About TheBreeze

Grew up on the east coast, went to college, did some electrical engineering, got married, became a left-coaster, raised a son, led some computer engineering until it off-shored, retired and now exploring.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Paso Robles RV Ranch, Paso Robles, California

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Although just off Hwy 101, it's up and over a hill which cuts down on road noise. Although there is a not-so-clean pool and a game room, this park doesn't have a resort feel (or price). For us, a good place to camp out while visiting wineries for a couple days. Good wifi, good Verizon. Friendly locals and some full-timers here. We camped at Paso Robles RV Ranch in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
D-6
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
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Pick up a Paso Robles winery guide at the office, choose one with picnic facilities and pack a lunch. We like Tablas Creek - a bit of a drive but scenic all the way.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

29 Palms Golf Resort, Twentynine Palms, California

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

This have stayed here a few times. On the edge of town, a few miles from the northeast entrance to Joshua Tree NP. Easy in/out. Gravel and asphalt, not dirt, so no dust. Good utilities except wifi is only available at the office. Good Verizon coverage. Some shade. There's always fewer picnic tables than sites, so you may have to relocate a table. Nice indoor pool and hot tub but we've never used them. We camped at 29 Palms Golf Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
96
Site Surface
Asphalt, 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, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort (55+ park), Casa Grande, Arizona

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

We only overnighted here. This is a huge country club community of primarily snowbird homes. The office was closed apparently for the season and the place was practically deserted, but we had booked online and were greeted by a suspicious-sounding gate attendant when we arrived. It took a while for her to figure out what to do with us. Overnight stays are pull through spaces in an asphalt parking area, with utility islands interspersed. No grass, or picnic table or firepit. Utilities were fine except cable kept cutting out on some channels (so a provider problem?). Bottom line, this place isn't optimum for simple overnight stays. We camped at Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort (55+ park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
overnight parking
Site Surface
Asphalt
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

This is a huge and immaculate resort. The billiards room had more tables than I could count. Library has floor to ceiling books in 600 sq ft. Olympic+ sized pool. Hot tub fits 20, but was deserted when I used it at 9pm.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Big Bend Resort & Adventures RV Park & Campground (Big Bend Motor Inn), Terlingua, Texas

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

Large RV Park, motel and cabins in Terlingua, 3 miles from west entrance to Big Bend NP. Reasonable-width all dirt sites with a few small trees (typical desert layout). Some sites have a little grass in the patio area. Utilities OK, wifi only at office , Verizon coverage OK not great. We were told out site was pull-through and would fit a 31-ft 5th wheel but neither was true. The office staff then said to "pick an empty site and let us know which one you take" which worked out. Convenience store, tourist shop, fuel station and restaurant on-site. Quiet and not crowded when we were there. We camped at Big Bend Resort & Adventures RV Park & Campground (Big Bend Motor Inn) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
32
Site Surface
Dirt, 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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Chisos Basin in the NP is spectacular. Terlingua ghost town was a let down but if you like drinking beer on the general store front porch with rowdy locals and their dogs, it will be your kind of place! Adjacent to the store is the Starlight Theatre restaurant which serves good dinners and is one of only a few dining out opportunities within 60 miles.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Quail Springs RV Park, Uvalde, Texas

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Over-nighted here on way to Big Bend NP. A heavily-treed older RV Park adjacent to a mobile home park. Right on Hwy 90 in interesting town of Uvalde. Many long-term residents but nothing shoddy. Sites are dirt with level gravel pads and almost spacious but were low-lying and muddy when we were there after 2 days of heavy rains. Wifi was intermittent; Verizon coverage was OK. The coax cable for cable TV connection was damaged at our site, but maintenance came out on-request to repair it. Watch for low branches on the interior roads if you have a tall rig. Overall, a good value for an overnight stay or even a couple days if visiting the area. We camped at Quail Springs RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
153
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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The Oasis Outback is directly across the street and although the signage indicates a sporting goods store, reviews say it has a good restaurant. We didn't ahve time to check it our but it could be an option for overnighters who can't drive to dinner. Check out the local liquor store - Bag n Bottle - which was originally a combination liquor and gun store.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Sunny Acres RV Park (55+ park), Las Cruces, New Mexico

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

Agree with the recent reviews. An in-town RV park with full utilities. Sites are behind an RV storage lot, so no "street appeal" but just fine once inside. Good laundry and dog run. Short-term stays are in sites at the rear of the park and we did hear dumpsters getting filled at 4am in the industrial area behind the park. So-so wifi, good Verizon coverage. Las Cruces is a small-enough town that everything you need is within a short drive. We camped at Sunny Acres RV Park (55+ park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
CC
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The mountains just east of town are now the Organ Mountains - Desert Peaks National Monument. There is a small park service office with some trail maps and ready advice for nice day hikes into these mountains. As others have noted, Mesilla Old Town and La Posta Mexican restaurant are good choices.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Lakeview RV Resort, Houston, Texas

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

Parked the RV here for 3 nights while visiting family. This is a gated and walled community-like park surrounding a man-made lake with fountains (and reportedly fish) in a semi-industrial part of Houston. Expect traffic and traffic noise. Once inside, this is the closest to a true resort feel that we have found in a park with "Resort" in the name. Nice community room with games, pool/ping-pong and several modern exercise machines. Some long-term residents but their sites were generally clean. Our site was a 20x40 concrete back-in, and a little tight. Utilities fine. Wifi was undergoing service and intermittent to non-working except at the community room. Verizon signal was good. We camped at Lakeview RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
218
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
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
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

J & J RV Park & Storage, Hot Springs, Arkansas

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

Stayed here two days while exploring Hot Springs NP. A small RV Park with level gravel sites, but not laid out in straightforward manner. However the owner/manager walked us to the site and stayed to confirm it worked for us. Not crowded, at all. A few long-term residents but their sites were kept tidy. Easy on/off Hwy 70-Business but that does come with some traffic noise. Didn't bother us. Cable, wifi and utilities worked fine. 10 minutes from Hot Springs NP and also from grocery and other stores in the somewhat-rundown town of Hot Springs. Verizon coverage was marginal at times here. We camped at J & J RV Park & Storage in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The National Park Service has concessionaires running two of the original bathhouses, which offer public communal and private individual/couples mineral baths: Quapaw is modernized and air-conditioned so more like a modern spa, and Buckstaff is kept in original condition so more like an historical experience. Because Buckstaff isn't A/C'ed do that in the morning not the afternoon during warm weather.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Natchez Trace State Park / Pin Oak Lake, Lexington, Tennessee

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

This state park offers full utility hookups and this park is pleasantly located on a lake with forested hillsides all around. The RV campground is a full 10 miles off I40. We arrived to find someone in our reserved site, but he readily moved. So ranger supervision could be better. Wide grassy sites. There is a small swimming area on the lake and a pier to launch kayaks/canoes. Verizon service was weak/nonexistent. Many of the pull-through sites would be satellite friendly. Many of the back-in's would not. We camped at Natchez Trace State Park / Pin Oak Lake in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
34
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
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The Pin Oak Lodge has a small restaurant with limited menu and a reasonable buffet. Otherwise, dining-out options are at least 30 minutes away. There is a campground store located beyond the lodge - otherwise shopping is 30 minutes away. This is a very large state park with several other teming campgrounds located on other lakes.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Big Meadow Family Campground, Townsend, Tennessee

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

Overnited here before getting RV service at a Camping World in Knoxville. This is a well-run and tidy campground with paved sites a little larger than a KOA. Nice laundry room with all-functional appliances. Friendly and helpful staff. Kids playground but didn't see any kids while we were there. Nice dog run. Functional wifi but not speedy. Good Verizon bandwidth locally. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
69
Site Surface
Asphalt
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
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Townsend has a grocery store and an Ace hardware store. A small separate building at the Ace store is an RV supplies store. Maryville is 15 minutes up the road with lots of shopping and restaurants. Great Smoky Mountains NP Cades Cove area is 20 minutes away.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground), Townsend, Tennessee

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

Our site, one of the last left when we reserved online, did not work out for us at all. C74 is rated for RVs up to 34 feet, however it is a narrow site between trees and perpendicular to the narrow campground road, resulting in a very difficult back-in process. No utilities, of course. The picnic table and fire ring were on the wrong side of the site, for an RV... Nice tent pad, but that's of no value for an RV.... We wouldn't stay here again. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C74
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
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Cades Cove 11 mile driving loop was bumper-to-bumper when we drove it at 4pm on a weekday in September. There are supposed to be some good hiking trails, which we didn't have time to check out. No Verizon or other cellular service and the forest canopy prevents satellite access, so plan on being off the grid while here. Townsend, 9 miles down the narrow park access road offers the nearest amenities, including grocery and hardware stores and several commercial RV parks.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground), Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

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

One of the nicest NP campgrounds we have stayed in. Fully-treed, level sites, no utilities at sites and no Verizon service accessible from the campground, distributed faucets and bathrooms with cold water only and flush toilets. There is a dump station. Park rangers make twice-daily drive-throughs. Firewood must be certified heat-treated in Great Smoky Mountain NP and is for sale at the stables (which offer horseback rides in the NP). Section F is RVs-only but we enjoyed site 32, at the end of D section, and had no neighbors. Good day-hike (and overnight backpacking) options from the trailhead next to this site. Generators 8am-8pm only. We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
D32
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
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Cherokee is touristy but has the closest usable Verizon cellular service (5-10 minutes from campground). There is a large Harrah'scasino and hotel comples in Cherokee now. The 30-minute drive to the Deep Creek area is worth it for waterfall viewing. Ditto Clingmans Dome for the mountain-top views.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Rutledge Lake RV Park, Fletcher, North Carolina

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed 3 nights while visiting friends in Asheville area. Campground is a little off the beaten track but not difficult to find. Sites are a little close but better than a KOA. Site 60 (our site) is set as end-to-end back-ins but is managed as a single pull-through. Everything was well-kept and maintenance staff passed frequently. We were escorted to our site. One oddity - visitors are said to be charged $3 per day to enter the gated entrance, but our two visitors were admitted without charge. We camped at Rutledge Lake RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
60
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
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:

As others have commented, Biltmore Estates are the big attraction. The house was interesting but grounds were more enjoyable. There is a local arboretum, just off I26, which has lovely hiking trails.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Greensboro KOA, Greensboro, North Carolina

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

Overnighted here on route from Outer Banks to Asheville. Good park for that purpose. We had a pull through with all utilities and didn't disconnect from our tow vehicle. The sites are treed but not wide, barely room to open slides, no room to sit at the picnic table that was there -- it just got in the way trying to walk around the trailer. Our site was not level side-to side or front to back. I40 is a stone's throw away from all sites and the trucks are loud... plan on keeping your RV closed up at night to reduce noise. Staff is friendly and accommodating. We camped at Greensboro KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
87
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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Frisco Woods Campground, Frisco, North Carolina

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

RV, tent and cabins on the Pamlico Sound side of Hwy 12. Midway between Buxton and Hatteras Village. We stayed 4 days longer than planned, waiting out hurricane Irma. Try to stay directly on the Sound, as mosquitos were pretty bad in the trees of sites closer to the front of the campground. This is a quiet campground (when we were there just after Labor Day) with good water, electric, sewer and cable TV. Rate is high for what you get, but no different than other nearby campgrounds. We camped at Frisco Woods Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C20
Site Surface
Sand, 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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Quarterdeck Restaurant is good. Their hushpuppies were the best, and seafood was of course fresh. Buxton Seafood had good, fresh shrimp, but if you are up towards Manteo, the Wanchese Industrial Seafood area has the best - right on the docks. Orange Blossom Bakery in Buxton is excellent. Get an "Apple Ugly" to-go. Good with coffee! Shelly Island is the newest attraction to see, but you need a $50 beach-driving pass and a 4x4 to get there.

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