About JS Dobson

My wife and I are full-time RV travelers. We are traveling "off the beaten path" and looking to learn how the locals live. We are attempting to stay in all the campgrounds through our membership network--which are definitely off the path!

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Archview RV Resort & Campground, Moab, Utah

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

Good Sam discount of 10%. This campground is 10 miles north of Moab, but only 4 miles to the Arches National Park entrance. It is a desert park with very few shade trees. Stunning view of some of the arches - especially along the back row sites. Cable TV, wifi was pretty decent and moderately fast. Sites were maintained - leveled with a rake at least once a week. Next to the highway, but not too noisy. No clubhouse or lounge. Gas station next to the property with basic grocery needs. Could have campfires. We camped at Archview RV Resort & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Plenty of things to do/see in and around Moab. Pretty much something for everyone!

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Pleasant Creek Ranch, Mt. Pleasant, Utah

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed as C2C members-no extra charges. We could choose our sites if marked as available on the map. The home members definitely got nicer sites than C2C members. Sites were semi-level, but very narrow--in some cases, not even space to put awning out. Pool was shut down for repairs, but had to ask about it in the office. They seemed to be irritated when asked about it. Grassy areas, but dogs not allowed on them. Clubhouse was clean but outdated and older TV that didn't look like it even worked. No cable, wifi was slow, very few TV channels. Park is fairly large and lots of trees--nice roads to walk dogs. Close enough to the city. It is located along the Morman Heritage trail. We camped at Pleasant Creek Ranch in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Plenty of Morman history in several of the cities along the Heritage trail. Mt. Pleasant has a drive-in theatre that showed current movies, quite nice. Most places of business are closed on Sundays.

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Antelope Valley RV Park, Delta, Utah

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed as C2C members - no extra charges. Camp hosts were attentive and very nice. We stayed for 7 nights. This is a pretty basic campground. The sites were nice and level and had a sort of concrete driveway, with a little patch of grass and then a gravel spot for the picnic table. Some of the sites circled around a large grassy area that was nice and green. The hookups, though, were in the middle of the spot, so you couldn't really take advantage of the whole site. There was no camp store, no lounge, no pool, no activities. Just a place to park your rig. It is just outside of Delta, UT. Nice little city, but not much for restaurants or shopping. Campground is right on the highway and in a very agricultural area, so lots of wind and dust. If you are a rockhound, this is a good place to be, otherwise, there is not much to do in the immediate area. Would stay overnight if needed. We camped at Antelope Valley RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Campground Details

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

This is near the Topaz Internment camp and they have a new museum in Delta paying tribute to this piece of our history--worth going to. They have a nice city park and then a nice fairgrounds with picnic areas.

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Fort Running Bear, Mountain Home, Idaho

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $4.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed as C2C members. Charged $3/night for 50 amp and $1/night service charge. The nearest real city is Boise around 75 miles from the campground. Mountain Home, ID is about 23 miles and barely has the basic necessities. As other reviewers mention, the last 3 miles are gravel, which creates a LOT of dust. The park is overrun with ground squirrels or some type of prairie rodents that dig holes everywhere, except for the lawn right behind the office/club house. The owner took us around the campground to show us which sites we could choose from that had 50 amp. There were only 3...one was taken, the other had tree limbs too low for us to get our rig into, so we took the remaining one. Most of the sites had a cement patio and a kind of 3 sided shelter (outdated and needing repairs) for the picnic table. We couldn't actually get close enough to the patio because the pad for the rig was gravel, unlevel, and much lower than the patio. It really wouldn't take much to run through the gravel sites with rake on a tractor to level them out. They do serve breakfasts on the weekends and have a nice pool. The club house smelled musty. The owner carefully controlled a book exchange--you had to have a certain type of book to exchange before you could take one (no romance novels) that only she could approve. Be careful if you take walks on the gravel road...I encountered a rattle snake while taking a bike ride. Oh yeah, also watch out for the cows on the road...they are open range. We did drive further into the mountains...very remote, very pretty, and a lot of gravel roads. Other than that, there wasn't really much to do in the immediate area (within 15-20 min drive). Will not likely stay here again. We camped at Fort Running Bear in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Bear Den RV Resort , Grangeville, Idaho

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Let's face it, not much going on in Idaho. This was in a farming and logging community.

Some of the good things:
Free decent internet during the day.
Park sites were level.

Clubhouse was there, not much in it for furniture.

Old TV, no place to sit to watch.

Laundry room was nice, big, clean. Machines were newer.
Nice grassy area for dogs and people.
Neat little tree house.
Half of the park were work campers for the season.
Small town--not much to offer in the way of shopping or restaurants
2 Nice parks...one with disc golf
Golf course next door...nice
However, wouldn't call it a destination spot--nothing really to do within half hour drive. No cities, no hiking, no river/lakes. No pool, no clubhouse activities, no food on site (even on weekends). Well maintained except they cut grass every day rather than all at one time. Along the only north/south highway through the middle of Idaho, but not noisy at night. Good place to stay for one or two nights (which a lot of people did).
Would use this as an overnight stop if we needed. We camped at Bear Den RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Sundance Meadows, Bend, Oregon

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

This was tough to rate. The good stuff: The buildings are in good shape. The lodge was awesome with a wood burning stove, kitchen, comfy seating. The office also had seating area with a gigantic dvd library (need to check the dvd's out). Rec hall was huge, book library was enormous. Nice pond with campsites surrounding it. Also had an indoor pool. The grounds are huge with lots of places to hike and walk around. They have a disc golf course, a driving range and an archery range as well. The park is surrounded by horse ranches and is located about 25 minutes from Bend.

The not so good: The pool is at least a half mile walk from the sites. The disc golf course, driving range, and archery range were in serious need of maintenance. The pond itself was nice, the geese and ducks in it were very territorial and plenty of fowl poop for you to step in. As we were not owners, we were only allowed to stay in certain areas, and none of the sites allowed were level. Plus, the pond sprung a leak (ground rodent of some sort) and they had to turn on the irrigation systems to lower the level of the pond. If that didn't work, we were welcome to find another spot. The electric posts were only 30 amp and we had to find a site where the electric functioned, and wasn't melted or burnt out. If in fact the park did actually fill up, you would actually have to share the electric. Since there was one post for two sites.

We were treated well by the staff, but the sites for non-owners sites were a disappointment and owners weren't all that friendly. In the end, due to the sites and lack of sewer and proper electric, we rated on this on the lower end. We will not likely stay again. We camped at Sundance Meadows in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Cascade Meadows RV Resort, La Pine, Oregon

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $5.00
Overall Rating:

This park is another large field with very few trees, which I don't understand since the surrounding areas are nothing but trees. We stayed preseason, so the restaurant on site was closed. The pool was closed as well. The bathrooms looked to be newly remodeled and very nice inside. The club house was quite small, but had all the usual things, plus a popcorn machine that was free. The laundry rooms were nice, but 2 of the 3 machines were out of order. They did not have a sign on the washer, so had to go to the office to get a refund. They said they had machines on order, but didn't know when they would get them. We got 1 gig free internet, otherwise, it is a pay service. The sewer hookup was weirdly above ground. Sites were nice and level. We couldn't put out a big patio mat because it would be on the grass. We were told to park on the gravel in our site, but it was covered with grass, so we did our best. The grass areas were maintained--grass was recently cut. You could see and hear the main highway that goes through central Oregon, however, the noise died off at night, so it wasn't too bad. On the plus side, this place is super close to the Newberry National Volcanic monument and other national forest recreational areas. Some of the lakes/roads were still closed for the winter! We would stay here again because it is so close to many activities. We camped at Cascade Meadows RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

There are some things in La Pine, but if you're looking for more of a variety of shopping and eating, your best bet is to go into Bend. Sunriver also has a nice little eating/shopping village.

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Ghost Mountain Ranch, Pollock Pines, California

Date of Stay: May, 2016
Overall Rating:

This is a Colorado River Resort park, of which we are members, so we stayed for free. Very pleasantly surprised at how nice this campground was! Very well maintained, gorgeous enclosed pool and lawn area with a children's playground inside. They had a sand volleyball court and a basketball court with really decent backboards and hoops. The sites were deceptively level and had a variety of configurations to choose from. Of course, that might be the case pre-season (we were in early May). Looked like they were continuing with upgrades. Interior roads were narrow, partial paved, partial gravel, but no pot holes. Club house and activity area is the "ghost town" with the fronts of the buildings appearing to be original. The "saloon" is the club house and we just have to say this was amazing. They had a dance floor, a bar/table area for eating and a separate lounge area with a fireplace, TV, and wonderful leather furniture. Campground host and other camp staff were friendly and helpful. Only downsides we saw: There is no sewer hookup at any of the sites. The honey wagon comes around 3 times per week. CRA members get this for free, others pay $15 per service. And the last mile of road leading up to the campground is FULL of giant potholes--take your time. It is a shame the membership sales has so many negative reviews...the campground is actually one of the best we've stayed at so far. We WILL come back! We camped at Ghost Mountain Ranch in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
76
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Lots of hiking around the campground itself. Lots of gold rush history in the area. Placerville is close by and worth a drive in to visit the shops and the historical gold mining area.

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Delta Shores Resort and Marina, Isleton, California

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

This park is located in the Delta loop recreational area, in between Lodi and Rio Vista on Hwy 12. First, Hwy 12 is a two lane FREEWAY with lots of truck traffic and virtually no shoulders. Second the road to the campground in ON the levee. It looks and felt like the road was sinking, very uneven and again, no shoulders. Speed limit is supposed to be 25 mph, but not well regulated. One one side of the levee is the water and the other side is farmland. One wrong turn either way, and you would be in a lot of trouble. The levee obviously is higher than either the water or the land, but the drop to the land is a 45 degree angle. Now imagine farmland as far as you can see...except for a chunk of land with some trees and grass plopped right in the middle of a field, and that's what this campground is. The gravel roads were in good shape, but higher than the sites (almost like a levee). The sites were a combination of grass and gravel, mostly grass though. It looked like they were trying to put more gravel down in some sites. Our site was deceptively level, but lots of ruts and holes hiding in the grass.

Overall, the facilities were clean and functional. They had activities in the clubhouse on the weekends. One thing that was more of a deterrent from coming back is the abandoned vehicles, boats, and RV's left where they sunk into the ground which were all over the campground. If it was rainy at all, we would not go - it's below sea level and in marshy farmland surrounding it. Needless to say, we couldn't see the water. There was a dock, but no boat launch in sight, so not sure how they can call it a marina. It appears it is a popular local place as it filled up a bit over the weekend. Since we neither fish nor boat, we would not likely stay here again. We camped at Delta Shores Resort and Marina in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
86
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Uvas Pines RV Park, Morgan Hill, California

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

This is a private campground, thus the price. I'd love to give this campground a higher rating solely based on its location...nestled at the base of Uvas mountain, right in the middle of wine country. But...
-Our site was long and narrow. The only place it was kind of level was in front of the public dump station. Since it is all gravel, it should be fairly easy to level.
-It is a shame that this campground is 90-95% permanent or seasonal sites, so if you want in, make sure to call well in advance for reservations.
-Wi-Fi is free and signal is strong, but there is virtually no speed except maybe at 3 a.m.

-Main road in has a lot of potholes, and the outside of the buildings need to be spruced up with a bit of dusting and paint.
-Laundry room was so narrow, you can't walk past a machine with the doors open. It was mostly clean, just don't drop any clothing on the floor.
-Trash bins were overflowing and not emptied the entire time we were there (total of 12 days).

Despite all the cons, we would stay here again just because of it's location. We camped at Uvas Pines RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1B
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

This campground is about 15 mins to downtown Morgan Hills, cute little city. The wine trail also right at the campground doorstep.

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Havasu Springs Resort, Parker, Arizona

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed here as CRA members. First come, first serve for sites. Absolutely no cell service for Verizon or ATT. Wi-fi is available but no speed, except at 3 a.m. Site was level, but not many to choose from-many permanent or seasonal only. Kind of lake view, if you get the right spot. Dog beach on the lake! Lots of boat and RV storage next to you. Clean club house/but dated. Laundry rooms were clean and running. Good snowbird activities. Biking or walking within the park is all paved. Golf course in park, free for CRA members. We camped at Havasu Springs Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
425 we think
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Nearest cities are Parker: 15 minutes, or Lake Havasu City: 20 minutes. Sort of some groceries available inbetween. Restaurant, small grocery store/bar on site.

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Colorado River Adventures/Lake Havasu Resort, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

Our overall rating is based on being members of CRA. We stayed as CRA members for 2 weeks during the snowbird months. Overall enjoyed our stay. Not close to the actual lake, however, easy to get into town to do so. Facility is well maintained and they have lots of activities for everyone to participate in. The park is split into kind of two halves. On the east side of London Bridge road, there were more seasonal sites. On the west side of London Bridge road, it was definitely CRA or C2C members, lots of moving in and out. Pool and club houses were nice and clean. Small dog runs. Staff was friendly and helpful. They accept visitor mail. No security gates, but well monitored. Rules were kept. Laundry room is open to public as well. Only 30 amp service available. Wi-fi is available, strong signal, but basically no speed, except at 3 a.m. If you have Verizon or ATT cell phones, you'll get good reception. Easy going atmosphere. We camped at Colorado River Adventures/Lake Havasu Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
88
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

This park is on the north end of the city. Easy access to shopping without all the "inner-city" traffic.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Northshore RV Resort (Members Only), Needles, California

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

The park has three tiers and almost every site has a river view. They have a dog beach and a boat launch is available. Only 30 amp service though. Park is well maintained and clean. Good cell reception. Not a lot of shade on the lower two tiers. All sites and roads are gravel (as most parks in Arizona are). Sites were level. Large, clean laundry room. Easy access to/from I-40 (although the roads are a bit rough). We camped at Northshore RV Resort (Members Only) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The nearest grocery store is in AZ, across the river and about 10 miles from the campsite. Route 66 runs through Needles. Most of the shopping areas are across the river in Arizona: Fort Mohave and Bullhead City are the nearest bigger cities.

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Emerald Cove Resort, Earp, California

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

We are CRA members. We were supposed to have first shot at river front spot, but were full when we arrived. We did get second row, south of office. Very close sites, neighbors used our slide outs for shade. Beach dog run! Lots for activities for all ages--nice pools. (The one pool was under repair while we were here.) Also, graded the roads and oiled main entrances whiles we were here. Easy access to river. Multiple laundry rooms, nice and clean (except some of the machines were outside). Good place to be if you're a river rat. If this is the flagship of CRA, then they should have the paved roads and offer speedy, free wi-fi. (Lots of dust when people move in and out and kareoke goes on longer than posted for quiet hours). We camped at Emerald Cove Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

There are no grocery stores or places to shop here. You will need to go to Parker, AZ to do this, kinda.

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