About Melodycthomas

I am a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army and 27 years as a college professor. My husband and I travel around the country in our RV full-time, visiting the country I helped to defend for 31 years.

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Review Count: 94
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 25

Hickiwan Trails RV Park, Ajo, Arizona

Date of Stay: March, 2019 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

We had 30 amp, water and sewer hookups. The woman who checked us in was super friendly. The sites are roomy with a concrete patio. The campground is behind a small casino and convenience store. It's not Las Vegas but we had a fun hour playing the slots. There is a herd (pack?) of about 20 wild donkeys in the desert area behind the campground. You can hike trails and maybe come across them. We fed them carrots and apples. Just remember they are wild animals and keep a respectful distance. We camped at Hickiwan Trails RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
D-14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go to the Pipe Organ Cactus National Monument. Lukeville is the U.S. - Mexico border.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 25

Elks Lodge 2251, Tempe, Tempe, Arizona

Date of Stay: March, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is a first-come, first-serve campground. The sites are close and maneuvering can be challenging. There is no wifi in the Campground. The Lodge is open with special events going on all the time. RVs are coming and going every day. FHUs worked fine. The campground is in an industrial park and there are milk tankers delivering 24/7. The staff is very friendly as is the camp host. We camped at Elks Lodge 2251, Tempe in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The city is big and has lots to offer. The Capitol Museum, the Heard Museum, Heritage Square, etc.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 25

Rock Hound State Park, Deming, New Mexico

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great place to camp! It is just 10 miles outside of town yet has the feeling of being out in the wilderness. The campground is nestled at the base of a mountain and offers two walking trails as well as the opportunity to collect 15 lbs. of rocks, gems and thunder eggs a day. The trails and campground are very well maintained. There is no WiFi and no sewer hookup. There is a dump station that is easy to access. The camp host is on top of things. He greeted us almost immediately as we pulled into the campground and offered a choice of two open sites. The sites have lots of room with 30 amp electric and water hookups. The bathrooms are clean, tiled, and large. The skies are magnificent at night and the twinkling lights of the town below are almost magical. We thoroughly enjoyed 3 days here despite the cold snap that had us unhooking the water at night. Most sites are back-in. Dry camping is also available as well as a group site. We camped at Rock Hound State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are supposed to be Persian Ibex in Spring Canyon. We couldn't find any but it's worth a look. The Mimbres Museum is fun to tour. The Rise & Shine Cafe has good food.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 25

Holloman AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp), Holloman AFB, New Mexico

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed 3 nights. All hookups worked fine. The WiFi never worked. The laundry machines were $1 each and worked fine. We registered in the laundry room as the camp host was off duty when we arrived. After that, we never needed the host so it didn't matter if he was there or not. There are 12 new sites giving the FamCamp 36 spaces altogether. There are plans to build a gazebo and plant trees. They need to take care of the club car with the flat tire. What self respecting AFB would let that sit there for as long as it has??? We camped at Holloman AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

White Sands National Monument is just ten minutes away. Bring a sled to ride the dunes. Take the sunset stroll with a ranger.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 25

Fredericksburg RV Park, Fredericksburg, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2018 - $48.00
Overall Rating:

This is a delightful RV Park. It is nice and close to town. Hookups worked fine even through some rough t'storms. WiFi was excellent. Laundry room is large and clean with reasonable cost. Lots of social activities take place among the winter Texans. Wish the dog park was bigger and the pet walk area was not stones. We camped at Fredericksburg RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
80
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to visit the local town. Very historic. Also, tour the Museum of the Pacific War and home of Admiral Nimitz. Maybe catch a re-enactment of a battle in the Pacific Islands. Lots of German restaurants dot the town.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 25

Fort Hood BLORA Rec Area (Military FamCamp), Fort Hood Army Post, Texas

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

We stayed on the Deer Park loop which has 28 campsites. Although there are full hookups, we only got 30-amp and water hookups. Several trailers were parked at FHU sites but no one was there the entire week we were there. The Nature in Lights Christmas lights display was going on and was very pretty to see. There is no WiFi. The lake water was very high and had recently flooded the area. The concrete pad was narrow and had sharp drop off at the edges. The trees were too close to the campsite and needed to have branches trimmed back. Security patrols the area regularly. We camped at Fort Hood BLORA Rec Area (Military FamCamp) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 25

McKinney Falls State Park, Austin, Texas

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Beware of the pull thru sites. They have a mean bend that prevents a fifth wheel from maneuvering in them. There are many trees so watch out for overhanging branches. The 30-amp electric and water hookups worked fine. The dump station was easy to use. Watch out for a coyote in the campground. The campground is very nice and the trail along the falls is pleasant. The campground phone was out of order and the staff seemed quite happy about it. There is no WiFi. The fire ring and picnic tables are at a ridiculous distance at the back of the campsite. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
60
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The state Capitol building was very interesting.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 25

Corpus Christi RV Park FamCamp (formerly Shields Park NAS Recreation A, Corpus Christi, Texas

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

When we called to make a reservation at Campground B, Paul told us sites were assigned upon arrival. Yet when we checked in, the gal at the counter told us we had been assigned to Campground A. She said Campground B was booked for the weekend. We were given 5 sites to choose from in A. The first had some kind of construction going on. The next two were under water (thanks to heavy rains). The third had a driveway that was too narrow to get into. The last had a low hanging tree. We wound up backing in at an angle to avoid the low hanging branches, putting us on the soft grass. The electric stanchion was very far in back of the site. Walking around Campground B over the weekend, we noted 6 empty sites on Saturday and 8 on Sunday. It seems like they don't know how to manage their reservation system. NAS-CCAD seems to be on the bottom of the funding list. There were potholed roads, broken sidewalks, abandoned dog park, neglected playing field, rusty and broken storage units, and a crumbling Seawall - to name just a few issues. Campground A seems to be left to devolve on its own. Campground B is newer with concrete pads and reasonably placed hookups. The laundry was free. Hookups worked fine. WiFi was excellent. The base is small and the campground is close to the NEX and commissary. We camped at Corpus Christi RV Park FamCamp (formerly Shields Park NAS Recreation A in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
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:

See the USS Lexington, Texas State Aquarium, Mustang Island, and the Art Museum of South Texas.

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Review Count: 94
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 25

Galveston Island State Park, Galveston, Texas

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

Electric and water hookups worked fine. Dump station had easy access. There is a beach side and a bayside campground the bayside is so much nicer. You can back right up to the water where the dunes block you view of the water on the beach side. No WiFi but tv signals were adequate. Nearby beach town of Galveston was fun. We camped at Galveston Island State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
65
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 25

Rainbow's End - Escapees Rainbow Park, Livingston, Texas

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

All hookups worked well. The WiFi sucked even tho I paid for it. It just never worked. The satellite got good reception. The campground is large and mature but well kept. There are many amenities to enjoy. There were no doggie bags at the run even tho they advertised them as available. We camped at Rainbow's End - Escapees Rainbow Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
142
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take a tour of the Care Center and Escapees HQ. They run a massive mail forwarding service. They provide a one of a kind service for RVers. Volunteers give free space and 3 meals a day. They need your help.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 25

Bushman's RV Park AKA Bushman's Camp, Bullard, Texas

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

The interior roads and campsites are concrete. Grass is lush and well kept. A small pond warns of an alligator sighting and advises not to go in the water. We discovered coyotes have been eating the ducks. A ranch next door has cattle lazily grazing all day long. All hookups worked fine. There is a very nice meeting room available. The pool and hot tub liked nice but we didn't go in. Someone said the hot tub was not hot. The laundry room is nice but hit or miss. Every time we went in, there was someone doing sheets and linens from a B&B. All the machines were taken by that business. The bathrooms and showers liked very nice. Someone was always working hard every day to clean the area. There are five small dog runs to use. The WiFi worked pretty well. More people means slower performance. All in all, this was a very nice campground. The staff are very friendly and industrious. We camped at Bushman's RV Park AKA Bushman's Camp in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
89
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Nearby Tyler is the Rose Capitol of the world. Tomatoes also figure prominently in the economy.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 25

Shepherd AFB Recreation Annex (Military FamCamp), Whitesboro, Texas

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is a bit off the beaten path (8 miles from the main Hwy) down narrow residential roads. Go slow. The campground itself was very nice. FHUs worked fine but there is no WiFi or OTA tv reception. The Dish satellite worked fine as did our cell phone. The lake is beautiful. Definitely a place for folks who enjoy boating and fishing. The area was developed by the ACOE then turned over to the military in the 1950s. Whatever damage they suffered from flooding has been repaired. We camped at Shepherd AFB Recreation Annex (Military FamCamp) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 25

McConnell AFB Famcamp (Military FamCamp), McConnell AFB, Kansas

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

Do NOT follow your GPS to this base. It will try to put you through a closed area. Use the Arnold Gate. There are ten spaces in a row next to two catch-and-release ponds. A tornado shelter sits at either end of the row. Free laundry is available with two washers and two dryers. FHUs worked fine. Grass was cut and the area was clean. There is an abandoned golf course next to the campground (no golf course on a military base/post??). You check in at the Inn then drive to the campground. We never saw anyone from the ODR while here for two nights. Wichita has lots to see. We camped at McConnell AFB Famcamp (Military FamCamp) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
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, Convenient

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 25

Deer Creek Valley RV Park, Topeka, Kansas

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

Interior roads and campsites are concrete. FHUs all worked fine. Lots of pull throughs. WiFi was good. Some campers are long term but their sites are well kept and not overflowing with stuff. Campground is gated and locked at night. We camped at Deer Creek Valley RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to grab a meal at Lonnie's BBQ right outside the gate. Evel Knievel Museum was interesting and the tour of the Capitol Dome was awesome.

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 25

Riverside Campground & RV Park, Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

$40 a night seemed high for what you got. Full hookups and decent WiFi. Never saw anyone in the office/house. You have to call and leave a message and someone will call back. The campground was old and run down. The bathrooms might have been clean but with the peeling paint and rusty pipes, you couldn't be sure. The campsites used to be gravel but are now mostly grass. When we came out of our door, the neighbor's sewer connection was right there. We camped at Riverside Campground & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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