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Old 09-21-2007, 12:17 PM   #1
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How well does making reservations on line for KOA campgrounds work? Is it better to call the individual campgrounds?

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Old 09-21-2007, 12:17 PM   #2
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How well does making reservations on line for KOA campgrounds work? Is it better to call the individual campgrounds?

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Old 09-21-2007, 12:28 PM   #3
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I have booked online and I have called direct. No matter how you do it, you don't always get what you reserve. Twice when I booked pull thru's they gave me back in's. If you want a particular kind of space, I would call and ask them if they guarantee the space you book. If I have been to the campground before, I ask for a specific site number.
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Many KOA's have priced themselves so high that many RV'rs are looking elsewhere for their camping experiences. Some of their sites are in the $50 - $60 per night range.

They also have a $10.00 cancellation fee that is charged for cancellations made prior to 48 Hours The $10 is if you notify them by 4 p.m. two days prior to arrival date. Cancellations after that deadline results in forfeiture of the total deposit which is usually one night's campsite fee.

If you want to patronize KOA's it might be best to just show up without reservations. Or maybe just call them a few hours before arrival to verify site availability.
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In California KOA's have cost me $44 to $66 per night. In Oregon I paid $24 to $48. Private campgrounds always seem to cost less. Just my 2 cents worth.
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$78 per night at the KOA in Pigeon Forge, TN for a deluxe, back-in, 50 amp site. Plus they tack on a 11 3/4% tax.


But, they have free WiFi.
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Old 09-21-2007, 02:53 PM   #7
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I always thought of camping as a family experience. We try to take at least one of the grandsons with us each time we go. KOA rates are based on 2 per campsite and they charge $6 per day for everyone over that number. That makes the $66 per night $78 per night plus tax. I am now trying to avoid them when I can.
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Old 09-21-2007, 04:10 PM   #8
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Hi Tony G,
I use the KOA on line reservations and have never been disappointed. I have always received what I reserved.
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Old 09-22-2007, 05:03 AM   #9
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I try everything I can not to stay at a KOA. I get mad everytime I stay at one of their parks. They nickle and dime you to death. Personally, I think you would be better off by signing up with Passport America 1-800-681-6810. Lot cheaper.

If possible, We stay at a Corp of Engineers park or a State park. Generally on the water and spaces are not jamed together s/Toby
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Old 09-22-2007, 06:42 AM   #10
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Old 09-22-2007, 09:14 AM   #11
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Hitchhiker:
KOA = Keep On Adding </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

We don't stay at KOAs but I like my cmapground pricing alacart.

IMHO, a base rate for 2 adults is great. Adding extra $$$s for children, extra vehicles, fancy sites, pets, visitors, overnight guests, boats, etc., etc. is a fair pricing schedule.

A fee for cancellations is also fine by me. Making reservations/canceling on a toll free line may be free for me but it isn't free for the campground owner.

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KOA??

We went camping this weekend. I never thought I would say this, but we had no fun!

We were going to go stay at a COE on Lake Alatoona, here outside Atlanta, but they were full when we got there. (Couldn't make reservations due to an online glitch).

So, we went to a nearby KOA (located in Cartersville, GA) as a back up. WHAT A RIP!!!

$32/night for water/elec (30 amp); my daughter (extra $$) and Autumn's daughter (under 3 is free).

No Campfires! (I thought due to drought, but as I looked around, there are no fire rings anywhere.

Broken street lights between sites.

Broken or dilapidated picnic tables.

Can't use the REC Room due to some RV group had it locked and had 1st pick at it.

No one is outside enjoying their trip. The park is pretty full and we have seen 2 people walking their dogs. We said Hi and were ignored.

We got ants in the camper!!! BIG TIME!!

And we are currently packing up after this post and going home. It's 9:00am. Check out is at 12pm!

I would not recommend this place to anyone. If I had known this Friday night, I would have gone home and camped in the yard with the kids, with FULL hookups, and a campfire!

The only good thing about this trip was we went to the Original Mattress Factory and bought a new Queen mattress for the camper.

We are headed home...Time to go pack up.
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Thanks for all the replies. I would like to avoid KOA . We are heading to WDW in two weeks and some of them are very convenient to the interstates. Sounds like their not good places to stay except maybe for an overnighter!
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Give us your route and maybe someone can give you some advice on some good CGS on the way down. If you can, stay at
Fort Wilderness in WDW. It is worth the extra money for the activities and transportation around the theme parks. s/Toby
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