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08/2011
rating [ 3/10 ]
If all you need is an overnight and a dump station, I would recommend the Wal-Mart and/or Camping World not far from here. (Warning, there are 9-foot height-restricting barricades across all entries to the WM parking lot, except the ones nearest to the building.) I did a quick check on rvparkreviews.com knowing we would be passing through the area late, and it was hot enough that we would need power for the A/C, otherwise we would just use WM or CW for a few hours Council Road RV seemed to be OK, so I called ahead to check for vacancy and late-arrival policy. We were given the rate and instructions, and even though the office closes at 7:00pm, she would have someone meet us as late as 10:00pm to show us to the site. Our escort was there when we arrived at 9:30 and guided us down the somewhat bumpy road to our level, freshly graveled pull-through (removed the orange cone on his way through), pointed out the hookups and gave us the Wi-Fi code. All I did was hook up the electric for the night. In the morning, I checked the sign again to make sure this was the same park that was getting 8/10 star reviews. The late-escort and fresh gravel is where the charm ended. There was trash all over our site, including old coffee cups and fast-food bags. Old dog waste right next to the electric hookup, and dense spider-webs inside the water-box, which obviously hadn’t been used in quite some time. The park was not very occupied, with a lot of residential. I checked out the showers, which smelled terrible and had no bench or shelf for clothes or toiletry bags. One stall had an old dried up soap-bar in the drain, another stall had something unidentifiable (I could guess) smeared on the tiles. There was a laminated flyer asking for guests’ help in keeping this park “one of the best RV’ing experiences around” by following a list of shower rules. I hate to tell them, but they can’t just rely on the honor system to keep the place clean. The office was still closed when we left, so I was unable to offer my direct constructive criticism. Four Stars from Woodall’s? How is that even possible?
07/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Follow website directions and consult map. Don't rely on GPS to get here. It's easy, but up a steep hill. For an overnight this was a great park. If you are looping through Yellowstone without lengthy stops for hiking, etc, this would be a good location as there is only one RVP inside the park (may be full), and your only other external town with CGs is West Yellowstone MT, which is a bit out of the way. Manager was friendly, but seemed a bit edgy/paranoid about little things like double-checking my license plate, repeating their policy for shortening a stay (we only reserved one night) and which door through which I should exit the office. My son found some cute souvenirs and enjoyed mini-golf. Escort provided back-in spotting. The views from the upper level are spectacular. We could hit Wi-Fi routers for the upper and lower levels, both of which seemed fine to my YouTubing daughter. Cable TV worked in a noisy, snowy sort of way for about an hour and then quit completely, so bring some DVDs. Didn't use the showers.
08/2011
rating [ 4/10 ]
I’m not much of a Las Vegas fan, so I’ll try to keep this review about the RV park. Exposed, no shade, short sites (33-foot RV, tires against front curb, bike-rack hanging into drive and visible from un-gated park entrance) with shared utilities (one head-in, one back-in) and a strange box for dumping waste that they get all excited about, and yes, it smells all around anytime someone dumps, even when the park is mostly empty. Our A/C couldn’t keep up with the heat. That’s not the park’s fault, but some shade would have helped. Check-in was easy, but they require you to sign the electronic pad stating that you have received a copy of the local regulations and park instructions for using their jacked-up dump system, subject to citations and fines, as well as threats of eviction if you use a 50/30 adapter or extension cord. For a place so obsessed with plumbing, you think they would at least take care of their own. The park was nearly empty, so I was the only one in the shower-room at 5:45am. (By the way, the bathrooms are closed from 6:00am to 8:00am, which is usually rush-hour for RV-park showers in my experience). The showers were quite dirty (and unlit) and wearing flip-flops does no good at all when the drain backs up. When we arrived, I just hooked up power. I didn't hook up to the dump until we were ready to leave, then rinsed and put it away. We were only there two nights. The sign reads, “VOTED BEST LAS VEGAS RV PARK” but since we probably won’t be coming back to Las Vegas, I can’t give a comparative review. I will say that being next to Sam’s Town was great, with lots of food options, bowling, first-run movies, etc. and other than the casino, none of the junk you hate to expose your family to on “the strip.” Don’t let the “free shuttle” influence your decision to stay here in any way. It only runs about every 90 minutes to either Harrah’s on the strip, or Fremont Street downtown (with no connector between). You still need the bus, monorail or cabs to get any further than your feet can go, and the last shuttle leaves Harrah’s at 8:00pm. A single monorail trip from Harrah’s to MGM cost $20 for four people and you are at the mercy and schedule of the shuttle getting you there from Sam’s Town. The cab-ride back to our RV from Bellagio was $25 including a nice tip, and at our leisure with no stops, transfers or walking. We didn’t purchase their WiFi service. I just used my 3G modem.
08/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
The signage to the Trailer Village is terrible, so follow the tent-icon signs just past Mather CG, and turn RIGHT when you see the Market Plaza parking lot ahead (before you get there) and the road ends at Trailer Village. The only significant strike against this RV campground is that the showers are a half-mile walk away (and $2). That was not practical for us, but it is the only place in the park for longer RVs. But I learned that the (free) Purple bus goes outside the park, and can therefore service the external hotels and campgrounds, just keep your pass and/or receipt for re-entry to the park. That is something to investigate if you have a larger rig and distance to the showers is an issue for you. Since we have no towed-vehicle, we had to rely on the excellent (free) bus services anyway, which I believe were far better than looking for parking, and went places cars were not allowed (like the best sunset views at Yaki Point.) It took every lego in my compartments to get level, which is strictly because the sites need to be re-graded. The campground itself is fairly level. Many reviewers did not like having to jump the concrete curb with their dump hose. It wasn’t a problem at all for me, since I carry one of those hose-support caterpillars. I just snapped it apart where it had to jump the curb, and it was a nice slope straight into the drain. This park probably had the friendliest neighbors of any NP we have stayed in. Some stopped to comment on our setup, or to ask for help with their awning (rentals) or to just bring a beverage to share and chat.
08/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Called ahead to check for vacancy, since rvparkreviews.com seemed to have good reviews, and we were in need of a Camping World store (right next door). What a quaint little park, straight out of the 1950’s. Cool old trailers for rent (in-place) and great décor in the community building, and a resident cow wandering the grounds to nibble on the rare vegetation. Good Wi-Fi. Decent laundry, although they could use a change machine. My daughter refused to use their showers, claiming they were disgusting, but we didn’t inspect ourselves to verify. She has used showers in many RV parks, so I have to take her word for it. There is a traditional full-bathroom with a tub (and shower-aid equipment) near the billiard room and laundry which seemed acceptable to me. We didn’t use the pool, but someone was checking the chemistry in the morning, so that’s a good sign that it “may” be maintained. The lot is very dusty, and your shoes and/or socks are going to get messy just walking to the main building. If it were windy or rainy it may be a problem. Not a lot of shade, but I pulled the picnic table under our awning. It was a good place for an overnight, just west of the city. It is also the only place I have encountered that gives the Camp Club USA discount in the summer.
08/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
I made our reservation in April, not knowing that we were passing through on the weekend of “Elvis Week” but they found us a site for one night. The website’s directions are just fine. Always use a campgrounds directions and consult a map. We were a little concerned when we turned onto Lonely Street and saw the police cherry-picker parked in the hotel lot, and the guard-shack to welcome our late arrival, but in the morning light, there was nothing wrong with the place, and there was a 5K run and police-training exercise in the hotel lot (part of the Elvis Week activities) to explain the crane. No frills, level, narrow, easy pull-through site with hookups. Showers were acceptable. The Graceland parking lot and ticket-center is through a gate at the corner of the RV park. I arranged for a late check-out because we had 9:00 tickets for the mansion tour. You only need 3-4 hours max to see everything in the Graceland complex. The options when I reserved were a free parking pass for RV park guests (move to parking lot, which was nearly full by 9:00am) or pay $5.00 in advance for late check-out by 1:00pm. We were not charged, but asked to leave my cell-phone number in case the next guest in our site arrived before we departed.
08/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Cement (not asphalt) pads, ours was perfectly level where our tires ended up (it was broken in several places.) This was just an overnight, but they have a pool and laundry if you need them. Very small CG with two levels. Bottom was nearly empty, top was ¾ full. Spaces are tight and short, and the travel lane is narrow. Tugs and toads take up the road, but we were able to zig-zag back into our site with my copilot spotting. A bit pricey for an overnight (even with GS), but beautiful sunset view over the valley. Quick access to Biltmore, hiking, Blue Ridge Parkways driving, etc. if you are staying for more days, according to a neighbor. Wi-Fi worked well.
08/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
The only complaint I can think of is the horrendous Wi-Fi. It’s free, but pretty much unusable. They throttle bandwidth to discourage using sites like YouTube, and Google-maps (for an RV park, that is awful) and cut you off after you use a certain amount of data in 24 hours. The way around that is to disconnect from whichever router you are on, and reconnect to another nearby router to finish what you are doing. I still switched to my 3G modem exclusively during rush-hours. Cable TV was basic-only and snowy, but there were plenty of other things to do than watch TV. I can imagine that the sites on the side of the park near the pool complex might get noisy, especially if the roads are wet, as it is a major freeway right there. Ours was quiet enough. Huge park, but very well run, with told me to come back when we were settled and they would help us with our transportation arrangements and directions. Great camp store with reasonable prices on the items for which you would normally expect to be gouged, like bottled water, beer, toiletries, souvenirs, etc. The dedicated RV supply store is just as large, and has everything you could possibly need, including complete RV toilets in 3 varieties. They had a Camping World selection at better prices. Mini-golf, two pools (one with a fountain) indoor hot-tub, outdoor theater showing family movies at night, indoor TV/Computer lounge, decent little snack-bar, huge (but expensive) laundry, affordable firewood. Showers were about average for cleanliness in such a busy place and could use some repairs, but totally acceptable. The Metro bus comes right into the campground about every 25 minutes. There are some non-stops to the subway/metro in the morning. $1.70 EXACT CHANGE per passenger ride (have it ready) for the bus. Then an easy subway ride into DC. They sell round-trip and all-day (good after 9:30am) subway passes at the bus-stop (but not bus passes) and the Metro subway is very easy to ride, including transfers. You pay by distance, not by ride, so calculate it at the kiosk, not the out-of-date website. We ordered the propane service to top-off our coach tank and portable bottle at the site. There are also on-site RV repair services available, which we did not use. We paid for a deluxe site (with brick patio) near the pool, chosen from their park map and an aerial view (Google-maps) when we reserved back in April. My copilot and daughter liked the CG so much, they opted to stay “home” on the final day, while my son and I went back to DC. 11 stars!
08/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice clean CG with many amenities in a very peaceful setting. But there are some specific things to consider about this unique KOA. First of all, it is a KOA, which means "Keep On Adding." There are the expected KOA pricing and up-charges, like $7.50 for each guest exceeding two, regardless of age. Extra fees for vehicles (we had none) fees for guests visiting for a few hours, $1/stick for firewood and the like. Second, it is a very hilly campground. If you have issues walking steep hills, you don't want to leave your site for the pool or store, although the host may give you a ride in the golf-cart if things aren't too busy. They were nice folks. The pull-through sites are large (and exposed), but probably only doable if you have levelers. We had a great little wooded back-in site at the very back/top of the CG, and only needed two layers of legos on one side. Third, while it wasn't a problem for our 33' class-c, it may be a tricky approach from the Chadd's Ford direction if you are towing or in a monster-class-A, since the roads are tight and narrow, and there is a one-lane bridge to cross. But study a map and approach from the West Chester direction (via stargazer road) and it is not nearly as bad. It may be worth the re-route through that nice little town. They have a nice swimming pool with a lifeguard, a playground, and an arcade with coin-op video-games and pool-table. The micro-golf course was weak (and not free) but it's another available kid activity. My 3G modem was the best internet option, but that was spotty too. We chose this CG specifically because we have no tow-vehicle and wanted to see Philadelphia, as they offer guided tours leaving from the KOA (reserve in advance). Here are some details of the tour, for your consideration... A 14-passenger (plus driver) van leaves bright and early. (Four kids and ten adults rakes in $900.) The guide tells you about every horse-farm on the way to Philly, and then drops you off at the visitor's center with a map and tickets to Indenpendence Hall. You have just enough time to see that and the Liberty Bell (be glad it is early in the morning, as the lines grow quickly) and find your way to the pick-up point for an early lunch (again, be glad you beat the crowds.) No time to explore the downtown area on foot, and the only other stops were meticulously timed. 35 minutes at Betsy Ross house and 20 minutes at Christ Church. Most of the rest of the afternoon is spent driving around the historic district and hoping you can get a view from the moving vehicle. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable but most of the tour was from the vehicle, which was a huge disappointment. Then a 45-minute drive to Valley Forge for a 20-minute walk around Washington's encampment house and a 15 minute movie at the visitor's center. We drove (without further stops) around the Valley Forge park, then back to West Chester past lots of old houses, but no more stops. We were still away from the CG for ten hours. If all you want is a taste of every possible aspect of Philly history, then this tour is perfect for you. But for those who want to dig deeper (or have restless kids who need to get out of the van) then don't rely on this tour. Find a place to park your rig near public transport, or bring a tow-vehicle.
07/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
You can tell by the reviews that run the spectrum that this is a love/hate CG, depending on your needs. Like no other CG we have ever visited, the guests seem to complain a lot more about each other than I have ever seen, as well as things they shouldn't. At 11:00pm, the janitor mopped out the men showers (right on schedule) and then moved on to the women's. He then got yelled at by a gal who arrived with a towel and refused to wait 10-minutes in the middle of the night for him to finish cleaning at the time posted on the door and check-in flyer. He pretended he spoke only French, but he chatted with someone earlier. When you make your reservation, look at their site-map and an aerial view from Google or Bing. You want to make sure you DO NOT get a site along the western fence, which is up against a very noisy freeway. Pay for a deluxe or premium site if you have to (we did), but make sure you are at least two sites in from the end, and that should cut down the noise to an acceptable level. Busy, bustling place, run by youngsters who were friendly and helpful enough trying to deal with the whiners. Camp store had basics if you had a lot of cash (accept USD and CDN 1:1). Pricey laundry, but plenty of machines. Nice pool, cleaned every evening at 9:00pm when they kick everyone out. $5/48hr Wi-Fi that was completely unusable. Shuttle-van to NF every hour for $4/pp was nice, since we did not bring a tow-vehicle, but the driver seems to loathe her job, and insisted that all four of us (including me with a cane) climb over seat belts and such into the very back seat since we were first on-the-scene. You can buy the NF "Adventure Pass" at the CG for the same price as online or at the visitor's center, and those include the buses between NF attractions. Those activities will use one day. Go straight to the Table-Rock ticket counter and get timed passes for the activities. This park was a bit big too big and busy for us, but the amenities such as the laundry room, pool and shuttle met our primary needs just fine. I should have asked for my Wi-Fi money back.
07/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nothing fancy about this CG, but it was clean and had everything we needed for an overnight. It is an exposed CG with little shade that was empty when we arrived mid-afternoon, and was full by sunset. Level pull throughs, showers, laundry, good free Wi-Fi, three-minute walk to Wall Drug. The pool is tiny, but it was clean and perfect for our son who just wanted to relax and cool off while I worked on the laptop and my copilot did laundry. The website says "cable TV" but the box with a connection is not present at all sites. If that matters to you, be sure to mention it at check-in.
07/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
Use the "simple" directions from the website. Super easy with only one turn. GPS (and Google maps) will take you through town and on a narrow oil-road. What a beautiful view, and such a quiet campground. Mosquito's weren't a problem on the warm, clear evening, and we stayed outside until we ran out of firewood. Hot-air balloons were in the morning sky, not far away. All sites are sideways down a hill, but the gravel pads are level enough to need only a couple layers of legos. Our dump was on the uphill side, which was the only difficult thing at all. The pull throughs alternate direction, so only every other site has this potential problem, and probably not for a high-clearance class-A. The camp owner is an incredible guy who shook my hand when we arrived, and again when we left. His helper brought us an ATV-load of firewood for a very reasonable price. No TV, but lots and lots of DVDs for loan if you need them. Free Wi-Fi worked great. If you are horse-people, they have a great stable to get your animals out of the trailer. There is also a small playground, but that's about it for small kids. This campground has the cleanest bathrooms and showers we have ever seen. If we were not just passing through, we would base ourselves here for a week to check out the Black Hills attractions, and just relax in the evenings.
07/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
We reserved in April for a single night in July and were told that summer books out 18 months in advance. Lots of people waved away at the entrance, we showed our reservation to get into the driveway. Three rows of RV's checking in. Very rehearsed and efficient hosts for the madness, leaving no questions to ask. There are no other choices inside the park for RVs, but there is nothing wrong with this one, just don't expect to drive up unreserved in the summer. I consider us lucky that there was something there at all, since to us, Yellowstone has always been about tenting in a quiet CG and locking up your food. Rustic, yes. Narrow, yes. Wi-Fi, cell or TV, no. Those are all just fine, because it's Yellowstone! Cell and 3G have bars at Old Faithful and Canyon Village, but don't work reliably, so make your calls when you have the opportunity. We didn't use the laundry or showers, there was quite a line, and you can hear the showers running from the desk. If you plan to return from the ranger-talks or the store after sunset, bring a flashlight, because the "lighted path" they talk about only extends to the ice-machine. This would be a great place to base-camp if you have a tow-vehicle and plan to stay in the park for a few days for hiking/etc.
07/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Friendly escort to level full hookup pull-through site. Shady sites, but when you reserve, make sure you are NOT on the end (no shade). Free Wi-Fi worked well. Propane at CG if you need it. Nice little camp store with RV supplies. Free coffee. Pancake girls were nice, and for $4 (including a couple of sausages), you can get on the road quicker with no dishes. Be careful if you use the fancy laser-cut fire rings. I heard the manager explaining on the phone to a previous guest why their CC was charged for damage. My copilot says the women's bath house was fine, but there was a heavy smell of well-aged #2 in the men, just an hour after the posted cleaning time. It was enough to keep you out. On same road as Wal-Mart. The campground website directions were better than the GPS, as is usually the case. Always use the CG directions and not your GPS.
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