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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area, Taft, California

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $25.00
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I can see why this park isn't rated higher, but we really liked it as a stopping point. Mid-week we enjoyed a lovely lake-front site with full hookups and no nearby neighbors for only $25. (Note, you'll pay $12-15 more for a tow vehicle.) It's a HUGE park, and it must be a zoo on weekends and in the summer, but all we heard was birds. The grass is mostly dead (there is a drought, after all) and the restrooms and picnic tables need some TLC. Good AT&T and Verizon signals, and strong OTA TV (especially if you speak Spanish). We camped at Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Asphalt

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Spacious
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Some Shade

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Crystal Cove State Park - Moro Campground, Laguna Beach, California

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $77.00
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One of my all-time-favorite parks! Sites are tiered so nearly everyone has a full ocean view (though you have to take a tunnel under the freeway to get to the beach). Level, easy in-and-out. Price includes the (prorated) Reserve America fee. It's steep for water and electric only, but you're getting a million-dollar view (we saw whales and dolphins from our window!). Didn't really notice freeway noise - guess it's drowned out by the surf. Good Verizon and AT&T signals, decent OTA TV (especially if you speak Spanish). Great (but hilly) walking, hiking, biking trails. We camped at Crystal Cove State Park - Moro Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Gravel

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Spacious, Nearby
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Sunny Open
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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Chula Vista RV Resort, Chula Vista, California

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $68.00
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Reflects weekly rate for an interior site. A really clean, nicely-landscaped park with great facilities and lots of activities. A few ridiculous things lowered my overall rating. First, you can make a reservation at one rate, then they'll charge you a higher rate when you arrive. Your choices are to pay it or lose your deposit. Second, there are surcharges for electricity, pets, cars, holidays, extra people, etc. Third, the spaces are too short and too narrow to accommodate most tow/towed vehicles, so many stick out in the street or fill up the limited guest parking (which is also too short for a full-sized truck). The sites are actually quite spacious for a metropolitan park, but landscaping, light posts and permanently installed trash containers reduce the parking area. It's generally quiet, although some mornings Navy jets fly very low overhead. Water pressure can be low. Good Verizon & AT&T signals. We camped at Chula Vista RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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Tips for other Campers:

Nice bike trail that leads to the Living Coast Discovery Center about a mile away in one direction, or you can ride it all the way to Coronado in the other direction. (Check Google Maps though, because a few turns aren't obvious.)

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Starved Rock State Park, Utica, Illinois

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Price does not reflect $5 reservation fee. I only gave Service a low rating because there wasn't any, not because it was bad.

Our loop was mostly an open field with little shade, and the grass needed mowing. The campground has little in the way of amenities and is segregated from the rest of the park. You need to drive about 3 miles to get to the visitor center, lodge or trails where all the activities are. Empty and quiet during the week, but full on weekends. Several pumps provide fresh water, but the single dump station can get backed up (pun intended) when everyone leaves on Sunday.

A couple of TV channels and OK Verizon and AT&T service. The campground was OK, but since it doesn't have water or sewer hookups, and you have to drive to the state park anyway, I doubt I'll stay again. We camped at Starved Rock State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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42

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Nearby
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Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The trolley tour just takes you to the Visitor Center and the lock. Save your money and drive yourself.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Iowa

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $28.00
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This review is for off-season camping (non-fair dates). They don't take reservations, but Labor Day weekend was nearly empty. Even with 2,300 sites, it took over half an hour to find a suitable FHU, and we had to park the truck in an adjacent spot. As other reviewers noted, the terrain makes most sites undesirable if not downright unusable. It's like they had a contract to install a certain number, so they made them short, narrow and crammed in as many as possible - even if it meant putting some on a 40-degree slope. This wouldn't matter with so few RVs, except they tend to huddle together on the few patches of level ground. 50 amp sites don't have sewer.

A fair amount of train noise/whistles, but otherwise very quiet. Call for directions because the fairgrounds are a maze, the only campground signage was in front of a locked gate, and the campground office was not staffed. Nice hilltop views, but I expected better TV reception given the transmitters are only 14 miles away. Strong Verizon and AT&T signals. We camped at Iowa State Fairgrounds in a Fifth Wheel.

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Grass

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Very Close
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Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Check out the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. The state capitol is beautiful and they offer free tours (about 2 hours).

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Nashville Shores, Hermitage, Tennessee

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $50.00
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Very nice park - everything was clean and worked well. Maybe a bit pricey (our rate reflects Good Sam discount). Unlike the previous reviewer, I think it's perfectly reasonable to pay extra for the waterpark, zip lines, jet skis, kayaks, etc. (it's not like they charge for wifi, sewer or 50A service like some campgrounds). We camped at Nashville Shores in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Talona Creek Campground, Talking Rock, Georgia

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $30.00
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Not sure why this park doesn't get better ratings. It's quiet, spacious, peaceful and pretty. Fairly level and HUs work well. $30 per night seems excessive, though. GREAT BBQ place on the corner. We camped at Talona Creek Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Jim Miller Park (For Fairground Events Only), Marietta, Georgia

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $15.00
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Giving this an extra point for being so affordable. One set of restrooms was locked and leaking water under the door. The other wasn't very clean and the trash hadn't been emptied in awhile. Not much to do, BUT it's quiet (if there are no events), pleasant, spacious and HUs work well. Only 1/2 mile to Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield National Park and as convenient to Atlanta as anything else we could find. Enter through Gate 1. Stayed several days and will definitely be back. . We camped at Jim Miller Park (For Fairground Events Only) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

George Wyth Memorial State Park, Waterloo, Iowa

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $16.00
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Mostly level, shaded, quiet sites with electric HU only - water and dump station available. Several are long enough for a 35' fifth wheel and tow vehicle. Nice showers/restrooms. There are tent sites on the river, but RV sites are further back. Good cell reception and a few OTA TV channels. Couldn't enjoy the picnic table, fire ring or hiking trail because the mosquitoes were so bad, but that has been typical elsewhere too. We camped at George Wyth Memorial State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Faribault County Fairgrounds, Blue Earth, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $1.00
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Newly refurbished and very nice for a fairgrounds. Portable toilet, no showers. The 9 RV sites were spacious and level, also 4 tent sites. First 24 hrs are free. Good cell reception, CBS is the only OTA station. Next to the river, so mosquitoes were bad, but we found that pretty much everywhere this year. Quiet except for an occasional train whistle. There's a Pioneer Village with a church, school, post office, store, blacksmith, log cabin and antique machine shed. Nice walking/biking trail and within walking distance of downtown. We camped at Faribault County Fairgrounds in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Shooter's Estates Campground, Appleton, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $15.00
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No, it's not near a rifle range...it's near Shooter's Bar & Grill. Well, it's not really near anything, so it's quiet and peaceful except for the occasional train horn. Just outside town. No pull-throughs, but the sites must be 100' long, spacious and treeless, so even my grandmother could back in with no trouble :) Level, grassy sites and the nicest owner. Mosquitoes can be bad. Price reflects weekly rate. We camped at Shooter's Estates Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Wagner Park, Barnesville, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $22.00
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Nice, quiet municipal campground with 28 RV sites (all full hookup, some 30 and some 50 amp). The other 50 sites are supposedly for tents. At first we thought there were 14 sites, each with a pedestal labeled E and W for electric and water. But each pedestal serves two sites (East and West). We got all set up, then discovered the power didn't work at our first site. They'd had a lot of rain, so the ground was a little soft and the RV sunk to one side after we put out our slide. Lots of mosquitoes. But I would camp here again, especially as there are not a lot of options in the area. We camped at Wagner Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, Mandan, North Dakota

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $29.00
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Rate includes $5 daily vehicle fee. Nice campground. Most of the sites are pull-through, although length, levelness and tree clearance can vary, and many of the hookups are oddly placed. For $6 you can take a guided tour of Custer's house, barracks, commissary, granary, stables, infantry fort (all replicas of 1870s buildings), and Mandan earth lodges. I'd give it a higher rating, but partiers often blare obnoxious music on the nearby sandbars in the river until the wee hours and there's nothing anyone can do about it. We camped at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Camp Three Forks , Three Forks, Montana

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $41.00
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Liked this pretty, grassy, clean campground because we were in a quiet spot with lots of shade and no nearby neighbors. Hate to give it a low rating, but there were swarms of mosquitoes and no cable or 50A service to justify the price. Somewhat level sites; some are near a noisy road. Website says they have 65 63' long sites, but most are shorter. Despite being fairly empty, they put our 35' fifth wheel + 22' truck in a 45' spot. But they let us park the truck in the next (even shorter) site, so it wasn't a problem. Would definitely stay again. Check out the nearby bakery - yum! We camped at Camp Three Forks in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Square Dance Center and Campground, Lolo, Montana

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $31.00
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Nice, quiet, basically 1 site long enough for our rig, but it was available. Very nice people. We camped at Square Dance Center and Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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