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Valle del Oro (55+ park), Mesa, Arizona

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $23.00
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Over the last 10 years I'e stay at Valle Del Oro multiple times and have always enjoyed my visits. My stay this year was for 5 weeks, 4 weeks at the monthly rate and the last week for $125, the Passport America rate. Electric, water, & garbage service was an additional $80 for the month, included in the weekly rate. I've always enjoy staying at this park, good location and near just about any store you could want. It's a combination of park models and RV sites, a rough estimate being about 60%-70% park models and the rest RV sites. The sites are fairly spacious and have space for the RV, a concrete patio, and a space to park the car parallel to the patio. The sites are gravel and a very few have a concrete driveway for the car. The vast majority of the sites are level but this year (for this first time) I needed some blocks to help with leveling. Most sites fit a 40' RV, some longer. The pet friendly sites are the first several rows around the perimeter of the park which somewhat limits where pet owners can be situated. There are fenced, grassed, dog runs situated throughout the park. There's a large multi-use swimming pool and a smaller lap pool along with the usual boccie ball and shuffle board courts. The fitness center was recently renovated with all new equipment, TV equipped elliptical trainers, treadmills, and recumbent bikes plus a variety of weight machines and free weights. All of the machines have TV's to which you can also connect external iPods and other electronic devices. The park has included Wi-Fi but it's very anemic, anemic defined as extremely marginal bandwidth. Doing some light e-mail and web browsing was so frustrating that I used my cell phone as a Wi-Fi hot spot. It's so bad it makes you wonder why they even bother to have it. While I provided feedback on the miserable state of this service to the front desk, I didn't pursue beyond that point. If you're a long(er) term visitor, Cable TV is available from the cable company. Satellite TV reception is good, when I've used a portable dish getting a signal was straightforward. However, I just use my antenna and get very good over the air reception with enough variety to satisfy me. There are several laundry facilities in the park which use a card key system. Several years ago the card cost me $5 and then you 'charge' it with money for the machines. I always wind up leaving anywhere from less than a dollar to several dollars on the card. The weakness of the Wi-Fi and lack of cable TV accounts for my rating. We camped at Valle del Oro (55+ park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, Buellton, California

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $39.00
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This park has easy access from CA Highway 101, but there was no discernible traffic noise. There's good temporary parking while registering at the office. Internal roads are all paved with good maneuverability, although the office personnel recommend unhitching the toad, which I did. Most of the sites are pull-through's with some back-in's. Sites are fairly spacious with mostly gravel surface and some with concrete. Most sites also have concrete patios and picnic tables. Site delineation is very good with healthy grass and bushes on each side. Sites have cable TV & Wi-Fi. The cable I believe is retransmitted satellite TV. Some of the TV channels had audio and video distortion, and the Wi-Fi tended to drop out every now and then. Access for using a satellite dish is pretty good although there are trees throughout the park. The park is very kid and pet friendly. They even have a coin operated ($7) pet wash which we used and were very satisfied with the results. One area of the park appeared to be dedicated to long term residents which was decently maintained. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I had mail delivered 4-5 times while we were here and the office would always call me when mail or a package arrived. We stayed here for two weeks, one week for a Workhorse Chassis rally and the 2nd to camp with family. The rate we paid was the rally rate. With better cable TV and more reliable Internet, I would have rated this park a 10. We would definitely stay here again if in the area. We camped at Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground in a Motorhome.

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States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Devils Tower / Black Hills KOA, Devils Tower, Wyoming

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $35.00
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I was pleasantly surprised by this park as my expectations for KOA parks is low. I thought it was very nice, visually pleasing, nicely landscaped, lots of grass, and well kept. My pull through site was good sized with good spacing between adjacent sites. Being early June, the park wasn't very crowded. The downside was no cable, no over-the-air TV, and mediocre wi-fi. I certainly could have put up my DirecTV antenna, but for two nights that wasn't a priority. The lack of cable and the so-so wifi accounts for the lower rating. I didn't use any of the ancillary facilities (restaurant, gift shop, outdoor movie theater, etc.) while there. I would definitely stay here again. We camped at Devils Tower / Black Hills KOA in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Cannon Beach RV Resort, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $38.00
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We chose to stay at this park while attending the Cannon Beach Sand Castle Contest and also it's proximity to the beach. We were there for a total of 10 nights. Overall, we found this to be a very nice park. Access to the park was easy (my GPS led us directly to it), good paved interior roads, lots of trees, nicely landscaped, and good spacing between sites. There was plenty of room in the entrance to unhook the toad. We stayed in three sites while at the park, #51 & #57 (back-in's) & #63 (pull-through). Each site was level with good spacing between the adjacent sites. #51 backed up to the playground which can see a lot of activity at times. Also, #51 & #57 had a fair amount of dirt instead of grass on the passenger side of the motorhome. But, as both sites were well shaded by huge trees, that's understandable. Sites #'s 51 & 57 were closest to the pool house, which had a somewhat noisy exhaust fan running all day, until 10PM at night. While it was noticeable, it didn't bother any of us. Speaking of which, we enjoyed using the pool and hot tub multiple times during our stay. Originally we were scheduled to stay in site #70 for several nights. Upon seeing the site, it sloped towards the road enough that it looked like my front wheels would have been off the ground to get level. After working the campground office folks, they were able to switch me to site #63. The wi-fi worked well in sites #'s 51 & 57 and very marginal in site #63. However, I was able to use my cellphone for connectivity which worked well. The cable TV worked well in all the sites. One thing I noticed in site #'s 51 & 57 was a bit of litter from previous campers. Since our stay, I've also noticed this in several other parks we've stayed in. It seems that policing the sites between campers isn't on the campground's check list. Walking around, I thought the sites along the perimeter of the park were the more preferable sites as they backed up to trees and were a little more private. We would definitely stay at this park when in the area again. We camped at Cannon Beach RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Sundance High Plains RV Park, Lamar, Colorado

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $16.00
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This was an overnight stop on the way from Florida to Colorado. The campground was clean, with dirt interior roads and sites; the interior roads provided plenty of room to maneuver. The manager was friendly and helpful. The Passport America rate was available but needed to be paid in cash. Access was a very easy-in/easy-out of US Highway 287. While it was close to the highway, I didn't notice any road noise. My site was a long all dirt pull through which allowed keeping the toad hitched. The sites are all side by side pull through with sites in opposing directions. The park was fairly empty when I there so parking was straight forward. However, it looked like parking might get tricky if it was full, especially pulling a toad. The campground web site has a good image of the sites so you can get an idea of the layout. The wifi worked well and there was cable TV, although the picture quality wasn't very clear on all the channels. To be fair, I didn't mention anything to the staff as it was good enough for one evening. If I was staying longer, I would have provided input. TV reception was similar in another park the night before so I thought a problem might have developed with my equipment but I subsequently checked my system and got great reception on another cable system. I would stay overnight at this park again when in the area. We camped at Sundance High Plains RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Bay Colony RV Resort, Dickinson, Texas

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $31.00
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We stayed here for two nights while visiting friends in Galveston. While access is pretty easy off I-45, my GPS was routing me on a toll road which I chose to avoid, which was a big mistake. Traveling the locals roads was just tedious and of course, I was arriving about 3PM on a Friday afternoon. One nice aspect is there's a Shell station on the corner of I-45 & FM 517 West that was an easy-in/easy-out (at least early on a Sunday morning) for my 36' gas motorhome and toad. he park was clean, well maintained, and had what I think were good interior roads which I could navigate easily. My assigned site was a long concrete pull through. While I used my car while there, the site was long enough to allow the toad to remain hitched. The Wifi and cable TV worked well. The sites were pretty close together for my taste. Although I didn't extend my awning, it looked like it would come pretty close to the RV in the adjacent site. We camped at Bay Colony RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Wichita Falls RV Park, Wichita Falls, Texas

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $25.00
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This was an overnight stop on the way from Florida to Colorado. The campground was clean, neat, and on the night I was there, fairly empty. The staff was friend and helpful. My site was a long pull through which allowed keeping the toad hitched. The site was grass and dirt with a concrete patio. There were several trees which provided some shade. It was a nice enough day to sit outside and read for a while in the late afternoon, very pleasant. The Wi-Fi worked well and there was cable TV, although the picture quality wasn't very clear. To be fair, I didn't mention anything to the staff as it was good enough for one evening. If I was staying longer, I would have provided input. I would definitely stay at this park again when in the area. We camped at Wichita Falls RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Rivers Edge RV Campground, Holt, Florida

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $22.00
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My stay here was an overnight en route to New Orleans; the park is an easy 2 miles off I-10. Due to my lack of attention, I didn't realize this was a Passport America park until several days later. Still, I thought $22 was reasonable for the park. The interior roads were a mixture of packed dirt & sand. The 50A full hook-up pull through site I was assigned more than adequately, very convenient to not have to unhitch the car. Maybe I'm just getting better at maneuvering, but I was able to position my coach & toad on the first try without having to go around again. Adjacent sites were spaced far enough to satisfy me. The campground was clean and casual in appearance. I liked the feel enough that I thought about spending another day there just because. The Wi-Fi worked well for me; there were enough over the air TV stations to keep me happy. I would definitely stay here again if/when I'm in the area. We camped at Rivers Edge RV Campground in a Motorhome.

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