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States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 55

Sunshine Meadows RV Park, Judsonia, Arkansas

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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). We camped at Sunshine Meadows RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
119
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go one exit south on US-67 to Searcy for Walmart, fast food, groceries, IHOP, Waffle House, fuel (diesel at $2.299 at "Country Kitchen Gulf" in Kensett).

Review Count: 127
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 55

Cleveland County Fairgrounds, Norman, Oklahoma

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Cleveland County Fairgrounds in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Norman, OK, is south of Oklahoma City and has everything you'll need: Walmart (x2), all major restaurant chains, Lowes, Home Depot, Autozone, O'Reillys, Advance auto, banks, churches, hospitals. VA hospital in Oklahoma City. "10-Gym" (Main and 24th) honors Silver Sneakers. Floyd's RV south on I-35. Oklahoma City RV north on I-35.

Review Count: 127
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 55

Sanger / Denton North KOA (formerly McClain's Camp Site), Sanger, Texas

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Sanger / Denton North KOA (formerly McClain's Camp Site) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
102
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The immediate vicinity of this CG has nothing in terms of eateries (fast food or restaurants) but drive south on I-35 to Denton which is a larger city. The RV dealership (in front of the CG) looks huge and can probably handle any issue that your rig may have, if needed.

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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 55

Leander / NW Austin KOA, Leander, Texas

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Leander / NW Austin KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Leander is a northern suburb of Austin. Drive south for anything you want. US-183 (not the toll road US-183A) has fuel, eateries, and fast food. Landromat. Wal-Mart. HEB groceries. Diesel ranged from $2.139 to $2.599. Autozone, O'Reilly's, hardware stores.

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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 55

Southridge RV Park, Ozona, Texas

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Southridge RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
35
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Not too sure why Ozona exists except that you'd have a rough time crossing Texas on I-10 without it. A drive around town shows dilapidated houses, junk cars, and abandoned stores. There is a laundromat and Lowe's groceries north of the interstate, heading west out of town. No Wal-Mart. Diesel at Stripes convenience at $2.459/gal. There is a bank. No RV dealers or repair shops. The "General Store" has hardware if you need a DIY repair. We recommend "The Café Next Door" at 14th and "D".

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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 55

Southern Star RV Park, Van Horn, Texas

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Southern Star RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Porter's Grocery on West Broadway, just west of the CG. Landromat also on W. Broadway, about ½ mile east of the CG. No Wal-Mart. A few local restaurants only, fast food: McDonalds, Wendys. Diesel at Valero on Van Horn, south of I-10 at $2.549/gal. Didn't see any banks. No RV stores but I did see some units getting service at local [auto] repair shops. Ace Hardware on corner of Ash and W. Broadway.

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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 55

A Deming Roadrunner RV Park, Deming, New Mexico

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at A Deming Roadrunner RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
68
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Campground is on the east side of Deming. Deming is large enough for banks, entertainment, hardware stores, O'Reillys, Autozone. Drive west for small laundromat. WalMart. Diesel at Mimbres Food Mart on Cedar street at $2.439. Wendys, Dennys, local restaurants. No Camping World but I saw a major RV dealership on the west side of Deming, off the interstate.

Review Count: 127
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 55

Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory, Benson, Arizona

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
77
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Benson is a nice, small town, a way-point along the interstate. Local landromat out-of-business. Wal-Mart. Safeway groceries with Starbucks. No national restaurant chains. Wendys, Little Ceasers, Subway. A Verizon store. Diesel at Chevron at $2.699. One bank. No Camping World or other RV stores but numerous RV mobile repair companies; see list on CG map. Ace hardware.

Review Count: 127
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 55

Gila Bend KOA (formerly Augie's Quail Trail RV Park), Gila Bend, Arizona

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Daily rate includes KOA discount. New owners under the KOA moniker are upgrading the CG significantly (pool under construction, new restrooms, fresh landscaping). Go north off I-8 at exit 119, about a mile. Local access road is two lane in fair condition. CG easy to find with KOA signage and a big American flag. New owners very friendly and helpful. Credit cards accepted.

Tent camping sites are available but no cabins or yurts. CG roads are gravel with spots of asphalt, wide with gentle turns, no overhead obstacles. FHU-20/30/50. Site conditions vary as transition to KOA standards continue. Sites are spacious with desert landscaping, gravel and dirt, level with utilities at mid-rig, threaded, 4" sewer connection just above ground level. Picnic tables but no patios. Good satellite views. Open fires not permitted but BBQs okay. Adequate water pressure with good taste.

Minimal office store: snack food items, soft drinks, RV accessories. New restroom building still under construction. Single shower in rec-hall modern and clean (score "A"). No propane sales (gas stations in town have propane). Laundry room. Small playground. Free cable TV. Free Wi-Fi but limited bandwidth. Verizon coverage at "5-bars"; 4G coverage at "5-bars". No fitness room, pool still under construction, no game room. Notable railroad but minimal traffic noise. Recycle bins behind dumpsters.

Bug Report: see office for information on poisonous snakes, insects, and frogs/toads. Otherwise, small brown ants invading; pre-treat is recommended (early February). We camped at Gila Bend KOA (formerly Augie's Quail Trail RV Park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
620
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Gila Bend is a cute, little, "Spit-in-the-road."

Some fast food restaurants, local restaurants, no major restaurant chains, no Wal-Mart, no grocery store (some supplies at Circle-K).

Numerous gas stations. Diesel credit at $2.65. No Camping World or other RV stores.

One, local, hardware store. Nearest "big city" is 32 miles away.

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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 55

Blue Sky Ranch RV Park (formerly Arizona Sands RV Park) (55+ Park), Yuma, Arizona

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an adult-only CG. $25 daily price reflects monthly rate "special offer". Yuma has dozens of RV parks/resorts ranging from upscale resorts to veritable dumps. This CG is clean, well maintained with neater, permanent clientele than others we observed. There are lots of snowbirds but still plenty of available sites. Access by I-8, exit 7 to Business 8 (32nd street) west, a 4 lane road in excellent condition. Staff is friendly and helpful. Credit cards accepted. No tent camping/yurts or cabins. CG roads are packed gravel, wide with gentle turns in good condition. No overhead obstacles. FHU-20/30/50. Most sites are all angled, back-in, token landscaping, all gravel, level with pedestal at rear of each site. Sewer connection is 3", unthreaded and just above ground level. Tight space between sites; room for your toad or tow vehicle but up against your neighbor's rig. Concrete patio but no picnic tables. Excellent satellite views. Fires not permitted. Adequate water pressure with a "salty" taste. No office store. New restrooms/showers are small, clean (grade B, long walk from RV sites). No propane sales but local delivery is available or U-Haul in downtown Yuma ($3.09+tax this date). Laundry. No playground. No cable TV. Free Wi-Fi but unreliable and very limited bandwidth. Verizon coverage at "4-bars"; Jetpack 4G coverage at "5-bars". New pool and spa. Putting green, curling, pickle ball court. Rec room has TV/DVR and a hodge-podge of aged exercise equipment. No sauna or game room. Notable road and railroad noise. Limited recycle bins. Bug Report: no insect issues in January. We camped at Blue Sky Ranch RV Park (formerly Arizona Sands RV Park) (55+ Park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
134
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Yuma is a retirement and snowbird community; USMC air station, International airport, many restaurants, auto dealerships, 2 Walmarts, Albertson's grocery, diesel between $2.329 (debit only) and $2.599, 2 movie theaters, no Camping World but other RV dealerships and parts stores. VA outpatient clinic. Churches. Big 5 Sporting Goods, Sears, O'Reilly's auto parts, Autozone, fast food restaurants.

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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 55

Rancho Los Coches RV Park, Lakeside, California

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

All San Diego area CGs are expensive. Premium sites are "semi-private" with a nearby neighbor but the CG put up privacy partial-fences between units. Off I-8, take exit 22, drive north "a few blocks" to Highway 8 Business, turn right past the liquor store, go just over ¼ mile with their sign on the left. All local roads are asphalt in good condition. Staff are friendly and helpful. Credit cards or cash accepted - no checks. Tent camping but no cabins/yurts. CG roads are sufficiently wide, asphalt in good condition but with sharp speed-bumps. Some turns are tight but no driving or overhead obstacles. CG is built on a hillside in steppes. All sites are back-in. FHU-20/30/50. Most sites are gravel, level, with utilities at the rear, with modest landscaping (San Diego is a desert). Sewer connections are at ground level. Premium sites have concrete patios and picnic tables. There are tall trees throughout the CG making satellite reception challenging. Fires not permitted. Adequate water pressure with an "ok" taste. Office doesn't really have a store but a shelf or two of RV essentials are available. Restrooms/showers have modern fixtures and are super-clean (score "A+"). Propane sales by local delivery to your site - schedule at office. Buy propane at Sky Fuel on E. Main at Greenfield (about 3 miles away) at $2.39/gallon plus tax. Laundry. No playground. Cable TV provided by Cox; get converter box at office. Small but nice fitness room. Free Wi-Fi for overnight stays. Verizon coverage at "4-bars"; Jetpack 4G coverage at "2-bars". Heated pool and spa. Covered, outdoor game area with billiards, ping-pong, dart board. This is a quiet CG; minimal freeway noise. Bug Report: small red ants infested the rig; contact office to spray if you have a problem. Recycle dumpster takes typical recyclable items. We camped at Rancho Los Coches RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
41
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Lakeside is a suburb of San Diego. Whatever you want, you can find. Clean, public landromat at Hwy 8 Business and Los Coches. Wal-Mart south on Los Coches road, under freeway then up the hill. Diesel prices vary from $2.56 to $2.90 with availability all over the place. Camping World is in San Marcus, one hour away. Numerous other RV stores for parts or service. Office has the list. Lowes and Home Depot in Santee. Mission Gorge road will have most of your needs.

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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 55

San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground, San Clemente, California

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a California State Park. Take I-5, exit 72, "Cristianitos Rd", east about 1 mile. Watch for unmarked, turn-in lane to park (veer right at the yellow "crash barrel"). If you wait for the CG sign, you'll miss the turn. Cristianitos Road is recently paved asphalt, lined with "bots dots", in excellent condition. Credit cards accepted or use ReserveAmerica.com. Tent camping, no cabins, no yurts. Park roads are wide enough, asphalt, in good condition. Serious parking obstacles - wooden posts line roads and site pads (see pictures). I'm good at backing a 40' fiver but this was very challenging. All sites are back-in. Gentle turns, no overhead obstacles. FHU-20/30. Sites are level, asphalt, no landscaping (desert dirt), with water and electric at rear of site. No sewer - use dump station. No patio, has picnic tables. Low scrub bushes and trees, okay for satellite views. Fires in fire rings permitted. Firewood sales at $7.00 bundle. Good water pressure and taste. No office, no store. Clean and modern restrooms, buy tokens to pay for showers (grade "A"). No propane sales, laundry, or playground. No cable TV or Wi-Fi. Verizon coverage at "1-bar"; Jetpack coverage at "1-bar". Occasional traffic noise from the interstate. Bug Report: black ants (I sprayed my landing pads), large gnats (nuisance), small flies. No recycle bins. We camped at San Onofre SB, San Mateo Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
40
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Nearest town is San Clemente. Go north on El Camino Real, gasoline at Shell, regular $3.099 but no diesel. Union 76 has diesel at $2.919. Wendy's, Jack-in-the-Box (fast food). Landromat across from the Shell station. You're at the south end of Los Angeles - if you can think of it, LA will have it, somewhere.

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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 55

Valencia Travel Village, Castaic, California

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

A lot happening at this CG. Pool, adult pool, spa, super-stocked store. Majority of sites are permanent residents. CG has its own road with a traffic light on CA-126, about ½ mile west from I-5 and has high, sharp speed bumps. CA-126 is under construction but is otherwise in good condition. Credit cards and cash accepted - no checks. No tent camping, cabins, or yurts. CG roads are asphalt, sufficiently wide enough but some sites have turning (entry) obstacles - lamp posts, barricades - and speed bumps. No overhead obstacles. Many sites are cramped (slide-to-slide) but these appear to be permanent or long-term residents. FHU-20/30/50. Sites are level, packed gravel/dirt with some grass landscaping. Utilities at the rear of the site. Sewer connection at ground level, no patios, some sites have picnic tables. Lots of trees make satellite views challenging. BBQ grills permitted but no open fires. Good water pressure and taste. Restrooms/showers are clean and modern (score "A"). Propane at $4.24/gallon. Laundry. Playground. Cable TV with limited channels. Free Wi-Fi with good reception but limited bandwidth. Verizon coverage at "3-bars"; Jetpack 4G coverage at "2-bars". Notable freeway/highway noise at our site. Bug Report: no notable insects for October. Recycle bins available but no indication of what is recycled. We camped at Valencia Travel Village in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
K-16
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 55

Gilroy Garlic USA RV Park, Gilroy, California

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

An attractive yet cramped campground. We noted a strong, acidic odor in the air, possibly from a garlic processing facility somewhere in the vicinity. On Camino Arroyo (street), drive south past the traffic light, turn right at the stop sign, behind Kohls and Target. Access roads are asphalt in excellent condition. Friendly front office staff. Credit cards accepted. No tent camping, cabins, or yurts. CG roads are asphalt, sufficiently wide, in excellent condition. Turns are wide with no driving or overhead obstacles. FHU-20/30/50. Sites are concrete with gravel between, minimal landscaping, level with pedestal at mid-rig. Sewer connection is at ground level. Sites are "slide to slide", minimal room to park a long tow vehicle or toad, no patios (no room) or picnic tables. Good satellite viewing of southern sky for pull-through sites. Fires not permitted. Strong water pressure with good taste. No office store. Restrooms/showers nor inspected. Propane at $2.15/gallon with pickup/return to your site. Laundry. No playground. Cable TV. Free Wi-Fi with good bandwidth. Verizon coverage at "4-bars"; Jetpack 4G coverage at "4-bars". Heated pool (but not heated during winter), no spa. No traffic noise. Bug Report: no insects noted in October. Recycle bins take everything. We camped at Gilroy Garlic USA RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
164
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Campground is behind an open mall "Gilroy Crossing" with eateries, Shell (no diesel), banks, Kohls, Target, Barnes & Noble. North, across route 152 ("Pacheco Pass Hwy") for Chevron (diesel at $2.919), Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Subway, other eateries, local shops. Check CG office for list of RV services or parts.

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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 55

Mountain Gate RV Park, Redding, California

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very attractive CG. Built on a hillside, sites are on steppes with nice lawn/landscaping. Take exit 687 off I-5, east side of the highway, right on Holiday Drive to the CG. Good signage. Holiday drive is asphalt in poor condition. Friendly front office staff. Credit cards accepted. No tent camping or yurts but has cabins. CG roads are wide, asphalt in good condition. There are many, tall trees but no overhead or access obstacles. Easy turns. FHU-20/30/50. Transient sites are concrete surface, level with utilities at mid-rig, sewer connection at ground level. No patio, nice picnic tables. Many trees challenge satellite views. Fires not permitted. Good water pressure and taste. Stocked office store. Restrooms/showers are "90's" but very clean and maintained (score "A"). Propane at $2.35+tax/gallon. Laundry. Small but clean and safe playground (Lil' Tykes equipment). Cable TV. Free Wi-Fi with adequate bandwidth. Verizon coverage at "1-bar"; Jetpack 4G coverage at "3-bars". Unheated, big pool. Hot spa. No traffic noise from I-5. Bug Report: no notable insect issues in October. Recycle bins for everything except glass. We camped at Mountain Gate RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
32
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Drive about 9 miles south to Redding for everything from restaurants to banks to hardware to shops. Diesel near CG is $3/gallon but only slightly cheaper in Redding ($2.799 at Chevron). RV service and parts stores all over the place. Camping World about 5-ish miles south on I-5 from Redding. I recommend Casa Ramos Mexican on Hilltop Road.

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