Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Blue Ox RV Park, Albany OR

Stay Date: Sep 2018

Our Rating:  GOOD – 9

An interesting park - more of a mobile home park populated by RVs. Many permanent residents, but with nicely landscaped lots. Short term guests have paved, level pull-thrus with grass and trees. Sites are close together, and interior roads have to be navigated slowly. Nice indoor pool, spotless laundry(s), and friendly residents. Good WiFi, OTA TV, and clear shot at satellites. Verizon cell/data were good. Close to I-5 and shopping/dining. A very nice park.  $37/Night  Blue Ox RV Park

Indian Creek Campground, Deer Lodge MT

Stay Date:  Sep 2018

Our Rating:  GOOD – 7

A comfortable but pricey overnight stay. Easy access from I-90, with good interior gravel roads and long pull-thru gravel sites. Convenient hookups and good WiFi. OK cable TV, no OTA, and no obstructions to the satellites. Verizon cell/data were strong. Close to the interstate with the expected noise.  $39/Night  Indian Creek Campground

Day’s End Campground, Sturgis SD

Stay Date:  Sep 2018

Our Rating:  BAD – 3

We wouldn't recommend this park unless using the PA rate. Check in at the old, cigarette-smoke filled office was thankfully quick, and we parked in a long, gravel pull-thru with neighbors so close that our slides almost touched. Road noise was expected but not all that bad. Cable was fuzzy analog, no OTA TV, and no obstructions to the satellites. WiFi wouldn't connect, but Verizon Cell/Data were strong. OK this time of year because there were few others camped, but wouldn't want to be here when crowded.  Barely worth the Passport America rate of $18.  Day’s End Campground

Korte’s Checkers Welcome Campground, Welcome MN

Stay Date:  Sep 2018

Our Rating:  GOOD – 9

A comfortable park with friendly staff, level pull-thrus, and plenty of shade. We wish more campgrounds were like this - easy in and out, good facilities, and a very reasonable price. The WiFi worked well, OTA TV was adequate, and Verizon cell/data was strong. Quiet and peaceful, our preferred park when traveling in the area.  Passport America Rate $23/Night.  Korte’s Checkers Welcome Campground

3 Fingers Campground, Forest City IA

Stay Date:  Sept 2018

Our Rating:  GOOD – 9

A short drive west of town, this seasonal park has a number of long, level pull-thru sites for short term guests. The host was friendly and helpful, and access into the site was easy. Hookups were conveniently placed, some OTA TV channels, and fair WiFi. Verizon cell/data were strong. The preferred park when waiting for service in Forest City.  $40/Night  3 Fingers Campground

Little Bear Campground, West Liberty IA

Stay Date:  Sep 2018

Our Rating:  GOOD – 9

Like others, we stayed here to make an early A.M. appointment at HWH. On arrival, we were met by the very friendly owner, who suggested the best site for shade and easy egress. Our site was level gravel, well shaded, and long enough to leave our tow attached. There was some noise from the adjacent truck stop but overall the park was quiet at night. Just a couple of OTA TV channels, no cable, but some sites had a view to the satellite. Good WiFi until evening when everyone got on line. Verizon cell/data was strong. Overall a pleasant and the best place to stay for an early HWH appointment.  Reasonable at $32/Night  Little Bear Campground

On-Ur-Way RV Park, Onawa IA

Stay Date:  Sep 2018

Our Rating:  GOOD – 8

On-Ur-Way Campground2Tidy park with good access to the interstate. Dusty interior roads and long, pull thru sites with some shade. Friendly hosts On-Ur-Way Campground3provided an escort to site, which was level and with convenient hookups. Park WiFi worked well, and Verizon cell/data was very good. No cable, little OTA, but the pull thru sites had a clear shot to the TV Satellites. Not much in the area, just a clean, quiet place to overnight.  $37/Night  On-Ur-Way RV Park

Famil-E-Fun Campground and RV Park, Mitchell SD

Stay Date:  Sep 2018

Our Rating:  GOOD – 9

Famil-E-Fun1Our preferred stay when traveling through the area. Easy access, friendly owner, huge shade trees, lots of grass....just about perfect. Ask for satellite friendly sites Famil-E-Fun2due to the trees. The WiFi worked well since there were few people in the park during our stay. Verizon cell/data was strong, no cable and only a few OTA channels. Peaceful, pleasant stay - wish more parks were like this.  Nicely priced at $34/Night.  Famil-E-Fun Campground and RV Park

3 Flags RV Park, Black Hawk SD

Stay Date:  Sep 2018

Our Rating:  GOOD – 6

Entering the park on the dirt/gravel road is a slow process if you don't want to be completely engulfed in dust. The owner is friendly and helpful, and while the facilities are limited, this is the lowest priced park (with Passport America) in the area. Long gravel/grass pull thru was fairly level, in full sun, and the hookups were accessible. Road noise was not an issue for us, just a drone in the background, and the train only runs twice during the day. Park WiFi was generally usable, and Verizon cell/data was strong. Pay cable service, but plenty of OTA channels and no obstructions to TV satellites. Convenient to Rapid City and the Black Hills. A good stay if using Passport America.  $23/Night  3 Flags RV Park

Grandview Campground, Hardin MT

Stay Date:  Sep 2018

Our Rating:  Good – 6

Grandview Campground1Easy access from the interstate with paved roads and a variety of pull-thru and back-in sites. Our site was a long pull-thru with soft but level gravel and no Grandview Campground2shade. Hookups worked well, the cable TV was adequate, and there were a few OTA channels. Park WiFi was adequate, and Verizon cell/data was strong. Pretty much a ho-hum park with no really good or bad aspects, but overpriced for the facilities and the area.  $40/Night.  Grandview Campground

Sunrise Campground, Bozeman MT

Stay Date:  Sep 2018
Our Rating: Good – 7
Sunrise Campground1We've stayed here a number of times over the years, and always have to accept the trade off of location versus noise. The owners are great, the park very well taken care of, and the rate Sunrise Campground2reasonable. But the noise - right next to I-90 with considerable road noise, and on the other side, train tracks and trains using their horns all night long. It's no fault Sunrise Campground3of the owners, but it's a huge distraction and for us prevents a good night's sleep. Gravel sites are level, some pull thrus have shade, and hookups are convenient. No cable but adequate OTA channels and generally clear view of the satellites. WiFi was generally usable and Verizon cell/data was strong. It's a very nice park, but be aware of the noise$40/night.  Sunrise Campground

Jim and Mary’s RV Park, Missoula MT

State Date:  Sept 2018
Our Rating:  GOOD – - 7
This is our stay of choice in an area of few options. Easy access off the interstate but a bit tight maneuvering within the park. Pull through sites are gravel, fairly level, and long enough to leave the tow vehicle attached. Hookups are randomly placed; some sites have sewer in the far rear, some have water there. This time around, the sewer was close but the water required an extra hose. Nicely shaded with green grass, but each morning meant more hard water spots from the sprinkler system. Cable TV was just average, OTA had a number of channels, and satellite views were difficult with all of the tree cover. WiFi was poor but Verizon cell/data was good. We were in the back row, and the train noise, not from horns but from squealing brakes. A park with some some very attractive features, but also with a few problems.  $44/night.  Jim and Mary’s RV Park

Friday, June 8, 2018

Fairchild AFB Famcamp, WA

Stay Date:  April 2018

Our Rating:  GOOD – 7

Fairchild AFB1Our usual stop when passing through the area. As usual, we were asked to step out of the coach on arrival for inspection, a minor distraction.  Each time we arrive at the Famcamp there’s something different.  This time Fairchild AFB2the host site has moved, but it didn’t matter since it was pick your own site and pay at the Outdoor Rec office – the host isn’t allowed to accept money.  The sites run from OK to scary close if you park in the old section.  The new Fairchild AFB3section is standardized, but there are no trees and they’re fairly close to one another.  Hookups are good, restrooms/showers were clean, and the gravel sites were fairly level.  Some restrictions to the TV satellites in the old area, so pick your site carefully.  Lots of OTA channels, good Verizon cell/data, and the park WiFi worked well.  No more weekly rate, but at $20/night it’s tough to complain.  Fairchild AFB Famcamp 

Coyote Run RV Park, Connell WA

Stay Date:  April 2018

Our Rating:  Good – 7

Coyote Run1Not a destination park; there’s not much here, just a convenient stop that’s comfortable, easy to access, and relatively quiet.  Although close to the highway, the terrain masks most of the noise.  Interior roads are Coyote Run2paved and sites are long, level gravel, with room to leave the tow vehicle attached.  Friendly hosts, quick check in, and convenient hookups.  Good Verizon cell/data, adequate cable, and fair WiFi.  Mostly long-term Coyote Run3residents, but not a lot of outside stuff, and only a bit of noise as residents left in the morning.  Convenience makes the $38/night acceptable.  Coyote Run RV Park

Crook Country RV Park, Prineville OR

Stay Date:  April 2018

Our Rating:  GOOD – 8

Prineville Fairgrounds RV ParkUnlike most fairgrounds, the park is separated from the fair area and has ample grass and trees. Access and signage is very good, just a short distance from the downtown area. Interior roads are Prineville Fairgrounds RV Park2paved and surprisingly wide, while sites are also paved, are long and fairly level, but are just wide enough for your vehicle. Sewer is at the far rear, so if you leave a tow vehicle attached you'll need a long sewer hose. Stepping out means stepping on grass, and if the adjacent site is occupied by an RV with slides, you'll be very close together. Prineville Fairgrounds RV Park3Park WiFi was not working during our visit, but Verizon cell/data were very good. No cable TV, but OTA had a few channels and there were no obstructions to satellites. Check in was with a friendly lady who will share local information and provide maps. Quiet and dark at night, although there is some noise from early morning residents going to work. A convenient, clean park - we'll stay here again.  A bit overpriced at $38/night.  Crook County RV Park

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