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