Keeping up with the Joneses

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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.

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A little further from the sights than we'd like, but a great little CG. Very quiet, with a nice walking trail on site. Some cable issues, but we were able to hook up to the neighboring site. Very weak Verizon signal - data fluctuated from 3G to 1 bar of 4G.

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We have camped in nearly 100 parks all over the country and have never stayed in a noisier place than Hardeeville RV. I'm appalled they advertise themselves as a "peaceful, wooded site surrounded by the sounds of nature," "quiet, relaxing atmosphere," and "quiet, with a natural environment." I suppose...if you think it's natural to have a busy highway a few yards from your rig, and your idea of "the sounds of nature" consists of nonstop traffic zooming by. No wonder there's a large "No refunds" sign as soon as you walk in the office. It's a nice enough park otherwise, except there are no bathroom or shower facilities.

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I'm surprised this park isn't rated higher. Granted, there's no pool or playground, but we thought it was perfect. We like state and national parks, and this CG has that feel (lots of trees, quiet, wildlife, hiking, biking), but with amenities that many government parks don't offer: big rig access, spacious and level sites, strong cell signal, full hookups including cable. The bird "sanctuary" was just a fenced in garden with bird feeders, but very peaceful and a variety of birds.

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Definitely NOT Big Rig friendly! Turns are tight, sites are short, and cars line the narrow roads. It took us and two staffers (one a professional truck driver) half an hour and several tries to park our 35' 5th wheel. To do so, two neighbors moved their vehicles and another had to pull in his awning (thank heavens they were around). Power was out part of each day. I thought we were next to a rocket launch when jets began taking off at 8 a.m. (CG is sandwiched between 3 Navy runways and an international airport). On the plus side, staff was pleasant and helpful and you're just 5 miles from downtown Key West.

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We love staying here, especially around Christmas when they have a 1.5-mile long holiday lights display (normally $15 but free for campers). It's quiet and pleasant, there's wildlife, biking and shops nearby. Just a couple of issues: When we were here in September, with the park mostly empty, they put us in a spot prone to flooding and we woke up in an ankle-deep pond one morning. Even worse, we got a dozen nasty fire ant bites as we loaded up to move. So check your site carefully.

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Few amenities but very good for what it is; an affordable stopover or base camp to explore the Bay Area. Level, gravel lot with FHU sites starting at $30 (30 amp 20x40' back-in). Clean and well maintained in a nice, quiet, safe area. Bathrooms are new, spacious, and spotless (there's a $20 deposit for each key card). Good WiFi but no cable or over-the-air network channels. Not sure what things are like when there's an event at the fairgrounds. Preference is given to vendors during the county fair, so you'll have a hard time getting in for 3 weeks in June/July. Enter at Gate 12 off Valley Ave. and drive past the North RV Campground, which is for campers with horses.

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Basically a brick parking lot with mostly full-timers. As far as I can tell, they have one spot with TV, but it’s just a few feet from busy, noisy Main St. Don’t believe them when they say it quiets down in the evening. Another spot with partial H/U is maybe half a block away: off Beach St. and probably quieter. Within walking distance of many attractions, well-maintained, clean restrooms/showers, laundry facilities, nice manager, good Wi-Fi and TV reception. Spaces are level and not too tight. Nothing for kids.

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I was impressed with this park. Nice, clean, quiet place to stop for a night. Spaces are roomy, level and mostly empty this time of year. Clean restrooms. Agricultural displays are worth a look. Rate is for E&W, FHU is $5 more.

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AAA rate. Not sure why this campground has been rated so highly. It's fine, but nothing special. We drove 2 miles off the Interstate because it was supposed to be quiet, but there was significant traffic noise. The light in the laundry room didn't work and the washing machine ate my quarters. Which is probably just as well, because I later found out the water was tea-colored, so we didn't hook up. Wide spaces, friendly staff, pay showers, slooooow WiFi.

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Nice, quiet park with lots of amenities. Showers are cinderblock with concrete floor, but clean. Very friendly.