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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Burns Lake Spirit Square, Burns Lake, British Columbia

Date of Stay: July, 2016
Overall Rating:      

The parking lot next to the tennis courts in this municipal park seems to be an informal (?) overflow dry camping area for the designated campground within the trees. Young man at the Chamber of Commerce/Tourist info office (free Wi-Fi there) in town was helpful with directions to the park but was unfamiliar with camping next to the tennis courts, and he warned us away from the campground within the trees because of illegal drug use. Based on last year's RVPR reviews, we (plus another RVer who I told about the RVPR reports), joined by three others, spent a nice, unmolested dry camping night, without charge. No Wi-Fi, naturally, but a good DirecTV signal from rooftop dish. We camped at Burns Lake Spirit Square in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

From the north, turn right at the first (and only?) traffic signal. After crossing the overpass over the rail line, turn left to the park, ignoring the RV dump station sign pointing to the right.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

East Fork Chulitna Wayside, Broad Pass, Alaska

Date of Stay: June, 2016
Overall Rating:      

Great place for an overnight. Well spaced campsites, including one roadside pull-through just in from the north entrance. No hook-ups. There is a pit toilet. It is next to a rest stop, so there is the occasional noise of air brakes, otherwise very quiet. No charge and apparently, no host. The only info on the billboard is instruction on what to do if you encounter a grizzly bear. We camped at East Fork Chulitna Wayside in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Toad River Lodge & RV Park, Toad River, British Columbia

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This small park on a lonely stretch of the Alaska Highway is one of the nicest places we've stayed at in more than eight years of full-time RVing. It's also one of the best bargains, thanks in part to the favorable foreign exchange rate and a Good Sam discount. Large, level gravel pads with picnic tables and fire boxes in good condition at each site, surrounded by well-groomed lawn. There's also FREE FIRE WOOD! The park slopes gently down to a medium sized lake with swans aswimming and there are stunning alpine vistas. There's a cafe with a good comfort food menu and cabins that look very nice on the outside. We extended our stay from an overnight to three days because we liked the place so much. There were only a few other campers while we were there, which allowed the dog off-leash to chase a Frisbee and swim in the lake without bothering anyone else (or the swans) or objection from the management. The wi-fi worked well. Elevation is 2,400 ft., so check the weather. We were just barely, and I mean barely given the latitude (North 58?51'), able to connect with DirecTV using a Winegard TRAV'LER dish; no luck with earlier attempts in Fort Nelson and Pink Mountain. If satellite fails, the cable TV signal here is good and channels include HBO and IFC. Fuel and propane are available; we did not check the prices. We camped at Toad River Lodge & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Checkout the "world famous" hat collection in the lodge and read more about Toad River in Wikipedia and at the website for the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, of which Toad River is a part.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Lynden / Bellingham KOA, Lynden, Washington

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

Well shaded spaces were wide enough, no satellite in pull-throughs, well-groomed landscape, pond, good for children, welcoming host. Mother's day weekend was crowded with families, but noise was not a problem. Wi-fi was adequate. Like many KOA's a little too pricey for the value received. We camped at Lynden / Bellingham KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

This is a handy place to stay while attending events at the nearby Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA, Petaluma, California

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $67.00
Overall Rating:      

It is, of course, a stretch to include "San Francisco" in the name of this campground, when Fishermen's Wharf is 40 miles south through heavy traffic. (On the other hand, the San Francisco 49ers play in Levi's Stadium, which is a 50 miles distant from that same wharf, so there's that.) Those 40 miles, however, do not mean that the Petaluma KOA cannot get away with charging $67 a night for a standard pull-through.

I get that RV parks in greater metropolitan areas can command premium prices and, while I don't like it, I can accept those prices if they result in a premium experience. (See, e.g. San Diego Metro KOA in Chula Vista, CA.) In this KOA, those prices do not. The park is built on a hillside and the spaces are not terraced. Many are on a slopes steep enough to be beyond the capability of standard hydraulic levelers. The landscaping is a bit neglected, with weeds in the grassy areas. The "dog park" is ridiculously small. All in all, it is just not a premium place. Reinvestment of some of those premium fees in the infrastructure could make this campground a nicer place to stay.

On the plus side, It does have a very nice children's playground with lots of equipment that appeared to be in good condition and the spaces are of a decent width.

There are lots of trees, so it's shady in the summer, but there are not many spaces with clear satellite signals. Wi-fi is through Tengo and worked well. Be prepared for interrogation about your dog's ($3 extra) genetic makeup.

There are no good RV experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to 7 of the 10 most expensive housing markets in the country. The few parks that exist tend to cram you in for exorbitant prices. The Petaluma KOA is more than a parking lot and a bit less expensive than parks closer in. As an overnight, it could be worse. As a base to explore San Francisco, however, it comes at the cost of an hour or more stuck in traffic. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     
Tips for other Campers:

Golden Gate Transit offers bus service between Petaluma and various stops in San Francisco. Once in the City, it's very easy to get around on SF Muni and BART for reasonable prices. Public transportation, then, is a better, albeit slower, way to get to and explore San Francisco. The campground also offers in-season van tours of the City.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Prairie Acres RV Park, Williston, North Dakota

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

This campground is permanently closed. Excavators are literally digging the place up as I write. The property is slated for commercial development. We camped at Prairie Acres RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Distant Drums RV Resort, Camp Verde, Arizona

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

As other reviews have reported, this is a very nicely equipped, maintained and (desert) landscaped park, with generously sized sites and friendly, helpful, mostly working-camper staff. There is some freeway noise, and, if your space is near the busy adjacent county road, the frequent rumble of traffic speeding over a cattle guard. The open desert lies just across that road, however, with superb dog walking, hiking and four-wheel-driving opportunities. Water pressure in the park fluctuates between very low to quite high. There are only six washer and dryer sets, one of which was not working during our stay, inadequate for a park of this size. There is a daily, unremarkable buffet at the affiliated casino, just across the freeway, with a free on-call shuttle. BUT, if internet access is important to you, find somewhere else. The park wi-fi is excruciatingly slow, when it works at all. Ditto for Verizon Wireless. So prepare to be functionally off-net for much of the time. We camped at Distant Drums RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Abert Rim Oasis RV Park, Lakeview, Oregon

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Located 20 miles north of Lakeview, this may be the Bates Motel of RV Parks. Signs indicate it's open, but the phone number listed in Woodall's has been disconnected. Pulled in; no one around the office and no one emerged from the nearby residence. Signs on office door, presumably about self check-in, faded to illegibility sometime during the Reagan administration. Lots of flies, but no other RVs in the park. They advertise Wi-Fi, but the only evident signal had a numeric ID and an encrypted login. No Verizon broadband. Decided to skip the place. You probably should too. We camped at Abert Rim Oasis RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

China Creek Marina and RV Park, Port Alberni, British Columbia

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

WARNING this campground is not in downtown Port Alberni, as shown on some maps (Microsoft Streets and Trips), it is a long nine miles away, the last five of which are over a very busy gravel logging road, at a maximum safe speed of 15 mph. If the logging trucks don’t kill you and your RV survives the washboard, you still may choke on the dust. Don’t come here. The sites are narrow, there are many long term residents, and most sites do not have satellite reception. There is s-l-o-w Wi-Fi and a small friendly, limited menu, cafe with great french fries and it is quiet. Note, this place variously calls itself “China Creek Marina and RV Park,” “China Creek Marina and Campground,” and “China Creek Campground and Marina.” We camped at China Creek Marina and RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Peppertree West Motor Inn and RV Park, Centralia, Washington

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Having passed on the park where we had planned to stay the night, saw the sign for this place on the freeway and took a chance. This is easily the slummiest campground we've seen in over four years of full time traveling. Cramped spaces almost all of which are occupied by permanent residents, who seem not to mind the squalor. So, come if you must, but bring a surge protector and maybe consider locking your door. We camped at Peppertree West Motor Inn and RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Gold Dust West Carson City RV Park, Carson City, Nevada

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

This is the second time we've stayed at this park and it probably will be our last. First, the good: Wi-Fi and water pressure are excellent; the location is convenient to the rest of Carson City and, 13 miles away, historic Virginia City; and the casino restaurant has passable food at inexpensive prices. Next, the bad: the spaces, although landscaped, are short and narrow, too short for a full sized motorhome plus tow; registration is at the hotel front desk and of the desk clerks I spoke with during our three day stay, two were noticeably curt, and the third was downright rude; although there is a small pet area, it is too small for exercise (there is an adjacent paved overflow parking lot); and the noise from the adjacent freeway, while not overwhelming, can be distracting. Finally, because this park operates as a hotel, it stores your credit card information and posts charges as they accrue, all well and good, except that, without telling you, the park will post a $100 “authentication” charge at check-in, which, with luck, it will credit back when you check-out, and, in our case, the park charged us for four nights when we had stayed only three, requiring a follow-up phone call and bit of an argument to get the extra night’s charge removed. Daily and monthly rates only, no weekly discount. We camped at Gold Dust West Carson City RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Clark County Shooting Complex, Las Vegas, Nevada

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

If you like extravagant federal spending on local pet projects, you will love the Clark County Shooting Range, a county park on 2900 acres, donated to the county by the Interior Department, and built with $64 million of additional federal funding. The RV park, a single 950 yard strip of side-by-side pull through spaces, immediately behind, and parallel with, the equally long line of trap and skeet shooting stations, is gravel, without even an attempt at landscaping. There are no showers or laundry facilities (the nearest laundromat is about four miles away). There is no easy access to the desert that surrounds the RV park, and, since this is a shooting range, hiking or dog walking is not really possible. The range is open for public shooting on Wednesday from 7:00 AM to 10:00PM, and Thursday through Sunday, 7:00AM to 7:00PM, and remember, you’re just steps away from the shotgun stations. As others have noted, there is a fantastic panoramic view of the lights of Las Vegas and the $20 rate is a bargain, but the absence of facilities, coupled with the noise of the gunfire, means that it will not be attractive to anyone who does not intend to use the range itself. Maximum stay is 14 days. The county has a resident “host” program, with discounted long term rates, in covered spaces away from the shooting areas, for those who qualify. Details are at the park’s web page. We camped at Clark County Shooting Complex in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Sommerville Almond Tree RV Park, Coalinga, California

Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Adequate overnight stop. Water pressure on the low side. No noise at all. Tengo internet Wi-Fi is $1 per day. Park is immediately adjacent to a lovely almond orchard. Note that non-discounted nightly rate is $40, not $27. Good Sam or AAA discount available. We camped at Sommerville Almond Tree RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Harbor Village RV Park, Newport, Oregon

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is closed and the property has been developed with condominium apartments. We camped at Harbor Village RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Harbor RV Park, Fort Bragg, California

Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

The entry to this easy-to-miss park is through the Cliff House Restaurant parking lot, the first entry on the south side of the Noyo River bridge. (The restaurant, a dinner house, which we did not try, has generally poor on-line reviews.) The park is next to, and shares an office with, an old, forlorn trailer park, as tightly packed with broken dreams, as it is with sorry, decrepit mobile homes. The campground itself is just an open field with utility hookups. The grass spaces, of adequate width, are lumpy and there are no tables or other amenities. The park is however, at one end of a two and one-half mile pedestrian/bike path along the Noyo River/Pacific Ocean headland, with magnificent views of the river bar and ocean, part of 25 acre Pomo Bluffs City Park. Noyo Beach, officially off-leash for dogs, is a mile away, just across the river. No problems with Wi-Fi, water pressure, noise or, for a park that appears to be located on top of a septic field, odors. We camped at Harbor RV Park in a Motorhome.

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