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

Silver Spur RV Park, Silverton OR

Stay Date:  Oct 2017

Our Rating:  GOOD – 8

Silverton1This was our second visit here; it’s a nicely laid out, attractive park that’s convenient to the pretty little town of Silverton and not that far off the Silverton2interstate.  Very friendly and welcoming staff, all pull-thru sites, with a grass strip and small trees.  Nice office/store, planned activities, good WiFi and cable.  Verizon cell/data were strong, there Silverton3were ample OTA TV channels, and clear view of TV Satellites.  Our only negative comment is that there are many full-time residents, most of whom have large diesel pickups and leave early in the morning for work.  They’re liberal with the use of Passport America, reducing the nightly fee from $46 to $23 – a real bargain.  Silver Spur RV Park

Friday, October 13, 2017

LePage COE Park, Rufus OR

Stay Date:  Oct 2017

Our Rating:  GOOD – 9

LePage1Some of the best pull-thru sites we've stayed in. The entry road winds it's way above the park area and looks a bit sporty, but was no problem for our 40' MH. The pull-thru sites are very LePage2long and result in your passenger side looking out over the river. Everything is paved, but there is some grass along the riverbank. Great views of the John Day river and the bridge where it LePage3intersects the Columbia. Some road and train noise from the bridge but nothing significant. No obstructions to satellite RV and our Verizon cell/data was satisfactory. The rate of $12.50/night with the senior pass is an exceptional bargain, but only if you reserve a pull thru site since the back-ins are rather short and under trees.  LePage COE Park

Coyote Run RV Park, Connell WA

Stay Date:  Oct 2017

Our Rating:  GOOD – 8

An excellent place to stop for the night; easy access to the highway, long, level pull-thru sites, and a friendly, helpful host. Our site was long enough to leave our tow vehicle attached, and hookups were conveniently placed. Very good park WiFi and cable, and no obstructions to TV satellites. Verizon cell/data signal was good. A bit of highway noise during the night but not obtrusive. We enjoyed our stay here and will stop again if in the area.  Reasonable at $33/night.  Coyote Run RV Park

Fairchild AFB Famcamp, Spokane WA

Stay Date:  Oct 2017

Our Rating:  GOOD –7

Fairchild1A convenient stop along I-90 and close to shopping and casinos. On entering through the commercial gate, expect to be told to open all bays, doors, hood, trunk, and wait in a separate area while your RV and vehicle are searched. No exceptions, so if this bothers you, go Fairchild2somewhere else. A friendly and helpful host greeted us, but the only thing attractive about the Famcamp itself is the price. Gravel interior and sites that are mostly level and just long enough for our motor home and tow, closely spaced and with a sewer hookup in Fairchild3the far rear of the site. WiFi was slow, but it was windy during our stay, and Verizon Cell/Data was good. Lots of OTA TV and no few obstructions to the TV satellites. Train noise can be very loud at night, something that seems to be worse than in past visits. Overall a good value at $20/night due to the location, but not a destination park.  Fairchild AFB Famcamp

Clearwater Crossing, Orofino ID

Stay Date:  Oct 2017

Our Rating:  GOOD – 9

Clearwater Crossing1One of our favorite stops in the Clearwater Basin; pull-thru sites right along the river, level paved sites, and great landscaping.  We snagged Clearwater Crossing3our favorite site, 21, which put us right on the water.  Friendly managers checked to see if we needed anything, and we enjoyed our site enough to extend our stay for a week.  Good WiFi, we didn’t use the cable TV since our satellite worked well.  Verizon cell/data were slow but Clearwater Crossing2usable.  Although there are train cars behind the park, they’re in storage and we didn’t have any train noise; however, the logging trucks across the river can be noisy.  Plenty of interesting things to see in the area, and 30 miles from Lewiston for shopping.  $33/night based on weekly rate.  Clearwater Crossing RV Park

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Powell Campground, Powell ID

Stay Date:  Sept 2017

Our Rating:  GOOD – 10

Powell 1What all "campgrounds" should be - beautiful, spacious sites under the trees, the sound of a river in the background, and the smell of Powell 2pines - what a relaxing experience. Paved interior roads and sites with large sites in the electric loop. No cell or internet service, but Powell3you may have a shot through the trees at the TV satellites. The lodge is walking distance and has good food, and you may be able to receive email in the bar. A wonderful place to stay and a bargain with the senior pass.  An incredible $10/night.  Powell Campground