About Meanderman

Retired 30-year Air Force veteran, began RVing in 1974 and have owned eight RVs over the years. One trailer, one slide-in, four 5th wheels, and two motor homes. Currently in our 12th year of full timing and volunteering as interpretive hosts and environmental educators.

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Review Count: 401
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 64

Las Vegas, New Mexico KOA, Las Vegas, New Mexico

Date of Stay: April, 2008 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Another overpriced KOA. Probably OK for a summer destination with children (playground and pool), but nothing special otherwise. Gravel, reasonably level sites, strong free WiFi, but poor water pressure. Close to the interstate but quiet; a good distance from town. Nice lady at the office. Only RV park close to the Interstate in the area or else we would have stayed elsewhere. We camped at Las Vegas, New Mexico KOA in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 401
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 64

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Canyon, Texas

Date of Stay: April, 2008 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

A magical place; descending the 10% grade into the canyon is a bit daunting, but worth the trip. The campgrounds are all well kept with large spaces and beautiful views of the rock formations and incredible colors. Sewer hookups would be nice, but there are multiple dump sites throughout the park. We stayed in Mesquite campground, 8 miles from the entrance; quiet, dark, and isolated. Wild turkey roam the campgrounds like domestic chickens - bring birdseed. Deer and desert sheep are also easily seen. A great visitor center and not-too-bad snack grill. Make sure you stop and see the two giant longhorns near the entrance. A great stay - another superior Texas state park. We'll be back. We camped at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 401
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 64

Whip In RV Park, Big Spring, Texas

Date of Stay: April, 2008 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

The rate reflects the Escapee discount. The park is right off of the interstate, but road noise was tolerable. The lady running the office was very friendly and escorted us to our site and explained the hookups. The sites are grass/gravel and very close together - our step hit the power pedestal of the spot next door. The WiFi and cable are free and work well. Overall, a good overnight, but very cramped. We camped at Whip In RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 401
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 64

Blanco State Park, Blanco, Texas

Date of Stay: March, 2008 - $20.00
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This is beautiful state park on the river on the south end of Blanco. The full hookup sites are arranged in a large loop with lots of huge live oak trees but with a center clearing for satellite dishes. Power, water, and sewer are available in the loop and in some of other sites. Beautifully landscaped with fire rings, volleyball court, and no-license required fishing. Quiet, with lots of birds and very little traffic noise. The park staff was very friendly. Nearby is the LBJ home and ranch, and shopping and restaurants are all within an easy drive. Get the Texas Parks Pass ($60/year) to avoid the daily entrance fee of $3 per person. A great place; we'll stay here again. We camped at Blanco State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 401
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 64

River Shade RV Park, Seguin, Texas

Date of Stay: January, 2008 - $8.00
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This is a quiet park located on the Guadalupe River just south of Seguin. Many permanent residents, but lots of room for visitors. Sites are reasonably level gravel with a concrete patio pad. Cable TV has all the usual channels and is free. WiFi is also free, but sporadic depending on where you are in the park. Rate reflects a very reasonable monthly rate plus electric. Friendly office and residents, but no community activities. Functional laundry room and clean restrooms. Shopping and restaurants, including a Super Wal-Mart, is only one mile up the road. The river is peaceful and has lots of ducks to feed; we'll stay here again. We camped at River Shade RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 401
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 64

Canyon Trail RV Resort, San Marcos, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2007 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We spent over a month here due to the park's convenient location; 45 miles to San Antonio, 35 to Austin. Adjacent to I-35, so there is road noise but not too bad. The cement plant trucks mentioned in other posts didn't bother us. Gravel and cement sites, level with cement pad & picnic tables. Clean laundromat and restrooms, good power and water; make sure you have a pressure regulator. Free Cable TV and WiFi; WiFi is very good throughout the park. Camping World and Wal-Mart close by. Very friendly owner. Not a destination campground for children, no pool or playground, but there is miniature golf. Very reasonable monthly rate. The location is the selling point; we'd stay here again. We camped at Canyon Trail RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 401
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 64

Quail Springs RV Park, Uvalde, Texas

Date of Stay: November, 2007 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park just north of Uvalde; large, level gravel sites with lots of large trees. Very good free cable TV, but tell them if you're going to use your satellite; not all sites have a southern view. Nice office and clubhouse and friendly staff; fairly quiet, with little road noise and just enough lighting for safety but not enough to glare inside the coach. Just down the road from a Wal-Mart Super center and a cafe with free WiFi. The rate reflects the Escapee discount. We'd stay here again. We camped at Quail Springs RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 401
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 64

BC Ranch RV Park, Alpine, Texas

Date of Stay: November, 2007 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice, quiet, and blissfully dark park on the north side of Alpine. A delightful host welcomed us and offered to keep the office open late so that we could exchange books. Nothing fancy, but fairly large and level gravel sites with trees and nice views of the mountains. We'd stay here again. We camped at BC Ranch RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 401
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 64

Hacienda RV Resort, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Date of Stay: November, 2007 - $40.00
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We've always enjoyed staying here; however, at $40 a night at the discount rate I'm not sure it's worth it. A great place, with free WiFi and continental breakfast, but also with a great deal of I-10 road noise and sites without picnic tables or shade. By the handout included with your receipt, it looks like they're trying to lease sites and become more of a snowbird destination. Next time we're in the area we'll probably go elsewhere for an overnight stay. We camped at Hacienda RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 401
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 64

Pecan Park Riverside RV , San Marcos, Texas

Date of Stay: November, 2007 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This is an unusual review in that we never stayed at the park. Planning on staying in the area, we reviewed the park on this web site and called about the monthly rate. We were e-mailed an "application" form to fill out before we could be put on a "waiting list". OK so far. Then I started reviewing the application. Besides names, DOBs, and driver's license numbers, the application required my social security number. That was warning enough, but later on the form it asked if our RV had a lien and the name and address of the lien holder. All we wanted to do was stay for a month, not buy the place. In over 35 years of Rving and over two years of full timing we've never experienced this type requirement. Since we, like most everyone, pay for the entire stay with a credit card at check in, it makes us believe that either: 1) someone at the park is trying to get our personal data for fraudulent use; 2) the owners are using this as a mechanism to discriminate age/race/financial status; or 3) they're incredibly anal about controlling who visits and how they conduct themselves. In any case, this may be a fine place if you're staying less than a month, apparently you're OK then, but we'll pass. We didn't stay here. We camped at Pecan Park Riverside RV in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 401
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 64

Havasu Falls RV Resort, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Date of Stay: October, 2007 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

Large expanse of desert gravel with concrete pads for RVs. No shade and sites are close together. WiFi was very weak and barely usable. Nothing special for the steep overnight rate. We'll pass on this park next time we're in the area. We camped at Havasu Falls RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 401
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 64

Adventure Bound Camping Resort-Tucson (formerly Cactus Country RV Reso, Tucson, Arizona

Date of Stay: October, 2007 - $22.00
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Located on the far southeastern edge of Tucson but with easy access to major roads, this is an OK park for a stopover or short stay. Lots of potential; large, gravel sites, good hookups, some shade, but the large number of long term/permanent residents with work trucks and outside storage detracts from the appearance. Free cable TV was poor. A personal gripe is that we try to stay at parks advertising wireless since we have a small business; this is another park where WiFi is advertised but doesn't work well if at all, and the management is indifferent (Oh, it never works when it is windy. Gosh, I guess it's windy here a lot). I'd rather pay for a vendor-provided service that works than a free system that doesn't. A large number of dogs in the park, some of which are tied and left during the day while their owners are off to work create noise. Don't think we'll stay here again. We camped at Adventure Bound Camping Resort-Tucson (formerly Cactus Country RV Reso in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 401
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 64

Sunrise Valley RV Park LLC, Mina, Nevada

Date of Stay: October, 2007 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We stopped here for an overnight stay based on previous reviews and were not disappointed. Large pull-thrus, big trees, and a nice view of the mountain. Owner was very friendly and accommodating. A bit of road noise but probably the only decent place to stay between Reno and Las Vegas. We'd stay here again. We camped at Sunrise Valley RV Park LLC in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 401
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 64

Trailer Lane RV Park, Weed, California

Date of Stay: October, 2007 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This is a tired little campground located in trees right between I-5 and railroad tracks. Nice lady at the office, level sites and good hookups; however, the noise, sandy soil that stuck to your shoes, and old campers made this a place we would not return. Bad enough that it's located within 100 yards of I-5, that part of the highway is on a hill so you're treated to exhaust brakes, too. But then the trains drowned out the trucks every once in a while. We did get to pick some of the apples growing wild in the park (with permission), but it was still way to expensive for what they offer. We camped at Trailer Lane RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 401
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 64

Harris Beach State Park, Brookings, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

It's hard to imagine a better state park - paved interior roads and sites, wide spaces separated by trees and hedges, super clean facilities, security, and even cable TV and WiFi. This is the way a park should be run. Beautiful ocean views, trails through the woods, and a wonderful playground for the kids. Daily programs for the kids and evening programs for the adults. The staff is friendly and the place bustles with employees and volunteers as they clean sites, trim bushes, etc. Get here early, it fills up fast almost every day. It is only one mile from town and shopping. We'd love to stay here again. We camped at Harris Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

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