About sandean

My wife and I have been RVing in motorhomes since 1978, and have been campers since 1972. Today we are retired and we take about 8 trips each season and stay overnight 55 nights or more each year, all in our class A motorhome. We helped our daughter and her husband purchase a 5th wheel trailer so we meet them and our grandchildren at great places whenever they can get away.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Stonewall Resort, Briar Point Campground , Roanoke, West Virginia

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $57.00
Overall Rating:

This is a well maintained, neatly designed campground with a nice "camping" feel to it despite the paved parking pads and full hook-ups and other nice amenities. The RV sites are large although not particularly private in any way. Each RV site has well located utilities placement, a large gravel table, chair, canopy and activity area with properly useful fire rings place away from the parking pads, and each site has its own trash receptacle (so you need not walk to a central dumpster - nice). Only about 8 sites presently have 50 amp electric service, the rest are 30 amp. Water quality is very nice and water pressure runs a bit on the high side so use a regulator. Sewer connections all seem close to the pads and the openings low to the ground, making for good connection and draining. Many sites have very nice views out over the lake, especially those along the northwest side of the peninsula that defines the campground area. These same sites have easy access to the lake shore for launching kayaks, canoes, floats, etc. and there are many mooring posts for boats, all within the campground. There are several tenting sites, too, built along the southeast shore of the peninsula with great views out over the lake. All of these sites have large and level wooden platforms for tents, picnic tables, fire rings, and great shade. The drawback is they are down a significant slope through the woods (can be slippery when wet) and they are quite a distance from the nearest bathhouse facilities and some 200 feet or more from parking. This is a resort so there are many wonderful entertainment amenities, although most are some distance away from the campground. There is a free and very prompt shuttle that will take campers right from their sites to any location on the resort grounds. Use of the very nice pool and other activities requires a daily pass per site that currently costs $15, but it covers your entire party for a day. Too many things to cover here. See their Web site. We camped at Stonewall Resort, Briar Point Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
40
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Three full service sit down restaurants in this resort with very good food but they are a bit expensive. Stillwater, in the main lodge, is the biggest and main restaurant. Lightburns is in the golf center way up on a hill with a spectacular view of the entire resort from virtually any table. There is a snack and drinks (bar) stand in the pool area and a lounge with drinks and sandwiches in the main lodge.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton, Kentucky

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Not the nicest state park camping area in Kentucky, I was disappointed in the condition of the sites and the camping area in general. The sites, with the exception of the middle-most loop or the sideways pull through sites in the first loop, are very uneven and tilted. The grassy areas around the sites are sparse and it gets a bit muddy if it rains hard. There were several trees completely blown over right on site pads while we were there, not a comforting sight. While it was a cold April time, we were rather surprised and disappointed at the bareness of the campground we found, and that after going out of our way to be here. Frankly, the cabins section is far better with rather nicely designed and appointed cabins, but RV sites were weak. All sites are water and electric hook-ups only. We did not use any facilities. In fact, it was cold while there so we didn't hook up water and we didn't use the dump station the next morning. I'm not sure I'd ever return here. We camped at General Butler State Resort Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

U.S. Space & Rocket Center RV Park, Huntsville, Alabama

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

It is difficult to assess this RV park. Although it is close to the Space & Rocket Center (which is a neat place to visit), it is small, not well arranged and is in need of some serious maintenance especially the interior roads. It is a fun sort of place to stay, has full hook-ups (but only 30 amp electric), is easy to find and very reasonably priced. There are just 4 pull though sites (and we had one) and many sites are rather uneven (but not all). It's probably very attractive in summer and good weather but we hit it in rain and cold in April and the red soil is muddy and runs across the paved portion of the sites. The water connections are below ground level so they are difficult to reach down into to make connections without kneeling in the mud (and if you are not as limber as most people) and the pathway from the RV park to the actual Space Center is too far to walk in the wet and cold. Still, I saw indications that the sites themselves were reasonably well cared for (even if the roads are not) and the trees provide considerable shade and an attractive appearance. I was surprised to find several long term campers there despite the few number of sites overall. I'm not sure what this means for reservations in the warmer, nice summer months. I'm ambivalent about whether I'd return to the RV park or not. As I said initially, it's a tough call. We camped at U.S. Space & Rocket Center RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Saint Andrews State Park, Panama City Beach, Florida

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Location is the best feature of this park. Snuggled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Grand Lagoon on the extreme astern end of Panama City Beach provides a neat sand and sea venue. The downside is all sites are just water and electric hook-ups. Most sites are shaded, or at least partially so. Many of the waterfront sites have a great view north over the Grand Lagoon. In some areas there is enough foliage to provide some privacy between sites. Still, the size and nature of the sites varies tremendously so knowing the layout from previous visits is really helpful. There are very nice heated and air conditioned shower houses (4 in total) and 3 different dump stations scattered around the camping area. A particular problem comes up with understanding the arrangement of the odd numbered sites from 17 through 59. On the campground map and, therefore, on the Reserve America campground map these sites appear placed around the inside of a loop. In fact, the "loop" is a straight section of road and sites such as 29 to 25 and sites 53 to 59 are actually side by side and co-mingled, not at all across from each other as shown on the maps. I booked site 55 for us and site 57 for my daughter's family, believing they were indeed side by side. They were not. Site 25 was immediately next to site 57 and site 55 was a small, cramped site one site further away on the opposite side of 25. The state park has beautiful beach area, all along the south edge and all along the east edge. It's fine very white sand and turquoise waters. The beaches are easily reached by bike (all on interior park roads) or by driving over the large parking areas near the boardwalks over the dunes to the beaches. The beaches are the best part of this park. Be aware, however, that the beaches are steeply sloped from the dunes to the water. We camped at Saint Andrews State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

The Woods RV Park and Campground LLC, Montgomery, Alabama

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This was an overnight target for us on our way south on I-65. The sites are all pull through with full hook-ups including 50 amp electric. All are long enough for almost any combination of rig and toads. The grass was neatly mowed, the gravel pads firm and smooth, and the work-campers in the office very pleasant to deal with, which was true even over the telephone making our reservations. The entrance road is a bit difficult to spot until you become familiar with its location and they do have a low sign there to help one find it, but it's a busy commercial roadway with lots of distractions. Once at the office, however, it's rather peaceful and road noise is not at all an issue. We did not use any of the facilities but our daughter's family (in their own RV staying here with us) did use both the shower house and the laundry and found them to be well cared for and tidy. On our way south we had a site in the front row and it was fine but just grass between relatively close sites. On our way north we had sites in the center area near the open play field and playground. These were much wider sites with solid if smallish concrete patios properly placed so one could actually get aligned next to them and still reach the well-placed hook-ups. This is not a destination RV park but it is a very nice, well kept overnight or short stay park and we were pleased with it both times we stayed. We'd definitely return (in fact we did, staying both southbound and again northbound). We camped at The Woods RV Park and Campground LLC in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
102 - 507
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Dad's Bluegrass Music RV Park, Franklin, Kentucky

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is close to I-65 but the road noise isn't really noticeable. The sites at first look a bit rustic and very uneven but once we were in our site I found it easier to level than I expected. The hook-ups were where they belong and easily connected. The people staffing the office were helpful, friendly, and reasonably professional. One man guided us to our site and helped me get properly aligned to the hook-ups. They seem to understand RVers and discussed sites that might be best for both us and for my daughter's family who would soon arrive in a 40 foot long 5th wheel. We never left our RVs during the brief stay (poor April weather as it snowed overnight) so we didn't use any of the facilities. The interior roads were a bit rough and tilted requiring care while driving on them. There were some long term sites that had lots of less than attractive "stuff" scattered around but overall this was a suitable, friendly stopover and we'd do it again if in the area. We camped at Dad's Bluegrass Music RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Westgate RV Campground, London, Kentucky

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

The Westgate RV Park (and Budget Host Motel) is a well cared for, very convenient RV facility that is just great for an overnight stop (although it would serve well for a few days while visiting the area, too). We travel up and down I-75 frequently going from central Ohio to points south like Tennessee, western North Carolina, Georgia and Florida, so we have stayed here 17 times in the last 5 years. It has very good hook-ups including 50 amp electric, CBTV, and excellent (strong and secured) Wi-Fi. We've used the nice pool in warmer weather (clean and confortable) and have tried most of the restaurants in close proximity. The sites are limited and this isn't a "beautifully landscaped resort" or a nice setting in woods, but all the sites are easy to get into thanks to the big, open gravel lot in the center. We have had occasion to meet the owner twice and he's a kind, mild-mannered, customer oriented individual. The clerks at check-in (have been women) have always been very pleasant and prompt and provide me with all necessary information, including log-on password, restroom code, etc. By the way, the restrooms are exceptionally clean and nicely featured. Yes, there can be noise in the area (it's very commercial) and lots of lights from the surrounding parking lots, but we cope with good shades and a ceiling fan over our bed to cover outside noise. For the price, location, and the amenities, this has proven to be a really good overnight stop. We have made reservations from time to time and we've done so by simply calling them, never on-line. Frankly, most of the time we just stop in and we have never had a problem getting a site. We camped at Westgate RV Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
151
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

My wife and I believe Shiloh Roadhouse, immediately next door (250 feet tops) is a much better deal than the new Cheddars (nickel-dime you to death) or the Gondolier across I-75, plus Shiloh always gives us a 10% food discount for staying at Westgate (the others do not).

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Alum Creek State Park, Delaware, Ohio

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Took a couple of beautiful Fall days to visit this park. Made advance reservations for a full hook-up site. When we arrived, some other travel trailer was on our reserved site and no one was around, not at the campground office or at the site. Took half hour to get a ranger to stop but by then we had just backed into another site (turns out to be better) than the one we had reserved. No problem. The ranger sorted our site reservation issue via his radio. Nice wide site, lots of foliage separating us from neighbors, newly paved blacktopped pad and small concrete patio with excellent large picnic table. Professionally made fire ring that had a removable cooking grate so we use that to make dinner our first night. 50 amp electric, water, and sewer all clustered together at left real corner where they belong. All hook-ups in excellent condition. Couldn't have asked for a nicer, simpler set-up. Very enjoyable. Would be a ten except for the slip up on site reservations and no one at office to help mid-week in October. Most of the sites in this park have only electric so these few full service sites are new and very nice. Glad we got one. We camped at Alum Creek State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B03
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Double J Campground and RV Park, Chatham, Illinois

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Frankly, I didn't expect the series of little things that make staying here so very nice. The entire campground is neatly trimmed and tidy yet has "camping, outdoor character." I walked around and took photos of the hook-up pedestals and the white sewer locating sticks because they were all very neat, well placed, and make it easy to align when arriving to set up. The pool was very clean. The flashing yellow lights out near the entrance were on after dark to help us as strangers easily find the turn on a 55 mph roadway. Free mini-gold, shuffleboard, etc. was a nice touch. Identifying storm shelters right on the campground flyer is something every central plains campground should do. Kudos! Even our reservation confirmation indicated a specific site in advance and that was, indeed, our site upon arrival. Nice trees and some good shade, just as I had asked -- that doesn't happen very often. I could go on but you get the idea. Well done. Perfect place to stay to visit Lincoln Land. We camped at Double J Campground and RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
N95
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Indianapolis KOA, Greenfield, Indiana

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $56.00
Overall Rating:

This was our fifth stay at this expensive KOA. The first two were very nice but things change. Our reservation, made 3 weeks before our stay, said, "Back In, 50/30 Amps, Full Hookups. Great back-in sites with patio! These sites are on the main side of the camp near the office, pool, bathrooms, and game room." That description was printed on our confirmation. Upon arrival, we were assigned a site 6 tenths of a mile away from the pool and game room, and I have no idea where the nearest bathrooms were. The young lady checking me in didn't bat and eye at the difference, just shrugged. The expensive new pool is 3 feet deep at the deepest end and is clearly designed only for small children, not the 3 to 5 foot rectangle they had before. I thought this was one of the good KOAs but now I'm fairly certain we'll pass it by. It has some really nice sites out back, both shaded and open. But if you can not count on getting the kind of site you request, and considering the prices, it's difficult to praise the management or look forward to another stay here. We camped at Indianapolis KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
D30
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Lakeview RV Park, Lancaster, Ohio

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

This has always been a small, quiet RV park with most sites tucked between two lakes, one of which is maintained by the campground. There is a new owner as of 18 months ago and he has made some very nice improvements, especially to the beach/swimming area, including adding nice landscaping and a second floating deck complete with a slide and "jumping" board. Many of the sites out between the two lakes have newly improved gray water disposal drains at each site. All have concrete patios. The hostess and host are exceptionally nice and helpful. With our canoe, two small kayaks, and inflatable tubes our grand kids and family always have a wonderful time here. We camped at Lakeview RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
18
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Lazy Acres Campground, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Date of Stay: May, 2006 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Signs on I-95 and signs along the access roads are accurate and easy to follow, but the actual access road is graded, packed sand through woods. We wondered what we'd gotten into until we finally landed in the campground. It's quiet and well kept, what appears as new electrical serive with 50 amp, new cable for TV, and just recently they added a for fee WiFi service that is competitively priced and works quite well. We're here for two days and we are pleased to be here despite our first impressions coming down the access road. Nice owners. Very helpful We camped at Lazy Acres Campground in a Motorhome.

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