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Big Timber Lake RV Camping Resort, Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Date of Stay: October, 2005 - $39.00
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We chose this campground based on the ratings on this site, and we were disappointed. It's easy enough to get into and out of from the parkway, but the entrance is small and the office staff is not the friendliest. When we signed in, we were given a very outdated packet of papers of happenings in the area, clear garbage bags, a cable listing, and the rules of recycling in the campground. We were also given a site map. It was easy enough to find our pull-thru campsite since there are only nine of them; but we were at the end of the row, next to 3 seasonals that looked as if they'd been abandoned for years. There were rusty yard decorations and pieces of junk lying everywhere. Because several sites shared amenities off single poles, water lines were run back and forth, and we felt as if we had very little privacy regarding our water supply. The lots were not even close to being level, and we had to dip the trailer nose down considerably to accommodate the slope of the land. It was raining when we arrived, so the sandy soil was packed down considerably, but that didn't stop it from getting everywhere. We had plenty of room for the awning before the neighbors arrived, even though our slide-out was within 6 inches of a tree. But once the fifth-wheel next to us pulled in, our space became cramped and tight. In order to hook-up, the man and several of his friends from the other pull-throughs had to stand in and trudge through our site, within feet of our door. We had to move the picnic table right up against the trailer because it was blocking their paths. The slide-outs from the fifth wheel were within 3 feet of our awning once the gentleman next door extended them. However, we adjusted quickly since we were stuck inside with torrential rain. Due to the drought in NJ, we weren't allowed a campfire until a solid third day of rain, and by the time they took the no campfire signs down, they had closed the store so we couldn't buy wood. Using our wood blocks from storage, we were able to build a small fire but put it out and went inside before too long because the lights from the slide-outs from the fifth wheel lit up our area too much, and we just weren't enjoying the evening stuck in such a tight spot. I do have to say that though the pull-throughs were not wide, they were back-to-back campsites at one point so they were extremely long, but it wasn't helping our width issue. The lake for fishing was empty of fish, even when using fresh bait; every single amenity was closed for the season; and we didn't come across one seasonal person who was friendly. The comment about the speeding golf carts was correct. Teens were driving them around consistently, well into the night. My major complaint was that we were not told that there would be nothing open in the campground upon our arrival. I was told only the pool would be closed, but most everything was packed up tight for winter upon us pulling in, and what wasn't picked up yet was gathered while we were there. The park has a list that is literally a foot long telling you what you can't do, and they insist on recycling; I have a feeling that's what the clear garbage bags were for. I felt very confined because of the rules, and very worried that we weren't following them as closely as the park had wanted. There is a note that stipulates the park inspects their seasonals yearly, so right as we were packing up, the owners of the trailer next door finally showed up to clean their site. Throwing rusty grates, grills and bikes into their trailer door, they whipped around us in a flury to clean up their area. We were eyed suspiciously and the wave we initially gave was not returned. My husband was very dissatisfied and doesn't believe we will return. I think if it were summer and the amenities were open, things might have looked up for us and our teen son. But this park definitely caters to their seasonals and transient campers are treated as second-class. Overall, we were disappointed and probably will not return. We camped at Big Timber Lake RV Camping Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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Lake George Escape Camping Resort, Diamond Point, New York

Date of Stay: September, 2005 - $38.00
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We picked this park because of the high reviews on this site, and we were definitely not disappointed! It was an easy on and off the highway, with a friendly, breezy check-in. We easily found the area we were supposed to park in, but we had missed the street. Within minutes, a friendly gentleman on a golf cart scooted up to our trailer and showed us where we could turn around to easily access our site. In the purple section, where we had been assigned, the lots were flat and sandy as it was dry. Leveling was easy and within minutes we were hooked up and ready to unpack. Water pressure was good, with no sulfur smell from the line. Electric was steady. The site was large with brush/tall pine trees between each site. We easily opened our slide and opposing awning, and we still had room! The rest of the park was spotless. It was a pretty busy weekend because of the hot air balloon festival, but everything was clean. The pool was sparkling, and still open since it was heated. All amenities seemed to be in tip-top shape. The next time we go, which will probably be next spring, we'll probably stay in the blue section. It seemed to consist of smaller pull-thru sites with no break between sites, but more families with kids seemed to be concentrated here being that this section is next to all of the amenities. The purple section, although very peaceful and quiet, seemed to be older adults in fifth wheels and although our teen boy found a few kids to pal around with, we think he would have definitely found many more in the main area of the park. We didn't give this park a 10 for only one reason: the park is so close to the highway that we could hear highway noise 24 hours a day. The blue section will probably be noisier as it's even closer to the highway overpass with no trees in the space between to buffer the sounds; but the park was so nice, we're willing to live with this inconvenience. We camped at Lake George Escape Camping Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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