biosensai

  • Review Count 70
  • States Reviewed 10
  • Helpful Reviews 10

User Map


Reviews

Date of Stay:

We left a nearby, very highly rated park, because we knew from past experience that it would be way too noisy for our taste over New Year's Eve - in spite of their constantly patrolling security! This, our second stay at Champagne Lakes, was just what we hoped for. Very peaceful! We stayed in one of the upper, newer levels that provide roof mounted satellite TV clearance. While these sites are not nearly as attractive as the lower, older sites along the lakes, this is the area we prefer. And will return to. I highly recommend that you approach the park from the south to avoid making an unprotected left turn. Also, a quick study in commuter traffic will provide very easy access to both Temecula & Escondido.

Date of Stay:

This park continues to be a model of contradictions. It was recently awarded the best RV park in the U.S. by Motorhome magazine . . . Not even close. For inland So Cal . . . Maybe. First issue is that you can reserve specific sites. Ever wonder why most parks won't guarantee you a specific site? It's so others won't have to move a couple of different times during an extended stay! We planned far enough ahead to avoid this, but I talked to at least 3 RV'ers who were very unhappy about it. These were experienced RV'ers who have visited the truly top echelon RV resorts. Second issue is the enforcement of provided rules. Security is constantly patrolling. I was told by another RV'er, who was reprimanded for a violation, that security reports violations to the office, who then give you a written warning the next day. In the past, the office clearly said that security was to be called to enforce the rules. Change of policy or a shell game? All in all, the park is a great choice, but it truly seems as though management has no RV'ing experience. This visit, the very biggest grip, voiced by people all over the park, was the ongoing, round the clock noise from the massive construction going on all around the resort. We always use white noise, so it really wasn't an issue for us, but almost everyone I talked to brought it up. Finally, I happened to see a 45' DP towing a big enclosed trailer, turn way too early to get to the park. The turn is located just before the gas station. If you miss it, take the right hand turn just past the gas station. The park is not the best in the U.S., but with enforcement of the rules & management familiar with the nuisances of RV'ers, it certainly has potential.

Date of Stay:

Great facility if you have a rig that will fit. This is largely a park made for yesteryear's smaller, non-slide rigs. Campground (not an RV park) looked to be 3 loops. The first lacked hook-ups. It appeared to be newer due to the lack of mature trees. We needed a site that we could fit our 37' Class A with 3 slides, our CR-V, and rooftop satellite TV clearance. We.found one vacant site that would absolutely have worked. One occupied site that would have. One unoccupied site that might have. Note that we were in the car scouting sites mid-day on a Saturday, intending to come in the following Monday. The perfect vacant site was booked most days for the upcoming two week period. That was disappointing, but the deal killer was the additional charge for a dinghy. $35 for a FHU (30 amp) site in a beautiful campground is pretty good. $15 each day for our toad if we unhook it . . . You must be kidding. For $9 more we booked a deluxe, FHU site (70' x 45') available for our entire planned visit, at a private park in Morro Bay. El Chorro is a beautiful facility, but it didn't work for us.

Date of Stay:

There is an adult park in the area that we usually stay at. However, this trip I wanted very easy access to the American River bike trail right from the RV. This park has that. Check in was fast and easy (my wife loved Mabel the cat). The first area of paved sites slopes too much for my comfort so we opted for the gravel area in the back. How much your jacks have to level you at gravel sites has a lot to do with how much previous rigs have disrupted it, but our site was dead on. Power pedestal was located at a very convenient location for our 37' Class A. I pulled right in, dinghy still attached, everything right where I wanted it. This isn't a park where one sits outside & enjoys the view. The aforementioned, very popular, multi-use trail however, is right here. (Users should check TripAdvisor first. I will suggest that, for safety sake, upon reaching the actual trail, you only proceed to the left, not the right.) A boatload of eateries are an easy drive away. Chick-Fil-A & Cheesecake Factory are just two we patronized. Many very nice parks have periodic issues with bike theft in Ca. Expo now has night time security to address this. Propane is available for delivery to your site. Newspapers can be purchased by the office. There is no store associated with park, but you are in the middle of a big city, not the Sierra. Places abound where supplies can be found. Provided Internet was rather inconsistent.

Date of Stay:

For what California has to offer in the way of oceanfront RV parks, Shoreline is one of the very best we've found. We stayed in 1991 when the park had many trashy looking locals residing. About 10 years ago we checked it out with the dinghy and it had further deteriorated. Having read that major improvements had been made, we revisited. It's great. Mid-November we got a front row pull in site that gave our Class A front window an awesome vista of Crescent City Harbor. Any seasoned Class A traveler will readily acknowledge how rare pull in sites are. A small concrete patio is provided where a DP door would be. Gravel pads provided excellent support for our 37' gasser at a time when the area was saturated with much needed precipitation. The grass between the sites could use some weed killer but looked good. And the view out our front window . . . We've paid 3 times the price for lesser waterfront views on the rare occasion when we could find them. In a separate area (so no dreaded side-by-side hook-ups) towables can be backed into harbor front sites also. The ever present distant foghorn simply added to the coastal ambience for me as did the occasional barking of sea lions. This park is the model the state of California needs to follow with its aging, over-priced, overcrowded beach area RV parks. The city of Eureka is to be commended for providing this well designed facility at a bargain price.

Date of Stay:

For what the park can control, it has done a very nice job. Modifications to its original design have been made to accommodate today's larger rigs. Enough trees are between the asphalt pads to be aesthetically pleasing but not so many as to block satellite TV reception and the extension of multiple slides. (We did have to change sites to make this happen though.) The biggest issue most will have is the road noise from the adjacent freeway. As with any facility offering easy freeway access, road noise has the potential to be bothersome. For those seeking a nicely landscaped park with small city conveniences nearby and a home-base from which to visit the southern area of Eureka or 'The Avenue of the Giants' this park would be our recommendation.

Date of Stay:

We gravitate towards the 10/10/10 parks with level concrete pads & easy satellite tv clearance. This awesome park is definitely not that. But its emphasis on a quiet, serene atmosphere (no outdoor TV's allowed!) held huge appeal to me. Arrived after a good rain storm to find the very large grass pad firm enough to drive on but too soft to comfortably allow me to extend the leveling jacks, even with the aid of the plastic 12"x12" pads & 'legos' I carry. I cautiously elected to give it a day to dry out then try again. A passing comment to one of the wonderful women that work the office resulted in her equally great husband providing some serious pieces of wood that made quick work of supporting the weight of our 37' Class A. Satellite TV worked at our pull thru site unless the wind was really blowing. (The park abuts to part of Patrick's Point SP & has very tall trees on its parameter.). Excellent cable is provided. The park, our site included, is beautifully landscaped. A very tall hedge provided a privacy on the sides. There really aren't that many sites available. At least during our November stay, drop-ins were not encouraged. Be sure to call ahead. Our departure was delayed by a day due to another rainstorm. My inexperience with grass sites had me worried that we might get stuck trying to leave. We did get a lot of rain, but in hindsight, I was probably just being overly cautious. Enter the park from the north & carefully follow the park's signs at the entrance. The first entrance area is not designed for bigger rigs. This is a very nicely landscaped that emphasizes a very quiet setting. And great wifi. Pay for 7, stay for 8. We could not have been happier.

Date of Stay:

Though it's been awhile since we stayed at this park, things haven't changed much. It is still a very nice place to stop on our north/south travels. Level, long concrete pads are a plus, but hook-ups are located towards the very rear of the site. We have to park the dinghy in front of the coach to access them. The poor choice of groundcover between the sites is not intended to be walked on and usually looks pretty bad. With CA's drought conditions it hasn't been watered and looks even worse. This park would really sparkle if they used artificial turf. Passport America is honored at the times we usually visit. Lots of fast food choices at the truck stop complex nearby. All services a little further east in Lodi.

Date of Stay:

This was our second visit to this park. There are two others we usually use depending on our reason for being in the area. This park may well be elevated in my preference. I don't care for the pull-throughs. Check their website for more info on that. For a stay where I'm unhooking the dinghy anyway, I consider their back-ins the best sites of the 3 parks we use. Very nice young lady in the office. Very busy Costco about a block away. When the rains come, our back-in site will have had a great view of the river.

Date of Stay:

We frequent this park. We like that it has an onsite restaurant, which we usually enjoy. The park is very nicely landscaped considering it's arid environment. The biggest concern I have is that every visit, everyone seems to be assigned sites that are not really big enough. We could not have left our Honda attached to our 37' Class A and fit in our pull through site. As did most others, we had our car parked perpendicular to the coach. This resulted in many vehicles extending somewhat into the road. This trip, this was merely an annoyance. In the past, I've simply requested, when calling for a reservation, that I be given a site long enough that I can leave the car attached. They have always accommodated that request.

Date of Stay:

This great facility is slated to go out of business as of October 1, 2015. I'm told it will become high rise condos.

Date of Stay:

We've been looking for a park 'less lively' on the weekends in the Temecula area than where we usually stay. I'd read reviews that this park had been seriously renovated. It really has. We stayed in one of the upper levels. Full sun exposure (unlike the sites nestled in the valley) but also no satellite interference. In our area, parking was a bit tight for bigger, multi-slide units with an accompanying vehicle, but doable by moving the provided picnic table to the back corner of the concrete pad. At least in our area, the park was as peaceful as we seek. Might not be near the lakes where tent campers are provided waterfront sites along the catch & release oases. Cell phone reception is 1 bar, but provided TengoInternet was good. This is a beautiful facility that should be a model for what the state should be doing in its parks. Don't think 10/10/10 RVs in a row like we gravitate towards. Think that concept hybridized with an oak studded state park. And full hookups.

Date of Stay:

For the most part, this park gets negative reviews. Yep, you are right next to the freeway, but at our pull-through site about 3 rows back, it was white noise that I felt helped to mask the disturbances caused by other RVers. Road noise was no worse than many other parks we've stayed at. Yep, it is very pricey, but this is Ventura Beach area. I considered it 'fair market value'. And apparently many others did also! Mid-June, mid-week it was at least as crowded as the previous 2 coastal (albeit cheaper) parks we stayed at. And a whole heck of a lot nicer! It is a very attractive, very well maintained facility. No satellite TV interference at our site. Evidence of the removal of mature trees to facilitate today's larger, multi-slide units. There were a lot of different types of sites. The hook-ups at our pull-through were not designed for motorhomes, but were at the very back of the site. Having both the dinghy attached and taking advantage of said hook-ups would not have been possible. Great Wi-Fi. On the downside, the rules need to be proactively enforced. Too many dogs off leash. Motorized vehicles traveling too fast. And tow vehicles (always with a toy hauler) sticking out into the roadway. I didn't feel the sites were wide enough for the fire pits that many guests felt were necessary in mid-June. But we really liked the park. The many rule violating guests . . . not so much.

Date of Stay:

This park boasts that it has been recognized as the, ". . . best medium sized park in California . . ." numerous times. It might well have been 30 years ago when I first visited. Since this is coastal Cal, the sites are very close together. It is predominantly the dreaded side-by-side hookup. This is where the bigger rigs are going fit. When reserving our site, I clearly explained exactly what I wanted, letting it be known that we would postpone our visit if what I wanted wasn't available. Upon arrival, the site they had identified for us was neither long enough nor wide enough. (This also happened to a couple that arrived in the site next to us.) They did find us another site. Multiple times my wife & I expressed our appreciation, but we should never have been assigned that first site to start with. While there, I read a review criticizing the lack of enforcement of noise violations. I also read management's response. Basically it was that the violation occurred after office hours & that if you complain we'll do something about it. Neither of those attitudes sit well with me. On the plus side, the park is attractive. The office & grounds people are just great. I found it very reasonably priced given its location. Only on 2 of our 10 evenings was it 'lively' enough that I couldn't sit outside & read wearing noise canceling headphones. For what I'm looking for - safe and quiet - it is the best choice in the immediate Pismo area.

Date of Stay:

Were this park almost anywhere else, it is unlikely that we would return. But it's proximity to Disneyland allows a lot of minor things to be overlooked - most of which are related to its age. Initially we were a bit disappointed, but quickly overcame it. This isn't a brand new polished 10/10/10 park, which we unabashedly prefer, but this older facility is well maintained. It looks to be a mobile home park that has evolved into an RV park. Not unattractive, but not new. There's road noise in the near distance, but, remember, you are in urban Anaheim. The park (at least for a week in early June) is surprisingly quiet. I suspect that's because it is primarily a place to sleep between taking the available & very popular public transportation to what people are really here for - Disneyland. There are a lot of mature trees, but, as we requested when we made our reservation, we were given a back-in site without satellite interference. And we still had shade! However, the trees are currently dropping small droplets of sap. No signage to the park exists coming in from S. Anaheim Blvd. (You don't want to miss it the first time as we did!) W. Midway does not have a traffic signal. There are 2 lanes for check-in parking that are clearly marked. You can also park along the curb just past them, a left turn off of Midway that is actually one entrance to the park, to check-in. As usual, the Tango internet did not work with my iPad, but did with my wife's MacBook.