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Old 01-12-2013, 02:35 PM   #29
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$85/day seems unreasonable, did you question and is that the advertised on line price. I know some KOA's have premium patio sites with bar-b-que set ups.
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$85/day seems unreasonable.
Yup it is unreasonable especially if one cant expect a hot shower for that price, which was my experience. The prices KOA charges on the west coast are often high compared to prices they charge further inland. Their prices also go up in relationship to how close they are to a big tourist attraction.
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But South Carolina for $85/day?????
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How does KOA pricing work. Is is set by the individual campground owner, and they just pay a fixed or percentage fee to KOA for being part of their system?
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I have a feeling their prices are set by headquarters/franchise agreement. If you go to any KOA website, their prices are shown, normally $45-55 for a campsite. If you belong to KOA there is a 10% discount and after 5 days you get one free.
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I have a feeling their prices are set by headquarters/franchise agreement. If you go to any KOA website, their prices are shown, normally $45-55 for a campsite. If you belong to KOA there is a 10% discount and after 5 days you get one free.
Some of the ones I have stayed at also have what they call a "Resort" fee of $6 a night on top of their camping fees.
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Yes, those located in the high rent areas like disneyland/disneyworld locales. Some locales charge this fee no matter if you are in a KOA or a hotel, denoted as amusement tax or recreation tax. You should know before hand if this is the case. I remember a long time ago making reservations using my AAA handbook, which use to guarantee the rate quoted in their travel books.. Calling a place in Sturgis, SD and getting a price that was 5 times the book rate was. I was told, that 51 weeks out of the year it was the written amount $40/night, but one week they charge the higher $200 amount. You live and learn. That was the year I learned about the KOA in the BADLANDS NP. Although it was 90 miles away, their cabin rates were $25/night. My first KOA experience and one of my favorite locations.
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How does KOA pricing work. Is is set by the individual campground owner, and they just pay a fixed or percentage fee to KOA for being part of their system?
According to their website"Ongoing franchise fees include an 8 percent royalty, and a 2 percent advertising fee used for marketing programs which add to the recognition and success of KOA campgrounds. KOA franchise fees are based solely on site registration revenue"

Their website also indicates that they have a computer system Campground Management system which they say "KampSight’s rate management capabilities and KOA support also provide a streamlined process that ensures you receive the price you deserve for your services. Why? Because offering the right price, for the right site, at the right time, to the right camping guest is an effective way to increase your camping revenue without adding a single additional camper"

Sounds like they have a computer system that sets the rates but no indication if they can disagree with it, but I suspect they can.
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Yes, those located in the high rent areas like disneyland/disneyworld locales. .
LOL had never really though of little Astoria Oregon in context to Disneyland before.
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Thanks for the link and confirmation, Carol. Kinda figured it worked something like that.
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We are willing to pay for comfort, and KOAs are still cheaper than hotel rooms. If one is dirty, I won't return, but our experience with KOAs has been positive.

Hotels do the same thing. If you stay at a hotel in a tourist location, you pay a lot for them too.

Didn't the show say that the CEO worked his way up through the system? Maybe he was offering the manager who got the money for schooling a chance to do the same, since she had come from a difficult background.
My guess is that the skin spa gives KOA guests a discount .

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I bought my campers so that I could have low costs when staying overnight/traveling. I can get into a motel 6 for cheaper than a lot of the KOA's, plus I am spending more on gasoline and wear and tear on my car to haul my camper.
I am not about to pay those high camping fees for a small hunk of land just big enough to park my camper on overnight. Nor will I pay $100 or more a night to get a motel and warm the bed overnight and hit the road again.
No bed bugs in my camper, and I have my own personal belongings. I haul my camper so I can have my own place. However I do not like paying the big bucks to haul my camper to a fancy high priced resort campground. Maybe if having kids I would consider Yogi Bear campground, or a KOA, but for now being retired, I need the basics at a low price just so I can travel just a bit. Therefor I have avoided all KOA's because of their high costs when traveling.
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Ah, to each his/her own. We avoid Motel 6s now because we've had thin blankets, hard old mattresses, questionable locations, and VERY interesting neighbors (next door and in the thread-bare carpet). But everyone should have their own choice of staying where they would like and can afford. We happen to like KOAs.
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$85/day seems unreasonable, did you question and is that the advertised on line price. I know some KOA's have premium patio sites with bar-b-que set ups.
was a nice pool and office our site was a mud hole ,and pine needles bath rooms were old and run down about 3 miles from Myrtle Beach S.C. they had about 15 employees mostly doing nothing .
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