Date of Stay: October, 2015
Let's get the 'bad' out of the way first. You read other reviews and think surely the road noise from the 91 freeway can't be that bad. Well... It kinda is, and it's 24/7. But then again, it's also white noise and quickly fades into the background - until a 'loud pipes save lives' type goes blasting down the highway, anyway. It's unfortunate, but is simply the inescapable nature of an urban campground bordering a freeway. The property appears to have lots of gophers, and gopher holes are everywhere. Not a big deal though, as long as you watch where you're stepping. Also: ants. Now for the 'good'. The park was quite nice overall. Interior roads are kind of narrow, but easy to drive. The office staff was easy to work with and generally friendly, if a bit dispassionate. The site I had was easy to back into and reasonably level, and the gravel surface was evenly laid. The power podium could have used some maintenance simply due to wear-and-tear (not neglect), but supplied a solid 122V on both 50A legs all weekend. Water pressure was stable & good at ~45 psi. Huge trees are everywhere, and the green spaces are nicely maintained. The play areas look nice, as does the swimming pool. The spray pool was closed this weekend, but I'm told it's only used during peak summer months. There are huge open spaces, plentiful shade trees and tons of room for special events like the Corgi meet-up & show that was there this weekend. AT&T cellular voice & data service was stable and excellent (LTE, 17 Mbps down / 6 Mbps up per Speedtest app on Apple IOS devices). Overall I was happy with my stay here. It's not a quiet space, but is otherwise very nice and reasonably convenient to local attractions. I look forward to visiting again!
Date of Stay: May, 2015
This is an outstanding RV park right on the western shore of the Salton Sea. It's quiet, comfortable, and convenient. If you're an off-roader visiting Truckhaven and have an RV, this campground is for you - there is direct trail access right from the campground property. Or, if you are an Ultralight pilot, they have you covered too with a smooth, wide dirt strip between the park and the water! I stayed here for the first time this year, and couldn't believe what I've been missing. Dry camping/boondocking for the annual TDS Desert Safari? Not anymore!
Date of Stay: July, 2011
This is the second time I've stayed at Chula Vista RV, and both this and my previous stay were outstanding. The staff at CVRV are exceptionally friendly and go out of their way to make sure your visit is perfect. The sites are clean, level and immaculately maintained. Their general store is well-stocked, and the campground overall is fantastic. Yes, you pay a premium to stay at this park but it's worth it - and their rates compare very well to other RV resorts in the San Diego area. I look forward to my next visit!
Date of Stay: December, 2010
With only 40 spaces, getting a spot at Scottsdale Trailer Corral can be challenging; reservations can be made 90 days in advance, and there is often a waiting list. Credit cards are not accepted, and if you arrive after dark you will not be able to park. The gravel spaces w/ concrete patios are a bit narrow; water and electric hookups are not where you expect them (parking assistance is freely offered and suggested). But those negatives aside, STC is by far one of my favorite RV parks. The park managers, are simply fantastic folks as are the many residents of the park. The park itself is quiet, clean and well-manicured; utilities are perfect, and the site is in a superb location. Banking, shopping, sightseeing and more are within easy walking distance, and there is taxi service and a nearby Enterprise car rental for longer excursions. I look forward to my next visit!
Date of Stay: October, 2009
Reserving a space at this campground requires that you call the Kern County parks department during a very narrow window of time (8 AM - 12 PM weekdays only), and it took many attempts and one very long on-hold period to get through to the person handling reservations. The reservation staffer who answered was not rude as such, but their tone and attitude was very much "I'd rather be doing anything but talk to this person right now." Upon arrival at the site, be prepared for the extra $15/day fee ($12/day off-peak) to park a towed or separately-drive vehicle at your camp site. The frequently-asked questions PDF on the campground website states that 2 motor vehicles are allowed at the camp site and that the first vehicle is included in the reservation price. Unfortunately they consider a motorhome to be the first vehicle, and a towed/separately-driven vehicle is subject to the additional fee. The camp sites were nicely maintained, with simple but adequate grass landscaping. The campsites have large, mature trees that provide shade for the picnic and common areas, but that do not overhang the camper pull-throughs. There is a nice picnic area with fire ring for each campsite, and campers are advised on check-in where to keep their camping gear so as to not get it soaked by sprinklers each morning. There is a heavy insect presence at this campground, owing primarily to being next to a large body of water in a warm climate. Bring insect repellent and/or a bug zapper - you WILL need it! If you need to buy these or other supplies, the nearest shopping is in Taft, CA or Bakersfield metro, about 18 miles either West or East respectively of the campground. The park does have a small supply store, but their inventory is very limited. The campsite was quiet on the Thursday we arrived and through Friday. Saturday and Sunday however were a whole other matter, as campers with watercraft were starting and running their watercraft at their campsites prior to taking them to the boat launch. The campground would do well to disallow this activity in the camping areas. There is an enforced quiet period, but that only applies from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM. In conclusion, this park operated by Kern County is a reasonably nice facility, but there are a number of drawbacks that would make me hesitant to stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
Dixon Lake Camping Area is located just north of downtown Escondido on La Honda Drive, off of El Norte Parkway. It is owned and operated by the City of Escondido. The park staff and rangers were all very friendly and helpful, and took care of all my questions and needs in a professional and courteous manner. Access to the park will tax large/heavy rigs, as there is a roughly 15° grade for ~1/4 mile approaching the park entrance. Use low gear when leaving, and low gear & lots of throttle when arriving! The campground sites are located at the south end of the park, overlooking downtown Escondido and Dixon Lake. We stayed at a back-in site, which was very easy to enter and exit with my 31' Class A coach. There was abundant room to open my slide-out and all awnings and still not feel cramped. The site had utility hookups (10 of the 47 total sites have utility hookups) and a nice-sized private picnic area. There was a charcoal grilling ring - no wood fires are allowed due to wildfire risk - and picnic table and storage cabinet. The site landscaping is native scrub, with ground keeping limited only to clearing overgrowth and nightly trash removal. This campground is very quiet and relaxing, and within easy access to shopping should you need something. Bring your fishing rod, as the world's largest Bass (see link in the park's website above) is waiting for you in this lake! The only two disappointments I have with the park are that there is no swimming allowed in the lake (drinking water reservoir), and no pets are allowed in the campground (possibly due to local coyote activity). Also, alcohol is prohibited in the picnic areas, but permitted in the camping area. Those minor gripes aside, I enjoyed my stay at this campground and will definitely be back!