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Title: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: OutdoorFT on July 03, 2017, 12:23:02 AM
I know KOA is a touchy subject here. Rightfully so. In my experience at only 2 different KOAs, Ive had no problems there. One has since been bought out and the other is the one in the finger Lakes region of NY.

I will say if I had an RV, I would limit my stays there. However, since Im RVless and tent camping isnt as fun as it sounds, I opt for their kabins. I paid same price per night as a hotel with my AAA discount. So I don't mind paying for a weekend (or few weekday) stay.

Mid sept they have their appreciation weekend. Stay the 15th, get 16th free. So 3 nights will only run me $150. Thats almost one night in their deluxe.

Only applies to VKR members. Which even if you bought the membership and got a free night, youre still ahead $40.

Anyway..just letting anyone know who uses KOAs its a good weekend to visit.
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: Rene T on July 03, 2017, 05:53:24 AM
Only applies to VKR members. Which even if you bought the membership and got a free night, youre still ahead $40.

What's VKR?
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: malexander on July 03, 2017, 06:04:14 AM
The ONLY problem I have with KOA is, it seems like every one of them is right next to a railroad track. And the train comes through at 2 am every morning.

Other than that, I've enjoyed all the KOAs I've stayed in.
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: Tom on July 03, 2017, 06:43:01 AM
VKR = Value Kard Rewards  ???
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: Dragginourbedaround on July 03, 2017, 06:45:49 AM
What's VKR?
VKR is KOA's membership card. You acquire points every time you use it. We acquire enough points each year to offset the yearly cost. And each year they offer an early renewal for $30.
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: OutdoorFT on July 03, 2017, 11:07:15 AM
The ONLY problem I have with KOA is, it seems like every one of them is right next to a railroad track. And the train comes through at 2 am every morning.

Other than that, I've enjoyed all the KOAs I've stayed in.
Luckily, Ive never had that experience. We got corn fields across the road. My kind of neighbors
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: malexander on July 03, 2017, 03:13:54 PM
Luckily, Ive never had that experience. We got corn fields across the road. My kind of neighbors


Yeah, but they have lots of ears.lol
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: PopPop51 on July 03, 2017, 07:13:55 PM
This isn't meant to be a KOA commercial, though I realize it will probably read like one.
We camp at KOAs quite a bit. Not by design, but because they seem to fit the purpose of our trips fairly frequently.
We use our RV as an alternative to hotels and airlines, so where we camp is determined more by proximity to our "real" destination than by the campground environment itself. KOAs tend to be fairly close to population centers, so whether we're traveling to visit clients, explore a museum or experience a sporting event there's likely to be a KOA among the options.
I admire a business that chooses its market, even if that market is not me. KOA's main target seems to be families with children who camp close to home for a weekend or a week at a time. Accordingly, many KOA have nice pools, frisbee golf, playgrounds, and pizza delivery. Quiet and wilderness are not what they're about.
KOAs are franchised, not company owned. It's difficult for any business that doesn't own its outlets, be it KOA or Burger King, to control quality. KOA quality varies quite a bit, but in recent years it seems to be getting both more consistent and better. Five years ago I was chatting with a KOA offical who was camped next to me at the KOA in Leander, Texas near Austin. He acknowledged that franchisee quality was sporadic, but also said that the company was making a push to support the franchisees who were providing better facilities and looking to replace those who weren't. I have to believe that's a tough nut to crack, but it seems to be happening.
A lot of KOAs are cramped for space. KOA and some of their locations have been around a long time, long before 40 foot "McMansion" fifth wheels and Class A's were common. Those older campgrounds simply weren't engineered for big rigs that were then 40 years in the future. Many of those older campgrounds also have become hemmed in by development and can't expand. Yet they still serve a market, as is evidenced by their continued existence and even prosperity. One example is the Denham Springs KOA near Baton Rouge.
Some of the most attractive and serene campgrounds we've stayed in have also been KOA franchises. I'm thinking about Walnut Hills KOA near Staunton VA , Mount Pleasant KOA in Charleston SC and Chattanooga West KOA.
So we aren't at all reluctant to stay at KOAs. They're just another option.
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: Tom on July 03, 2017, 07:31:04 PM
Thanks for posting that. We too have found some exceptional KOAs. We were so impressed with one such (franchised) park that I wrote to KOA and suggested they use the park as a model for their other franchisees. See here (http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/index.php/topic,10048.msg90174.html#msg90174).

We were also recently pleased with the KOA in Salt Lake City. This park appears to have gone through some remodeling and expansion since we'd stayed there some years ago.
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: SeilerBird on July 03, 2017, 07:44:02 PM
I have never stayed in a KOA but a few months ago my nephew wanted to move to Florida and was disappointed to find out that the RV park I live in is full. So I visited the local KOA that is 3 miles down the road from me and they were also full. I checked their rates. Monthly rates were about $400 a month higher than what I pay. So I have been appreciating KOA not just on weekends but every day. I can tell by driving through the park that I much prefer the park I am in.
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: Dragginourbedaround on July 03, 2017, 09:07:40 PM
We don't usually stay at KOAs when we are traveling to our destination only because they are usually more expensive than other campgrounds for one night. But when we do stay at KOAs we find them to be pretty much like other campgrounds some are good and some not so good, some are well cared for and some aren't. When traveling I 95 through GA we'll stop at the KOA in Savannah only $22.50 overnight. We like one so much in Ft Collins CO that we stay there for two months during the summer.
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: OutdoorFT on July 03, 2017, 09:12:05 PM
I have never stayed in a KOA but a few months ago my nephew wanted to move to Florida and was disappointed to find out that the RV park I live in is full. So I visited the local KOA that is 3 miles down the road from me and they were also full. I checked their rates. Monthly rates were about $400 a month higher than what I pay. So I have been appreciating KOA not just on weekends but every day. I can tell by driving through the park that I much prefer the park I am in.
I surely wouldnt recommend monthly stays at them but if you get a free night..why not?
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: Dragginourbedaround on July 04, 2017, 07:05:39 AM
I surely wouldnt recommend monthly stays at them but if you get a free night..why not?
If has everything you need and the price is right why not?
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: SeilerBird on July 04, 2017, 07:07:55 AM
I surely wouldnt recommend monthly stays at them but if you get a free night..why not?
The place I am staying is $360 a month which is less than half what KOA is charging so I am getting a few weeks for free.
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: UTTransplant on July 04, 2017, 07:47:10 AM
Like PopPop51, we also stay at KOAs not infrequently for the same reason. When we had kids at home, KOA was our preferred campground because I knew they had kid friendly activities. I didn't mind paying for the extra amenities because we used them. Now I use them if they are handy, though they generally cost more than parks with fewer kid-friendly activities. As for really nice KOAs, the one at Petaluma, CA, the one south of Livingstone, MT (north of Yellowstone), and Waterloo, IA are other nice ones that haven't been mentioned. Some are not nice at all, but there are a lot of non-KOA RV parks that are pretty nasty too. They aren't really set up for long-term living but emphasize travelers.
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: Tom on July 04, 2017, 07:55:53 AM
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... there are a lot of non-KOA RV parks that are pretty nasty too.

Good point.
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: OutdoorFT on July 04, 2017, 10:53:22 AM
The place I am staying is $360 a month which is less than half what KOA is charging so I am getting a few weeks for free.
Thats a good deal. But not everyone wants monthly or permanent stays. If I wanted to stay put, Id be all over that price. :))
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: OutdoorFT on September 11, 2017, 11:57:45 PM
Pretty excited to go. Only 3 work days left. Been looking at buying camping stuff while the season ends. Save a few dollars for next year
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: touchracing on September 12, 2017, 05:33:18 AM
I'm also looking forward to the appreciation weekend.  Because of the discount my wife and I like to go all out and get a deluxe patio site.
This will be my 6th different KOA campground this year.  Don't worry I'm not a KOA snob.  I've stayed at 8 non KOA campgrounds this year.
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: prnebs on September 13, 2017, 11:12:11 PM
We don't usually stay at KOAs when we are traveling to our destination only because they are usually more expensive than other campgrounds for one night. But when we do stay at KOAs we find them to be pretty much like other campgrounds some are good and some not so good, some are well cared for and some aren't. When traveling I 95 through GA we'll stop at the KOA in Savannah only $22.50 overnight. We like one so much in Ft Collins CO that we stay there for two months during the summer.

Gene, which KOA did you stay in?  There are 3 around here and I'm not sure which one to recommend. Thanks!
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: NY_Dutch on September 14, 2017, 06:51:01 AM
We stay in enough KOA's each year that the accumulated VKR points pay for our annual membership plus usually a free night or two. And then there's the 10% discount on the rates that comes with the membership as well. Like all other RV parks, we rate them as "Very Good", "Good", "Overnight Only", and "Never again". In every category, the KOA's have plenty of company from non-KOA private parks and state/municipal park visits. And off hand, I don't remember ever staying at a KOA that was close to a railroad track... :)
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: UTTransplant on September 14, 2017, 07:29:05 AM
We actually made a reservation yesterday for the KOA at Lava Hot Springs in Idaho. We will stay there this weekend after leaving Grand Teton. It is going to snow in GTNP, so a hot spring sounds pretty good. I figure it will be crowded and full of kids, but the price is right. It is also on the way home so quite handy.
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: Joezeppy on September 14, 2017, 08:49:41 AM
FYI they do the same thing in the Spring - usually around Mother's Day weekend. That's always when we start our season - at a KOA about 10 miles away from us.
Title: Re: KOA Appreciation Weekend
Post by: Dragginourbedaround on September 14, 2017, 10:14:12 AM
Gene, which KOA did you stay in?  There are 3 around here and I'm not sure which one to recommend. Thanks!
We stayed at The Fort Collins KOA Lakeside. It's the closest one to the city. You can ride your bike on The Poudre Trail (about 3 miles) to the city. Ft. Collins is very bicycle friendly.