DXSMac

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I last reviewed this park in 2012. Not much change from my other review except for the prices, $35 for a "non water view" and this is "winter" rates. The price is "all in" and was not delineated by base rate plus taxes and fees. No discounts. The laundry prices are still the same. Not bad. One change is no more free Wi-Fi. Instead, there is an "hourly rate" Wi-FI available. I used my Verizon JetPack and had no problem. Cable TV had a large variety of digital channels. If you can't find something to watch of your interest, well, who knows. IF you don't like the cable, you can get a few local channels over the air to include five "inspirational" channels that come in very clear. The only negative about this park is that if it's full, the sites are rather close together. And as I mentioned in my prior review, Site 311 is way too close to the driving area. But if you don't tow a car, this is the best place to be with the downtown area within walking distance and there is convenient mass transit available.

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I skipped three beautiful RV parks before coming here because they didn't have cable or over the air TV reception. I was finally directed here from another RV park in Wallace (and I had a TV show I really wanted to watch). This place is a cute, cute place to overnight in the middle of a small town. Owner is wonderful and helpful. There are back in sites, but the "pull throughs" are actually "twosie" sites where there are two RV's in a LOOOOONNNNNNNNNGGGGGG site. Fortunately, it wasn't busy and I got the LOOOONNNNNGGGGGG site to myself, although there was someone in the LOOONNNNGGGGGGGG site next to me. So for me, I pulled in, and I will just drive out. If someone came in behind me, they would have to back out if I was still in front. You get the idea. There were some "perms" in the park, but they were not too obvious. The WiFi is interesting. I had good luck with it. Each site gets their OWN bandwidth because each site has their OWN password. One device per site. It worked fine for me! Although each time you accessed it you had to go through the Login process. Laundry and showers were sparkling clean, more so than I expect from a park like this. The only downer is my site wasn't exactly level and I had to stick two rows of Lynx Blox under my back wheels because my back wheels came off the ground when I used my stabilizers. But that's not a big deal, just kind of a pain...... Some of the other sites looked more level. I highly recommend this place for an overnight if you are passing through. The price was right and you got cable and WiFi and Laundry! Laundry was $1.25 to wash and $1 to dry, at these prices, FIND something to wash! As for the cable, I scanned LOADS of channels (it took FOR-EVER!). There were a lot of music channels; and most of the channels were two and three copies of an already existing channel. But you did get AMC, Hallmark, USA, ESPN, CNN, and you get the idea.... I got to watch my TV show!

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If you are traveling through Bozeman in October, you had better have reservations as this is the ONLY park open this late. No, they are not year round. They shut down October 31. They didn't require a credit card or anything, just a heavy suggestion that you make a reservation. Park was pretty much almost full when I came in, and I stayed two nights, and pretty much full the second night. Wow, must be the snowbird migration. When I arrived, I had made a two night reservation, but I was unsure whether I would stay one night or two. They very nicely let me wait until the next morning to decide and pay. Wi-Fi worked off and on. No cable, but very clear reception of about eight digital local channels. I have the "Jack" RV antenna, and I also have a Flatwave connected to one of my TV's. Both antennas picked up the same channels. Laundry was $1.50 wash, $1.25 dry. Not bad, at these prices, wash anything you might need to avoid paying higher prices elsewhere. Washing machines were fairly big. There is a small clubhouse room next to the laundry with a TV, and a functional piano. They have propane if you need it. My GPS had trouble with the address. When I plotted the address, I had "arrived" about a mile too early. But, the campground happened to be in the database as a "point of interest" and when I tried it that way, it went right to the campground. Verizon worked well when I couldn't get the Wi-Fi to work. The only downer is that the sites are rather close together on "side by side" connections. But decent park if you are desperate in October.

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This is a repeat stay for me. I landed in Gillette on my way through and remembered this campground was year round. At this point in the year, wanted to go with a "known" place and not take a chance that something else was not open. No one in office when I arrived around 4:15 PM, but I called the phone number and left a message. I decided to pick my own spot and took a pull-through in the "F" section as the "C" section didn't appear to have sewer. The owner found me before I could call back to say "I'm in such and such a spot...." Yes, the front part before you get to the office looks run down, and yes, the spots are very close together, and trees may or may not interfere with your slides. This park is in a "so so" area of Gillette, but I felt relatively safe. Cash or checks, no discount. The owner was unable to tell me the base rate "before" taxes (I had to google the taxes myself) so the rate I am showing is with taxes. Good for an overnight.

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Wow, finding an RV park in Rapid City in October is dicey! I called a few and found out they were closed for the season. This one was still open, and the good news is..... they are open year round! The bad news is..... you have to weasle through Rapid City about 10 miles to get here, and there is road construction where you are holding your breath hoping you don't knock down one of the little divider sticks. The rate I am showing is with Good Sam Discount BEFORE taxes. Apparently, cable TV is $2 extra, but the owner forgot to ask me if I wanted cable when I checked in. When I asked about cable and Wi-Fi, he told me to go ahead and hook up to the cable. The cable had OODLES of channels. Wi-Fi worked great! The only down side is that the sites are cramped. The rental cabins are right behind your back window, and your next door neighbor is pretty close. Well, it's not "pass the poupon" close, but kind of cramped. No one was next to me at the time, so it wasn't bad, but I can see if it were full, it would be cramped! There are great trees for shade, but if you have slides, this could be a problem. I am only in a 32 foot Class C with 2 slides, but I had to position myself so the slides wouldn't hit anything. There is a great lake to walk to and sit near. I don't tow a car and this place isn't close to much to walk to.

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First of all, the name is just "Oasis Campground." "Al's Oasis" is a general name for this exit off the freeway. Now for my review. As you are driving along I-90, you will see signs as far back as 100 miles indicating to take exit 260. Ok, so I took exit 260. Then, I saw a sign saying, "Campground, up here then turn a block." So I did, and OOPSIE that was NOT "Oasis Campground," do NOT make that mistake. After you make the exit, turn back east on the PAVED road (not the dirt road) and you will find it. Ok, now that I got here, they were in "winter mode" already where an attendant does not come to you until 5:00 PM. Whatever.... Their brochure indicates that cable has OODLES of channels. Not any more! The owner told me that the cable company is trying to force "converter boxes" and he is fighting it. So, you only get 10 analog channels. The channels were fine on my 15 inch TV, but wouldn't even scan on my 32 inch TV. Wi-Fi worked great! However, there weren't many in the park during my stay. Rest rooms were clean and had LOTS of facilities, not just 1 or 2 for a campground like this. Laundry room was decent, $1.25 to wash, 25 cents for 10 minutes to dry. At these prices, wash ANYTHING you might have just to get caught up. Sites are grassy/ground. Some are sloped, not sure I would want a sloped one. There are some sites that are right near the freeway. Wouldn't want those sites. Spacing between sites is adequate, could be better, but adequate. There is a nice swimming pool, but it was closed when I was there.

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This is a great little municipal campground. All sites are electric only. I had to hunt down the water faucet over near a pavilion. I think that's the ONLY potable water faucet in the park! No cable, but you can get over the air channels. I got a lot of channels and good reception once I positioned my JACK antenna in the correct location. I also carry a Flatwave antenna which sometimes gets extra channels. The Flatwave only got a few channels. The sites are grassy, and have some spacing between them. I had a 30 amp site, not sure if there is 50 amp or not. There is a dump station. The lake sites are $31, worth the money if you want to view the lake. I took a walk around the park, enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I was unable to get the "base rate" without the taxes. I asked for a delineation, the person in the hut had no clue, just said, "I'm never asked, I don't care, it doesn't concern me." (The check in person had been very nice up to that point, and I was a little miffed at that comment.) Very relaxing at this time of year, not many in the park.

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I normally avoid KOA's, but I was tired and this was the only place for miles. Check in personnel were very nice. Price I am showing is non-discounted price before taxes. This KOA does not give any discounts other than KOA, and I'm not a member. I was given a pull-through even though there are back-ins. I don't know if there is a difference in price, but it appeared all the back-ins were taken. It also appeared I got a "higher end" pull-through because the spaces in my area had some grass between the spaces, a nice deck, and a wrought iron table and four chairs instead of a picnic table. The shorter pull-throughs had no grass and had just a picnic table. I don't know if there is a difference in price for these. Even though there was some grass between the sites in my section, the spacing was still a bit cozy for me. Interesting thing on garbage. You just leave your garbage sack at your site and it gets picked up. Laundry was $1.50 to wash, $1.50 to dry, but the drying is 30 minutes. I didn't use the laundry so I cannot comment whether 30 minutes is enough for drying. The laundry room also had some nice deep sinks. I'm giving an 8 for the section I was in, but if I had been in a different section, I'd give it a 7.

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I usually refuse to stay at KOA's (because you end up on junk mail lists) but desperate times call for desperate measures. I was driving on I-25 and it was snowing! In April! I had previously passed by other parks in other towns where I said "no way" and this was the first decent place in miles. There is no grass anywhere, but this seems typical of Wyoming parks I have stayed in. Surprisingly, this place was crowded! I couldn't tell if any were "perms" or not. Sites are rather close, not quite "pass the mustard" close but closer than I prefer. Sites are all on decorative gravel. Price of $32 represents base price plus $2 extra for cable less a 5% Happy Camper Discount. They don't give Good Sam, but if you have Good Sam, they will give you the 5% Happy Camper discount, whatever that is..... Cable TV costs $2 extra. I was tempted to not pay for cable and see if the cable still worked, but decided to be honest. Although I hate paying extra for cable, it was worth the extra $2 since it was raining horribly. WiFi was free, but was difficult to use, probably because it was pouring down rain. Laundry was $1.25 to wash, $1.50 to dry. Not bad, wouldn't throw clothes on the ground for these prices, but if you have SOMETHING to wash, good to get ahead on it. There was also a double loader washer, but didn't catch the price as someone was using it. I'm giving it a "6" only because it's a KOA and I am guessing I will wind up on a junk mail list. If it weren't for that, I would probably give it a 7. They also sell propane here. This park is open year round. Good for an overnight, don't know why anyone would stay here longer.

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If you are driving through Montana during October or later or earlier than mid-April, finding RV parks that are open is dicey. There are very few open year round and even those are MILES apart. I came 300 miles from Anaconda in mid April and this park JUST OPENED for the season. Lucky me. Site #6 has the most shade, but that's not saying much. The sites are gravel but it's that REALLY LARGE SMOOTH gravel. As I backed into the site, my rear tires dug a trench in the gravel. Oh well. The camp host said if you want Wi-Fi, get a site near the front. The host said sites in the back of the park don't get the Wi-Fi as well. The Wi-Fi was S-L-O-W even though there were, maybe only FIVE RV's in the park. 30 seconds to load a page. By the way, don't use FIREFOX with their Wi-Fi. You will just keep looping around. Have to use Explorer, to my chagrin....... Verizon worked well here if you have Verizon. My site was L-O-N-G, but some of the sites are short. Had to go all the way to the back of the site to connect to sewer and electric, but the water was more to the front. So, you may need a long water hose. The electric box (50 and 30 amp) was very low to the ground, made it difficult to plug in a surge protector. The cable TV (analog) had oodles and oodles of channels, any channel you could want, and even some digital music channels. I was amused by their entrance sign. Nine point five (9.5)miles per hour. Ok......... Make sure you drive no more or no less than 9.5 miles per hour. It probably means to drive LESS THAN ten miles per hour through the park.

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Saw signs from freeway, decided to stay here. When I arrived, I saw a huge "KM Resorts" sign. Oh no! Membership park, I'm not a member! I went in the office, asked the stupid question anyway, found out you do not have to be a KM Resorts member to stay here. You just need to be a member of "something" connected to RVing, like Good Sam or RPI. Great park. Lots of trees, you feel you are in the woods. You weasel through some neighborhoods to get here. I was desperate for laundry (my cat had thrown up on my bed sheets). The very nice lady in the office went to great pains to put me near the laundry room. It's $1.25 to wash and 25 cents for ten minutes to dry. The nice lady in the office said that if you wash towels or jeans, plan on an hour in the dryer ($1.50). My towels dried in 40 minutes, but my RV bedspread took the full hour. At these prices, throw something on the ground to ensure you get enough dirty clothing to do your laundry! There is one double loader washer for $1.75. (and sssshhhhh..... there is one washer for only $1, it appears they forgot to switch it to $1.25 at some earlier date....) Beautiful clubhouse with a book trade. Indoor swimming pool and hot pool, but I didn't get a chance to try them. Nice kids playground. I saw a few "vintage" RVs so age of RV doesn't appear to be an issue, surprisingly. Regarding what I paid...... pull-throughs and back-ins are the same price. However, initially you get only water and sewer. If you want electricity, it's a couple dollars extra. Electricity (and Good Sam Discount) is included in the $42 I paid. Also, Wi-Fi and cable were extra. I did not get either. The one little picky thing I didn't like was that their receipts were not itemized to my preference. The receipt showed a lump sum total plus a line for electricity. The nice lady tried to explain how the figures were calculated, but she couldn't figure it out. I prefer more detail.

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Decent RV Park that has everything you need. You can tell that there are a lot of full-timers/perms in this park, but all units are nice and well kept. It appears that the perms get the outside back-ins, while the "overnighters" get the pull-throughs in the middle of the park. Pull through always a good thing. For cable, this park is a victim of a certain cable company that requires "converter boxes." They don't charge you a deposit for the cable box, you just have to remember to return it. On their brochure, they only show nine channels, but I found that there were 28 channels. They need to update the brochure. Laundry room was decent. $1.50 to wash, $1.50 to dry, at these prices, find something to wash. Even though this is a humid area, the dryers worked just fine and dried completely. My pull through site was nice and long. I don't tow a car, I had to park way in the back of the site to get close to the hookups. There is some adequate spacing between sites, little bit of grass.

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This park is laid out JUST RIGHT. The entire loop is all grass with some good trees. The sites are asphalt pads. There is plenty of spacing between sites. The park is in winter mode, which means you have to call to get checked in, but the check in person is very effervescent and helpful. Everything was explained. Price is the same whether it's back in or pull through. The rate I am showing is Good Sam winter rate. You can get some RV supplies in the office if you forgot or need something. Laundry room had a good supply of machines for the size of the park. Washing is $2. Drying is $1.50, but you only get 30 minutes which isn't enough for towels. I discovered you can get additional time (10 minutes for each quarter) but you have to know ahead of time and put the quarters in at the beginning. For example, if you have towels or jeans, put in $1.75 or even $2 before you press the start button. Laundry is only available 10:00 - 6:00 in winter. Restrooms required a code, but they were very clean. Cable has only 18 channels, but had enough decent channels and only a couple of junk channels. Wi-Fi worked well! I was tempted to stream a TV show but didn't out of courtesy. Your GPS may not accurately plot this. I was traveling south on Highway 101, and my built in GPS indicated I had two more miles to go. I almost drove past the park entrance because of this. There is a nice year round indoor pool in town. This park is a short mile past the south end of Seaside, on a busy highway. If you don't tow a car, it is not adviseable to try to walk to town.

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When I first pulled into the park, my reaction was, "pretty maids all in a row" because that's exactly what it was: 26 RV sites in one row. There was some spacing between them. The 26 sites all border a beautiful golf course. In about.... the first half, there is a high net behind them, about like what a driving range would have. I suggest you stay in THOSE sites. About the next quarter or so sites, had a "half net" about the size of an 8 foot fence. I would think golf balls could hit your RV in those sites. The last few had NO net and were near a sand trap. Prime targets for golf balls! I would NOT stay in those sites! This is the best park in Chehalis unless you stay at the state parks. But it's not a direct on and off the highway. You have to "weasle" to get here. But it's worth it! You check in at the Golf Club. Pretty easy! They don't even make you fill out a form! It's just like shopping at the grocery store, you go into a store, take an RV slot off the shelf, present your credit card, you are OUTA THERE! They do make you show your Good Sam card, but they just look at it, they don't write it down. There is no laundry here. I was disappointed in that, as I was in dire need of a laundry facility due to a cat accident and I don't have a tow car. But I made do. I didn't see any restroom facilities, either. There is a restaurant/bar on site if you don't want to cook. However, the restaurant, being in a golf club, is a bit pricey. I had the citrus salmon, it was wonderful, although pricey. All of the sites are on a concrete pad with plenty of room to park your toad NEXT to your RV. All of the sites are back-in. Because all the sites are back-in, you can't go out the way you came in. You pull out and go a different way to get out, and again, with the "weasle" your way out. I was told the Wi-Fi is only available in the golf clubhouse, but from Site #11, I was able to get it off and on. Not enough to stream Pandora or the latest episode of "The Good Wife" but ok for email. I thought it was a bit much to pay even with Good Sam when there is cable or restroom, but I guess you pay for the view of the beautiful golf course.

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This is a good park for an overnight or two. However, it's way out in the boonies and not close to anything in Boardman. The office was open until 7:00 PM which was a good thing if you are traveling late. Every site is a pull through. Some of the sites are very long! And I have to rave about how level the sites are! My control box for my stabilizers indicated I was already level before I lowered them. Although the sites themselves are close together, each individual site is very wide so the close together thing isn't a big issue. One of the perms had a nice deck built. Some of the sites have shrubs between them for more privacy. The laundry and bathrooms have 24 hour access codes and were clean. For laundry, at $1.50 to wash and $1.50 to dry, if you are just passing through FIND something to wash just to get ahead on laundry! The cable was all analog channels and had a good selection of most any channel you would want. WiFi was good, required an access code good only for the period of your stay. Only one negative: If you are given site 11, ask for a different site. I was initially assigned site 11 to be close to the laundry. Although site 11 is close to the laundry, it is also so close to the handicap access ramp that people will be tempted to cut through site 11 to walk up the handicap ramp. The problem with this is an issue with people possibly tripping over your hoses, cords and cables as the hoses, cords, and cables lay across the area where they would cut through.