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First Impression: From the highway, CG seems spacious, medium sized, attractive. Safety: no concerns - peaceful. Access: Exit 179 from I-80, north about 500', turn right. Very easy to find, GPS took us right in. Park access road in "ok" condition, adequate signage. Office: Friendly Ma-and-Pa owners; token store with snacks, a few RV equipment items, a lot of fishing gear. Facilities: No pool, spa, rec room, or fitness room. Small, aged laundry room. "Ok" restrooms/showers, aged but clean (score "B"). No propane sales. Small playground. Pretty lake has boats and kayaks to rent. On-leash dog run. Campground: In a flood plain. Roads are dirt/gravel with gentle turns and no overhead obstacles. Sites are all tight, slide-to-slide, both back-in and pull-through. Tent area but no yurts. One cabin/lodge. Sites are dirt/grass, adequately level, grass/weeds between. Utilities are closer to the rear of sites with FHU-20/30/50. Strong water pressure with good taste. Threaded sewer pipe heights range from ground level to about 5" above ground level. No patios; good picnic tables. Open fires not permitted. Good satellite views. No cable TV. OTA TV found 12 channels. No Wi-Fi. Verizon phone at 5-bars; 4G at 5-bars. Distant railroad, no aircraft, interstate noise noticeable but acceptable. No recycle bins. Bug Report: Fire ant mounds all over the place. Runners: CG roads marginal for running. Yoga: Not recommended. Conclusion: Okay for a stop-over.

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First Impression: Huge reservoir. Multiple CGs in the park. Very quiet, almost empty (early May). Prices vary based on site type chosen; no discounts. Pretty. Safety: no concerns - peaceful. Access: We came in on Kansas route 14 (good condition), south from Nebraska route 8 (marginal condition) as access to US-36 was closed in Belleville due to construction. Then, east on North Shore Road to 250 Road then south into the park. North Shore Road needs resurfacing. Okay signage, GPS got us in. Office: Open sporadically. Stop at the "self pay" kiosk, first on the left as you turn onto 250 Road to see a map of the CGs. Facilities: No CG amenities. No laundry room. Very aged, dirty restrooms/showers (score "D"). No propane sales. Nice, large playground. No designated dog run. Nine hole, disc golf course. Campground: Not in a flood plain. Park roads are rough, bumpy asphalt with gentle turns and no overhead obstacles. Individual CG roads (i.e. Walleye Loop) are dirt but watch for low hanging branches and tight turns around trees. Big rigs use caution in the Walleye Point loop. Sites are all spacious, pull-through. Numerous tent areas but no yurts. Some cabins and park models. Most sites are dirt/gravel (a few are concrete), no landscaping, level. Electric and water are at mid-rig with either 30A or 30A/50A; no meters. No sewer; use dump stations. Good water pressure and taste. A few sites have nice concrete patios with very aged picnic tables. Ground fires not permitted but most sites have a BBQ/fire ring. Marginal satellite views (mature trees). No cable or OTA TV. Free Wi-Fi advertised at office but none found. Verizon phone had no coverage; No 4G but "1X" basic access was available but sketchy. No railroad, aircraft, or traffic noise. No recycle bins. Bug Report: No insect issues. Runners: Roads ok for running. Yoga: good space and ground surface for your mat. Conclusion: not a bad place for a getaway - recommended.

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First Impression: Nice presentation. $44/day for back-in site; $54/day for pull-through. Concrete pads. Cozy - wave at your neighbor through your windows. Safety: no concerns - peaceful. Access: head west on 47th street off I-135 at exit 1A (just before the I-35, Kansas Turnpike) and turn left onto Emporia. Access road in good condition, good road sign, GPS was accurate. Office: Friendly staff. No store. Facilities: No pool, spa, or fitness room. Laundry room not inspected. Nice restrooms/showers with clean fixtures, good water pressure and temperature (score "B"). Small playground. On-leash dog run. Office building is a certified storm shelter. Campground: Not in a flood plain. Roads are concrete with gentle turns and no overhead obstacles. Sites are a mix of back-in and pull-through, close but not "slide-to-slide". No tent area, yurts. Park models for rent. Sites are level, concrete, with grass landscaping. No trees. Utilities at mid-rig with FHU-20/30/50; no meters. Adequate water pressure and taste. Threaded sewer pipe is about 2" above ground level, closer to rear of rig (I needed my "long tube"). No patios or picnic tables. Ground fires not permitted. Good satellite views. Free cable TV (50+ channels). Free Wi-Fi but with poor coverage away from the office building. Verizon phone at 5-bars; 4G at 4-bars. Distant railroad, aircraft, and traffic noise. No recycle bins. Bug Report: fire ant mounds but minimal insect activity was seen. I sprayed but fire ants don't climb. Runners: CG roads good for running, no fitness room so no treadmills. Yoga: No patios but there was lots of space around the rigs for your mat. Conclusion: A bit overpriced for no amenities but recommended if you're visiting the area. They were quite full so reservations highly suggested.

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First Impression: CG is nice but small and unassuming. Passport America discount, only. $25/day, $100/week, $300/month. Safety: no concerns - peaceful. Access: On US-54 at the west end of Iola, KS. Municipal roads in good condition. GPS took us directly there. Road signage is poor. Office: The owner/manager, easy going. No store. Facilities: No amenities. Office building has restrooms/showers and one clothes washer and dryer at the end of the hallway. Restrooms/showers are old, dirty, and moldy. Mold covered curtains separate shower "stalls". Ran out of hot water (score "D-"). Propane sales. No playground. Designated, on-leash, dog area. Storm shelter. Campground: In a flood area. Roads are gravel with gentle turns and no overhead obstacles. Sites are all pull-through and spacious. No tent area, yurts, or cabins. Electrical pedestals at mid-rig with FHU-20/30/50; with meters. Sites are level, grass/gravel in "ok" condition. Well-mowed grass between sites. Sewer pipe is 4" threaded, about 4" above ground level. Very strong water pressure with good taste. Nice concrete patio with concrete picnic tables. Numerous sites have raised charcoal grills/smokers. Open fires not permitted. Good satellite views. Free cable TV (? channels - didn't check). OTA TV found 5 channels. Free Wi-Fi with excellent coverage and bandwidth. Verizon phone at 4-bars; 4G coverage at 4-bars. No railroad or aircraft noise but notable street noise as US-54 is "right there". No recycle bins. Bug Report: variety of ants and small spiders (early May). Runners: CG roads ok for running or go to the Riverside Park (¼ mile east); no fitness room so no treadmills. Yoga: concrete patios are plenty big enough for your mat. Conclusion: Good for a short stop-over but not a destination CG.

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First Impression: While most mobile home parks tend to be seedy and run-down, this park is aged but rather clean. Safety: no concerns - peaceful. Access: Follow GPS and you'll get lost. Take the South Glenstone exit off US-60 and go northwest to (east) Peele Street (traffic light with a turn lane). On Peele, turn immediately to the right into the MH/RV park, then left towards the office. Easy to find on your right. Municipal roads are in good condition. This part of Springfield is a high traffic, business district. Office: Friendly staff but this is the mobile home office, not an RV park office or store. Facilities: This is a mobile home community and has no campground amenities but does have storm shelters. Campground: Roads are wide, asphalt with roomy turns, lots of trees but no overhead issues. Speed bumps. RV sites are isolated to the back of the facility which are a mix of pull-through and back-in (depends on rig length), no tent area, yurts, or cabins. Electrical pedestals at rear of site with FHU-20/30/50. Sites are nearby but roomy, clean, with packed gravel in good condition, no landscaping, level. Sewer pipe is 4" threaded, at ground level. No patio, no picnic tables. Open fires not permitted. Good water pressure and taste. No propane sales. Good satellite views. No cable TV. OTA TV found 28 channels. Free Wi-Fi (Tengonet) with excellent coverage and bandwidth. Verizon phone at 5-bars; 4G at 5-bars. No railroad or aircraft noise but minor, local traffic sounds. No recycle bins. Bug Report: Small black ants came in from my water hose; pre-treat is recommended. Runners: CG roads good for running, no fitness room so no treadmills. Yoga: Gravel is small and packed. Should be acceptable for your mat or use the road which has rare traffic. Conclusion: We will return if in the area. Recommended.

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First Impression: A rare find. A small CG with an attractive presentation. Manicured landscaping and décor. Spacious sites. Safety: no concerns - peaceful. Access: From Arkansas, we came in on MO-142, a twisting, turning, up-and-down, back-road in good condition, then MO-17, a two-lane road in superb condition. GPS found the CG without issue. Good signage, but entrance is a sharp turn with drop-offs on both sides. USE CAUTION - SWING WIDE. Office: Friendly husband/wife owner/manager. $30/night+tax; buy 5, get 7. Facilities: Pool, no spa or fitness room. Rec center with one washer/driver combo and quite a collection of books (hundreds of them), storm shelter, small playground, shuffle board, horseshoes. Catch-and-release fishing pond. Restrooms with showers are modern and ultra-clean (score "A+") but are tiny and can only be used by one person at a time. No fenced dog run but plenty of "yard" for the puppies. No propane sales. Campground: Roads are good gravel with gentle turns but, WARNING, low hanging tree branches. Eighteen sites are a mix of pull-through (x3) and back-in (x15) but no designated tent area. No yurts or cabins. Utilities are at mid-rig; FHU-20/30/50. Sites are packed gravel, level, in good condition. Sewer pipe is 4" PVC, unthreaded, about 6" above ground level. Gravel patio with nice picnic tables. Ground fires not permitted. Adequate well water pressure with good taste. Challenging satellite views (numerous trees), no cable TV, OTA TV found 16 channels. Free Wi-Fi with good coverage and bandwidth. Verizon phone at "1-bar"; 4G at "1-bar". No traffic, railroad, or aircraft noise. Recycle bins for glass, plastic, and aluminum. Bug Report: It rained through most of our entire stay; no insects observed (they probably drowned). Runners: Gravel roads marginal for running, no fitness room so no treadmills. Yoga: Gravel is too rough for mats but grass might be okay. Conclusion: Price just a bit too high for what you get but "Recommended."

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My take: A former KOA. Quaint. Secluded. Safety: no concerns - peaceful. Access: Off I-40 exit 13 go north about 3 miles. Good signage on left. Municipal road needs resurfacing. GPS took us directly to the CG. Office: Token store with food items and snacks, a few RV equipment items; closes at 6 PM. Facilities: Sites are a mix of back-in and pull-through; tent area and cabins. Pool, no spa or fitness room. Laundry room not inspected. Restrooms/showers look very new, clean, modern (score "A"). Nice playground. Tons of open space for your dog to run. Lake with pedal-boats to rent. Campground: Roads are narrow, new asphalt with tight turns. Watch for hanging tree branches. Electrical pedestals with FHU-20/30/50; no meters. Sites are dirt and grass with a sprinkling of gravel and very close together, grass landscaping, level with pedestal at mid-rig. Some sites have sewer; others use dump station near office but the (aging) sewer is on the wrong side of the road so go "in" the "out". Some sites have concrete patios; not all sites have picnic tables. Good satellite views. Ground fires not permitted. Adequate water pressure and taste. Propane sales on site. Free cable TV. OTA TV found 18 channels. Free Wi-Fi but with sporadic coverage and weak bandwidth. Verizon phone at 4-bars; 4G at 4-bars. No railroad, traffic, or aircraft noise. No recycle bins. Bug Report: Ant mounds but no activity noted. Runners: CG roads good for running, no fitness room so no treadmills. Yoga: lawns were well mowed; place mats anywhere; watch for ants. Conclusion: Overpriced for minimal amenities. We only stayed 1 night per our travel plan.

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My take: Fourteen sites. Nothing fancy; barely a campground. $20/night, $100/week, $375/month. No electric meters. Safety: no concerns - peaceful. Access: Take exit 48 off US-67 north of Searcy, AR. Go west to next intersection and turn right (north) on AR-385. Go 1.7 miles. When you see the street sign for "Mattie Lane", start slowing and signal a left turn. Big sign easily seen from the road. Short, narrow, unlighted, dirt/gravel road in "ok" condition which becomes a private driveway. Office: There is no office. Call (501) 593-9007 for a spot. Facilities: No facilities. Campground: Very close sites are all back-in; no tent area, yurts, or cabins. No overhead obstacles. Some sites are 30A, others at 50A but not both. Sites are gravel/dirt, almost level, no landscaping, with utilities at rear of your rig. Sewer pipe is about 3" above ground level. Water bib (sites 117 and 119) is in an enclosure below ground level which becomes a mini-pond when raining. No room for patios or picnic tables. Good satellite views. Ground fires not permitted. Adequate water pressure and taste. No propane sales. No cable TV. OTA TV found 24 channels. No Wi-Fi. Verizon coverage at "3-bars"; 4G at "1 bar". Distant railroad. Insignificant road noise, no aircraft. No recycle bins. Bug Report: Tiny black ants came up the water hose and electric cable. Runners: Roads not suited for running. Yoga: Ground surface not suitable for mats. Conclusion: If a spot is available, this is okay as a short stop-over. Most CGs in the area are filled with pipeline workers (April, 2017).

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My take: A huge parking lot, large to support county fairground events. Prices are increasing 6/1/2017 to $25/day; $150/week. No discounts. Most sites occupied by permanent residents. Safety: Open access, ample lighting but be safe and lock doors/bicycles. Access: Off I-35, east on Robinson roughly 3 miles. Most municipal roads in and around Norman are in poor condition. Turn left on Porter or next light, left into CG. Garmin GPS couldn't find CG - use Norman sports complex to get close. Office: Office is the fairgrounds admin building. (405) 360-4721. You don't interact with the staff. No store. Pay by check only at kiosk near fairground entrance. No reservations. Facilities: FHU sites along fence are all back-in, no tent area, no yurts or cabins. There are pedestals scattered about the parking lot with electric & water but no sewer - back-in or parallel park. No pool, spa, fitness room, Rec room, laundry room, restrooms/showers, or playground. Take dogs to huge grass field adjacent to the parking lot - and your own sanitary bags. Campground: Electric (20/30/50)/water pedestals are centered between odd and even numbered sites so even sites have utilities on the "wrong side" (except sewer). Entire lot is dirt and gravel, no landscaping, sites very close together, level with pedestal at rear of your rig. Sewer pipe is 4" threaded at or near ground level. No patios or picnic tables. Good satellite views. Open fires not permitted. Adequate water pressure with good taste. No propane sales. No cable TV; OTA has 33+ channels. Free Wi-Fi but antenna is distant yielding sketchy coverage. Verizon and 4G coverage at "4-bars". Hospital is across the street so police/ambulance/fire sirens are (nearly) constant. Fairground has "everything" recycle bins. Bug Report: Spiders in April; caution, Oklahoma has Black Widow spiders but none seen. Runners: CG is big so there is lots of running space. Yoga: gravel not suitable for mats. Conclusion: A bit pricey for a stopover.

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My take: Very nice roadway presentation, new owners converted a private camp into this KOA, accepting KOA discounts only. New owners also own the McClain's RV Superstore, in front. Safety: no concerns - remote and peaceful. Access: exit 481 off I-35 to View (frontage) Road, south, turn in next to the RV dealership. Municipal road in fair condition, sign high up on a pole, visible from interstate, Garmin RV-GPS was clueless, couldn't even find the address. Office: Nice, friendly reception, token store with snacks, a few RV equipment items. Facilities: Sites are a mix of back-in and pull-thru, premium sites are asphalt and very long, regular pull-through sites are "big chunk" gravel, 5 sites designated for tents (not recommended), no yurts or cabins. Big pool, no spa, or fitness room. No rec center. Laundry room clean with new machines. Private restroom/shower rooms, clean and fairly modern but could use some paint; softened water (score "A"). No playground. No designated dog run. Campground: Roads are asphalt/gravel, narrow with tight turns, but no overhead obstacles. A lot of mud. Electrical with FHU-20/30/50. Gravel sites aren't perfectly level, token grass landscaping, with pedestal at mid-rig. Sewer pipe is 4" threaded, 6" to 8" above ground level. No picnic tables, patios, or fire rings. Good satellite views. Adequate water pressure and taste. Propane sales at adjacent RV dealership but price not known by office. No cable TV. Free Wi-Fi with good coverage but mediocre bandwidth. Verizon coverage at "3-bars". No railroad, interstate, or aircraft noise. No recycle bins. Bug Report: I saw a couple of wasps but no issue. Runners: CG gravel roads rugged and unacceptable for running, no fitness room so no treadmills. Yoga: Premium, asphalt sites would be ok for yoga mats. Conclusion: Low price makes this an acceptable campground. We did an over-night.

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My take: KOA "President's Award" winner. Attractive landscaping, large sites, impressive, KOA discount only. Safety: no concerns - peaceful. Access: Off US-183 to Hero Way, go east, access road in good condition, good signage. Office: Friendly staff, store with food items, snacks, pet treats, RV equipment items, gifts and trinkets. Facilities: Transient sites are all pull-through, tent area, no yurts. Cabins available to rent. Nice, unheated pool, hot tub/spa hours 6 to 9 PM only, no fitness room. Rec center with TV, sofas. Small, clean laundry room. Nice restrooms/showers (score "A"). New playground. Fenced dog run. Campground: Roads are asphalt with gentle turns and no overhead obstacles. Electric at FHU-20/30/50. Sites are asphalt (long-term, back-in sites are gravel) in good condition, grass between sites, level with utilities at mid-rig. Sewer pipe is 4" threaded below ground level with concrete ring. Nice picnic tables but no patio. Good satellite views. Open fires not permitted. Adequate water pressure and taste. Propane sales at $25.20/tank, regardless of current contents. Free cable TV (23 channels). Free Wi-Fi with good coverage and ample bandwidth. Verizon coverage at "5-bars". No railroad or roadway noise. No recycle bins. Bug Report: No insects noted. Runners: CG roads good for running, no fitness room so no treadmills. Yoga: If you don't mind others seeing you, set your mat in front or behind your rig. Conclusion: for the price - recommended.

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My take: This CG is just a dirt lot with pedestals and is seriously overpriced. Safety: This lot is uncontrolled (no fencing, no access control) so keep your doors locked and bicycles secured. No night lighting (wish I had a telescope). Access: Texas route 163 exit 385 off I-10 and go south just over a mile, a two lane road in fair condition. Small sign on right side, off the road and hard to find. When you see the speed limit change to 50, slow down, signal a right turn. Just after the speed limit 55 sign, turn right. Office: There is no office. There is a drop-box in the laundry building for your payment. Cash or checks only or call manager's phone number (sign on building) to use a credit card. Facilities: All sites are back-in but with no one around, you can easily pull-thru, no designated tent area, no yurts or cabins. No pool, spa, fitness room, restrooms/showers, playground, rec center, and no dog run (and no dog pooh sanitary stations - so guess what?). Basically, "No Anything." Laundry building has newer machines. Campground: Entrance road is dirt in dismal condition; serious ruts and holes. No overhead obstacles. Electric is FHU-20/30/50. Sites are just dirt and gravel, no landscaping, level with utilities at rear of your rig. Sewer pipe is 4" threaded about 6" above ground level. Water spigot is below ground level WITH SPIDERS. No patios or picnic tables. Good satellite views. No fire pits so I assume no open fires allowed. High water pressure (use a regulator) with good taste. No propane sales. Free cable TV. Free Wi-Fi with excellent coverage and bandwidth. Verizon at "5-bars". No traffic/railroad/airport noise. No recycle bins. Bug Report: no insects noted. Runners: CG dirt surface would be okay for running but you'll get dirty shoes. Yoga: no place to put mats. Conclusion: if you need Ozona for an overnight, this CG will do but it is pricey for not getting anything except a place to park.

     

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Southern Star RV Park

Van Horn, Texas

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My take: West Texas is desert - don't expect a lot of greenery. First impression was good; new electrical pedestals, groomed dirt/gravel sites, decorative, manicured trees, concrete patios. Safety: no concerns - peaceful. Access: I-10 exit 138 to West Broadway Avenue, road in good condition, big sign on south side of road. Office: CG accepts many discounts: AARP, GS, military, etc. Super friendly staff, token store with snacks, a few RV equipment items. Facilities: No pool, spa, or fitness room. Rec center with TV, sofas, being refurbished. Small, clean laundry room. Nice restrooms/showers out of the 90's but clean (score "A"). No playground. Fenced dog run. Campground: Sites are all pull-through, tent area, no yurts or cabins. Roads are dirt/gravel with gentle turns but watch for tree branches overhead. Brand new electrical pedestals with FHU-20/30/50. Sites are just an extension of the roads, no landscaping, level with pedestal at rear of your rig. Sewer pipe is about 6" above ground level. Nice concrete patio with "ok" picnic tables. Good satellite views. Open fires not permitted. Adequate water pressure and taste. No propane sales. Free cable TV (16 channels). Free Wi-Fi with antennas all over the place - excellent coverage and bandwidth. Verizon coverage at "5-bars". Railroad and interstate noise notable but tolerable. No recycle bins. Bug Report: small black ants - no issue. Runners: CG roads ok for running, no fitness room so no treadmills. Yoga: patios are plenty big enough for your mat. Conclusion: recommended.

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Rate reflects veteran's discount. CG is a big, gravel & dirt field with pedestals. Permanent units are unsightly. Take exit 85 off I-10 and drive south. There are numerous CGs along the road so watch for signs. Municipal, local roads are 4-lane in good condition. Credit cards accepted. I saw one tent site, no cabins or yurts. CG roads are gravel, rutted, with mini-ponds after rain in poor condition, wide turns, no overhead obstacles. FHU-20/30/50 but 50A at my site was ½ inoperative. Sites are close and only identifiable by the pedestals. Sites have no landscaping, are gravel-mostly-dirt, level with utilities at mid-unit, sewer connections are 4", threaded but about 9" above ground level. No patios. Old, tattered, deteriorating picnic tables. Excellent satellite views. No fires permitted. Adequate water pressure with good taste. Token office store with some snacks, RV necessities. Restrooms/showers aged but sufficiently clean with hot water and good pressure (score "B"). Propane at $2.50/gallon. Laundry not inspected. Small playground. Free cable TV. Free Wi-Fi but only 1 antenna yielding "1-bar" and an unreliable connection. Get a next-door neighbor and completely lose signal. Verizon coverage at "4-bars"; 4G coverage at "2-bars". Hot tub room looks like a converted storage shed; fitness gear in hot tub room is seriously overdue for a cleaning. No recycle bins. Distant railroad noise but no whistles. Some interstate traffic noise. Bug Report: no insect issues in February. Runners: CG surface not suitable for running, fitness room has treadmills, or use main street sidewalk.

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Garmin GPS took us directly to the CG. Campground is just off the Benson 4th street, behind the Safeway grocery store on South Ocotillo Avenue. Front desk and staff very friendly and helpful. Credit cards accepted. No tent camping, cabins, or yurts. CG roads are asphalt in excellent condition, wide with gentle turns and no overhead obstacles. FHU-20/30/50. Short-term visitors get asphalt, pull-thru sites but "arched" making leveling tricky. Longer term visitors get gravel, back-in sites. Comfortable space between sites, gravel with token landscaping. Pedestal at rear of sites with 4" threaded sewer connection just above ground level. Picnic tables but no patios. Numerous tall trees make satellite antenna placement tricky. No fires permitted. Good water pressure with "ok" taste. No office store. Restrooms/showers look brand-new, clean and modern (score "A"). Propane sales. Laundry has smaller, front-loading machines. No playground. Cable TV has limited channels. Tengo Wi-Fi free for short-term visitors with good speed and ample bandwidth. Verizon coverage at "5-bars"; 4G coverage at "4-bars". Fitness room, pool, spa, putting green, pickleball court, ham radio room with equipment (must be licensed), and a TELESCOPE OBSERVATORY. Loud, irritating railroad whistles "constantly" but minimal traffic noise. No recycle bins. Bug Report: no notable insect issues in February.