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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Jim & Mary's RV Park, Missoula, Montana

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice RV park. We stayed for four days and the only aspect of the park that was not up to par was the cable TV signal. The lady in the office was welcoming and friendly. The park is nicely landscaped with beautiful flowers planted everywhere you look. The sites are gravel, but there was no noticeable dust or mud problems. Almost all of the sites are at least partially shaded. It is well off the freeway and while there is a bit of highway noise from US 93, it was not obtrusive. Power was good and water pressure was good. Recommended. We camped at Jim & Mary's RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
F9
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

When staying in Missoula, be sure to go visit the Traveler's Rest State Park in nearby Lolo. There is a very nice little museum and you can walk around the actual campsite where Lewis & Clark camped on their expedition.

If you're up to a bit longer excursion, the Garnet ghost town NE of Missoula off of MT 200 was very interesting. It is very well preserved and feels like a trip back to life in the late 1800s.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Yakima River RV Park, Ellensburg, Washington

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice off-the-beaten-path RV park. The campground host and the owners (who both came out to say hello) are cordial and friendly. We really enjoyed our stay here. The full hook-up sites are a bit on the tight side, but doable. If you're planning a shorter stay and don't need sewer, there are three sites at the back of the park by the farmhouse that are very nice.

We were in site 34, which was plenty big for our 40 footer and had great shade in the afternoon.

All sites are 50-amp, and the water pressure was just fine. There are no bathrooms or showers (except porta-potties for the tenters). The WiFi is free and worked well. If you are self-contained and don't want to be right next to the freeway, this is a great option. We camped at Yakima River RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
34
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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Ellensburg KOA, Ellensburg, Washington

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

Please do your rig and your blood pressure a favor. DO NOT stay at this terrible RV park run by incompetents. It is just awful.

We reserved online for a 7-day stay. We picked a 50-amp site with full hookups and got a confirm showing the site details correctly. On arrival, the desk clerk checked us in and directed us to a 30-amp W&E site. We objected and showed her the confirm. The manager was called. She said the park was full and maybe they could move us to the correct site in a couple of days. Making the best of a bad situation, we agreed.

We got set up and sat down for happy hour. Soon, cars started filling the next site. Eventually, there were 7 tents and 13 people next door. Cars filled every nearby space and one of them parked on the grass at our site. Since the park rules say the site limit is 6 guests, we were a bit put off by the 3-ring circus set up next to us. They quieted down about midnight. As we were up late too, no big deal.

The next day was very hot. As we were stuck in a 30-amp site, only one A/C could be run. About 2pm, our surge guard cut power. The display showed we had low voltage. The park was only delivering 105 volts. If we hadn't installed a surge guard, the low voltage could have burned out our A/C.

I went to the office & asked the manager to be moved to an open 50-amp site. She flatly refused, saying it was reserved. I asked "What about our reservation?" She said "You're already mad, I won't make someone else mad just to satisfy you." When I said we couldn't stay, she said "Due to all the problems, I'll give you a full refund." So we packed up and stopped by the office. The manager gave a refund of $42 less than what we had paid. When I ask about the promised "full refund", she said "Well, you still have to pay for last night".

Sorry for the length, but I couldn't let this park's incompetence and dishonesty slide. You'd be better off staying overnight at a Walmart than risking a single night's stay at this dump. We camped at Ellensburg KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Other
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Columbia Riverfront RV Park, Woodland, Washington

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $49.00
Overall Rating:      

We came away with very mixed feelings after our week-long stay here. The park is well-maintained and the view of the river is just super. However, the folks who run the place just don't like RVers very much. We experienced many of the frustrations voiced in earlier reviews. They really gave us a hard time about the Good Sam discount. (Even though I went in clutching my membership card as advised.) When they finally grudgingly agreed to give us the discount, the nightly rate was magically $2 higher then what we were quoted on the phone. Then there were the rules, rules and more rules. Two pages of rules, many in all caps and some in all caps and underlined. Several workers spent most of their time driving around in golf carts making sure no one was violating the rules. It gave the place a kind of "under siege" feeling. Also, they clearly did not want people using some of the amenities. Both the pool and the upper viewing deck were kept roped off and unavailable. If you wanted to use them, you had to go to the office (when open) and request access. The extra layer of hassle seems to work as we never saw anyone using either one. Finally, the laundry room was beyond dreadful, with old rusty machines that worked poorly if at all. For the prices this place charges, they could certainly afford to provide decent laundry equipment.

To summarize, the great views just are not worth the hassle and we would probably not stay here again. We camped at Columbia Riverfront RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

French Camp RV Park Resort & Golf Course, Manteca, California

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

The park is in decent shape and qualifies as well-kept. There are adequate amenities and it is quiet and comfortable. What is not comfortable is getting into and out of your site if you have a 38-foot or longer motorhome. They are much more concerned about their grass and sprinkler heads than your coach, so there are large (3'-4' in diameter) rocks, well OK, boulders scattered about the entrance and exit to most sites. They ARE painted yellow, so they're usually visible, but they sure made arriving and departing MUCH more stressful than it needed to be. Also, if you're in Good Sam or FMCA or AAA, etc. do not waste time pulling your card out. There are no discounts to be had here. That makes for a more expensive stay here than seems reasonable. There aren't a lot of choices around Manteca, so if you have to stay in the area, this is a workable if somewhat-expensive option. ...paint and bodywork not included. We camped at French Camp RV Park Resort & Golf Course in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Bernardo Shores RV Park (CLOSED), Imperial Beach, California

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Important: This is a adults-only RV park, so if you're RVing with kids, it's a non-starter. Beyond that, it is a very well-kept park catering mostly to long-term permanent and seasonal (summer) tenants. There are virtually no amenities offered beyond a (very nice) laundry room and a doughnuts-and-coffee social on Saturday mornings. They don't even have a bathroom open to guests. The park is gated from 5pm to 8am and we felt safe and secure here. If you're a bit of a free spirit, you probably should look elsewhere. Registering here includes signing every page of a three-page list of rules. The sites have a concrete pad and parking area and a brick patio and are very clean. The rate shown reflects the monthly rate divided by 30. We camped at Bernardo Shores RV Park (CLOSED) in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, Santee, California

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice park for both short and long term stays. Lots of amenities, comfortable-size spaces and friendly camp hosts/office staff. It is owned and run by a water district, so there are seven smallish man-made lakes stocked with fish. Lots of nearby shopping and restaurants. It's about 8-9 miles from the ocean, but behind a small mountain range so no "ocean breezes" here. No serious complaints about the park itself. The only caveat is that Santee is pretty "toasty" (high 80's to mid 90's) in July, August and September. If you're looking for cool summertime temps, this isn't a good pick during those three months. There are some long-term residents living in the back "Willow" loop, but no junky or cluttered spaces were evident. This campground is a good deal for the San Diego metro area. The $26 rate reflects the monthly rate divided by 30. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Motorhome.

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