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Old 06-08-2016, 12:16 PM   #1
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KOA?

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, 12:21 PM   #2
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Anywhere from great to crappy. But, most all of them will guide you into a spot. Read the reviews for each campground before deciding.
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:27 PM   #3
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Just like anything elsa. There are really nice KOA's and some that are just average. They do have to maintain a certain standard, but some are much nicer than others.
We have stayed at quite a few. Some, like Gettysburg KOA, are outstanding. 5 stars everyday. Fancy Gap, Va KOA, another 5 star.
Va Beach KOA, not so great. Harpers Ferry KOA in West Va, not so great. Have stayed at both, won't go back unless no other is available.
Every state/region will be different, and alot depends on the owners and how they take care of their campground, and how they and their employees take care of their guests.
Check out the RV Park Reviews web site. Great info and help when looking for a campground in just about any area in the Good Ole USA.
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:28 PM   #4
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Just remember that they're all independently owned and operated. No more friendly or clean than the next campground. Honestly, my opinion is that it's just a networking gimmick... Paying the fee gets campgrounds access to the club members.
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Tight sites, expensive. I use 'em solely for overnighting while on way to actual camp sites.
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:39 PM   #6
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Echoing several of the sentiments expressed above, there is a wide variability to what you can get. I've been in very nice KOA's with nicely landscaped sites and loads of amenities (and these ones tend to be overrun with kids) and I've also been in one's I'd never willingly go back to (barren, uneven sites, 100yds from the interstate). The latter I only used because they were at the right location on a multi-day trip to someplace better. Considering the latter, I wonder what the minimum standard is... no garbage actively blowing around and a low murder rate?
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:43 PM   #7
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We stay at KOA's most of the time, though some have bigger sites then others. Between the KOA's we've stayed compared to the other CG's we stayed at, I'd rather stay at a KOA. But every CG has it's pros and cons just like everything else and it really comes down to what you like.
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:56 PM   #8
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As a general rule, we try to avoid them. Pro's: the bathrooms are usually sparkly clean. Con's: sites too close together; no ambiance or beauty (compared to a COE or state park campground); too expensive for what you get. We only stay in a KOA when it's our only option for a quick overnight stop while transiting through.
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:58 PM   #9
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We use KOAs most of the time when available/convenient, and plan travel around KOA availability. Kind of like McDonalds; there is a reasonable expectation the campground will be decent. They are independently owned, but do report up to and are reviewed by the corporate overlord. We've found them to be so-so to excellent. I cannot recall staying at a bad one. (there have been a couple non-KOAs that we decided to move on rather than stay. maybe we just haven't hit the bad ones.). Even with the discount card they are not the cheapest, the one in Great Falls last year was $108! I think we paid half that the year before but last year we had a reservation. Maybe that jacked the price.
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We try to camp every other weekend, and then take a long, 10 days or so, trip every summer. On our weekend stays, there are 2 KOA's that are in the area of about 90 mins, and a few more if we expand to about 2.5 hours. All of those ones we find to be very nice. So we decided to get a membership as we frequent them the most often. And we enjoyed a stay a few weeks back that was only $10 per night as KOA members. I don't know the details, my wife usually handles that.


So if there are KOAs that you like that are conveniently located to you, being a member might work for you. If there aren't any close, or the ones that are close are lousy, then it wouldn't be worth it for you. No one size fit for every situation. So far we have been pleased with the KOAs we have been to.
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