Date of Stay: August, 2010
I am an annual resident, and have completely different ratings for management (rating:3), vs park (rating:8), vs tenants (rating:9). Mgmt has no concern for it's tenants, ridiculous rules and policies, with big exceptions for a few. Pets are allowed, but only on the cactus/rock filled 'dog walk', not allowed by the river (BLM land is not their property). Some guests allowed to fill spaces with extra RVs, utility trailers (given reserved parking by the laundry rooms), while others must pay storage fees. Post office can't forward mail FROM park (listed as business), and park refuses to forward more than 3 weeks, so if you leave for summer, you have no options. Park and the4 people are WONDERFUL. Great shade trees at all sites, and fun, friendly neighbors. Heated pool is too cold to use in the winter, and the park refuses to extend hours past 10pm in the summer, when it's 90 degrees at night. Claims it's a State Law. Nonsense! Nice security guards all night. Price? An EXCELLENT value!
Date of Stay: February, 2009
Typical 'big box' corporate-owned RV park, lined up parking lot style. In January, I bought a travel trailer from a resident in the park, including space rent through October. Desert Paradise RV, and the adjacent Cactus Gardens, both Encore Properties, recently began requiring 'background checks', but just for long term residents (6 months), not transient or seasonal rentals, which doesn't seem right. Apparently, I was suppose to fill this out before I even bought the trailer (I was still in Oregon), and the owners were supposed to get prior approval and inspection before they could advertise or sell their own property. Even though the office is demanding I make a decision about how long I plan to stay and pay them $50 to complete this "credit check", I plan to speak to an atty first, before I hand over any personal and financial info without any liability for privacy or security. Not on a prepaid site! Good points: both the park and people are nice, clean, friendly, surrounded by nice dog walks. The pool and spa are heavenly, lots of events, fwy noise is distant, but military aircraft are obnoxious at times, and the trains! Ugh! Relentless in my opinion! Many Canadians and snowbirds leave by March, and it gets a little more peaceful. I'm content for now, but will seek a smaller, locally-owned property, where you're treated like a neighbor, not a number.