Danno

  • Review Count 114
  • States Reviewed 41
  • Helpful Reviews 4

About Danno

My wife & I are retired full time RVers traveling the country one campground at a time! I served in the USAF for 30 years and we decided to travel for a few years before choosing a place to live. We had a 40 foot toy hauler (5er) for our first 2 years and now we have a 35 foot 5er. We travel 8 months out of the year and hunker down for the winter. Happy trails to you!

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A great camping spot for military eligible folks! There's a stocked fishing lake a short walk away too. I didn't see any boats or a boat ramp. As others mentioned, wifi & phone service are real spotty. We mostly had 1 bar or no service with ATT and Verizon was about 2 bars at best. Many of the 50Amp sites are good for satellite but most of the 30Amp sites are deep in the trees. You can only reserve the 30Amp W/E only sites but you can take a 50Amp full hookup if available when you get there. They still require you to give them your Social Security number when checking in which really irritates me. The Army is so slow moving into the 21st century! We had a long pull thru full hookup which was nicely spaced from our neighbors and easy in/out. Three sites were fully paved and the rest are gravel. Most sites are big rig suitable too. Trees needed trimming going into the 30Amp W/E area but those sites would take any size rig too. There's a camp host for after hours support.

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This KOA is barely average. We liked the friendly staff. But there wasn't much else to like. They have covered almost the entire park in gravel so there's very little green space left. What little grass & shrubbery that does exist is full of weeds and not well tended. With so much gravel, it's like a honeycomb of confusing sites & roads. Some BBQ pits weren't cleaned. A cap was left off the sewer next to us. We had a premium pull thru yet it was a sparse 40' long. Very few sites were level. Sites were awning close together. Two of their longer premium sites are nose to tail so RVs share a common patio between them -- a peculiar & undesirable arrangement. Roads & turns are a bit narrow especially for larger rigs. Park wifi was intermittent. Both Verizon & ATT had weak signals. Cable TV worked well which was good since trees block satellite access. I'd look elsewhere unless you have a smaller rig.

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This is a destination park for those who are looking for a great camping experience on/near a beautiful lake! You won't have TV (unless you have satellite) & you won't have WiFi (unless you pay $4/day for their Tengonet or bring it yourself), but you will have a nice getaway. Sites are easy in/out & plenty big enough for large RVs spaced nicely apart. Some of the back-ins would easily take a 45 foot unit and our pull thru site 9 was at least 65 foot long. I never unhooked from my RV and had plenty of room to park my little car behind the rig. Activities center on the lake with its free marina, boat ramp, playgrounds, & fishing. There's a small restaurant serving bowling alley type food. Sites have very little shade and the lake is only visible from the front sites. Make your reservation on www.reserveamerica.com and you can see your exact site & dimensions. They give 10% discount for AAA & Military. The park stayed pretty full the week we were there. Both ATT & Verizon had weak but useable signals (2-3 bars).

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Very nice campground, with a few caveats. The staff is very friendly and helps you set up, and I saw them clearing the exit road for an RV leaving too. The park is small and there's a fairly steep but manageable hill that you may have to navigate depending on what spot you get. Our pull-through site was about 6 feet between slideouts with the sites next to it, although it was no problem getting in or out. I wouldn't bring an RV over 40' in here due to maneuvering room. Also, I don't normally care for parks that aren't kid friendly but this one clearly spells that out on their web site. I thought the park was pricey for what you get but the only competition is the even pricier KOA down the street. Wi-Fi and cable TV worked well. Both Verizon and AT&T had good signals. Satellite access is doubtful due to trees.

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I concur with recent reviews. This is a small but great campground for a getaway. The park was immaculate and the owners were very visible working on upkeep. My only hesitation for this park would be for larger big rigs (40+) as it's a little bit tight to get in the entrance and down to the river sites. Several sites are big enough for any size rig. Satellite access is good for the pull-throughs, and they have cable if you can't get satellite. ATT signal was usable but weak. Verizon worked well. Park Wi-Fi was good but dropped off at times.

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This park is okay but seems over-rated. The main good thing going for it is location. But then they pack every available space with an RV including putting RVs on car parking spots on the east end of the park. Some RV spots back right up to the bathrooms. All the sites along the river slope excessively towards the river. We saw RVs unable to level their rig and other 5'ers with the nose landing gear completely retracted trying to level. I wouldn't be able to sleep on a slope like that hoping my chocks hold. As other reviewers mentioned, these more expensive river sites don't have much of a view either since there's a construction zone or a multi-story hotel just across the river. We stayed on the back row and found those sites longer and mostly level. Camp wifi had a strong signal but dropped offline frequently. Cable TV worked fine which was good since trees blocked satellite access. Both Verizon & ATT had good signals. Price reflects a weekly rate.

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This KOA is an acceptable stop for few days. The park is big enough to get around without issues. Roads & sites are gravel & like many KOAs, they place sites a little too close together. They have several full hook up sites suitable for big rigs, although the ones in the back of the park don't have cable TV. The full hook up back in sites are easy access from a wide road and can take most big rigs too. Then they have about 15 very long W/E only pull thrus which would work fine for any rig. All park trees are young so there's no shade. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The park was well maintained and I can tell they are working hard. Each site has a picnic table and most have a portable fire pit. Wifi worked well up front where I was & cable TV was good. They had a couple of catch/release fishing ponds, a dog park, playground, & various things to keep kids busy. Both Verizon & ATT had strong signals.

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This campground is a gem! It's well maintained with plenty to do for a quiet destination getaway. All but a handful of paved handicapped sites are gravel and ultra long. Some are W/E only. Interior roads are paved and back-ins are easy. You can see site availability and pick your site from the recreation.gov web page. Locals advise that the best sites are reserved well in advance. Most sites are level enough but some are on a hillside with a lot of front to back slope. I would avoid sites 117 thru 121, 123, 125, & 126 due to site slope. I would avoid sites 132 thru 139 as that area is swampy when it rains. Lastly, avoid 115 due to persistent smell from the dump station. Campground is a fisher's paradise. Folks could pull their boats right up to their campsite in some areas. Playgrounds for the kids, walking & biking trails, and a couple of sandy beaches round out the activities. Satellite access is iffy with the trees. AT&T had NO service but Verizon was very strong. Definitely follow the campground directions (Hwy 25 to 80 to 85) as the shortcut over Turkey Creek Rd (263) is NOT for RVs. Watch for deer as we saw herds of 30+ near the entrance.

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This was our second stay at this park. There's a lot to like here and they try hard to be a destination park. Positives include squeaky clean park, long mostly level paved sites, wide roads, lake access, swimming pool, rental boats, pavilion, zip line, and Frisbee golf. I can only think of 2 negatives. They have nasty speedbumps and their free wifi is speed limited to 240kps. Both Verizon & ATT have good signals and most of the park is good for satellite access. Price reflects a weekly rate.

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This was our second visit to this park in 2 years. Bushman's is still a great short-term stay park. Hookups were well placed and worked fine. You're 10 miles from Tyler but there is a Brookshire grocery about 2 miles away. There's a fishing pond, volleyball, and dog park on the property. Most of the sites look level and those that weren't would still be close enough with a board or two. Spacing between sites is adequate and site length is good for even the longest rigs. Young trees provide very little shade but that's good for satellite. No individual fire pits but they provide two community fire pits. Free park wifi worked well and both ATT & Verizon had strong signals. Road noise from nearby highway settles down at night. Friendly staff. Very nice individual restroom/shower combo in main building. We'll stay here when in the area.

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Very nice military RV park! Spacious sites with all paved roads & mostly level paved sites with grass between each site. Some sites had standing water during rains. Sites were spaced 30-40 feet apart and long enough for the biggest rigs. Laundry was small but adequate, but they have 2 laundries too. Each site had FHU plus a table and BBQ grill. No fires or fire rings allowed, but they had a very nice playground. No cable TV or wifi, but it looked like all sites would be good for satellite reception. Both Verizon & ATT had weak 1-bar signals. There was occasional train noise but I didn't notice any trains at night. Roads on post are pretty messed up with construction so follow directions on www.militarycampgrounds.us. Definitely get reservations as the park stays full.

     

Midway Park COE

Waco, Texas

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This park has six 50A FHU pull through sites near Highway 6 and the rest are 30A W/E back-in sites nestled in the woods. The pull through sites are well spaced and most are good for satellite. Highway noise calms at night. The wooded sites vary quite a bit from long level back-ins overlooking the lake to sites at the top of inclines. The park has few rules, which appeals to some. You might see 6 cars and 5 tents clustered around one site as we did during Spring Break. Families were having a great time. The grass was getting long which previous reviewers have noted as a problem. I saw a clean up crew come to each site after it was vacated to sweep and clean the pits. Big Rigs should stay in the pull thrus although some of the back-ins would be Big Rig suitable too. You can choose your site online. ATT & Verizon had strong signals.

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We've stayed here a couple of times in the past. Rate reflects the $555 monthly rate (which goes up soon to $595+elec). Monthly rates have increased with no visible improvements to the park. The north end offers more space and level lots, but sites cost more. The south end is more picturesque but sites are generally closer together and less level. They need to repave over potholes. I'd estimate about a third of the park is short term campers with the rest on monthly stays. People were friendly. WiFi is crappy Tengonet and not free for monthly users. Both ATT & Verizon have strong signals. Overall, this is a great location and a very good RV park.

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Great little park for a stopover. Everything's paved and level. Sites are adequately spaced and suitable for big rigs. Park Wi-Fi worked well. Both AT&T & Verizon had strong signals.

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We spent a week here. This is a "must visit" park to watch the barges. The park is well maintained and has the only free laundry we've ever encountered. There's about a hundred yards of very bumpy road getting to the entrance. Park Wi-Fi worked well for me (external antenna) and both Verizon & AT&T had strong signals.