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10/2012
rating [ 5/10 ]
This is a parking lot right off I-20 with full hookups, good Wi-Fi, on a small lake. Payment is by the honor system, as the office is seldom manned. It appears to be mostly residential, old and often rusting trailers; we were the only Class A. It was good for a quick overnight as there is very little available on I-20 from Birmingham all the way to Atlanta, GA. That said, it was a somewhat scary experience. We locked up our RV at night and did not put anything out. With very little effort, this could become a nice place.
09/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Big park with an excellent staff, escorted to site which we changed to get completely level for our 3 week stay. They offer a free continental breakfast which is packed. The Wi-Fi was not good, which I am discovering is almost standard in the 135 RV Parks I have visited so far but the staff did know how to reset it. Only thing keeping it form a ten is the laundry and bathroom facilities are small for such a large park. Nice inside hot tub, the pool was closed for the season. It is in a remote western section of town across from Camping World.
10/2012
rating [ 5/10 ]
This should be at least an 8 if not 10, nice bog park, level sites, big bathrooms but lack of effective management gives it a 5 at best. We were there during Balloon Festival and it was understaffed for completely full park hence the Wi-Fi did not work and no one at the desk knew how or attempted to fix it and the bathrooms lacked toilet paper and were messy. Because they have been in business long enough to know when the big hits will come, they also should know how to prepare for it. Look elsewhere and closer to Santa Fe.
08/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
We've been in over 100 RV parks in 15 months and this is one of the few I can enthusiastically give a 10. Big, new park with great, flat sites, meticulously maintained facilities, amazing bargain. This is THE place to stay when visiting Reno only a few easy miles away. Fake grass at sites is odd but understandable. Wish they would put the real thing in the small dog runs; it is sand now. We found a back in easy.
08/2012
rating [ 5/10 ]
This is an old camp with small sites, very uneven, poor Wi-Fi at best, not big rig friendly in a pretty wooded setting by a stream. The managers are very nice, but it is 8 miles from Lake Tahoe. At this absurdly high price, this KOA is a 5 at best.
08/2012
rating [ 5/10 ]
Unless you are a biker, ANYWHERE within 100 miles of Sturgis, SD during the bike rally is pure hell, and you will see everything at its worst. That said, after 105 RV Parks in 14 months: Rafter J Bar had gotten about the best reviews online of any we had seen, so we were excited to spend time here. The huge, beautiful sites, great pool and spa should have earned this 10 but while we were here, the baths and showers were filthy, broken doors on the toilets, and the facilities were too few and far apart for such an enormous park. We had reserved a 50amp months in advance with clear overhead but given 30amps in the woods at 50 amp prices. Other than the magnificent scenery it was a major disappointment. During the Sturgis Rally they should have tripled the staff and those who were here, with one exception, were brisk at best. Also offering fire rings etc., they never told us until we arrived, there had been a "no fire" restriction all summer. Not particularly friendly, wish we had stayed at the far friendlier KOA up the hill. But again, maybe it was the Sturgis Rally that made this a 5 not 10.
08/2012
rating [ 2/10 ]
Under ordinary circumstances this splendid facility should be a 9 or 10, but our visit was during the Sturis Bike Rally and clearly ownership preferred being a tourist trap to maintaining an RV park. The entrance was clogged with 100s of bikes. We waited a half hour at the check-in desk while tourists bought junk in front of us. Baths/showers were broken or filthy. Restaurant really is just fried crap, nothing fresh. Management has to decide to run a tourist trap or an RV park, they cannot handle both. The Sturgis Rally is annual; they should have been prepared; get additional staff, set up separate RV check-in etc.
07/2012
rating [ 3/10 ]
This camp is in the valley directly in front of the Grand Tetons, the view is breathtaking, and clearly once this was a very nice resort but today it looks worn although no where near as bad as many reviews make it. The biggest objection is that the showers and baths need to be completely renovated, the pool, spa and play grounds repaired and opened for the price that is charged.
06/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
New management has taken over this park and it is showing. Very clean, groomed park with easy back-in sites, very friendly staff, easy on and off from I-5 and an hour to Mt. St. Helen's. Great WiFi, clear overhead for satellite TV, nothing fancy but certainly perfect en route overnight or touring. They are planning pull-through sites and other improvements.
06/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
We used our Passport America and were sent to the south park, the pool, spa etc., are in the north park and require a car or golf cart. No real complaints, very good sites but it is understaffed, the WiFi conked out several times a day and had to have the guard at the gate, when he was free, to reset. Stayed two days, good location, great rate but if we paid full freight, might think differently.
06/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
The entrance is a little off putting, but past that to the newer spots next to the dunes, and it is very nice sized: back-ins and pull throughs, good hook-ups, strong Wi-Fi. But, walk through the dunes a few yards, and WOW: a magnificent ocean beach, dogs can run without leashes, absolutely breath taking. If you are in the Charleston-Coos Bay area this is absolutely THE place to stay. Our 92nd park since we left Tampa and one of the very few we gave a 9.
05/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
We were here Memorial Day week-end,arrived Tuesday in a 36-foot RV and it was empty except for permanent residents. A day later literally hundreds of tents packed cheek by jowl, many to a single spot, looked like tent city..very few RVs. That said we very much liked this camp and its staff. It is an older park that has long-term units in the front in various states of decay but very nice, large, full service RV sites in the back on the river. Next door is The Pub, a funky small restaurant/bar with good food. If you are visiting the Guerneville area in an RV this is clearly THE place to stay. BTW there is a huge statue of Paul Bunyon in the playground.
05/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
A wonderful RV park with big, pleasant spaces, great pool and spa, very friendly staff near Solvang. Immaculate facilities, one of the best we've stayed at. . Recommend either as a destination or easy on and off 101.
04/2012
rating [ 2/10 ]
Of the nearly 90 RV parks we have stayed in over the last year this ranks about the worst. State uniformed staff are rude. No hookups and you can run the generator only from 10am to 8pm. Big construction project blocked off the beach. Tent City included drug dealers pulling business off the beach. Spaces COULD accommodate up to 40' but they won't allow it. What could be a fantastic RV park is a dump and the State of California should be ashamed of itself for such poor management of a public facility.
03/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
Large mostly full-time resort RV park in Cathedral City outside Palm Springs. Our rate reflects Coast-to-Coast discount. Clearly the majority are older Canadian couples who have been coming for the season for many years so we didn't really get to know anyone. Originally they tried to put our 36 ft. Class A in a spot that would barely handle 28. The desk is very nice RV workers who don't really know the sites so be VERY specific about your needs in advance, even check out the site in advance. That said, a very nice park for the 55+ set.
04/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
If you want downtown Palm Springs, this is the place to stay. Within walking distance of everything. Lots are separated by very tall hedges, so not much interaction unless you make an effort, lots of privacy but it is also a great windbreak from the strong winds that can blow in. Great pool, spa, facilities. The manager is terrific. It is an older park with all back-ins so not for the novice, but neighbors are always willing to help. Mostly full-timers, Canadians, gay friendly, and all the rigs were fairly new.
05/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
It is difficult to rate a park that has two very distinct sections, an old trailer park and a new RV park, and such is the case at Trailer Villa. Like most urban RV parks (this is our 83rd) they are old and most often have long-term and somewhat dilapidated trailers. But this park has added a new and very attractive RV section in the back with large sites and immaculate private bath/shower facilities. We stayed in both, the old part gets a 3 the new part 9-10. It is in an industrial section but not far from very chic San Francisco suburbs and great restaurants, shops etc and a 1/2 from the city. The staff are WONDERFUL and let us borrow their chairs and tables for our party. IN summary it is the BEST place to stay in the south SF bay area IF you ask for the newer section in the back.
05/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
Of the over 80 RV parks we have stayed at since we left home last May, we rate this amongst the VERY BEST. Warm and helpful staff, meticulously groomed park, large sites, two spas and a pool, free breakfast on Mother's Day and they arranged a tour of vineyards for us. If you say "newbie" it is half price.We made friends here and hated to leave.
05/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a big Oceanside RV park with many seasonal "full timers" and we stayed only the night, so we did not avail ourselves of the pool et al. It certainly is the place to stay in Pismo Beach. We only had two major complaints: awful WiFi and the propane filling station in the park is VERY difficult to get to if you are in a larger RV.
04/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
WOW...a fairly new and immaculate camp, concrete pads, up to date hookup units, great private showers, baths, pool and spa, friendly staff, magnificent setting next to El Capitan Resort. Of the over 80 camps we have been in this year, this rates amongst the top. We made instant friends with staff and fellow campers and had dinner parties together> It was hard to leave to see wonderful Santa Barbara and other points of interest. Plus there were horses in the tent campsite next door. Leaving LA it is worth the drive past Malibu to stay here. Only two drawbacks were the expense and poor Wi-Fi.
04/2012
rating [ 5/10 ]
This is a tough one to rate, our 80th park this year on our tour of the USA. On one hand it overlooks the Pacific, views are magnificent. The showers, hook ups, and sites are certainly good. On the other hand, as many others have noted, it is not a friendly camp, the staff are rigid, as if you are lucky to be allowed in. The entire row we spend two weeks in was mostly empty; yet, when we had a dinner visitor, they insisted in charging him $10 to park at our site. The park is across a very busy highway from a not particularly attractive narrow beach. No pool, no spa. Many transient Europeans and some tenters so it is not a place to get to know anyone. The only reason to stay here is it's in Malibu, otherwise move on.
03/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
Birmingham RV is the closest to LA and like most city parks is old, lots of permanent residents and short on amenities like a pool or hot tub. That said, it has the nicest staff of the 80+ parks we have visited on our year trip. They escort you to your spot, help you in, do all the hooking up for you (yes even the sewer) and when our water line leaked, replaced our hose with one of theirs gratis. Clean baths, showers, laundry and as the owner said "We treat you like a hotel guest." There was always staff on the grounds to help. The camp dates from the 1930s, as I suspect do most of the residents, but all in all a pleasant stay in the best location to see LA.
02/2012
rating [ 2/10 ]
We have stayed at over 70 RV parks since we left Tampa last May and this is only the 2nd we drove in and immediately left. It is a ghetto. The steep slope down is not meant for a larger rig let alone a toad and did damage to our gear. The full time residents stared at us with surly looks. It is absolutely beyond imagination why anyone would stay there let alone give it a good rating, which fooled us into trying it out. The lady on the phone was very sweet; otherwise this place is a nightmare with an awful local reputation for low class residents..beware.
01/2012
rating [ 1/10 ]
BEWARE!!! We were given 2-3 free nights as a promo for Ocean Canyon pitch. It is a big camp in a lovely setting but the showers had no lights and the bathrooms were very basic for a "resort" but the biggest thing is their pitch. Check out "Ocean Canyon Properties" on the internet before you go, they have an F rating from Better Business and there is no "buyers regret" refund in Texas if you change your mind.
02/2012
rating [ 3/10 ]
Massive construction is going on nearly 24/7 right through the middle of the RV park as well as nearby highway. Construction vehicles often clog the interior park roads making it impossible to move cars let alone Class A RV's. I suspect when it is all finished this will be a great place but until then, it is a nightmare. The staff and facilities are A+++ but they could not make up for the construction mess. Like camping on the Panama Canal during it's construction. To date, this is not a big rig friendly place.
01/2012
rating [ 1/10 ]
Gloves are off..this is a refugee camp not an RV park...the place is full of long term under or unemployed, NOT family friendly, while we met all the rules for our pets and cleaned up after them we met hostility from people who thought their spot was private lawn...CAREFREE parks are very questionable and regardless of the savings we will avoid them..this is our 68th RV park in 7 month tour writing about RV parks..buyers beware!
12/2011
rating [ 3/10 ]
The only point of staying here was its location, near a friend and the museums and downtown. It is an old park, small 12 sites, single bathroom with odd shower configuration for handicapped that makes it all but impossible to move at all. The park says it does not have long term residents but it does. The manager is kindly but it is clear the owner doesn't much care about updating this tiny park. It is a block from the developing 7th street and I expect soon to be sold to it.
12/2011
rating [ 3/10 ]
The only reason we stayed here was it was close to friends. The good news is it was convenient to downtown; the bad news is this really is a long term trailer park with a few spots for travelers, worn out and not a place I would bring a family.
12/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
Apparently this is the park closest to Austin. It is old so the spaces are very close and the roads are narrow and in need of repair. That said, the staff was wonderful, allowed us to stay long after check out to await our car repairs. Shower facilities were excellent. Right off the highway, but not noisy. It was winter so we did not see the other facilities.
12/2011
rating [ 2/10 ]
We wanted a quick on and off I-35 going north. While the lady at the desk was very nice, it was clear the owner couldn't care less about the park. Keys were not available for showers, mostly permanent residents, apparently I-35 will be widened at some point taking over the camp, so there is no effort to improve. Next time we will keep driving.
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