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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

Piney River Escape, Bon Aqua, Tennessee

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

Let's be very clear. Piney River Escape is NOT Big Rig Friendly. Can you shoe-horn a 42' Class A motorhome that is not towing in? Yes because we did it - so that makes it accessible but not friendly. If arriving from the west on I40 the directions take you down Hwy 48 which is nicely paved but narrow, winding and has a steep drop off instead of a shoulder most of the way. After that Piney River Road to the campground is about 12'-14' wide, bumpy, twisting, has some steep hills and has blind curves. Arriving at the campground you have to pass the exit (which would be the easiest way in) and then can either turn right into the upper campground where the host/checkin is or left into the lower campground. The turn into the upper where you need to go to check-in is guarded by a stout wooden fence on either side and you must turn in at exactly the right angle or risk taking the fence on the right with you or grazing the front left of your coach on the opposite fence. In addition although that entrance has a good amount of gravel it is much narrower than a big coach's turning footprint and the sides are dirt - in our case deep mud as it had been raining. Once in the upper campground the interior roads are gravel but narrow making maneuvering a challenge. We ended up in a back-in site about 3 rows up as that was the easiest to get into but the front of the site was about a 8"-10" lower than the rear. Getting out next morning was as challenging as getting in and we ended up backing all the way out and crossing the road into the entrance of the lower campground so we would be able to easily make the turn onto the road. I will add that if you are towing which we weren't there is no safe place to unhook before attempting to turn into the upper campground unless you go into the lower section and unhook there - otherwise it is unhook on the one lane road. The people seem nice and perhaps in better weather the rural character of the place would be welcoming but just be aware. We camped at Piney River Escape in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
not numbered
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles
Tips for other Campers:

A better way in from I40 - which is the way we went out - is to take Hwy 46/Church Road (1854)/Missionary Ridge Road (1854)/Back Piney Road/Piney River Road and then the 2 entrances will be the first part of the park you encounter. That road is much better/safer - but longer distance if arriving from the west on I40. The turn to the lower section will be on your right in this case and the upper section to the left.

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

Chateau Aux Arc RV Park, Altus, Arkansas

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Convenient to I-40. A nice place to stop for the night. Gravel entrance road and some of the pads were gravel - others just dirt. We picked site #3 and it was dead level on dirt. Nice view of the countryside. Since our hopes and expectations for a place to stop while on a long haul, cross country trip is safe, quiet, convenient and pleasant this fit our bill. We are not Walmart parking lot people (nothing wrong with that just not us) and this was just what we needed after a long day. We did not care that there were no employees on site and since all the utilities worked just fine we were happy. There were 3 other rigs in the park for the night - one traveler in a Class A like us and 2 small travel trailers that looked to be more permanent. Definitely Big Rig friendly as we are 42' and had plenty of maneuvering space although we would have had to unhook if we were towing our truck - which we weren't. We did think $27 was a bit much to pay for nothing more than parking and hook-ups. Dionysus Winery tasting room next to the RV park and an easy walk - although we were tired and didn't try it out. We camped at Chateau Aux Arc RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

Alanreed Travel Center, Alanreed, Texas

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

As a previous reviewer said if you want a safe, quiet, easy to get to place for the night pick this one. We were working our way east on a 1,400 mile trip and the most important thing was safe, quiet and easy to get to. The sites are attached to a small gas station, convenience store/gift shop (with a selection of wine) and 6 room motel. There is a little noise from I-40 as it is easy off-easy on but not distracting at all. The parking area is dirt over compacted gravel and when we were there it was bone dry and no problem. There were many ruts that suggested that if it were raining the drive area and sites might be muddy but we do not know that for sure. Full hook ups with 50 amps worked as they are supposed to and surprisingly our site was level from side to side, a bit steep from front to back. We are 42' class A and did not have our tow. Plenty of room to maneuver. Fine place at a great price for an overnight stop on a long trip with just the basics hook-ups and no amenities. We camped at Alanreed Travel Center in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
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

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

Grants / Cibola Sands KOA, Grants, New Mexico

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

The welcome from the staff was wonderful when we checked in. The park is far enough off I40 to minimize the noise. The interior roads are fine for big rigs and we had a site that was plenty long for a 42' Class A pulling a full size pick up. The sites are oriented to the northeast which is a big benefit during the afternoon hours. The hidden secret is the lava rock beds adjacent to the park and there is a nice walk around them. There is plenty to do in the area and the park is really a sweet little place. We will be back. We camped at Grants / Cibola Sands KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
36
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Wonderful little spot, super nice people. Enjoy Chaco Canyon, the adjacent Lava fields and the park.

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

Point of Rocks RV Campground, Prescott, Arizona

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

This is a rather mixed review I admit. It is pretty expensive for little curb appeal at the entrance and no amenities - except the granite rocks. With a little sprucing up this facility would be much nicer. We were in site 86 which is a very nice size pull-through with good shade for the afternoon sun moving west. But the site was weedy, there was a nearly dead pine tree on the living side with the weeds, the majority of the space was on the hook-up side and and there was nothing attractive about the hook-ups. While most people did follow the speed limit to keep the dust down we had a steady flow of huge dump trucks passing by on Monday of our stay. They were moving fairly slow but there isn't any getting around the dust stirred up with these huge trucks. The trees are all covered in dust as well so the whole place just felt sad and ratty. Interior roads have some pretty tight spots for a larger rig. The people here were very nice, the boulders are indeed cool and the layout of the park keeps things interesting. I do not think we would return - although there are not many alternatives in the area for a 42' class A. We camped at Point of Rocks RV Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
86
Site Surface
Dirt
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you are traveling south on 89 be advised the sign for the park is hidden behind trees. So if you miss the turn, as we did, it is not a problem as there is a roundabout less than a tenth of a mile farther on - so turning around is easy. Coming north no problem. The sign is visible.

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

Homolovi Ruins State Park, Winslow, Arizona

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

We used the reservation system and booked site 5 for our 42' class A. The park is very attractive, well maintained and has some really nice views. Roads and sites all paved and our site was almost dead level. The camp host was very friendly and helpful. We had 50 amp electric and water - no sewer. Site 5 is huge and we had ample room for everything. The only slight issue is the interior roads are one-way and had we followed that the hookups would have been on the passenger side. The camp host allowed us to go against the flow and scoot into the site the "correct" direction which put the hookups where they belong. The campground was pretty empty so I don't know if that would have been a problem had it been full. The last wonderful thing about this place is it is dark at night! And you can see the stars. We explored Winslow for a few hours and fueled at the Flying J on the way out in the morning. Wonderful little place and not only would we overnight here again we would not mind coming for 2-3 nights and look at the ruins, take a hike and enjoy Winslow a bit more. We camped at Homolovi Ruins State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Asphalt
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
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

We had dinner at the Turquoise Room in the La Posta Hotel. It was one of the original Harvey Hotels built for the railroads. It is a beautiful place, the food was excellent and the atmosphere original - we felt like we had pulled in on a train and were enjoying a dinner stop before resuming our train journey. Worth spending some time wandering around the hotel.

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

Ole Towne Cotton Gin RV Park, Quanah, Texas

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Let's see - advertise $37 and then add on $8 for 50 amp. That was the first indication I might not care for this place. So for $45 I got absolutely nothing except a gravel parking spot and some road noise. I am used to paying a premium for amenities I do not use - but this one takes the cake. Other than that - the sites are well laid out, there were minor leveling issues and the hookups are smack in the middle - good for my 42' rig. If you need to stop in the middle between Wichita Falls and Amarillo you too can be gouged. On the plus side there are a ton of birds here making beautiful sounds. Owners were not here and I did not use the laundry or bath facilities. We camped at Ole Towne Cotton Gin RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

River Cities RV Park, Boyce, Louisiana

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

As the others have described - reserve and pay online and get your gate code via email. Arrive, go through the gate and into the site you selected. Wow - I do love online reservations. I absolutely do not like calling so this was wonderful in my opinion. I am 42' class A and traveling alone. Entry was easy, interior roads excellent gravel, parking on the concrete pad easy. Hookups smack in the middle of the site where (for me) they belong. Some road noise as expected as the park is right on I49. But I felt safe, took a walk around the park to shake off the drive and all was well. The landscaping is very well taken care of. Definitely would stop again. We camped at River Cities RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
37
Site Surface
Concrete
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

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

A Stone's Throw RV Park, Lamont, Florida

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

This is a cute little park and will be very nice once it realizes its full potential. The interior roads are black gravel and well maintained. They use self check-in which was very convenient and easy. The back-in sites are a bit awkward but manageable. I am a solo traveler and the owner was there and nicely volunteered to spot me backing in - much appreciated. The RV across from my site 10 had to move his car to allow me room to back in. The rough-around-the-edges part is they need to get serious with the mower and weed whacker. The campground was unkempt looking - although you can see that the owners care. Road noise is about what you expect so close to the interstate. I would stop again if traveling through but only with a pull-through. At 42' I needed a bit more maneuvering space than the back-ins have. We camped at A Stone's Throw RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

Gateway River RV Park and Campground, Carbondale, Colorado

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice City owned park. It is all gravel with some nice trees for privacy and a bit of shade. The hosts are helpful and welcoming. The sites are very spacious as each one is actually a double site - one for the coach and one next door for the tow. What a nice surprise. The view is fantastic with a mountain right in front for enjoyment. The river is steps away with a nice, paved walking/biking trail that runs for 40 miles. There are no frills you have to pay for but not use which pleased us minimalist travelers - but even with that $35 was a tad high. Satellite, ATT and Verizon all good. Beware there is no 50 amp service and it was hot the day we stayed. Our one air conditioner had a very hard time keeping just the living area cool. As a previous poster mentioned this would be a higher rated place if it were not for the very busy, very loud hwy 82 above and behind the park. Big rig friendly for our 42' towing a pickup truck but had to disconnect as the sites are not long enough. But the spaciousness and feeling of a bit pf privacy makes up for that. We would stay again in spite of the highway noise and as long as the temperature was moderate. The online reservation system worked great. We camped at Gateway River RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

Pine Forest RV Park , Dutch John, Utah

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

We just stayed one night - but glad we did. The area is beautiful and the campground reflects that. The sites were spacious and since we were extremely tired of being stacked like sardines for the last 3 weeks this was wonderful. There was a huge green space between each site that in another world would have had at least 1 if not 2 other RVs in it. The people were super nice, the views beautiful, the campground clean, well maintained and spacious. We were far back off of highway 191 and had not a bit of road noise - another welcome relief from the past 3 weeks. Hookups were convenient and worked well. Our site 6 was probably the most level of the pull-throughs and our leveling system handled it just fine. Not so much for many of the other sites around us. The Class C next to us had his front end tires at least 18" off the ground. We would stay again and like to come back for a few days to explore the area. Oh yes - big rig friendly for sure. No problem with 42' towing a pickup truck. The entry road was only wide enough for one but we didn't meet anyone coming or going. We camped at Pine Forest RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

Columbia River RV Park, Portland, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

The people in the office were super nice and helpful. When we first arrived I was pretty depressed at the idea of spending 4 nights here as the sites are very close together and visually there is no break from the stacks and stacks of RVs down the interior roads. There seem to be lots of perms and semi-perms and I was dreading the "people noise" that can come with that situation. Turns out I was wrong. For a tightly packed space the park was very quiet on the inside. People were nice and very courteous and everyone kept dogs and kids under control. True, we were gone most of the day and evening, but when we were here it was fairly pleasant. We did not use the bathrooms or laundry or Wifi. The interior roads are very narrow - but paved - as are the sites. It is barely big rig friendly and we disconnected at the entrance which made getting into the narrow pull through site a little easier. We were on a concrete pad but it was not level. There is a small concrete patio for sitting but no picnic table - or you could park a small car there. My pickup truck was too big and we had to squeeze it in sideways at the back of the site. We stayed here specifically for the convenience of hosting our son on vacation and visiting Portland/Mt Hood. I would stay again for that reason but would not come back if it were for my personal vacation. We camped at Columbia River RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
156
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
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This is a park convenient to the light rail system to access downtown Portland, an extensive bike/walk trail on the Columbia River, lots of good restaurants within 5 miles, a terrific produce market and the interstates. It is also close to the airport with some accompanying noise but not bad at all and right on a busy road along with its noise - both of which die down at night.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

Bend / Sisters Garden RV Resort, Sisters, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $55.00
Overall Rating:

This place it gorgeous. The landscaping, flowers, trees, fences - all of it just beautiful. The interior roads are well maintained asphalt. There is a well-tended gravel walking trail for the dogs. A very pleasant small lake. Each site has a paved patio with a very nice picnic table and a fire pit. There is lots of shade because of the many trees but many of us managed to get satellite in spite of that. I didn't use the Wifi or the bathrooms so can't report on those but seeing how beautifully maintained everything else is I would guess they are too. Two small downsides to this otherwise fabulous place - it is right on Hwy 20 between Bend and Sisters and the road noise this afternoon is really bad even though I am tucked far back into the park. The second small thing is the sprinklers - obviously to have this much lushness in a high desert setting you have to spray water. But it really intruded on my afternoon walk - small price to pay. My site is completely level. It was a little tight turning in off the narrow interior road with my 42' and truck in tow but the escort did a great job giving me enough direction to make it work. Since I am solo this trip I really appreciated the help. I will come back again and hopefully stay for a few days the next time through. We camped at Bend / Sisters Garden RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
55
Site Surface
Asphalt
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
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

Vale Trails RV Park , Vale, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

As others have said - this is a sweet place to stay. Vale is a cute little town and this small park is just as cute. You do have to turn into the office entrance to check-in then go back out on the street and turn left into the rows accessing the sites. But it is no big deal - I am 42' pulling a full size pick-up and there was plenty of room in front of the office, adequate room in the parking rows. I don't have an extension for electric (shame on me) and was unable to leave the truck hooked up as the electric is waaayyyyy to the back of the pull-through sites. Others were more prepared than I and stayed hooked. People are super, super nice and friendly and helpful. The place is clean with a nice little dog area for off-leash. Town is easy walking distance with several (reportedly) good restaurants. Did not use the amenities so cannot report on any of that. I would not only stay again but I would come for a few days just to hang out. We camped at Vale Trails RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

Wasatch View Estates and RV Park, Ogden, Utah

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

An interesting place as others have noted. It reminds me of an decayed urban neighborhood in the process of being gentrified. It is a mix of awful, average and a little nicer. Some of the mobile homes are really run down and unkempt, others are neat as a pin. There are some semi-perm RV's some ratty, some nicely kept. Lots of empty spaces which were mowed but could use some TLC. Wifi only available within a short distance of the office. I did not use any amenities so can't comment on those. On the plus side - close to I15 with minor road noise, huge, spacious, level sites, interior roads very big-rig friendly, nice people in the office, and a KILLER VIEW - at least from my site. The mountains are gorgeous and that usually makes up for a lot of shortcomings in my world. Also I am a solo woman with 2 dogs - I felt completely safe out walking around. The one real negative is that many of the mobile homes had yapping, barking dogs going on endlessly. I guess that is harder to enforce with perms than with us transients. I would stop again if passing through because it is so convenient to the interstate. Doubt I would stay more than one night until they are fully transitioned to an RV park. We camped at Wasatch View Estates and RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
146
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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