About Julie and Ray

We are full-time RVers since 10/2017. Once we get to an area, we do a lot of exploring. We don't do much sitting around in the park/socializing/using amenities. So, we love simple, inexpensive, quiet places to stay. Our reviews are based on those criteria.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Warren County Fairgrounds, Indianola, Iowa

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

We were very excited to try a fairground campground for the first time. $18/night for 30 amp and water only seemed a little high, but we decided to give it a go. The good points are that the site is very level and there was only one other RV (first come-first served u-pick-a-site, pay at the box). Now the bad...there was supposed to be water at the site. Mid-April and the water is still shut off. No mention of that on their website. Thankfully we had some water in the tank. There are also rest rooms, showers and garbage bins on site. All three, LOCKED UP. No mention of that on the website either. The noise from the road, which is very close, was constant. Coming into town there is a sign that reads "Noise Ordinance Enforced". Don't believe it! There must be no muffler shop in this town. Apparently the nearby neighbors leave their dogs out all night as there was almost constant barking - maybe it was strays, but regardless, barking all night. Power tripped our over-voltage breaker. As a bonus we were treated to a bum and his dog sleeping in the picnic shelter right behind our rig, in the morning leaving a big puddle of urine and tossing his trash on the ground next to the garbage bins (because they were locked up). One or two patrol car pass throughs a night would be welcome. We will not be staying here again. We camped at Warren County Fairgrounds in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Des Moines is only about 20 minutes north. Went there a couple times during our stay, no sweat. Walmart on north side of town. One of the best Dollar General we've seen just down the street from campground.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Forbes Landing RV Park, Topeka, Kansas

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Good no-frills park, a bit on the expensive side. Campground host lady was fantastic! She was always available via phone. We decided to stay an extra night and she accommodated us no sweat. There were many residents: their sites were very well kept. Site was easy in-easy out, level, good power & water. All, including sewer, were conveniently located. Length of site was a bit tight, but RV and car did barely fit. Right next to the airport but not a lot of noise. We camped at Forbes Landing RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
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:

A GREAT National Guard museum about a mile to the south. Walmart just 3 miles to the north.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Cimarron RV Park, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is another of the inexpensive, "no-frills" RV Parks that we love so much. Once again, rating it for what it is - not comparing against "resorts". Left message when calling for reservation and owner/manager called me right back. Super nice folks!! We had a pull through site, gravel & grass. There was a bit of a slope to our site so we had to level. Well water, good pressure, tasted ok after going through our filter. Had a couple over-voltage trips. Good Verizon and AT&T cell signals. Looked like there were some residents - a schools bus picked up and dumped off a kid each day. That area appeared well kept. There was an above average level of road noise, but it was COLD so we didn't hear it at night. Wish we could find a park like this in every place we stay. We would DEFINITELY return here!! We camped at Cimarron RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
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:

Walmart 6 miles to the east.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Double D RV Park, Texola, Oklahoma

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

We LOVE this park!!!! Rating it for what it is - no frills, no crowds, no families, NO KIDS!!!!! You are not paying for extras that you don't need. PA discount makes this so affordable we couldn't pass it up. Big, level sites, good water, we had over-voltage issues the first day but the wind was gusting over 50mph so we can cut them some slack. When the winds died down, no electric issues (50 amp). Restrooms with showers are a little old but there. Self check-in/check-out, just put the envelope with your payment in the box. I wish there was a park like this in every city we visit and we would DEFINITELY stay here again and again. LOVE IT!!! We camped at Double D RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
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:

Red boxes are 30 amp, yellow boxes are 50 amp. If yo make a reservation, they will write your name on a piece of paper and tape it to the electric box at your site. Otherwise, drive in and pick a site.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Cactus RV Park, Tucumcari, New Mexico

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

Descent place to spend the night. PA discount wasn't much as they give a "discount" for just about everything. Neat and clean. Got a little attitude when I called to make the reservation, but they were very nice once we arrived. They escorted us to our site which was right in front - adjacent to the road. This was somewhat strange since the park was almost empty - and when the only two other RVs came in, they were put immediately to either side of us. Couldn't you space us out just a bit since there were so many empty sites? Power was just ok, breaker kept tripping so I plugged in next door and asked them to take a look. They did promptly, and he had me move my plug back to our site so it didn't "mess them up". Again, couldn't you have put the next guy in one of the many open spots and not right next to us? Anyway, we plugged back in and it only tripped three or four times the rest of the two-day stay. The heat pump was on most of the night as it was chilly, so the road noise didn't bother us much. For an over-nighter, it's sufficient. The layout of the front part is somewhat strange. Our site didn't allow for our toad behind the RV as that was access to the site next to us. We parked adjacent to the rig. We camped at Cactus RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
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:

Not much to do in the town - it's pretty depressing. Would have liked to see it in its "Route 66" days.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great stopping point for any travels along I-40. Close to Albuquerque and within 1½ hour of several National Park Service sites and Santa Fe. Owners are super nice!! Spots long and level. Good clean power and water. Never did get wifi to work, but strong cell phone signals (Verizon and AT&T). Neat old RVs on display. Propane available on site. Well worth the price with PA discount. We wish we could have stayed longer. Will definitely return!! We camped at Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
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:

Visit the area National Park Service sites - El Malpais, Pecos, Bandelier, Petroglyphs - they are well worth the drive. Beware of the CRAZY drivers in Albuquerque.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

USA RV Park, Gallup, New Mexico

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

We really liked this park. Friendly staff, sites long and level. Wifi not perfect, but much better than most. Quiet with little road noise and despite train yards nearby, very little horn blowing. Clean power, good water and sewer hookups. Very convenient trash cans, clean restrooms. On-site propane. Sites were a little close together, but not that bad. Excellent cell phone coverage (Verizon and AT&T). Would like to see the price $5 or so less per night. We would definitely stay here again!! We camped at USA RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
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:

The town isn't much - lots of pawn shops, but this park is well away from the town. Only an hour drive to El Malpais National Monument for some cave exploration and another 20 minutes to El Morro for some mountain climbing. Both can be hit in one big loop (I-40, AZ 117, AZ 36, AZ 602).

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Grand Canyon Railway RV Park, Williams, Arizona

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

This is a really nice park in a cool little town. Large, level concrete sites with picnic table. Conveniently located full hookups (30/50). The water spigots had a funky little nodule attached which caused several that I saw (including ours) to leak a little, not seriously though. Clean rest rooms and nice laundry room, though a little pricey (1.75 wash/1.50 dry) but inline with the town laundromat. Conveniently located to just about everything, especially the namesake train. That's a double edged sword as the train whistles are quite close, but thankfully not too often at night. Park provided wifi was good most of the time. Slowed during the evening or when I was trying to upload photos to Facebook. Cell phone coverage was excellent. Check-in/check-out folks are very friendly!! They will give you a list of rules, several of which we saw being broken during our three night stay. If you are going to have rules, please enforce them!! That lack of enforcement keeps them from a perfect score. We camped at Grand Canyon Railway RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
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:

After doing the usual things, check with the Park Service office in town for info on Bill William Mountain. There is a path that leads all the way tot he top. A GREAT hike for those who can make the 4½ mile, 2,000 ft elevation gain journey. If you can't, there's also a road that leads to the top. On the way to the mountain, stop at the Santa Fe Dam which you can walk across.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Havasu Landing Resort & Casino, Havasu City, California

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

Beautiful location!! Having visited the hustle and bustle across the lake, we were very glad that we stayed here. Sites were very close and shallow. Our 36' and toad barely fit. Hookups are inconveniently located at the back of the site which makes it even shallower. Staff was VERY friendly on the phone, just OK at check-in. They were out to lunch at published check-in time so we had to wait until they returned. First night was great, then they put a group with a TON of kids right behind us so it was VERY noisy from that point forward. We camped at Havasu Landing Resort & Casino in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Ferry across the lake is only $2 payable on return trip from AZ. Stock up on groceries before arriving. Area store is VERY expensive.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

La Paz RV Park, Quartzsite, Arizona

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

No frills, very nice RV Park a good distance away from the craziness of Quartzsite. A quite place to relax after a day of hiking or sightseeing. The managers are extremely nice and will do what they can for you. We will be returning (next week) we liked it so much. Good water, clean power, good cell phone (Verizon and AT&T) service. Don't expect a spa - do expect a pleasant, friendly stay. We camped at La Paz RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
69
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
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

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Desert Vista RV Resort (55+ park), Mesa, Arizona

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for 3 months (Dec-Feb, rate based on 3 month stay). The property manager is fantastic! Very friendly and accommodating. Site size is fairly deep and all back-in. Our 36' MH fit just fine. What they lack in depth is made up in width. The sites have enough width for your toad on one side and a clear patio (with picnic table) on the other. Sites are level concrete pads with gravel on both sides. 50 amp service worked perfectly as did the water/sewer. With a month or longer stay you will pay for electricity separately. We only ran heat pump at night-our electricity bill averaged to $3/day. Cable is available by contacting Cox to get hooked up. Check out the many over-the-air channels before paying for Cox. Internet is not available at sites but Verizon and AT&T signals are very strong. The office/common room is very nice-clean and well looked after, both by staff and residents. There is a small exercise room with separate TV, pool table, ping-pong table, selection of books, DVDs and games, several folding tables/chairs and octagonal game tables/chairs. There is also a full kitchen, wireless internet in the building, communal computer with internet & printer as well as a big screen TV and DVD player and couches to sit and watch from. There are also rest rooms in the building that are immaculate. There are SO MANY nice folks here-residents and snowbirds alike! Activities are planned on a monthly basis. There is a huge area set aside for dogs. Thankfully there aren't too many ignorant dog owners here-only occasionally do you hear dogs barking, and there are a LOT of them here. Pool open more than advertised. There is a good mix of park models and RVs. I would estimate 35% park models and 65% RVs. The park is very well kept. They have a maintenance guy that goes around every day to make sure the park is looking its best. This is NOT a spa. It's a nice, simple, friendly, SMALL (about 60 sites) reasonably priced place to relax for the winter. We camped at Desert Vista RV Resort (55+ park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
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:

If you are staying for a month or longer, you can get a Mesa Library card. They have a fantastic "Culture Pass" program which give you free admission to area museums and attractions.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Willcox / Cochise, AZ KOA (formerly Magic Circle RV Park), Willcox, Arizona

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

This is a GREAT park!! The owners are spending a great deal to upgrade it so in the very near future, it will be even better! The folks working there are incredibly friendly. They are always willing to give you information, give you a wave, lend you a hand, I was even asked if I wanted a ride back to my rig after walking to the dumpster. VERY service oriented. Big level sites - gravel. Good power (we used 50A). Picnic table at every site. Wifi was good - it did go in and out at times but it was fairly windy (not sure if that affected the service or not). They just got a brand new propane tank and there is a truck wash which welcomes RVs next door. There is also a TA at the I-10 exit. There was some noise from I-10 but it really wasn't that bad. Would we stay here again? ABSOLUTELY!!!! We camped at Willcox / Cochise, AZ KOA (formerly Magic Circle RV Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
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:

Several great sites within an hour and a half drive. Chiricahua NM, Ft. Bowie NHS, Coronado NM. All three have very good hiking trails.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Hacienda RV Resort, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $47.00
Overall Rating:

The low rating (5 - Average) is mainly due to the overall disappointment with our stay. We decided to splurge and do one night of our cross-country trip at a "resort". At first glance the place seems really nice. A good number of high-end rigs staying here. The check-in was easy and the lobby was nice - great for the staff (who were very friendly) but does nothing for us. The interior roads were paved and the site was level but the sites were very close together. In fact everything was tight - the roads, sites and turns. The rest rooms/showers were clean but again nothing "resort-like". The wifi was awful. For the price paid you would expect at least reliable internet service. Nope. And then there was the noise. The "resort" is located right off I-10 and the noise was present constantly. Road noise, revving engines, sirens, train whistles - it didn't stop all night. Honestly, many of our stays at non-resorts were better than here. This is an average place with resort prices. At half the price they charge we might come back here, but the inflated prices are definitely not worth a return visit. We camped at Hacienda RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Short drive to Organ Mountains/Desert Peaks National Monument. Great hiking trails!!!

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Van Horn RV Park (formerly Van Horn KOA), Van Horn, Texas

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

We LOVE this park!!! The staff is the friendliest we have ever encountered. It is a typical west Texas park with gravel sites and not many amenities, but for an overnighter, it's perfect. We actually stayed three nights and are so glad we did. A great, low key place to rejuvenate. Beside the staff, the best thing going here is QUIET. Unlike the other RV parks in Van Horn, this one is well of I-10 and the RR tracks are on the other side of the Interstate. During our stay, many of the sites were unoccupied which added to the quiet. Sites are spacious and long. We fit no sweat with a 36-footer plus toad and we weren't even in one of their longest sites. Very clean restrooms/showers, neat grounds, well maintained all around. We happened to be here on Thanksgiving and they provided a Thanksgiving dinner for everyone who was staying (figuring we were all away from home). What a nice gesture - to make it even more special, the food was simply OUTSTANDING!!! The only thing keeping it from a perfect rating is that the internet was a bit spotty. This is definitely on our "stay again" list, no doubt. We camped at Van Horn RV Park (formerly Van Horn KOA) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
F5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 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:

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is about an hour north. Great hiking. We did the Guadalupe Peak trail - BE PREPARED for a strenuous and long hike (we spent all day on the trail).

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Whip In RV Park, Big Spring, Texas

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

Taking into consideration that this park is in the middle of the west Texas scrub land, this was a nice one-night stopping place. The staff was WONDERFUL!!! No frills, nothing fancy, just a good spot and clean rest rooms/showers. Internet was not very good and there was a good amount of noise from I-20, but for one night it was just fine. We camped at Whip In RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
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:

Take a trip into Big Spring and visit Big Spring State Park. Nice overlooks and nature hikes. Free admission!!!

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