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

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