Sunbeam Lake R.V. Resort

By |April 20th, 2015|

El Centro, CA Website:  www.sunbeamlake.com Overview: This is a gem of a park in the middle of the southeastern California desert. It is on Sunbeam Lake, which is a water oasis for birds. There is also a county park on the lake creating many walking trails and further amenities (dirt bike racing track, pavilion, playground, etc.). The park is very well maintained and the people are super friendly. We only stayed one night as we were just passing through, but enjoyed our stay. As a bonus the Blue Angels fly over just about everyday! Campsites: Level gravel pad with cement patio, full hookup with 50/30 amp, water, and sewer. The sites are somewhat close together but must have small trees separating them. There are lake sites, lagoon sites, and general sites available. Amenities: Large heated pool, hot tub, multiple laundries and shower/bath houses, activity center, pickleball courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, boat ramp, lake assess, walking trail around a lagoon, card room, billiard room, and exercise room Pet friendly: Yes. There are two fenced in play/walk areas for dogs. There are designated pet sites and non-pet sites Internet:  Yes, free Wi-Fi and great cellular signals Price:  $41-47/night Rating: 4/5  

Pio Pico RV Resort & Campground (Thousand Trails)

By |March 24th, 2015|

Jamul, CA (near San Diego) Website: http://www.rvonthego.com/california/pio-pico-rv-resort-campground/ Overview: This is a Thousand Trails RV park 30 minutes from downtown San Diego. It is set amongst the beautiful mountains and near Otay Lake and San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. It has many amenities but the pools and spas are very well maintained and lovely. Campsites: There are two sections to this park. Pio Pico North only has partial hook-up sites (water, 30 amp electric). Pio Pico South has full hook-ups (30 amp, water, sewer). In high season there is a wait list for the full hook-up sites. Sites are variable but each has a fairly level gravel pad. Some have picnic tables and shade trees. Privacy is minimal as the sites are very closely spaced. However, because it is a large park people try to leave an empty space between sites to allow for more patio room and privacy. Pio Pico South is the nicer area of the two. Amenities: Adult saltwater pool and hot tub, Family pool and hot tub, playground, family lodge/youth center, adult lodge, game room, pickle ball court, basketball, volleyball, horseshoe pits, country store, Coyote Canyon Café, activity center, picnic areas, RC race track, hiking trails, bathhouses, and laundry facilities. The pool and spa area are very well maintained! Pet friendly: Yes, there are two off leash dog areas. Internet:  Unreliable cell phone signals, Wi-Fi for a fee available at each site (3.99/day or 14.99/week) Price:  $51/night non-member Rating: 3/5    

Palm Springs RV Resort

By |March 17th, 2015|

Palm Desert, California Website: http://www.rvonthego.com/california/palm-springs-rv-resort/ Overview: This is a Thousand Trails resort is in the center of the Palm Springs area, so amenities abound. It is a very busy RV park (in the winter) and requires early reservations due to its wonderful warm location. The park is very well maintained with fruit trees and palm trees. Everyone is super friendly, which is why it is a great place to spend your winter! Campsites: 50 amp sites are full hookups (30/50, water, sewer) and back-ins only. They are very closely spaced with minimal privacy. Each site has beautiful palm trees (which make it somewhat difficult to get into closely spaced sites). The 30 amp sites (30 amp, water, sewer) are all pull through with more privacy, although they are also closely spaced. Amenities: Pool, hot tub, family lodge, adult lodge, pickle ball courts, horseshoe pits, bathhouses, shuffleboard, laundry facilities, billiards/game room, and tons of daily activities. Pet friendly: Yes, small well-manicured grass fenced in dog run available. Right outside resort is an unfenced large, dessert area for off leash play. Internet:  Great cellular signals, Public Wi-Fi available at the lodge Price:  non-member $55/night Rating: 4/5

Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables (Thousand Trails)

By |March 11th, 2015|

Santa Barbara, CA Website: https://www.rvonthego.com/california/rancho-oso-rv-camping-resort/ Overview: This is a very nice RV park nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley. The Santa Ynez River borders the property, however due to the drought conditions it was dry when we visited. It is about a 25-minute drive to downtown Santa Barbara or to the Danish town of Solvang. It is set in a beautiful location but is very remote. The park is surrounded by national forest land so there are abundant hiking opportunities. Campsites: Full hook-up sites are fairly level gravel pads with 30 Amp, water, and sewer. Most are back-in sites. Each site has a picnic table and several have charcoal grills (no wood burning allowed at campsites but there are 2 public fire pits if you have a wood burning permit). Partial hook-ups (30 Amp, water) are dirt and very unleveled, further the road to this area is VERY rutted! All RV sites are closely spaced with minimal privacy. Some sites have shade trees. All full hook-up sites have beautiful mountain views. Amenities: Heated swimming pool and non-heated swimming pool, adult only hot tub, adult lodge, family lodge, daily activities at the lodges, chapel, laundry facilities, nature trails, horseshoe pits, playground, miniature golf, tennis court, basketball court, country store, cabin rental, tipi rental, covered wagon rental, safari tents, RV storage, horseback riding, and farm animals. There are also horse pens and boarding areas available for campers. Pet friendly: Yes, but there is no off leash area. Internet:  Public Wi-Fi available at the adult lodge, fair Verizon signals and poor AT&T signal Price:  non-member $50-61/ night RV site Rating: 4/5

Yosemite Lakes (Thousand Trails)

By |March 2nd, 2015|

Groveland, CA Website: https://www.rvonthego.com/california/yosemite-lakes-rv-resort/ Overview: This wonderful RV park is 5 miles from the west entrance of Yosemite National Park. It allows fantastic access to Yosemite. However if you come in the winter you are required to carry tire chains for this entrance. It is about a 25-minute drive to the nearest town of Groveland. There is a substantial mountain pass that you must take to reach the park. It is doable, but you may want to consider un-attaching your tow car if possible. The park itself is very nice and the staff very friendly. Campsites: Grass, gravel, or dirt sites. Several sites have 50 amps, but most are 30 amp. Every site has water hook-up. Most have sewer hookups. There are a variety of sites from open field to forest by a stream. Each site has a picnic table and fire-pit. The sites are fairly well spaced enabling privacy. However, in peak season you would have a lot of neighbors. Amenities: Family lodge, cabin rental, tent sites, yurt rental, laundry room, nice bathroom facilities, pavilion, propane filling station, country store and gas station. Pet friendly: Yes. Internet:  Public Wi-Fi available at the lodge and welcome center. No Wi-Fi or cellular signals are available in the park. Price:  non-member $45/night Rating: 4/5

Napa Valley Exposition RV Park

By |February 17th, 2015|

Napa, CA Website: http://www.napavalleyexpo.com/rv-park.php Overview: This is a very well maintained RV park near downtown Napa. We were pleasantly surprised by its quality. The sites are very well taken care of. We really liked our home base here as we explored Napa Valley and even San Francisco. Campsites: Level, paved pull through or back in sites with full hook-ups (30/50 amp, water, sewer). Sites have nice grass patio areas with picnic tables. They are fairly well spaced enabling some privacy. Amenities: Laundry facility and bathrooms. This campground is on the Expo grounds so you can walk to any events going on. In addition it is only a 10-15 minute walk to downtown Napa. Pet friendly: Yes Internet:  Free public Wi-Fi at all sites. Good cellular signals. Price:  $45-50/night full hook-up Rating: 4/5  

Olema Campground

By |February 11th, 2015|

Olema, CA Website: http://www.olemacampground.net/ Overview: This is a quaint campground near Point Reyes National Seashore. It is located on California’s Highway 1 and is surrounded by many cool small towns. It has a small creek that surrounds the campground. Unfortunately, during high rain season this creek floods and consequently floods most of the campground. The owners are wonderful and very accommodating. They try to manage the rainwater to the best of their abilities. Campsites: 26 full hook up sites (30/50 amp, water, sewer) and 54 partial hook ups (30 amp, water). Sites are gravel and fairly level. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Most sites have shade and privacy trees/shrubs. Amenities: Playground, bathhouses, horseshoes, volleyball, shuffleboard, Clubroom and kitchen for groups, dump station, honey wagon, propane refill station, Laundromat, ATM, visitor information, and U.S. Post Office Pet friendly: Yes. There is a small fenced in Dog Park. Internet:  Free Wi-Fi available, variable cell phone signals Price:  $40-49/night Rating: 3/5

Russian River RV Campground (Thousand Trails)

By |February 6th, 2015|

Cloverdale, CA Website: http://www.rvonthego.com/california/russian-river-rv-campground/ Overview: This a campground located near beautiful Sonoma County. It lies along the Russian River and has great river access. You are amongst amazing California vineyards. There are also many quaint historic towns nearby. We enjoyed the location of this park. It is an only a 30-45 minute drive to the city Santa Rosa. Campsites: Each site has water and 30 amp electric hook-ups. There are no sewer hook-ups in this park. Sites are variable but each is packed earth or paved. Most are not very level and small. We had a hard time finding an available site for our 35-foot motorhome. Most are shaded with trees.   Each site has a picnic table. Wood fires are not allowed in the park. Amenities: Dump station, propane refill station, lodge, bathhouses, outdoor laundry facilities, river access and fishing (with permit), playground, horseshoe pits, basketball, volleyball, and game room. Pet friendly: Yes, but they must be kept on a leash. Internet:  Variable cell phone signals. Public Wi-Fi at the lodge. Price:  non-member $47/night Rating: 2/5

Mount Shasta City KOA

By |February 4th, 2015|

Mount Shasta, CA Website: http://koa.com/campgrounds/mount-shasta/ Overview: This is a very nice KOA RV resort in downtown Mount Shasta, California. The location is ideal as you can walk to the downtown shops and restaurants and can see Mt Shasta from the campground. We do not stay at too many KOAs as in our experience they are properly known as ‘Kamping On Asphalt’. However, this campground is an exception to the rule. It is wooded and has a lot of character. We enjoyed our stay. Campsites: Level, gravel pull through sites with full hook-ups (30/50 amp, water, sewer). Each site has a picnic table. Most have some shade trees. Spacing is fairly close. Amenities: Cabin rental, country store, seasonal pool, playground, game room, group fire pit, tent sites, laundry, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, and basketball court. Pet friendly: Yes, but they must be on a leash. Internet:  Free Wi-Fi and good cell phone signals Price:  $36/night Rating: 3/5