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Eagle Tree RV Park

Poulsbo, Washington

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There are few RV parks in the general area for competition, and frankly it shows. This is one of the most cramped parks we ever stayed in during our two years on the road, particularly if you are in one of the 50-amp pull-thru spots. Putting out our awning partially covered the adjacent unit's bedroom slide, if that will give you any idea. There are also quite a few long termers. Having said that, it is close to Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo and Silverdale - all big plusses. It is also very quiet (except that you can hear when adjacent units' furnaces kick in and out throughout the night).

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If you stay here, be sure to grab one of the spots with unobstructed views overlooking the Columbia River. You've got a nice big lawn and a driftwood-littered (with trash-litter here and there) sandy beach, with several benches and fire pits. Lots of ships and tugs with barges go back and forth, and osprey, sandhill cranes, cormorants, eagles and more are present. While sitting on the beach, we had three osprey plunge down from trees behind us to grab a fish not more than 15-20' in front of us! They have a great covered porch area, with easy-access ramps along with the restrooms at that same level, and the views were spectacular. WiFi is one of the fastest we've had on our nearly 2-year adventure, but we did have trouble with our email, as the clients on both of our MacBooks and iPhones failed to connect (we just got email by using our phones as hotspots). Hardly a peep at night (or day, for that matter) - no road noise, a very distant train horn every so often, and the very low rumble of shipping traffic. Just a very peaceful, idyllic setting.

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This park has a great location and is way better than the other major park in nearby Seaside, but be aware that if you're coming there now, it is under major renovation. Lots of trenching as they upgrade power / water / sewer to the newer standards, and you hear the backhoe all day long. For instance, they put us into a very tight spot at first with only 30 amp power, and after I complained, moved us to a newly-upgraded spot with one big caveat - stay off the newly-reseeded grass! We basically had to do the mambo ducking under our living room slide as we came and went, and even then, it was just one big muck pile right outside our door. That made for a messy stay. Also, I'm glad that our car has a backup camera, because even when backed up within 2-3 inches of our coach, our little Honda CR/V was hanging a little bit out into the lane. On the plus side, WiFi was the in the top 5 of all the parks we've been in during our last two years full-timing it throughout the country. Cable TV was also really good - lots of channels, and nice digital picture quality. We'd come back again just because of lack of competition, and hopefully the next time all the work will be done.

     

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Napa Valley Expo RV Park

Napa, California

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This is a small park (28 spaces), but it really worked well for us. Our space was long - we could easily park behind our rig with plenty of pavement to spare. Grass surrounds all of the sites, and the camp hosts were busy busy busy keeping it all mowed and trimmed and everything tidy. WiFi worked well, but there is no cable and we really had a hard time bringing in local TV stations over our digital antenna (thankfully, RedBox is close by). There is shopping and restaurants south and north, and "wine country" is just out your door and up the road a little ways. Also, about every two spaces, you have your own garbage and recycle can in a little enclosure right in front of the rigs. Very handy! Our one little nit-pick is coming and going into and out of the park. We just about drove past the place, as the sign is very small. Also, there is one of those triangle-things where the access road meets the main road, making you make only right turns when leaving the park (we cheated a few times, but it really is a bad corner as traffic comes zooming around from the north). That triangle kind of gets in the way as you first enter the park, so give yourself plenty of room if coming from the south to swing around and make the turn (we have a 36' motorhome pulling a Honda CR/V). If we're ever in the area again, staying here would be an absolute no-brainer!

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We stayed here for two nights while working our way up the coast. Even though it is right next to 101, the traffic noise was less than we expected. This park looks more like a home address for full-timers than travelers. The grass was shaggy, and the trees really need to be trimmed up - we had to move to an adjacent site because tree limbs were hitting our slides (and even then it was really close). Also, if hooking up to their cable TV, be sure to have a really long piece of coax, as by the time you are pulled up to the very front of your spot (necessary to squeeze your car in behind you), your utilities are way back behind you (also have a sewer line extension). Fortunately, the staff loaned me a adapter so I could string two pieces of coax together and reach the cable outlet.

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We stayed here three nights, mainly to catch our breath after traveling day after day, but mostly to see the Hearst Castle. It is a very tidy RV park, albeit a bit spendy. They have over 200 spots, and at least for the site we were in plus the surrounding sites, they were not very level. By the time we got our jacks down and level, both of our front tires were hanging off the ground. This is unfortunate, because this section of the park looks fairly new (the trees were just supported saplings, and the asphalt looked new). Also, while the patio is the full length of the space and is where you park your car, the RV pad is that very tiny gravel that finds its way into every nook and cranny of your tennis shoes, and tracks right into your rig - not good.

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In our two-year travels throughout the United States, this turned out to be one of our favorite RV parks. Each space has a flower basket that sits atop a white vase-like pedestal that glows at night (and the power boxes also glow). The office has a very nice store plus wine selection, and they have a full-service restaurant. Outside the restaurant is a very nice patio with lights strung up lattice-like between the tall fence and trees. There is a huge natural-gas fire pit, plus plenty of gas-powered heaters so guests can sit out at night and enjoy themselves. Each week they have a BBQ (ribs, chicken and fish) - a bit spendy for what you got, but still a nice touch - and they had a movie projector and outdoor screen for the kids (they were playing "Frozen" when we were there). Just an example of the thoughtful touches - when we arrived, they typically give each guest a bag with two fresh-made cookies, but they were out so when we came back a little later for ours, we got two bags for the trouble. The office staff was very friendly and helpful. Just to nitpick, our space was barely long enough to accommodate our 36' motorhome and Honda CR/V toad; we noticed some longer spots across the street, so it was probably just the staff trying to best fit everyone into the spots that they had. This is a very popular park with rigs (mostly motorhomes) coming and going, and it didn't look like a lot of "full timers" were here.

     

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Golden Shore RV Resort

Long Beach, California

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We visited relatives in nearby (well, 16 miles away) Manhattan Beach, and chose this park because of the ratings. What a great little park! Clean as a whistle, dead silent at night, close to the water with a nice cool breeze (we just came from 5 months in Arizona, so cool salt water breeze felt SO GOOD). We hardly used any of their amenities other than cable TV (which was analog and pretty poor). Two things that would've made it better - 1) paved pads rather than clay/sand which stuck to our shoes like glue, and 2) pads that were not level. Our front tires were dangling in the air after we leveled up. But everything is relative, and in this neck of the woods, good RV parks are few and far between. This place was completely full, and we'd definitely return if we ever returned to this area.

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We just stayed for one night while passing between Phoenix and LA, but the park was very easy to get in and out of. When I entered the office to register, they had a little board welcoming each party - names in alphabetical order - that was coming that day, which was a nice touch. A bit noisy at night - high-powered street bikers seemed to rule the surrounding roost, and a busy (sirens coming and going) fire station is right across the street.

     

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Palm Gardens (55+ park)

Mesa, Arizona

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We stayed here for the entire months of January and February. The $24 a night price reflects the monthly rate plus the flat-rate electricity (unusual, as other places we've stayed at month-at-a-time bill you for actual usage). Palm Gardens has a "low-end" section called The Village, which is where many of the RVs and single-wide trailers are located. It's convenient to the south clubhouse / pool, but also close to Lindsay Rd. which is noisy. Still, we had plenty of room to get our rig in and out plus to park our toad. We liked that CenturyLink provides short-term DSL service to the site, which was a win-win for us. Less for our cell minutes, and true broadband for streaming Netflix, etc. You enter only on Main, but can exit either on Main or on Lindsay. Post office is adjacent to park, Fry's grocery /gas a block away, Camping World a few blocks away, Walmart a few miles away, ditto for Costco. Mail delivery is right to your site, which is nice. Not as many amenities as the Cal-Am resorts we've stayed in, but it is a nice place to stay, and if we returned to Mesa, we'd probably stay here again.

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We stayed there for the entire month of December, and the $32.50 nightly rate includes our electric bill. This is a very nice park. It was much easier to get our 36' motorhome in and out of our designated spot than another Cal-Am park we stayed at earlier in the year (Good Life in Mesa). The exercise room is really nice, with lots of new equipment. The billiard hall has about a dozen or more very nice tables. The library isn't up to the standards of where we've recently been (Cal-Am's Canyon Vistas Resort in Gold Canyon was almost like an actual library it was so filled with books). Once you get your site number, you can have CenturyLink hook up a DSL line (for a fee, of course), and thus, have your own dedicated broadband for watching Netflix and other streaming services. We were able to cut back our cell phone's data plan and save money overall. Be aware that Luke AFB is nearby, and the noise from the F-16's that depart from that base will be VERY noticeable throughout your stay. There is also nearby train tracks, but they weren't much of a problem. Tons of nearby shopping, but be forewarned - all of the nearby Sun City resorts means that traffic is often terrible, and finding a parking space can be challenging.

     

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Sentinel Peak RV Park

Tucson, Arizona

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First of all, the $19 daily rate is $499 for the month of November plus $70 in electricity charges. This is a small but wonderful RV park that is centrally located to just about everything you'd want to do in the Tucson area. It looks like it was an auto repair business in a previous life (the clubhouse has large garage doors that open up, and the lot is surrounded by a brick wall topped with chain fencing and inward-facing barbed wire at the very top). Still, with only 23 spaces, you had a sense of privacy due to the fact that the spaces all angled in against the wall. When we would look out the front side windows in our motorhome, we'd just see the tow vehicle to our left and the side of a 5th-wheel to our right. The inward-facing barbed wire and angled parking kept us from deploying our awning, but that was the shady side so it wasn't a big deal. The owners held a Thanksgiving pot-luck for the everyone to partake in (we had other plans, but when we came back, the clubhouse was pretty much packed and they had set up a big-screen projection TV to screen a movie). Other than the awning issue, our only other quibble was pretty much out of their control but an issue all the same - noise. Not from the road out front (much), and not from 1-10 a few blocks to the east, and not really of the aircraft, but of the TRAINS. Tucson has several tracks that parallel I-10 to the east, and when the trains go through - and they do all night long - they blow and Blow and BLOW their horns. We like to crack a window in the bedroom that is up near our heads and turn on a ceiling vent so that air flows in through the window. Nice for getting cool air, but terrible for hearing even more train noise. Anyway, you've been warned. If noise keeps you awake, you might want to look elsewhere. Otherwise, stay here. If we return to Tucson, we will stay here despite the noise.

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We stayed in the short-term area, which is up front. Kind of a strange setup; the spaces each have a concrete pad, but nothing else (but gravel). There may be a tree or bush here or there, but really no shade. However, you'll probably be looking directly across the road at the beautiful Superstition mountains - not too shabby. The pads are all up close to the roads and they don't go that far back, so if you have a gas motorhome with a mid-point entry door (like us), it will open up to gravel, as will your outdoor under-awning space. If we tried to move all the way forward to at least position the entryway to open up to the pad, we would've needed extensions for both power and sewer, as they are way to the back. If you pay for short-term space, their policy is no refunds if you have to leave early (they made an exception for us, as the reason we had to leave was lack of space in another of their parks). Lots of amenities here - two nice pools, a large well-stocked library with books and videos, five pool tables, a large exercise room chock full of new equipment, etc. If this is your thing, you will be in heaven here. Miles of walking within the park as well. For being out of town, there is plenty nearby. A very nice grocery store (with Starbucks and bakery) across the road, with several restaurants, Chase bank and a nearby Walgreens. Five golf courses across the road. Drive just a few miles west to Signal Butte for more shopping (a huge Walmart, theaters, restaurants, etc.), with a Costco just a little bit further west. No cable TV, and marginal internet (try the different WiFi hubs, as some are faster than others even if they all appear with the same signal strength). Plenty of over-the-air stations, however. Got decent LTE cell service (AT&T).

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This park is close to the freeway, but most of the noise seemed to come from the immediate surrounding area in the form of unmuffled cars / trucks or trucks from the nearby truck stop. Yup, this is not a ritzy area, but it wasn't threatening either. It is all gravel sites with no real vegetation or trees, so you're out in the open. They do have a decent selection of cable TV channels, although the picture quality wasn't that good. We're returning to the area in the next few weeks, and we'll probably see what else is available that might be a little quieter, but if nothing pops up, we'd return here again.

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This was our second visit this year, which tells you something. A very well cared-for RV park. Definitely a cut above the norm. Our site was huge. For every two sites, there is a privacy wall, so the most you'll see is one other rig next to you. I wish they would've carried propane, as you will have to go into town if you need some. The park is close to the freeway, but the noise wasn't all that bad, and tons of shopping is just on the other side (Walmart, Starbucks, lots more). Nice selection of cable TV stations, and pretty decent WiFi as well. In summary, and VERY nice RV campground.