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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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Hacienda Solano, Chandler, Arizona

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This place is all about the value. We discussed some of the "questionable" reviews with management prior to arriving for a one month visit close to daughter #1. Frankly, this was about the only option near Chandler, so we took the chance. I would suggest you ask for a space in the "main part" of the park, which is peppered with a combination of mobile homes, and RVs. There is a small section for RVs closer to Gilbert Rd., and it was noisier there. Just about all sites we saw in the main park of what essentially is a mobile home park with RVers tossed in were back-in, and you might find yourself at the limit of your 50 amp line to reach the power pole. Power in Chandler (in fact much of AZ) goes on and off...in our case 5 times in one month. We counted on our surge protector to keep things in shape, and the power was 117/119v across both legs pretty much all the time. Our site was wide enough for 4 slides out, plus the toad either in front/or to the side. A concrete pad was large enough for the awning to cover the chairs. We brought our own Internet, and the cable was just fine. 100+ year old cactus, oleander/bougainvillea (in bloom), and palm trees abound. The pool was large, deep and clean. The hot tub next to the pool was hot and clean. In looking around, it's like time stands still here. The maintenance guy on the golf cart hands out doggie treats, the central courtyard surrounding the pool complex, and the interesting mix of "desert rat" residents, transient RVers, multi-month snowbirds, and local working residents make for an interesting and friendly mix. Anytime we caught ourselves comparing to some of the jazzier places we have stayed we stopped, because we couldn't name one that offered full 50 amp hook-ups for what is about 20-30 bucks a day. If you are looking for luxury...keep driving. However, if you want a unique, clean, value-laden historical piece of Arizona RV'ing...go ahead. We camped at Hacienda Solano in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Campsite
     
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to approach from Southbound Chandler. Swing wide with a toad, and hug to your left to check-in. Very close to the 202, and with the growth of Chandler...lots of new stores and more being built. If your vehicle needs service, every brand is just a few miles away. Bring a bird feeder. Make sure to roll up your awnings when wind is predicted. The humidity in your rig can get really low, so either bring/buy a humidifier to keep the wood (and you) moist!

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Marina Bay RV Resort, Kemah, Texas

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

You could have several opinions of your stay here, depending just on the space you occupy. We stayed 2 months in several Premium sites, and if you "add back in" the cost including metered electric, the cost was 31 bucks a night, vesus the $75 nightly rate (Elect included) for a Premium space. The greater majority of the "Park" is occupied by hard-working oil service employees...and their families. If you sleep "light", you'll hear the truck engines start up at 5am. The less-expensive pull-thru sites are sandwiched pretty close together. If you are travelling for fun... the Premium Sites offer some more space, a cool thatched roof patio set, and their placement really showcases the beauty this Park offers. Near the Bayou there is a pretty water feature (I don't call 55 degree water a "pool"), excellent dog walk area...and a boardwalk/fishing pier. The fishing part is more for entertainment...lots of shallow water, mud...and snags. The exercise room is over-heated, but well equipped. The ice machine was a nice touch, as were the clean restrooms. The best part? Employees keep the place looking nice, and rigorously enforce the many pages of rules designed to maintain a "non mobile home park" look, and feel. By far, some of the best On-Site Management we have ever encountered in our travels. I'm afraid I'm not as happy with the off-site Corporate Ownership. Really, you're grossing (by my estimation) 175 Grand per month in total Park rent...and you can't turn on the heater to at least one pool? That's just being greedy. If there was a heated pool, we would have rated Marina Bay a high 9...IF we stay again in a Premium space. We stayed here in a 43' Coach.

A GREAT place to ride your bike, and bring your camera for some great sunset images. When coming in Eastbound on Hwy 2094, the light at Clear Lake Road (really makes getting out of the park easy) demands a WIDE right hand turn, especially if you have a large rig with a tow car. Stay left to check-in. We camped at Marina Bay RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Any Premium
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The Boardwalk is a mile away, be sure to visit T-Bone Tom's.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Mission RV Park, El Paso, Texas

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Mission RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Avoid any rush hour type of travel, get here before 4 PM or really get stressed with the traffic and construction. Blue Beacon truck wash was a few miles away did a great job of cleaning the rain gunk and bugs off of the 43' coach and toad for under $45.00

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Magnolia Farms RV Park 2, Foley, Alabama

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Magnolia Farms RV Park 2 in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A3
Site Surface
Grass

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

MAKE SURE you don't use your Good Sam GPS, which wants to direct you to the other two "Magnolia" named campgrounds in the area. Use 13381 Lipscomb Rd., Foley, AL 36535.

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Motorcoach Resort St. Lucie West, Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $85.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Motorcoach Resort St. Lucie West in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
202
Site Surface
Concrete

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Fort Pierce Beach was just great, with lots of great local dining options...just ask the front desk. Walk around the Resort and say "Hi"...you'll find new friends everywhere!

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Aztec RV Resort, Margate, Florida

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $74.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Aztec RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
200
Site Surface
Pavers

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Try to avoid the rush hours going to/from the West

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah, Georgia

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Skidaway Island State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

First of all...Follow the Park entrance signs! Our GPS led us to the closed gate of a community with a tough u-turn! Use the relatively new Truman Parkway to 204 to get to I-95...GPS might not show Truman Pkwy. Also, you've GOT to go to Mrs. Wilkes House for brunch...look it up! We loved the Old Town Savannah tour Trolley...book it on-line and save some bucks. They have free parking the day of your tour, and getting on and off often while exploring old downtown was great.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

The Oaks at Point South, Yemassee, South Carolina

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at The Oaks at Point South in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Oak Plantation Campground, Charleston, South Carolina

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Oak Plantation Campground in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Pride RV Resort, Waynesville, North Carolina

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Pride RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Two Rivers Landing RV Resort, Sevierville, Tennessee

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $51.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Two Rivers Landing RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Harris Brake Lakeside Resort , Perryville, Arkansas

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Harris Brake Lakeside Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Motorcoach Country Club, Indio, California

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $151.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Motorcoach Country Club in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, Buellton, California

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Jalama Beach Park, Lompoc, California

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Jalama Beach Park in a Motorhome.

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