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Pechanga RV Resort & Casino, Temecula, California

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

This RV resort is a great example of how a rating can be influenced by the inappropriate actions of one's fellow RV'ers. I'll give it a 10 on the weekdays and substantially less on the weekends. If you're going to have rules, enforce them. Also, as the park is maturing, trees are becoming a bit of an issue. I casually mentioned to both an office worker and a landscape person about the dilemma they must face in providing shade without blocking satellite TV reception. Both seemed unaware that trees could be an issue in this regard. Most of the sites here are excellent. Do double check level before hitting the auto on your levelers. I had to manually level ours to keep all wheels down. A number of rigs in the park had wheels off the ground. Some of those maturing trees are now encroaching upon the pads. Regarding one site, the office worker offered to have someone trim it back for us. A number of the sites, including the more expensive sites, needed a lot of attention in this area. If you have a big rig with multiple slides consider requesting that the site you reserve be inspected for overhanging branches prior to your arrival. Still, this is a great place. Wi-Fi was consistently good. The on demand shuttle to the casino/restaurants is a hit. The pool is probably a little small for a park this size, but there are 2 jacuzzis - and adult hours. There are also 2 dedicated doggie areas. Do be careful where you walk though. Most owners seem to prefer that their dogs use the manicured grass strips that separate each site. Not their own of course, so do watch your step! Rate reflects using Passport America on weekdays. We camped at Pechanga RV Resort & Casino in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 78
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Chula Vista RV Resort, Chula Vista, California

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $75.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice resort. We had previously stayed at a premium site during the winter months when few, if any, families were here, and loved it. I was concerned about what the summer crowd might be. A very nice facility can be compromised by inconsiderate campers and parks that don't enforce rules. Fortunately, this wasn't an issue during our stay in our area. You still have parents that allow their kids to ride bikes/skateboards, etc., in places where it is posted not to, but these are 'teachable moments' for me with my grandkids. We were only able to secure a site in the more concentrated back-in area, but the physical layout and landscaping minimizes the awareness of neighbors. Once again, we were fortunate enough to have considerate neighbors. Our nightly walks suggested others might not have been. The pool has adult hours for those inclined. Activities are available for the kids. For all generations, horseshoes and a putting green are available. You'll need your own putter & ball. Beautiful walking paths are along the adjacent marina and bay. During the summer, sites closest to the these areas might be a little noisier. The Bayshore Bikeway is very close, also. My 13 year old granddaughter felt the bathrooms were clean, but outdated. My 10 year old grandson felt the gliders were awesome. No playground in the park, but a very nice one is just outside along the walkway. The grandkids found the pool area to be awesome. Within easy walking distance, "The Galley at the Marina", offers discounted breakfasts to guests. Big portions of good food. Nightly specials vary, but the taco plate offered on Tuesday's was delicious. This park would be a '10' with enforcement of the posted rules. We camped at Chula Vista RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 78
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Mission Bay RV Resort, San Diego, California

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

Came here to spend a week with my daughter's family knowing the demographics would be outside of this full-timers comfort zone. Lots of unsupervised young children everywhere, especially in the roads that become very narrow because of all the big trucks protruding into the street. This does not stop their parents from driving too fast. Our back-in site was not sufficiently level for the auto-levelers to keep all wheels touching. That's disappointing considering the park is basically all asphalt with grass strips behind the rigs and a single tree between sites where a square has been cut out of the asphalt. The location of the restrooms results in a constant traffic flow through the adjacent sites, including sub-teens on bikes. My neighbor's water & power cords were just ridden over as I write this. Security seems to be doing a good job of suppressing unwanted noise. Following the viewing of Sea World's nightly fireworks, things quiet down until around 8am. All sites are back-ins at a right angle to the interior roads. Couple this with the trucks parked half way into the road and the constant flow of people of all sizes makes very tight and dangerous maneuvering. The physical attractiveness of the park rates at best a 6. Security gets a 10. The majority of my fellow campers fail miserably. But, then again, it is summer vacation at the beach, and the park is what I had been told it would be. For older teens, college kids, and crazies, 'woodstock' is across the bay. For those with younger kids looking for a place to turn 'em loose and then doing a little letting loose themselves, it gets an '8'. We camped at Mission Bay RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 78
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

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

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

I'm very tempted not to write a review of this park. But because others chose to let the secret out via this website, which is how we found out about it, I will also. This is pretty close to the perfect park for us. First off, it is an adult park. To me that means parents can't pull in and defend they and their kids's right to infringe upon mine. My grandkids can and will visit, and I will use the opportunity to demonstrate and remind them of good citizenship. Our site is a premium site, but all appear to easily be wide enough for yet another RV in the site. Fortunately, management went for quality as opposed to maximizing profit. RV's park on gravel adjacent to a concrete slab for parking the tow vehicle/toad. A very nice paver patio is also provided. RV's are parked at a right angle to the interior roads. For me, that necessitated driving over a portion of the concrete pad. I've stayed at other parks where this could have resulted in rubbing the sidewalls. Not here. The gravel is essentially level with the pad. This and the placement of the hook-ups reflect a concern for quality. The park is gated, which I like. A recent stay at a different very nice resort saw our neighbor's bikes, chained to a table, stolen during the night. Exercise caution entering the park the first time. Initially it looked to me like there was only room for one rig to park for registration. That isn't the case, but do be careful. The day after our arrival, we attended the weekly Saturday morning donut and coffee get together. I'm not a social guy, but was immediately impressed by the welcoming sense of community. The portion of the bay that the park is next to, a wildlife refuge, might have water at a very high tide, but it is really a wetlands area. The lack of a pool, showers and restroom help keep overhead down. As does the lack of cable TV. I seriously doubt if the clientele here misses any of those amenities. The hedges that separate the sites, are definitely not going to impede satellite reception. A few local English channels are available over the air. Lots are available from south of the border. For an empty-nester, it doesn't get any better than this. We camped at Bernardo Shores RV Park (CLOSED) in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 78
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Premier RV Resorts of Redding , Redding, California

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $40.00
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First negative - we understood that we had one of the five super sites when we made reservations a day or two before our arrival. Told none were available when we arrived. (One was empty the entire time we were there.) Who misunderstood who? Definitely wasn't a deal killer, but a disappointing start. Second negative - Nice escort to the site, but I didn't realize he was the source of the cigarette smoke when I started to refuse the site thinking the stench was coming from a neighboring rig. On the positive side, it was Redding hot (112F) a couple of the days. No power issues with lots of big rigs running the a/c to keep up. Our site, a pull-thru in the new area, was large and level. It was oriented so that the setting afternoon sun allowed for shade on the curb side. Under these hot circumstances, that made this a better site than what we thought we were originally promised. True, there is no longer a free newspaper. While that was a nice perk, it is certainly nothing I would criticize a park for. When previously here, I was concerned that during the hot summer months, this park could be noisy due to the adjacent water park. We could faintly hear their music only once during our nightly sunset walks. Saw no evidence of noisy people camping here to use the water park as I'd feared might be the case. The crowned nature of the pull-thrus resulted in most people having to move their coach on to an interior road to hook up. Overnighters who didn't unhook, didn't have this problem. We camped at Premier RV Resorts of Redding in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 78
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Orange Grove RV Park, Bakersfield, California

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $33.00
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We used to use this park when it first opened. Then we got into the habit of using another very nice park due to its convenient location in town. Recently, our assigned pull-thru sites have been too short to leave the toad hooked up and still reach all the hook-ups. Last time this was specifically addressed with office staff to no avail. This trip I needed to have the toad left on the motorhome. Reviews reminded me that Orange Grove's sites are wide and long, so here we are. We'd forgotten how nice this park is. The hook-ups are well located, making it easy to leave the dinghy attached. The dirt/gravel site looked like it might not have been groomed recently, but the auto levelers kept all wheels in contact with the ground. Since the park is located in the foothills leading to the Mojave desert, you won't find grass at your site, but the orange trees you park amongst are well manicured. They add beauty and character without getting in the way of slides, satellites or entrance/exit to the site. The park is located far enough off the freeway for minimal noise, but close enough for easy access. Orange Grove was, and continues to be, a top-notch rural park. We camped at Orange Grove RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 78
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Blake Ranch RV Park & Horse Motel, Kingman, Arizona

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $27.00
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The last time we stayed here was almost 6 years ago. I had justifiably good memories of it. The website suggests most use it simply for an overnight stop as we did both times, and it is way better than that. It is most definitely a desert park, but, especially the office area, is very well landscaped. The sites are pea gravel. I was able to get perfectly level manually with all wheels still grounded. That's better than some with concrete pads recently. Only a single WIFI access code is given, but my wife understood that if it was a problem we could have another. We usually use our own 4G anyway, but it didn't work well here. (When I did use the park's it was just fine.) Another plus for me is the nearby gas station. And apparently for others as well. There were 3 of us from the park there shortly after 7am. Gas was much cheaper at the truck stop next exit west. While it is 16 miles to Kingman, that's why I have a toad. We camped at Blake Ranch RV Park & Horse Motel in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 78
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Distant Drums RV Resort, Camp Verde, Arizona

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We were guided to a pull-in site that sits literally on the edge of a canyon, providing a great view of the surrounding mesas. Small grassy areas on both sides of the site. Beautiful green native shrubs on the edge of the precipice. I was concerned that the automatically levelers might leave me with a wheel or two off the ground, so I manually leveled it satisfactorily. A number of other coaches had at least one wheel airborne. Virtually no road noise at this site, but the A/C is running most of the day. Only one WiFi device access code was provided. Water pressure was marginally low, but I didn't catch that until completely set up. Later, I mentioned it in passing to a gentleman that works here. He immediately addressed it. We don't use the pool, clubhouse, etc., in parks, but we did walk through. I noticed 2 residentially style BBQ's, complete with propane, that appear to be available to guests. Don't know if that's typical, but it is just one of the things that separates a park from a resort. This is a resort: but rather contradictory at times. There are a number of sites where a concrete patio is provided, but the RV is parked on dirt. Most other sites are concrete slabs with patios. There were also side by side hook-ups in some areas of the park. We really liked our site and feel very fortunate to have gotten it. We will make sure on future visits to avoid the sites with the less desirable features. We camped at Distant Drums RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 78
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

American RV Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a pull-through in the newest section of the park. No trees to interfere with satellite. Sewer at both the back of the site for fifth wheels and center for motorhomes, so these are actually user friendly for all. At first I thought it was our automatic leveling system acting up, but I noted a few others with at least one wheel off the ground to achieve level. Having to use blocks to get level with all wheels grounded really surprised me at a park of this caliber. These new sites are long concrete pads serviced by asphalt interior roads. Most of the sites in the older section appear to have much shorter concrete pads, still with asphalt interior roads. Also lots of nice trees. Some of the back older sites are gravel pads. This very nice park's proximity to I-40 does mean you'll have some noise. Wi-Fi was not dependable at our site. Our price reflected a ''pay for 2 stay for 3" rate. At the end of the fourth day, I was uncomfortable traveling with the next day's wind prediction so we asked to have our site another day. Not only could we, but were told the discount rate would continue for the next 3 days if we cared to stay. I thought that was very generous. We camped at American RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 78
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

A+ Motel & RV Park, Sulphur, Louisiana

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Used this only as an overnight stop. Next time we are in the area we will plan to spend a lot more time in the park to explore. Though it is a little ways off the interstate, the road next to it provided a level of noise that other parks have been criticized for by other reviewers. We use a white noise device, and it was not a problem for us. Don't let the rather plain looking motel where you register for the park deter you. Pull-through was designed well enough to allow for the use of water, power and sewer and still leave the toad hitched. Very nicely landscaped with very friendly people who explained to me about the area love bugs as I was scrubbing them off the front of the motorhome. We camped at A+ Motel & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 78
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Cicada Springs RV Park, Killeen, Texas

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an older mobile home park being converted to an RV park. The new pads and power are very nice. The interior original roads are past their prime. Coming in from the east on 190, I was concerned about the surrounding neighborhood. Access to the park off of 190 is down a steep road that brings you to a closed gate. Be careful. The park is not listed in the current Good Sam RV Travel Guide, so we called ahead to both reserve a site and verify our GPS directions. The owner gave us a better route than most GPS's usually do. Though we had a pull-thru for just one night, our guide to the site suggested we might not be able to make the turns to the site with the dinghy attached. (I usually disconnect before going to the actual site, but wasn't going to due to the slope of the registration area. I did disconnect, but probably did not need to.) The owner has done a nice job of leaving some beautiful trees that were part of the old park in place, resulting in sites that vary in spacing and often provide a large yard like feel. I would have liked to stay longer to enjoy the very nice site we were provided. Did feel the park rate was a little too high. No credit cards, cash needed. We camped at Cicada Springs RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 78
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Lubbock RV Park, Lubbock, Texas

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an older park, in an arid, windy environment. Given that, it was much nicer than I expected. Nice level pad. Pull-thru that allowed the dinghy to be attached with all hook-ups within reach. We were only there for one night, but I'd stay longer. We camped at Lubbock RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 78
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Santa Rosa RV Resort, Navarre, Florida

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $73.00
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Entrance to the resort is tricky from both directions. Users of this website have been forewarned of difficulty coming from the west. Coming from the east requires a left turn across 2 lanes of (posted) 45mph traffic; doable, with caution, even if a rig is in the check-in area so long as they are pulled forward and to their side. Our premium back-in water front site was awesome. Road noise from 98 is what you would expect given the park's convenient location to it. A restaurant just down the road advertises live music weekends. It was slightly audible only Friday night, but that might been the big community celebration on the other side of the sound. No issues with WiFi, great cable, no obstructions for satellite in our area. Might be in the sites close to the office where there are big, beautiful trees. Hook-ups are usually at the back of the site, which is not ideal for motor homes. Overall, a great facility in a great location. We camped at Santa Rosa RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 78
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Gulf State Park Campground, Gulf Shores, Alabama

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We enjoyed this area of the state so much we decided to stay longer. Fortunately, we timed our visit to this park after the departure of most snowbirds or nothing would probably have been available. Many things (rates, time allowed at specific campsites, availability of campsites, etc.) change after the winter months. We were allowed to drive through and look for a nominal fee. We were told to identify a couple of candidate sites, perhaps one would be available on our arrival in a few days. (Reservations could not be made at the campground check-in area, but apparently could be at another part of the park and those would not be site specific.) On the day of our arrival, my wife went ahead in our dinghy to get our site of choice. This was not allowed until I arrived with the RV. Not a problem for me, but suggestive of issues with previous visitors. Lots of variations in the type of sites available. Ours was a back-in premium lake front. This area was at or close to capacity our entire 2 week visit. Many of the outlying parts of the campground were all but vacant. And this is a campground, not an RV resort. The level of activity of the campers is way above what one generally sees in an RV park. Lots of people haphazardly riding bikes, lots of vehicles exceeding the 5 mph speed limit, people everywhere doing all kinds of things outside. Fortunately, we had no issues with violations of quiet hours or excessive noise in our area. I especially loved the Backcountry Trail for biking. But I now know it is associated with surrounding cities and not just specific to the park. For a family vacation, this campground would be great. For full-timers looking for a safe, quiet, relaxing facility . . . at this time of year, it was just too busy for me. We would return, but choose one of the less populated areas of the campground. We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 78
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Magnolia Farms RV Park 2, Foley, Alabama

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $27.00
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The price and reviews of 'this' park looked good so we drove the dinghy out for a look. That's the first thing to be careful of. Our GPS had us going down a dirt road when there is paved access to the park. Which brings up the second issue. We were actually going to look at the park next door but the dirt road lead us to this park first. So we went to it first. Immediately upon arrival we were met by the host, a great guy. We reserved a site for 2 weeks on the spot. Which brings up the next issue. Between that visit and our arrival with the RV, SPEED MOUNTAINS were put in. I understand the unfortunate need for speed bumps, and have no problem with them, but these were excessive. On the two lane interior roads, they cut diagonally across. This essentially rocks your coach not just up and down, but side to side. On one of the single lane roads, they may well be hazardous. One of the other guests expressed concern about whether or not his raised jacks had adequate clearance to get over them. Internet access was good. No cable TV, but no obstructions for satellite. It is a great central location for all that the surrounding areas have to offer. But, seriously, the speed bumps have to go. They are bad enough, that when I had to leave the park to have some warranty work done, we went to a different, more expensive park rather than endure those monstrosities. The host gets a 10. The park an 8. The bumps a 0. That averages out to a 6. And that is an absolute shame. We camped at Magnolia Farms RV Park 2 in a Motorhome.

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