Sunday, October 28, 2012

Brookhaven RV Park, Kelso WA

Stay Date:  October 2012
Our Rating:  GOOD – 9
Brookhaven RV ParkA nicely designed park with easy access to I-5 yet secluded and quiet. All paved interior roads and pull-through sites with trees and grass, and surrounded by a high levee that makes it a quiet environment. Convenient hookups and strong free Wi-Fi, with a nice laundry room at reasonable prices. Verizon cell and data were strong, and all sites have a clear view of the satellites. Brookhaven RV Park2We appreciated their strict dog policy ("dogs must be on a leash, and one end of the leash MUST be in the owner's hand") which prohibited dogs being tied outside and barking. Friendly office staff and residents. Convenient to visiting Mount St. Helens, a must-see when in the area.  $34/Night  Brookhaven RV Park

Armitage County Park, Eugene OR

Stay Date:  October 2012
Our Rating:  GOOD – 7
Armitage ParkCertainly one of the better county parks we've encountered, but not as much of a bargain in price as many are. Long pull-through loops can hold the largest RV, and hookups are modular and conveniently located. Lots of grass and trees, but arranged so that most sites have a clear view of the satellites. Free cable TV was fuzzy, and the Wi-Fi was weak and would not connect from our siteArmitage Park2Quiet at night, with a short walk to the river access and playgrounds. A nice destination park for families. An annoyance is that a $10 fee is levied for reservations even for drive-up campers. For an overnight, we'll probably look elsewhere in the area the next time.  $33/night for a pull-thru.  Armitage County Park

Rivers West RV Park

Stay Date:  October 2012
Our Rating:  7 – GOOD
Rivers West2This is a friendly, comfortable park with level gravel sites, long pull-though sites, and solid hookups. While there is no Wi-Fi or cable, Verizon cell and data were strong and satellite TV was unimpeded. The interior roads are well maintained, and there's plenty of green grass between each site. Rivers WestThe park is next to I-5, and although shielded by trees, the noise from big-rig traffic can be significant. There are many long-term residents, but they were a friendly group, along with the office staff. Our only complaints were the sprinkler system which left water spots on the side of our rig, and the number of pet cats that were allowed to roam free. Still in all, a nice place with a great monthly rate. $28/Night.  $240/mo includes electric.  No Web Site

Seven Feathers RV Resort

Stay Date:  Numerous; Last stay October 2012
Our Rating:  9 – GOOD
We consider this park one of the country's best and always stay here when in the area. Fabulous landscaping, professional staff, and plenty of amenities make this a true resort. On checking in, we mentioned the previous review and that we were surprised that someone had a problem. The manager was immediately notified, read the review, and stated that he would contact the writer and make things right. True, the transformers are placed in the living area of the site, and the sewer fittings are also placed on the neighbor's site; but what irritated me on this trip was that the sprinkler system sprayed my newly-waxed motor home each night and left highly visible water spots. I like the green grass, but they need to adjust the sprinkler heads. The free park Wi-Fi worked remarkably well considering the number of guests and the cable TV, although limited in channels, worked well. The shuttle to and from the casino was timely, and we enjoyed the evening buffet. An enjoyable place to stay, and we'll visit again. Worth it at $38/night with Good Sam discount.  Seven Feathers RV Resort

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mill Casino RV Park, North Bend OR

Stay Date:  Numerous, last stay May 2012
Our Rating:  GOOD – 9
We’ve always enjoyed our stay here.  Friendly check-in, paved roads and sites, a short walk or shuttle ride to the casino, and reasonable prices.  This time we opted for a back-in site, they’re much wider and ours had a view of the bay.  Hookups all worked well, and the WiFi was fair depending on how many people were using it, and cable TV was good.  Verizon cell and data service were good.  Although just off Highway 101, the park is quiet at night.  The park price includes use of the hotel pool, hot tub, etc.  The casino is one of our favorites; fairly loose slots, a very good restaurant, and an excellent seafood buffet on Sat/Sun, and an never failing friendly staff.  The park requires pads under your jacks, but if you don’t have them, they’ll loan you some.  Convenient to shopping in North Bend/Coos Bay with a Super Wal-Mart close by.  Always a great stay.  Good Sam nightly rate of $33/night.  Mill Casino RV Park

Timber Valley SKP Park, Southerlin OR

Stay Date:  May 2-12
Our Rating:  8 – GOOD
Timber Valley SignThis is an Escapees members-only park where travelers are rented the sites of absent owners.  All sites are large, graveled, and most are only slightly improved.  Utilities are all good, the free cable TV was excellent, and Verizon cell and data coverage was good.  Located at the end of a street just outside of Sutherlin, the surrounding area is heavily treed and the park is quiet with no road noise.  Timber Valley SKP EntranceWildlife abounds; expect to be visited by the resident Jackrabbits, Wild Turkey, and deer.  Residents are Escapee-friendly and travelers are invited to participate in all of the park activities.  No restrooms or showers, so self-contained RVs only.  A nice laundry with reasonable prices, and an extensive clubhouse with library.  Sutherlin doesn’t offer much but the basics, but Roseburg, 10 miles south on the interstate has everything you need.  Nightly rate around $20/night, monthly $375 plus electric.  Timber Valley SKP Park

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sunrise Valley RV Park, Mina NV

Stay Date:  April 2012

Our Rating:  GOOD – 8

Mina RV ParkThis park doesn't have to be this nice; after all, it's the only place in the middle of nowhere. But it is, and we always enjoy our stay here. The owner is friendly, there's some interesting aviation memorabilia, long, long, pull-through sites, and even some shade. Verizon cell worked OK, but data was too slow to be usable. Mina RV Park2We had no problem getting a DirecTV signal. A bit of road noise at night, but not enough to be a distraction. Maybe not the best park you'll stay in, but it's comfortable, affordable, and a convenient stop on lonely Highway 95. We'll stay here again.  Reasonable at $25/Night.  Sunrise Valley RV Park

Desert Eagle Famcamp, Las Vegas, NV

Stay Date:  Multiple, Last April 2012

Our Rating:  GOOD – 8

Nellis FamcampOne of the best military campgrounds in the system. Convenient to the Interstate and just across the highway from the main base with it's excellent BX and Commissary. Most sites are back in, huge, and all have concrete pads. The free Wi-Fi worked reasonably well, and Verizon cell and data service were good. Nellis Famcamp2The park is known for it's exceptional staff - everyone we met was friendly and helpful. A great place to stay when visiting Las Vegas.  $21/Night.  Desert Eagle Famcamp

Distant Drums RV Resort, Camp Verde, AZ

Stay Date:  April 2012
Our Rating:  GOOD – 9
Distant Drums RV ParkAn excellent park with great facilities and a friendly staff. An escort led us to our site on the paved roads, and each site is level concrete with a parking pad.  The lots would be improved with a table, you’ll have to bring your own if you plan on grilling outside.   Landscaping throughout the park is exceptional, and although near the Interstate, it's quiet at night. Distant Drums RV Park2The free Wi-Fi worked well, and Verizon data service was usable, but slow. The location provides an excellent base for visiting Sedona, Montezuma Castle, and other area attractions. As mentioned, the showers are cleaned after each use, a remarkable service. A medium-sized casino is across the Interstate and has all of the usual dining opportunities.  We enjoyed our stay here and will return.  $33/night.  Distant Drums RV Resort

Siesta RV Park, Las Cruces, NM

Stay Date:  April 2012
Our Rating:  BAD – 5
We thought we'd avoid the overpriced RV park up the street where we’ve stayed before (Hacienda), but instead found another, less comfortable overpriced park. Dusty, short pull-through sites were close together and required disconnecting the tow to clear the entry streets. Poor Wi-Fi, but Verizon cell and data worked well. We were told the rate included a $2 for an extra person (over one occupant) because of a state requirement; apparently due to the water shortage. Had we been aware of the high price, we would have continued on to Deming as there is no park in Las Cruces worth $35+ per night.  We’ll try to bypass Las Cruces for the much cheaper Deming in the future.  $35/Night.  Siesta RV Park

Lazy Days RV Campground, Tucson, AZ

Stay Date:  Multiple, Last April 2012
Our Rating:  GOOD – 9
This park continues to improve under the new Lazydays management. We dined at the relocated restaurant for lunch and were impressed; the food was excellent and reasonably priced. Security is very good, both at the gates and in roving patrols, important since the park's location, while convenient to the interstate, is in a less than desirable location. Every employee that we came in contact with was friendly, cheerful, and concerned with our stay - there's even a concierge in the office. The free Wi-Fi worked well except when overwhelmed in the evenings, and the cable TV was limited but clear. Our pull-through site during this visit was on an uphill angle, but otherwise the site and hookups were good. This park would be perfect if there were paved pads instead of the gravel which is difficult to walk on, but it's still one of the best places we've visited.  $33/Night.  Lazydays RV Campground

Fort Stockton RV Park, Fort Stockton, TX

Stay Date:  Multiple, Last Date April 2012

Our Rating:  GOOD – 7

This is a regular stop for us in this part of Texas and while not a resort, the park provides everything needed for an overnight stay. Much depends on which site is assigned, since some are sandy and short, while others that front the entrance road are long and shaded. Hookups work well and Verizon cell and data were good. The cafe offers a limited menu, and it and the office are staffed by friendly folks; we enjoy not having to cook or unhook to drive to town. This isn't an area of quality parks, be we've stayed here many times and always been well pleased. Reasonable at $25/night (with discounts).  Fort Stockton RV Park

Fort Sam Houston Travel Park, San Antonio, TX

Stay Date:  March 2012

Our Rating:  GOOD – 8

Fort Sam Travel CampGetting to the park is an exercise in pothole and maintenance cone avoidance, but once on the post the roads, while bumpy, are fairly well maintained. The park itself is extremely well maintained; level concrete pull-through sites and large patio with table and grill, convenient hookups, and lots of room. Propane is availableFort Sam Travel Camp2 M-F and there are a few RV items in the store. A very large commissary and PX are within a 20-minute drive through the post.  There is no park Wi-Fi or cable, but you're in the middle of a metropolitan area so there is plenty of broadcast TV, and our Verizon data card was on 4G during our stay. If you have mail forwarded, be prepared to navigate a maze of warehouses and loading docks to find the mail room - we opted for the main post office instead. It's one of the best parks in the military, but what makes it less desirable for us is the the train noise. Be prepared for all day, all night trains loudly sounding their horns as they pass within 1/2 mile of the park.  Very reasonable at $17/night.  Fort Sam Houston Travel Park

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Southern Oaks Luxury RV Resort, Aransas Pass TX

Stay Date:  February 2012
Southern Oaks RV ParkBilled as a “Luxury RV Resort”, this park is nice, but not exceptional.  Although we had made reservations a year in advance, new ownership had changed our site to one less desirable, and in an attempt to make it up, gave us a site in the “owner’s area”.  Our site was level concrete with plenty of room around us, but the area has many owners who are building permanent storage units, and the constant construction traffic and building noise was constant and distracting.  No cable or free WiFi, and the Tengo WiFi charge was ridiculously high.  Verizon cell and Aircard service was good.  Located on the highway 35 bypass, the park is a compromise location; not close to anything but a convenient distance from Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, and Rockport.  There are equal or better parks more conveniently located, and if we return to the area, we’ll stay elsewhere.  Pricy for what you get at $400/mo plus electric.  Southern Oaks Luxury RV Resort.