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post Sep 30 2004, 12:22 AM
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I am relatively new to owning an RV and I was wondering if KOAs as a whole are nice or if it better to stay non-franchise cg s. I f have stayed a few KOAs and I get the feeling that KOA does not monitor the cgs that are not in the more tourist areas. I plan on doing a lot of traveling and KOA has a great website to locate a cg. I hope that my poor experiences have been the exception rather than the norm. So, as a whole are KOAs to be avoided mad.gif or enjoyed biggrin.gif ?
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post Dec 6 2005, 08:34 PM
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biggrin.gif We are new Rver's, sold everything and went full time right off since June 2005 - left Las Vegas, NV and our first stop not knowing where to stay, but thanks to the highway sign was at Flagstaff, AZ KOA: a large park very much more of a CG to us than the RV Parks. They signed us up as KOA members. Showed us how to use their book and web site - we woke the next morning to the most refreshing quiet, cool temps., clean air and we were sold on using KOA's - - We are wintering right now at Starke, FL KOA & it is Super Fantastic - We have a Class C 30 ft. and have already traveled 19 states. We have stayed in 21 different KOA's returning to several as we went back through. With the exception of one all were well maintained, clean, quiet, convienent with friendly staffs. We also along the way have stayed at non-franchise rated by Good Sams, Wheelers, Trailer Life and info from different RV forums. Both times I used Wheelers we ran into dirty trashy parks that did not deserve the ratings they had listed, made me wonder who gave Wheelers the info as I don't think Wheelers would just print anything. Much better luck with Good Sams, Trailer Life and forums. I keep a file with the map/info from each RV park we stay at and make notes on them as to what we liked, names of staff and other campers we meet. As for price I research each park along the highways we are traveling & use their listed rates (not necessarily what we have paid, usually less) as my quideline for laying out our driving schedule - rates compaired to motels/hotels/eating all meals out and the KOA's are within line of all other CG's and RV parks. I found if we stay just outside the cities the rates are lower and we are still within the area. Nothing in life is perfect and when we travel we can now have our home with us and what few little things along the way that are just not as nice as we think they should be are not that earth shattering - enjoy the view!!
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easyrider65_01   KOA   Sep 30 2004, 12:22 AM
Cheryl   We have stayed at some very nice KOAs and some ver...   Sep 30 2004, 06:41 AM
mollie   We have stayed at some very nice KOAs and some ve...   Jul 13 2007, 12:12 PM
Cheryl   [quote name='Cheryl' post='1368' date='Sep 30 200...   Jul 30 2007, 02:51 PM
Beastdriver   Its like any other campground chain, as Cheryl say...   Sep 30 2004, 08:29 AM
Sunflyer   We've been fulltiming since 1999. At first we...   Sep 30 2004, 07:32 PM
John S.   We use our MH to travel and put on many more miles...   Oct 1 2004, 02:38 PM
Cheryl   One KOA that I would stay at when in the area is t...   Oct 1 2004, 03:32 PM
rscraig   We camp in a pop-up, so the cleanliness of the sho...   Oct 3 2004, 09:46 PM
vegasken   :( We also used to stay at KOA's but they pric...   Oct 4 2004, 01:26 AM
mittshel   Some good, some bad. Most overpriced. KOA was so...   Oct 5 2004, 01:26 PM
zipper1   We've had mixed experiences with Koa's. W...   Oct 7 2004, 05:53 PM
Camper Man   I have stayed at a few KOA campgrounds. They are ...   Oct 10 2004, 06:22 AM
rustysf350   I stay at KOA as a last resort. They are over pric...   Oct 19 2004, 06:53 PM
RVman3252   There are good and bad KOA's... but I have alw...   Oct 21 2004, 11:35 PM
philhoey   KOA seem to be trying to improve their image. 25 ...   May 12 2005, 11:17 AM
Art D   I consider KOA as an overnight stop that you can r...   May 13 2005, 09:18 AM
sparky   KOA's as a whole to me are very tight to get i...   Oct 30 2007, 10:27 AM
partyof5   We have stayed at a few KOA's and some were go...   May 13 2005, 02:53 PM
mmnava   If you get a chance...stop at the KOA in Carlsbad,...   May 17 2005, 09:49 AM
buddybleau   If you're just going to be there overnight, wh...   May 21 2005, 05:21 PM
TheHabu   I'm just getting started as an RVer too. I...   Jun 19 2005, 09:22 AM
Beastdriver   KOAs are just like any other chain of campgrounds-...   Jun 19 2005, 10:52 AM
skippy   We've stayed at a couple of KOA's and I th...   Jun 22 2005, 08:29 PM
Cheryl Fuller   Like most, I find KOA's to be generally over-p...   Jun 24 2005, 10:17 PM
Navigator64   We stayed at 21 different KOA's on a cross cou...   Jun 25 2005, 10:11 AM
genestoy   Navigator64, Could you elaborate a little more ...   Jun 25 2005, 12:11 PM
michaelforce   Thanks to everyone who created this site and to th...   Jun 25 2005, 03:04 PM
rz8425   We agree that there's some good and some bad K...   Jun 27 2005, 11:37 AM
Navigator64   Yep, it was the Glendale one. Skip it. Lousy sit...   Jun 27 2005, 12:58 PM
denbroncs   Like private campgrounds, KOA's can be good an...   Jun 29 2005, 07:46 AM
jim1632   My wife likes to make reservations and we have rel...   Jun 29 2005, 11:28 AM
Cheryl   Smart move, oh yeah, welcome to the forum. :lol:   Jun 29 2005, 01:50 PM
DrSus   :huh: As most reviewers have noted, KOA's ar...   Sep 10 2005, 06:16 PM
John Blue   Over the past years we have only found two KOA...   Sep 10 2005, 09:02 PM
Butch   Our experiences with KOA campgrounds run the full ...   Dec 6 2005, 09:37 AM
jensjems   :D We are new Rver's, sold everything and went...   Dec 6 2005, 08:34 PM
Beastdriver   jensjems: Welcome to this site and welcome to the...   Dec 7 2005, 09:13 AM
Cheryl   Beastdriver, Since you seemed to take great deli...   Dec 7 2005, 04:14 PM
Beastdriver   Cheryl: Thank you for the correction. May I quote ...   Dec 7 2005, 09:29 PM
sbryant6   We like the KOA's for the cleanliness of the f...   Dec 8 2005, 09:09 AM
Cheryl   At that point in time, I hadn't corrected anyo...   Dec 8 2005, 06:11 PM
genestoy   Now children! Take a deep breath--the holiday...   Dec 8 2005, 07:06 PM
Beastdriver   Genestoy: Thanks for the humor. Cheryl's pro...   Dec 8 2005, 07:23 PM
Cheryl   I do not operate on a double standard and I don...   Dec 9 2005, 01:24 PM
danshula   Hi, KOA is more of a family oriented C.G and they ...   Jan 25 2006, 07:08 AM
Everafter Camper   :rolleyes: Hello everyone, I'm going to try a...   Jan 25 2006, 08:27 PM
Dogbone   I am with the majoroty here, I stay at them as a l...   Jan 30 2006, 07:25 PM
aMazin   KOA's are a mixed bag of good and bad. We pr...   Jan 31 2006, 10:39 AM
mjhoffman   Okay guys, this is my first time in the pool but I...   Jan 31 2006, 03:27 PM
gwbischoff   Okay guys, this is my first time in the pool but ...   Jun 22 2007, 02:51 PM
rangiebob   $40 to sleep in your own bed is a bargain. ...   Jun 22 2007, 05:09 PM
Travelin Rose   Everyone is looking for something different in a c...   Jan 31 2006, 04:34 PM
denbroncs   We stay with them often. Like all camps there are...   Jan 31 2006, 06:32 PM
Sunflyer   $40 to sleep in your own bed is overpriced wh...   Jun 23 2007, 07:43 PM
gwbischoff   $40 to sleep in your own bed is overpriced w...   Jun 25 2007, 04:32 PM
popup6   I am a gold card KOA-er, and I have to say that I ...   Jul 6 2007, 07:05 AM
Sunflyer   To each his own, but shying away from private camp...   Jul 10 2007, 11:38 AM
Big Ben   We some time use Koa when in rout to our destinati...   Jul 10 2007, 02:27 PM
fireproof74   When staying at any KOA i always take a look at th...   Jul 15 2007, 12:39 AM
denbroncs   KOA's are like doctors; most are good & so...   Jul 16 2007, 08:12 AM
Old Dan   I'm a newcomer at RVing but this summer we sta...   Jul 27 2007, 03:24 PM
Chris Blom   When I am travelling and stopping overnight, I usu...   Aug 6 2007, 07:09 PM
BJMA   My wife prefers a KOA, I on the other hand perfer ...   Aug 21 2007, 02:48 PM
KAC   We just finished a 2 1/2 week trip through the Dak...   Aug 24 2007, 09:33 AM
mastercraft   We have not stayed at many KOA's in the past. ...   Aug 24 2007, 11:11 AM
katt   I had my 2nd worst camping experience at a KOA. If...   Aug 25 2007, 08:09 PM
gilda   deleted   Aug 25 2007, 09:17 PM
gwbischoff   I had my 2nd worst camping experience at a KOA. ...   Sep 7 2007, 03:16 PM
HappiestCamper   [quote name='gilda' post='8172' date='Aug 25 2007...   Sep 8 2007, 08:29 AM
gwbischoff   To me, KOA is all about drunks partying into the w...   Sep 10 2007, 01:18 PM
HappiestCamper   As far as the corporate aspect of it. Again, if y...   Sep 11 2007, 08:53 AM
katt   I had my 2nd worst camping experience at a KOA. ...   Oct 5 2007, 02:58 AM
katt   gilda, THINK! Just once try it. You stay at ...   Oct 6 2007, 09:44 PM
gilda   deleted   Oct 7 2007, 10:01 AM
denbroncs   I've had a poor meal at Ruth's Chris steak...   Oct 7 2007, 01:19 PM
AceFace   >>Don't paint with such a broad brush....   Sep 8 2007, 09:24 PM
RLM   Just some interesting figures to add to this discu...   Sep 11 2007, 01:37 PM
gwbischoff   Again, I think my point is lost. The "broad ...   Sep 11 2007, 02:18 PM
RLM   [quote name='gwbischoff' date='Sep 11 ...   Sep 11 2007, 07:52 PM
gwbischoff   [quote name='gwbischoff' date='Sep 11...   Sep 12 2007, 12:17 PM
Patster1234   I am a newbie here. After reading many of the pos...   Sep 27 2007, 06:15 PM
pianotuna   Hi Patster, I find KOA campgrounds to be on the e...   Sep 27 2007, 07:13 PM
gilda   deleted   Sep 28 2007, 09:26 AM
ddbradley952   I am relatively new to owning an RV and I was won...   Sep 27 2007, 09:52 PM
Warren Wilke   Looks like Mr. Bradley has way to much time on his...   Oct 1 2007, 10:30 PM
gilda   deleted   Oct 5 2007, 11:10 AM
gwbischoff   Aye caramba... So, by your logic katt, if my wors...   Oct 10 2007, 12:39 PM
Bud in Florida   I have stayed at some very nice KOAs and some not ...   Oct 14 2007, 08:45 AM
leftyf   I have stayed at some very nice KOAs and some not...   Oct 23 2007, 11:38 AM
mogulman   Koa's are nice for a quick stop. They are alw...   Oct 14 2007, 01:54 PM
Testudo   Gee ! Is this topic _still_ going ?!?...   Oct 25 2007, 05:24 PM
Butch   Good Grief   Oct 25 2007, 06:35 PM
Testudo   Yeah, sorry, I was referring to 'Cheryl Fulle...   Nov 7 2007, 04:38 PM
Cheryl   Why do you care when or if I post on a thread, or ...   Oct 26 2007, 07:06 PM
denbroncs   Why do you care when or if I post on a thread, or...   Oct 27 2007, 08:08 AM
Testudo   I can appreciate those feelings. Still, KOAs co...   Nov 7 2007, 04:52 PM
Cheryl   No, we are not one and the same. Although, we do h...   Nov 7 2007, 05:51 PM
gilda   deleted   Nov 7 2007, 10:37 PM
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