Friday, July 30, 2021
Friday, July 30, 2021

KOA to add its first campground at Love’s Travel Stop – More to come?

RVtravel.com News (May 20, 2021) – Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) announced that it has signed a franchise agreement with Love’s Travel Stops to build a new KOA campground at the Love’s location in McComb, Mississippi.

Love’s Travel Stops, headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has a total of 550 locations in 41 states. KOA is North America’s largest chain of family-friendly, open-to-the-public campgrounds, with 520 locations in the U.S. and Canada.

The new campground will be known as the McComb KOA Journey and will be adjacent to the Love’s Travel Stop facility. A press release issued by Kampgrounds of America did not say if the two companies plan to add additional new campgrounds at other Love’s Travel Stop locations. Plans call for the McComb KOA Journey to begin accepting overnight campers by the end of 2021.

Love’s Travel Stops provides motorists and truck drivers with 24-hour access to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, travel items, snacks, and restaurant offerings. Another division of the company, Love’s Hospitality, includes a growing network of hotels and storage rental locations. The McComb KOA Journey will be Love’s first foray into the campground market.

“As we began to consider adding camping to our portfolio of hospitality offerings, KOA just made sense,” said Kevin McCarthy, director of special projects for Love’s. “Both Love’s and KOA have a nearly 60-year track record of being at the forefront of their industries. We really think the combined expertise of these brands makes for a powerful partnership.”

KOA Senior Director of Franchise Development Larry Brownfield said the McComb KOA Journey, which is currently only in the development stage, will have all of the services and amenities required of other Journey parks in the KOA system. The KOA Journey brand is one of three KOA brands, along with KOA Resorts and KOA Holidays.

Current requirements for a KOA Journey campground include providing campers easy access near highways, along with long pull-through sites, Premium Tent sites, and after-hours check-in service. All KOA Journeys also offer off-leash dog parks.

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DENNIS J CHARPENTIER
1 month ago

This is an idea that certainly has plenty of support. Quick, safe, and convenient overnight camp and fuel stop is a great combination. Keep the price right and offer discounts at each other’s facility with surely attract plenty of takers.

John
2 months ago

Look forward to Buccees to have onp. Quick in and out. Ten bucks per night, nothing Fancy.

CampKansas
2 months ago

Be careful with that headline. “KOA to open first campground at a truck stop ….” Since 24/7 opened Flatland RV Park at a truck stop in Kansas, that might be the first KOA but it isn’t the first campground. https://24-7stores.com/flatland-rv-park/

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2 months ago
Reply to  CampKansas

Thank you, CampKansas. It was an unintentional oversight and has been corrected/clarified. Have a good night. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Shari Bartling
2 months ago

hmm! We were all fired up here in Sidney, NE when Marcus Lemonis came and said they were going to build a camping world here.(Sidney, NE is the home of the original Cabela’s and when they sold out to Bass Pro many many many people lost their jobs or could keep their job if they moved.) people were right on board with him bringing it here! Convenient location, right off I-80 mm 59. But then he changed his mind. We have a Love’s travel stop here and it’s a great place to add a KOA. We love staying at KOA. Hope you come to NE too!

Travis
2 months ago

I do not see it working out. Maybe I am wrong. I have stayed at truck stops over night as it is free. But I started looking for campgrounds somewhat off the highway so I could sleep. The noise from trucks coming and going all night keeping me awake was just not worth saving the one night camping fee. And now you would have to pay a campground fee and still have the noise from that close to a truck stop.

Roz
2 months ago

There has been a big increase in ppl looking for free camping. I have used truck stops and road side rest areas. They are are out to make a buck and decrease the ability to stay over night for free at truck stops. It looks handy on the surface but a lot of ppl will not be able to afford it.

Cayucos Mike
2 months ago

I think this is a great idea and has real potential. Traveling cross country this makes sense for safe overnight stops. Hope it catches on.

California Travel Videos
2 months ago

Very interesting story and no doubt this is the tip of the iceberg! Has anyone noticed the recent acquisitions of RVillage, ToGo, RoadTripper, Harvest Host? And don’t think Camping World is asleep at the RV wheel, either. Partnerships, affiliations,aggregation, consolidation, mergers and acquisitions are right around the corner so hang on for a wild ride…

Sherry
2 months ago

I do worry about noise and light pollution but I think this is a nice solution to overnighting at Walmart which we never do. My opinion of KOA has improved appreciably since covid and as long as they have included people who actually RV in their planning stages I’m sure noise and light pollution will be addressed. Good luck to both KOA and Loves.

George McElvy
2 months ago

Last KOA we stayed in was in Rapid City, South Dakota. Over priced and over rated. Did not put sewer and water hookups close as in all other parks, not KOA. Was told by staff that the city did not want water lines close to sewer. Had to buy longer hose or move motor home to use sewer. Hummmm?

Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  George McElvy

General health code requirement in most places is 10 foot separation between sewer and water lines. Probably misapplied in this case, but the campground owner has a choice to accept that and provide the separation or spend an unpredictable amount of time and money to educate the code officials, and maybe his engineer, or apply for a variance, with no guarantee of success.

Gary G
2 months ago

Hope they designed it better than some of their current parks.

David Lastoria
2 months ago

I wonder if this new campground will only accept a certain age of motorhome/trailer, etc, as many campgrounds are doing just this? Many expeditor vans and straight trucks as well as many of today’s tractors are set up to accept shore power plug ins. Will these locations allow these kind of vehicles as well?I would surely pay a reasonable fee for a 24 hour stay, as I do now at many state parks..

D R Faust
2 months ago

So is Love’s going to ban folks from sleeping in their rigs, in the parking lot, overnight and instead suggest they stay at an overpriced campground next door, that they own. Campers, “there is money to be made”.

Roz
2 months ago
Reply to  D R Faust

That’s where I think it is headed too. I have stayed over night for free at truck stops. Looks like that may be a thing of the past soon

Shari Bartling
2 months ago
Reply to  D R Faust

good question

Chris B
2 months ago
Reply to  D R Faust

Maybe, but it could be a way for folks to get full hookups instead of boondocking. McComb is a nice small southern city with amenities close by. It will be great to find a place to pull over for the night, be comfortable, be safe and not listen to truck traffic in the parking lot.

Drew
2 months ago

I think this partnership makes sense. Hopefully more travel stops will begin getting into this as well. There’s a safety aspect to driving a big vehicle and that gets magnified when drivers get sleepy. This would be a welcomed feature for rv travelers.- Providing a safe place to park for the night when it seems there’s a shortage of good rest stops and other alternatives.

Bob P
2 months ago

This will require a sound barrier between the truck stop and campground or the campground won’t stand a chance of survival. The sound of many truck engines idling all night plus traffic in and out of the stop all day is not conducive to the RV atmosphere.

Tommy Molnar
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob P

Agreed, Boib. And the sound wall also needs to be a ‘view protection’ wall as well. You know what I mean, eh Bob?

Frank
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Don’t know why that is needed because almost all camp grounds are next to a busy interstate or railroad tracks anyway so its no difference.

Gary
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank

Plus, this is a KOA Journey, so it is more of an overnight stop vs a destination stop.

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