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Old 02-15-2015, 08:22 AM   #31
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If your looking for full hook up, pool, laundry, wifi and things to keep the kids busy , mini golf, kids group craft type things outdoor movies, KOA's are great. If your looking for nature and a real quiet setting then they are not for you, KOA to me is Glamping or a place to stop overnight or for a couple of days while traveling. Now mind you they are well kept usually because that's part of their franchise if they are not they loose their franchise.

We did a trip to the Canadian Maritimes in 2013 and we used KOAs most of the time. The one private CG we used was mediocre at best and the NP was OK. We were a bit disappointed with one only because it didn't have a fire pit but otherwise it was fine.

For the most part, when you book at a KOA you know what you're getting. Clean facilities, no privacy.

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Old 02-15-2015, 08:49 AM   #32
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If you use the (KOA-Middleberry,In.) Check the (WATER) before you use it! They did give us a Booklet when we checked in late one night after having repair (Slide) done at the F/R Factory! All we wanted was hook up to water and take a COOL shower,it was (90+ all day)! The next AM I went to unhook the water hose and it was (RED/BROWN) inside as well as the Outside Filter! I looked in the Booklet for a phone# to call the Office,when I noticed the (DISCLAMER) about the (WATER) has a high (IRON Content)! My mistake ! Youroo!!

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Old 02-15-2015, 09:07 AM   #33
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The only one we've stayed at so far (we'll be at one in Apache Junction, AZ in a few weeks) is the one in Estes Park, CO. It's the first one they ever did, and it's the smallest, but it fits our PUP quiet well. We'll be there for the third time come September, when we're there for the Highland Games. It's close to the Games and to town, has good amenities, and the hosts/operators are really friendly and helpful.
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:59 PM   #34
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We use KOA for most trips like McDonald's you find a general constant quality. We also use Good Sam but some are a lesser quality.
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Old 02-24-2015, 10:46 PM   #35
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I agree there is variation location to location. One thing they all have in common is how friendly staff and campers have been. Even if you are there for a short stay everybody is friendly, it feels like a community right away.
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Old 02-25-2015, 07:25 AM   #36
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Agree with the McDonald's comparison. We nearly always use them for travel and destination stops. I cannot recall visiting a bad one, even in very remote areas. Naturally some are better than others.

Hitting a bad one could sour your view, permanently. We pulled into a JellyStone campground once and it was like a scene from Deliverance. Did not even stay and even today do not consider them as an option. But many like them.

Yah, they tend to cost more. The discount card helps, well a little. With a pop-up we often end up with full service because elec-water only is not available. Some will give the lower rate anyway.
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:27 AM   #37
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We have stayed at many and can not say a bad thing about them. Always clean and level sites. The people are always nice and polite.
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Old 02-27-2015, 12:04 PM   #38
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We stayed at the Madeira Beach KOA in St Pete, FL last year and it was great. We were backed up to the bay where we could keep the canoe in the water and right next to our Aviator. It was a big deal not to pull the boat out of the water every night. Good camp store and easy access to sites. Will go back later this year.
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Old 02-27-2015, 12:08 PM   #39
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We are seasonal campers now and still keep our KOA membership because the only places we found we could not stop visiting were a handful of KOA's. We love the one in natural Bridge (you have GOT to go to the safari next's like Jurrasic Park), and we go to the ones in Williamsburg and Watkins Glen every year.
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Old 02-27-2015, 01:00 PM   #40
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I stayed at the KOA in Holbrook AZ a few years ago. They were exactly twice as expensive as the place across the road... for exactly the same services. If the place across the road wasn't full, I'd have stayed there. The KOA has space for 40-50 RVs and I was only the third one there that night. I can't say anything negative about the park, as it was nice... but not any better than the one across the road, where I had stayed the year before... for half as much money. Why should I want a KOA card?

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