Saturday, April 8, 2017

Calico Ghost Town RV Park, Barstow CA

Stay Date:  March 2017

Our Rating:  BAD – 4

CalicoRV1We had looked forward to staying here but were disappointed. We chose on our on-line reservation what looked like the largest site available with full hookups, but it didn't live up to expectations. CalicoRV2 Most of the site was rutted and on a slope way beyond our ability to level, with rocks and tree branches lying around. After maneuvering far to the right of the site, we were able to level side to side but the uphill slope meant we couldn't level without our rear wheels being off of the ground. The water fixture had two faucets, but one was broken off and the other didn't work.CalicoRV3 The park maintenance responded quickly, but while it worked, it leaked badly creating a large mud puddle. Very crowded on a Friday night with lots of noise from campers coming in late. Verizon cell/data was good, and there were no obstructions to the satellite.  There are some good, level sites here, but you can’t tell by the reservation information.  Way overpriced at $40 plus $7 reservation fee.  Calico Ghost Town RV Park.

Happy Time RV Park, Dunnigan CA

Stay Date:  March 2017

Our Rating:  Good – 5

Happy Time RV ParkThis park is tired, run down, and with lots of permanent residents, many of whom seem to have most of their possessions stacked outside. Happy Time RV Park2Trash cans were overflowing, roads were potholed, and the interstate noise is considerable. But, the folks were friendly and the hookups, except cable TV worked well. Level, gravel pull-thrus are staggered, with no table or fire ring at our site. Happy Time RV Park3No WiFi, but good Verizon cell/data, and no obstructions to satellite.  The red “RV” sign on the deteriorating tower was an annoyance at night.   Easy access to the interstate and truck stop make this an acceptable overnight stay.  Worth the $25/night.  Happy Time RV Park

Stafford RV Park, Stafford CA

Stay Date:  March 2017

Our Rating:  Good – 7

Stafford RV Park1Check in was with the friendly owner, and due to the heavy rains, the host took us to one of the seasonal sites with 50A power and sewer. Level Stafford RV Park2grass and gravel, the site was tight, with no table or room for one, but OK for one night. The park looks worn and could use updating, but the fStafford RV Park3olks were very friendly and with the PA discount the price was very reasonable. Good WiFi, Verizon Cell/data, but no cable TV. Noticeable noise from the highway, but otherwise quiet at night.  A worthwhile stop for the Passport America rate of $17.50/night.  Stafford RV Park

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