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Old 06-25-2015, 08:26 PM   #1
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KOA worth it?

My family has been camping for over 5 years now and this recent trip to Yellowstone we decided to overnight at 2 different KOA parks. We have in the past always stayed at state or national parks for less than $30 a night. The 2 parks where on the way to our location so we stayed over night. Both were gravel parking lots with close neighbors and $60+ each. Charged $5 per kid! I only have 3. I think I'm going to start looking for independent parks in the future. Does this typical?

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Old 06-25-2015, 08:43 PM   #2
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We have a KOA membership and also have the Good Sam membership. Its kind of hit and miss on KOAs as far as the quality of their facilities. We tend to only stay for one night when on a long trip. Get the Good Sam Camping directory. It lists all campgrounds, their rates, paved or not etc. They then give each campground a rating as far as facilities, etc.

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Old 06-25-2015, 09:20 PM   #3
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Sorry if I'm crossing forums here but...I find KOA's to be more expensive then their local counterparts. And, their sites are tight. But, they have a lot of amenities and I haven't been to one that wasn't extremely helpful and accommodating. In this pick, you can see as I'm hooking up I'm stretched across the street and in another site. This was our icebreaker weekend in Spring before any other local campground was open for the season.
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Old 06-25-2015, 09:48 PM   #5
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I stayed at 1 KOA. Never again! Nice tight sites and full services and $75 per night for the upgraded deluxe site. The regular site was $50 with no Sewer and back in, no room for my slides.
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Old 06-25-2015, 09:48 PM   #6
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Just left a KOA yesterday they bent over backwards to make it right and smooth, did not like the idea of wearing a bracelet to prove we were registered guest but I can understand the situation.

Right now at a private GC and the place is the pits of pits.

Drunk locals (no joke) host is rude WIFI is a joke direct TV only gotta have the box on a scale of 0-5 this place is a -6, will be moving on Saturday morning first light.

Just MHO but KOA kicked this place right off the radar screen, well perhaps this place did it to themselves.
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That's why they say KOA stands for Keep On Adding.
So, yes it's typical.
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:14 AM   #8
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They vary a lot. We stayed in one in northern ontario that was kampground of the year of couple of years ago. Great hosts and service. Great facilities and we had a huge lot.
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:42 AM   #9
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I rank KOA & Yogi Bear at just below the bottom of the barrel.
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It depends what part of the country how popular a place is as to the prices they charge. Also if any special events going on they are just like motels they raise there rates. We choose the ones we use that are reasonably. GS same way hit or miss sites will vary for both. Later RJD

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