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Old 06-08-2016, 01:17 PM   #11
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We generally like a more rustic feel, but when we made our cross country trip this spring we used a lot of KOA's as well. We wanted laundry facilities and knew what we were getting for the most part. Propane is a plus as well (but you'll pay more). The phone app and website were also easy to use.

Like other have said, read reviews and make a decision but for the most part they are very enjoyable.
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Old 06-08-2016, 01:25 PM   #12
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So, what's the general opinion on KOA campgrounds? They have a nice web site, but I know that can be deceiving.
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Old 06-08-2016, 01:41 PM   #13
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For CAMPING I prefer provincial parks for the privacy, nicer sites and scenery, but for TRAVELLING I (and certainly the kids) prefer the KOAs.

They are always clean, usually have a good pool and playground and there are enough of them that you can plan a trip around them using their website (it is very good) and make the value kard worthwhile.
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Old 06-08-2016, 01:54 PM   #14
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Yep, they're all over the place in price, site size, condition, etc.
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Old 06-08-2016, 02:05 PM   #15
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As others have said there is a fair amount of variability from great to wouldn't stay there again. I've found most reviews on sites other than the KOA one to be fairly accurate. The KOA reviews I'm never quite sure of and have found some campgrounds don't use the KOA site for reviews.

We don't use KOA's for camping. For that we usually go to government parks where we can hike and do other outdoorsy things. We use KOA's as we would a hotel when traveling. It is a place to eat breakfast and sleep while the rest of our time is spent seeing the areas various attractions or restaurants/brew pubs/concerts.
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Old 06-08-2016, 09:17 PM   #16
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Every campground is different and that goes for every KOA as well. We have stayed at about 175 campgrounds with about 75 of those being KOA's and there are maybe 5 I wouldn't return to. We have another 15 scheduled this summer/fall in CA, OR and WA. Plus another 15 other campgrounds. We only stay in full hookup campgrounds and almost always have a pull thru site and KOA usually fits that requirement. All 30 of our summer/fall reservations are FHU pull thrus.


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Old 06-09-2016, 01:08 PM   #17
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KOA = The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, but all yellow.

Do your research. Sites, amenities, etc. vary. For the most part they all have a rule set that is the same, weather they are accurate to that park is sometimes questionable.

Our kids are in college at the University of Texas at San Antonio. There's a KOA in San Antonio, I cringe every time I think we may have to stay there. The online reservations mean almost nothing. Yes they will have your name and a site for you, but it will not match the description you picked online. Sites are short and tight, wifi varies around the park.

Just about every time we pick a KOA I pick the largest site I can. San Antonio has constantly let me down. When you confront them about it, be prepared for unprofessional behavior. So just best to avoid that one.

Overall, with investigation you get what reviews say.
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Old 06-09-2016, 09:09 PM   #18
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On our way from Yellowstone to the west coast last year we stayed at several KOA and as others have said the quality varied from really good to never again. One that we stopped at because it was the only campground between where we were and where we wanted to go, it was listed as a new member of the KOA network and had high praise/reviews. Turned out it would be the highest priced site of the whole trip and turned out to be the worst. It so bad that I called KOA the nest morning to complained and asked if anyone even bothered to inspect these campgrounds or did they just collect a fee. It was a long discussion that I am sure did not change a thing but I sure felt better afterward.

Just a few of the things about the place, a site a few rows over had a big limb fall out of the tree on to their truck damaged the right front fender and hood. The buildings (bath and laundry) were literally rotting down and absolutely no lights, a muggers paradise. Would have felt safer in a dark alley in the slums. In fact I spent most of the night making sure everything we came in with was there in the morning.
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Koa in Branson, Missouri is nice...large sites, grass, asphalt parking, fairly level.....2nd trip here..
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Overpriced IMHO.


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