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Pirate Cove RV Resort & Marina, Needles, California

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a rather unique place to camp... full hookups just a few feet from the Colorado River on semi-private "peninsulas" that each hold four RVs (a couple peninsulas hold a dozen or so RVs, good for large groups). Pros: camp right along the river with dog-friendly semi-private beach access (each peninsula of four RVs shares a section of beach); full hookups; camp fires allowed on the beach (but not in the camping area); good cell signal. Cons: some of the sites can be cramped if all four sites on a peninsula are occupied; some noise from boats going up and down the river; kind of a long drive to any amenities/shopping; roads in poor condition; watch for extra fees. We did the three-night special for $117, but then had to add a $10 reservation charge (you have to pay it whether you call or do online reservations) and $2 per day for our dog. They charge $25 if you arrive early, and $50 per hour if you depart late. They charge $10 per day if you bring an extra vehicle (no fee for RV towed vehicle), and there was a whole list of other potential charges. Sites are sand, which can be a little deep in areas. We'd consider staying here again. We camped at Pirate Cove RV Resort & Marina in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

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Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 151
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 75

Yucaipa Regional Park, Yucaipa, California

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

We don't give out "perfect" ratings easily, but Yucaipa Park deserves one. We spent a week here and absolutely loved it. The sites were huge with concrete patios, they have full hookups, there's a very nice hiking trail (somewhat strenuous) at the park, fishing and swimming lakes (we let our dog cool off in the fishing lakes and no one seemed to mind), and there are several supermarkets and restaurants within a few miles. AT&T and Verizon both worked well for us. During the weekends the campground was completely filled with local visitors (we were one of the only out-of-state license plates) having BBQs, while during weekdays we had most of the campground to ourselves and it was very quiet and peaceful. Since it's full on weekends, you need to make reservations early. Fires are allowed only if you bring your own elevated fire pit. The sites at the southern end of the campground get some road noise from Oak Glen Rd, but our site at the far northern end was completely quiet. We will definitely come back. We camped at Yucaipa Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

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Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 151
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 75

Indian Waters RV Resort & Cottages, Indio, California

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

We were pleasantly surprised by Indian Waters... we feared being tightly packed like sardines but the sites were more spacious than expected (for a commercial RV park). For our one-week stay we chose the cheapest site, a gravel back-in, and it was comfortable for us with a separate concrete pad for our car and a tree. The park is very well maintained with attractive landscaping, trees, grassy areas, and lakes. There were three grassy dog parks (two large enough for our Labrador to play comfortably) and a walking path around one section of the RV park. The WiFi worked sometimes but we found ourselves relying on our hotspot other times. Both Verizon and AT&T had strong signals but were sometimes slow. This being our first time in the area, we discovered that Indio was a bit further away from Palm Springs than we expected, so we had several 45-minute drives to do our touristy things. Given the high price of many other RV parks in the area, we found Indian Waters to be a good balance of quality and price. We would likely return here in the future. We camped at Indian Waters RV Resort & Cottages in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Concrete

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Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 151
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 75

Palm Canyon Hotel and RV Resort, Borrego Springs, California

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $53.00
Overall Rating:      

We hadn't planned to stay here, but due to a minor emergency while in Borrego Springs we needed to find an RV park with full hookups for a couple of nights and this what was available. The staff was helpful in finding us a site without a reservation, though we found the price to be surprisingly high for the very basic (sand/dirt), narrow site ($53 after Good Sam, before tax, during President's Day weekend). Our site was a pull-through and was plenty long, but quite narrow. We couldn't safely pull through to exit due to a diagonal tree blocking the front of the site. The back-in sites are only 30 amp and are even closer together, but not that much less expensive. The RV park is relatively small, but since it's adjacent to the hotel it has amenities like a pool, hot tub, and restaurant, as well as some shared fire pits in one area. Behind the park is a wide expanse of desert with some simple trails that were good for walking our dog... just watch out for the many sharp cactuses! The park is in a good location with most of Borrego Springs a short bicycle ride away. They offer free Tengo WiFi, which worked reasonably well for a while, then would go down for an hour or so, then work well for a while, etc. We had decent Verizon LTE and AT&T 4G signal, but both were pretty slow when we used them for data. We camped at Palm Canyon Hotel and RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 151
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 75

Rivers Edge RV Resort, Winterhaven, California

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

We were pleasantly surprised by River's Edge. While the sites are basic and are definitely closer together than we'd prefer, there was enough space in between sites to not feel too cramped. The park is mostly occupied by winter/seasonal RVs, and they don't take reservations for short-term stays, but we called in the morning to confirm that they had space for us for a few nights. The dog walk area is very long, and there are stairs to a gravel service road (not part of the RV park) that we and many others also used for dog walks. During our visit they were doing a trial run of allowing dogs along the "river walk" part of the park as well. Since it was 90 degrees (in February) this was great as our Lab could hop into the Colorado river in a couple places to get wet. There was no WiFi, and our cellular service was only OK. With two bars of Verizon LTE and one bar of AT&T LTE, we got data working on both but it was slow. The staff was friendly, and the park was clean and attractive. There was some highway noise from I-10 but it wasn't too bad (it might depend on how close your site is to the highway). Based only on the sites I'd give the park a lower rating, but because of the good price, the good dog walking opportunities, and the shade from the trees, we give it an overall "8" rating. We need to return to Yuma in the summer when it'll be 110 degrees, and the shade trees here will certainly bring us back to River's Edge. We camped at Rivers Edge RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Site Surface
Gravel

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

A bit of advice: this park is in California but is only a couple hundred feet from the Arizona border. During our stay our iPhones kept switching from Pacific time to Arizona time (and back and forth) depending on which cell tower they connected to, making it a little hard to keep track of what time it really was.

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Review Count: 151
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 75

Stagecoach RV Ranch, Deming, New Mexico

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is pretty much a gravel parking area in the desert with hookups. They only rent sites monthly, so for overnight stays they request a donation of $15-$25. We gave $20 but in retrospect that was more than it was worth (and more than the published discount rate for the park next door). We found the sites to be very narrow, and although some have a patio and small privacy fence, ours was an annoyance, making the site even more narrow. The 50-amp hookup wasn't working so we switched to 30-amp for the night. The campground is 5 miles south of I-10 so it's very quiet there. Verizon LTE worked well, but AT&T was limited to 4G. We visited because of the very high ratings here, but found this park to be unremarkable. We'll likely look elsewhere if we need to stop overnight in the area in the future. We camped at Stagecoach RV Ranch in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 151
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 75

Van Horn RV Park (formerly Van Horn KOA), Van Horn, Texas

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

This former KOA has level pullthrough sites of various lengths up to 110 feet long. Spacing between the sites was average for an RV Park: fairly close together, but not right on top of each other. The park is almost entirely gravel, with a few small patches of grass at some sites. The staff was friendly and helpful. The free WiFi worked well sometimes, but was slow or unusable at other times. Verizon and AT&T had strong signal and worked well. There are two smallish fenced dog areas, and lots of open area nearby for slightly longer walks. We were only there for two nights while waiting out a snow storm so we didn't use any other amenities. We'd stay here again for an overnight stop. We camped at Van Horn RV Park (formerly Van Horn KOA) in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 151
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 75

Loyd Park, Grand Prairie, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

This county park on Joe Pool Lake is quite large with many camping loops. The sites are fairly large with plenty of trees providing privacy between neighbors, and each site has a covered picnic area and fire ring. The interior roads were in good condition, but being heavily wooded it can be a little tricky driving a big rig through without scraping against tree branches. Our site was not level but with our wood blocks we were able to get completely leveled. There are plenty of heated bath/shower houses for each loop. It's less than five miles to supermarkets, restaurants, etc. Unfortunately during our stay (December 2015) much of the campground was under water due to flooding of the lake, so the beach and other amenities were closed and the campground was mostly vacant despite being a holiday weekend. AT&T and Verizon both worked well, and we received plenty of over-the-air TV channels. As others have mentioned, there is a $10 per day vehicle fee in addition to the $23 camping fee. We'd return here, but only after the flooding has receded and the damage it caused has been repaired. We camped at Loyd Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

Review Count: 151
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 75

Ameristar Vicksburg RV Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi

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

The sites are laid out in typical RV park fashion, straight rows of diagonal pull-through sites. It was pretty good as an overnight stop just off I-20, with free WiFi that was actually usable, and a large grassy field good for short dog walks. Both Verizon and AT&T worked well. Our site and many others were un-level, with the front being much higher than the back. Even with all our wood blocks under the back tires and our jacks extended we could not get level. The sites (all pull-throughs) were also a little short, so our 37' motorhome and tow car didn't quite fit. We had to disconnect the car and pull it right up behind the RV. Others had to park their cars sideways. Site spacing was typical... fairly close to your neighbor, but not right on top of each other. We didn't visit the casino or the town, as ours was just an overnight stop. We'd consider staying here again overnight as the location near I-20 was convenient and it was relatively quiet, but we wouldn't go out of our way to stay again. We camped at Ameristar Vicksburg RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 151
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 75

Red Oaks RV Resort, Bushnell, Florida

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

We only stayed here overnight during a long drive, so we didn't get to see the entire park or use most of the amenities. It is a huge RV Resort, with many park models but also a large area for RVs. The staff we encountered were all friendly and helpful, and we were escorted to our very long pull-through site. $19 (December special) for a full hookup 50 amp pull-through was perfect for our overnight stop. There is a large fenced dog park on site, with separate areas for large and small dogs. AT&T and Verizon worked well. Unfortunately we encountered two big downsides. First, the RV sites, at least the ones we saw, were right next to I-75 and the highway noise was some of the worst we've ever experienced. We would probably not return unless we could get a site pretty far from the interstate (which probably means it won't be $19). Second, the sites were mostly a sand/grass mix, and were full of sand spurs which made walking our dog a treacherous act. He got painful spurs in his paws several times and we got several in our fingers just while working around the RV. The park looks like it has a lot of potential, but unfortunately we'll have to think twice before returning due to these two drawbacks. We camped at Red Oaks RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Sand, Grass

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

Review Count: 151
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 75

Carowinds Camp Wilderness Resort, Charlotte, North Carolina

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

We were looking for a campground close to Charlotte with full hookups and large sites, and Carowinds fit the bill perfectly. The sites were actually a little larger than I'd expected, with plenty of grass between sites and trees throughout the campground. It rained during most of our stay, and some sites were more flooded than others... in fact, the camping area of the site we were assigned was under a couple inches of water so they let us pick a different site which worked out better. The park is dog-friendly and we found plenty of places to walk ours. The campground has an RV section, tent section, and cabin section, all slightly separated from each other. It's a short drive to many stores and restaurants in the area. The free WiFi worked quite well for us, but being December the campground was mostly empty which likely contributed to the good performance. Verizon and AT&T also worked well. There was some noticeable highway noise all day long but it was not too bad. We'd stay here again when visiting Charlotte. We camped at Carowinds Camp Wilderness Resort in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

The campground is literally on the NC/SC border (the state border divides Carowinds in half). Gas in SC is around 30 cents cheaper per gallon, so it pays to figure out which direction to drive when exiting the campground to fill up!

Review Count: 151
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 75

North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, North Carolina

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great RV Park to use as a "home base" while visiting Raleigh, mainly due to its location, price, and full hookups. However, there's nothing particularly interesting about the park itself: it's row after row of RV sites in a fenced-in grassy field. The sites are a bit close together, but with enough space that it's not claustrophobic. They don't take reservations, but you can call ahead to check availability. Once you arrive, you pick a site and call the ranger who will come by and collect payment via cash or check. The free WiFi didn't work for us, but the park was quite crowded while we were there due to a college football game at the stadium across the street. Verizon and AT&T worked well. The park is dog friendly. There are no picnic tables or fire rings, and while trash bins are located throughout the park, there is no recycling. We would stay here again if visiting Raleigh. We camped at North Carolina State Fairgrounds in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 151
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 75

Lake Fairfax Park, Reston, Virginia

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here 18 months ago and gave it a lower rating, likely because it was our first experience without water and sewer. Now that we're much more experienced (and know what we like), we're much happier with Lake Fairfax Park. Since there's no water and sewer, the bathrooms and showers are very important: they're new and are some of the best we've used... huge, private, and heated. The campground is very pretty, with good-sized sites (important to us) and mature trees interspersed throughout. It's not heavily wooded, so you will see your neighbors. The price sounds high for an electric-only campground, but it's appropriate for the region, and is half the price of the only commercial RV park in the area (where your awning almost touches your neighbor's rig). There are miles of hiking/biking trails in the woods, but watch out for ticks on you and your dogs (the campground is very dog-friendly). The skateboard park was very busy (but closed at dusk while we were there), so I suggest getting a campsite on the other side of the campground. One oddity at the dump station was that the potable water spigot was right next to the sewer dump, while the non-potable (for rinsing sewer hoses, etc.) was further away. I'm not a fan of seeing the potable spigot one foot away from the sewer at a dump station. Due to the excellent location in Northern Virginia, the large sites, and the new bath/shower house, we really enjoyed our stay, and will be back again. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

The DC Metrorail station is just a couple miles away, as is the Reston Town Center with lots to do.

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Review Count: 151
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 75

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, Virginia

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful, large campground with large sites and lots of privacy. It's unusual to have full hookups at a county park, so that was a big plus. The RV pull-through sites in the full hookup area are along the side of the roads (I refer to them as "C-shaped" pull-throughs). This provides a lot of privacy and a large camping area which we love, but ours (#127) was very unlevel (sloped away from the road), and even though it's a pull-through we had to back out due to low branches in the front of the site. While the roads inside the campground are wide and paved, the very long residential roads (e.g. Bull Run Post Office Rd) you have to take to get there are narrow, winding, and uneven. Even though the campground is physically very close to I-66 and stores/restaurants, it takes a good 10+ minutes just to wind your way out of the campground and back to a main roads to get anywhere. The other big drawback for us was the park's outdoor shooting range, which was active every day (9am-8pm), especially on weekends (9am-5pm). Personally, we don't find the sound of nearby gunfire all day long to be a relaxing camping experience. Being a county park there were plenty of places to walk our dog, though we did find a couple of deer ticks after our walks (very common in Virginia). The campground and sites are heavily wooded, so in the summer you should have plenty of shade. In October it was a bit dark for our tastes. There aren't a lot of campground options in the DC suburbs, especially with full hookups, so while Bull Run is not our favorite in the area, we may return if needed (e.g. if we hit the 14 day limit at the other nearby county park). We camped at Bull Run Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
127
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

Review Count: 151
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 75

Philadelphia South KOA (formerly Timberlane Campground), Clarksboro, New Jersey

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

We stayed here mainly as a base to visit Philadelphia, and it was a pretty fast and easy drive into the city. Our only complaint is that some of the sites, and ours in particular, are extremely narrow. Our neighbor's open awning was literally a few inches from our window. Our pull-through was very long, but the sewer hookup was at the back corner of the site so we couldn't pull up very far into the site. There are a fair number of full-time/seasonal RVs there but their sites were tidy. The campground was dog-friendly, and we regularly walked the entire campground including through their large field and around the fishing pond. Since the campground was small we tried to walk our dog in a nearby housing development but they had a big "no dog walking" sign at the entrance. AT&T and Verizon worked well. The campground offers pay-to-use WiFi through a 3rd party company, or you can go to the campground office to use the office WiFi for free (we didn't try either). Given the proximity to Philly, we were OK with the narrowness of the sites, but if it wasn't the "closest campground to Philly", the site size likely would have cost an extra point. We camped at Philadelphia South KOA (formerly Timberlane Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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