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Rivers Edge RV Resort

Winterhaven, California

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

     

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Lake Fairfax Park

Reston, Virginia

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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.

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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).

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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.

     

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Turkey Swamp Park

Freehold, New Jersey

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This is the most densely forested campground we've stayed in yet. This meant quite a bit of privacy between most sites, but also meant it was challenging driving our 37' motorhome through the campground. The road weaves back and forth the entire way (not straight) with trees and branches very close to the road. We managed it but I can't picture trying it in a much bigger rig. Our camping area was very large, with a picnic table and fire ring. There's a trash can and recycle can at every site which was nice. Our site was mostly hard packed sand (not gravel), so we were constantly tracking it into the rig. We needed 75' of hose to reach the water spigot at our site, but still it was nice having water available, as many county/state parks don't have it at sites. It was a very short drive to Six Flags (our reason for visiting) which was convenient. Being a county park there were lots of trails (and a lake) for walking our dog. The campground was practically deserted during the week but was completely full during the weekend with local campers. There was quite a bit of noise and campfire smoke when the campground was full, but it didn't bother us. Verizon and AT&T both worked great. It rained a lot one day, and some sites looked a bit flooded, but ours was fine. The price seems a little high for a county park, but everything in this area is expensive, so this is on par or even a little cheaper. We'd return here in the future.

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Rate is for a weekly stay. This is a fairly large campground which looks like it has lots of activities during the summer for the many seasonal visitors (playground, pond, pavilion, etc.) We were there just before they closed for the season so it was fairly empty (lots of trailers, few people). The campground is located pretty far from most interesting areas, but for us it as a nice and fairly convenient place to stay while visiting Six Flags and The Big E. There's a pretty nice supermarket in town just a couple miles away. Most of the campground is heavily wooded with steep hills that would be challenging for any RV, but the central areas for short-term visitors camp were fairly open and level. Our pull-through site (end of the row) was very nice and larger-than-average, but others looked more average. The WiFi didn't work for us, but AT&T and Verizon worked fine even though we had a weak signal (2 bars) for each. There were plenty of places to walk our dog inside the campground, including a large grassy field near the entrance. The staff we interacted with were friendly and helpful. We'd very likely stay here again if returning to the Springfield area in the future.