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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Review Count: 94
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 25

Robert Moses State Park (Thousand Island region), Massena, New York

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

We actually had two different sites this time, the first one (175) in the wooded section of the Long Sault loop for two night, and the second one (187) a beautiful waterfront site looking out at the Seaway where the ships enter and exit the Eisenhower Lock, also on Long Sault, for an additional four nights. Both sites were quite large and well separated from the neighbors by trees and bushes. Both sites were electric only, the first 30 amp max, and the second 50 amp max. The first site had a public water spigot between it and the next site near the road that was reachable with our onboard hoses for tank refilling. The second site had a water spigot a few sites away in front of the bathrooms/showers. Since were here over the Labor Day weekend, the park RV sites were fully booked with just a few tent sites empty. Despite that, the park was very quiet at night, with just an occasional ships horn as they left the lock to be heard. The park has an very nice free nature center that's manned by a very dedicated volunteer staff, and is highly recommended.The center also has several classes, etc. for children that looked to be very educational. The Eisenhower Lock has a free Visitors Center with a three level viewing platform that overlooks the lock. It's amazing to watch 740 foot long ships squeeze in and out as they go up and down (literally!) the Seaway. The nearby village of Massena has a number of good restaurants, as well as grocery stores, a Super Walmart, and others. We camped at Robert Moses State Park (Thousand Island region) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
175 and 187
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are a number of restaurants and stores, including a Super Walmart, in nearby Massena. The park has a free nature center that shouldn't be missed, and the Eisenhower Lock on the access road to the park has a free Visitors Center and a three level viewing platform overlooking the lock. Ships are often locking through every couple of hours. The approximate schedules can be found online and at the Center.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 25

Gilbert Lake State Park, Laurens, New York

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our third visit to Gilbert Lake SP, and like our other stays, this one was enjoyable and remarkably quiet given the full park and 4th of July holiday. NYS parks do not allow fireworks, so that helps. Our site (#53) was only 30 amp with no water hookup, so we had to be a bit more watchful as to what we turned on at the same time and how much water we used. We had no problem receiving the Dish network eastern arc satellite signals on this site, and our Verizon and AT&T phones and hotspots all work well with some help from our cell booster amplifier. The restrooms were a two minute walk from our site, and the private handicapped bathroom/shower my wife and I used was quite roomy and very clean. As other have said, be patient waiting for the water to heat up though. I learned quickly to turn it on as soon as we entered so it would be getting hot by the time we were ready to use it. This site was a little closer to the neighbors than we prefer, but wasn't bad over all. The access road to the Hilltop section where we were is fairly steep for part of the distance, but larger motorhomes than our 34' coach and a number of larger TT's and 5'vers had made the trip apparently without much difficulty. Gilbert Lake SP is close enough to Oneonta, NY for an easy trip to many stores and restaurants. We camped at Gilbert Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
53
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Oneonta is the home of Brooks BBQ, and well worth the usual wait to get seated in their dining room.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 25

Seaport RV Resort, Old Mystic, Connecticut

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate reflect both the off-season rate and the two night Passport America savings where we paid for two nights, but stayed three. This was our third visit to Seaport, and each time it has been better than the last one. The staff was very helpful and knowledgable, and the back-in site we were assigned to (#12) was very large, with plenty of room for our coach and parking for our toad. There was at about 100' between us and our neighbors, and the view across the street was of a heavily treed area instead of another row of RV's. The 50 amp electric and water hook ups were easy to reach and worked well. As has been said, there are no sewer hook ups here due to a wetland designation, but there are two dump stations and the park offers a free pump out once every three days during your stay. Other pump outs are available at a nominal fee. Our part of the park was very quiet day and night during our weekday stay, in part because several of the RV's near us were on seasonal sites that are apparently only used on weekends. Our AT&T hotspot cell service was strong here, but Verizon was on the weak side, although still usable. We didn't use the park WiFi service. The free analog cable service has a good assortment of channels, and our site was open enough to use our satellite dish. Nearby Mystic has many stores and restaurants to choose from, along with the Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Aquarium, both well worth several hours of your time. We camped at Seaport RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We found the Mystic Diner and Frank's Gourmet Grill to be excellent places for low to mid range priced meals, and both had excellent food and service. For breakfast, we liked "Somewhere In Time", a unique small breakfast/lunch restaurant just a mile or so from the park. Mystic Diner also serves an excellent breakfast.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 25

Twin Grove RV Resort & Cottages, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Twin Grove was a new overnight stop for us on our way north from Florida when our nearby usual stop didn't have a pull-thru available. Having been here though, we now expect it will be a regular stop for us since we liked Twin Grove better than our previous choice. Our pull-thru site was easy to access and the full hookups were well placed for our coach. The 50 amp service was very stable with 122 volts on each leg. We didn't try the cable or WiFi, since our satellite dish and Verizon and AT&T hotspots all worked well. There appears to be a lot of in season activities, but none were operating during our pre-season visit of course. The park would make a good base for visits in the Hershey, PA area during the summer season. As said, we will be back. We camped at Twin Grove RV Resort & Cottages in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A05
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 25

James Island County Park, Charleston, South Carolina

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

As others have said, there is much to do at James Island County Park and in the surrounding greater Charleston area. The park roads are all paved, and our gravel site (#17) was a reasonably spacious and private back-in that had a garden swing facing a small pond right behind it. The full hookups were well placed for our coach and we had a stable 124 volts on each leg of the 50 amp service. We didn't try the cable or WiFi services since our satellite dish and Verizon and AT&T hotspots all worked well here. The park was very quiet at night with no noticeable road or other outside noises to disturb us. We will certainly be back again! We camped at James Island County Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are many fine restaurants and all the usual stores within a relatively short distance from the park. The park offers a shuttle bus service into Charleston for a fee.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 25

Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park), Ocala, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for 5 nights, and it's now on our "will return" list. The sites are large, and our pull thru was easily long enough for two motorhomes. The electric and water hookups were well placed and easy to use, and the dump station was conveniently located right across from our loop's exit. We had no trouble getting Dish satellite service with our portable dish. The Verizon and AT&T voice and data signals were strong here. The cities of Silver Springs and Ocala are nearby, with plenty of restaurants and store to choose from. And the entry to the famous Silver Springs are right around the corner. The glass bottom boat ride was fun, educational, and well worth the nominal ($10 for seniors) cost. Your vehicle pass for the campsites also admits you to the springs section, so make sure you bring it with you after you park. The museum in the campgrounds section is also well worth the $2 admission, but it's only open on weekends. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We really enjoyed our dinner at "Sam's St John's Seafood" in Ocala, and highly recommend it.

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Review Count: 94
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 25

Little Manatee River State Park, Wimauma, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed here for 5 nights, and we will definitely be returning! Our site was well separated from the neighboring sites, and there was no site directly across the road from us, making it one of the most private sites we've had in some time. The water and electric hookups were well placed, but there are no sites with sewer hookups here. The dump station is nearby and well laid out though. The walking trails are well marked, but some have lots of loose sand, making walking difficult. Our Dish satellite service worked well, and our Verizon and AT&T voice and data signals were strong. The sites are very sandy, and that could be a problem if it's rainy. There are a number of restaurants and stores within easy driving distance. We camped at Little Manatee River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 94
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 25

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our second 2 week visit to this park, and just like the first one, we really enjoyed it. The walking trails are well maintained, and the canopy walkway was fun. There were plenty of gators to view along the river, including right from the roadway bridge that has parking available at both ends. The airboat tour on the lake is both fun and educational, but we felt the tram ride was not worth the cost. Our full hookup site (including sewer) in the Palmetto Ridge section was spacious and well separated from the neighboring sites by foliage. The utilities were reasonably well located, with all sites in this section having 20/30/50 amp power. Verizon and AT&T signals were weak here, but our Maximum Signal booster amplifier kept us in touch with the world. Our site had a good satellite view for either Dish or DirecTV, and we could receive both the Tampa and Ft Myers over the air stations. We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
55
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are many stores and restaurants about 20 minutes away in Sarasota. There is also a Publix market about 10 minutes away in Bee Ridge. The fairly new Sarasota National Cemetery is just a few miles away, and well worth a visit and at least a drive through.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 25

Sumter Oaks RV Park , Bushnell, Florida

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

This Escapees RV Club owned park is a regular winter stop for us, usually for at least a month. This year, like other years, we felt welcomed and everyone was friendly, from the staff on to the other guests, but short and long term. Our only disappointment this year was that the site we had requested had been converted to a 5 year lease site over the previous summer, and the site we were reassigned to was not as nice. We knew that specific sites are not guaranteed though, so we aren't really complaining about it, just disappointed. All sites have full hookups, with about half having 20/30 amps, and the rest 20/30/50 amps. Our utilities were well placed within easy reach. The park had lots of activities available as usual, and our Verizon and AT&T phones and date services worked very well here. Our site also had a good view of the Dish eastern arc satellites, but the western arc might have been difficult to "see" with our portable dish. A number of other sites have a good view of both Dish arcs as well as the DirecTV satellites. There are a number of stores and restaurants in nearby Bushnell, including a Super Walmart. All in all, our stay at Sumter Oaks was quite enjoyable, and we look forward to coming back again next winter. We camped at Sumter Oaks RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
114
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Florida National Cemetery is nearby and well worth a visit to reflect on those who have served our country and no rest there. There are several small restaurants in Bushnell, as well as the usual chain eateries. We tried about all of the local ones, and found something to like about all of them. Breakfast at "Chuck's Odd Cuples Cafe" (yes, that's how it's spelled) was particularly enjoyable.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 25

Lake Griffin State Park, Fruitland Park, Florida

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Lake Griffin State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Lots of stores and restaurants nearby...

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 25

Fort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach, Florida

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Fort Clinch State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are a number of restaurants and stores nearby in Fernandina Beach.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 25

Jacksonville North / St. Marys KOA, Kingsland, Georgia

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $46.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Jacksonville North / St. Marys KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E9
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Many stores and restaurants are nearby in Kingsland and St Mary's. We particularly like the Ship 2 Shore seafood restaurant in Kingsland.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 25

Little Cedar Creek Campgrounds and Cabins, Ridgeway, South Carolina

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Little Cedar Creek Campgrounds and Cabins in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 25

Fort Chiswell RV Park, Max Meadows, Virginia

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Fort Chiswell RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a Flying J truck stop with a Denny's restaurant just over the hill from the park, and many more restaurants and stores in nearby Wytheville.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 25

Shenandoah Valley Campground, Mount Jackson, Virginia

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Shenandoah Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
P-9
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The nearby Route 11 potato chip factory is a fun quick visit to see the chips being made and to stock up on the various flavors.

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