About MarvMarvs

My husband and I go out in our RV as often as possible! We're looking forward to retiring and spending more time out on the road. We travel with our two very well behaved Standard Schnauzers.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA, Petaluma, California

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $75.00
Overall Rating:      

We were here over Mother's day weekend, plus 2 days after. Check in was a nightmare. RVs were stacked up on the entrance road, had to park and walk up the hill to check in. Long lines inside. You'd think they'd be prepared for this. From arrival to pulling into our site took about an hour. As someone else said, this place is dangerous for kids - tons of kids darting around on bikes and skateboards. We almost hit one child who cut in front of us. This is the parent's fault though. Too many adults drinking and talking loudly around the campfire, paying no attention at all. What a difference Sunday night! Very quiet and peaceful. I would never come here on a weekend again. Our site was very un-level. First half flat, the rest sharply sloping up. Most sites were nice and grassy,but ours was dirt and weeds. If most of the park is nice, why let multiple 50 amp pull through sites be in this condition? Cable TV also did not work. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
174
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Shadow Hills RV Resort, Indio, California

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

We decided to take a weekend trip only one week in advance, but Shadow Hills thankfully had a couple of sites available. What a delightful surprise when we arrived! This gated park is just lovely, lots of grass, dog friendly, and the staff was a delight. Our three dogs enjoyed their nice fenced in grassy dog park. The park was very quiet, obviously mostly retired full time RVers, which was fantastic. We were given a back in site, which is pretty much all they have - but it was spacious and easy to get into. Tall bushes on the side of the site so plenty of privacy. Nice concrete pad, but lots of grass behind us. The huge pool was lovely; nice spa as well; we took advantage of both. We didn't use the other facilities, but we saw that they had a nice work out room, card room, and large meeting room complete with stage. The staff was very friendly, as were all of our fellow RVers. We camped at Shadow Hills RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Make sure to visit Oasis Date Gardens in nearby Thermal. Still out in the rural area, surrounded by groves of date palms.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Bakersfield River Run RV Park, Bakersfield, California

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

This was the second time we've stay here, just a stopover on our way north. This park would be worth coming back to for a longer stay, as it is really outstanding. Both times we've checked in after hours; not a problem, our info posted for us on the office door. (We would have preferred a concrete site, but were given gravel.) Easy pull through sites; plenty of room in between; nice grass areas between sites and around the park. So many other parks in CA are claiming lack of landscape maintenance due to the drought; living in CA myself I understand water conservation. However, here at Bakersfield River Run they manage to keep everything beautiful. A real oasis. The park is very dog friendly; nice grassy doggie area with pick-up bags. Not fenced for off leash running, but nice to have a designated spot for them to “go”! Lots of other grassy areas for walking, plus a trail along the river. We camped at Bakersfield River Run RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Pull through
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

"Benji's Basque Restaurant" on the corner as you drive in is outstanding! Be sure to have dinner there, you won't be disappointed. Old school charm, great food.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

49er RV Ranch, Columbia, California

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice park, our third time here. We stayed three nights, using this as a base to explore south to Jamestown and north to Amador City. Such a cute, rustic, atmospheric park, takes you back in time to the gold rush days. That said, they manage to keep it rustic and charming without it also being tacky and rundown. Sites are gravel; green around them is just mowed weeds, would almost be better to have more gravel and no green surfaces at all. The weeds have a lot of foxtails in them, which were an issue for our dogs. (Foxtails get stuck between toes, and if not found, work their way inside the dog, under the skin. Big hazard.) LOTS of trees, nice and shady; up a long road so you are pretty isolated; feels like real camping! Staff is very helpful and friendly; we were in a site on the hill, but had help getting in and getting out. We camped at 49er RV Ranch in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
On the hill
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Close by to historic Columbia; short drive to Sonora and Jamestown. A bit longer drive to Murhphys, Sutter Creek, Jackson, etc. Wine tasting in Murphys if you're into that.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Visalia / Sequoia National Park KOA, Visalia, California

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $53.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed at this park twice before, the last time 4 years ago. Both times it was very nice and green; some grass, some mowed weeds. Big change! Mostly mowed weeds, lots of dead patches; millions of foxtails which are a big issue for those of us who travel with dogs. The worst foxtails were in the enclosed dog yard! Yes CA has a drought; we live in CA and have the same issues at home. This seems to be a case of just letting the place run down.

On the plus sice, the staff was very friendly, park very clean, quite a few full time residents but rigs/spaces were clean and tidy.

We share others' feelings about the "one hour free wifi", should be free/unlimited like all other RV parks.

For this park I would have expected to pay about $35, not $53. And that was after the KOA club card discount. We would not stay here again. We camped at Visalia / Sequoia National Park KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
50 amp pull through
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Eagle View RV Resort, Fort Mcdowell, Arizona

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Super clean and nice! We got there well after hours, but we knew our site number and headed there. Within moments, the security guard drove up to help us set up, give us paperwork, etc. She also helped figure out our dinner plans at the casino! She went above and beyond, and we appreciated it so much. As for the park, it was lovely! Very well maintained, desert style buildings, all attractive. We used the laundry, it was immaculate. Checked in to the clubhouse too, grabbed a donut, the lady on duty was very cordial and friendly; clubhouse also attractive. We camped at Eagle View RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
104
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

USA RV Park, Gallup, New Mexico

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

This place felt like a resort! Beautiful entrance, huge well stocked gift shop, easy check in. Big wide sites with paver patios and picnic tables. Sites were set up with rigs facing every other direction, which would be great if travelling with someone else. (Probably not great otherwise, though!) We decided to stop here and called just the day before; even though they seemed fairly full, we got a nice site on the end, with a tree. Great for our dogs! Very nice desert landscape, no stickers or weeds; well maintained fenced dog run. We appreciate the dog run and lack of stickers as we travel with our two Standard Schnauzers. We also purchased propane here; easy transaction. Family run park, dad, mom, son and daughter; all were delightful and helpful. Would stay here again in a heartbeat, loved the Gallup area! We camped at USA RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
31
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Historic downtown Gallup a must-visit; especially "The El Rancho" historic hotel/motel. Dinner there was great, real old school steak dinner with all the trimmings, low prices.

If you're there on a Saturday do not miss the Gallup flea market! About 5 miles north of town, you can buy jewelry, blankets, baked goods, all cheaper than in town. Also several places to grab a bite, very rustic but delicious food.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Meteor Crater RV Park, Winslow, Arizona

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

WOW, this place is an oasis! Out in the middle of nowhere, it appears out of the desert. Beautiful grounds, nicely done with gravel and decomposed granite. Two fenced dog runs; and they actually have several grassy lawn areas. (A must for our dogs to walk on, they love their grass.) The place is gated 24/7, but as a guest you receive a code to enter to open the gate. Easy in and out if you want to go into Winslow for dinner. We LOVED this place, would stay hear again, highly recommend. We camped at Meteor Crater RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to visit "La Posada" in Winslow, the last Harvey House built in 1930. Beautifully restored to it's original glory, a destination in itself. We didn't have time to dine there, but the Turquoise Room looked so inviting and romantic, with a panoramic view of the trains outside hearkening back to another era.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Desert View RV Resort, Needles, California

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here just one night, brief stopover on our way from CA to NM. We arrived late, yet the hosts were very accommodating. We didn't use any of the facilities, like restrooms, etc. but we did enjoy the park. Very clean park, well landscaped, nice oleander hedges between sites gave lots of privacy. Super easy in and out, lots of pull-through sites. We would stay here again. We camped at Desert View RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Evergreen RV Park, Oxnard, California

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is mostly long term residents, very few sites available to reserve nightly. The manager stated that their company policy is that if a long term resident extends, a nightly person even with reservations is placed in their overflow area. The overflow area was stated to have hookups, but water and electric only, no sewer. In fact there were no hook ups; electric was run from the office and not sufficient to run AC. If you plan to stay during warm months, I would recommend you have a working generator for AC. Water hookup was fine. The water hook ups are hose bibs around the perimeter of the overflow, which is a very large parking lot. The water hook ups were fine. The restrooms were clean; the staff was friendly and as accommodating as they could be. The park was overall in decent shape, nice in the overflow area where we parked, but many sites inside the park were not well kept up. There is no dump station at this park. We camped at Evergreen RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, Buellton, California

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $80.00
Overall Rating:      

What a great park! Very clean, beautiful green grass everywhere, tons of families and big groups but noise level non-existent. We camped here in conjunction with the car show in Solvang; we were with 6 other couples in RVs, several had classic cars. This place accommodated us very well, put us all in a row together, no issues with extra cars. LOVE THEM! We camped at Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Ventura Beach RV Resort, Ventura, California

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $90.00
Overall Rating:      

This was the fourth time we have stayed here; every time before has been PERFECT; this time a disaster. We go to Ventura for a dog show at the fairgrounds same time every year. We know it's a holiday, and we enjoy hearing everyone celebrate. We have always been able to choose our site; we make reservations 6 months in advance. On arrival, we were told that because we didn't pay a fee of $15, our site selection had not been guaranteed. We said we would gladly have paid that and more to guarantee the site; we were told "well you know now". We were squeezed into the same size site in another section of the park, with ANOTHER RV at no reduction of price. We were so upset, I was in tears. Eventually they moved us to a site near the one we had chosen. We noticed that the sewer connection was full of water, but hooked up anyway and had no problems until we left and were unable to dump our tanks. Also, they had a band playing until midnight on Saturday, even though quite time was 10PM. We complained to Security to no avail. When we went home, we tried to contact the park manager to voice our issues but never received a return call. We posted on their Facebook page with the same request; they removed our post without a call. I don't know if this place has changed hands or not, but it seems like they feel like you have no other choice but them so put up or shut up! We camped at Ventura Beach RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Woods Valley Kampground, Valley Center, California

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is fairly rustic but very pretty, with lots of trees. There are quite a few permanent residents, but they are all off in a couple of sections away from the overnights. Unfortunately these are the only full hook up sites. Luckily we didn't expect full hook ups. We had a late winter storm while we were there, and this was a huge problem. All of the sites turned to nasty, sticky mud; stepping out of our motorhome we stepped into about 1" of mud. The roads became rutted and full of potholes, and we damaged the bottom of our towed car when we were leaving. (It was not hitched to our motorhome.) Overall the place is nice, the manager is very accommodating, and we would stay here again. BUT do not stay here if you expect any kind of wet weather at all! We camped at Woods Valley Kampground in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Visalia / Sequoia National Park KOA, Visalia, California

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We were originally booked at a park in Fresno but were "bumped" and had to find a place quickly. We found this park in the Auto Club tour book, called them, and they had a spot for us! Very nice couple running the place, friendly and accommodating to us even though we didn't have reservations. Even recommended a nice place for dinner in town. Beautiful, clean, quiet park in a rural area but close enough to the main part of town. Can't say enough good things about them! We camped at Visalia / Sequoia National Park KOA in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

49er RV Ranch, Columbia, California

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

Very rustic looking park, authentic to the area. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Nice big site, gravel throughout park. Small fenced dog walk area. Lots of big trees; very clean and quiet. We would stay here again! We camped at 49er RV Ranch in a Motorhome.

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