This was our first visit here. Friends of ours bought a place in Retama (owned by the Bentsen Palm Development) next to Bentsen Palm Village so we decided to come and stay for 2 months to check it out. We hadn't been to the Rio Grande Valley in over 10 years, and it really had grown quite a bit. This was really a nice place and laid out pretty well. It had some good amenities: workshop, craft room, laundry, and club house. Mostly they offer monthly stays but if they have space you can get in for a shorter stay. The rate I quoted is based on a daily rate. They take reservations for the longer stays first (4-6 months) so we pretty much got what was left from those staying 3 months or longer. During peak season (January & February) they charge from the 1st of the month and partial months pay for a full month so they really are geared for monthly guests. We got a site in one of the circles and it looked nice, but as it turned out the club house was in our circle and it was VERY noisy. People would park in the circle while attending functions even when they weren't supposed to making it difficult to get our of your site. Even with complaints nobody did anything about it. They typically don't get a lot of rain but his year was different, and many of the sites in our circle flooded. We could not get in or out of our site without sinking into 1 inch or more of water and mud. They offered us some patio pavers to help but it was a mess anyway. As it turned out we bought a lot in Retama and moved over there after the first 2 weeks. They are both the part of the same development but Retama is owned RV lots with coach and port houses and houses. Before we left, Bentsen Palm Village had started offering RV lots with storage sheds for sale as well so it will probably be more owned lots than rental lots as Retama, their sister community is. I got the impression they were trying to get away from rentals while we were there but I'm not sure if it will go 100% owned lots or not. As it is they have owned lots that owners rent out just as they do next door in Retama. It is a nice place but they did not plan the lots with rain in mind because flooding is an issue in the Bentsen Palm side & they seem to be investing more money in developing the Retama side these days....which may be why they are trying to sell lots.
We were here for an RV rally, so our rates were different, so the rate I am posting is what the published Good Sam rate. This park has very nice amenities including a pool, spa, saunas, disc golf, very nice rally facilities (with covered pavilion for activities), and laundry. The sites are large and spacious between sites. We had a pull-through, and there was plenty of room for our coach and tow vehicle. The highway noise isn't too bad but the train noise is HORRIBLE. We have been to RV parks that are near trains but none were ever bad enough to keep us away, and most of the time they stopped running at night. The trains at Toutle River run right next to the back in sites. They run frequently and the whistles are the loudest I have ever hears. Enough so that they woke me out of a deep sleep. My other complaint is that they do not trim the trees enough to keep RVs from getting damaged from limbs that overhang, and the grass isn't trimmed at the sites. We had 185 rigs coming to our rally, and not one of the sites had been weeded or mowed before we started coming in, and they knew well ahead of time when we were coming. I was told that the park had been in bankruptcy and there was a new owner taking over after our rally. Friends who know the original owner said they invested a lot of money when they built this place. It was a very nice place but it's all about location and this is not a great location. Take away the trains and move it even a half mile from the highway, and it probably would be a great place.
This was our first time at this park. The Wi-Fi is slow in our first site but was slightly better when we moved the next day. When I made the reservations (2 months prior to our visit) I specifically requested a site where we could receive satellite from our coach. We did not get it. We were supposed to be here for a week. He told us they can't promise a site because it depends on the traffic coming in. I told him that if he couldn't find us a site that we could get satellite we would leave and go elsewhere. He reluctantly found another site for us the next day which was better but he made me feel like he was doing us a big favor. Once we got a site that we were able to get satellite so we didn't need their cable. We found the location very nice although it was close to the airport so it was a bit noisy at times. The sites were not overly spacious but there was enough room for our coach and tow vehicle (barely). Big rigs would have some problems if they were towing a vehicle. It's not very pet friendly, as there isn't really a place to walk them and the state park across the street doesn't allow dogs. We stayed here because it was convenient to Portland where we had some business but I would probably stay elsewhere if we were to return to the area again.
We have been coming here every summer for the last 6 years. We have been staying for 2 months. The park is paved asphalt with about 91 sites. Some are long pull-throughs and the others are perimeter back-in or pull-in sites. I know some have complained about it not being maintained and grass not watered but it is maintained by a private company. They have had sprinklers in the grassy area and they have been in the process (all summer) of installing irrigation which is why the grass was brown in some areas. The park host (now 81) is a very friendly sort who used to do a lot of the maintenance himself but has backed off a bit due to his age. Most of the staff in the office are very friendly however there is one who really needs to find a job where she doesn't have to deal with people. They have A LOT of people who come down to fish and some who come from other states to get away from the heat. The majority of the people who come do so because they fish. Our neighbors have been coming since they opened and keep their rigs parked there from 4-6 months. During the summer this place almost never has an empty space so you do have to make a reservation. It is right on the marina bay side so it's sheltered a little from the coastal wind but it still does get windy. BUT it also is so pleasant you never need your air conditioner. Their laundry room is clean and the price is very reasonable. We do not use their showers but the RV park showers are reserved for the people in the RV park. They have Wi-Fi and cable, and both work fairly well. Each site has landscaping (some of which grows quickly on the perimeter sites). Part of the problem with the outside perimeter sites is that they have planted trees and shrubs for privacy since there is a walking path that is in front of the sites and the sites are pull-ins. So the trees and shrubs were intended for privacy but the landscaping company has not done a great job of trimming them back. All the other sites have shrubs and bushes between sites which are very nice but again the landscaping company needs to do a better job. I have found that if there is a problem I take it to the ladies in the office, and they will make sure it's taken care of. They have sites to accommodate the biggest rigs but since it's very busy in the summer you really need to reserve early. They also have an annex which is across the street. It has grassy sites and lower rates. The number of sites listed in this review includes the annex. The nightly rate I listed does not include the 10% Good Sam Rate. We stay monthly and the 2014 rate was $743.00.
This is a very old RV park filled with ranch workers and who knows what other kind of workers. It seems that all the perimeter sites and many others (at least half of the sites) are occupied old dilapidated RVs some with old furniture (household chairs and tables) outside their RV for partying. It really looks like an old trailer park rather than an RV park. They claim the sites are 24 ft wide but I think that's a real stretch. They also claim to have deluxe sites (listed in their brochure) that are $10.00 more. Our neighbors were close enough we could pass sugar without getting out of the coach. The site was not level. We had to use blocks to jack up the front wheel on one side of the coach. I think the prices for the amenities and attractions was too high. The restaurant had decent food but the prices were outrageous. We opted for the cheapest things we could find (a hamburger for $11.99 and a bison meatball sub for $13.99). The only reason we even ate there was we were exhausted and too tired to cook or drive. They did give us 10% off which made the prices "slightly outrageous". The best deal they offered here was the $12 per person train ride to see the bison, which was a lot of fun. We thought about going horseback riding but for $40/hr per person we decided we didn't need to do it that bad! They had Wi-Fi but it was so slow you might as well say it was nonexistent. I would have given this a lower rating but I think it is a "novelty" working ranch that the kids would enjoy. Worth the price....NO! We were supposed to stay here for 3 nights but after we arrived and saw what it was like we opted to just stay for 2 nights, which gave us one full day here to check it out. We didn't need more than that because there wasn't much else to do. They do accept Passport America for one night and a 10% discount for Good Sam. The nightly rate I listed is without discounts. They gave us one night at PA rate and one at GS rate. Which brought it down to almost reasonable!
I was pleasantly surprised that this park was fairly nice. We had a pull through site that it was very long, with lots of space on both sides. We were parked in between two other coaches, and none of these 3 sites were next to or near a fence overlooking an industrial area. The owners were very nice but I don’t think they handled the issue of overcharging a customer very well. A lady who was in the office at the same time as me claimed she was overcharged, based on the rates on their web site. She was, and so was I, but I hadn't had a chance to look at their web site until the next day when I had my computer up and running again. In talking with the owner about this she stated that the prices had increased in the spring, and the web site was supposed to have been updated by someone who maintains the web site for them, and she was trying to get it fixed. The owner should have honored the price because the website does NOT say “prices are subject to change without notice”. It is her responsibility to ensure her “published” prices are correct. In spite of this we had a nice stay, met the other neighbors next to us and we had a lovely conversation. There are a lot of construction workers in the park. Perhaps some people might consider them “sketchy”, but they really didn't do anything or bother anyone. My only complaint was that there are a lot of cats and a dog running loose in the park. They belong to the owner; they are NOT feral cats. The dog was very friendly but it was running loose throughout the park. One of the cats was under our coach hissing at our dogs every time we took them out for a walk. I Just don't understand how RV park owners can expect guests to follow the rules (pets on a leash) when the owners' animals are running loose. I do have to agree that I don't think the place is worth $41.00 but the bottom line it's whatever the market will bear, and obviously it's working because the park was full.
This rate is a weekly Good Sam price. Very nice park with pleasant staff. The sites are FHU, spacious enough & many have beautiful flowers. Paved roads with gravel sites. Most sites were long enough to accommodate any size rig towing. Some sites would not be able to receive satellite service if it was roof mounted due to all the trees. the park is very well maintained & beautiful flowers are all over. We were here for 3 nights & could have stayed longer. There is lots to do in Missoula. There is some train noise but no worse than any other park that is near railroad tracks. This was actually quieter than some we have stayed at. WIFI was good except during peak times (late afternoon/evening) when the park was full but we never had a problem accessing the internet when we needed it. We enjoyed this enough to return!
Road and sites are gravel and level. They have some full hookup sites & others are just water & electricity. There is also a dump station on site. The Camp host is friendly and very helpful. You do hear noise from I-5 & the National Guard across the street but we didn't find it bothersome. I guess we are just used to it because so many RV parks are near railroad tracks & highways. Costco, WalMart, and Lowe's are all within a mile between lodge and I-5. Downtown Salem & all the attractions are only a few miles away. There are walking paths to walk the dogs. There are a lot of monthly people & some older rigs but everyone is very nice. Most of the long term people are those who stay at the lodge for the summer then head to AZ or TX for the winter. We were there for July 4th & they had a pot luck for all the people in the campground. It was a lot of fun.
This was a great place. The staff was very friendly & the sites were level. The laundry was clean & well maintained. The staff did site maintenance regularly (mowing, washing concrete slab, etc). WIFI signal was very strong. Beautiful landscaping & well maintained. There were many RV's here that come for the summer season but there were no old or beat up RV's. It was convenient to shopping, restaurants & attractions. We were here for a week & would highly recommend it. This place is definitely a keeper & we will return next year. The rate is based on weekly Good Sam rate
We stopped at this RV park because it was the most convenient for our needs while staying in Great Falls. Before I even talk about the park itself I need to voice an opinion based on our check in. The owners are brother & sister. Our site was sufficiently long enough for our coach & tow vehicle (with wide bike rack) but the site was not level side to side or front to back. In fact it required wood blocks for one of the front tires. The power & water pressure was fine. Other than an enclosed dog run & laundry there really are no amenities. They do offer WIFI but the signal was not strong even in low peak times. There seem to be a several of long term RV's that probably couldn't move if they tried. This might be a nice place for an overnight stop but that's about all. This is not a keeper in my personal opinion.