make, goes directly to sending a critically ill child to camp! 

This one weekend can save your family 40% on camping!  We hope you’ll donate to help us send a child to camp!  Your family saves big on your weekend of camping, and you’ll walk away feeling great about helping a sick child enjoy just being a kid at camp!  It truly redefines who they are, and as always, we thank you for your generosity.  Remember that if you purchase a KOA Value Kard, and camp just this weekend each season with KOA, you’ve saved more than the cost of your value kard, and still saved money!   

On Father’s Day Weekend, June 16th & 17th, kids camp free for all Value Kard Reward Members at all participating KOA Campgrounds.  If you have a large family or want to take the grandchildren camping for Father’s Day, this is the perfect weekend for you to go camping!  The campgrounds will have fun family events and activities planned to celebrate Father’s Day!  And of course, our rates include 2 adults and two children every weekend all summer long!  But bring along their friends, and introduce them to camping!  Not everyone’s kid is as lucky as yours to get experience camping!  And, your kids will love having a friend come along! 

Each year in September, KOA hosts a national Value Kard Reward Members Appreciation Weekend!  KOA wants to make sure you know how much we appreciate all of our great KOA Value Kard Reward Members!  All KOA Value Kard Members receive Saturday night at no charge when they purchase Friday night at all participating KOA Campgrounds.  This year, the national Value Card Weekend is September 15th & 16th at all participating KOA Campgrounds.  However, at Meadville KOA, we’re actually having ours the weekend prior on September 8th & 9th.  That gives our campers the opportunity to camp with us for one night free, and then to camp for one night free when they buy one, with another participating KOA on the weekend of the national campaign! 

No matter how you add it up, if you take advantage of just the Care Camps Big Weekend, or just the Value Kard Rewards Membership Appreciation Weekend, you’ll have more than paid for the cost of the KOA Value Rewards Kard Membership fee and already started saving money and collecting points.  You can get more information about KOA’s national events and which campgrounds are participating at

If you don’t have an RV, but want to try camping, some KOA’s offer these discounts on cabin rentals.  It’s a great, low cost way to introduce your family to camping!  Check out the KOA deluxe cabins.  Most KOA Campgrounds now offer Cable TV in their deluxe cabins.  All KOA Campgrounds offer Wi-Fi.  KOA deluxe cabins will change your perception of camping, as they are a great, affordable, fun family vacation value.  

We hope that your summer camping plans include us at Meadville KOA Campground! We invite you to join us for Care Camp Weekend and to not only get a great discount for your family, but to help us change the lives of critically ill children. We sincerely thank you for your generosity.  

We also have other great discount offers!  Make sure you check out all the special discount offers we have for police, Fire fighters, and EMT’s, and our repeat camper’s discounts (within the same season) that will save you up to 20% on all future campouts this season!  And we have a very special cabin offer of buy 4 nights for the price of 3 for May!  You can find all of those discounts and more at:
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We look forward to seeing you this summer!  Until we do, we always wish you safe and fun camping, wherever your travels take you!     

By Robyn Chilson

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

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year! It's 2017 and 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 complaint 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 have time to work on it. 

If you think about it, you can kind of understand the local dealer’s 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 dealerships 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 purchasing an RV, you’re supporting your neighbor’s and their employees 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!  RV shows sometimes include educational seminars, entertainment, and raffles for door prizes, free RVs, and more!  So there are a lot of potential gains to attending!  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:

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, on the ground, in 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 offering cabin rentals.  Prices for the cabin rentals vary by campground and the amenities offered.  “Camping cabins” are generally the least expensive because they offer the fewest amenities.  They are generally one room with beds and a table.  Cottage Cabins sleep 2-4 people may offer kitchenettes, or a few more amenities. Deluxe cabins are lodges with deluxe facilities like multiple bedrooms, full kitchens, and bathrooms.  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 4 – 8, at the I-X Center, Cleveland, OH.  Info on show hours, admission, and parking fees along with discount coupons for admission available on their website at:!

Pittsburgh RV Show January 07 - 15  At David Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA!  See their website for show hours, admission prices, parking, and discounts offered at:!  Check them out on Facebook (they raffle off free tickets)!  And follow us on Facebook at, for a chance to win free tickets too!   

Erie RV Show Feb 11 - 14 At the Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, PA!  The show entrance is family affordable and the parking is free, but the limited floor space limits the number of dealers and RVs on display! For more info see their website online at:

Butler RV Show at the Clearview Mall is Feb 17-19 during Mall hours. This show features Penn RV Center in Titusville.  There is no entrance fee and parking is free, making this show very family affordable and fun! See the mall website for mall hours at: Penn RV Center is online at:

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!    

By Robyn Chilson

Robyn and her husband Tim Chilson, are CPO campground owners who own and operate Meadville KOA.  You can reach her at