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Jerry S.
post Jun 4 2012, 10:08 PM
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As we approach the heavy RVing season, I'd like to make a suggestion. After years of seeing reviews on this site that indicate that the reviewer did not check out the park or campground before staying there, the review I read today jumped to the top of the list.

It was a fairly long review for Happy Jack Lodge and RV Park in Happy Jack, AZ and gave the park a rating of 1. The first half of the review described the park and said nothing negative. Then they went on to say that the park out in the middle of nowhere and it was 20 miles from anything (stores, restuarants, etc.). They were bored because there was nothing to do in the park. How do you go to a park and not know it is 20 miles from the nearest town? I can understand people being misled by park websites and being disappointed in the facilities and amenities, but this is ludicrous.

So, please do your research. Check this site, one of the park guides like Woodalls, and/or the park website. If you still don't have the information you need, call the park. I know these sources are not perfect - how many reviews have complained about misleading websites, guide ratings that are too high, etc.? If you have specific needs (50Amp, WIFI, etc.) call to make sure these things are available. Again, how many times have complained that all the 50Amp or cable sites were taken. Just because a park listing shows these facilities/amenities, it doesn't mean ALL sites have these things.

It doesn't take that much time and effort to, hopefully, make your stay less disappointing.
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gene007
post Apr 11 2013, 01:41 AM
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I am brand new to RV living. For sure I will be reading more reviews. From what I have read so far I feel a little troubled. I have read alot about not having room for larger RVs, no spots available, not able to reserve in advance. I was hoping to take a little of the uncertainty out of travel. Am I being too paranoid?
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post Apr 11 2013, 08:11 AM
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QUOTE(gene007 @ Apr 11 2013, 01:41 AM) *

I am brand new to RV living. For sure I will be reading more reviews. From what I have read so far I feel a little troubled. I have read alot about not having room for larger RVs, no spots available, not able to reserve in advance. I was hoping to take a little of the uncertainty out of travel. Am I being too paranoid?
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Kind of depends on where you want to stay. If you are limiting your search to only public campgrounds (state/COE parks for example) then all the issues you ask about are possible. Many public parks were built when rvs were small and people did not want all the amenities found today in many parks so larger rvs may have difficulty maneuvering and parking there. If you feel you must be at a popular park near water, amusement parks, etc. during prime summer vacation time, then you may have issues finding a spot. Also, if you are in a short season area (lots of winter, not much summer) you will be competing with lots of folks rushing to take advantage of the few sites available.

If, on the other hand, you are like many of us, and are willing to park in a clean, safe full service commercial park that is not right next to a touristy attraction, then you should have no problems finding suitable space. We have literally stayed in dozens of commercial and public parks in the last few years with very few problems. We avoid high traffic areas when the kids are out of school and park in public parks during the week and leave before the weekend. If there is somewhere that we want to stay that is very popular, we make reservations well in advance - if reservations are not available we probably will not even try to go there. Unless you are absolutely committed to a specific spot during a specific time, you should be able to find many acceptable parking places.
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Jerry S.   Do Your Research   Jun 4 2012, 10:08 PM
Glenn Norton   I have to agree with you Jerry, but for many peopl...   Jun 4 2012, 10:35 PM
hoefler   I agree totally!! People complain they di...   Jun 5 2012, 07:14 AM
HappiestCamper   OMG - "The dogs were tired of hiking in the w...   Jun 5 2012, 07:34 AM
Jerry S.   Happiest, Thanks for pointing out the dog comment...   Jun 5 2012, 12:05 PM
dalsgal   I read that review yesterday and could not believe...   Jun 5 2012, 12:29 PM
mikel   Thank God for this website. It's just about al...   Jul 22 2012, 11:02 AM
FosterImposters   ....then see a negative review based on proximity...   Jul 22 2012, 01:30 PM
Lindsay Richards   You are right, but it is going to happen and wil...   Jul 22 2012, 11:32 AM
Texasrvers   This is why we ask reviewers to stick to facts abo...   Jul 22 2012, 11:52 AM
Gayle E.   We've just started using this site in the last...   Jul 24 2012, 10:56 AM
RLM   If a cg is so bad to deserve a 1, that would have...   Jul 25 2012, 01:04 PM
mdcamping   I certainly agree about reviews needing detailed i...   Jul 27 2012, 01:06 PM
Jerry S.   I wanted to resurrect this thread for the upcoming...   Apr 8 2013, 08:40 PM
docj   I concur with your advice, but I doubt that those ...   Apr 8 2013, 08:57 PM
Fitzjohnfan   I concur with your advice, but I doubt that those...   Apr 11 2013, 01:35 PM
docj   Isn't have the fun of taking a trip is in the...   Apr 11 2013, 11:35 PM
busyteach   Ah oh, I do admit sometimes I ask about things to ...   Apr 16 2013, 05:06 PM
HappiestCamper   Just saw one where they were complaining that the ...   Jun 11 2013, 06:48 AM
gene007   I am brand new to RV living. For sure I will be r...   Apr 11 2013, 01:41 AM
joez   I am brand new to RV living. For sure I will be ...   Apr 11 2013, 08:11 AM
dalsgal   I think you are just being a bit over cautious. T...   Apr 11 2013, 07:49 AM
Tom   It was a fairly long review for Happy Jack Lodge...   Apr 18 2013, 06:53 AM


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