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Old 01-12-2013, 03:33 PM   #29
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Been to lots of KOA's and have never ran accross any as nice as the ones in the show, They should have shown Moab UT. now that would have been a little more of what I've seen and experienced
Or the one at Green River, Utah.

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Old 01-12-2013, 03:51 PM   #30
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After the Junction, TX KOA 6 years ago I said never again. April 2011 the Wind drove me into Fort Collins N. KOA, as I25 was closed in WY. $33 Not to bad, any port in a storm.

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Old 01-12-2013, 04:24 PM   #31
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The program seemed like a KOA infomercial.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:04 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by drfife View Post
The program seemed like a KOA infomercial.
I think all the Undercover Boss episodes are more like commercials for the business that is highlighted. Very rarely do they show a location that is terrible - although the one that had the Hooters CEO showed a location and manager that was HORRIBLE - but anyway ...

Why is it that all the CEO's seem to be blunderous oafs? I mean really ... has the KOA CEO really never cleaned a grill or cleaned up around his home? This doh-de-do-de-doah personification of the CEO's seems to be a recurring theme on this show.

Which just makes me think even more that the CEO's of these businesses are REALLY out of touch with the company that they are running!
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:47 AM   #33
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First - re: Undercover Boss - I have watched a number of episodes of Undercover Boss. Usually the employees offer improvement suggestions that the company then implements and/or a particular employee gets promoted or asked to help training at other locations. This episode showed just how inconsistent KOAs are and I didn't hear any improvements that would be implemented company wide.

Second - re: KOA Campgrounds - The first KOA we booked near North Conway, NH where we planned to spend two weeks, with our grandchildren. We had heard KOAs were great for kids. Our waterfront site was in a sandpit. To get to the water you would have to walk through the woods down a 20 foot drop. We could not even see the water. The utilities were at the front of the site. We were in a TT at the time. We were able to get all but $10.00 of our money back and went to a private campground a few miles away (Tamworth Campground which was very nice).

The second KOA we stopped at was in Holly, MI. The sites were so close together we could not open up our awning. We vowed never to stay at a KOA again. Still in our TT.

We had to stop at a KOA again in Wapakoneta, OH for an overnight, now in a Class A. The campground was very nice; the owners pleasant. We had a big pull-through site. The owners asked us to not give up on KOAs after we told them of our previous experiences. Continuing our trip south, we stopped at the Corbin, KY KOA. It was also very nice. We had a large site, clean laundry, good sized pool and dog park which our two Yorkies really enjoyed. We ended up staying two weeks.

Bottom line ... There is no consistency with KOAs and probably never will be. As far as I can see it is no different than having a "Good Sam" attached to the name. Buyer beware and check the reviews on every campground.
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The KOA in Bastrop TX is clean, kept up nicely and the owner was nice and accommodated a "late checkout" request we had even though the spot we were in was booked the next day. It was somewhat pricey based on us having four people at our site and staying in a "premium" spot, but overall it was a great experience and I would definitely recommend/return.
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They also neglected to mention "family friendly" KOA has that extra charge for "extra adults" even if they are "family". KOA values are spelled GREED

I have been at some reasonable ( price wise and clean ) KOA's most of which were located off Interstates west of Chicago.

99 percent of the KOA's on the east coast are overpriced and run down.

That being said, I do stop at them sometimes as quite a few are convenient to the highway for one nighters. So some do get a bad rating as they charge too much for locations next to RR tracks/highways or other busy areas. That fast turnaround of campers in those places make the owners turn them into more of a parking lot than a campground as they try to squeeze the last square foot into usable space.
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Years ago when traveling across the country with our kids we figured out what KOA stood for:
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KOA's are just like any other Campground, and they are all different. We have found a majority of campgrounds are well cared for and personnel are cordial. (That includes private, State Parks and KOA). Even franchise owners know about return customers and referrals..
Extra charges for more than 2 people are quite common, not a KOA exclusive....

We have found a few ringer's in all categories and have moved on. Using Park reviews on the net and Google maps, there are lot less surprises now. In the campground books, my rating of 1 to a 3 and the owner's SIL's 10 can refer to same campground.
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If you missed the show you can go to their web site and watch it.
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We missed the beginning where he put on the disguise and I wonder how that nerd ever got to be a CEO. He played it very well. I have watched other episodes and they have fired managers on the spot and even closed down a hamburger place on the first day. Being franchises, they are all going to be different. They have to meet minimum standards. KOA just recently divided their units into three different categories.
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Let me guess. More than it's worth. Almost more than it's worth. And not worth it.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:51 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by jsetti View Post
Bottom line ... There is no consistency with KOAs and probably never will be....
That pretty much says it. That's where the CEO should be putting his efforts. When we're traveling without the rig (or even with it sometimes) and we get hungry, we start looking for a Chick-fil-A or some other national chain restaurant. We may not get the greatest sandwich, but we know we won't get the worst either. On the rare occasion we pull into a KOA, we never know what we'll find. Maybe great, or maybe not even turn the engine off before leaving.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:54 PM   #42
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KOA is a last "resort" after Wally world.

Used to go once every 5-6 weeks for a weekend to Wekiva Falls Resort near our home just to get away. It became a KOA last year and is now off our list.
IMHO KOA is overpriced and not worth the trouble.

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