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Old 10-21-2014, 09:01 PM   #1
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KOA campgrounds…...

…..what do you'll think about them?

We've had limited experience with them but…..my impression is that they are overpriced by about $10/nite, thus we use them as a last resort….am I wrong??
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Old 10-21-2014, 09:06 PM   #2
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Like everything, there are good ones ... and then there are the rest. In general, we like the KOAs that are off the beaten path. Avoid the ones that are right on the highway (most of them, it seems). If we want to listen to highway noise all night, we can stay at WalMart. Having said that, we prolly only spend a couple nights a year at a KOA. \ken
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KOA is similar to Holiday Inn or Hampton Inn but for RV & other camping. I've only had two bad experiences with KOAs and I don't think those sites are still KOAs.
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And do not forget the railroad tracks that seem to run beside them all. . .
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Old 10-21-2014, 09:26 PM   #5
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In general, they are a decent, safe place to visit. Some are very nice,
a few are not. If you are traveling with kids, there are usually more
things to do for them at KOA's. There are many that are great, you
will just have to check the reviews.
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KOA does usually seem more expensive and they have amenities we do not normally use. They seem to be popular with families that have kids. We occasionally have grand-kids with us but still usually find a better choice of campgrounds.
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As a general rule we have found KOA's to be dependable places to stay: clean restrooms, decent level sites, and friendly hosts. They are expensive and do not always offer the roomiest sites. But we go there when we're on a trip, tired, and want someplace dependable with full hookups.
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In general, they are a decent, safe place to visit. Some are very nice,
a few are not. If you are traveling with kids, there are usually more
things to do for them at KOA's. There are many that are great, you
will just have to check the reviews.
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Get a Koa discount card if you want to save some money. We always look for and compare to Good Sam rated parks. We check reviews. Been in some fantastic ones and some not so. I agree, they seem to be about $10 a night over others. The discounts add up so we probably are only about $5 difference.
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I think they are generally better, but of course there are exceptions. We've run into some "regular" campgrounds that are dumps, even though they have decent exceptions. Their WiFi is generally better, and they generally have decent cable TV. So if I have a choice where I want to stop, I choose a KOA.
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We've stayed overnight at a few KOAs when they're convenient or the only one near where we want to be when we shut down for the night!

I always sneak a peek using Google sat. view, read the reviews and use my KOA discount card. They do seem to be a little higher than many CGs but sometimes convenience is worth a few dollars.
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My big problem with KOA is not the advertised nightly price. It is the ADD ONS that you don't find out until you check in...ie daily pet fee, activity fee. Be upfront and tell me what it costs and then I will make my decision.
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will not stay at them - usually too close together, too expensive,
if they have any, they are usually amenities charged for we won't use...
there are always alternatives...
rvparkreviews,
tripadvisor,
google,
good same trip planner,
etc...

KOA = Keep On Adding (cost)
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My big problem with KOA is not the advertised nightly price. It is the ADD ONS that you don't find out until you check in...ie daily pet fee, activity fee. Be upfront and tell me what it costs and then I will make my decision.
This is something I've never encountered in the midwest. Is it a common practice in FL, or just among KOA's? The only extra fee I ever encountered at a KOA was one in Higgins Lake, MI that charged for use of the wifi if usage was more than one hour (which had to be a continuous time, not broken up throughout the day). I did complain about that.
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