Friday, June 8, 2018

Fairchild AFB Famcamp, WA

Stay Date:  April 2018

Our Rating:  GOOD – 7

Fairchild AFB1Our usual stop when passing through the area. As usual, we were asked to step out of the coach on arrival for inspection, a minor distraction.  Each time we arrive at the Famcamp there’s something different.  This time Fairchild AFB2the host site has moved, but it didn’t matter since it was pick your own site and pay at the Outdoor Rec office – the host isn’t allowed to accept money.  The sites run from OK to scary close if you park in the old section.  The new Fairchild AFB3section is standardized, but there are no trees and they’re fairly close to one another.  Hookups are good, restrooms/showers were clean, and the gravel sites were fairly level.  Some restrictions to the TV satellites in the old area, so pick your site carefully.  Lots of OTA channels, good Verizon cell/data, and the park WiFi worked well.  No more weekly rate, but at $20/night it’s tough to complain.  Fairchild AFB Famcamp 

Coyote Run RV Park, Connell WA

Stay Date:  April 2018

Our Rating:  Good – 7

Coyote Run1Not a destination park; there’s not much here, just a convenient stop that’s comfortable, easy to access, and relatively quiet.  Although close to the highway, the terrain masks most of the noise.  Interior roads are Coyote Run2paved and sites are long, level gravel, with room to leave the tow vehicle attached.  Friendly hosts, quick check in, and convenient hookups.  Good Verizon cell/data, adequate cable, and fair WiFi.  Mostly long-term Coyote Run3residents, but not a lot of outside stuff, and only a bit of noise as residents left in the morning.  Convenience makes the $38/night acceptable.  Coyote Run RV Park

Crook Country RV Park, Prineville OR

Stay Date:  April 2018

Our Rating:  GOOD – 8

Prineville Fairgrounds RV ParkUnlike most fairgrounds, the park is separated from the fair area and has ample grass and trees. Access and signage is very good, just a short distance from the downtown area. Interior roads are Prineville Fairgrounds RV Park2paved and surprisingly wide, while sites are also paved, are long and fairly level, but are just wide enough for your vehicle. Sewer is at the far rear, so if you leave a tow vehicle attached you'll need a long sewer hose. Stepping out means stepping on grass, and if the adjacent site is occupied by an RV with slides, you'll be very close together. Prineville Fairgrounds RV Park3Park WiFi was not working during our visit, but Verizon cell/data were very good. No cable TV, but OTA had a few channels and there were no obstructions to satellites. Check in was with a friendly lady who will share local information and provide maps. Quiet and dark at night, although there is some noise from early morning residents going to work. A convenient, clean park - we'll stay here again.  A bit overpriced at $38/night.  Crook County RV Park

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Phoenix RV Park, Salem OR

Stay Date:  April 2018

Our Rating:  GOOD – 9

Phoenix RV Park1We spent a week at the professionally managed and exceptionally well maintained park. Although in an urban area of Salem, access into the park is very easy with good signage. Interior roads and sites are Phoenix RV Park2paved with beautifully maintained grass, trees, and bushes separating sites and hiding hookups. Sites are long enough for most RVs and tow vehicles, and are level with a table and mid-site patio. Although next to a highway and behind a Safeway, the park was quiet at night. Verizon cell and data were strong, but park WiFi was, as expected in a large park, unusable. Phoenix RV Park3Cable TV was analog but very good, OTA had over 20 channels, and there were no obstructions to TV satellites. Many sites were obviously long-term residents; however, sites were will maintained and clear of clutter. A great place to stay while visiting Salem; close to downtown, shopping, and with easy access to the interstate.  Location has its price at $43/night.  Phoenix RV Park

Winnebago Factory Service RV Parking, Junction City OR

Stay Date:  April 2018

Our Rating:  UGLY! – 2

Winnebago Park1This is reserved parking for the Winnebago service facility, also a part of Lyle Day Memorial Park.  There’s not much to it, just an asphalt parking lot with lines indicating spaces, but it does have full hookups.  It would be an OK place except for the horrendous train noise. In 45 years of RVing and over twelve years of full-timing, we've never experienced train noise at this level. The tracks are less than 1/4 mile away and run through the heart of Junction City. The trains run 24 hours, and because of the many crossings, the horns sound constantly and sleep, even with earplugs is impossible. We appreciated the free parking, but if we ever need to return we’ll stay at a commercial park.  Free, but a ridiculous $45/night for those not here for the service. Lyle Day Memorial Park

Mill Casino RV Park, North Bend, OR

Stay Date:  March 2018

Our Rating:  GOOD – 9

Mill Casino1This park is our preferred stay in the area; the access is easy, check-in is always professional, and the sites are nicely landscaped and generally level. Mill Casino2Our pull-thru site gave us an unrestricted view of the bay, and we watched as large ships were maneuvered for docking nearby. Verizon cell/data was very good, but the park WiFi was generally unusable even with a lightly-populated park. The cable TV is analog and of poor quality, but there are a number of OTA channels and satellite coverage is unrestricted. A free shuttle runs between the park and nearby casino but can also be used for a ride downtown. Easy access for propane on-board tanks but expect to pay a higher charge for the convenience. Good security in the park which is quiet at night.  Depending on player’s card status, $32-45/night.  Mill Casino RV ParkShip Passing RV Park

Monday, October 23, 2017

South Beach State Park, Newport OR

Stay Date:  Oct 2017

Our Rating:  GOOD – 7

South Beach1One of Oregon’s largest parks with over 227 sites, South Beach is popular park close to the tourist town of Newport.  We’d never stay here in the summer, but in South Beach2October most of the sites were empty and it was quiet.  Paved roads and all back-in sites, mostly level and with 30A power and water.  Our site was on a corner which gave us a bit more room, and open enough that we could use South Beach3a portable satellite dish.  No WiFi, cable, or OTA TV.  Verizon cell/data worked well.  Only a 1/4 mile walk to the beach, and close to the town itself.  The hospitality center has free coffee and volunteers can provide local information and maps.  At the high end of price at $31/night plus one-time $8 reservation fee, the price will increase to $33/night on November 1.  South Beach State Park