Saturday, October 20, 2007

Adventure Bound/Cactus Country Resort, Tucson AZ

Stay Date:  October 3007
Our Rating:  BAD – 6
Located on the far southeastern edge of Tucson but with easy access to major roads, this is an OK park for a stopover or short stay but very overpriced during the winter at $43/night.   Lots of potential; large, gravel sites, good hookups, some shade, but the large number of long term/permanent residents with work trucks and outside storage detracts from the appearance. Free cable TV was poor and free WiFi seldom worked.  Verizon cell and Aircard worked well. A large number of dogs in the park, some of which are tied and left during the day while their owners are off to work create noise.  Cactus Country Resort

Havasu Falls RV Resort, Lake Havasu AZ

Stay Date:  October 2007
Our Rating:  BAD –6
Large expanse of desert gravel with concrete pads for RVs. No shade or grass, and sites are close together. WiFi was very weak and barely usable. Free Cable TV.  Verizon cell and Aircard worked well.  Nothing special for the steep overnight rate of $37.  Havasu Falls RV Resort

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Gila Bend Air Force Station Famcamp, AZ

Stay Date:  Multiple, last stay October 2007
Our Rating:  GOOD - 7
Certainly not a destination, but a convenient, secure, and inexpensive place to spend the night on the long stretch of I-8 between Tucson and San Diego.  Friendly gate guards and office people; but self check in is also available.  Pretty much a gravel parking lot with hookups, there’s a gym across the street and a free laundry, but that’s pretty much it.  No BX or gas station, dining is across the interstate in Gila Bend.  Good hookups, except that the water is just about undrinkable, but for $7 who can complain?  Good Verizon cell and Aircard, nothing in the way of seeing the satellite, no cable or WiFi.  Some jet aircraft noise during the weekdays, otherwise quiet and dark at night.  Military or DoD ID Required.  Gila Bend AFS

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Desert Eagle RV Park, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas NV

Stay Date:  October 2007
Our Rating:  GOOD – 9
One of the great Famcamps; spacious, shaded, level concrete pads, great hookups, and free WiFi - all add up to a superior facility. Easy access to major highways.  No cable TV but clear shot to the satellite.  Verizon cell and Aircard worked well.  The staff was very, very friendly and helpful; I especially appreciated the escort to the site and that the host stayed to make sure that the hookups worked. While we only stayed a week, a longer stay would start to get a bit pricey at the daily rate of $20. Our only real complaint was the billion-candlepower light right next to our spot, but hey, if you stay in the casinos all night, it won't bother you.  Military or DoD ID required.  Desert Eagle RV Park

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Sunrise Valley RV Park, Mina NV

Stay Date:  October 2007
Our Rating:  GOOD –7
We stopped here for an overnight stay based on previous reviews and were not disappointed. Large pull-thrus, big trees, and a nice view of the mountain. Owner was very friendly and accommodating. A bit of road noise but probably the only decent place to stay between Reno and Las Vegas.  Free WiFi worked, as did Verizon cell and Aircard.  No cable TV, but long pull thru sites allow you to get a shot at the satellite.  A refuge in the nothingness of central Nevada at $30/night.  Sunrise Valley RV Park

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Desert Rose RV Park, Fernley NV

Stay Date:  October 2007
Our Rating:  GOOD – 8
Probably the nicest Passport America park in the desert West- too bad it's Fernley,NV. But it is quiet here, and the $17 daily deal for 3 nights is wonderful. Nice concrete sites with grass patches and small shade trees between, great cable TV, free WiFi although we used our Verizon Aircard. Quiet and dark at night.  Hosts here are friendly and care about guests. This is worth going out of the way or stopping awhile , or as a cheaper,quieter base for Reno. Would be nice to have a pool or fitness room or picnic tables, but we appreciated having a simple, clean and quiet place instead. Desert Rose RV Park

Monday, October 1, 2007

Trailer Lane RV Park, Weed CA

Stay Date:  October 2007
Our Rating:  BAD – 4
This is a tired little campground located in trees right between I-5 and railroad tracks. Nice lady at the office, level sites and good hookups; however, the noise, sandy soil that stuck to your shoes, and old campers made this a place we would not return. Bad enough that it's located within 100 yards of I-5, that part of the highway is on a hill so you're treated to exhaust brakes, too. But then the trains drowned out the trucks every once in a while. We did get to pick some of the apples growing wild in the park (with permission), but it was still way to expensive for what they offer at $25.