About RV-ing Mom

We have been motor homing for 26 years. My husband just retired (2015) and we will be spending more time traveling to see our family in other parts of the U.S. We travel with our Golden Retriever, Penny.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Aurora RV Park and Marina, Nice, California

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is indeed open; and when we drove into this little park on "Upper" Clear Lake, we immediately thought "potential". Previously owned by the Native American tribe that runs the local casinos, this park was closed for 2 years and reopened in 2015 by new owners. Licensing & inspections have held up a lot of repairs (we can vouch for California's laws). Six or seven sites are lake-front and have been nicely paved and updated but are extremely close. The remaining 50 or so are across the street from the water but several were plenty big enough for our 42' rig plus tow, where we stayed. A water-front picnic area pergola with tables looked inviting, but was soon occupied by tenters. Not sure if this is the long-term plan, but we assume they will take any customers they can get right now since there was only one other motorhome in the area where we stayed. The Marina has been removed but the pilings are still in place; boating would add another dimension. Cable had just been installed and wasn't real clear, but we had good 50 amp service, water pressure and sewer hook-up. We used more than our allotted electricity (metered) so had to pay an additional service charge which was $5 (in addition to the price above). The campground manager is very friendly and helpful and well informed of the history of this park and the surrounding area. We would love to see this place a year from now and would return if in the area. We camped at Aurora RV Park and Marina in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 55
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass

Campground Details

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

Just a short walk from the campground is a nice city park with a large children's playground. In the other direction (also walking distance) is a small restaurant/bar with a backyard patio adjacent to the water. We walked over for a cocktail on a Saturday afternoon and were surprised to find live music on the patio (well-behaved dogs welcome). The menu looked varied and good. We were told the casino a few miles away served a great prime-rib.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Hidden Ridge RV Resort, Hopkins, Michigan

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

This Sun RV Resort is impeccable. All roads are nicely paved, and each site and patio is concrete and has a cement fire ring. There is well cared for lawn space between each site, and many of the sites are on the two small lakes or have water views. There is a lot of lush, grassy areas, a very large dog run, and doggy "stations" throughout the resort. The pool and hot tub are sparkling clean, as are the modern bathrooms and spotless laundry facilities. Showers each have locking doors. Tennis, basketball, pickleball and shuffleboard courts are in excellent shape. Boats for rent (no motors) and fishing is free (catch/release). Some seasonal residents; several cabins available for short-term rent. Since our last visit, they've added a pavilion with an under-roof fireplace; also a large arcade. The children's play area is very nice. A beautiful lodge (once a private home) houses a media lounge, pool table and exercise room. Golf carts available for rent. We have stayed here 5-6 years in a row and continue to return. This resort is a GEM! We camped at Hidden Ridge RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 131
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

This resort is located between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, right off Hwy. 131. The closest grocery store is Harding's Market in Otsego. If you are a beer enthusiast, be sure to go to Kalamazoo's Arcadia Ales and plan to dine there. The menu changes daily; most of it is farm-to-table and the workers are trained in the pairing of beers/food. A fun spot on the Kalamazoo River, with an outdoor area inviting to kayakers. Dog & kid friendly. Convenient to K.College and Western Michigan Univ.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort, Hill City, South Dakota

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $57.00
Overall Rating:

What sets this park apart from many others is the large amount of "green space". Not only are the sites large and nicely spaced, but also there are six distinct camping areas, each separated with plenty of trees and grass. The pool is spotless, as is the hot tub. The camp store is well stocked with food, camping essentials, souvenirs and gifts. We camped in Line Camp, and the view of the Black Hills was terrific. We would definitely return to this campground. We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Line Camp - 265
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

This park is centrally located to Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Custer State Park, with easy access to Hwys. 16 and 385. Krull's grocery store in Hill City has a fairly good assortment of fresh foods. Although we didn't eat there, we heard the Alpine Inn offers a very good filet mignon dinner each night at a fair price.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Holiday Shores RV Resort and Golf Course, Durand, Michigan

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

This family owned/operated park is almost completely used by permanent/seasonal "park models" or RVs. The park is kept in very good condition, paved roads, concrete sites, with many of the residents adding tasteful landscaping. There is one area that is set aside primarily for non-permanent travelers. This area is open and flat, with concrete pads/patios, full hook-ups, cement fire rings, picnic tables, and a large common pavilion (with electric and picnic tables) that is available for use free of charge (reserve at office). There is a beach area (drive there). The owners are building a beautiful lodge which will make a very nice addition. Plenty of water for (non-motor) boating/fishing, and a 9-hole golf course ($). The main drawback to this facility is that there are no restrooms for visitors. We camped at Holiday Shores RV Resort and Golf Course in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
510
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

Close to I-69. Easy on/off. We travel to this area to visit family. Nearby Flint doesn't have much to offer these days. Shop at the new Meijer's in Swartz Creek.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Indianapolis KOA, Greenfield, Indiana

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $79.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at this KOA over Memorial weekend. Most campers were there for the Indy 500; we were there for a wedding. I was surprised and disappointed the fees were raised $20/night due to "race weekend". There are two distinct areas of the park. One area is close to all of the amenities; the other is separate and definitely less hectic. Roads and sites are gravel and it was very dusty while we were there. Nice shady site but needed to use boards to level. Well stocked camp store. Park is east of Indianapolis, Speedway is west, so traffic was not a problem. Activities included hay rides, horseback riding, complimentary pancake breakfast Memorial morning. We camped at Indianapolis KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
D38
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

Indianapolis looks like a nice, clean city. It would be fun to explore it one day. The Indy 500 (and other major races) are the main focus at this park. Good-sized RV Sales and Service Center next door (not affiliated with campground).

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Perdido Key RV Resort & Marina, Pensacola, Florida

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $98.00
Overall Rating:

This small but very well maintained RV Resort and Marina is located near a noisy bridge which was the main distraction for me. I was surprised to find that the sites are gravel. We had a beach-front site which was nice, though small. There was a lovely little pool with some seating around it. Other than the road noise, it was very relaxing to watch the barges and boats sail along the inter-coastal waterway. We met the new owners of this resort, and they seem interested in making this resort even nicer. There are adjacent townhouses (6 or 7) that they plan to change from long-term lease to rentals which may be nice for families of those staying in the Resort or Marina. It was very pretty, just pricey. No changing the road noise. We camped at Perdido Key RV Resort & Marina in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

Close to Blue Angels, who practice Tues and Wed at 11:30 (free). Joe Pattie's is where you can buy all the fresh seafood you can imagine. Try the Oyster Bar for lunch - sit outside - within walking distance of the Resort. Hub Staceys, kind of a dive, but excellent chicken salad and Cuban. Downtown Pensacola, try the Wine Bar and ask for the server's recommendation. Wine 1/2 price during afternoons.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Emerald Beach RV Park, Navarre, Florida

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

This was our 3rd or 4th visit to Emerald Beach RV Park and it is one of our Florida favorites. This well cared for park is situated on the beach at Santa Rosa Sound. There are several beach front sites, some with private decks overlooking the beach. All pads and patios are concrete with a gravel area for the tow vehicle. The park offers community events in the hall; i.e., ice cream socials, pancake breakfasts, holiday dinners (some $, some bring a dish to share). Adjacent to the hall is a covered patio, beyond which is a large gazebo, both with chairs/tables. The beach, though small, is private and offers lounge chairs and some shaded areas. A private pier is a place to walk out over the water and take in the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, to enjoy the marine/wildlife or to fish. The staff is friendly, accommodating, and familiar with the area, offering recommendations for places to shop, eat, etc. We will definitely return; in fact, we have already made our next reservation! We camped at Emerald Beach RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 50
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Wal-Mart, CVS and Publix (grocery store) are close at hand. We enjoyed Cinco de Mayo at the Cactus Flower restaurant. Excellent entrée choices and friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. Helen Back has a nice outdoor deck on the water front where we enjoyed a cocktail; again, friendly and knowledgeable staff. A dog friendly beach is across the bridge and west about 10 minutes, on the Gulf side.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Gulf State Park Campground, Gulf Shores, Alabama

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

We have stayed in this park several times. We booked this reservation well in advance in order to secure a water front site, which we did receive. It was easy to do online, although online reservations are not taken year around. Our site was very wide and on a quiet street, off the main road through the park. This park is not what one would generally think of as a "state park" but is well cared for and nicely developed. Camp store well stocked; lots of daily activities; plenty of walking/bicycling paths and signs to direct people in/out. The staff is friendly and efficient. Access to beach is a bit difficult as others have noted. We camped at Gulf State Park Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Gator Rd - Site 263
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

This state park is within a short drive to about anything one could want; shop, dine, beach, recreation. We enjoyed a day trip via ferry from Ft. Morgan to Dauphin Island. Ferry ride was a bit pricey, and the last return ferry is around 5pm. We packed a picnic lunch and ate it in the city park adjacent to the ferry boarding site. Next time, we would buy a one-way ferry ride onto the Island, then drive around Mobile Bay, adding some site-seeing adventure to the day.

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