Date of Stay: November, 2011
We come to Rancho California annually to escape the northwest winters. Our stays are usually from November to March. The rates vary depending on how much build-out there is on the site you choose, and goes from a low of approximately $500 to a high of $1100 per month. The nightly rate is $50. It's an absolutely beautiful park with paved roads; level long & wide concrete sites and grass and palm trees everywhere. There's also a 14 hole golf course which runs throughout the resort. Golf is $25 per round to non-owners. There's a store and a restaurant on site as well as propane sales. DSL (internet) is available at each site for a $60 install and a minimum of 3 months at $25 per month. The DSL service was spotty at our site and kept going off and on and off again. You need to supply your own modem or buy one from the HOA at about $90. It's a Zoom X5 or X6 (wireless capability) which you can buy much cheaper from Amazon. The bad news is the failing infrastructure. While grounds maintenance is impeccable, the rest of the resort is beginning to show signs of neglect. The water is the hardest I've ever encountered and our softener isn't all that effective. Long term renters don't get a remote to the security gate which is quite inconvenient when the guard isn't at his post. 4 of the 5 pools aren't heated in the winter although the hot tubs usually are operable. The park is usually 50% unoccupied during the winter months although most sites have RV's on them. The RV'ers here are very friendly. There's a good sized library at one of the 2 clubhouses and a small gym as well. The resort is 13 miles from Temecula and everything a big city offers, and 43 miles from Palm Springs. It's well situated, quiet and affordable compared with many in southern California. If the HOA continues to let the infrastructure deteriorate, the resort will become less and less desirable IMHO. I'd certainly recommend staying here and forming your own opinion. At the moment, it's a great place to stay to avoid winter!
Date of Stay: October, 2011
Everything you'd expect of a 5 star RV resort, you'll find here. It's beautiful, well equipped and well laid out. We always stay here on our annual migration from the Pacific Northwest to the warmer winter weather in southern California. I recommend this park without reservation, although you should have reservations if you plan to stay here.