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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

We RV Champions of Tyler (formerly RV Parks R us), Tyler, Texas

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Simple no-frills park 5 miles west of Tyler. Close to WalMart and fast food. Converted trailer park = nice BIG/long spacious sites. Premium sites include better pads, privacy fencing, and premium WiFi. Friendly management and workcampers. Reason I only gave it a 7 is because it's pretty bare-bones but has potential to be much more. Beware - anything heavy will sink in some spots if there's been a lot of rain. If you're driving a big rig like us (45' 5th wheel pulled by a semi) ask for spot #22 or 19 where you can back straight in, and the gravel pads are deep & long. Most gravel and asphalt pads in the first row is very thin. $1.50 per load for large-capacity W/D. Water pressure was low but not horrible. Interior road is gravel and a bit rutted but nice & wide, no trees. The only 2 pullthrough spots are difficult to access as they are at a 90-degree to road and are narrow. We loved site #22! We camped at We RV Champions of Tyler (formerly RV Parks R us) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
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
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
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

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Texas Wine Country Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, Fredericksburg, Texas

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Great meeting facilities for reunions/rallies. Long level pullthroughs, 20' of grass between sites. Gravel roads and sites. Water pressure and taste was good, no issues w/sewer or electric. Lots of rain led to some standing water. Park staff very responsive to requests. Kids will have fun with jumping pillow & pool/splash pad. Very nice sized dog park. We had room on site 35 to park our 44' 5th wheel, 38' semi truck, and small car with room to spare. $1.50 wash/dry. Deer are prevalent and are likely to be spotted down by the creek at dawn/dusk. I would definitely stay here again if I could get the same rate. We camped at Texas Wine Country Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
35
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
Fire Ring, 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

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Country Place RV Park, Conroe, Texas

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Pros: Quiet and clean. Lots of area to walk the dog. Sherry (owner & front desk) is a gem. Resident dog, Sugar, is as sweet as her name. Laundry is $1.75 per load and requires a reloadable card. Dumpsters emptied frequently. Social activities (potlucks, bingo). Ponds are pretty and home to many fish, turtles, and ducks. There are some very long (70'-100') pullthrough sites. Cons: Construction of new subdivisions on both sides means less country and more noise. Dead trees need to be removed. 90% residential park = you don't see many folks out. Dirt roads. We lost power and water a couple of times due to the extreme freezing weather and the installation of new power poles along the road. We camped at Country Place RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Concrete, 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, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Mont Belvieu RV Resort, Baytown, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Rate reflects half off monthly rate via email offer. PROS: This is a relatively new park with wide concrete streets and lots. Pullthroughs are 80 feet long. Many amenities but no social events. CONS: Park has electrical problems (high voltage). Rules are not uniformly enforced. Residents do not clean up after their pets, and neither does the staff. Large population of unfriendly long-term residents. "Dog walk" is outside the fenced park itself. Laundry is $2.75 to wash a small load. We camped at Mont Belvieu RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
253
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
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The catfish at Papa O's is fantastic. Lowest grocery prices are at Joe V's Smart Shop on Garth Road in Baytown. Ask the staff how to load and use the laundry cards.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Mustang Run RV Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Pros: Big rig friendly! All concrete roads & pads. Nice large sites, long pull-throughs, and ~15 feet btwn. sites. Garbage pickup every day. Decent cell signal on AT&T (2 bars). Lots of options for dining, shopping & services. Laundry is large & clean, $1.50/load. Never bothered by management or other guests. Didn't use the bathrooms/shower but they are tiled, large and clean. Cons: LOUD freeway noise all day & night. No trees/shade. "Dog park" is tiny but does allow your pooch to do his business off-leash. No hooks or bench for clothing in shower area. Very nice clubhouse but it's only open from 8 am - 4:30 p.m. (office hours). Pool is tiny (and of course closed in November). Price shown reflects discounted weekly rate of $240. We camped at Mustang Run RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
55
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
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:

Visit Yukon's Chisholm Trail park - very lovely! There's also an off-leash dog park in Mustang about 5 miles south.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Idle Hour Lake, Altamont, Kansas

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Terrific value in this little park! Nice and quiet. Beautiful sunsets over the lakes. Police patrol several times a day. Hookups are all newer and in good shape - they are locked until you pay. Call when you arrive and an officer will come out to take payment, or you can stop at City Hall during business hours. It was pretty empty in late October, but you'll probably want reservations in the summer months. The website has all the info. you'll need. Half the sites are extra long pull-throughs, including 2 that must be at least 150 feet. We camped at Idle Hour Lake in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
9 and 11
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is an (unmarked) laundry available - call the city hall for info. I was told that fishing was good in the lakes. Several green heron and 2 cormorants were hanging around, so it must be! Get a hamburger at MJ's in Altamonte - delicious!

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Lake Park Campground, Rapid City, South Dakota

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

The best part about this campground -- for us -- is the location. Not a lot of traffic, 3 terrific parks within a mile including a 20-acre off-leash dog park, huge old trees for shade, and 5 minutes to grocery stores, hardware stores and other retailers. Electric is included. Water pressure a little low. $2/wash, $1 dry. They have a large number of rental cabins if you have friends or family who want to visit. Sites are close together but everyone has at least a patch of grass. We were able to maneuver our big rig between the trees without difficulty. Loads of deer & turkey in the area. Walk from your site to the creek or Canyon Lake for great trout fishing. We camped at Lake Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
36
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
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 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:

Dog owners: don't miss out on the HUGE Braeburn off-leash dog park a mile south on Jackson Rd. Be aware it is not fenced and does parallel the road. Rapid Creek runs through the park for water play. The lovely creek-lined Rushmore Lions park is directly across the street from the campground. Paved bike trails connect many of the parks on the west side of town. If you like to hike, visit the Skyline Wilderness Area!

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Adrian Municipal Park, Adrian, Minnesota

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

Very convenient stop along I-90. Not shown on the map, depending on which sites are in use you can use some of the outer ring spots as a pull-through into the inner ring, which we were allowed to do so that we didn't have to disconnect for a quick overnight. Roads are gravel, sites are grass only and include a picnic table and fire ring. There is a creek that rings the campground which may have been to blame for the musty/barnyard smell in the morning. Grass needed mowing but there was no trash and occupied sites were kept neat. There is a camp host on site although we didn't speak to them. We camped at Adrian Municipal Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
42
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
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
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Elkhart County Fairgrounds, Goshen, Indiana

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

Not sure if rate is correct - we stayed here as part of a large rally with FHU. Parking varies -- some areas are all gravel, some are all grass, and are mostly level. Picnic tables are only provided in certain areas. No fires allowed. We had no difficulty navigating the interior roads in our big rig (43 ft. fifth wheel & semi truck). Keep in mind this is a 4H park with an equine race track and stables - you may see, smell, and hear them. Meeting space was large, well-lit and well-ventilated with sizable kitchen and bathrooms. There is lots of room to ride bikes or walk the property on a mix of asphalt and dirt roads. Downside - the south border of the park property has a very active rain line - every 10-15 minutes, day and night. I would not hesitate to stay here again. We camped at Elkhart County Fairgrounds in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
215a
Site Surface
Grass
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There's a long rail-trail bike path just south of the park. Goshen has a cute downtown and some nice restaurants.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Little River Casino Resort, Manistee, Michigan

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

Quiet campground with 95% adult patrons. Half sites are W/E only, other half are FHU. Many folks also just dry camp for free in the casino parking lot for 1-2 nights. You get access to the hotel amenities - 3 pools & hot tubs, fitness room, sauna (all free), and spa ($$$). The buffet is a good value M-T, not sure it's worth $30/pp for the dinner seafood buffet on Friday & Saturday nights. Ample & convenient guest/overflow parking. Staff are friendly and competent. You can receive packages here - they even brought some to my door when they knew I was waiting on them. Only drawback is that there are only 2 washers/dryers for 100 sites. We camped at Little River Casino Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
37
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
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
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to check out the bargains at the Bargain Barn. Tubing/kayaking the Big Manistee River is not very scenic. Do a tour of the Arcadia & City of Milwaukee ships. The 2-mile hiking trail at Orchard Beach State Park is easy and scenic. FOR DOG OWNERS: 2 great dog-friendly beaches in the area - between the piers in downtown Manistee (next to 1st St. beach), and North Beach at the north end of Washington St. Parkdale Veterinary Hospital offers good-quality boarding.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Camp Lord Willing Management RV Park & Campground, Monroe, Michigan

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

(Price reflects the monthly rate of $595 + electric.) This is an older, family-owned and operated park with many seasonal rentals. Navigating the park with our big rig (43-foot 5th wheel towed by a Volvo semi truck) was not a problem. Staff was friendly and quick to help. Bathrooms are dated but clean. Most sites back onto canals, so there are lots of geese and ducks to watch. Sites along the canals have nice trees (cottonwoods, mostly) for shade. There are also some pull-through sites available with no waterfront and no trees. There are 6 washers/dryers for $1.75/load. The "playground" is dinky and the "swimming beach" is not something I'd dip my toe in, mostly for the aforementioned waterfowl but also because it looks weedy and cloudy. Good place to stay for exploring the area or visiting with family (as we did). The park had a big BBQ and fireworks display to celebrate the Fourth of July. We camped at Camp Lord Willing Management RV Park & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
98
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
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
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

You can stay here for similar/less than the cost of staying at nearby Sterling State Park with no hookups.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Haas Lake Park RV Campground, New Hudson, Michigan

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

This is a beautiful, peaceful park with 4 lakes and mature trees. The lakes are home to many ducks, geese, and swans, turtles, and fish. There is a high percentage of seasonal and park models throughout (many are families that have been coming here for decades) but all are well maintained. The roads are easily traveled by a big rig, and all sites around Lake #4 (Y & Z sites) will accommodate 45+ footers. AT&T signal is poor but acceptable (1-2 bars). We did not give it a higher rating because there are not enough laundry facilities for a park this size (2 laundry rooms with a total of 7 washers & 7 dryers). Also, despite nice long/deep sites, our fire ring is located 3 feet from a pine tree and 3 feet from a slope to the water, limiting use. Roads are dirt and frequently in need of grading, especially on the entrance road but also throughout the park. There was also a mixup with our reservation which couldn't be resolved. There's no off-leash dog park, but there's a county dog park just a couple of miles away (Lyon Oaks - $$). The Camp Store is only open on weekends during May/June until school gets out for the summer. Note that only about 1/3 of their sites have sewer hookups. There is a honey wagon that can be scheduled for something like $8-10 per trip. We camped at Haas Lake Park RV Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Z62
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
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
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:

Meijer just a few miles down the road, and Kroger just another mile away. You're close to just about anything in Novi.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Honeysuckle Meadows RV Park (formerly Cove Mountain RV Park), Sevierville, Tennessee

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

***Park is now marketed as Honeysuckle Meadows, but signage still says Cove Mountain. We spent a very pleasant 2 weeks here. Sites are very large with good drainage, fire pits, and picnic tables. The park is built on a hill - there are no sharp turns in the road, but be aware that not all sites are level (mostly front/back). Most sites are gravel, a few have covered wooden structures for the patio. The drive is big rig friendly, and a number of spots can accommodate a Class A & toad. With our semi truck pulling a 43' 5th wheel, site #2 was perfect for us. Casual country hospitality here - no big rule book. Great place to stay to be away from the noise of Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. There are also rental cabins on the property. No laundry, but there are laundromats in Pigeon Forge, about 15 minutes away. There's a great grassy area just behind our site where we could play fetch with the dog (important for us). ***If you're driving anything larger than a Class B/C, make sure you drive in from the Northeast, from the Pigeon Forge area. Wears Valley Road (321) is very twisty but it's much worse if you come through Maryville and Townsend. We camped at Honeysuckle Meadows RV Park (formerly Cove Mountain RV Park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Take an early morning drive to Cade's Cove. Visit the GSMNP Sugarland Visitor's Center. Buy a fresh loaf of bread from the Valley Bake Shoppe and Cafe just 2 miles to the east. The larger markets (Kroger, Publix) are 15 mins. away in Pigeon Forge, but there's a small country market just a half mile west on 321 for the basics. Propane is available about 6 miles to the east on 321.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Deer Run RV Resort, Crossville, Tennessee

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

This is a beautiful, clean, peaceful park 10 minutes outside of Crossville. The only reason we didn't give it a 10 is because the majority of the temporary camping sites are a long 10-minute drive from the entrance. Big rig friendly - no problems getting our 43-foot 5th wheel in a back-in spot. All gravel roads & large campsites. Park is very large with mature trees & a large lake. Camp store is very well supplied with everything from food to bait to auto parts. We camped at Deer Run RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
343
Site Surface
Gravel
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, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Don't miss the Crossville Model Railroad Club's working exhibit at the Crossville Outlet Mall. Try the buffet (lunch or dinner) at the Cumberland Mountain State Park Homestead Harvest restaurant - delicious food and great service.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Nashville I-24 Campground, Smyrna, Tennessee

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

Big park with large portion of permanent/seasonal campers. Gravel streets & lots, little grass. Lots of mature trees, mostly on perimeter. Helpful staff. $1.25 wash/ $.25 dry. Overheard that this was formerly a KOA - small pool (closed for season) and playground reflect that. Trash pickup twice a day. Small dog walk, no offleash area. We camped at Nashville I-24 Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
110
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had 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
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Well situated for shopping, dining, and sightseeing in Nashville or other small towns. Lovely area with several nice parks & greenways. We'd stay here again if in the area.

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