Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ann-Osborn Campground, Sault Ste. Marie MI

Stay Date:  Aug 2016

Our Rating:  GOOD – 6

Aune Osborn1This is a crowded, busy park, and it's not about the amenities, it's about the view. Dried up grass, uneven gravel sites, no shade, 30A and shared Aune Osborn3water, but ample space between most spaces. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Waterfront view sites are booked well in advance, but you can get a glimpse of the large freighters from almost anywhere in the park. Aune Osborn2The free WiFi was unusable, but Verizon cell/data worked well. No cable, but some OTA channels and no obstructions to the satellite. Convenient to the tour boat docks, museums, and downtown.  A bit overpriced at $32/night, but it’s all about location.  Ann-Osborn Campground

Sunny’s Campground, Waseon OH

Stay Date:  Aug 2016

Our Rating:  Good – 8

No pictures, just imagine a flat, grassy area with good separation between sites.  This huge park is mostly seasonals, but has a separate area of level grass full-hookup sites for transients. Just OK with the full rate, the park is a bargain at the Passport America rate. Our site was fairly level, hookups worked well, and the for-fee WiFi was adequate. No cable but a few OTA channels, and no obstructions to the satellites. Good Verizon cell/data. We were there on a weekday so it was quiet during our stay. Well worth the stop with the PA rate of $20/night.  Sunny’s Campground

Tiki RV Park & Campground, St Ignace MI

Stay Date:  Aug 2016

Our Rating:  GOOD – 6

Tiki RVA worthwhile stay if using Passport America or other discounts; otherwise it's a bit pricey. Sites are arranged helter-skelter, some pull-thrus but mostly back-ins. Our site was on a slope but was doable, some had their front wheels well into the air. Tiki RV1Some sites are very close together (ours was), others have adequate spacing. The dust from interior roads is significant and you can expect your vehicles to be covered each day. The free WiFi was sporadic, and while Verizon cell was weak, data worked well. TikiRV3Some areas are heavily treed, but we were able to use a tripod to receive DirecTV. Fair OTA TV. Hookups worked well except for the sewer fitting being elevated 8" above ground level. A park with a large variety of sites, and how well you enjoy your stay will depend on where you're located. Passport America rate of $22/night.  Tiki RV Park & Campground

Finn Road RV Park, Essexville MI

Stay Date July 2016

Our Rating:  GOOD – 8

Finn Road3Although in a rural area away from town, this township operated park is worth the drive. Large paved and level back-in sites are well spaced. Hookups Finn Road1worked well, although the sewer connection is 6" above ground and four sites share water connections. WiFi worked well and Verizon cell/data were strong. No cable TV, but ample OTA channelsFinn Road2 and a clear shot at the satellites from most sites. Be sure and ask for a site with shade if visiting during hot weather, as some sites are in the open. Watch carefully for street signs, since the park is on a back road and poorly marked. Overall, a quiet, worthwhile stay at a very reasonable price of $27/night.  Finn Road RV Park

Maywood Community, Chesterland OH

Stay Date:  July 2016

Our Rating:  GOOD – 8

Maywwod1Finding a decent place to stay in Northeastern Ohio is always a challenge.  Most parks are “seasonal” parks where people set up their trailers for the summer and visit on weekends.  These parks tend to have a few visitor sites, but are generally 30A and without sewer hookups.  Plus, they’re noisy on the weekends when the kids show up.  This time we hit the jackpot in finding this mobile home, over-55 community that has a half-dozenMaywood2 secluded RV spots with full hookups and 50A power.  Sites are all back-in on gravel/dirt, but have a concrete patio, and are shaded by large trees.  It’s a quiet area except for during weekdays when the noise from an adjacent landscaping company can be a little distracting.  No WiFi, but Verizon cell/data were strong.  Only a few sites and strategic positioning will result in a clear shot to the satellites, but there are ample OTA channels.  Maywood3The owner and his sister were welcoming and gracious, and were easy to deal with.  Convenient to I-271 which gives good access to the Cleveland area, and a short drive to the quaint village of Chardon.  This is a great place to stay, and for $21/night is an amazing bargain.  Maywood Community

Friday, July 15, 2016

Timberwoods Campground, Van Wert OH

Stay Date:  July 2016

Our Rating:  GOOD – 8

Timberlake1Most seasonal campgrounds in this part of the country are noisy and not too welcoming of overnighters.  This park was an exception.  Friendly check Timberlake2in and fellow RVers, and a separate area of pull-thru sites for transients.  Nicely shaded, but no cable or satellite view, and only a few OTA channels.  Timberlake3Good Verizon cell/data and acceptable WiFi.  Even on a Friday with a full park, it was quiet at night.  A bit off the main roads but worth the drive since good parks in this area are few.  We enjoyed our stay, although $38/night was high for the few amenities.  Timberwoods Campground

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Carl Spindler Campground, East Peoria IL

Stay Date:  July 2016

Our Rating:  GOOD –7

Carl Spindler2This is a county park and marina on the river with large trees and lots of seasonal residents.  Check in was easy, and we had an escort to our Carl Spindler1back-in site which was paved, level, and just long enough for us.  Good hookups, Verizon cell/data was good, but no park WiFi or cable.  A good selection of OTA channels and very limited views of the TV satellites.  Carl Spindler3Easy access just off the main highway with shopping, dining, and a large casino nearby.  Quiet, shady, and comfortable.  A value at $27/night.  Carl Spindler Campground