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Old 06-03-2015, 09:59 PM   #15
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We have done a few KOA's for one or two nights while traveling and they were all good. But have heard of others that were not so good. We go to a KOA in Vermont twice a year, for a vintage camper rally that the campground owners put on. The owners, husband & wife, are the nicest people ever. They love vintage campers and give a discount for those that own one. It's a small campground and well kept. They took an old camper and made it into a food wagon. They are very accommodating to our needs, even gave us a free night after the last rally because we stayed to help another couple whose truck had broke down. The work campers there have always been extremely nice too. We are already booked there through next year.
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Old 06-07-2015, 06:15 AM   #16
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Yes, KOA's run the gammut. Personally I stopped using them when their prices increased so dramatically, which was a long time ago. When I went on my first big trip with my Scamp in 2001 I stayed at the KOA outside of W. Yellowstone. I paid nearly $40 per night there and then was at the KOA outside of Jackson Hole and paid $36 per night. I can't imagine what they charge now some 14 years later.

Now neither one of those KOA's were worth the cost. I had not cross country camped in years at the time and was unsure of doing so in the middle of summer without reservations in popular areas. That is the only reason I made reservation in these KOA's.

I haven't been in one since.
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I recently stayed at about 4 kOA in Virginia and SC, the prices were $34 to $43 and they were very good, that was in April prices may be higher at peak times. Carl
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We found in our travels that the quality of SP's vary from state to state and park to park. We camped at two Alabama SP's last winter. .The bathrooms were non functional or in bad disrepair ,the water was undrinkable (bleach), sewers / dump stations did not drain, roads had large potholes like the park had been bombed and a park staff that was content to sit on their butt. Walmart is starting to sound better and better. I hope other states do not follow Alabama's lead ! It seems every time the government runs short of funds ,our parks our the first place they look to cut .
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Old 06-07-2015, 07:13 AM   #19
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Like Steve says, they're all different, both state and private campgrounds. Also opinions of the same park will vary. We tend to keep going back to the same parks that we know and like, which in a way is not good because it eliminates new experiences.
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Old 06-07-2015, 10:42 AM   #20
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if it is a self proclaimed resort or a KOA I look elsewhere , koa`s just are not worth it .
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Old 06-07-2015, 10:46 AM   #21
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if it is a self proclaimed resort or a KOA I look elsewhere , koa`s just are not worth it .
Come on Hershel, that's a subjective statement based on needs. Your needs may not meet others needs. To say something is not worth it... remember, in the eye of the beholder.
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Some KOA's are nice. The brand of campground is nowhere near as important as the people RUNNING it. Everything rises and falls on leadership. We stayed at a KOA in Idaho that was just great. Clean, well maintained, level sites, nice showers, and attentive hosts. Someone is leading that.


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Old 06-07-2015, 11:13 AM   #23
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The whole point of branding is ensure a standard of quality.
You go to Arby's knowing what you are going to get.
All KOAs should be "nice".
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KOA and other camp grounds declining??

True Glenn, but some Arby's are not so hot and some are good. Leadership.


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Old 06-07-2015, 11:17 AM   #25
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I thought they were all dreadful. "I'm so hungry, I could eat at Arby's" - The Simpsons.
Anyway, the leadership at KOA should be removing the franchise from the campgrounds that don't live up to the standard.
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KOA and other camp grounds declining??

Agreed. I think it's like many franchise or branding models. They become a success by doing something quite well, and adhering to a strict quality standard. Then, once they're well recognized, they sometimes think they don't have to try as hard. Think of all the franchises or brand names you've encountered where the difference in quality varies widely from one location to another. Don't even get me started about McDonalds or Chilis.


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The whole point of branding is ensure a standard of quality.
You go to Arby's knowing what you are going to get.
All KOAs should be "nice".
That is the truth ! Pat
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Old 06-07-2015, 11:42 AM   #28
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Harvest Hosts is a membership type group.. We got it as a gift but I think it is something like $45 a year. Cheaper than two nights at a mediocre campsite and, we hope, a lot mor fun. We will let you know as soon as we use it in a couple of weeks.
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