About MarvMarvs

My husband and I go out in our RV as often as possible! We're looking forward to retiring and spending more time out on the road. We travel with our two very well behaved Standard Schnauzers.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 8

Blue Sky RV Park, Yuma, Arizona

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

This was an overnight stop on our way home. We requested a pull-through site so we didn't have to unhitch our car, and they accommodated that. We were traveling with another couple, and requested we be next to each other; that was accommodated as well. The pull-through sites were not at an angle, which made getting in and out of them tricky, but we made it. This park is very basic. Mostly full time residents. All of the surfaces were either asphalt, concrete or gravel. Very stark, no landscaping at all, not even desert scape. We travel with dogs, so we were happy to see that they had a fenced dog park. Unfortunately, it was a fairly small area down in a gulley; no poop bags, no trash can to throw bags away in if you had your own. (Which we always do.) The area was every powdery dirt, not conducive to walking around or playing fetch with the dogs. We all ended up filthy. There was a huge area that they could have fenced, but this tiny patch was all they had used. We were not happy with this; I'm sure their residents would like to see something a little nicer as well. The staff was very friendly though; lots of the residents were friendly as well, coming over to see our dogs and chat with us. One neighbor did come over at night and was accusing us of fiddling with their power somehow, and told us that "someone" caused a power outage for several spaces. NOT US, our power was on the other side of our coach. We found that a little unsettling, but did nothing about it. There are many many MANY RV parks in Yuma; we would not stay here again, and would not recommend them. We camped at Blue Sky RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Concrete, 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
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 8

Rio Bend RV & Golf Resort, El Centro, California

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

This was a one night stay, on our way to Tucson, AZ. We requested a pull-through site so we didn't have to unhitch our car. Check in was pretty dicey. I'm used to finding a bag with our name on it, and the route to our site highlighted on an enclosed map. Not the case here! We arrived a few minutes after the office had closed. My husband saw a woman inside, but she waved at him and yelled: "WE'RE CLOSED". There were bags with maps hanging several feet from the door, but they had no names on them. A sign told us to call a number for late check-in and someone would call us back. I did, but no one called back. I went up to the door and saw that there was a bulletin board with our name and "1" next to it. I was able to get the woman inside to come to the door; she told me she had called for someone to come to direct us to our site. The woman who arrived on a golf cart was very nice and took us to our site, which turned out to be #1! This was a pull through, but on the end with a tight turn when leaving, it was going to be tricky. When we left the next day, it was equally challenging. We found the dumpster on the map, and headed there to throw our trash away on the way out. Motor home and car hitched up. We looked at the park map, and saw that we could continue on and exit the park rather than doubling back. We then came upon a dead end; the road went through on the map, but vertical pipes had been placed to block the road! We had to unhitch our car in order to turn around and get out, then re-hitch it; costing us time we didn't want to spend. Otherwise, the park was nice; looks like they have a lot of activities. We were happy to find a nice grass dog area directly across from our site; this is important as we travel with dogs. If not for the issues checking in and navigating the park roads, we would probably stay there again. We camped at Rio Bend RV & Golf Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
1
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
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 8

Auburn Gold Country RV Park, Auburn, California

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

We often visit friends in the area, and have unsuccessfully tried to get a reservation here before. They have a lot of full time residents, so sites for just a few days are scarce. If you call, they tell you that they don't accept reservations until 30 days in advance, but on their website it states 60 days in advance. This time we were able to reserve online, and stayed here for 4 nights. The park is very nice! Lots of trees; sites are very private, with big hedges on either side. There was a big grassy area to walk dogs; would have been nicer if it was fenced, but we were happy to at least have grass there as the entire rest of the park was paved. We enjoyed our stay there, but had a weird occurrence the last day. As we were unhooking and preparing to leave, one of the managers came around to our site. He said he wanted to let us know that whenever we were gone, our dogs were barking the entire time. I was surprised to find that out, as they are usually quiet. In fact, when we came back to the site after dinner out, they were quiet as mice, only barking when they heard our car door slam. The guy at the next site was outside, so I went over to ask him if he'd heard barking, and he said that yes, he had sometimes in the evening, but not much. He told me that the manager had come a couple of days before and asked him about it. Apparently someone had complained, but we were on the end with just the one neighbor so it's perplexing. Bottom line, we would LOVE to have known sooner, so we could do something about it! We don't want to hear barking dogs ourselves, and we can't understand why they waited until we were leaving to say anything. Otherwise, I would probably have rated them higher than I did. We camped at Auburn Gold Country RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
12

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 8

The Lakes RV & Golf Resort, Chowchilla, California

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $55.00
Overall Rating:

This park was just a one night stop over for us, we didn't even unhook our tow car. However, we want to share our experience! From the beginning, when I made the reservation, the customer service was excellent. Then, on the day of our arrival, we were running late; we got a call from their office asking when we would arrive. They wanted to make sure that we knew where our info would be to find out site, and that we were able to get in the locked gate. Overall the park was very nice; well landscaped, very clean; nice level concrete pad with patio. We were traveling to a dog show, so to have a nice, grassy fenced dog run near our site was a real bonus! Our dogs loved it. Too bad we weren't staying longer, the pool and spa area was very inviting but we had no time to take advantage of it. We camped at The Lakes RV & Golf Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
79
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 8

The Fair Park RV - Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, California

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

We stay here every October to attend the dog show held at the fairgrounds. They have fixed up the buildings since our stay one year ago, but the sites remain the same. Uneven lumpy un-mown grass with a zillion flies. No fire ring or picnic table. These sites should go for $35-$40 per night, not $65. As we were getting ready to pull out the last morning, I was taking a shower when the water pressure went from very low to none at all. Turned out that the City of Pleasanton was doing work on the water lines; there would be no water for two hours. They neglected to tell anyone this; supposedly the City didn't tell them, but that's pretty unlikely. They did allow us to stay later than the check out time, until the water was on, so we could flush tanks, etc. We camped at The Fair Park RV - Alameda County Fairgrounds in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
124
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
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
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 8

Marina Dunes RV Park, Marina, California

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $85.00
Overall Rating:

Wow, what a great find! We were looking for a nice RV park near Monterey, and on-line this one looked the best. It was an excellent choice. Very pretty and clean, lots of trees, all sites had picnic tables, patios and fire pits. Beach access via a long trail; adjacent unfenced dog area. Office staff was delightful. Only two concerns here: First, the park is very noisy as it's located right up against Highway 101. Second, the sites are not very deep; our car had to be parked next to our motor home instead of in front or behind. This took up a lot of the outdoor living space. All of the sites were the same configuration; all back in, no pull through. We camped at Marina Dunes RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
57
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
Yes

Campground Details

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

15 minutes to the south to Monterey and Pacific Grove; we loved "The Old Fisherman's Grotto" on the pier, but the best was "Monterey's Fish House" just as you drive into town. 15 minutes north to Moss Landing, charming little town - "Phil's Fish Market" is a great place for lunch.

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 8

Wine Country RV Resort, Paso Robles, California

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $90.00
Overall Rating:

We used to love staying at this park, and have done so many times. Over the years though, their customer service has really gone downhill. It's nearly impossible to reach the resort on the phone; calls are re-routed to the Sun RV main line. They can make reservations, but their capabilities are limited. The final straw for us was this past week. We had a reservation at Wine Country, but we had to cancel it. I tried calling the resort about a week ahead of time, but couldn't reach them. The Sun RV rep also couldn't reach them; she said she would email them to cancel, and that I should also leave them a voicemail, and they would call me back. After a few days without a call, I called them again, this time reaching someone. They said there was no email from Sun RV, and no voicemail from me. And that of course it was too late to cancel! However, I could either pay a $50 cancellation fee, or I could keep the app. $95 deposit as a credit for a future stay. I agreed to have the credit, and the man I spoke to sent me an email confirming it. We ended up going to the resort after all. When we decided to do so, I again tried calling them to no avail. The Sun RV couldn't process the credit; she told me to leave a voicemail again, and just show up. When we arrived, everyone from the office was in a party in the meeting room, phones in the office ringing off the hook! A woman did come in to help me but couldn't figure out how to do the credit. I showed her the email and credit on my phone for proof; she said "I'll figure it out tomorrow, don't worry." This didn't happen; in fact, the resort charged me AGAIN instead of using the credit. I tried calling but of course, they don't answer the phone. We love the park, but we will never stay here again due to the terrible customer service. They probably have become complacent, being the only RV park in the area, but two new ones have now opened so they have some competition. We camped at Wine Country RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
163
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
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
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

So many wineries here! Paso Robles also has a cute old downtown area with lots of great restaurants. Cambria is only about 30 minutes away and well worth the drive.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 8

Orchard RV Ranch (55+ park), Dewey, Arizona

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for a dog show in the area, so didn't spend a great deal of time at the park. However, we were overall very impressed. They were very accommodating in every way: easy to make a reservation; gave us a huge pull through site near the front. Being in the desert, everything was either gravel or asphalt. They had a medium sized fenced area for the dogs to run, this was also small gravel, which was fine. Our only issue with this was they never seemed to empty the trash can for the poop bags! It was overflowing the entire time. We used the pool and spa the last day; nice and clean, very relaxing. Quiet hours were until 8:00AM but residents were out playing pickle ball at about 6:00AM. This didn't bother us because we were up, but would probably bother other people. They had 24 hour security; the guy was always out and about on his golf cart checking on things. That was nice to see. The only discount offered was Good Sam; we only have Auto Club so no discount. All of that said, we really enjoyed this park and would stay here again. We camped at Orchard RV Ranch (55+ park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
3
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
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 8

San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA, Petaluma, California

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $75.00
Overall Rating:

We were here over Mother's day weekend, plus 2 days after. Check in was a nightmare. RVs were stacked up on the entrance road, had to park and walk up the hill to check in. Long lines inside. You'd think they'd be prepared for this. From arrival to pulling into our site took about an hour. As someone else said, this place is dangerous for kids - tons of kids darting around on bikes and skateboards. We almost hit one child who cut in front of us. This is the parent's fault though. Too many adults drinking and talking loudly around the campfire, paying no attention at all. What a difference Sunday night! Very quiet and peaceful. I would never come here on a weekend again. Our site was very un-level. First half flat, the rest sharply sloping up. Most sites were nice and grassy,but ours was dirt and weeds. If most of the park is nice, why let multiple 50 amp pull through sites be in this condition? Cable TV also did not work. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
174
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
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
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 8

Shadow Hills RV Resort, Indio, California

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

We decided to take a weekend trip only one week in advance, but Shadow Hills thankfully had a couple of sites available. What a delightful surprise when we arrived! This gated park is just lovely, lots of grass, dog friendly, and the staff was a delight. Our three dogs enjoyed their nice fenced in grassy dog park. The park was very quiet, obviously mostly retired full time RVers, which was fantastic. We were given a back in site, which is pretty much all they have - but it was spacious and easy to get into. Tall bushes on the side of the site so plenty of privacy. Nice concrete pad, but lots of grass behind us. The huge pool was lovely; nice spa as well; we took advantage of both. We didn't use the other facilities, but we saw that they had a nice work out room, card room, and large meeting room complete with stage. The staff was very friendly, as were all of our fellow RVers. We camped at Shadow Hills RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Concrete
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
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Make sure to visit Oasis Date Gardens in nearby Thermal. Still out in the rural area, surrounded by groves of date palms.

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 8

Bakersfield River Run RV Park, Bakersfield, California

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

This was the second time we've stay here, just a stopover on our way north. This park would be worth coming back to for a longer stay, as it is really outstanding. Both times we've checked in after hours; not a problem, our info posted for us on the office door. (We would have preferred a concrete site, but were given gravel.) Easy pull through sites; plenty of room in between; nice grass areas between sites and around the park. So many other parks in CA are claiming lack of landscape maintenance due to the drought; living in CA myself I understand water conservation. However, here at Bakersfield River Run they manage to keep everything beautiful. A real oasis. The park is very dog friendly; nice grassy doggie area with pick-up bags. Not fenced for off leash running, but nice to have a designated spot for them to “go”! Lots of other grassy areas for walking, plus a trail along the river. We camped at Bakersfield River Run RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Pull through
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

"Benji's Basque Restaurant" on the corner as you drive in is outstanding! Be sure to have dinner there, you won't be disappointed. Old school charm, great food.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 8

49er RV Ranch, Columbia, California

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice park, our third time here. We stayed three nights, using this as a base to explore south to Jamestown and north to Amador City. Such a cute, rustic, atmospheric park, takes you back in time to the gold rush days. That said, they manage to keep it rustic and charming without it also being tacky and rundown. Sites are gravel; green around them is just mowed weeds, would almost be better to have more gravel and no green surfaces at all. The weeds have a lot of foxtails in them, which were an issue for our dogs. (Foxtails get stuck between toes, and if not found, work their way inside the dog, under the skin. Big hazard.) LOTS of trees, nice and shady; up a long road so you are pretty isolated; feels like real camping! Staff is very helpful and friendly; we were in a site on the hill, but had help getting in and getting out. We camped at 49er RV Ranch in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
On the hill
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Close by to historic Columbia; short drive to Sonora and Jamestown. A bit longer drive to Murhphys, Sutter Creek, Jackson, etc. Wine tasting in Murphys if you're into that.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 8

Visalia / Sequoia National Park KOA, Visalia, California

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $53.00
Overall Rating:

We have stayed at this park twice before, the last time 4 years ago. Both times it was very nice and green; some grass, some mowed weeds. Big change! Mostly mowed weeds, lots of dead patches; millions of foxtails which are a big issue for those of us who travel with dogs. The worst foxtails were in the enclosed dog yard! Yes CA has a drought; we live in CA and have the same issues at home. This seems to be a case of just letting the place run down.

On the plus sice, the staff was very friendly, park very clean, quite a few full time residents but rigs/spaces were clean and tidy.

We share others' feelings about the "one hour free wifi", should be free/unlimited like all other RV parks.

For this park I would have expected to pay about $35, not $53. And that was after the KOA club card discount. We would not stay here again. We camped at Visalia / Sequoia National Park KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
50 amp pull through
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 8

Eagle View RV Resort, Fort Mcdowell, Arizona

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Super clean and nice! We got there well after hours, but we knew our site number and headed there. Within moments, the security guard drove up to help us set up, give us paperwork, etc. She also helped figure out our dinner plans at the casino! She went above and beyond, and we appreciated it so much. As for the park, it was lovely! Very well maintained, desert style buildings, all attractive. We used the laundry, it was immaculate. Checked in to the clubhouse too, grabbed a donut, the lady on duty was very cordial and friendly; clubhouse also attractive. We camped at Eagle View RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
104
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 8

USA RV Park, Gallup, New Mexico

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

This place felt like a resort! Beautiful entrance, huge well stocked gift shop, easy check in. Big wide sites with paver patios and picnic tables. Sites were set up with rigs facing every other direction, which would be great if travelling with someone else. (Probably not great otherwise, though!) We decided to stop here and called just the day before; even though they seemed fairly full, we got a nice site on the end, with a tree. Great for our dogs! Very nice desert landscape, no stickers or weeds; well maintained fenced dog run. We appreciate the dog run and lack of stickers as we travel with our two Standard Schnauzers. We also purchased propane here; easy transaction. Family run park, dad, mom, son and daughter; all were delightful and helpful. Would stay here again in a heartbeat, loved the Gallup area! We camped at USA RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
31
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

Historic downtown Gallup a must-visit; especially "The El Rancho" historic hotel/motel. Dinner there was great, real old school steak dinner with all the trimmings, low prices.

If you're there on a Saturday do not miss the Gallup flea market! About 5 miles north of town, you can buy jewelry, blankets, baked goods, all cheaper than in town. Also several places to grab a bite, very rustic but delicious food.

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