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Crystal Cove Resort and RV Park, Tofino, British Columbia

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $50.00
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Without a doubt the local area is blessed with some magnificent geography, and, perhaps the previous 10 rated reviews confused the beautiful beaches, ocean views, and mountain views, with the rating of this park. This RV park is not set up for big rigs. That applies to the rest of the local campgrounds! When you read the following you will understand why they charge you full price when reserving a site. The RV park is in the heavily wooded area, with no views and no sunlight if it comes out. It rains here a lot, so, everything stays wet after the rain stops (drip, drip). Our site was surrounded by a wet bog (more wet). The RV sites have a minimal amount of gravel and things get real muddy (in and out of the RV) during rainy periods. Only 30A electric, and sewer connection about 30' away from RV outlet. When we called to book the reservation we explained that we were a big rig: 40' 5th wheel, 56' overall with the truck, and 14' wide with the slides out. The person at the desk checked with the general manager and he assured us that there was no problem handling a rig of our size. When we arrived they gave us a printout (after we had squeezed the RV into the site) that stated that a maximum length of 35' for motor homes and 30' for trailerable RV's. We managed to get our RV in the so called big rig site, with trees and bushes window to window, on three sides, and no room left over for the truck. I wanted my money back, but they tried to buy me off by giving us a cheap bottle of wine. We would have been much happier being told to stay away as our RV is too big for the park. We left the park before our paid up time expired. We do not recommend this park if you have a big rig. We camped at Crystal Cove Resort and RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, Santee, California

Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $26.00
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We wanted to stay here for three months. When we first read the RV reviews on this park, there were a few reviews that mentioned how some of the RV spaces tuned into a muddy mess. We e-mailed the RV office about the mud, and didn't receive an answer. So, we called and were informed that there were only a couple of RV spaces affected by mud, only when it rained. And, since it only rained about four times a year, this really wasn't a problem to worry about. I guess we showed up in a bad year for the rain, because it managed to rain way more than four times. After the first week we changed our minds, see below, cancelled our reservations, and moved on to another park in Arizona. We should not have reserved for a three months stay as they charged us a cancellation fee. There are a lot of +55 seniors staying here, in the winter, who think of this park like it is a resort, but really it is just a campground. This park was opened in the early 1960's, and is run by the local Santee municipal water works. After you get to know the park it becomes obvious that a bunch of bureaucrats are running the show. Without a doubt this place is a 'Cash Cow'. However, the bureaucrats are probably using the cash as a piggy bank for other purposes. The lakes and trails are great, the roads are in really bad shape, and many of the RV lots are covered with a sand/mud like material that will track into your RV if there is any rain to make it stick to your shoes. Also, some of these RV spaces have been allowed to deteriorate to the point where clay/mud has moved to the top and will turn into a 'muddy mess' in the rainy season. Read some previous reviews to see that other writers have mentioned about this fact. The pool is not heated in the winter months. No highways noise. Plenty of places for pets. No cement slab for your patio. Lots of dust gets into your RV, from the sand/mud mixture when it gets dry. No one can wash their RV or vehicle, so, they are all dirty. As this is an RV park, open to all age groups, there is a tendency for full-timers, who have jobs in the local area, to stay here. As usual they tend to collect many things, around and under their RV's. One of the park's rules is that the maximum stay in the park is six months. So, they move to another park for two weeks, then come back for another six month stay. Wi-Fi internet is available throughout the park, but most of the day, especially the weekends, the signal is too weak to to keep you online (it stinks). Organized activities are just about zero, unless you want to go around and organize your favourite activity by yourself. This park should seriously consider using some of its cash to hire an activities co-coordinator. You can fish at the lakes, which seems to be a pleasant pass-time for many of the local public to use. Shopping is about 4+ miles, and there are all of the usual stores that we normally want to use. San Diego and area are about 20 miles away. Be prepared for typical big city driving conditions. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

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Rancho California RV Resort, Aguanga, California

Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $19.00
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We find it difficult staying here for more than one month at a time, per year. Two years ago we wrote a review on this park that was not very positive. Today the situation here is definitely worse. The company that started building the park,Outdoor Resorts, walked away from this particular park by putting itself into bankruptcy. Essentially, the lots and possibly the golf course and roads are owned by all of its individual strata owners. However, there are some assets, like the big club house, pool, building for the store and restaurant that are not owned by the strata. The small club house is the only common area for anyone to meet other owners or renters, and many times it gets very confusing, crowded, and noisy. Eventually, the strata owners will probably gain ownership of the remaining assets, when they get enough money to buy it out. Keeping in mind that the 18 hole golf course was only completed to 14 holes, and that the original park was designed for approximately 800 RV sites , but only 600 were completed. It is doubtful that the remaining RV sites, or the remaining four fairways, will ever be built. So, the 600 site park is owned by strata owners, and upscale RV's occupy most of the sites. Essentially, this park is a very expensive parking lot for those owners who can afford it. There are times when one feels the lack of humans when going around the park. Presently, the strata owners pay about $395 per month for the maintenance fees, plus taxes, improvements, and upkeep. So, when you rent from them they want to cover their costs and make some profit. However, keep in mind there are very few organized activities for the money. What does the above situation have to do with you if all you want to do is rent an RV space for a short period of time? Aesthetically, the park is very pleasing, the views can be very pleasant. However, if you plan on spending more than a few days here, the views become less important, and finding things to do become more important. The big pool is not available as it is part of the bankruptcy. Also, the pool is not heated in the winter months. If golf is the only thing that you want to do, then you can play golf to your heart's content, as long as you can afford the green fees. Wi-Fi only exists at the small club house, unless you pay the local internet provider to hook your RV up to their system, at $ per month. Keep in mind, that some of the strata owners permanently reside here. So, socializing is a matter of where you fit in as far as what rung of the ladder you are on. Permanent residence owners are at the top, owners who show up once in a while are next, renters are close to the bottom. The more RV parks we visit, the more we realize it's the people that count! Compared to other RV parks that have organized activities, this park gets a very low mark. Hopefully, in time, as the economy recovers, this park may get itself organized so that social events for renters are improved. The realtors at the park, who rent and sell the RV sites, have stated, in the past, that strata owners come first and renters are allowed into the park to help defray the high maintenance fees. Make sure any contract you sign doesn't include the fact that you will be bumped from your RV site if the site is sold during your residency. Another issue exists with the distance to any stores, for whatever you want to buy. Temecula is 18+ miles away. Other areas are 50 to 70 miles away (Palm Springs is 60+ miles, San Marcos is 50+ miles). All in all, this park exists for the strata owners, if you want to stay here adjust your thinking to suit what you are looking for. Do not expect the park to compete with resorts where everybody rents a space and is looking for a highly organized list of social activities. We camped at Rancho California RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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States Visited: 2
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Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff, California

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $40.00
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A fairly new RV park that is right beside Highway 5. Easy access to get to and from the park. The closer you get to the highway the more intense the noise gets. However, this is a very nice park. Well laid out with lots of room to get in and out of the spaces (predominantly pull-through sites). Most of the RV's staying here use the park to stay over night, and then keep on moving the next day. No organized activities. The pool is not heated in the winter months. However, it must be well used in the warmer months. The park is well laid out with cement pads (grass between). Red Bluff is a small town for working persons. All of the stores are close by. And gas stations, away from the highway, that don't charge you a premium for using your credit card. We stayed here for one week. Again, it is best to pay for one night before buying a longer stay. We definitely will use this park again when traveling up or down Highway 5. We stayed here in one of their pull-through sites. We camped at Durango RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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States Visited: 2
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The Lakes RV & Golf Resort, Chowchilla, California

Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $42.00
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This is another park that is, what we are calling, “a Stratified RV park”. All of the spaces are privately owned, and the park is run by a management team. If you live for golf and don't mind looking at a very nice pond with a water fountain, for the duration, then this is your paradise. However, there ain't much more to do. It is typical of these stratified parks to be empty, giving a feeling of total solitude. No organized “other” activities; tiny swimming pool (heated). At best this is a good park for staying one night and then moving on unless golf is your game. The park is well laid out with cement pads (grass between), but tight turns into the spaces, especially for the longer rigs. There is a strange layout for the RV hook-ups relative to the patio location. Chowchilla is a small town for working people. Not very many stores and very little to see and do. Lots of gas stations at Highway 99 junctions that typically want $0.10 more per gallon if you use a credit card. We stayed here for one week and gladly moved on. Best to pay for one night before buying a longer stay. This park also charges an additional 10% for a “hotel tax”which they didn't tell us about until we arrived. We stayed here in one of their pull-through sites. We camped at The Lakes RV & Golf Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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Golden Village Palms RV Resort , Hemet, California

Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $38.00
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This park is very large and is getting a little worn out as far as the RV sites and roads go. Roads are narrow and it is difficult for larger RV's to back into some of the spaces. We were told that the park is trying to reduce the number of park model homes as some were really looking old and worn out. However, this park has very friendly staff and offers all types of activities for everyone. You name it and they offer it. Over the years, we have found out that some parks offer great views of golf courses and mountains, but no social activities for different minded people. It doesn't take long before the great view gets boring, and we all start looking for other things to do. Not all of us want to chase a small white ball around green fields of grass. As popular as golf is, it ain't everything in life. The pool area is huge. One large pool and 2 smaller ones and 2 hot tubs. Live entertainment on the patio from time to time. Spacious exercise area for those inclined. Indoor shuffle board, seven pro size pool tables. Organized card games. Dances and live entertainment, hiking, volley ball, off site golf courses and many other things to do. The city of Hemet is a working persons town that offers all of the shopping amenities that most of us want, and all of the stores are very close to the resort. This is the second time we have stayed here, this time for 9 days, and wouldn't hesitate to come back for another stay. We stayed here in one of their pull-through sites. We camped at Golden Village Palms RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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States Visited: 2
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Rancho California RV Resort, Aguanga, California

Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $15.00
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Daily price is based upon a 4 month stay in the park. All of the RV lots are privately owned. Most of the owners show up on the occasional weekend. Two types of owners: those with lots of $ who have upgraded their sites; then there are a whole bunch of owners who just want to sell and get some of their $ back. This is a great weekend getaway for the RV lot owners who live in the big city and need a break form the hustle and bustle. If you want to rent a space here, you have three choices: contact the individual owners (?), contact the on-site realty office (online), or use the RV park front office (can be the most expensive). If you are staying for a short time (less than 2 weeks) things will probably work OK using any one of the three options. However, if you want to stay for a long time (2 months or more), be careful, and make sure (in writing) that you don't wind up getting booted out of your space because the lot gets sold. Renters are essentially a means for the owners to defray the very high monthly maintenance fee. If you want to be part of the inner social group, buy a lot for your own use. Pros: Nice views of golf course and green hills. Has plenty of room for big rigs; and has a cement pad for a complete rig. Has full hook ups with 50 amp service. It's very quiet and the golf course is well maintained. For the tennis players, there are several courts in acceptable condition. Some lots have nice outdoor amenities (see individual web sites). Cons: Has narrow roads. Only 14 holes on the golf course (the remaining 4 won't be completed for a long time) and golf is not included in the monthly rent. There are very few organized activities. Lots of methane odors from septic tanks. It can get very windy due to valley and hills on either side of park. The water supply is extremely hard. (Many lot owners buy water softeners as mineral deposits in RV plumbing system can be severe, and rock hard deposits are deposited on your RV from the grass sprinklers.) It's 18 miles (36 miles return) to the nearest major shopping center. If the lot owner doesn't have the lot regularly sprayed for ants your rig will be infested. Only the small pool is heated in the winter months, the big pool is not heated in the winter months (Brrrr). Wi-Fi is only available at the club house, unless you pay Verizon for a DSL hookup at the site phone line, or you have one of those USB antennas. We camped at Rancho California RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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