The 4 Rules Our Kampers Say You Should Follow

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Cleaning up after their four-legged friends is just one rule of “kamp-i-quette” that our campers wish everyone would follow. See what else they said.

All right, the secret’s out. KOA campgrounds are fun, beautiful and full of adventure. Think about it. Where else can you pull in (or pull through, as the case may be), set up and immediately start enjoying all the best that the great outdoors have to offer. And yes, you definitely meet some of the nicest people (folks wearing yellow shirts and otherwise) when you’re on a campground.

But we’ve also been told by campers that it’s the little things that make camping getaways perfect. Like friendly smiles, short lines…and folks following a few common rules of camping etiquette or, as we like to all it, “Kamp-i-quette”.

So we asked our friends on Facebook what the one rule was that they wish that every camper would follow—and boy, did we get a lot of responses! Here’s what they said:

Kamp-i-quette Rule 1: Keep it down.

Keeping noise down, especially late in the evening or early in the morning, was overwhelmingly the number one suggestion of all who responded. David D. and Justin B. reminded everyone that sound travels—while Michelle H suggests disengaging your car alarm to prevent it from going off. While a number of folks suggested turning stereos down (or off) to avoid competing music, Millie S. suggested that everyone should pick one station and “knock yourself out.” Lisa M. encourages quiet time for another reason, “So we can finally enjoy our alone-time snuggling by the fire.”

Kamp-i-quette Rule 2: Scoop it up.

KOA has long been known as a great place to bring your dog, and Facebookers Nancy A. and Michele E. want to keep it that way. They, along with many others who responded, encourage campers to pick up after their pets. As Tammy E. reminds, “Clean up after your pets; they can’t do it themselves.” Vicky H., who camps with her Chihuahuas, also reminds other campers to keep pets on leashes to avoid potential problems between animals.

Kamp-i-quette Rule 3: I beg your pardon…

In third place was a sentiment echoed repeatedly: please don’t cut through other people’s campsites. “When they are set up,” said Cathy G., “it is like their home. Do you take a shortcut through your neighbor’s yard to get somewhere?” Diane R. agrees, and notes that sometimes cutting can even be dangerous. “When it comes to adults doing it, it makes me uncomfortable to have them walk by our things (I’ve seen a ‘cutter’ trip over someone else’s stuff.)”

Kamp-i-quette Rule 4: Keep it clean.

Debra C.’s “Leave your campsite cleaner than when you got there” was the first comment about tidying up, but it wasn’t the last. Aimee F. said “All of the KOA’s that I’ve been to are beautiful and CLEAN. We all need to do our part to keep it that way.” That includes, according to campers like Beth J., cleaning out fire rings or, as mentioned by Mandy B., pick up after yourself at the shower houses.

So there you have ‘em—the top four rules that our kampers have told us they wished everyone would follow. And what were the runners up? They included keeping kids safe and well tended, not using foul language, avoiding late-night parties or loud conversations, or revving vehicles in the early morning hours.

But perhaps campers like Brett J. had it right, when he posted, “Quiet time, pets, cutting through sites, it all adds up to having respect for your fellow campers.”

So’d we miss any? If you have other rules of kamp-i-quette that you’d like to add, we’d love to hear ‘em. Feel free to comment below:

  • Sandy Gjervold

    The four rules just seem like common courtesy but guess it’s good to share them now and again.

  • Phil Cap

    I have had some camp trips ruined by folks breaking these rules. It would be great if everyone remembered the four simple rules here.

  • Kevin Burnell

    It is a shame that we have to have rules, when common sense and courtesy should take care of the problems. However, some people think they are the only people in the world, and that everything revolves around them, or that barking dogs are cute or that unruley children are fine. Not so! We have had children and they were and are respectfull of other people. We also have a dog that we keep quiet. An occasional yep or bark is fine, but the somewhat constant yelping or barking is unforgiveable. We all deserve a relaxing camping experience, so please observe and obey the common courtesy rules. Thanks and happy camping. Kevin

  • Susanne Seltenrich

    Tend your fires—we have discontinued using your campground as we have been smoked out several times with campfires started close to our site. The fire started early evening and kept burning into the early hours. The noise and the smoke coming in our windows caused us get no slep. Complaints to you manager were ignored.

  • Bill

    The Owners and Staff of Campgrounds also need to abide by Rules.
    We have been in Campgrounds and have had chairs, hoses, etc go missing on return to Our site.Most times its the Cleaning Staff!
    Last year We we stayed at a Billings MT Good Sam, when We returned to Our site in the evening,They had given Our site away and removed Our things that We had left at the site!

  • michele ring carr

    Hi, I love kamping. I love KOA. I was a busy executive and I was able to grab the kids and the dog and head out to koa. Quick change and set up and we could relax and the kids always had fun, the managers were great!!! I never had any problems and I have kamped all over Colorado. Other camping was not so great or predictable. Koa always has something for the kids and is always clean, you know what you are being charged. You can get in late and still be able to set up.
    I can not say enough for a cheap, fun getaway for the whole family Kamping is the way to go. And the four rules to live by…..Perfect! Thanks for publishing them.
    Michele and family

  • Bud Blankenship

    Flags (Old Glory and otherwise) create such a festive appearance to many campgrounds my family and I frequent. And while they may be pleasing to most, the clang, clang, clang of the halyard rope banging non-stop in a good breeze can encourage teeth to gnash. Often. A good habit to get into is to wrap the halyard a couple times around the pole before securing it. With or without the flag hoisted. Works like a charm! And your neighbors will smile more! Happy Kamping!

  • Larry K.

    Treat the campground and those camping as you would treat your home, yard and neighborhood.

  • S.Miller

    If you bring teenagers. Please tell them to stay off the little kids play area. The teenagers are way to BIG to be playing in these areas anyways. It is not a hangout place that they should go to talk their talk and swear, or just hang to text. No offence but find or bring something for them to do. Thanks for listening. Happy Camping.

  • Marlene M (Boothroyd)

    Although I am a Workamper at a KOA (6th year all at KOA’s), I am also a camper myself, along with my husband and our dog, Flash.

    The biggest problem is not barking dogs or dogs not on leashes….it is campers who allow their dogs to “do their business” on empty sites, especially on the tent sites. Even when told (with a smile) that “it is like them doing their duty in your bedroom” it does not seem to make a difference to some. 99% of people apologize and say “oh, gosh, I never thought of it like that” but the other 1% continue on to the next empty tent site.

    I love our Kampers and do everything possible to make their stay at our Kampground the best Kamping experience until they get to the next KOA where the same is true.

    Happy Kamping to all you pet lovers…we love your pets, but please help us keep our tent sites pristine for our tenters.

  • Debi Bateman

    Memorial Day weekend is always the 1st camping trip of the season for my 10 yr. old son and I. Shared parenting and a delayed reply from the ex about having my son for the holiday meant that we missed out on our usual KOA camping trip this year. We had no choice but to take a sight at another campground and, needless to say, we’ll never be back. My son was bullied by teenage kids in the pool and we were camped next to a group of kids from 19 to 21 in age and the party was on! The drunker the girls got, the filthier their language got. By 2am I yelled from my tent for them to watch their mouth because people were there with their children.
    We have never had a single problem at our KOA location. Rule number 5 should be to remind people that when they camp, it is a family outing and they should be mindful of their language as they may not realize how conversation can be heard several sites away.

  • PegLeg

    Poor Susanne. Sorry sweety but it is a camp ground, and goes to follow there will be camp fires.

  • Chip

    When we were growing up we learned to always “hail the camp” before approaching and wait for permission before entering. This was important around hunt camps in particular, to prevent accidental shootings; but is also courteous to allow the campers to prepare for unexpected “guests.” Could save an embarrassing moment.

  • PAUL DUDLEY KEMP

    One of my worst camping expierences was when m neighbours left for a night on the town with their dog in the motorhome and the windows open. The dog yepped and barked out the window until 12:30 am when the couple finally came home. Another time the family left a large dog tied outside the camper, who also barked contunouslly till they came back way late.

    The first thing I look for in the campground directory is “NO Pets”.

    OutdoorDudley

  • Smokey

    I agree that campfires, and the smoke from them, go with camping, but in a crowded campground, campers should keep the noise down at their fire (and in general). Common courtesy. If breeze carries smoke in the windows of our camper, we close them on that side. My husband used to be reluctant to pick up after our small dog in open areas of campgrounds, but has begun carrying a plastic grocery bag in his pocket most of the time now…last time we were out, he even picked up after someone else’s BIG dog, followed them back to their site and handed them the bag, with a “Here, you forgot something” comment, after their dog had followed her natural instincts on our site. Maybe it wouldnt be a bad idea to hang a few cans on posts with bags in them to encourage thoughtless campers with dogs.

    • Lenny August.

      That is one of the best ideas I’ve ever heard. The more bag’s and poop cans their are, maybe people will get the Idea. I don’t like picking up poop, but I don’t like walking in it either. Small price to pay to keep our camp sites clean. Love our KOA’s Lenny August

  • Ed

    My wife and I have stayed at KOA campgrounds and fortunately had a great time every time. We have stayed at numerous other state, US federal, as well as provincial and private campgrounds and had wonderful experiences. Unfortunately we have had some not so wonderful experiences also.

    The primary reason was the dog owners who did not obey the rules. Listening to dogs barking constantly is not something we look forward to when we go RVing. I realise that the sound of a dog barking is like music to the dog owner’s ears, however that does not include some of us other campers. I stayed at Bird’s Hill Campground campground in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for 10 days. A very large, beautiful campground, I might add. I ended up moving to 3 different sites within the park. I listened to dogs barking pretty well all day every day for the 10 days from about 9:00 a.m. until about 9:00 p.m. Why? Are pet owners that inconsiderate that they allow this kind of behavior? I too have listened to dogs barking for hours on end that have been left in a motor home or tied up outside while the owners went elsewhere. Are these people again that inconsiderate that they would allow their dogs to ruin someone elses dayor days?

    Sometimes pet owners allow their dogs to run off leash. Why? What if the dog attacked someone or was in fact attacked by another dog? What control would they have over the situation? I have had a couple of dogs lunge at me when they were on a leash. I never provoked the dog in either instance. Fortunately the dog owner had a relatively tight grip on the leash, otherwise there would have been some serious damage to me. My question is why would people take a dog out in public that displayed such aggressive behavior?

    However, I must admit I have also met dog owners who are very considerate of other people. They have trained their dogs not to bark all of the time. They obviously care for their pets because they do not abandon them for hours at a time. They keep them leashed for their as well as other pets and other campers’s safety. Their dogs are friendly. What more could we ask for than encountering dog owners who are considerate of other campers peace and safety. If only all dog owners were that responsible.

    I am at the point that I also wish that there were more “No Pets” campgrounds because inevitably we will run into the inconsiderate, “my pet can do no wrong”, people who do not at all care about their fellow camppers.

    • Pam

      The 5th rule should be “keep your pets quiet”. As for the “purpose” barking, if a dog barks at me when I’m walking on the road near a campsite, that is purposeful, that is a nuisance. You may think your dog is “talking” to you or to me. Those of us who are not dog owners hear it simply as nuisance barking. Nothing ruins an otherwise lovely camping outing faster than a yappy dog nearby.

      • Jess

        What an obnoxious comment. If you don’t like camping around people who have dogs, DON’T. I bet you get annoyed when the birds chirp too.

      • Courtney

        I agree with Jess…..we camp with a dog and we have never had any issues but if a neighbor complained to us about her we would try to fix the problem

  • Greg B

    In defense of responsible pet owners: We also do not understand the thinking of people when they leave their pet unattended. Most, if not all, of the campgrounds we go to list this in their rules – NO UNATTENDED PETS. I know it would be uncomfortable for the campground owners and staff, but if there are such rules in place – enforce them. There are plenty of reasons to request a camper to vacate the campsite, with or without refund. Rather than punish all pet owners, punish those violating policy.

    • Courtney

      we leave our dog in our camper but unless you know on the door or try to ge in you wouldnt know…we have asked our neighbors to make sure she wasnt a bother, we clean up after have a fence for her to keep her in while we are there, the people that we are the most problems with are adults that cut through our lot, she does bark at them, the fence is high enough that she can NOT get to them but why would you cut through someones lot, the fence has lights around i and is gold in color so everyone can see it, we also have a beware of dog sign, just as a precaution and a warning that we do have a dog, I do hate it when you are punished for irresponsible pet owners

  • William Moses

    At a campground we visit on a regular basis, they remind us and everyone with a pet to scoop it when your pet does it. We generally have the last site on the camp road we are on, which runs a 1/4 mile past us to the edge of a forest. The roadway between our site and the forest is like a mine field with unscooped poop. We have, AND USE, a pet scooper and carry plenty of plastic bags. If we can do, so can everyone else. I have even spoken to a couple of folks who told me, “It’s only a dirt road”. Maybe but I walk it to get to the trails in the forest….

  • Barbara Counsil

    Mostly we have had really good luck with campsites both at KOA and others.However I prefer the KOA campgrounds. We have traveled from Ca to Nova Scotia and all across Canada. I find that people walking thru my campsite are the most annoying. Second complaint would be dog owners that allow their dogs to pee and defecate all over your campsite. They do not clean up. Perhaps my grandchildren could go potty in their campsite. So
    tempting. I have 19 grandchildren and none of them would show such disrespect. Sometimes neighbors are noisy but most people are very considerate and friendly. Let us all try harder to be considerate and helpful.

  • George Iglthaler

    Discriminating organization, We used to camp at KOA’s with our family pet and obeyed all the rules then we had a reservation in Watkins Glen where we camped about once a year and they sent via email a conformation and said they had a pet restriction not allowing Dobermans so we had to cancel the reservation and the a-holes wanted to keep $25.00 of my money. WE also had stayed many times at Newburg/NYC KOA with our pet since 1993. So when you make a reservation you better make sure your family pet is not an attack dog.

    • Courtney

      I hate that rule too….my parents have a pit bull and is the BIGGEST baby anyone has ever meant, she will lick you to death first, but she is discriminated against all the time and that annoys me!

  • Randy R

    My dog and I travel all over ther country, and only try and stay at KOA’s, and obviously “pets welcome’ campgrounds. I have never had a bad stay so far. I have had a few minor problems, like dogs off leash. I take great issue with that practice. My dog is well socialized with people, but he is very “alpha male” when it comes to other dogs., and he can be defensive. dog owners need to understand, they are civillaly and sometimes criminally liable for the actions of their dog. If your dog bites someone, you will be amazed what can happen next. You might get to see the victim driving away from the courthouse with your payed-off RV, and checkbook, while you have a handful of hospital bills, and a euthanized pet. My dog is always on lease, I have a poop-bag container attached to his leash, and my dog only barks when he senses a problem (purpose barks.) I agree with the complaints previously stated , and I try to be a considerate pet owner,and camper. Rules are there for a reason.

  • Stephen G. Stafford Va.

    I have nothing but good things to say about KOA. I have only one complaint. If you have a motor home type camper, I recommend cutting idle time to 10 to 15 minutes only. I almost got gassed out from the fumes that found their way into my camper from the guys camp next to me. I figured the guy would leave by the time I was out of the shower. I was wrong. The carbon monoxide detector in my camper went off, Now that is loud enough, but it seams louder when your streaking and scootin across the camper to shut it off knowing everyone else is hearing the screech. An alarm that is saying look over here. 45 minutes later he left. he had let it idle close to an hour. Other then that, its great out there being one with nature.

  • sue W.

    I am absolutely discussed with koa,with their dog breed restriction *******. Any dog could bite some one. My dog was never allowed to bark or to disturb other campers. The owner should be responsible enough andnot bring their dog camping if they have aggressive behavior towards strangers.

  • Greg

    After reading many of your comments, perhaps those of you with concerns or problems might want to sit back just a bit and take a breath. Good now you are relaxed. It is camping not a retreat. Noises, smoke, children and people with different customs and camp ideals are just part of camping. Think of it as the neighbour who is new to your block. Wonderful people but they don’t seem to do things the way everybody else does. This is not harmful; in fact it is good. How do you think Smores and the 4 rules came about?

    Ancient legend has it that everybody from the RV side of the tracks enjoyed graham carckers with pieces of chocolate on top. One night the RV people decided to invite a tenter over to see what they were like. Well the tenter brought his six children and two dogs. They chose to come after supper when is it was a bit dark outside. The children led the way and proceeded to walk through many a campsite much to the disdain of the RV people. Upon arrival, the Tenters threw down a blanket and took a seat next to some logs. The dogs were tied up to a nearby post. The RV’s and Tenters stared at one another for a bit and then shared some small talk. The leader of the Tenters asked the RV’s if a fire could be stared so that they might share a traditonal snack with their most gracious hosts. The RV’s looked at eachother but agreed reluctantly. Soon there was a fire burning with a gentle swath of smoke rising in the cool night air. The children were giggling and the adults were sharing stories of their past. The Tenters took out a bag of gelatinus globuals of sugar and looked for a stick. The RV’s looked puzzled and asked why do you have those things and why do you need a stick. The answer caused the RV’s to go into shock, but they soon recovered thanks to the realization that there were no sticks around. Well the Tenters were disappointed but alas a young RV had an idea. About five minutes later they were enjoying their first chocolate and marshmallow stuff graham cracker treats over a fire. They decided to call them Smores because the youngest RV kept asking for s’more of those neat treats. The Tenters and the RV decided to visit more often and share more stories. The Tenters apologized for walking through the RV’s personal spaces and vowed to never do it again. In turn the RV’s said that dogs would always be welcome becasue they were so well behaved and clean. At the end of the night everybody cleaned up the food and put out the fire and went to their sites to get some rest. And that is the story of the Smores and the 4 Rules.

    Now you see that isn’t too bad now is it. Common sense and a bit a good old fashioned humour (Canadian spelling) can bring a smile to anybody. Yes the 4 rules are important, but the mot important rule is to have fun. Now go out and practice Rule 5. The rest will take care of itself.

  • sherri

    I camp with 4 dogs. we use ex-pens to make a “yard” at our campsite and attach it to our trailer. My dogs do bark on occasion (just as some kids yell on occasion). We quiet them immediately (I’m not fond of barking dogs). But when the kids at the next campsite keep running up to the fence and banging it , it can be hard to keep them quiet.And just as people view thier campsite as their “home/yard” so do dogs. So as much as a person will voice their unhappiness about it…so do dogs.
    There are times, when no matter how hard you try to shut your dog up,they bark.
    As for the comment about “purpose” barking being annoying…I find having kids run/bike back and forth in front of my site, yelling to/at each other to be annoying…but as it’s part of camping, and hurts no one I just ignore it.

    • Courtney

      AMEN!!!!! thats what we do for your one dog…she is not used to being tied up I live on 4 acres in the country and she doesnt need to be, so camping with her tied up was spent untangling her so we bought the fences to make camping more enjoyable for all of us, and the only time she barks is when someone cuts through our lot or people come up to the fence to pet her WITHOUT asking…my request is that adult and children ask before petting my dog so that we can get ahold of her, she has never bit anyone but I dont want you to be the first

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  • Marcy Shanks

    Your guidelines are clear. I want to add an encouraging note. Having been a camper at a variety of publicly and privately owned camp grounds over the last 24 years, our family has experienced a range of good and bad experiences. We just joined KOA last year when we were looking for a last minute stop during a trip along the California/Oregon coast. We were pleased with the services, cleanliness and QUIET. Your rule to “Keep it down”: My husband and I deal with the public on a daily basis with our jobs, and loud parties or yelling until the wee hours of the morning are discouraging when you have to get up and tell them to be quiet or tell a camp host to “get on the stick”. we have noted a clear difference at KOA campgrounds in how everyone keeps the noise down. Furthermore, the lack of wild drunken parties, vulgar language and unruly behavior is……PRAISEWORTHY. Thanks for the family friendly, wonderful camping spots…we’re hooked!

  • Rog F

    The Golden Rule .. It about covers everything

  • Donna

    An occasional bark from a dog is okay. Constant barking, not okay. But what really bugs us is when people use their remote key to unlock or lock their vehicle and the horn blows. During quiet hours, how about not blowing the horn? Comes down to respect for others again.

  • Gayle R.

    Worst camping ever this 4th of July weekend. We’ve been camping at KOA for 16 years and are ALWAYS pleased with the cleanliness and professionalism of the staff. This past weekend was the pits though. I love the “4″ rules and want to reiterate that it is the PARENTS who are responsible for the conduct of their children. We brought our 3 dogs as usual, caged them in the lawn in an open air kids playpen at our site and we were set……….until EVERY campsite with kids realized we also had our 2 chiweenie puppies (5 1/2 weeks old) with us.

    I mean to tell you…..I felt like a baby sitter, tour guide and on-duty supervisor the whole weekend. Between cute photo op requests from un-invited parents arranged with their kids holding the puppies… to countless pleadings from children crying at their parents to “buy them a cute puppy” and the cycle repeating itself with a new family about every 1/2 hour….my weekend was nothing like I had planned.

    We live about an hour from the KOA and my husband had to drive back and forth to work for 2 of the 5 days we were there. He needed his sleep at night and was up EARLY to get to work…but NOBODY seemed to care and busted into and out of our campsite all day and night long. On the 4th of July we literally had to take off for the entire day in our boat…..just to get some peace and quiet away from the constant “attention” at our site. We’d make excuses to excuse ourselves to the camper, go for a walk, walk the dogs, check on the boat, etc….suggesting visiting at another time.

    But if we did go inside, the the dogs would be yelping and barking at UNATTENDED little kids running around their cage, throwing balls and sticks into it. I’d quickly go out to correct the dogs and find little kids (ages 3 to 8) either leaning over the cage and sometimes in the cage trying to either grab, hold or otherwise “see” the puppies.

    I finally got to the point where I would shoo the kids away until they returned with a parent or guardian to supervise them. Problem with that was the “parents” they brought back were either drunker than Cooter Brown, were an “aunt” or “uncle” they scrounged up from their own campsite visiting the other 10 guests and miscellaneous family members partying with their parents. I don’t think I ever met the same adult twice at our site…..it was just as though we were a free petting zoo. I mean you don’t want to constantly be saying “no” and end up offending anyone….because they might just creep back into your site at night and steal something, key your car or camper…..or worse.

    I mean all I did was run interference between fighting unattended children, crying kids, bickering couples and ANYBODY else that walked by and saw the “zoo” at our site.

    So I ask and emplore campers with kids………WATCH THEM, SUPERVISE THEM AND IF YOU CAN’T DO IT BECAUSE YOU’RE PLASTERED…..GO HOME!!!!

    I’m glad we packed up and came home a day early……..that was just too much! Sorry for the long ranting……..but REALLY….would you want to be put in our situation at your site? Do unto others as you would…..

    Happy camping and enjoy the rest of your summer! :)

  • JoAnne

    We camp with 3 Beagles and clean up after them always. Some walks, I feel like all I’ve done is clean up poop! LOL! What makes me crazy are the dog owners who don’t clean up after their own pets. It gives the rest of us a bad name and will eventually be the cause of a campground or other facility saying no to dogs altogether. And believe me, just because I have dogs, doesn’t mean I want to step in poop any more than someone who doesn’t own a dog. Please don’t spoil it for the rest of us…clean up after your pet!

  • Alberta Johnson

    We try to camp when we can. It is usually on our way to or from dog shows so we do travel with dogs. We are retired and are hoping to do more camping and it will be necessary to take our “children – the dogs” with us. We clean up after them and keep them out of others sites unless invited. Our complaints are the same as others. What do these people think when they don’t pick up after their dogs? I don’t want to step in dog poop and track that stinking stuff into my trailer anymore than I want it in my home. Do they not mind having that filth in their places? Think, people.

    Our other complaint is children who run rampant all over the campgrounds yelling at each other and riding the bikes, trikes or whatever without concern for others. We have been almost run down more than once when we have been out exercising our dogs. The dogs are friendly but I don’t want them injured because of unruly children.

    Camping is suppose to be camping and we must be tolerant and considerate of each other. I get very discouraged and angry when I see campgrounds not allowing pets. It that is going to be done then children should also be banned. One can be a bad as the other. An RV is our home away from home.

    Alberta

  • DeAnn Stover

    I started taking road trips with my son when he was about 5 years old. Each year we head out in a different direction to explore a new state. It didn’t take long to become a fan of KOA’s. Reasonalbe reates, a hot shower, a swimming pool for my son to enjoy and not being cooped up in a hotel room (I find kids are far more annoying when I’ve stayed at motels than they’ve ever been at KOA’s) are just a few of the reasons that I started staying at KOA”s during soccer season in the spring. Yeah, we rent a cabin instead of bringing a tent because in Wyoming you can still count on getting snowed on, But we still light that campfire at the end of the day and cook smores to celebrate a win or console a loss. Try doing that at a motel.

    I’ve always felt safe at KOA’s and found everyone from the other campers to the staff to be plesant, friendly, and respectful. Yeah, screaming kids and yapping dogs are annoying, but not nearly as much as a drunken couple who decides to have a fight in the middle of drive or the group of young people who partied all night and give you dirty looks at 10:00 am because they want to sleep and even the sounds of cooking breakfast would is too loud for them.

    Overall, most fellow campers are polite, friendly, and considerate. They’re mindful of their children and pets, and see to it that “quiet times” are observed. I’ve never had an experinece that was too bad. I must say the positives of staying at KOA’s have always out weighed the negatives. I could list 10 positives for every negative. You know, it all comes down to consdieration for others. Those of us who are considerate have made comments here, and are basically preaching to the choir. Those who are inconsiderate, will never even see our comments and suggestions, because the “4 Rules” topic has already run the off and they really don’t care what you think anyway.

    Happy Camping and thanks to all the KOA’s we’ve visited so far. Are travels are always more enjoyable when we stay at a KOA!

    DeAnn