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We’ve parked at several combination or transitional Mobile Home/RV Parks and have had good experiences, but this one felt like a low-end trailer park. Loud muscle cars and pickup trucks driving too fast, late parties, and people short-cutting across our site between our RV and our toad! A surprise after reading the phrase “sensible rules rigidly enforced” on their web site. The site and road layout is one of the worst we’ve seen for RV’s. Obviously designed by people with NO RV experience EVER. I don’t even know how to describe the obstacles I had to back around to get into our site, but I can assure you, it was worse than any cones my RV Driving School instructor ever set up. We were in a brand new, level, concrete site with patio, but the water hookup was on the wrong side! There is a laundry on site, but we went out the door faster than we went in. One good thing, when I looked on their web site I was concerned that their bizarre castle gate front entrance might be a problem for our unusually tall RV, but it’s huge and we had plenty of clearance.

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Adequate for an overnight stop, maybe two. It is right on Route 60, with the train tracks just across the road, but surprisingly, train and highway noise really wasn’t bad. Utilities were fine, and the sites were level, but this park is not much to look at. The lady in the office is very nice, but when I asked why the sign out front said something other than Turner Motel & RV Park, she laughed and said they’ve only owned the place four years and hadn't gotten around to taking down the old sign yet. Like the town, the RV park could use a facelift and a little TLC. Mountainair could be a fabulous little art/antique destination town. It has the bones of a Madrid, NM or Bisbee, AZ, but the economy has taken its toll and most of the gorgeous little storefronts are closed. If you go, don’t miss breakfast at the Alpine Alley or some of the fascinating ruins in the area. Rate shown is PPA, but if we’d had to pay full price, we would have dropped our score a point or two.

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This is a perfectly fine campground in a breath-takingly beautiful area. Although we were in a MH, I noticed they have the nicest tent-camping set-up I’ve ever seen. They have an indoor pool, laundry, and small store full of fishing supplies. Sites are level and adequately wide, although not huge. Utilities worked fine, as did our air card and mobile phones. The teenagers at check-in could use a little customer service training. They weren’t rude, but were not particularly helpful or well-informed when we had questions about our site or the park. Rate reflects Good Sam discount.

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We loved this park! They have level, long, wide, pull-through sites with good water and power, and several small but gorgeous, lush grassy areas – we saw nine big bunnies nibbling in the playground area just after sunset. A clean laundry room adjoins a super-comfortable lounge area with a huge sofa, coffee table, chairs, and big TV. What a great change from hot, cramped laundry rooms with hard plastic chairs! There is also a Foosball table and board games. There is an on-site store, and the nicest folks run the place, but the park is 20 miles from Winslow and nearly 40 miles from Flagstaff. Get food and any supplies you might need before you get here! The Meteor Crater site is just down the road and is a fascinating place, far more interesting than I expected, frankly. If making the trek across I-40 again, we will absolutely stop here again. Rate is CC USA.

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A must for Route 66 travelers, this RV park has some interesting roadside history and fun antiques, including several antique RVs they rent on-site, although I don’t think they’ll let you leave with them. The park has a rural feel, but is only about 10 miles to Old Town Albuquerque. Relatively not congested Historic 66. It’s right next to Camping World and right off of I-10. On a still night, you might have some road noise, but all we heard was the wind blowing. The whole place is gravel, but it’s round gravel, so if you put your jacks down without fairly large pads underneath, the rocks shift. Although the sites are not excessively unlevel, we had a heck of a time fine-tuning our jacks. They have a nice mix of shaded and satellite-friendly sites, a small on-site laundry, a pool table, a souvenir shop. Overall, a good park at a good price when using PPA, but a little high at full price.

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As of this park, I have used rvparkreviews.com to help me select 114 different campgrounds across the country. This is the first time I’ve ever felt like I was steered wrong. Yes, the owners at Santa Fe Skies are nice. Yes, the location is atop a hill outside Santa Fe giving you relatively nice views. But $38/night for an un-level, ant-infested, weed-overrun, gravel and powdery dirt site with no patio, cable, pool, hot tub, trash pick-up, or dog run is too high, even for a tourist town. And that’s with a 10% discount! This obviously used to be a nicer park than it is now, because there are gorgeous flowering plants hiding among the weeds. But the entire place needs grading, re-graveling, weeding, and exterminating. On the plus side, the office is lovely. The laundry is nice. The water tasted good and power and sewer worked fine. The location is about 20 minutes from the downtown square and is at the north end of the Turquoise Trail – a great day trip. I also have to give them kudos for installing a solar array. However, on their web site, they call themselves Santa Fe’s Big Rig park, implying others in the area are not able to accommodate larger rigs. Not so. We visited several other parks in the area and found plenty of sites that would easily take rigs larger than our 40’ MH and toad. We will stay elsewhere in Santa Fe next time.

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Great park! The park has very level, gravel sites with full or partial hook-ups. Pull-through sites are angled for easy entry and exit and are face-to face, so you don’t open your door to your neighbor’s sewer, but they are long enough that you each have your own yard area, including well-maintained picnic tables. Plenty of room for slides and awnings (if the wind ever stops blowing). Nicest gift shop I’ve ever seen at an RV park – in a town known for its Native American gift shops. There is a small, but clean and secure dog run. The park has two laundry rooms. The one at the back is a bit tight for comfort and has no place to fold clothes other than on top of the washers, but the one at the front is great. The only reason to give this park a 9 rather than a 10 is its proximity to the Gallup airport. Over three days, we only heard five or six flights take off, and only one of those was at night, but they were pretty loud. It will not prevent us from staying there again, however. Rate shown is Escapees discount for W/E only, plus local tax. Although we are not active duty military, we chose this park specifically because of their policy that active duty military personnel stay free. I wish more parks would do this for our service men and women and their families. Two monthly workers checked in right before me, looking a little scruffy and driving older rigs, but being very polite. The owner made no bones about his expectations of guests and their pets. The two young men might have been surprised to know that he gave us, a retired couple in a spiffy 40’ motorhome, exactly the same speech. We appreciate parks with clear rules and high expectations but who don’t discriminate against those with older rigs.

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This park is perfect for Route 66 devotees, horse lovers, cave explorers, and those who like serious solitude. It’s old, kitchy, fun, a little run-down, and even has several concrete dinosaurs. The 800-acre property includes a motel, a gas station (no diesel), and a gift shop out by the old highway. Less than a mile off the road, they have a restaurant, a truly unique horseback riding experience, and an authentic Historic Route 66 roadside attraction – the Grand Canyon Caverns. This place is located on the longest uninterrupted stretch of Historic 66, about a hundred miles between Ash Fork and Kingman. The RV park is, frankly, a little pricey for the amenities, but we came here to support a bit of nostalgia that was virtually abandoned when I-40 bypassed it in the 70s. Although paved to the entrance of the RV park, the park itself is dirt. The bathhouse was out of order while we were there, but they gave us passes to shower in one of the motel rooms if we needed to. We declined and showered in our rig. Water and power were good. Sites do not have sewer, but there is a dump station. Our Verizon Mifi worked fine, but Verizon phone service was iffy. Our friends had no cell service at all from their provider. We arrived after a heavy rain and the jacks on our 28,400-pound MH sank deep into the dirt. Our friends had arrived during the storm and their Dodge 3500 and 5th wheel got completely stuck. The roads and sites were rutted and un-level, presumably from all the rain. With all of that, we would normally give this park a much lower score, but because of it, we met some of the nicest and most interesting folks we’ve ever known. One, the cowboy poet (ask him about his books), and his assistant worked tirelessly to help us get level, having earlier pulled our friends out of the mud and helped them set up. If you go, spend some time with the poet and his horses and take a ride through this gorgeous countryside. This is by far, the quietest campground we’ve ever been to, nearly a mile off the road and many miles from trains, airports, and interstates. We were there around the full moon, but I can only imagine how many stars you could see on a dark night. If you want spiffy amenities, go elsewhere, but if you want great memories and a perfect base for cruising the heart of Route 66, this is the place. Bring groceries. The closest civilization is 12 miles west at the Reservation in Peach Springs (one restaurant) or 26 miles east in the small town of Seligman (a few restaurants, convenience stores, diesel, and limited groceries).

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Just off Historic Route 66, this park has long, narrow, level, gravel pull-throughs with sewer access every few feet. Water and power was good. They have cable TV, WiFi, a bathhouse, and laundry, although we used none of them. Verizon worked fine. Our only complaint is the designated dog-walking area is really dark and not as well-policed as it should be. Not a destination park, but a for a couple nights, this is a good location to visit the Petrified Forest National Park and see Holbrook’s iconic roadside architecture, including the restored Wigwam motel. Don’t miss Mesa Italiana, a fabulous Italian restaurant, about a mile northeast.

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Wow! What a find! Forget all the seedy motels with makeshift RV hook-ups you’ve seen elsewhere, this place is very nice! It has a combination of back-in and pull-through sites with mostly level gravel, full hook-ups. They have at least one site that allowed us not to unhook our 40’ MH and toad, although it was snug. The shorter sites are plenty wide to unhook and pull vehicles in side-by-side. The park is located behind a truck stop, but we heard nothing from the trucks because the motel is between them and the RV park, and it’s downhill a bit. We also heard no interstate traffic because of the hill. The truck stop offers pizza, subs, Mexican food, fuel, and convenience store stuff within walking distance, although on a cool, windy night, we chose to unhook anyway and drive there for dinner. There is a classic 50’s style diner in the RV park that is open daily for breakfast and lunch and for dinner on Friday nights. It has indoor and outdoor seating. The motel, gameroom, and restaurant, all have really cool murals. In the center of the property is a large, beautifully-landscaped picnic area with a gazebo and several picnic tables. They also have an on-site laundry with machines big enough to wash a bedspread and on-site propane. The rate shown is the PPA rate, but even at the full rate, it’s a bargain for what you get. If you want 50 amp, it is $4 extra. This great little park is a perfect base for exploring Jerome, Prescott, Montezuma’s Castle, and Sedona, without having to take the RV up narrow, twisty mountain roads, many of which have legal length restrictions. The very nice manager told us the owners had done a great deal of work over the past few years to get this park to its current state. It shows! He even told us about Arcosanti, a fascinating art and architecture community only a couple miles from the park and allowed us to check out a little late so we could visit. We stumbled on this park because we were tired and saw the sign at the exit ramp, but we will make a point to stay here next time through.

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Regular rate is $44 – awfully pricey for east Austin, but Passport America at $22 for five nights and AARP at $30 makes a brief stay reasonable. The park has all the amenities: gorgeous pool, hot tub, patio area, small store, book exchange, 2 laundries, large 3-section dog park, paved roads, some concrete pull-throughs, some back-in gravel sites, pedestal hook-ups, cable and wifi included in the rate (although the Wi-Fi is Tengo), well-lit at night. Although this is a beautiful park and would rate a 10 if not for the location, next time we’re in Austin, we’ll likely stay south or west of downtown rather than east.

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I struggled with the score on this one. For this price for a one or two night stop for self-contained units, Southern Oaks is easily a 10, but to legitimately compare it as an RV park, I’m in line with others who have rated it a 7. Although this is a large mobile home park, the RV sites are clean, level, long, concrete pull-throughs with perfectly-functioning utilities. The gentleman who escorted us to our site waited to be sure everything was in order and offered to help hook up, although I declined. The charming on-site manager is retired military and runs a tight operation. Some of the mobile homes have seen better days, but we both felt safe here, even walking the dog at night. They are adding more RV sites as older mobile homes are phased out. Great Verizon reception. Relatively easy on and off I-10 and easy maneuvering within the park. There is a mall at that exit and plenty of restaurants and fuel stops, although diesel was significantly less expensive a mile or so south of the interstate. Only complaint: double speed bumps near the entrance that are spaced perfectly to jar everything in the MH, even at a crawl, then bounce the toad a couple more times.

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Self-contained units only – no bathhouse. Office is only open 1-5 weekdays, and check out time is 10:00, but the owner answered the phone when we called in the morning to extend our stay. Neat, level, clearly-marked back-in sites with easy hook-ups, large concrete patios, and thick grass between sites. Water pressure is a little low. Sandy soil drains exceptionally well in the rain. There is some construction on-site as the slow conversion continues from mobile home park to RV park. Strong Wi-Fi signal showed on our computer, although we didn’t use it, so I can’t address speed or reliability. Strong Verizon signal. This park is military-friendly (including discounted rates with a military id), which earns it an extra star in my book, and having soldiers in the park certainly makes me feel safe at night. The location is fabulous for exploring Augusta – a surprisingly cool town – don’t miss the canal cruise. A left on the road in front of the park takes you straight into downtown, and two rights takes you to I-20. Although our GPS guided us correctly through the I-20 to I-520/Bobby Jones Expressway route from South Carolina, the owner mentioned that some GPS’s have trouble with that route and suggested Exit 194/Belair Rd, whether arriving from the east or west on I-20.

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Positives: Excellent monthly price (shown) or Passport America for shorter stays. Good location to explore interesting towns of Sanford, Pittsboro, and Apex or to go to Raleigh area. Large, clean laundry facility and bathhouse with a small book exchange. Long pull-through sites. Very strong water pressure (bring your regulator) and good quality county water. Spigots are unusually close to the ground, but that prevented the pipes from freezing when the temperature dropped to 10 degrees. Strong Wi-Fi, good Verizon reception. Very pleasant park owner, and an excellent RV mechanic nearby, We would return to this park specifically to have Mr. Smith work on our RV again. He had done some extensive repairs for us several years ago on an old Class C and we were eager to have him do some work on our Class A. Park negatives: A bit remote and not particularly attractive. Lots of long-term residents don’t pick up after their dogs. Thin gravel over red clay makes it muddy in the rain and snow, especially on the roads to the dumpster and bathhouse.

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The “standard rate” is $42.80 w/ tax. We paid half that for a Tuesday using PPA, but the Wednesday and Thursday of Thanksgiving week were both considered holidays. We felt that was way overpriced. Sites are relatively narrow with thin gravel, sand, and scraggly grass. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and W/S/E, but no cable. The Wi-Fi is included in the price, but you must sign back in every few minutes. Pet friendly? Hmmm. When you check in, the rules include a lengthy section on your liability as a pet owner and how your pet is allowed only in certain areas, but the there is no indication on the attached map of where those areas might be. Big rig access? Again, hmmm. I wouldn't recommend more than 40'. The park layout is odd with tight turns, numerous areas of small trees and dense undergrowth, and a Frisbee golf course winding around it all. The narrow gravel entrance road through the middle of the property has a ditch on the right and short wooden posts on the left. If you happen to drive up when someone else is checking in, there is no way to get around them to get back to your site. You just sit and wait. At night, the southern-most end of the park is extremely dark. There is only one light on top of a tower at the north side of the park. The pool, bathhouse, and clubhouse are all very nice, but next time we’re in the area, we’ll likely spend less money and go back to the large, well-lit, concrete sites at the Hollywood casino or to the beachfront sites at the Silver Slipper.