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Old 06-29-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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KOA Campgrounds

We bought a KOA membership this year. We've already been to one KOA campsite and will go to our second this weekend.

Which KOA Campgrounds have you been to?

Which were your favourite and are there any you wouldn't go back to?
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:19 AM   #2
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Our local KOA isn't really impressive. We've been through a few times, but never really enjoyed it. Its small (which makes it appeared crowded) and I'm personally not fond of the 30+ year-old-buried-in-the-mud seasonal campers that appear to be abandoned there.
On a lighter note, the KOA in Needles CA. is desert camping at its finest. And the KOA in Joplin was pleasent as well.
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:27 AM   #3
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You will get a wide variety at KOA's. I would check any cg with this site: http://www.rvparkreviews.com/

Sometimes you can get a feel for the place by reading the reviews and tossing out the highs and lows. Some people have a bad experience and just flame them but overall I have found the reviews pretty accurate.
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Old 07-01-2011, 04:01 PM   #4
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I became a member when we attended the NASCAR Coke 300 in July 3 years ago.
We stayed here because we could walk to Daytona Track. It is located right next to the Daytona Flee Market which was fun to visit. They did not have a pool, which we knew in advance and the bathrooms were clean but small. If we go bak to the races, we ill pick a campground with a pool and shuttle to the track.
Other we have stayed at since we became menbers:
Mystic CT
Middleboro/Cape Cod in Middleboro
East Hampton Western Ma
This summer we are headed to Acadia, Maine and will be staying at the KOA.
I would return to all the campgrounds listed in MA, Ct. Will let you know how the Acadia KOA measures up.
I really like the patio sites that the Middleboro and the Mystic KOA have, but I am waiting for a special occasion to fork over $80 for a site!
So far this season we have booked 6 campground, but only one will be a KOA (Acadia).
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Old 07-01-2011, 07:58 PM   #5
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We stayed at the Bar Harbour KOA a few years ago. Nice experience, They have another KOA just down the road. Never heard of the Acadia one.
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You are correct, it is the Bar Harbor KOA. We are staying there while visiting Acadia National Park.
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We stayed in some KOA's back in the early 90's with a tent and paid $25 a night. Pretty expensive back then. Had a chance to buy into a membership cg with yearly fee's locked at $120 a year. We pay $2 a night to stay at other membership cg's around the country when we travel (currenly at $10 a night). Even in Las Vegas last week, we chose to stay in the membership campground with grass and maintained pool/grounds for free (we get 50 nights free after paying the equivalent $10 a night for a yearly fee vs the $50 a night KOA wanted for a very large blacktop parking lot in Vegas. Sorry, I've always avoided KOA because of their high prices over the years.
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You are correct, it is the Bar Harbor KOA. We are staying there while visiting Acadia National Park.
There are 2 there. One on the right just after the bridge, the 2nd is just up the road on the left. We stayed in the one on the back bay. Pricey as usual but it was a special week. Live music, movies for the kids etc.
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snip...... Had a chance to buy into a membership cg with yearly fee's locked at $120 a year. We pay $2 a night to stay at other membership cg's around the country when we travel (currenly at $10 a night)......snip
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Sounds like you got a good deal on a membership. Kathy and I looked into joining a membership CG that is local to us, and connected to others around NA. They wanted $5,000 up front to join for a 7 year period, plus $600 annual fee. Typically we have spent $40 per night, and with our short summer season, even a busy year works out to $800 per season. For us the membership was not worth it. If we went south for the winter months, we would get more out of a membership. It would be nice to have that amount of freedom to roam.
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We bought ours for $800 from an older man who crashed his mh into a ditch. His wife was still in the hospital when he signed the contract over to us. This was 1992ish. OUr fee's were frozen at $120 a year and still pay just that. We can camp as much as we want to at that camp for free up to two weeks at a time. But! we don't live near there. We bought it just so we could use the reciprocal cg's across the US. When we stopped camping for a few years, we kept the membership up. Glad we did as we returned to camping/traveling with a vengeance. Although we pay $60 a year to use the reciprocal cg's, we only pay $10 a night. It paid itself off in the first two years we had it. We can sell it now for $3000, so it turned out a win-win for us.

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