About Meanderman

Retired 30-year Air Force veteran, began RVing in 1974 and have owned eight RVs over the years. One trailer, one slide-in, four 5th wheels, and two motor homes. Currently in our 12th year of full timing and volunteering as interpretive hosts and environmental educators.

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Reviews

Review Count: 371
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 53

South Beach State Park, Newport, Oregon

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

Staying here in October, we had our choice of many sites and the park was not crowded. We liked the fact that the sky wasn't crowded out by forest, and the open areas have playgrounds and room for kids. All the usual Oregon state park features, with friendly hosts and staff. Good Verizon cell/data and clear views of TV satellites with a portable dish. With only 30A power and water, the $31 rate (plus reservation fee) is on the high end for an Oregon park, and the November increase to $33 makes it questionable for a stay in the area. We camped at South Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 371
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 53

Silver Spur RV Park, Silverton, Oregon

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Well run park with all of the amenities and friendly management. All gravel roads and pull-thru sites, long and level. Convenient hookups, fair WiFi, and decent cable. Good OTA TV and clear views of TV Satellites. Convenient to town, even with the tortuous road to the exit. Lots of long-term residents with vehicle noise in the morning as they leave for work. A real value if using the Passport America discount - our four day visit paid for more than the annual fee. We camped at Silver Spur RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 371
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 53

LePage Park COE, Rufus, Oregon

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Some of the best pull-thru sites we've stayed in. The entry road winds it's way above the park area and looks a bit sporty, but was no problem for our 40' MH. The pull-thru sites are very long and result in your passenger side looking out over the river. Everything is paved, but there is some grass along the riverbank. Great views of the John Day river and the bridge where it intersects the Columbia. Some road and train noise from the bridge but nothing significant. No obstructions to satellite RV and our Verizon cell/data was satisfactory. The rate of $12.50/night with the senior pass is an exceptional bargain, but only if you reserve a pull thru site since the back-ins are rather short and under trees. We camped at LePage Park COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 371
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 53

Coyote Run RV Park, Connell, Washington

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

An excellent place to stop for the night; easy access to the highway, long, level pull-thru sites, and a friendly, helpful host. Our site was long enough to leave our tow vehicle attached, and hookups were conveniently placed. Very good park WiFi and cable, and no obstructions to TV satellites. Verizon cell/data signal was good. A bit of highway noise during the night but not obtrusive. We enjoyed our stay here and will stop again if in the area. We camped at Coyote Run RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 371
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 53

Fairchild AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) , Fairchild AFB, Washington

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

A convenient stop along I-90 and close to shopping and casinos. On entering through the commercial gate, expect to be told to open all bays, doors, hood, trunk, and wait in a separate area while your RV and vehicle are searched. No exceptions, so if this bothers you, go somewhere else. A friendly and helpful host greeted us, but the only thing attractive about the Famcamp itself is the price. Gravel interior and sites that are mostly level and just long enough for our motor home and tow, closely spaced and with a sewer hookup in the far rear of the site. WiFi was slow, but it was windy during our stay, and Verizon Cell/Data was good. Lots of OTA TV and no few obstructions to the TV satellites. Train noise can be very loud at night, something that seems to be worse than in past visits. Overall a great value due to the location, but not a destination park. We camped at Fairchild AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

A large Wal-Mart is located four miles to the east, and a large casino is on the same road. The Rusty Moose, about 6 miles east, is an exceptional restaurant.

Review Count: 371
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 53

Powell Campground, Powell, Idaho

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

What all "campgrounds" should be - beautiful, spacious sites under the trees, the sound of a river in the background, and the smell of pines - what a relaxing experience. Paved interior roads and sites with large sites in the electric loop. No cell or internet service, but you may have a shot through the trees at the TV satellites. The lodge is walking distance and has good food, and you may be able to receive email in the bar. A wonderful place to stay and a bargain with the senior pass. We camped at Powell Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 371
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 53

Black Rabbit RV Park, Hamilton, Montana

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Located on the north side of Hamilton and convenient to town yet quiet at night. Interior roads and sites are gravel and our pull through site was just long enough to leave the tow attached. Sites are very close together, it's doubtful an awning could be extended. Lots of long term residents with outside items and ATVs, many who park on the interior roads nearly blocking access to a large motor home. Cable TV didn't work, WiFi was too weak to use, but only small trees to block satellite. Verizon cell/data was strong. There are few options in the area, and the park takes advantage by being overpriced for what they offer. We camped at Black Rabbit RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The best hamburger in the world is served at Nap's, a Montana legend. Don't skimp - get the "Nap's Special", a huge flame-cooked burger hanging out over the bun with a ton of thin, crispy fries.

Review Count: 371
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 53

Juniper Campground, Ririe, Idaho

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

An excellent place to spend a few days with huge pull-thru sites and full-hookup sites. We weren't able to contact the host, so we used this review site and selected a pull-thru in loop C for the $16 discounted fee (Golden Access Pass). Paved roads and sites, convenient hookups, and Verizon cell/data at our site. Dark and quiet at night. Some OTA TV but no obstructions to the satellites. A bit off the highway but worth it for the location. We camped at Juniper Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C Loop
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 371
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 53

Buffalo Meadows RV Park (Fort Hall Casino Campground), Fort Hall, Idaho

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

After reading the reviews, we asked for a site in "B" loop but were told none were available. The next day there were still empty sites, and since we were in "A" loop had to make a 32-point turn to get out. Sites are fairly level gravel, close together but long enough that you can park ahead or behind your neighbor's rig. Park WiFi was weak, Verizon cell/data very good, and a decent selection of OTA TV from Pocatello. Construction noise during the day but quiet at night. Easy access to/from the interstate. We camped at Buffalo Meadows RV Park (Fort Hall Casino Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The casino is OK, but the new one should be pretty impressive. Avoid the "grill" - the food was terrible.

Review Count: 371
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 53

Star Valley Ranch RV Park, Thayne, Wyoming

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Not much to add to the very descriptive previous reviews. We were able to rent and owner's lot which gave us a concrete pad and shade in the older section of the park. Owner sites are all back-in, and most are more developed than the overnight sites. Friendly people, quiet this time of year, and in a beautiful setting. Verizon cell/date were strong, park WiFi weak, and few OTA stations. A great location but be prepared for pricey shopping and dining. We camped at Star Valley Ranch RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 371
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 53

Gowen Field Campground (Military FamCamp), Boise, Idaho

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Our stay of choice when visiting the Boise area. A bit off the interstate, and it takes a bit of time to stop at Billeting and pick up a key to your power box, but worth the effort. Safe, secure, and in a quiet area of the base with some airport noise but nothing bothersome. Only seven concrete back-in sites so reservations are a must. Our 40' motorhome had no trouble fitting onto our site, and hookups were convenient and worked well. Shade trees in the rear of the site with a table, although walking on the rough gravel is a bit difficult. Very good OTA TV and good access to TV Satellites. No park WiFi but excellent Verizon cell/data. Convenient to downtown and shopping. The laundry is no longer free, but for the price this is an outstanding value. We camped at Gowen Field Campground (Military FamCamp) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 371
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 53

Burns RV Park, Burns, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

A very well maintained park and the last row of pull-thru sites is exceptional. Extra long, level gravel, and ample shade with table and convenient hookups. Easy access to highway. Cable TV was very good analog, no OTA, and ask for a satellite-friendly site. WiFi was fair with a full park, and Verizon cell/data was strong. Quiet and dark at night with little road noise. We camped at Burns RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 371
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 53

Base Camp RV Park (formerly Hunter RV Park), Lakeview, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Dusty dirt and gravel interior roads and fairly level sites. Our site was shaded, but so close to our neighbor that use of the patio awning was not possible. No table or room to put one. No cable or OTA TV and tough to get a clear shot of satellites with a roof mounted dish. WiFi strength was fair, and Verizon cell/data worked well. Overpriced for what you get, but there's not much else in the area. We camped at Base Camp RV Park (formerly Hunter RV Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 371
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 53

Valley of the Rogue State Park, Gold Hill, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

Another Oregon State park that delivers a quality product at a reasonable price. Large sites, both back-in and pull-thru are paved and most, but not all, are level. Lots of trees, green grass, and paths to walk. No cable, little OTA, and depending on the site difficult to have a clear shot to the satellites. No WiFi but good Verizon cell/data. Close to Medford and many area attractions. In any other location this park would be a 10, but the interstate noise is significant. We camped at Valley of the Rogue State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 371
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 53

Harris Beach State Park, Brookings, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Oregon State Parks are consistently the best, and all things considered, this may be the best of all. Paved access roads and sites, a variety of sites (all back ins) reasonable privacy and size between spaces, and a large number of full hookup sites, including 50A. Many improvements being made by the active staff. Great nightly programs and wonderful Junior Ranger program for the kids. A variety of wooded trails lead to the beach, through the woods, and to an overlook. Difficult for TV satellites due to trees and very limited OTA. Verizon Cell/data was strong. The park simply has everything - and the price is amazing. Full every night from early June through the summer, so make a reservation in advance. We camped at Harris Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Brookings has a variety of shopping and good restaurants. Try the Black Trumpet Bistro and Superfly for interesting menu items. The Fred Meyer store is huge and always crowded. Lots of interesting places to stop along Hwy 101 to the north. Don't miss Arch Rock (13 miles).

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