HaveFunWillTravel

Home Base: 
Kingman, AZ
Type of RV: 
Coachman Freelander
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6 Reviews
2 States Visited

Recent Reviews


4

Camp in the forest around the Dells of Lake Watson

We chose this park over the rest in the area based on it’s location to Prescott and Prescott Valley but, mostly for it’s hiking trails and Lake Watson. The park has camping atmosphere even though there are some full time or long term occupants there. You really do not notice them because everyone keeps up their place. The camping spaces have trees in between that give you privacy. All the utilities work. Critters do come in your camp so don’t leave anything out. Always a good rule to follow especially in places like this. The trails around the dells to the lake are amazing. So many photo ops. The park is close to the newer shopping and dinning in Prescott Valley and it is also 10 minutes away from Old Prescott where you feel like every great mountain resort you have ever been too. The history is amazing and Whiskey Row is a must place to check out. For dinning, you have to check out the Palace complete with 1800’s bullet holes in the ceiling. The cons about the park are few, the road is dirt so you get holes after the rains, the restrooms are very old. The shower stalls are very small. I am not a big person but, you can’t bend over in the shower. The camping spots need to have some of their trees trimmed so your slide out won’t hit the branches. We have had ants come in the refrigerator air ducts off trees before.
We have been full time RVer’s since I retired and because of my background I tend to do my research on places we stay all across America (Google Earth, Good Sam, KOA and this RV Review web site and it’s reviewers have been a big help). We have a 40 ft. rig (my 28 ft. RV pulls my 12 ft. garage that carries my HD so I prefer Pull Thru’s). We look for Locations close to our reason for being there, Accessibility for our rig, Park Appeal (inviting and not run down or the look of Meth Labs), Parks that enforce their noise and pet rules, Amenities, Good accessible and working Hook Ups, We have our own Internet source so we don’t care about Park Wifi and we have a satellite so we look for no overhanging trees. It is all about just how comfortable you can make R'ving fun an enjoyable.

We have been full time RVer’s since I retired and because of my background I tend to do my research on places we stay all across America (Google Earth, Good Sam, KOA and this RV Review web site and it’s reviewers have been a big help). We have a 40 ft. rig (my 28 ft. RV pulls my 12 ft. garage that carries my HD so I prefer Pull Thru’s). We look for Locations close to our reason for being there, Accessibility for our rig, Park Appeal (inviting and not run down or the look of Meth Labs), Parks that enforce their noise and pet rules, Amenities, Good accessible and working Hook Ups, We have our own Internet source so we don’t care about Park Wifi and we have a satellite so we look for no overhanging trees. It is all about just how comfortable you can make R'ving fun an enjoyable.

Date of Stay:
 March, 2015

4

The perfect place to rest and relax before heading out on the Mother Road Route 66

We have stayed at the Fort Beale RV Park on several occasions. This will be our first review on the park because every time it is pretty much the same. Just a great place to stay.
The park manager’s is a couple who are very nice and helpful. They go out of their way to make your stay pleasant and enjoyable.
The park has some long term residents but, you won’t see any trash or run down RV’s and no Mobil Homes. They are located on the outside of the circle park and the short term RV’s are located in the middle pull thru spots. There is ample space between the spots and while they do have some short trees none of them interfere with your RV slide outs or satellites. The utilities are in the correct space and the sewer line is low so your hose works properly. Once someone leaves a caretaker comes and cleans up the spot for the next RV.
We have used the pool, the laundry room and the full restrooms and showers and they are always nice and clean. I only wish they had a Jacuzzi.
The park is close to the frwy but, you really do not hear traffic noise. The park is also close to old town and the new shopping areas. If you plan on staying any length of time you should check out the Hualapai Mountains just a few minutes away. You can eat in a nice rustic restaurant while watching Elk year round outside the windows. It is the perfect jump off point for the Colorado River, The Grand Canyon and Vegas.
Honestly I could find no cons with this place. The only ones I can find are the RVers who do not follow the rules. Once and awhile you may see a dog run loose behind its owner because they feel special or someone who doesn’t understand RV etiquette and leave a sewer line on the ground and not on a rack but, that is no reflection on the park itself. If the managers see something they do something about it.
We have been full time RVer’s since I retired and because of my background I tend to do my research on places we stay all across America (Google Earth, Good Sam, KOA and this RV Review web site and it’s reviewers have been a big help). We have a 40 ft. rig (my 28 ft. RV pulls my 12 ft. garage that carries my HD so I prefer Pull Thru’s). We look for Locations close to our reason for being there, Accessibility for our rig, Park Appeal (inviting and not run down or the look of Meth Labs), Parks that enforce their noise and pet rules, Amenities, Good accessible and working Hook Ups, We have our own Internet source so we don’t care about Park Wifi and we have a satellite so we look for no overhanging trees. It is all about just how comfortable you can make R'ving fun an enjoyable.

Date of Stay:
 February, 2015

4

Starman phones home

If you’re a fan of sci fi, they filmed the final scene of Starman with Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen at this location.

We have stayed here 2 times in the past and it is nice to see that the park is still nice. We have stayed here once to see the Crater with our boys and twice passing through on the 40 frwy.

Check is was easy and the manager was informative and friendly. We were able to have the pick of the place because of the time of the year we were there. They reminded us about our Good Sam membership and they also gave us some ideas for sights to see in Winslow. We were planning to go there so we could get some photos of us and our HD at the famous spot from the Eagles.

The gates close at night but, we were able to get in with no problem when we returned from our excursions.
The park has a store in the office for some essentials you might need. The restrooms were clean and everything worked properly as well as the utilities at our space. We had no problem getting a satellite and Verizon signal.

We always make it a point to stop here during our travels on the 40 frwy (route 66).

We have been full time RVer’s since I retired and because of my background I tend to do my research on places we stay all across America (Google Earth, Good Sam, KOA and this RV Review web site and it’s reviewers have been a big help). We have a 40 ft. rig (my 28 ft. RV pulls my 12 ft. garage that carries my HD so I prefer Pull Thru’s). We look for Locations close to our reason for being there, Accessibility for our rig, Park Appeal (inviting and not run down or the look of Meth Labs), Parks that enforce their noise and pet rules, Amenities, Good accessible and working Hook Ups, We have our own Internet source so we don’t care about Park Wifi and we have a satellite so we look for no overhanging trees. It is all about just how comfortable you can make R'ving fun an enjoyable.

Date of Stay:
 May, 2014
Rate Paid:
 $30.00

2

Nice on the outside but, not so much when you stay here.

Where do I begin? While the park looks good on the web site and even when you first pull in, it is all smoke and mirrors. We stayed at this park for 3 months only because we had to due to business obligations. Take that map and rules the manger gives you and ball it up and throw it in the trash can because there is no one who enforces these rules once you clear the front gates.

I will start with the pool, it was in the triple digit temps and there is no cover at the pool so you would only want to use it at night, sorry, they lock the gate to the pool at dusk along with the community room where the weight room is at. The only reason for this we could find was that the manager was too lazy to go out and lock it at 10 or 11PM like most parks. There is air conditioning in the weight room but, the park manager, Miranda has the control under lock n key and she will not turn it on unless she sees a reason to. We complained to her that working out in the gym was hazardous due to the heat and no air but, she will only turn it on if she feels the need.

The same goes for the showers. It is so hot in the bathrooms that when you get out of the shower your already sweating. The water has one temp and that is scolding hot. There was a light out in the shower that we asked to have fixed for 3 months and it was never fixed. So your showering in the dark.

You cannot run your air and use the microwave at the same time at this park. It will constantly blow breakers. We had to help a couple who were first time RV’ers with resetting the breaker because Miranda was not around even though she lives there. Don’t expect any help with anything at this park.

Miranda gives you the park rules all of which are not enforced. Great if your looking for a place to let your dog run loose, have loud parties, people double parking everywhere including in your space and fireworks being let off. We brought it to her attention but, it continued. She appears to be a partier herself and doesn’t want to be the bad person. She does give a lot of lip service but no action.

Then there is the river which made you go there in the first place. Forget about launching your boat because the river is always low at the ramp, which in itself is a nightmare to use especially if you have a large boat. If by chance the water is up, you are not supposed to dock your boat for more then one hour but, everyone we saw left their boat docked so you could not use what space there was.

Then there were people who camped out on the boat ramp because there was no beach access to the water. People also left their boats and jets skis in the swimming area because there was no room at the dock and if there was, they thought that since you were not supposed to dock your boat for over an hour, then why not just leave it in the swimming area. Don’t leave your boat or jet ski out over night because the river is so low till around noon that your water toy will be sitting on the ground.

One last thing. There is the issue with their not being truthful in their rates. We chose site #27 because of it’s size. It allows you to park a 40 foot RV and it has room for a boat and vehicle. It is really 2 spaces (refer to the park map between the apartments and the cottages, next to the boat ramp). We were told we would be allowed to have those vehicles on that space on the phone but, when we checked in we were told we would have to pay for boat storage even though it had more then plenty of room at the space for all my vehicles. She said all boats have to pay a storage fee even if it fit on the space. The whole reason for getting that spot was for it’s size. We were told the space would cost $550.00. We ended up paying $600 plus electricity which came to over $700.00 a month. Apparently Miranda makes up the rules as she goes.

Like I said it looks great until your actually there.

Date of Stay:
 June, 2014

3

Convienince Only

My wife and I have stayed at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds RV Park several times in the past because of its location close to where our boys live in Lancaster. The park is large enough that reservations usually are not needed. It has no trees, grass, club houses, pools, pet areas (except for the desert across the street) it also has no laundry facilities or cable. It is a bare minimum city run park with no RV club discounts. It does however have large restroom and showers that are usually clean and in working order that are taken care of by a cleaning crew. The park is all asphalt and it has fairly wide spaces for pull thru’s and back end parking. It has a great Verizon signal and easy for RV’s of any size to maneuver. It is freeway close. Use your GPS and not the street address. It will only take you to the Fairgrounds office. The park is off 30th St. W. and Ave. G-8.

As for the cons. Read the park rules posted on the wall when you arrive and do the self serve check in and then just flush the rules out of your mind because there is no one who enforces these rules once you clear the front gates. While we know the park is located next to the Fairgrounds we do expect to hear loud speakers during the day if there is an event going on. You may hear a concert till 2am on the weekend. There is also an off road motocross track next door that you will hear loud motorcycles and a PA on Friday to Sunday from 8am to 4PM. We can deal with that but, the go carts, dirt bikes, motorized skateboards and dogs running lose in the park itself should not be expected at an RV park especially run by the city. There is one manager on site and she does nothing but look after her flowers at her RV and just collect the money from the box. If you call her on the list ph. # if will go to voice mail. She does nothing if you ask her in person to do her job as a manager and advise the violators to stop. I know from experience from my past profession that talking to people who ride these loud toys or let their dogs run loose that it only brings anger, animosity and retaliation even if you politely ask someone to stop. You have to keep one eye open so they don’t vandalize your property. I have seen this happen to other nice people who just try to ask others to do the same. While I ride a Harley I don’t start it until I am ready to leave and I don’t make excessive noise to let the world know what I ride. Others don’t get that your not the only person in the world. One more reason why we left Calif.

I have personally been to the other parks in Lancaster while working and I would not tell anyone to stay in them. There more mobile home parks then RV campgrounds. This park is just conveniently close to our boys and that is why we stay here. If your looking for a really nice park in the Antelope Valley (Lancaster/Palmdale) area then you might want to check out parks in Acton.

We have been full time RVer’s since I retired and because of my background I tend to do my research on places we stay all across America (Google Earth, Good Sam, KOA and this RV Review web site and it’s reviewers have been a big help). We have a 40 ft. rig (my 28 ft. RV pulls my 12 ft. garage that carries my HD so I prefer Pull Thru’s). We look for Locations close to our reason for being there, Accessibility for our rig, Park Appeal (inviting and not run down or the look of Meth Labs), Parks that enforce their noise and pet rules, Amenities, Good accessible and working Hook Ups, We have our own Internet source so we don’t care about Park Wifi and we have a satellite so we look for no overhanging trees. It is all about just how comfortable you can make R'ving fun an enjoyable.

Date of Stay:
 January, 2015
Rate Paid:
 $25.00

1

Looks are decieving

Where do I begin? While the park looks good on the web site and even when you first pull in, it is all smoke and mirrors. We stayed at this park for 3 months only because we had to due to business obligations.

I will start with the pool, it was in the triple digit temps and there is no cover at the pool so you would only want to use it at night, sorry, they lock the gate to the pool at dusk along with the community room where the weight room is at. The only reason for this we could find was that the manager was too lazy to go out and lock it at 10 or 11PM like most parks. There is air conditioning in the weight room but, the park manager, Miranda has the control under lock n key and she will not turn it on unless she sees a reason to. We complained to her that working out in the gym was hazardous due to the heat and no air but, she will only turn it on if she feels the need.

The same goes for the showers. It is so hot in the bathrooms that when you get out of the shower your already sweating. The water has one temp and that is scolding hot. There was a light out in the shower that we asked to have fixed for 3 months and it was never fixed. So your showering in the dark.

You cannot run your air and use the microwave at the same time at this park. It will constantly blow breakers. We had to help a couple who were first time RV’ers with resetting the breaker because Miranda was not around even though she lives there. Don’t expect any help with anything at this park.

Miranda gives you the park rules all of which are not enforced. Great if your looking for a place to let your dog run loose, have loud parties, people double parking everywhere including in your space and fireworks being let off. We brought it to her attention but, it continued. She appears to be a partier herself and doesn’t want to be the bad person. She does give a lot of lip service but no action.

Then there is the river which made you go there in the first place. Forget about launching your boat because the river is always low at the ramp, which in itself is a nightmare to use especially if you have a large boat. If by chance the water is up, you are not supposed to dock your boat for more then one hour but, everyone we saw left their boat docked so you could not use what space there was.

Then there were people who camped out on the boat ramp because there was no beach access to the water. People also left their boats and jets skis in the swimming area because there was no room at the dock and if there was, they thought that since you were not supposed to dock your boat for over an hour, then why not just leave it in the swimming area. Don’t leave your boat or jet ski out over night because the river is so low till around noon that your water toy will be sitting on the ground.

One last thing. There is the issue with their not being truthful in their rates. We chose site #27 because of it’s size. It allows you to park a 40 foot RV and it has room for a boat and vehicle. It is really 2 spaces (refer to the park map between the apartments and the cottages, next to the boat ramp). We were told we would be allowed to have those vehicles on that space on the phone but, when we checked in we were told we would have to pay for boat storage even though it had more then plenty of room at the space for all my vehicles. She said all boats have to pay a storage fee even if it fit on the space. The whole reason for getting that spot was for it’s size. We were told the space would cost $550.00. We ended up paying $600 plus electricity which came to over $700.00 a month. Apparently Miranda makes up the rules as she goes.

Like I said it looks great until your actually there.

Date of Stay:
 August, 2014
Rate Paid:
 $40.00

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