tres gatos

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About tres gatos

Three cats, and "partial" full timing. I work on the road, or at home as a Manager of a Customer Service program. My wife recently retired as a NICU Nurse. FMCA F82102, 5th coach since 1971

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Price reflects a RPI discount, which we have learned is pretty hard to get...RPI's issue, not this property. If we had been here during a peak season, where the campground would have been full, it would have been unbearably close to the neighbor, to the point forget about any awning deployment. Dirt/gravel spaces, and with the freeway nearby it was a good idea to leave the AC on fan just to mask the noise. For sure centrally located, and OK for a few nights. Staff was efficient, and friendly.

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The story here is VALUE, and assigning a rating with that in mind. The park is NOT luxury living, but spotless, with the Manager probably the friendliest we have ever experienced in 40 years of RVing. Then, there's the "residents", folks who show up in Dec for the season. There's no Rec center, but plenty of residents wanting to do things like bowling, fishing, shopping...etc. with us "visitors" being invited to all. No cable, but good over-the-air Digital signal, 3 bar Jet Pack wi-fi. Park wi-fi good signal, fair band width. The place is immaculate, with the Owners activily engaged in keeping it that way. But really...25 bucks a night for full 50 amp hookups? If it were to be much more, the rating would be lower frankly. We'll be back for sure, as long as the value holds.

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Large Class A only Luxury Park. Ownership lots, with many in a rental pool. The residents are a great mix of "non-snobby" folks, they are mostly very friendly and open. The sites are very large and clean, and the manicured common areas with water features ideally blend with the Tiki Huts and landscaping completed by the individual owners. An awesome pool is there to enjoy, it was kept to a very pleasant warm temperature. There's a bunch of fish in those water features around the green belts, with almost no one to "disturb" them! There's a large Community Center, and we were made to feel more than welcome to join in for free sponsored light meals, pot lucks, free beer night, paid for special meals with live entertainment...etc. It's obvious the "Homeowners" Association is undergoing changes, and it seems for the better. Omnipresent professional Management. An electronic key gets you into the place. Laundry facilities are lacking. As a renter you can get a free pass to the local Gold's Gym if you are so inclined. Mail service and delivery was exceptional. We will return for sure.

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In 40+ years of RV'ing, we have never encountered a more systemically unhappy group of "residents". The staff is great, the grounds meticulous, the check-in area was bizarre (park and block the street), and no one gave us a gate code to enter...so we sat until another resident opened the gate. The laundry was clean and inexpensive, the pool very crowded. The exercise room was impressively supervised by a gal that would tell the folks when to make room on a machine. Still, the people who form the nucleus of this resort were the unfortunate low point. Waves, smiles, greetings in French and English? Nothing but blank stares and a dismissive feeling that was just bizarre. If you keep to yourself, and just enjoy the huge spaces and loads of landscaping, you'll probably enjoy yourself.

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We stayed in one of the 50 amp w/sewer sites. Enormous pull-throughs, quiet, plenty of oaks and moss. Very clean and level. Electric was stable, but could not get the DirecTV to find a hole in the trees. Limited cable (no Fox otherwise would have rated a 9), OK over-the-air, 3 bar Verizon voice and Jetpack service. You have to pay an additional $5 park fee for the toad. State Park employees were engaging and informative. Our rig is 43' long. Would come back here with a few movies.

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First, ignore your GPS. Turn between the Waffle House and Denny's. As with many Thousand Trails, show up at Noon for the best (easiest to get into) sites. The trees blocked the roof top dish...but the cable was great. Electricity was stable, and at some sites Verizon is better than others. Space 46 yielded 2-3 bars on the Jetpack and our phones. Long drive to a decent store, so come equipted. Make sure at 4:59 PM on Fridays you show up at the Lodge for some great BBQ...7 bucks! Awesome walking trail around a large pond, blue herons and turtles...with Fall colors. Close to Amtrak, so took a trip down to Orlando (7 hours) to see the kids. No issues getting the 43' Coach into the site, and a wonderful lady upon check-in. We will be back.

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Rates reflects Good Sam, after taxes. Absolutely big rig friendly, we were in the "G" Section, and there was enough length to park with the car still attached...pull-through, yes you can. We had nothing but friendly service, packages were received and we were called when they got there. Staff was great on Charleston information, and on suggestions for beating the traffic, and yes it is an issue, especially making a left turn into the park. Speed bumps were required to keep folks from taking advantage of the very long straight road from the office to the rear section of the Park. We noticed staff on golf carts patrolling the grounds. Verizon service was great for our MiFi, but voice communications sometimes broke up...still manageable. Just a clean, comfortable place to come to, with no issues. We stayed here in a 43' RV, and yes we will be back.

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Per other reviews, ignore the u-turn instructions from your GPS. It's a left turn just after the HUGE sign for the campground. We stayed in the G loop, and the rate is for Passport America. The electricity was clean, and the Verizon signal strong. The gravel needs to be refreshed, but it was not a mud bog, even after a very strong rain. A unique mix of large group meeting venues, picnic benches were everywhere, fire pits by the stream, along with very relaxing swings. Very clean laundry, and very watchful staff. Overall a great value, and we will return.

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Great park for big rigs, beautiful well proportioned sites, river front for all class A rigs. Peaceful, clean and well landscaped. Lovely check in lodge, exercise room very nice, staff OK in friendliness. Would recommend using different directions to get into neighborhood, as traffic was very bad at turnoff. By taking a back road, a stoplight at Pilot gas station helped with getting out. Took some investigation on our own and was great upon leaving. Spent one week, would highly recommend and if in area again, would return. Did not use internet. Husband enjoyed fishing. Great place.

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This was supposed to be a 4 night stay, we only stayed 2. The campground greeter met us as night was coming on quickly. He was helpful. This park appears to be a lot of year round campers. Our rate and space was not what was quoted. The campground clerk did not care and stated that is what the manager put down, no wiggle room. The lake was beautiful, OK for a night or 2 in a big rig, but not a future park for a rig our size (43 foot). We felt a little out of place.

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The place is landscaped like EPCOT at Disney World! Flowers everywhere, spotless resort. Unlike other Ownership resorts we have visited, the "Welcoming Committee" dropped by and made sure we felt welcome. Our space #283 with the outdoor "cat-proof" space for the cats to roam was good, but in need of some Owner care. Otherwise, yes this place is the Crown Jewel for sure. We backed in our 43' Coach, and did a lot of walking around the place. There was always a recipient of waves, greetings, and a few invites to see the Owner's landscaping. We'll be back for sure, but rent directly from a site owner to reduce the cost.

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Been here 4 times. Nice park...when it is Not full. We were here in a 43' coach with 4 slides, and were placed in site 336. The slide was 2" from a tree on the left, and the awning did a nice job of covering our neighbor's truck! I showed "No" above for Wi-Fi because bandwidth was horrible. Management was prompt to investigate, but their system needs some serious upgrading it seems like. Nice gal at check-in did not know what bandwidth was, or give accurate driving instructions to a big rig friendly gas station. Once folks left from a holiday weekend, the entire "feel" of the place improved dramatically. And, it's the closest to Solvang.

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What an awesome place. We stayed in a 43' Coach in ocean-front (no hook-up) site #60...pull in. Bring or buy some firewood for your fire at sunset! The "Jalama Burger" at the store is not to be missed, and the fish and chips good as well. Neat folks that run the store, great source of fun local history. Great local snacks and anything you might need as supplies...best tortilla chips we ever had. We used 4 solar panels to keep the gen set off, and were able to make the tanks last 6 days before motoring over to the easy to get to dump and fill station. Don't let the road spook you, we had the coach and a toad and just took it slow. There's some new "experimental" free Wi-Fi that was clean and fast. Other than that, no cell phone (yea) service. Santa Barbara County has a easy to use on line reservation system. Been coming here for 40 years, can't wait to get back.

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Got a reduced rate by a coupon sent to us when inquiring about a site. Very nice folks working here, always waving and glad to see you. Lots of coffee free and available, great $5.00 breakfast buffet, grapefruit and oranges on the trees for the taking. Service Dept. made a repair on my tow bar (on a Saturday) for no charge. Free trash pick-up right at your curb, and the professional Security folks were everywhere. The pools could have been warmer, but our biggest disappointment was the Wi-Fi. I make a living "on the road" and depend on high quality internet access. Every day around 2pm the service (Included at no charge) went painfully slow, often crashing. Probably would not affect those who are simply checking their e-mail for pictures of the Grand kids, but for this "roadie" the Wi-Fi was awful. To the Management's credit, they reported the problem to the parent in Tampa, and sent out a tech in a golf cart who took readings. But still the issues continued for a week. If clean and consistent Wi-Fi is not a must, by all means come here and enjoy this clean and friendly park!

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The best part about The Reef is the fantastic restaurant located on-site - truly a wonderful experience. About the RV Park...we had to have access to Internet due to illness in the family, then when we got there were told the server was pulled "months ago". Even though the kid behind the front desk was playing video games on the office Internet machine, we were not allowed to even check e-mail on it. We had to leave early because of this, and were told we could not even have a partial refund for nights not stayed (the place was empty). If you like aggressive beach vendors, dust, and a "it's not our problem" attitude, you'll love your stay.