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Old 08-13-2012, 07:13 AM   #43
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Growing up in the 60s and 70s, my Mom would ONLY stay at KOA's because they had the cleanest bathrooms (we were in a pop up).

Over the last 14 years, DW has also gravitated to KOA's. We have found them to be consistantly clean even though we now have our own bathroom. We have a VIP discount card that gives us a discounted rate and free nights. The KOA in Sugarloaf Key is safe and clean with activities.

But the biggest driver for us in the campground rating in the Good Sam campground guide. If a non-KOA is a 9/9/9 and the KOA is rated 4/5/3, we're going to stay at the higher rated campground.
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As luck would have it, that is the very one I was forced to stay at when I had an awning problem. State Park was full. I thought it was a total cash grab at the time but had little choice. The State park is popular at certain times of year, the CG knows it and keys on getting the overflow. The facilities were acceptable but nothing special. The fact that it was KOA made me wonder what the hype was all about. Certainly nothing about my stay there makes me think twice about looking for another.
As I recall, the 'hostess' listed all kinds of extras - spa, deluxe playground or something. Things we were not interested in, and those perhaps could have been a tacked on fee to use. Anyway, there are other campgrounds/rv parks in the Astoria area, but without the Trailer Life software, and tourist freebe magazines I picked up at Sea Lion Caves and other stops, I wouldn't have known about them. We were specifically there to visit Fort Stevens with our grandson, so the KOA and OSP were the perfect locations.

We will not bypass KOA's based on the one at Astoria, but we will price shop -

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We also avoid KOA's, next they'll be charing you for the fresh air.
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Will the name KOA discourage you from staying at a campground?
Probably so.
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I'll stay at one if I have to, but we've found them high priced and poorly maintained. Years ago they were great, but I prefer dry stopping at Walmart before I do a KOA
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We haven't found one yet that was worth the money they want to stay there.
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I wonder if the CEO of KOA will see this? And/or reply!
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We stay at KOA whenever there is one on our route. Yeah I know their pricey, but the local completion is usually full of homesteaders. I have noticed 2 here in Texas have been converted to private RV CGs ie Junction Tx and one north of Waco on I35. And since the majority of you, don't like them there should be plenty of room for my rig whenever I need one.
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We haven't found one yet that was worth the money they want to stay there.
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we've found them high priced and poorly maintained
My sentiments exactly ...we do all we can to avoid any KOA. And in addition to the cost and maintenance issues, the last one we stayed in apx 5 years ago where there was absolutely no other option added us to their junk mail/email harassment list in spite of my request that they not add us to any contacts list.
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I avoid KOAs. Over priced for what they offer.
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I normally don't use KOA's because they are too pricey and would rather stay at a state , county park etc for much cheaper and more in a natural setting.
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No KOA for us. They get what they gave.
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