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

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Review Count: 101
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 54

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.

Review Count: 101
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 54

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

Review Count: 101
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 54

Platte River Campground, Honor, Michigan

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

A bit on the expensive side for electric only sites, but the campground is beautiful with asphalt sites and roads, and the entire park is gorgeous. The outside sitting areas are a bit strange since most of them are either in the rear or on the drivers side, but most are huge and very nice. I sure wouldn't want to spend any time here during peak season due to crowds, but an early May visit was amazing. The weather was a bit cool, but few campers and you could hike or paddle for miles without seeing another person. Wonderful! Four loops (plus walk-in and group sites) in the campground with loops 1-3 having electric. Most of the sites aren't big rig friendly due to slope, trees, or length, but there are some. Based on the three Ls (length, location, levelness), our favorite sites are: 110, 111, 118, 212, 215(this is our first choice), 316, and 322). Stay away from the pull thru sites if in a big rig as they tend to be short with a tight curve. If you're traveling with a friend, buddy sites 106 and 107 are very nice with a very long driveway. Easily the most dog friendly national park we have been to with dogs allowed on most trails and many beach locations. No bag or waste stations to be found anywhere though. Our first visit so we didn't know what to expect, but we loved it here so much we extended our stay twice! The only ding is a few small branches encroaching into the road, but a crew was there trimming branches over sites, so maybe they'll take care of those as well. Good AT&T data coverage, Verizon was weak. We had good satellite reception, but it was before trees fully leafed out. We already have plans to visit next year at the same time! We camped at Platte River Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
122
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Several miles of great hiking trails, but most are on the short side and easy. Paddle the Platt and/or Crystal rivers (in off season). Grocer's Daughter Chocolate is amazing with incredible chocolate, but be prepared to drop some cash!

Review Count: 101
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 54

Gulf State Park Campground, Gulf Shores, Alabama

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

Nightly rate is based on the monthly rate. This was our second stay in this great AL state park in a beautiful area. If you enjoy outdoor activities, this is the place to be. Easy access to miles of bike and walking trails, close to the beach, some great kayaking, and a decent dog park. We like the pull through sites on either end of the park for best for having less through traffic and close access to the bike trails. The monthly rate is only about $100 more than a two weeks stay, so a great deal. Open sky for satellite reception, but our ATT hotspot was very slow. Long term sites book fast, so make reservations early. They do offer a wait list which we were on (and on again for 2019). We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
457
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, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

Review Count: 101
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 54

Dad's Bluegrass Music RV Park, Franklin, Kentucky

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

As others have mentioned, a decent enough spot for a quick overnight stay, but that's all. Convenient to the highway and a fuel stop. It looked like most of the spots were filled with long term residents. Roads and sites were gravel and sites were extremely close together. One of our slides overhung the neighbor's picnic table. Neighbor found a large spike in his spot. We camped at Dad's Bluegrass Music RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
9
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
No

Review Count: 101
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 54

Three Rivers State Park, Sneads, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Driving into the park, through some really beautiful forest on a wide, grass lined, smooth asphalt road, I was impressed with this pretty park. Then I got to the campground and wanted to leave. The road through the campground was narrow consisting of sand, dirt, and pot holes. Many trees and branches encroaching in on the road makes maneuvering and getting into a site hairy. The site surface was made up of sand, dirt, and large rocks with none of them looking particularly level. Some sites would be tough to impossible to get a large rig parked in. If you have a big rig, or even anything larger than 30' and value your paint, I'd avoid this campground unless they do some major tree and brush trimming. It's a shame, because the park itself is very nice with many nice biking/hiking trails. Except for the campground, I could see really enjoying this park. We had decent AT&T data coverage with good Verizon signal. Due to heavy tree coverage, no satellite reception. We camped at Three Rivers State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 101
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 54

Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Another very nice Florida State Park. There are three loops in the campground. The A loop is pretty open with no privacy between sites and is pretty busy and noisy since it is next to the kids playground and tenting sites. Loops B and C have a lot more privacy and shade with the trees and shrubs. All full hookups and most are big rig friendly. Some lovely walking trails through the woods, and since we were there off season, we were able to walk the 4 mile round trip shuttle road with our dogs every morning. Very dog friendly, but a big ding is lack of dog bags and waste stations anywhere in the park. Another ding is that they only recycle aluminum. We had clear sky for satellite reception, and surprising to us, AT&T data was useable. Decent Verizon coverage. We camped at Rainbow Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C08
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
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, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Rainbow river is pretty cool and decent to paddle on, but the crowds, noise, and development along the river turned us off. Luckily, one of our favorite fresh water kayaking areas, Silver Springs, is about a 45 minute drive, so we headed there several times.

Review Count: 101
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 54

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, Flagler Beach, Florida

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

This is a really nice, small state recreation area in a lovely area convenient to several coastal cities. Unlike most reviewers, we actually preferred the newer riverside campground over the beachside campground. While the beachside had great views, the sites were very close together, and most were not big rig friendly. Since it is situated right on the busy A1A route, there is also plenty of traffic noise. The riverside campground was quiet with much more room between the sites and easy access to kayak launch (really neat area to kayak!). The corner sites 51-54 had the most spacing with nice long sites. Unbeknownst to us is there are several (4-6) sites which have sewer hookups even though that is not listed by Reserve America. While these are ADA sites, FL allows anyone to reserve them if other sites are booked. Very dog friendly with bag/waste stations around the park and while dogs are not allowed on the state park beach, there is a very nice 3/4 mile section of the beach just south of the park where dogs are allowed (on leash only, but it's still very nice to have a beach to walk on). There is a gate from the beachside campground to get to the dog friendly section which was a nice touch. My only complaint was that the entrance to the park is crowded with shrubby, has tight turns, and is narrow requiring care with a big rig. Good news is that the entrance is scheduled for a makeover. Decent Verizon and AT&T coverage. Clear sky for satellite reception. We camped at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
52
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
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
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Review Count: 101
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 54

C.B. Smith Park, Pembroke Pines, Florida

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

A very nice, huge park in a major metro area. We really enjoyed the park with several miles of walking/biking trails. The campground itself is laid out kind of strange though. Many of the pull throughs are in very tight loops which may make getting a big rig in and out a bit tough. Sites 23 thru 37 are decent, but overal, the back in sites are much better. We preferred the north section which looks to be newer. Sites 61-74 being our favorites. Lots to do in the park and an excellent location to stock up on supplies. The park does get pretty busy and noisy on the weekends. We won't hesitate to stay here again when in the area. We camped at C.B. Smith Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
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, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 101
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 54

Curry Hammock State Park, Marathon, Florida

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

What an amazing little FL state park located in the keys! Extremely difficult to get reservations, but if you are lucky enough, you are in for a real treat. 25 reservable sites and none are bad. Prime spots are on the ocean front, but it's an easy short walk to the beach from anywhere in the park. Some sites have a large tenting area which is also great for outdoor sitting. The park did take a significant hit from Irma, but is better than before. New gravel with new hookups. Limited vegetation, which means limited shade, but you also enjoy amazing ocean views. Excellent kayaking, and a walking trail across the highway which we didn't enjoy due to loud traffic noise. The park itself is surprisingly quiet though. Very dog friendly with waste bags and dog treats at the ranger station. Clear sky for satellite reception and good AT&T & Verizon service. We hope to be back, but with the difficulty getting reservations, we're not counting on it. We camped at Curry Hammock State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
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
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 101
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 54

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota, Florida

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

Easily one of our favorite FL state parks so far. Huge park, miles of gorgeous trails, tons of wildlife, and peaceful. We stayed in the only big rig friendly, full hookup camp ground in the park which is Palmetto Ridge. Every pull through site is large enough for the longest rig and tow, as are most of the back in sites. The thing to be aware of in the back in sites is that several have very large lowish hanging branches. The back in sites do offer a bit more privacy though. About a 30 minute drive to a very nice dog friendly beach (Brohard paw park & beach) and about the same distance to an amazing people only beach (Siesta). A few dings...parts of the road and many sites need to have brush/shrubs trimmed back from the sides. There is one dog bag station at the dumpster, but no trash cans anywhere else in the park outside of the campground dumpster. Trash cans at trail heads and popular stops would be nice. Our site, 68, while very long had the sewer hookup at the entrance of the site so you are limited how far you could pull in by how much sewer hose you have. During weekends and holidays, there is a LOT of traffic through the park, much of it ignoring the speed limits. Speed bumps, especially in the busy areas would be appreciated. AT&T hotspot was just barely usable, but decent Verizon coverage. Pull through sites have clear sky views for satellite reception. Looking forward to our next stay here! We camped at Myakka River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
68
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 101
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 54

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo, Florida

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

We read the reviews, did our research and we thought we knew what to expect. We were still disappointed. As everyone else has mentioned, the sites are VERY close together with no privacy and almost no outside sitting area. The hookups are strange with electric and sewer being on the "correct" side, but our site shared the water hookup with the neighbor on the opposite side. The land area of the park is very small, so there is limited walking in the park, and if you go outside the park, you have lots of traffic to contend with. To make things worse, the two weeks we were there, the no-see-ums were so bad, we couldn't even sit outside. There are dog friendly beaches nearby, but are currently closed due to Irma. There are a couple of short nature trails which are cool, the boat tours are worth the price, and the kayaking is ok, but that's about it for the good. We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
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Review Count: 101
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 54

Ortona South COE, Moore Haven, Florida

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is a really lovely, immaculate park. They lost several trees during Irma, but there is still a fair amount of shade. Each site has a shelter over the picnic table. Sites 21 through 30 are the ones to book to get a relaxing view of the river and boat traffic. I think officially the max rv length is 40 foot, but our 43 foot fit easy in site 24 with plenty of room to park the jeep in front. I only wish we could walk across the dam (locked gate) to watch the lock in action. We camped at Ortona South COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
24
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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
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Review Count: 101
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 54

Eastbank COE, Bainbridge, Georgia

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

There are three loops to this campground and we thought the A loop was the nicest overall. There was better water frontage and generally larger sites with more space between them. Our site, 1, was very long, had a huge rear yard with no neighbors behind us and great views of the lake. There is a big problem with ants in the entire campground though. In two years of full timing, this was the first time we had an ant infestation in the RV. Ant poison and spraying around jack pads and tires quickly solved the problem, but be aware and spray around the outside before you get ants inside! A pretty quiet and relaxing park with not a lot to do in the area, which looks to be pretty depressed. No decent grocery stores nearby, so stock up before arriving. One ding, our fire pit wasn't cleaned out and for some reason stunk pretty bad. We had good AT&T hotspot coverage and clear sky at our site for satellite reception. We camped at Eastbank COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A1
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt, 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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Mostly Shady

Review Count: 101
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 54

Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park), Ocala, Florida

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

This was our second stay at this beautiful Florida state park and we loved it more than the last time. There are four loops with only about 12 full hookup sites. This visit we stayed in the loop the furthest in where the sites seem a bit more spacious with more room between them. Our site, 48, had a huge side yard with no visable neighbors and full hookups. Easy pull through, but with low hanging trees over the road, it makes maneuvering a big rig a bit difficult. We ended up backing out of the site instead of driving through the loop to avoid tree scrapes. The highlight of this park is the gorgeous clear springs, river, and wildlife. Just amazing. For sure rent a kayak to paddle the kayak trail. We did it once and wished we had time to do another trip. The glass bottom boat tour is well worth the money. The entire park is mostly peaceful (during the week) and beautiful. Amazing dog friendly (on leash) trails, especially the swamp trail, which we walked at least once a day to enjoy the views and monkey watch. Great area with nearby shopping and big box stores. We'll for sure stay here again. Good AT&T hotspot coverage and our site was able to receive satellite reception. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
48
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches

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