Keeping up with the Joneses

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Excellent winter campground if you prefer quiet and scenic over lots of activities. Asphalt sites are level and roomy, but lack landscaping. Roads are wide and well maintained. Good hookups, though water pressure can be low at times. Helpful staff and nice clubhouse/gym with free juice and breakfast pastries. Clean pool and hot tub. Great views of the mountains. A roadrunner likes to hang around and walked up to within a few feet of me. If you're up late you sometimes hear coyotes, otherwise the only noise is an occasional plane or what sounds like a rifle range in the distance. Good Verizon and AT&T. Cable, electric, and taxes are included in the Oct-Dec special. A few miles from town and 15 miles to Scottsdale/Mesa.

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This review is for the dry camping section. My rating reflects: 1) Convenience! You do NOT want to deal with Balloon Fiesta traffic, especially when you're already getting up early. You can walk, bike, or take the free shuttle between the lot and the Fiesta. Shuttles are frequent and have a dedicated lane so they don't sit in traffic. 2) Availability. With unlimited dry camping, there's no need to plan ahead or make reservations. Sure I would have preferred hookups, but you need to make those reservations a year in advance, they're pricey, and there's a 3-day minimum. 3) Organization. They quickly checked us in (cash or check only), gave us a swag/information bag, then took us to a site. Water and honey wagon were available, but we didn't need them. 4) Comfort. Sites are fairly level, close but not tight, and easy to get in and out of. Open dirt lot, but they keep it watered. We were fine without hookups - highs are typically mild this time of year. Prior reviewers complained about the noise and smell of neighbors' generators, but we did not experience that. In fact, it was surprisingly quiet. 5) Cost effectiveness. I was pleasantly surprised at the rate, considering our proximity to a major event, and included services like a shuttle. 6) Enjoyment. You get a good view of the Mass Ascension from the CG (but being in the field is SOOOOO much more exciting). Everyone we dealt with was helpful and professional and we were all having a great time. Verizon and AT&T both worked well. I understand there are several broadcast channels, but with no generator we didn't watch TV. I wouldn't hesitate to dry camp here again.

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Leave it to the Corp of Engineers to build a nearly perfect campground. Price is for FHUs and includes $5/daily entry permit but not the $7 reservation fee. Entry permit is $25/year. This review is for Area 1/South Shore. There are campgrounds in 8 areas around the lake, and each is different, including an equestrian one. Make sure you know which area you are in to plan the most direct route. Wide well-maintained roads, level pads, excellent hookups and spacious sites (most are lake front or lake view). Very quiet except for crickets. Clean restrooms with individual shower rooms. Dual dump station with long, straight entrance road. Mostly open with immature trees. Playground, boat launch, picnic shelter, beach, and hiking/dirt bike trails. All the major broadcast channels. No AT&T signal but Verizon was good. Would get a 10 rating except for some little things: Showers are 75 cents for 3 minutes, our entire visit the gate was unstaffed and there were no maps in the holders, most pads are on the short side for today's RVs, and out of 600 campsites only 12 are FHU. It was nearly empty during the week in September, but reserve well in advance for weekends, holidays or FHUs.

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Price includes $5/daily entry permit but not the $7 reservation fee. Entry permit is $25/year. OK campground. Sites are mostly level and wide, but tend to be short. Roads are decent for a big rig and it was easy to back in. No water or sewer hookups, and you block the road when filling up at the water spigot. The biggest drawback is its location at the intersection of an interstate and highway. Most of the time the road noise isn't bad, but for some reason trucks frequently need to hit their jake brakes and the sound really carries. Otherwise it's a decent campground and I'd give it a higher rating if they had FHUs.

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On the plus side, this is one of the most affordable options, sites are fairly level, backing in is easy, wifi is blazing fast, and cell signals are strong. But I don't think I've ever stayed at a noisier campground (they give out free ear plugs when you check in). We tried to camp as far from the tracks as possible without being right on the road (which not only has traffic noise, but also the frequent clopping of horse-drawn buggies). I could easily hear the trains over the sound of our central vacuum and feel them shaking our rig. Elkhart is a major hub, so trains pass by several times an hour all day and night. Hookups are in the rear, so you may need an electrical extension.

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Primarily a mobile home park. Fairly level, a little tight backing in. Wonderful bath house. Huge video and book libraries, as well as an indoor pool, beach, mini golf, tennis, etc. Very quiet. Nice, helpful staff. Gated and guarded. The only reason I didn't rate it a 10 was because wifi was only available at the lodge, but AT&T and Verizon signals were strong.

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The limited number of full hookup sites tend to get booked months in advance - not even the campground hosts get one! But forgoing water and sewer isn't much of a hardship with bath houses like these, and it's only $1.25 to wash a load of clothes. Sites are 50 amp and huge. Most are screened by trees and vegetation on three sides, fairly level side-to-side but pretty sloped front-to-back. Narrow (10') asphalt pads, but the roads are plenty wide for backing in (some pull-through sites). It's incredibly quiet at night, and we had an awesome view of the Perseid meteor shower! Most of the staff were delightful, but one lady in the office ignored us each time we approached the desk and either helped people behind us (who came in several minutes after we did) or disappeared into the back without a word.

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Quiet, peaceful, and so affordable. Primarily a mobile home park, so don't expect much in the way of amenities. Sites are fairly level with full hookups. We made a reservation, but didn't have to send a deposit. If the office isn't open, there will be an envelope on the office door with your site # and details. Drop the invoice in the lock box with your payment (cash or check only). Staff is pleasant and helpful. The only drawback was the busy road outside the park: Not noisy, but the turn is easy to miss, there's no turn lane and only one lane in each direction. Also, making a left into or out of the park can take a few minutes depending on the time of day.

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The new owners, as of 3 weeks ago, were very nice and helpful. Rate reflects weekly discount for 50 amp FHU site. All sites are back-in, level, gravel. Good Verizon and AT&T signals. 30 amp sites are tucked into the woods, quiet, more spacious and private, more availability. No cable. 50 amp sites are close to the road but pretty darn quiet, close together but easy to back in, shared hookups in the rear (so some rigs might have trouble reaching connections), cable. No other amenities except laundry, or I would have rated it higher. But you can't beat it for a basic base to explore the area. There's a $1 toll each time you enter the island.

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Beautiful, quiet park tucked away in the woods. Close to the highway, but noise isn't noticeable in the RV. Would have rated it a 9, but leveling required 20 minutes, 4 layers of pads and a shallow trench on the opposite side. When leaving we had to back out of our pull-through site because the road in front had a 3-foot pitch and I worried about scraping bottom. Roomy sites with lots of foliage, nice pool, store, cable and trail. Showed a kid's movie every night. Verizon signal was good but with intermittent bandwidth issues, AT&T weak. Dirt roads kicked up some dust. Lovely and convenient location; we would definitely come back.

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Good stopover on the way to Canada. Beautiful, quiet, park-like setting but the mosquitoes were so bad we couldn't enjoy it. Roads were big-rig friendly, but sites were on the short side and it took awhile to level. We couldn't get a Verizon or AT&T signal, so plan ahead. They charged us $5 more than the rate posted on their web site for no apparent reason.

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Not for everyone, but we thought it was a slice of heaven. Gorgeous views, peaceful and quiet, good utilities, perfect weather, long beach, friendly neighbors, few mosquitoes, gentle breezes. Currently there are no bathroom/shower facilities and you have to rent for at least a month with cash or check. Strong Verizon signal, but intermittent bandwidth issues. AT&T less strong. All major networks over the air. Most rigs are permanently parked, with nice decks and flower gardens. Not really a place for kids or people who don't like rules intended to keep things pleasant for everyone.

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Weekly rate with Good Sam discount. Sites are wider than expected for a parking lot CG and about 45' long. The high-rise going up next door starts with the pile driver as early as 7 a.m. and it's intermittent throughout the day. OK if you're an early riser and spend the day in NYC. Quiet enough at night, except when the nearby bar has live music. Plenty of OTA channels and HUs were fine. Verizon signal wasn't great. Bathrooms are older, fairly clean, with plenty of hot water and good pressure but some temperature fluctuation. Showers are roomy and each has a small changing area with a bench/shelf and hook. Scheduled a $20 honey wagon for 9 a.m. At 1 we were told it would be another 20 minutes. Finally showed up after 3, and couldn't figure it out on their own. Given that we wasted a whole day, I should have hitched up and used the dump station. Of course a CG in this area will be pricey, but public transit is soooo convenient.

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Couldn't get into a real campground, even 6 weeks in advance, so came here knowing it was a parking lot with full hookups. Points for security, nearness to downtown, strong Verizon and over-the-air TV signals, and offering a free shuttle to public transit. Demerits for short, tight spaces that are hard to get into; noise (next to the train switching yard and 3 hospitals, so lots of clanging and sirens); sewer connection (a foot off the ground, so had to drain uphill); refusal to make reservations (which we thought we had after calling, then told on arrival that we didn't); and pricing practices. Their Good Sam ad, signage and web site all said $30/night, but they charge up to $20 more if you're over 29' (even though all the spaces are the same size) plus $12 for a towed or towing vehicle. I complained and they corrected the web site info.

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I've never given a rating of 10 before, but this CG is about as perfect as it gets. Full-service; knowledgeable and helpful staff; daily DC orientation; catch bus for tours and Metro right in the CG; sites are level, spacious and semi-private. Some road noise, but not bad. Strong AT&T and Verizon. Cable was being worked on while we were there, but OTA signals were strong.