Danno

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About Danno

We are retired full time RVers. I was in the USAF for 30 years & we decided to travel before choosing a place to live. We had a 40 ft toy hauler (5er) for 2 years & now have a 35 ft 5er. My ratings basis: Lot of space between units, easy in/out, well placed utils that work, long level sites, amenities commensurate with price, no frustrations/harassment, family friendly, no trashy permanents, no rogue tree branches, & wide paved interior roads (e.g. no dust). Happy trails!

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Midway Park COE

Waco, Texas

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No big changes since my March 2015 review. However, the park seems to be in disrepair perhaps due to recent heavy rains. The boat ramp is closed and the paved road is crumbling in places. Grass & weeds were 2 foot high. I'm guessing the Army Corps has its hands full and just hasn't gotten to this park to clean up. Hopefully they will have the park back up to speed soon.

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Excellent RV park! Sites are generously spaced & level gravel. Many are big rig suitable. Interior roads are packed dirt/gravel and wide enough to make sites easy in/out. Cable TV worked well although many sites are satellite friendly too. Amenities include river side sites (rafting is popular in summer I hear), nice laundry, gated entry, pool, and W/E overflow sites for late arrivals. Horrible cell service: ATT worked for voice calls but got no data signal & Verizon couldn't connect for data either. Thankfully, the park wifi worked pretty well. Very friendly staff.

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This is a nice overnight stop in tiny Fort Stockton. Cash gets you a 10% discount and you get a level gravel spot with few amenities. Park wifi worked well. They have a single stall bathroom, a small pool, and a grassy dog park. Dust is a constant issue when the wind blows as everything in the park is gravel. I made a reservation two days earlier, which they lost, but they had spots available. Both ATT & Verizon have strong signals. All sites are satellite friendly. Some sites are very close together but most of those are occupied by long term workers.

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I try not to criticize a park based on things they can't control. But this park merits an exception. This is the loudest RV park we've ever stayed in, and we're full-timers. Traffic noise is a 10 on a 10 scale non stop from 5:45 AM until 9 PM. If you stay here, definitely get a site away from the freeway. Don't expect to sleep in! And the sad thing is the clerk said she was putting me on the quiet side of the park. We were next to the freeway! I tried to run my AC on blower only to drown out the noise but power went out twice in 2 days from over frequency. Not sure what's causing that but I stopped running my AC to protect my unit. There are a lot of long term campers here, and they mostly occupy the sites furthest from the freeway of course. Wifi only works in the family room. Most sites are good for satellite. Verizon and AT&T have strong signals. We won't be back.

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This is a great RV park for those eligible to use it! 70' long, level gravel sites are nicely spaced and easy in/out. Long term sites & a few around the edges are easy back-ins while the rest are pull thru. Utilities worked fine. We arrived at the end of Oct and the park was less than half full. A week later in early Nov, we saw a lot of incoming RVs but they still had plenty of short & long term sites available. Park wifi was useless. There's no cable TV either but most sites are satellite friendly. ATT had a very strong signal while Verizon was weak at barely 1-2 bars. They give you a nice welcome package for first time visitors. Watch for burrs if you walk your dog in the sparse green areas.

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Recent reviews are spot on. There is a laundry in Camper Services perhaps a mile away. The grocery store in the market is well stocked & pricey as you would expect. Verizon has a strong signal while ATT barely gets one bar. We were able to send & receive calls on ATT most of the time but service would drop out at random. Cable TV worked well & most sites will have satellite access too. Great access to the bike trails from the village too.

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This is a great RV park! All sites & interior roads are paved and adequately spaced. I had a back-in & used Passport America to get a great deal. Back-ins are easy with the wide road & pull thrus are available for $5 more. All sites are big rig suitable & pretty close to level. Wifi worked great for me on my laptop's external antenna (a must if you camp a lot). Cable TV signal was strong. Sites are good for satellite TV too. The only negative was trains rumbling by but they seldom passed late at night & they were fun to watch in the daytime. The park requires pads under jacks & I could see where campers had punched depressions in the asphalt by not using them. Both ATT & Verizon had 3 bar average signals.

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You can picture this KOA as a 3 acre gravel lot with some small trees, picnic tables, and pedestals. There's no definition to the sites or the roads. They advertise as big rig friendly saying you can stay hooked up to your toad. But if you do, your toad will be blocking passage behind you. Our site was one of those supposed big sites and it was barely 35' long by my measure. I'd say the longest sites without blocking the "road" behind you were about 50' long. I watched some big rigs come in and stubbornly park with their toad attached. No one could get by behind them without swerving tightly back and forth between rigs. They really need to define the interior roads to prevent chaos when the park is full. Besides this issue, rigs are parked awning close, which I hate. Free WiFi is TengoInternet and it barely works. AT&T had a 4G signal and Verizon was 3G without an external antenna, 4G with an antenna. Most sites are good for satellite. Some sites have cable TV. They did have a grassy dog park and grassy tent areas (with big signs saying don't walk your dog here). A handful of long term folks here have trashy yards. I didn't see a better option in tiny Holbrook so briefly stay here to visit the national park and move on.

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Very nice RV park just a mile or so off of I-40. The park is paved with easy in/out long level gravel sites spaced about 15' apart. Our site on the back row was about 70' long. Most sites are full sun. They charge $2 extra for 50A and $2 extra for cable TV. Expect some daytime noise from low flying aircraft since the airport is next door. Train noise was minimal. Park wifi worked mid-day but slowed to a crawl when campers were on at night. Both ATT & Verizon had strong signals. One travel warning: if you go to Walmart with your RV first, the I-40 side road (Maloney Ave) is the shortest path to the RV park and that takes you through a very rough 13'2" underpass. Instead, get back on I-40 & take exit 16 back to the park.

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It depends on what you are looking for. If you desire quiet & beautiful landscapes on a small high desert lake, this is the place for you. Both ATT & Verizon worked well & you'll get satellite TV if you have it. We also got strong OTA network channels. Pick your loop from their website carefully. Buffalo Grove has all paved sites with covered tables, 50A & water, but it stayed full during the Balloon Fiesta. The other loops either have gravel sites with electric & shared water (Juniper) or no hookups (Elk Run & Ringtail). The shared water in Juniper might be in reach of your RV or it might not depending on your site. Generally, those on the inner loop can hook to water while those on the outside would have to cross the road with a very long hose. Some sites are not very level but it looked like folks were getting level with the aid of blocks. Site 57 was indeed a great (& level) site but many others were good too. Only Buffalo Grove has a modern bathroom & shower. Others have pit toilets. No ground fires allowed. It's a long haul (30 miles or more) to either Santa Fe or Albuquerque and the town of Cochiti doesn't offer much. There is a reasonable Philips 66 gas station on the interstate 12 miles away with all types of fuel.

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I liked this KOA. Our site 42 was long enough to stay hooked and level gravel. There are large boulders alongside the site as others mentioned but they weren't a problem. Sites are about 20 foot apart, a little close for my liking but normal for KOA. They have five 50A big rig pull thru sites, including the one I stayed in. Then they have 14 big rig suitable sites, some 30A and some 50A in another section with more shade. Smaller sites are spread around the hillside. They have cable TV if you can hook up to their free digital box -- I didn't need it since my satellite worked fine. Satellite will be hit & miss with the trees. The staff was friendly and they escorted you to your site, which is especially good since there's a honeycomb of roads. Their free wifi worked okay but I was pretty close to the main building too. My only real complaint here was the dust raised by patrons driving too fast on the gravel roads. ATT had a weak 3 bar 4G signal while Verizon struggled to get even 1 bar.

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We stayed on the campground side. The resort side has huge paved roads & large paved sites plus a pool/hot tub. But you pay $13 more per night for the resort side too. The campground side is perfectly acceptable even for big rigs. Sites are about 70' long, level & gravel with about 15-20' between sites. No fire rings. The park stayed pretty full so definitely get a reservation. The sewer system backed up while we were there but they were working on fixing it. Park wifi & cable TV worked fine. Both Verizon & ATT had strong signals. They don't honor Good Sam but they do offer an AARP 10% discount. Satellite will be good on most sites unless you stay on the resort side and get a site beside one of the 3 story tall condos. As far as location goes, this park can't be beat.

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Very nice well-groomed KOA with wide gravel roads, easy in/out, and long, level gravel sites. Almost all of the park is large stone gravel so don't expect much grass. Sites are about 20' apart which is a little tight for my liking but not bad for a KOA. Satellite will be hit/miss due to trees but they have good cable TV. Wifi worked okay but it's metered based on use. Verizon data was weak & ATT had 2 bars.

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This is a well groomed & nice park with a few caveats. You choose the length (& cost) of your site when you make a reservation. Sites range from about 30' to 70' long. We had a premium pull thru that was about 60' long. All sites are level concrete and all interior roads are paved & wide enough for easy in/out. The more expensive, longer sites include a parking pad for your car. There's about 10-12' of grass separating RVs so you're pretty close together. Grass throughout the park was manicured & green. Hookups worked fine although the sewer is at one end of your very long site so park close to it or bring extensions. Cable TV worked well. Free Wifi is Tengonet and it curtails your bandwidth based on even minimal usage. There's no shade as trees in the park are young, but that's good for satellite. Both ATT & Verizon had adequate signals (2-3 bars). I'd agree with a previous reviewer that the staff doesn't care much about patrons. When I checked in, they had signs posted saying power would be out the next day for maintenance. I stayed at the RV that day waiting for power to go out (turn things off, etc). Well, the work was postponed & the staff didn't change the signs or bother to tell anyone about the change. That's pretty inconsiderate. Road noise is pretty constant from the freeway next door. As this is an industrial side of town, you have to drive a few miles to restaurants & stores.

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I liked this KOA. RVs are spaced a little further apart than most KOAs, about 15-20' for most sites. They only have five 50A full hookup sites and ours was one of those. The 50A sites are level, gravel, about 60' long, partial shade and mostly good for satellite access too. The big chunk of 26 sites on the eastern side are very long W/E 30A sites. These look newer as the gravel isn't real packed down. Sites on the north side are 30A FHU and many of these are big rig suitable too. All have cable TV but ours was always scratchy. There's some dust from the gravel roads. Speaking of gravel roads, if you come into Arco from the west, don't follow the KOA sign or you'll have a mile of extreme washboard bumpy gravel road on 3100N. Come in to the park on 3000W from the north which is paved. Both Verizon & ATT have good signals.