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Vvvv1010

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I was wondering if there is a difference in purchasing KOA membership card online or at the actual campsite at check-in.

I have also seen Allstate Motor Club membership that includes a KOA membership. The cost of the Allstate Motor Club is I believe in the $79 range. The KOA membership is $24.

Just your thoughts on these memberships and, more than likely, I will camp at KOAs several times this summer even though I am a "state park" guy.

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Four years ago we made a trip to a NASCAR event in Daytona, FL. We stayed at the KOA and because of the race the site was $100 a night. I was offered a membership $24 at check-in and was told it would apply to my six day stay and that I would accrue some substantial points due to the length of our stay. The savings were well worth the cost of membership. I have renewed my membership each year since because we occasionally stay at KOA campgrounds. Last summer 9 days in Acadia National Park, ME, so it has been worth it for us. This year when I renewed I received extra points just for renewing.
If you go to the KOA web site, pick a campground and pick a campsite. It will show you the availability of the site and also give you a breakdown of cost with or without membership. So you can determine if it will be worthwhile for the few times you camp at a KOA .
I just received an offer that if I book a Friday and Saturday night at a local KOA near Cape Cod that I will get a free night to add to a weekend in July.

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Buy it at the campground,you will get the 10 percent discount and they will put that toward the price of the membership my first time we went the discount was $24 so I got the card free,just paid a few cents tax plus I got points on the card for my next stay a win win plus they always have promotions to get free days.


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No intention of bashing KOA, but why stay at one? ... We've tried a few, they are the most expensive, and sites are crammed close together. Just askin'


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We have been in some areas where the KOA was the best choice for full hookups which we like for longer stays. Some KOA's now have monthly rates with metered electric. They don't advertise them on their site but if you call they will give you a quote. We also like the laundry and wi-fi if Verizon doesn't work as well. We just stayed at the one in Milton FL and used our points for $10 off. Made the stay reasonable for one night. It's not always our first choice but we include it in our options when we stay at commercial campgrounds.


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MTPockets1 wrote:

No intention of bashing KOA, but why stay at one? ... We've tried a few, they are the most expensive, and sites are crammed close together. Just askin'

Of course you're bashing KOA. Join the crowd. But since you asked so nicely, I stay at them because they all offer FHUs which I prefer and the spacing is sufficient for my style of camping since I'm gone all day and only sleep there at night. I've paid more and gotten less at non-KOA FHU campgrounds.
I understand that many on these forums prefer a more rustic environment and for them, the campground is the destination. They are truly "campers" and they enjoy it. I realize that their aim is to escape civilization and enjoy the outdoor experience. That's why there are so many different choices for all of us. I'm a "traveler" and I'm there to see the sights. I like to have my "stuff" with me and I don't like motels.


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We used to have a KOA membership but dropped it after one KOA park refused to honor our KOA certificate we had earned thru their points system. I contacted KOA hq, they said they would get back to me, and never did. We, like many others, didn't really care for MOST KOAs, but found 3-4 that we would use now and then. Coincidentally, in my RVing log book I keep, out of 8 RV parks that are on my "never go back to" list, 6 are KOAs.

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Thank for the great info and I recognize that KOA has challanges just like any other CG or corporation.

I am going to purchase a Rewards Card, because as I map out some of my potential routes for the summer, I have found that KOA CGs are usually right off of major interstates and I/ we usually know what to expect from a KOA. Instead of rolling the dice when going into unchartered territory, at least I have a general idea of facilities.

I will hold off on the Allstate Motor Club. Again, thanks for info...have a great summer.

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Have you checked out Passport America? Great for just passing thru and some are better than others. Cross check the park with woodalls directory. Some parks can be off the Hwy., while others may be in tim Buck two not worth the gas. Two nights stay will pay for the membership in savings. Good Luck...
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have been a card carrying member since 1998. great for planning cross country trips w/or w/out TT. have spent many nights in the cabins when traveling solo, call ahead for reservations are a plus. if they meet your travel/camping needs, they're great. if they don't, then don't use them. just don't bash them for purposes of bashing. different needs for different folks.





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