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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Golden Village Palms RV Resort , Hemet, California

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We retired out of Temecula. We'd driven thru this area many times over the years without realizing there was even a park here (even though it has its own dedicated stop light). When we visit the Temecula area, we have two parks we generally use. Both have shortcomings. A third, our favorite, a little known gem on the shores of Lake Elsinore, was booked solid. So we thought we'd try Golden Village Palms. What a great find! We took advantage of a special rate ($139/week) for a very nice back-in site. (We were given a couple of sites to choose from, which I really appreciated.) The park is huge, with a lot of different types of sites, many recently renovated. This is an 'active adults' park. Kids are allowed for up to 2 weeks so they can babysit their grandparents. Visiting kids are restricted to certain areas & must be supervised. Our site backed up to Devonshire road. Traffic noise could be an issue unless you employ white noise. Wifi was taxed when park was heavily occupied. Our initial 2 week stay evolved into a 3 months (constructing a home in nearby Murrieta). We found the staff to be excellent. The local communities are lower socioeconomic. Nearby Temecula & Murrieta offer a tremendous variety of shopping & recreational activities. If you are so inclined, the outstanding 412 church, associated with Calvary Chapel, is nearby. We camped at Golden Village Palms RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
54
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Morro Strand State Beach, Morro Bay, California

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We were staying at a very nice private park nearby, drove by to check out this beachfront primitive camping we had used decades before. FHU's as of 4/1/2015 I'm told. Immediately we checked ReserveAmerica for availability. Weekends, even in February, even Super Bowl weekend, were pretty tight, but we managed to get a full week (which we subsequently extended). This is the first Cal State Campground we have used since we moved to multi-slide rigs pulling a dinghy 15 years ago. We want FHU's (50 amp) with satellite TV clearance with campground etiquette rules enforced. About time California started putting some of my tax money into its parks! This place is gorgeous with back-in sites providing a panoramic view of the Pacific out of the front windshield of your motorhome. It is not sheltered from the heavy winds that do occur in the area. Perfect? Until the group showed up Sunday afternoon in the tent area blasting music as we left for dinner. Unbeknownst to me at the time was that the campground hosts & park rangers were on them immediately. Kudos to the state for this awesome upgrade & the park personnel for enforcing the identified rules. We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Morro Strand RV Park, Morro Bay, California

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

After a very bad experience at a park in Pismo involving not getting a promised site, we took a Saturday day trip looking for an alternate park. This facility looked great. A deluxe site (70' x45') was coming open for the period we desired. We jumped on it. Stayed for a week. WiFi was initially very strong, but became rather sporadic over the weekend. Roof mounted satellite TV had plenty of clearance. Park was very quiet, mostly retired, as are we. Winds can get pretty strong in Morro. The park offered pretty good protection even when gusts were reported at 65 mph in the immediate area. The park was a little far for walking to Morro's tourist shops & restaurants, but a very easy drive to everything, including Hearst Castle. We camped at Morro Strand RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Tapo Canyon Park, Simi Valley, California

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Read a couple of reviews on this park. Decided to unhook the dinghy & drive up for a quick look for future reference before heading on to our very high priced coastal one night destination located right next to a freeway. For half the price & no traffic noise . . . We went back & got the motorhome. What a truly great find. Concrete pads are probably only 10-12' wide, so, with slide-outs deployed, you'll likely be walking in the dirt. Precautions must be taken to avoid tracking it in. Evidence of past water coursing thru the lower sites where we were, but this is a picturesque semi arid canyon. Most sites would have provided roof mounted satellite TV clearance. Great shopping & lots of food options located at the off ramp where you exit and the next. Speaking of the off ramp, the campground- not an RV park - is located straight up the road from the off ramp. Easy coming & going! While we only stayed one night this trip, we're already planning for an extended stay in the very near future. We camped at Tapo Canyon Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Champagne Lakes, Escondido, California

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Champagne Lakes in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
115
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Pechanga RV Resort & Casino, Temecula, California

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Pechanga RV Resort & Casino in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
G14
Site Surface
Concrete

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

El Chorro Regional Park Campground, San Luis Obispo, California

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at El Chorro Regional Park Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Cal Expo RV Park, Sacramento, California

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Cal Expo RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
511
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Your GPS will likely take you to the fairgrounds, not the RV park. Suggest you use the address 1010 Hurley. If arriving via Ethan Way, go straight as you approach the address. If on Hurley, turn left at the address.

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Shoreline RV Park & Campground, Crescent City, California

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Shoreline RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

An added benefit is the access to a bike path at the very entrance of the park. It's a nice ride for the casual rider.

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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Riverwalk RV Park, Fortuna, California

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Riverwalk RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Azalea Glen RV Park & Campgrounds, Trinidad, California

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Azalea Glen RV Park & Campgrounds in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Flag City RV Resort, Lodi, California

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Flag City RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Bakersfield River Run RV Park, Bakersfield, California

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Bakersfield River Run RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

If you plan on gassing up at the Costco across the street - and they have diesel- get there way early. It gets crowded fast!

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Bakersfield RV Resort, Bakersfield, California

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Bakersfield RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

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

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

This great facility is slated to go out of business as of October 1, 2015. I'm told it will become high rise condos. We camped at Bernardo Shores RV Park (CLOSED) in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Number
112

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