DXSMac

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Avid RV'er, known for RV'ing without a tow car. Check out my blog at: http://rvingtoadless.blogspot.com/

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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.

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You would think that once it is after Labor Day and they close the hot tubs and pool that they would lower the price. NOPE! The last time I was here was five years ago in summer, and I thought $48 was ridiculous, now it's $65 before Good Sam discount and bed tax (7%). For this price, I expect maid service and a mint on my pillow! Again the issue with the photo ID. The clerk didn't even ask for "photo ID," just said, "Need to see your driver's license." I held my ground and clerk finally consented to viewing my passport as it "had a number on it that they have to write down." This is the only RV park I have stayed in that has ever insisted on photo ID, I don't know what the issue is. And again, the "chumminess" of the sites. Thank goodness it wasn't crowded. If someone would have been placed in the site beside me, it would have been tight, and I'm just a Class C, no tow car. Most RV parks in Montana close down October 1, so this late in the year, you take what you can get. The clerk did mention that this park stays open year round, but after October 15, no one is in the office, it's just self registration (if anyone is interested....). To get to this park, you have to weasel off the interstate down a narrow road, but the signs are marked. One good point, the clerk was good about explaining the itemization of charges (they only give you a credit card receipt with the total, no itemization). The clerk didn't give me the usual "are you nuts" look (because people generally don't ask). I like to know how it itemizes. I'm lowering my rating to 6 (because of the "chumminess" of sites and price is just a bit much) from my previous one of 9 (and I must have been delirious to have given a 9 on the prior review!).

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There was a sign on the road near Rapid City advertising "Sturgis' newest RV park, exit 32." I took exit 32 trying to find THAT park, never found it, ended up here instead. I'm glad, because the park I was trying to find involved weasling deep into Sturgis, which I didn't want. It was a Saturday in October, no one was in the office. I could have self registered, but I wanted my Good Sam discount. I called, and someone did come to the office for me so I could use a credit card and get my discount. (The park closes for the winter on October 15.) Sites are grass/gravel. Restrooms were clean, so was laundry room. $2 wash, $2 dry. On dryers, you got your choice of gas or electric dryers. Not sure which is better. My TV scanned about 190 cable channels, but turns out there were duplicate and triplicate copies of channels. Anyway, any channel you could want was there. Cable was good. I was in Site 37, the office person indicated I might not get the WiFi from that site. He was right, I couldn't. I could detect it, but couldn't log on, even though the park was only 1/4 full. Verizon worked just fine. You do get some road noise from I-90, but it's not bad. The rate I am showing is after Good Sam discount and taxes. Oh, if you want to stay here during Harley time, you have to book a year in advance. Office person told me they are already booked for August 2015 Harley rally.

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Fifteen dollar and you get full hookups, including cable? What a deal! OK, there are two downers. 1. The train behind the campground. 2. The nice camp host said, "For these prices, you can't have your Good Sam discount." Oh well. My computer detected a Wi-Fi, but it required a security key. I didn't bother to ask the nice camp host what it was. Verizon worked just fine. I think it was in "winter' mode. The office wasn't open, neither were the bathrooms. Self-registration only, checks are accepted. However, the laundry room was open. $1.50 to wash, $1.00 to dry. At these prices, FIND something to wash. I pulled in about 150 channels, but there were a lot of "duplicates" where you would get the old analog version (Channel X) and a digital version (Channel X.1 or X.2 or whatever....) You will get most of the favorites. All sites are pull-through. This campground is located behind the Super 8 Motel. Good for an overnight stop.

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The name says it all. On Ur Wa....... Good place to spend a night On Ur Wa to where ever you are going. I spent two nights here because I was desperate and really needed some down time. Wouldn't recommend two nights here unless you were like me, just needed the down time. There were some high end and middle RV's here. Only saw one "older" RV. Sites are gravel, and pretty long. Spacing between RV's is adequate. Good trees for shade. Check in was good, they accept Good Sam. The check in person said, "One night?" and was surprised when I said, "Well, I'd like two nights....." Wi-Fi worked great, but park was only 1/3 full when I was here. Restrooms are unisex at one end of park and pretty clean. There are separate men/women restrooms near office, but I didn't get to check those. Laundry Room was clean except deep sink looked kind of yucky. Laundry is $1.75 to wash, $1.75 to dry. Kind of "medium" price-wise. Park is within walking distance of a Mexican restaurant and several other fast food restaurants. No cable, but will pick up multiple copies of all major network stations over the air (including PBS). (multiple as in, some Nebraska, some Iowa, take your pick which state you want to hear news from). Since I spent two days here, I had a great time deciding which PBS was better between Iowa and Nebraska. The Good Sam price is reasonable for what you get. Price I'm showing is the Good Sam rate before taxes. Easy on, easy off freeway.

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I was traveling along I-80 in Nebraska and stopped here only because it was so windy I couldn't control my RV. When I checked in, the first thing the person behind the counter said was, "Storm shelter is over there." Ok. At least they have one. Decent park for an overnight stop. Easy on and off the freeway. Lots of trees for shade. Good spacing between sites. At the time of my stay, the park was hosting two groups. Thus, all I could get was a W/E site, not full hookup. This park is good for groups, as there is a swimming pool (not open when I was there), mini-golf, and children's playground. Great clubhouse where you can lounge and read books. Clean restrooms and showers. Laundry machines were "older" but at $1 to wash and 75 cents to dry, Throw some clothes on the ground to justify doing a full load of laundry. The person behind the counter mentioned that they were new owners and had purchased the park three weeks ago. This new owner also mentioned some planned changes to the sites. There are a lot of "front to back twosie" sites. They plan to convert some (but not all) of these "twosie" sites into very long pull throughs. If they do that, those sites will be so long, you could fit two Class A's and a tow car in one site. They let me stay in one of the "planned conversion" sites. So, I parked my RV right dead center just so I could say, "Neener neener, I get this twosie site all to myself!" The new owner also mentioned that if it's a very windy day, the park will fill up by 3:00 PM and doesn't matter what day it is. Thus, this park is an excellent location for getting the "passing through" RV travelers. Price was adequate for what you get. Price I am showing is Good Sam plus taxes.

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Definitely not a "destination" park. But decent and price is right for an overnight stay. Looks like most of the sites are pull-through, with back-ins around the edge of the park. The price I'm showing is pull-through with Good Sam Discount plus taxes. There is some grass spacing between sites, at least enough to prevent a "pass the mustard" situation. There is a nice swimming pool, but it hadn't been opened yet. Too early in the year. Nice children's playground. Bathrooms were clean. Good laundry room, $1.25 to wash, $1 to dry. At these prices, throw some clothes on the ground so you have a full load! Lots of channels on the cable and good Wi-Fi. If you are going east on I-80, after exiting the freeway, go north over the freeway, then you have to turn on a side access road and weasel around a bunch of hotels until you get to the park. But you can see the sign, so you can figure out where to do that.

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Great park for overnighting. It's a bit out of the way, but worth the drive. All pull throughs! There is a stand of grass for separation between sites, but the one downer is that your front yard (picnic table) is your neighbors back yard (neighbor's hookups). There is a hot tub that is available from April through October. Park is open year round. The price I am showing is after Good Sam and with taxes. Cable was great. The list shows channels up to 67 (plus two "junk" channels in the 99 range), but I scanned in a ton of music channels. Wi-Fi worked great. I was given two passwords and told it was a two step process, but turned out I only needed one and I was in. Bathrooms/showers were gleaming. Laundry room was clean, and featured books to trade. Laundry prices were $1.50 to wash and $1 to dry. At these prices, find something to wash, even if you don't have enough for a load! The park sells propane, too.