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Des Moines West KOA

If you're looking for a quaint spot for RV camping near Des Moines, then look no further than Des Moines West KOA. When you park your motorhome rental here, you'll have access to lots of campground activities, including a swimming pool, a playground for kids to enjoy, and even a license-free fishing pond. There are also not one, but two dog parks, so make sure to bring your pet along to enjoy the Des Moines sunshine. If you get hungry, there's a Kamping Kitchen and snack bar on-site to keep you going.Des Moines West KOA campers will have access to all their motorhome's needs. Each spacious gravel site is big rig-friendly with a max length of 75 feet, and each site comes with full hookups with 50 amp service. Wi-Fi and cable television are available to all campers, and some campsites come with a grill and picnic area so you can take full advantage of your beautiful surroundings.When you book an RV in Dallas County, you'll have access to Iowa's capital city, Des Moines, which features beautiful parks, historic sites, and some of the best museums in the state. This campground is also near Winterset which is known for being the birthplace of John Wayne and is also the setting of The Bridges of Madison County, so you'll be in a well-known and quaint rural area. Other nearby settlements such as Adel and Osceola are worth visiting if you want to explore more of Iowa.



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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

When you camp in an RV near Des Moines, you'll have access to some of the best-kept parks in Iowa. Walnut Woods State Park is situated in suburban Des Moines, making it a great place to stop while exploring the city. The park covers over 250 acres of woodlands along the Raccoon River and is a popular hiking destination, with two 1.5-mile-long trails running through this beautiful wooded area. You can also partake in some water recreation, with the Raccoon River providing a good spot for fishing and boating. Make sure to bring along your binoculars to spot some of the 90 different species of birds that also inhabit the park.Another popular park to consider visiting during your campervan rental trip near Des Moines is Big Creek State Park. Centered around Big Creek Lake, this park is an excellent spot for those looking for a long hike, with over 25 miles of paved trails ideal for hiking, jogging, and cycling, with plenty of scenic views from boardwalks overlooking the lake. The lake itself is the perfect place for some fun activities, with the lake's clear water and beaches making this the perfect place for a swim. Fishing is also popular, and anglers have been known to catch bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish.Another gorgeous park worth visiting is Springbrook State Park. This heavily wooded park is a beautiful hiking destination with over 12 miles of trails that take you through the woods and along the lake's shoreline. This is also a great place for nature watching, with an abundance of deer roaming around. Other critters you'll likely see include beavers, foxes, and muskrats. The beaches located around the lake mean this park is a popular destination for swimmers and anglers, with catches including crappie, bullhead, and largemouth bass.

Exploring the City

A camper rental near Des Moines is ideal for anybody looking to experience some of the best cities Iowa has to offer. There are many fantastic attractions around, including the Blank Park Zoo. This zoo covers nearly 50 acres and contains some unique creatures including sea lions, Amur tigers, and eastern black rhinos. You can also take part in events that run throughout the day. Some highlights include being able to feed a giraffe, a vulture training demonstration, and much more.Another popular excursion to consider during your vacation with an Airstream rental is the Des Moines Art Center. This art center contains one of the best collections of art in Iowa from both local and well-known artists, including permanent exhibits from Georgia O'Keeffe, Francis Bacon, and Edward Hopper. As well as permanent artwork on display, the gallery has visiting pieces, so it's worth checking out what'll be on display during your visit.Des Moines contains a lot of history, and you can explore it firsthand by visiting The Living History Farms. This 500-acre site will feel like stepping back 300 years as the museum focuses on showing how farming developed in Iowa and how it helped shape American agriculture. You can learn skills from the 18th and 19th century, such as blacksmithing and bread baking, and you can even enjoy a family meal straight out of the 1900s.


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All towables

Trailer

Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

Other

All other types of drivable vehicles.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


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How does check-in work?

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Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.