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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
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Grand Isle State Park, Grand Isle, Louisiana

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $18.00
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This is a beautiful campground on an island seemingly at the end of the earth bordering on the Gulf of Mexico. The seven mile long island is connected to the mainland by a bridge and a long viaduct (LA-1) with a toll of $7.50 one way only, for a motorhome towing a car. There is no toll for north bound vehicles. Rangers and staff are all very friendly and helpful. The campground consists of two rows of pull through sites, widely spaced and separated with grass and palm trees, all well maintained. There is 50/30/20 amp power as well as water but no sewer at each site. A very good dump station is available on the road into the campground. Roads and sites have excellent asphalt paving and are smooth and level. Unfortunately there is a 15 to 20 foot high berm separating the campground from the Gulf with numerous walk through paths for access to the beautiful Gulf waters. The recent hurricane (Isaac) has closed the long fishing pier and lookout tower pending repairs but modern showers, toilets and laundry are available. Verizon cell phone and MiFi are very good as is satellite service. However, if you’re not a fisherman or birder, there is not much to do here unless you are looking for peace and quiet at a reasonable price. By the way, the Louisiana State Park system does not honor Golden Age Passports unless your home state honors the Louisiana cards. Seems fair enough! We camped at Grand Isle State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
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LeFleurs Bluff State Park, Jackson, Mississippi

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $13.00
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This is truly a beautiful campground bordering a lake and all within the City of Jackson, MS. We were directed to a site on Mayes Lake where we could use our rooftop satellite dish (site #6) through a small opening in the trees. Water pressure was 85 psi and required a pressure regulator while power was quite good with 50 & 30 amps available. There is a sharp, narrow turn after the Ranger station with curbs and a gate so use caution! We camped at LeFleurs Bluff State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
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Cedar Creek COE, Mt Juliet, Tennessee

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $12.00
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Another excellent COE campground! While roads are narrow, they are well paved and we had no difficulty with our 37' coach including the somewhat tricky dump site. The water pressure at our site was over 100 psi and required a regulator. We were right on the lake and could still get our rooftop satellite dish to work although there are not many sites on the lake that are open to the southern sky. There is also a very nice restaurant at the adjacent marina. We liked the campground and Mt. Juliet area very much and will visit here again. We camped at Cedar Creek COE in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
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Thousand Trails Preserve / Wilmington, Wilmington, Ohio

Date of Stay: September, 2012
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This is a very nice campground with decent roads and well kept sites. The grass is kept cut by a contract service and looks very nice. The Verizon signal is only 2 bars but it does work, as does the Mi-Fi, and we had a strong Dish satellite signal. Since we arrived a few days after Labor Day we found that there were NO activities scheduled, no food service, the beautiful indoor pool was being drained and the hot tub was out of service! Many of the sites are occupied by long term renters who only take up sites without being here. I know Thousand Trails needs money for maintenance but this is not what many of us bought into. The staff were certainly friendly enough although they didn't have much to do that we could see. There are no 50 amp sites but the 30 amp service was quite good as was the water and sewer service. This is a nice area to visit and we would stay here again while in the area. We camped at Thousand Trails Preserve / Wilmington in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
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Batesville KOA, Batesville, Indiana

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $1.00
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We spent two weeks here over the Labor Day Holiday and had our choice of some 14 sites with full hook-ups and 50 amps. Friends joined us within a few days and all had excellent sites nearby in Phase 4. We found the rangers and store help to be friendly and helpful. Breakfast was only on the weekends but was good and reasonable. This is a huge park but is well cared for. We have seen major improvements in the preserve over the past few years since this lady took over as manager; we appreciate her efforts. The annual rentals are under control here compared to other TTN parks as Phase 1 with over a hundred sites has most of the "personal" sites. Although we live far from here, we frequently spend time in this park since we like the area and plan to return often. We camped at Batesville KOA in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
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Thousand Trails - Horseshoe Lakes, Clinton, Indiana

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $1.00
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The roads and grounds are reasonably well cared for and the trees and lakes are certainly beautiful. The utilities are quite alright but there are only about 22 - 50 amp sites. It seems most of the nicer sites are taken up by annual site holders, as seems common in TTN parks now, which leaves few sites for traveling members to get satellite reception without an on-ground unit. We were given six sites from available which to choose when we checked in, only one of which was satellite suitable. While I understand the reason for annual site holders, I don't like the high percentage of them in our campgrounds, which is unfair to those who travel from park to park. Also, I noticed that many of the annual site holders in this park have turned their sites into their permanent residence with their swing sets, stacks of firewood, golf carts, and the like. I have the distinct impression of this park as resembling a trailer court. Most occupied sites are empty during the week and inhabited on the weekends, giving us an easy way to see who is traveling and who is not. We camped at Thousand Trails - Horseshoe Lakes in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
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Dam West Recreation Area COE, Carlyle, Illinois

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $9.00
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If you are using the "Camping with the COE" book please note that the coordinates given are incorrect, and caused us no end of trouble cruising through St. Louis! We finally just opted for Carlyle and then followed the signs to the campground. This is a very nice park, well maintained with lots of beautiful trees and with many sites on the lake. Unfortunately, we could not find a site to get satellite service, but Verizon cell phone and mi-fi worked well. Note that there is no sewer connection or water at the sites! I see no reason why families with children would not find this a good campground. Our Golden Age Passport gave us a 50% discount so we only paid $9/night. We camped at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
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Maumelle COE, Little Rock, Arkansas

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $12.00
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What a beautiful park! This is a COE park and very well layed out and maintained. The rate is for a 30amp river site with the 50% senior discount. The "B" section has many satellite friendly sites along the Arkansas River. Verizon cell phone and Mi-Fi are excellent as is local TV. We will certainly stay here again when in the area. We camped at Maumelle COE in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
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Red Desert Rose Campground (formerly RV World Campground), Rawlins, Wyoming

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $25.00
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This is an overnight park and not a resort. We were greeted by some of the nicest and friendliest staff members that really try to make this a successful park. There is very good Verizon cell-phone and Mi-Fi service and all of the sites are satellite friendly. There are numerous price ranges and many discounts available. Roads are rough and graveled as are the sites, but the utilities seem to be good although the water pressure is high. I-80 is nearby but noise was not a problem for us. We will stay here again if the timing is right. We camped at Red Desert Rose Campground (formerly RV World Campground) in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
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Jordanelle State Park, Heber City, Utah

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $28.00
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This is a beautiful park overlooking the Jordanelle Reservoir. We paid an extra $8 for a reservation as the regular price is only $20 and as it turned out, there were numerous sites available, oh well! There is now a strong Verizon cell-phone and Mi-Fi signal and most sites are satellite friendly. The 11:00 pm curfew has been discontinued and you are free to stay out late. We like to stay here when visiting relatives in the area and will continue to do so. We camped at Jordanelle State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
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Crossroads RV Park, Wells, Nevada

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $13.00
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This is an overnighter park, not one you would willingly spend time in. At 5660 ft. elevation it is quite high and Wells is not a scenic stopover. The lady manager was quite nice and stayed around to greet us at our late arrival of 8:30pm. There is a good Verizon signal for cell-phone and Mi-Fi and many sites are open for satellite reception as well. Yes, there are a few trains going by and a particular one at 6:00 am that seemed to travel through the park blowing his whistle at each road crossing. While not a beautiful park it served very well for us to get off the road for the night. The $13 rate is for the RPI $10 plus a $3 "resort" fee. Go figure! We camped at Crossroads RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
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Ponderosa RV Resort, Lotus, California

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $3.00
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We are TTN members and have been coming here for about five years. The staff are always friendly, hard working and friendly. As luck would have it we have always been able to get our favorite site on the river which makes the the park special to us. The $3 charge is for the 50amp service and water but unfortunately there is no sewer service on the river sites. Also, there is no Verizon cell-phone service to the sites although there are rumors that a tower has already been built but not activated, lets hope that is true. Surprisingly, our Verizon Mi-Fi was able to receive and send e-mail in the coach but it was too slow for surfing. Yes, the roads need improvement and the new registration booth is inside the gate often blocking the ingress and egress from the park, not good! Also the Store has been given over to a rafting group and is not a part of the Thousand Trails Preserve any more. But we will continue to come here each year to enjoy the beautiful American River and the Golden (OK, brown!) foothills. We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
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Reno KOA at Boomtown, Verdi, Nevada

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $36.00
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This is a large park serving the Boomtown Casino or just a good place to stop if you are passing through or visiting friends. Verizon cell phone and Mi-Fi service is very good and most sites are satellite friendly. Most of the roads and sites are asphalt paved and reasonably level with a few trees here and there. There are four levels of price with $36 being the cheapest for a 30amp back-in site. There is a small pool available next to the registration building. The management was friendly and assigned a site with directions to park. This is a nice park for gamblers and visitors, but not a resort. We will certainly stay here again when the need arises. We camped at Reno KOA at Boomtown in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
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Lighthouse Resort & Marina, Pottsboro, Texas

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $17.00
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Nice park in an interesting region. With no rain in June there was no mud to worry about. Verizon cell phone and Mi-Fi were both good. Sites in the J section had 50 amps, water and sewer available and were satellite friendly. We camped here with an RPI membership at $10/night but with temps close to 100 degree. We opted for the 50 amp service at an extra $7 charge. The pool, store and clubhouse were all open and seemed quite nice. The Lighthouse Restaurant is on the levee overlooking the water and served mostly Mexican dishes that were very good and reasonable. All the people here were very friendly and welcoming so we will return again when in the area. We camped at Lighthouse Resort & Marina in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
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Park of the Sierras - Escapees Park (members only), Coarsegold, California

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $16.00
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This "Park of the Sierras" is in the California foothills just up from Fresno on the road to Yosemite National Park. It is an Escapees park for members age 55 and up. Our rate was actually $43 for the week, a special price for first time visitors which is half the regular rate of $96/week. Verizon signal and air card are very good and many sites (not all) are satellite friendly. The park is actually more of a community than an RV park as there are none of the amenities associated with an RV resort. There are no pools, spas, golf courses or stores but the community is super friendly and have many activities to which visitors are invited. We will certainly make this a regular stop on our visits to California. We camped at Park of the Sierras - Escapees Park (members only) in a Motorhome.

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