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We've been on the road since Oct 2001, spent 2 years in Europe in a 15' Knauss trailer, since then have lived full time in a 30' Carriage Cameo 5th wheel.

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Nice smallish state park-like CG at golf course on a hilltop above small town airport, the final 1/4 mile drive to the CG is up a 8-10% grade but is paved. The sites are partly shaded, gravel, electric/water and the sani-dump is at the visitors center in town across the bridge at 6th ave and 20th st. We had a 5 bar AT&T (Rogers) cell signal, there is 1 off air TV channel, and the WiFi is good at sites closest to the restrooms. The restrooms were stylish, clean, and we were told by the host the showers were $1 for 7 minutes. We got our site assignment and invoice from the host at the CG which we paid at the pro shop after setting up.

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Lovely shaded campground in excellent location: 1 block from town and next door to fairgrounds. Interior road is a little tight, but it works. Most sites are back in, but there are several pull thrus. Very friendly campground hosts.

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This is a small campground behind a restaurant (Trip Advisor rated #1 in town) and A frame cabins adjacent to river. The 7 full hookup sites and about a dozen no hookup sites are arranged roughly in a circle around a large gravel courtyard. The full hookup sites are bordered by evergreen hedges and the dry camping sites are on a grassy crescent above the river. Campsites were fairly protected from highway noise and the traffic thinned out at night. There is a dump station and very unusual airconditioned two suite bathroom/shower trailer. The campground office is on the side the white house behind the restaurant. The Free WiFi was excellent. We had 4 bar cell signal (AT&T/Rogers), no off air TV channels or cable.

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This campground is an ongoing reconfiguration of some other use property and is still a little rough around the edges. For example, their dump station is at a different location accessed from another highway turnoff. The property has hot springs pools, boardwalk to swinging bridge and waterfall-- all accessed for additional fees. Campers get a 10% discount for these attractions. They offer 15 amp/water back-in sites for $35 CAD and 30 amp/water back-in and pull-through sites for $44 CAD. Our gravel pull-through site was accessed by driving across a small grass rise, and could be problematic in wet weather. The free WiFi was easily bogged down in the evenings but OK at other times. We had no cell service (AT&T/Rogers) and there were no off air broadcast TV channels. Satellite access would not be a problem in the pull-through sites area. There was some noise from the trans Canada highway 1, but it seemed to taper off at night. The interior campground road was dirt/clay but was in relatively good condition. Campground registration was at the hot pool check-in desk adjacent to a large gravel parking lot and there was signage to direct you there from the highway turnoff. The dump station was in the middle of a large gravel lot about 1/4 mile east off the highway down a narrow, curving driveway.

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Fairly new owners of the campground are working hard to clean up the place after it had been run down in the past. About 1/2 of the sites toward the front of the campground are occupied by full time residents and some of these sites could use the help. Everybody we talked to was very friendly though. We would stay again. The campground is very convenient to town, we were easily able to walk to the Canada Day Parade in town. Our full hookup site was in the middle of the campground on grass under trees. Other areas in the campground were more clear if satellite views are important. Wifi was good, we had a 5 bar cell signal (ATT/Rogers), and the free cable had 50 channels. Showers were $1 CAD per 5 minutes.

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We actually looked at this campground to use with our 30' 5th wheel but chickened out and thought we would report our observations anyway. The campground is located on a dense pine covered hillside east of the parkway, up a quarter mile long access road about 2 miles south of the Icefields visitor center or about 1 mile north of the Banff/Jasper Park boundary sign. There is a VERY popular hiking trailhead at the foot of the CG access road that can reduce this part of the road to a single lane at times. The campsites are short and narrow "shoulder-side-pulloff" type widely scattered around 6 narrow one way roads along the hillside. There is a water fill with threaded faucet and dump station along the exit road at the foot of the hill and we saw 2 other threaded water points scattered in the campground. The CG also had a couple of vault toilets and an open kitchen structure. No cell service, no off air TV just a scenic National Forest type campground. The park service recommends a 27' maximum length and we saw only one site that was as long as 34', tree-to-tree. It looked to us that the suggested ~27' length limit should apply to the combined length of your rig, meaning a vehicle with a short trailer or a class A/B/C unit no longer than that. Given the narrow interior CG roads (and limited parking space), we thought it would be all but impossible to parallel park a 27' towable with slideouts on any site. It looked to us that you could (carefully) drive/pull any type of unit 30' or less through the lowest road in the CG if you wanted to just pass through and use the water/dump station at the exit. CG fee was the same as the nearby parking lot at the Icefields visitor center, $15.70 CAD/nite, and an optional daily permit for a fire (including firewood) was an additional $8.80 CAD. Dump fees for non-campers was $9.00 CAD. Flush toilets and free WiFi (with chit from the Jasper National Park desk) available at the Icefields visitors center 2 miles north.

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Probably the only CG between Lake Louise and Jasper for rigs longer than 27'. Dry camping in large, treeless sloping asphalt lot used for parking during the day and RV camping at night. Pull thru sites in the middle of the lot and back in sites at perimeter. Outstanding views of mountains and glaciers, with vault toilets at lot and full service restrooms at nearby visitors center. And did I mention the excellent views? No water/dump available for RVs and I didn't notice any water fountains in visitors center but bottled water was available from vending machines. For rigs less than ~27-30 feet, water and pay dump station is available seasonably up a steep hill at Wilcox Creek CG about 2 miles south. Free, fast WiFi with chit from Jasper National Park desk available 24 hrs/day in visitors center (and in camping area with appropriate amplifier). Visitors center also has moderately priced cafeteria and expensive dining room. We took the advice of park ranger to arrive before 11A or after 6P when the crush of day users in the lot subsides. We camped on the Friday of a 3 day holiday weekend and camping area was less than 50% occupied after 6P (after being all but full at midday). Not sure where the camping prices listed in the other post came from, we paid $15.70 CAD per nite according to the signs at the self check-in kiosk and I later confirmed that price with park rangers and that this price has been in effect all season.

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Nice state park like campground under tall pine trees a couple of miles off highway. Most sites shaded, and usually tens of feet of spacing between sites. We found it convenient to the ferry terminal. We got 5 off air TV channels, the WiFi signal doesn't reach more than 150' from the office but there is a nice open air shelter with picnic tables next door to use, we had a 2 bar AT&T cell signal. Very family friendly with a playground and activities for the kids, especially on the weekends. We didn't see any direct access (or even views) to the lake from the campground although their website does show a small beach and dock. For anyone concerned about such things, you do pass a small prison about halfway to the campground from the highway (but the prison does have great views to the lake!).

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A medium small campground area laid out on both sides of a long driveway running behind a motel and Japanese restaurant. The camping area had only scattered trees with ~5-10' of grass and some shrubbery between sites. The campground has it's own toilet block with showers attached to the building with the indoor pool. Nice views of the surrounding mountains and very convenient to the local visitors center.

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Small CG straddling small stream from aqueduct under scattered tree canopy .8 mile easy walk to town. Vault toilet, threaded potable water point at toilet, some fire rings & picnic tables. Just outside Alabama Hills, great view of Mt Whitney & Sierra Nevada. On Tuttle Creek Road just off Whitney Portal Road. Camping stay is limited to 15-days at any one campground in any six-week period. A 30 day camping permit is available to people 55 years of age and older, or the disabled from Inyo County Parks and Recreation. Pets welcome on leash.

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Located on the north end of Lone Pine, with a spectacular view of Mt Whitney and the Sierra Nevada mountains over the city park across the street. Next to summer ice cream/hamburger stand, easy walking distance to town. Helpful owners live on site. Well kept mobile homes beside the 10 RV sites, sites are narrow, especially if your slides interfere, but nice concrete pads with picnic tables & lights, well kept. Good WiFi and cell service,(AT&T and Verizon) no shower house or off air TV.

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Spectacular view over the lake to surrounding mountains, and lovely spring flowers & trees in the park, they are planting the summer crop now. No cable at this time, but excellent wifi. Verizon worked in the park, AT&T only worked in town. They not only have clean, impressively well stocked bathrooms (Cue tips, razors & Etc.) but a small but very well stocked wall of RV essential supplies in the office, and they sell propane refills. Used the excellent Laundromat (front loading washers), also noticed a free dog wash area. No problems maneuvering our 30' 5th wheel, the advice to look for the best site for your windows is spot on, the snow covered mountains were beautiful.

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Called today to get info for a stay later this summer and was told by their administration that they no longer provide campsites to the "drive by" public unless it is associated with an Expo event. Their campground is still open, but only for their events.

     

Pelham Park

Bowie, Texas

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This is a decent city park type campground and is near town and Walmart. The city park looks more like a small fairground and is split into north and south parts by fence, the campground loop is in southern half of park behind city pool. Enter park at large gravel lot adjacent to pool. Showers are in small toilet block in front of community building which is in north half of park, 150 feet from campsites. M/F toilet rooms have 1 shower each, reasonably clean. Don't know about access to pool facilities in season. Sites are electric/water only but there is a dump in the exit of the campground loop. 7 day maximum stay. All sites have satellite views and there are a couple of off air English language TV channels. Good Verizon cell phone and Virgin Mobile (Sprint network) MiFi signals. The train tracks that parallel highway 287 are a couple of hundred yards away and are not too loud, no level crossings nearby to cause use of horn. Highway 287 is further away still and cannot be heard.

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Small new campground nicely landscaped with level pull through sites. Moderate freeway noise due to location right off exit 61. One private shower/toilet each for men and women with heat & AC. One washer/dryer available. Kids are welcome but no activities other than campfire. Friendly onsite manager meets you to escort you to a site and complete check-in. Great overnight or few days stay to explore Agrirama (2 miles north) or Tifton area. Rate reflects good Sam discount. Would stay again