Sunday, June 13, 2010

Eby’s Pines RV Park and Campground, Bristol IN

Stay Date:  June 2010
Our Rating:  GOOD – 7
Not really an overnight stopping place, but a large, commercial-feeling waterpark and campground.  It’s an easy three miles off the interstate, and if you're lucky (like we were), you’ll get a spot away from the water park area.   Dirt interior roads and pull thru sites, lots of tall pines shielding the sky, but ask at the office, there are some sites with access to the satellite.  No cable TV, WiFi for a fee.  Sites were level and good sized.  We were lucky to have a rainshower which drove everyone inside, otherwise we faced a noisy night of parties.  For $39 it’s a nice place but too expensive for an overnight.  Eby’s Pines RV park and Campground

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Geneseo Campground, Geneseo IL

Stay Date:  June 2010
Our Rating:  GOOD – 9
This is a gem of a campground; level gravel sites under mature trees, large sites, and lots of grass.  Very friendly owners.  No cable TV, so ask for a site with a view of the sky.  Free WiFi worked OK, and Verizon cell and Aircard worked well.  Make sure you follow the blue signs to the campground, if you follow your GPS, you’ll end up with a 10’ overhead railroad overpass.  Also, the road to the campground is on the first road past the bridge; our GPS had us turning prior to the bridge.  This is the kind of place you wish was at every stop – quiet, friendly, and reasonable at $28/night.  Geneseo Campground

Friday, June 11, 2010

Shelby Country Inn and RV Park, Shelby IA

Stay Date:  June 2010
Our Rating:  REALLY UGLY – 2
Yikes, what a dump!  Located behind a truck stop, you check in at the motel office, then drive through the tractor-trailer ruts to an open field with drive thru sites so narrow that our motorhome wheels hung over into the grass.  Our first attempt at a site resulted in it not having power, our second attempt, in another rutted, uneven site, finally worked.  No trees, not amenities, and the restrooms from the outside looked like Forest Service pit toilets.  No Cable TV, no WiFi, but Verizon cell and Aircard worked well.  Noisy at night with trucks entering and leaving the truck stop, with lots of bright lights to add insult to injury.  At $32/night, this dump is a rip off and we wouldn’t have stayed but there was no option in the area.  Would have been a “0” rating but the hookups worked well.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Holiday RV Park, North Platte, NE

Stay Date:  June 2010
Our Rating:  GOOD – 8
Convenient to I-80, this popular stopping place offers a good overnight stay, albeit at premium price ($35/night).  Dirt roads and level sites, lots of trees and bushes.  Tough to see the sky for the satellite, but free cable TV and WiFi.  Verizon cell and Aircard worked well.  Flying J just down the road, some road noise but not too bad.  Another pricey park, but not much else in the area.  Holiday RV Park

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Western Hills RV Park, Rawlins WY

Stay Date: June 2010
Our Rating:  GOOD – 7
A good overnight stay in an area with few options.  Basically a large gravel parking lot with hookups, the sites are not very large but level.  No trees to get in the way of the satellite, and free cable TV and adequate WiFi.  Verizon cell and Aircard worked well.  Easy access to I-80 although not much traffic noise at night, but some train noise.  Easy walking distance to an adequate and forgettable restaurant.  Cool at night with an elevation of 7000’.  Pretty much a ho-hum overnight stop with a reasonable price of $27/night.  Western Hills RV Park

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Heyburn Riverside RV Park, Heyburn ID

Stay date:  June 2010
Our Rating – Good – 10
Too bad more communities don’t have parks like this.  A few miles off of the interstate, but well worth the drive.  Well laid out level pull-thru sites, with nicely maintained grass, table, and even flowers.  Small trees for shade, so easy shot at the satellite.  No cable or WiFi, but Verizon cell and Aircard worked well.  On the banks of the Snake River, with paved hiking trails through the riparian area.  Lots of birds, quiet and dark at night – a great place to spend the night or a few days.  All for a price of $23, a bargain.  Heyburn Riverside RV Park

Monday, June 7, 2010

Wildhorse Casino RV Park, Pendleton, OR

Stay Date:  June 2010
Our Rating:  GOOD – 7
A good overnight stay if you’re visiting the casino,  with paved roads and level paved sites, some grass, and a few small trees.  Sewer hookup placement is far back; with tow vehicle pulled up to clear the road, it may be difficult to reach without extensions.  Clear sky for satellite, no cable TV but free adequate WiFi.  Verizon cell and Aircard worked well.  Quiet and dark at night, and there’s a free shuttle to take you to the casino, where the buffet was above average.  A little high for a casino, but the $27/night charge was worth it for the overnight.  Wildhorse Casino RV Park

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Portland-Woodburn RV Park, Woodburn OR

Stay Date;  Numerous, last stay June 2010
Our Rating:  GOOD –7
We like this park, not only because of it’s amenities, but because it borders a huge outlet mall, and since Oregon has no sales tax, this is a good place to stop and stock up on clothes.  The park itself is nothing remarkable, but has paved roads and sites, nice grass and small trees between the sites, and is relatively quiet although close to the interstate.  There are a number of permanent residents, but visitors are generally parked in the front row where it’s easy to get in and out.  Free WiFi and Cable, nice pool, and free coffee at the nicely furnished store/office; $39/night but worth it if you visit the outlet center.  The park has it’s own locked gate to the shopping area, and it’s a quick walk across from the park to a couple of good restaurants and a Starbucks.  This is a busy section of I-5, so be prepared for three lanes in each direction of heavy traffic.  Portland-Woodburn RV Park

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon OR

Stay Date June 2010
Our Rating:  GOOD –9
One of Oregon’s best coastal parks – large, paved back-in sites, lots of trees, and great Bullards Beach SP Sitefacilities.   Paved paths to beach, neat lighthouse, and trails through woods.  No cable TV or WiFI, and on A & B loop you’ll probably need a portable dish to find a hole to see the satellite.  Verizon cell and Aircard worked well.  50A full hookup sites are on C loop, with many open sites for your satellite.  Evening programs and activities during the summer.  A beautiful park, a bargain at $24/night.  Bullards Beach State Park