About NYDutch

I'm a retired systems administrator/analyst and a life long camper/RV'er and tinkerer that has rebuilt/restored cars and RV's as a hobby. My bride of 50+ years and I enjoy traveling in our motorhome year round.

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We stayed here for a week on one of the few full hookup sites. The utilities were well placed for easy connections. The sites are a little narrow and close for a state park, but not as bad as some private parks. There is some vegetation between sites. Our Verizon and AT&T cell services worked well, and while satellite aiming for our portable dish was difficult through the trees, it was doable. There is a small network of hiking trails, including one to the second oldest live oak tree in Florida. The park is located in an urban area near The Villages, so stores and restaurants are plentiful within a few miles in either direction. All in all, our stay at Lake Griffin was pleasant and we will return in the future.

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We were on the beach loop, and access to the beach and ocean is excellent there via a relatively short boardwalk. There's a swimming beach and long fishing pier a long walk or short drive away, although the pier was closed due to hurricane damage when we were there. We really would have liked to see more space between the sites given all the open land available, but I wouldn't call the sites crowded in though. The water and electric hookups were well placed within easy reach, and worked well with good voltage and water pressure. Our Verizon and AT&T cell services worked well, and we had a completely clear sky view for satellite reception. The campground was very quiet at night with just the inevitable wave sounds to help us sleep. Our stay at Ft Clinch was overall very pleasant, and we will be going back.

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We stayed here for 4 nights to catch up on shopping before continuing on our way to Florida. The park is just a mile north of the Florida state line. All sites except the tent sites are pull-thru, and most have a picnic table and fire ring. The angled sites make them seem larger than they actually are, but the site we were put on was sandwiched between a semi-permanent site with only about 10' between us on one side, and an apparently derelict trailer on the other side. We've had much nicer sites here in the past. The free pancake or waffle breakfast is a nice treat, and served every day. The dog park is fairly large, and kept stocked with poop bags, as are a couple of other locations. The free WiFi is fairly good considering how full the park was during our stay. Our site gave us a tight satellite view, and the park cable system has a pretty extensive channel selection. Verizon cell service was quite good here for both voice and data.

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This was our first visit to this park, and we were very pleased at the cordial reception we received, and the offered veterans discount. Note that this park takes cash or checks only, no credit cards. The park is very clean and well maintained. the sites are a bit oddly laid out depending on which section you're in, but all are manageable as far as we could see. Our pull-thru site was convenient to the office, and situated well for an overnight stop as it gave us a nearly straight drive to the exit the next morning. The OTA TV stations from Charlotte come in clearly, and if needed, we could have used our satellite dish here. The park is nice midway stop for us on our way south in the winter, so I'm sure we'll be returning again.

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This year round park is a regular two night stop for us as we travel up and down I-81 and I-77. The staff are always friendly and do their best to meet any special requests. There were not many guests here this time, since it was January. The utilities were well placed for us, and our Verizon and AT&T cell services were strong. The free cable TV and WiFi both worked well. Our site had a clear view for our satellite dish. The park is very quiet, with just occasional truck noise from the nearby interstate. We will definitely be stopping here again.

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This year round park is a regular stop for us anytime we're in the area as we travel up and down I-81. The staff are always friendly and knowledgeable. There were not many guests here this time, since it was January. The utilities were well placed. Our Verizon and AT&T cell services were strong here, and the free cable TV worked well. All sites have a clear view for a satellite dish. There is a fair amount of traffic noise from the nearby interstate, even with all the windows closed. We will definitely be stopping here again.

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This year round park is a regular stop for us anytime we're in the area as we travel up and down I-81. The staff are always friendly and knowledgeable, and do their best to meet any special requests. We were guided to our fairly wide pull-thru site by a helpful young man that made sure we where the hookups were before leaving. There were not many guests here this time, since it was January. The cold weather made our hot dinner from the on-site deli all the more tasty though. Our Verizon and AT&T cell services were strong here, and the free cable TV worked well. Our site had a clear view if we had wanted to put up our satellite dish, but not all sites do. The OTA TV stations from Harrisburg come in well to. The park is fairly quite, with occasional truck noise from the nearby interstate. We will definitely be stopping here again.

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The rate reflects our Passport America discount. The check-in staff was friendly and helpful. The park is an easy on/off from I-88. Our 30 amp back-in site was clean and well maintained, with well placed utilities. There a just a couple of pull-thru sites and 50 amp sites, but the weather was cool while we were there, so no A/C was needed anyway. The satellite view for our dish was clear, and our Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile cell phones and Internet hotspots all had strong signals and good 4G/LTE service. We were only here for two nights, but found the park quiet at night, and very convenient to the attractions and amenities in and around Oneonta. We will certainly return here when visiting Oneonta again.

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The staff in the office at check-in were friendly and helpful, and as always, we appreciated the offered Escapees hugs. Our near level pull-thru site was easily long enough for our coach and toad, and we had a nice shade tree on the driver's side that helped a bit in the 90 degree heat while we were there. The sites are closer together than we prefer, but there was no problem with having both our super slide and awning open along with the provided picnic table. The utilities were a little oddly placed on our site, but still easily reached. The park is quiet at night and there's a small but well kept up laundry area at the main office with a few washers and dryers. Activities are available every day, with a daily social hour for those that want to mingle and meet their neighbors. All in all, we did enjoy our one week stay at Raccoon Valley, and plan to return whenever we're in the area.

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We stayed here for a week while visiting a friend in nearby Asheville. We had one of the full hookup sites on the Lake Side Loop, and really enjoyed the peace and quiet here. A few other sites were partly visible from our large, deep back-in site, and the foliage provided quite a bit of privacy. The Verizon cell service was very weak in this loop, but our MaxAmp RV booster amplifier gave us a solid voice and data signal inside our motorhome with good speeds. Most sites in this loop have little to no satellite access, but we were on site #38 where we had a clear view of the Dish eastern arc satellites by placing our portable dish near the road. The Dish western arc and DirecTV satellites would have been challenging to receive here. We didn't try to receive the OTA stations since we had them on satellite. The utilities are well placed, and our site was paved with blacktop for the driving lane, with small gravel in the picnic table and fire ring area. The campground hosts tour the loop regularly, and the sites are checked and cleaned when a guest departs. The private bathrooms and showers are checked and cleaned regularly as well. All in all, we were very pleased with our stay here, and would very much like to return the next time we're in the area.

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Ft Chiswell is a frequent stop for us as we travel up and down I-81 and I-77. It's very convenient to both, and is located just a short distance over a ridge that blocks most highway noises. The park is well maintained with well placed utilities, and there are pull-thru sites that will accommodate nearly any sized RV. The free WiFi is strong with moderate speeds, although it can bog down some when the park is near full. Our Verizon and T-Mobile signals were strong with good data speeds. The free cable service is good as well, and most sites are satellite friendly. We will be returning here.

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We have stayed at Shendoah Valley several times now while passing through Virginia on our way south. Each time we've been impressed with the cleanliness of the park and the care the staff puts into it. Our pull-thru site was more than long enough for our 34' coach and toad, and the utilities were well placed for an easy hook up. There are very few trees, so satellite reception was clear. Our Verizon signal was strong with good data speeds, but our T-Mobile signal was quite a bit weaker and slower. The park WiFi was fairly good, and didn't seem to bog down much as the park filled up. There is some road noise from nearby I-81, but we found tolerable for sleeping. There is a small snack bar in the store with a very limited menu, but the BBQ pulled pork sandwiches were tasty, as were the curly fries. We will definitely be stopping here our next time through.

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Check-in for our overnight stay was pleasant and quick, and we were able to order dinner from the on-site deli at the same time, for delivery to our site later. We were escorted to a level, gravel pull-thru site that was quite long and wide enough to not feel crowded in. The utilities are well located, with multiple sewer inlets for flexibility in connecting. Our satellite dish worked very well here. This is a KOA "Journey" park that caters to overnighters, and there are only a few long term sites, most occupied by work campers. The park is relatively quiet, with just occasional truck noise from the nearby I-81 exit. The campground WiFi service was strong with moderate data speeds, and our Verizon cell signal was also strong with good data speeds. We could only get a T-Mobile 2G signal here though. We will be returning the next time we pass through the area.

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We were given a site on top of the hill for our overnight stay with a great view out our front window overlooking several ponds on the property and the Susquehanna River valley. Our gravel site required extending our front jacks almost to the point of raising the wheels off the ground, but was otherwise well laid out with easily accessible utilities. The free WiFi was adequate, but sometimes a bit erratic likely due to overloading. Our Verizon and T-Mobile signals were strong with good data speeds. Our site was quite open, making satellite reception easy. The campground owners are both very pleasant and check-in was simple and quick. We will stay here again when we're in the area.

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The other reviews have good descriptions of getting to the registration office, so check them out before getting there. Our site (187) had a great view of the Seaway and the entrance to the Eisenhower Lock. The view was so good that we pulled in with our motorhome, instead of backing in, to take advantage of the view through our front window. We saw several large ships pass by each day we were there. Our site was very long and quite wide, with plenty of vegetation to provide privacy. The restrooms were reasonably clean, although both the men's and women's showers had some mold on the grout that was unsightly. My wife and I chose instead to use the family bathroom facility that was mold free for showering to save on water and grey tank capacity in our motorhome. The bath facility was only about 150 feet across the street from our site, as was a water spigot for those needing a refill. The Verizon cell reception was excellent, with very good speeds from our Jetpack hotspot. There are a few local OTA TV stations available, with most broadcasting from nearby Canada, plus two from Watertown on the US side of the Seaway. Satellite reception from our site was excellent using our portable dish. There are numerous restaurants in nearby Massena, along with the usual big box stores, Walmart, etc.