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Fulltimers living in a 43' RV with 4 Border Collies.

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Review Count: 114
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 60

Beachside State Park, Waldport, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

A truly beautiful little Oregon state park campground. In fact, after spending about a total of about 6 months on the Oregon coast, this one is by far, our favorite state park. Officially, the maximum length of the sites is 40 feet, but there are several sites on the ocean side that will fit big rigs (with limited room for tow parking, but there are extra parking spaces available). One thing to be cautious of is the large concrete curb at the rear of the site. Big rigs will need to hang over the curb, so be sure when you dump air there is no contact. Sites 63 (prime spot), 65, and 67 are no problems for big rigs, and most of the rest of the sites in the ocean road would work. You do have road noise, but it quiets down at night, and honestly, the ocean noise mostly drowns out the road noise anyways. All sites are a very short walk to the many miles of beautiful dog friendly beach. A couple of dings. The bathroom/shower rooms were old, dirty, and almost always smelled bad. A good power washing with disinfectant would do wonders. No sewer hookup and no dump station in the park. There is a city dump station in Waldport ($10), otherwise you need to drive to the nearest state park, South Beach, near Newport. AT&T hotspot data coverage was very good, Verizon cell was poor to non existent in the campground. We had satellite reception in site 67, but that depends on tree coverage in your site. We camped at Beachside State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
67
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 114
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 60

South Beach State Park, Newport, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Multiple loops in this state park, with a real mix of big rig friendly spots. We prefer the F or G loops for the larger sites, although if you don't mind the constant traffic, the sites along the main road are easier to get into with some having decent sized back yards. Outside loop sites are easier to back into with the angled drives, inside loop sites are mostly close to 90 degrees from the road. No matter which site, there are several low/close trees to watch out for, and unfortunately, we saw a couple of RVers hit trees/branches. Pruning of branches may be required to back in, or put slides out, just don't let the host see you. Still, this is a great park with easy access to the dog friendly beach, a few miles of walking/biking trails, and close to Newport with some great restaurants and good grocery stores. There was a heavy rain the night before we arrived, so our reserved site was flooded. Fortunately, we were able to move to F25 which was a lovely, large corner spot. The site we had reserved did drain by the next day, so drainage appears to be decent. We were able to get satellite reception from F25, but don't count on it due to heavy tree coverage. Verizon and AT&T were usable. We camped at South Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
F25
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
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches

Review Count: 114
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 60

Fort Stevens State Park, Hammond, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

A huge Oregon state park with a real mix of sites. Most of the sites are heavily wooded in constant shade, so if there is rain, nothing ever dries out. Depending on the site, big rig access may be a bit tough, and some pruning may be required to avoid scratching paint. Great walking/biking trails, a cool old fort to explore, and a really nice beach that you are allowed to drive on (4wd recommended). Close to Astoria with great restaurants and breweries. No satellite reception due to heavy tree coverage, Verizon and AT&T are very spotty depending on location. We enjoyed our stay and will be back. Reserve in advance if you want full hookups, and this is one of the few parks I would recommend getting a site on the main road, especially if here in cooler weather so you can enjoy some sun at your site. We camped at Fort Stevens State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
N14 and I80
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches

Review Count: 114
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 60

LePage Park COE, Rufus, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Easy on/off from the interstate for a quick overnight stay, but I certainly wouldn't rule out staying longer. The pull through sites are right on the river with amazing views (no grass) but this is a very popular park on the weekend with campers, boaters, barking dogs, haphazard parking of boat trailers, other vehicles infringing on your site, and loud kids. Not to mention trains and interstate noise. Still, a lovely small COE with nice water/electric only sites, a nice beach, and a very nice large grassy area. If you can, skip the weekends. We camped at LePage Park COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
7
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
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 114
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 60

St. Mary / East Glacier KOA, St Mary, Montana

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $80.00
Overall Rating:

With sites starting at $80/night, this is one of the most expensive parks we have ever stayed in. While the park itself is nothing special, it is very close to the East Glacier entrance, and about 1/2 hour drive from the spectacular hiking in Many Glacier. Sites are a real mixed bag with some being very unlevel (front tires hanging off the ground) to dirt/mud side yards, to relatively level sites with nice grass yards. If you don't mind back in sites, they seem to be more level than the pull throughs with most sites in section B being fine. We were in B14, which was level and a huge grass side yard. Unfortunately, zero AT&T service, but surprisingly, the park WiFi worked really well at our location. Good Verizon and open sky for satellite reception. Dog friendly with bags and waste stations around the park. Very nice camp store. We won't rule out staying here again, but will check out alternative locations. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
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, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 114
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 60

Townsite Campground (Parks Canada), Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

A nice, big rig friendly campground. Quiet except for unsupervised screaming kids and a few loud car stereos. Mostly open sites with little to no shade, but it wasn't a problem in August except for a few very warm days. Sites are nicely spaced, level, with grass between them (with lots of holes from the huge population of ground squirrels). We really enjoyed our stay here even with well over half the trails closed, very smoky days from nearby fires, and a fire evacuation alert which lasted several days. Some very nice to outstanding (crypt lake) hiking trails. We will return, hopefully with some clear days. The entire perimeter of town is about 2.5 miles, so everything is in walking distance. Clear sky for satellite reception. A couple of dings - Sewer hookup is in middle of pad under RV. No dog waste bags. We camped at Townsite Campground (Parks Canada) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A34
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 114
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 60

Whistlers Campground (Parks Canada), Jasper National Park, Alberta

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very old campground, and it shows. Luckily, it is scheduled for a complete makeover in 2019 as it is badly needed. Loop roads are in very bad shape with major pot holes and scraping trees. Sites have some close trees, and they have planted additional trees very close to the parking area so once they get bigger, it's going to be even more of a problem. There are also a lot of dead trees in the park which was a bit scary with all the fire danger (there are still campfires allowed in some sections). We did like the layout of the park with several small loops with most sites being decent size, and having some level of privacy. No satellite reception in most sites due to tree coverage, but we did notice a few RVs with the dish up. We will visit again in 2020 after the renovations and are looking forward to seeing the improvements. We camped at Whistlers Campground (Parks Canada) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
56B
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles, Poor Conditions

Review Count: 114
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 60

Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground - Full Hookups (Parks Canada), Banff National Park, Alberta

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

We spent two weeks here exploring the Banff area. It's a decent campground in an amazing area with full hookups at a reasonable rate, but the campground itself is nothing special. Gravel pull throughs with almost all the side yards being on a hill, so very limited use ability. A huge turnover, so expect neighbors to be coming and going on almost a daily basis. We'll be back, but only because of the area and full hookups. Don't expect satellite service from almost anywhere in the park due to trees, but we did spend a few nights in site 146 and were surprised that we could lock on to the satellites. We camped at Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Campground - Full Hookups (Parks Canada) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
642 and 146
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Close proximity to the very touristy town for shopping and some decent restaurants.

Review Count: 114
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 60

Centennial Park Campground, Claresholm, Alberta

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

A super nice, small, quiet city park and campground. We were just passing through the area and only spent one night, but will return when in the area. Price is for water/electric and about $2 usd more for full hookups. Very dog friendly with a huge expanse of nice grass we got to play on. Only complaint is that the sites were a bit short, so for longer rigs, towed parking may be an issue. Small, friendly farming community town with easy walking to anywhere. We camped at Centennial Park Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
24
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 114
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 60

Prewett Creek RV Park & Campground, Cascade, Montana

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

Nice, small, very quiet campground surrounded by hills making it very picturesque. Sites are very nicely spaced, mostly level, with decent grass in between. I think we had the only pull through site which was huge, and actually looked to be a road, and probably is used for one when not in use. Clear sky for satellite reception, good AT&T data coverage, but limited Verizon voice. The campground, and area businesses, seem to cater to the many fishermen using the Missouri River. I wouldn't hesitate to return next time we're in the area. My only complaint is the amount of dust kicked up from the gravel road and sites. We camped at Prewett Creek RV Park & Campground 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
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Gates of the Mountains boat tour was very cool and is highly recommended. Giant Springs state park in Great Falls is a neat place to walk, explore, and enjoy the views of the river.

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Review Count: 114
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 60

Spearfish City Campground, Spearfish, South Dakota

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

This is a really pretty city park with a nice stream, walking paths, and near a excellent city park. It's obvious the city of Spearfish and the citizens love their parks. While not overly big rig friendly, it is manageable taking care to avoid the trees very near the road. Based on tree damage however, not everyone missed them. Most sites either due to length, location, or backing access from the road are not big rig friendly. They are also pretty generous with the advertised lengths of the sites. Our original site was advertised as 47' which would not be a problem for our 43' coach, but no way we would fit. Luckily, the helpful host found another site, p5, which was great. For big rigs, preferred sites p1, p4, p5, and p6 are very nice. Site 30, while on the main road has a huge side yard and was very long. Otherwise, sites 31 through about 42 are big rig friendly, minus the buddy sites. The campground does get busy, especially on the weekends, so reservations are recommended. Limited satellite coverage due to trees. We camped at Spearfish City Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
P5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 114
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 60

Chris' Camp, Spearfish, South Dakota

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $49.00
Overall Rating:

We arrived in Spearfish a day early and didn't have reservations at our destination, so we gave Chris' camp a shot. Friendly office staff and host who drove us in the golf cart to check out possible sites for our 43' coach. A real mix of sites in this park with lots of nice, shaded tent camping spots, many small to medium size spots, but there didn't seem to be many overly long sites that would fit a big rig and tow. We ended up in pull through site K, and based on the suggestion of the host, drove in backward so we had a nice side yard view of the hills and their barnyard zoo area. No parking for the tow on our spot, so host said to use the site behind us. We had clear sky for satellite reception, but that will be questionable for most sites based on the many trees. The host also mentioned we could let our dogs run in the field near our site, which was a very nice offer, but due to the high temps, we didn't partake. My only complaint was one host who was a bit pushy in trying to sell us rv maintenance products. Lots of rv park choices in the area, so can't say we'll be back, but overall a decent place to stay. We camped at Chris' Camp in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
K
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady

Review Count: 114
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 60

W.H. Lyon Fairground, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

While we only spent one night here, we wouldn't hesitate to stay longer next time we're in the area. Parking areas are on grass and pads are highly recommended to avoid sinking in. Quiet area with most of the sites empty. Nice walking around the fairgrounds with the dogs. Sites are long enough for the largest of rigs and tows, but not a lot of space between sites. Luckily, the friendly host does a good job of spacing RVs so there is at least one spot between you and your neighbor. Satellite friendly and good AT&T and Verizon coverage. We camped at W.H. Lyon Fairground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 114
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 60

Manistique Lakeshore Campground, Manistique, Michigan

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Wow. Who ever designed this city owned campground (new in 2017) put a lot of thought into it and did an outstanding job! Prices range from $40-$50/night depending on site type and proximity to the lake. That's not cheap but it's such a beautiful campground in a great location that we didn't mind paying it and even extended our stay. Nice separation between sites with mixed privacy depending on trees/shrubs. Seriously, not a bad site in the place, although the closer you get toward the end (18-24), the more road noise you get, and you're also closer to a fuel/truck stop which may add to the noise. It wasn't horrible though. It was cooler and windy when we were there, so we chose a site across from the lake front sites. The wind coming off the lake can be significant! All sites pretty level and plenty long enough for big rigs and tow vehicles. The pull through sites are among the longest we have seen anywhere. After 2 1/2 years full timing, this park is among the top 10 parks we have stayed at. Lots to do in the area, and we have plans on returning. Good AT&T data and Verizon voice coverage and most sites have clear views for satellite reception. We camped at Manistique Lakeshore Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

A Pictured Rocks cruise is amazing and a must do! Seney Wildlife Refuge is beautiful and highly recommended.

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Review Count: 114
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 60

Tiki RV Park & Campground, Saint Ignace, Michigan

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Certainly not a destination in itself, but this park is a great location to explore places from Petoskey to Mackinaw Island to Sault Ste Marie. Park is old and showing it's age and the office/"store" and laundry room are styes. Gravel roads with gravel or broken up concrete sites. Friendly staff and reasonably quiet with the location. Pull in sites 85 and 86 have a decent view of the lake. Site 86 is nice with no neighbor on passenger side. We would stay here again next time we're in the area. Good AT&T data and decent Verizon. We had clear sky for satellite reception. However most of the sites are in the treed area so satellite may be iffy. We camped at Tiki RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
86
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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