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easyrider65_01
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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katt
post Aug 25 2007, 08:09 PM
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I had my 2nd worst camping experience at a KOA. If they would have at least addressed my concerns I would have been satisfied.
KOA corporate office made excuses, the campground owner could care less about his campers safety or campground cleanliness.

To me, KOA is all about drunks partying into the wee hours and filthy restrooms. Not family friendly at all!

I no longer stay at KOA's .
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post Aug 25 2007, 09:17 PM
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post Oct 5 2007, 02:58 AM
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QUOTE(gilda @ Aug 25 2007, 10:17 PM) *

QUOTE(katt @ Aug 25 2007, 08:09 PM) *

I had my 2nd worst camping experience at a KOA. If they would have at least addressed my concerns I would have been satisfied.
KOA corporate office made excuses, the campground owner could care less about his campers safety or campground cleanliness.

To me, KOA is all about drunks partying into the wee hours and filthy restrooms. Not family friendly at all!

I no longer stay at KOA's .


Thats really too bad that you feel that way. Over 500 KOA's and you let one change your opinion of all. You obviously had a bad experience. You should let us all know the name of the park. KOA's are known for cleanliness. (especially the bathrooms).



The KOA at the Wisconsin Dells is a Presidents Award Winner for KOA. It is along the railroad tracks which preclude it from being "quiet", an advertising point made by THE OWNERS AND KOA CENTRAL. The train is so loud I could not shout to you at the site and you hear me!

It was advertised as clean although I can attest the satellite restrooms were NOT CLEANED for at least 2 days when I stayed there.
It was advertised as family friendly yet they want the drunks and not the families!

Both KOA and Wisconsin Dells KOA abdicated their responsibility where the safety and comfort of their campers are concerned. The owners/ managers were hiding. Almost $40 a night and they hide rather than enforce their own rules or take responsibility for their park.

Over 500 KOA's and I let one of THEIR Presidents Award Winners change my mind!
KOA thinks drunks are family friendly! KOA Refuses to admit the noise or the filth at their campgrounds.
I saw it. I heard it. They are liars! Plain and simple. If other campgrounds want this reputation, they can take on the KOA banner.

If KOA wants to clean up their act they will have to eliminate the false advertising at MANY of their properties.


We can hear the noise at the "quiet" parks they advertise next to trains and interstates.
We can see and smell the filth at KOA's restrooms where they advertise cleanliness.

All anyone has to do is visit to find the truth. They can lie once? And then what? Goodbye KOA! You taught me what is worst in a campground!

Good God! Have some backbone and take responsibility for yourselves! The obscenity you have become!
Just how many drunken idiots with 8 foot tall fires does KOA need to call themselves family friendly? I counted 3!
At just the ONE "PRESIDENTS AWARD WINNING KAMPGROUND" no less!

I am sick of your filth! Keep your freebie nights at your noisy, filthy campgrounds, I will camp somewhere clean and quiet!

KOA disgusts me! 500 opportunities for filth!!! You should be ashamed!!!!
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post Oct 6 2007, 09:44 PM
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gilda, THINK!

Just once try it.

You stay at a campground. They advertise HEAVILY about how "family friendly" and "quiet" their campground is, they advertise how "clean" they are, yet the bathrooms are filthy, their "families" are drunken jerks and the only time the drunks cannot be heard is when the train is drowning out all sound waves in human hearing range.
You get home and contact their main office only to be blown off by some guy not even from this country and hasn't a clue where the campground is even located.

You seem to believe that if you get a crap meal somewhere you should go back and eat more crap?

Keep eating your crap. I will go elsewhere and pay someone else to do their job correctly. KOA doesn't give a damn what garbage you eat just so long as you keep swallowing!
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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
RLM   IT IS OBVIOUS THAT KOA IS A LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP...   Nov 7 2007, 07:14 PM
gilda   deleted   Nov 7 2007, 10:37 PM
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