About Denise and Glenn

Full-timers since September with no sticks-and-bricks as of December 2016. Originally from Washington and Hawaii, we've lived in Arizona, Washington, Colorado, and now South Dakota together. We bought our first RV in August 2016, a 45' toy hauler, and we pull it with a Freightliner HDT.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Kansas State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, Kansas

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here again for a rally, and discovered there are restrooms in the 4H building a little past the brick building that's right next to the campground entrance. They are indoors and tiled, clean, and temperature controlled - at least compared to the others which are filthy, cement floors, doors left open and more bugs than you can count. The campground is no-frills, but serves the purpose for rallies, as there are several meeting halls and rooms for large groups, and the sites are big enough to hold all of us and our HDTs and larger 5th wheels and trailers. We've stayed here on our way through on our own as well. It's conveniently located and easy to get into if you come down Plum or Main to State Fair Rd - the campground has its own entrance gate at the north side of the fairgrounds. We camped at Kansas State Fairgrounds in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
52
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
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:

Plenty of shopping - Dillon's, Dollar store, etc. - just north of the fairgrounds on 30th. Further out on 17th there's a Walmart, Target, Lowe's and many chain-type restaurants.

Review Count: 55
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Minooka Park COE, Sylvan Grove, Kansas

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at this COE park for two nights. They had just turned off the water for the season, but we knew that would be the case coming in so we were prepared. We had 50-amp electric, and pretty much any site we wanted. The pit toilets were closed in our loop, but open in the other loop(s) down the road. It's about seven miles from I-70, so there's no noise at all. Peaceful and quiet. We hope to return to enjoy another stay when the weather is more cooperative. We camped at Minooka Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B6
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
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

The scenic byway between Wilson just south of the freeway up north to Lucas is a pretty drive. There are fun things to see in both towns. Be sure to check out the meat market in Lucas - good sausage and nice cuts of meat from a family business. And don't forget to take a look at the public restroom!

Review Count: 55
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort & Cabins, Spearfish, South Dakota

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects one week stay, pay for 6 and the 7th is free. This is one of the nicest parks we have stayed in. The grounds were clean and well-manicured. Showers were individual complete bathrooms in a larger building that also housed the laundry. The office staff was delightful, very friendly and helpful, taking their time with each guest. They had a nice gift shop, a little eating area with coffee and pastries, and some grocery staples including frozen sandwiches and a decent wine selection. We look forward to staying here again in the future. We camped at Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort & Cabins in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
68
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, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Plenty to do in the area. Spearfish Canyon is a drive or ride worth taking. It was beautiful as the leaves were beginning to turn golden.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Americas Campground, Box Elder, South Dakota

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

As others have noted, there is nothing fancy about this place. We stayed here because it was cheaper than other options in order to meet residency requirements for a particular permit. Price reflects weekly rate, one week at high season and one week at the lower winter season. This is our residence address, and the folks in the office have helped us register our vehicles and are as nice and helpful as can be. The campground is just parking spaces with some hookups, and only the hardiest weeds growing where it's not gravel or pavement. Hopefully it will improve once construction can resume - a bathhouse would be a nice addition, since not all the spaces have full hookups. We were fortunate that we got one and didn't have to move like they told us we would when we checked in. Close to the freeway, it could be noisy when trucks were using jake brakes to slow down for the exit. We camped at Americas Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Power Hookups
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:

Skip the truck stop restaurant next door, it's awful - especially the dinner buffet. Try Colonial House in Rapid City, fresh-made breads, pastries, pies. Very good food and reasonable prices. For a special meal, the Dakotah Steakhouse across the freeway is amazing.

Review Count: 55
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Sleepy Hollow RV Park, Wall, South Dakota

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at this campground for 17 nights and have nothing but good things to say about it. It's not a fancy resort, it's in Wall for goodness sake, but for the type of campground it represents, they do a very good job. The owner was there much of the time, and refunded two weeks of our original one-month reservation without a fuss.

There's not a lot to do in Wall, and while the trip into Rapid City is doable, it gets tedious after a couple times. The park was quiet at night, we didn't hear trains after bedtime. In fact, they were pretty rare so maybe their schedule has something to do with the crops. We weren't bothered by freeway noise at all, and frequently slept with the windows open since the nights were beginning to cool as it got into September.

All-in-all a pretty nice place, we would not hesitate to stay here again when passing through. It is very convenient to the Badlands and the Grasslands, and the pool seemed to be a big hit with the youngsters. There's also a nice playground for the young ones. Huge grassy area toward the back for tenters, and some tent sites closer to the front with a covered pavilion. And the bathrooms were VERY clean (except for the mess made by other patrons).

Don't even think about the other RV park in town, we checked it out and it didn't have anything but a place to park your relatively small rig. We would not have fit there, but had no issues with our size at Sleepy Hollow. We had to request a fire pit after the ban was lifted, and the gal in the office brought one right over for us. We camped at Sleepy Hollow RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
20A
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
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
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:

Wall is small enough that you can walk to everything. Grocery store less than a mile away, Wall drug is two blocks. Every trinket you could imagine (and some you probably can't), along with some interesting history and lots of photos. Worth a visit for the "backyard" alone.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Devils Tower KOA, Devils Tower, Wyoming

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $61.00
Overall Rating:      

If you're staying for the views of Devils Tower, this place can't be beat. Even if you can't see it from your easy chair at your site, the tower is visible from most areas of the park if you just take a walk. We walked into the park early in the morning past the ranger station to watch the sunrise - no one there that early to check in with, and we just walked a few hundred yards and then turned back, going into the park with our vehicle later in the day. The KOA itself is really nice. The showers are individual, and newly tiled. Very clean and private. The pool and play area were well-used by the kids in the park. Our site had a partial view if we looked over our truck. We didn't have any complaints, and would stay here again if we ever come back to the area. There's not much to do except see the tower and a couple of small museums in the area, but it's beautiful country with lots of less-traveled roads that would be great for motorcycling. We didn't watch the movie, but what a treat to get to see it for free! Maybe next time. We camped at Devils Tower KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
48
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

There's a back entrance you can use to get into the KOA if you're stuck in the traffic trying to get into the park. Check out the small museum in Hulett - the owner/curator is onsite and a wonderful man full of information.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

7th Ranch RV Camp, Garryowen, Montana

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

I have to echo the other comments about the cleanliness of this park. It is one of the nicest ones we've stayed at in our first year of full-timing. The bathrooms are immaculate and spacious. The grounds are tidy with plenty of room, terraced so almost everyone has a nice view of the valley. Close enough to the freeway to see the cars and trucks way below, but noise was not bothersome. We're here to see the battlefield and check out the museum, not sure there's much else around. This would be a good overnight stop too, and several of our neighbors seemed to be doing just that. We would definitely stay here again if traveling through even for just one night. Oh, and the free ice cream was a real treat. Wilcoxson's, best we've had! We camped at 7th Ranch RV Camp in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A36
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Mt. Vernon Thousand Trails, Bow, Washington

Date of Stay: August, 2017
Overall Rating:      

This campground is Thousand Trails, and as such was set up for family camping many years ago. Amenities are older, and some could use some sprucing up, but overall the place was clean. Very dusty, but they were having a record dry spell when we were there, so it's to be expected. Obviously it would be enormously expensive and wasteful to try to "water" the roads. I'm sure they have the opposite problem when it's raining the rest of the year! There aren't any sewer hookups, so even though they may advertise them, there's only 17 out of over 200 sites and the long-term purchasers have snapped those up. Expect a more rustic camping experience, lots of trees, a nice pool-kiddie pool-hot tub area, mini-golf that could use a bit of an update, and good playground facilities. The clubhouse was very nice, and the little store there had the basics. All-in-all, a very good place to spend a couple weeks if you're a member and need to stay in the area. We camped at Mt. Vernon Thousand Trails in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B51
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

There's a little mom and pop restaurant in Burlington in the outlet complex, Curious Chef, that was good enough to go back to. All fresh made there, great homemade desserts.

Review Count: 55
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Camp Three Forks , Three Forks, Montana

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an older park, as others have said, but it is clean and tidy. Because we are truly a big rig, 45' fifth wheel pulled by a semi, I called ahead to make sure we would fit. The host told us to park outside the gate, which was a good call since we didn't know which way we would have gone once we were in, and we would have taken up the whole entry. We were lead to our site - a double without sewer, which we can do without - and didn't have any issues with trees or maneuvering the roads. The new owner is trying very hard to spruce up the place, and takes great care to coax the grass to grow in the relatively harsh climate of Montana. We pulled in for an overnight, but liked it so much we stayed an extra day and checked out the Lewis & Clark Caverns and two other state parks nearby. Lots to do in the area, and this campground is well-located for an activity base. It's close to the freeway and Hwy. 287, but we weren't bothered by noise. The campground wasn't full when we were here, and if it was perhaps our experience would have been different, but we had a very pleasant stay with no issues. The hosts were delightful, and served a local ice cream at the office. Only $2 for a generous double scoop, rich and solid, very smooth Wilkcoxson's brand. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Camp Three Forks in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
54_61
Site Surface
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
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The Wheat Montana Deli near the freeway has wonderful breakfast and lunch items. Buy your syrup and jelly from the campground, though, it's the same brand and it's cheaper!

Review Count: 55
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Thousand Trails - Oceana, Ocean City, Washington

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

This membership campground belonged to Leisure Time, bought out by Thousand Trails and now owned by the corporation that also owns Encore resorts. The campground is very basic, water and 30A electric only. There are a couple of nice tent sites that were well-used during the week we were here. The beach is a short 0.2 mile walk through the dune grasses, and once there you have miles of sand and waves waiting for you. The ocean didn't disappoint. However, the playground was cordoned off and in a total state of disrepair and neglect. Very sad, since it's the only real amenity left. We had a good time there nonetheless, and would return again. The nine "pull-thru" sites are very small, and very close together. Don't be thinking you'll get your big motor home or 5th wheel in that section. The sites across the bridge closer to the ocean have some longer ones available. Like the other membership campgrounds in this system, first-come, first served. We camped at Thousand Trails - Oceana in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
58
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Ocean Shores is a short drive to the south, and has everything you'd need at a slightly elevated price. Horseback riding on the beach access next to the Ocean Shores entrance is $20 per hour. Go north instead of south and you can have a superb fine-dining experience at the Ocean Crest Resort restaurant. Beautiful views from the bluff through the trees of the Pacific ocean.

Review Count: 55
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Thousand Trails-Thunderbird Resort, Monroe, Washington

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here at Christmas time and weren't impressed at all, but it looks like a few things have improved since then. When it's dry, the sites are comfortable and pleasant - not so much when it's raining or snowy out. We had to stay across the road on the river side again, because there are no sites available on the main side of the "resort". All of the longer ones appear to be taken by "permanent" guests. That was not allowed when we bought our membership almost 30 years ago, and it makes it very difficult to stay in what used to be a nice resort when we tent-camped years ago with the kids. One improvement we saw this time was the tent sites have been graveled where you'd park the car, and there were new fire rings at each site. The bathrooms looked like they were getting more attention than the last time we were here as well. Although they're still not what I would call clean, they're not the worst we've seen. After 30 years they could definitely use an overhaul. What used to be a nice family resort with activities is now a tired place filled with permanent trailers that have taken up the best full-hookup sites and left the rest of us members with a long walk, a street to cross to get to the amenities, and only electric and water with the privilege of paying for the honey wagon. We're disappointed, but since it's the closest one to the kids and grandkids we'll be coming back to try to get our money's worth out of the dues we've paid over 28 years. We camped at Thousand Trails-Thunderbird Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
85
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
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, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Campground is about 8 miles from Monroe on a road that is 35 mph with several 20-25 mph curves and a very steep hill. There is a Walmart and Fred Meyer in Monroe, along with a Tractor Supply Co. which is an excellent source for propane.

Review Count: 55
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Riverfront RV Park, Garrison, Montana

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice park with lots of grass, well-spaced sites, and a gorgeous view of the mountains. It was close to the highway but not right next to it like some other places we've stayed, and we weren't bothered by the noise at all. We were escorted to our site by a nice man, and then the owner came by to take our credit card payment. This would be a nice place to stay for a while, but it was just an overnighter for us as we traveled through. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Riverfront RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
44
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
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
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 55
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Deer Park Campground, Buffalo, Wyoming

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

As others have said, restrooms were very clean. Our site was a pull-through and we had plenty of room for our 45' 5th wheel and Freightliner. We only stayed overnight, but we'd definitely come back again when coming through the area. We camped at Deer Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
105
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

You can walk through the field on a mowed path to Winchester Steak House, took less than 5 minutes. We had a nice dinner there, and they have several specials each night of the week.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

South Park Mobile Home Park (55+ park), Englewood, Colorado

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

Emailed from their website about 2 weeks in advance (on a Saturday) and got a response on Monday. We were told in advance what space we'd have, and because we were staying not too far away, we rode our motorcycle down to check it out. Once we arrived, we got set up in our space and stayed for two weeks. The management was very pleasant and helpful. The park is tidy, with a clean shower/bathroom/laundry building. The location just south of Hampden is easy to get to, and even though it's close to that fairly busy highway, we weren't bothered by noise at all. We hope they have space for us to stay again when we're in town to visit family. We felt completely safe here, and people who live here were very friendly. We camped at South Park Mobile Home Park (55+ park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
137
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
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
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There's a bar & grill right across the street that has pretty good Mexican food - for bar food. The green chili was good, and the carnitas were really good. There's everything you could want if you go east on Hampden for shopping, and this is a nice, quiet place to hang out when you need to be in Denver for business or visiting.

Review Count: 55
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 7

Sleepy Sunflower RV Park (formerly Open Corral Campground), Ogallala, Nebraska

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a nice spot to spend a couple nights on our way to our destination north of Denver. The owners were very friendly, and the park was neat and tidy. Restrooms and showers were clean. We weren't bothered by the freeway or train noise, we've stayed in places with BOTH of those - and a lot closer than they were here. The spaces are fairly close, but it's really an overnight RV park with convenient access to and from the freeway, so it's much nicer than many others we've stayed at with the same function. We don't expect parks near the freeway to be like state parks or RV resorts in more remote locations, and it's not the place you'd take your family "camping", so for us it was perfect. They have put up a couple of teepees too, and those were cute and looked like a comfortable tent alternative. We'd definitely stay here again when traveling through on I-80. We camped at Sleepy Sunflower RV Park (formerly Open Corral Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
40
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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