Thursday, February 16, 2017

Robbins Nest RV Park, Bandon OR

Stay Date:  Jan 2017

Our Rating:  GOOD -10

Robbins Nest1As long-time full timers, we're always looking for a perfect park, and this is as close as it gets. It starts with the owners; friendly, helpful, and concerned with the quality of your stay. The location is perfect; three miles from the center of the picturesque town of Bandon and convenient to the beach. Robbins Nest2At night, you can hear the surf pounding in the distance. The sites are long, level pull-thrus with table, and the hookups are conveniently located. The park is along Highway 101, but the is fenced for privacy and noise reduction. The community room is furnished with TV, washer/dryer, game table, lending library and lots of local information. Robbins Nest3For once, we had an entire stay with strong, consistent WiFi, along with good Verizon cell and data. The park furnishes the equipment free for digital HD cable with multiple channels, and access to TV satellites is easy. Not a resort, just a great place to stay with great owners who take an interest. We'll be back.  A bargain at the winter montly rate of $385 (includes Electric) Robbins Nest RV Park

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Orange Grove RV Park, Bakersfield CA

Stay Date:  Nov 2016

Our Rating:  Good – 9

Orange Grove RV ParkProfessional staff at check in, even gave us hints on which oranges to pick. This time of year the trees were full of fruit, and we were told to Orange Grove RV Park2pick as much as we wanted. Sites are long level gravel pull-thrus with trees and table. Extensive cable, good OTA, and no obstructions to satellites. Orange Grove RV Par3Very good WiFi and good Verizon cell/data. East of the urban area with easy access and quiet and dark at night. A very nice stay, we'll visit again.  Pricy but worth the $43/night.  Orange Grove RV Park

Shady Grove RV Park, Alamogordo NM

Stay Date:  Oct 2016

Our Rating:  GOOD – 8

Shady Grove1Alamogordo doesn’t offer much in the way of quality RV Parks, but this is a nice park at a very reasonable price.  We spent a month here; the long, level pull-thrus had a nice-sized tree for shade, a gravel patio, and a table. Shady Grove2 Acceptable cable TV, some OTA channels, and no obstructions to TV satellites.  The WiFi worked well, and we had good Verizon cell/data.  Not in the best neighborhood, but with easy access to the highway with little road noise.  Shady Grove3Close to Alamogordo’s shopping with easy access to Tularosa, Cloudcroft, and Ruidoso.  Friendly manager and owner.  Monthly rate of $300 included electric.  Shady Grove RV Park

Edgington RV Park, Alamogordo NM

Stay Date:  Oct 2016

Our Rating:  UGLY – 2

Edginton RV Alamogordo1We really wanted to like this park; the new owner was friendly, outgoing, and very helpful. But the deteriorating appearance, road noise, and trashy permanent resident area was just too much of negative for us to stay again.Edginton RV Alamogordo2 Sites are gravel and share the curbside area, with no picnic table or trees. Our site's electrical was jury rigged with a wobbly 50A box linked to an extension cord. No cable, but good OTA selection and few obstacles to the satellites. Spotty WiFi but good Verizon cell/data.  Edginton RV Alamogordo3We watched as a resident's dog wandered around and marked his territory on our tires and a cat used the site for a litter box. We can't recommend or stay here again.  Passport America rate is $18//night.  Edgington RV Park

Cactus RV Park, Tucumcari NM

Stay Date:  Oct 2016

Our Rating:  Good – 7

Tucumcari, NM1Other reviewers haven’t been as kind, but for us the park consistently provides a good overnight stay at a reasonable price. Much depends on the site you’re assigned, so try and get a pull-thru under the trees.  Friendly check-in and escort to our site, a long, level gravel pull-thru with shade. Convenient hookups, quiet location, and walking distance to a good restaurant. Tucumcari, NM2Extensive analog cable TV, and most sites have a clear view of satellites. Good Verizon cell/data, and the park WiFi worked well. Can be a bit dusty as RVs arrive/depart, but overall well worth the price.  Reasonable at $25/night.  Cactus RV Park

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ellsworth AFB Famcamp, Box Elder SD

Stay Date:  Sept 2016

Our Rating:  Bad – 5

We've found in our travels that many military campgrounds are an afterthought to MWR when it comes to management, and after two visits this year we've had it confirmed here. Our first visit earlier this year, we never saw the host during a three week stay. This time, we were assigned a site when making the phone reservation, only to find out after we had arrived and set up (no one answered the host phone) that we had to move for a "long term camper" in spite of there being many empty sites. We moved and watched as the site we moved from was occupied for one night and then was vacant. In addition to having to move for no reason other then incompetent scheduling, the price of $28/night with no weekly or monthly rate is unreasonable for a military location of this average quality. We've found better locations in the Rapid City area for less, which removes Ellsworth as a military benefit.  Overpriced at $28/night.  Ellsworth AFB Famcamp

Cedar Shore Resort, Oacoma SD

Stay Date:  Sept 2016

Our Rating:  UGLY!!!! – 3

Cedar Shore1We were disappointed to find that unlike the description on the web site, this park is a below average campground instead of a "resort". Check in was in a small office where we noticed that the single washer/dryer were too dirty to use. Cedar Shore2We were assigned a pull-thru site that faced uphill and was sloped to the point of being unable to level without raising the rear wheels off of the ground. Sites are dirt with ragged grass and small trees. We watched as two other RVs gave up trying to get level and drove around to find a site they could use. Cedar Shore3Also frustrating was to see the empty pull-thru sites facing the river that were reasonably level and that sat empty. Cable TV was basic eleven channels and fuzzy analog. WiFi was weak and would not connect. At this nightly rate we expected at least average service and were disappointed. Probably a good spot to stay long-term, as the back-in sites were paved and level, but for the short term there are better options.  A rip off at $42/night  Cedar Shore Resort