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Old 02-14-2015, 09:25 AM   #1
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Do any of you ever stay at KOA camp grounds ? Have looked at one close to home it was nice. Going to stay at one in natural bridge va April 10th thru 13th and have seen a lot more wanting to try out. Just any information would be nice. Thanks
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:28 AM   #2
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We have used KOA in both Canada and the US. Like any other CG some are better than others. For the most part they don't offer the privacy and 'woodsy' setting that a state or provincial park do. They do however often have pools and others amenities.


Do a bit of research via sites like rvparkreviews etc to gauge what people have thought of that particular KOA.


We think of KOA as the McDonalds of CG. We pretty much know what to expect.
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:36 AM   #3
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Download and use the KOA app, it will explain and list all the amenities along with photos, park map etc. as stated some are better than others.
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Yes we used one last year near the Grand Canyon, there are two in that area one is newer with little or no shade the other is well shaded.

My suggestion is find it on Google map and look it over with the Earth view.

Read the reviews with a couple of pounds of salt.

We will be staying in one later this year and have used the lull time to read and ask people we know who have stayed there before.
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We have used KOA in both Canada and the US. Like any other CG some are better than others. For the most part they don't offer the privacy and 'woodsy' setting that a state or provincial park do. They do however often have pools and others amenities.


Do a bit of research via sites like rvparkreviews etc to gauge what people have thought of that particular KOA.


We think of KOA as the McDonalds of CG. We pretty much know what to expect.
x2 we also think KOA's are over priced. We do use them for one night stop overs but try to avoid them. More then once we reserved a site online and then we got to the campground they stated they did not have the type of site we reserved. One even said they give our site a way to someone that was staying longer and told us it's just business. I am sure there are some good ones out there but when you have more then one bad experience it says something.
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Before we went seasonal we stayed at a few as over night convenience stops while heading to our destination. One place wanted to charge us an early arrival fee because we arrived 30 minutes before their check in time. I couldn't believe it but he said it was corporate policy. We had a KOA card and I pulled it out and told them to get corporate on the phone. All of a sudden that early arrival fee went away. That was the last time we ever stayed at one. KOA = keep on adding.
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:54 AM   #7
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Ok. I do have there app. But know most of the time they are good for like a one night rest stop on a long trip. Just wandered how they are. I will also check out reviews. Thought about getting a card. Just going to see how it goes.
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I don't like generalizations, but I do feel like KOAs are usually more expensive than other campgrounds. I don't think I've ever been to one simply do to their nightly costs.
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We stay at them quite a bit. As mentioned above, they can be somewhat expensive, but they're always like McDonalds - you pretty well know what you're going to get. So while you may not get a GREAT place, you usually won't get a cruddy place. Of course, there are exceptions at each end.
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We stay at them quite a bit. As mentioned above, they can be somewhat expensive, but they're always like McDonalds - you pretty well know what you're going to get. So while you may not get a GREAT place, you usually won't get a cruddy place. Of course, there are exceptions at each end.

I like that description. Thumbs up.
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