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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 Jul 6 2007, 07:05 AM
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I am a gold card KOA-er, and I have to say that I much prefer KOA's over private campgrounds.
I like the gift certificate idea they have, we get enough in gift certificates through out the year
to pay for a campsites for two weeks a year and earn credit toward our next gold card and the 15 per cent discount is a plus in our minds.

I feel with KOA's there is a standard that needs to be met and in my experience the KOA's that I have stayed in met or exceeded that standard, as opposed to the private ones in which I have had bad experiences on a whole. Yes you do pay a bit more to stay at a KOA as opposed to some of the private ones, but at least I know with a KOA that if I do have a problem and the owner/manager does not address it I can take it to the headquarters where I will be heard.and I don't mind paying extra for the amminities that KOA offers, there are not many places you can get a hotel for yourself and family for about 40 bucks a night and if you do find one I am sure
that the "guests" will be coming and going all day and night.

The only KOA that I found did not meet the standards set by KOA was Rapid City, but in consideration I was staying there it was jammed packed and Sturgus Bike Rally had just ended the day before, so it's not fair to judge the campground at that time due to that fact. The staff was working there tails off with a smile trying to keep everything up to par, the guests on the other hand were working just as hard to trash the place, I am sure if I had visited it a few weeks before or after it would of been much different.

I know that if Billings gets enough bad comments about a campground and the issues are not addressed that KOA will no longer carry the KOA name or depending on where it is located
it will be bought out and run by KOA such as the Virginia Beach KOA, and brought back up to the standards.

At private campgrounds I have run into to many owners who need major attitude adjustments
it's a chore to even check you in, some police the grounds like a jail warden. I had one yell at me because my 3 year old son found that the bathroom echo'd and it was 2 pm in the afternoon
and he was getting a kick out of saying Hi and hearing it said back, yet a seasonal camper
could blast there music well into the night and nothing was said.
I had one scream at us for the way we backing the camper in and I mean scream! No one showed us to our site and we sat there for about 5 to 10 minutes trying to decide which site was which, and just where the sites were as the distinction between the two was non exsistant, so we decided to give it a whirl, and the owner/staff must of been watching as soon as we got backed in (luckily we were not all set up) he came flying over on his golf cart and screamed
at us and then and only then in no uncertain terms told us where to put the camper.
Due to this I tend to shy away from private owned campgrounds.
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post Jul 10 2007, 11:38 AM
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To each his own, but shying away from private campgrounds because of a few bad experiences.......well if you have a couple bad experiences at a KOA will you stop going to them?

One has only to look everyday at the new reviews coming in to see that private campgrounds appear to get 4-5 stars more often than the KOA's. A lot of private campgrounds must be doing something right in this consumer driven market.
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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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