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wjmblm

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We are playing a trip from Santa Maria (CA) to San Antonio (TX) (spend 5days) then to Albuquerque (NM) (spend 3days) then the Good Sam Rally and back home. I used the Good Sam site also the Trailer Life Directory to review RV trailer parks along the way. Some have user reviews and easy access others did not. Haven help me if I pick the wrong one, even though we will be staying only one night in most of them.
Then a friend asks if we had thought about staying at the KOAs on our trip. I said no because some are were not in the Directory. He said that they sometimes are a little more expressive than others but most have easier access off/on freeways. Also they might be more uniform in the parks from one to the next.
What do the experience RV travelers do? We do plan to stay at an Elks lodge or two on the way to San Antonio, Albuquerque and home.
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Posted: 10/28/12 05:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RV Park Reviews Pick your state/city along your route and check out available CG's

KOA CG's Check them out along route

KOA's are usually located along major routes so easy off/on access.

They are a bit pricey.........but have common facilities (pool, playground etc.)


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Posted: 10/28/12 06:03pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My only draw to KOA CG's on trips have been their standards of operation (typically clean, well lit, and easy access to highways). On the downside, they are the most expensive stays I've made at a CG - I still find it crazy that a "family campground" charges extra for kids...

So the short answer is yes and no.


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We travelled to Colorado in the summer of 2010 and we stayed in KOA's our entire trip. The grounds are clean and easy access from major Hway's. They have pools, small stores, serve breakfast etc. Some people do not like them as they can be crowed but it is for one night. We stayed in the KOA in Custer SD, it was close but we were only there at night and it was quiet. We have a Hybrid so we would hear just about everything.

I recommend you try them


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I recently made a trip to Michigan and stayed at 3 KOA's on the way up. All were well maintained, staff friendly and helpful, and were easy to get to from the road. They all had more amenities than I would ever use but for folks travelling with kids, needing to do laundry, swim, seemed a good deal. They are not all alike however. One had nice spacious sites, one had sites right on top of each other. One had some really fowl smelling and tasting water which has convinced me never to leave home without some onboard water. Some had cable, some not. Some had Wi-Fi, but in one case it was a county supplied system and veeerrryy slow.

I would not hesitate to stay at another one but go to their website and check each campground out. They usually have pictures that will help.


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1rickw

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Posted: 10/28/12 06:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you do decide to go to several KOAs, be sure to buy the Rewards Card. It is $24.00 per year, but you get 10% off every camping trip. We stay at one near Monterey, CA, (Moss Landing) We stay up to 7 days each time. We have been to this one on 4 different occasions this year, so we have saved approx $200.00 for our $24.00. By the way, this one is a KOA Express. No Swimming pool, playground etc. It does have laundry and showers, however.


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Posted: 10/28/12 06:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

KOA has started what they call KOA express CG's.

The CG I just left because it went into foreclosure and closed their doors, just reopened as a KOA Express. Big sign outside says KOA EXPRESS $20.00 per night. The daily rate at this same CG was 34.00 plus all those ridiculous bed, county and state taxes I was paying around 48.00. So it would interesting to see if the big sign for 20.00 per night includes all their taxes!

Don't really get it though the owner said it's for short stays. So does that mean even though it's a full service CG they will NOT let you stay more days or at a weekly or monthly rate and that they are going to turn away their annual snowbird visitors that have been going there for the years?


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Posted: 10/28/12 06:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are reserving sites at KOAs, ask what the bottom line price is. I have been to KOAs that quoted me a price and then added extra charges.

I have heard that KOA stands for "Keep On Adding".


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hershey

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Posted: 10/28/12 06:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

KOA's generally are very nice campgrounds but they do keep adding pet, children, extra person, pool charges, air etc extra charges. Plus they are expensive to start with.


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Posted: 10/28/12 06:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Several times a year, KOA will offer a stay Friday night and get Saturday night free, for those with a KOA reward card. Taking advantage of those will also more than cover the cost of the card.

Each location is different. We have even visited one that is corporate owned, it by far was the nicest one we have visited.


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