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Full-time RVer
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2004 Hurricane
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4 States Visited

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Hurricane Creek - an unexpected jewel

As we often do, we tapped rvparking.com to find a place to overnight. Sometimes dry camping at WalMart works, sometimes not. I was concerned places might be full since it's Labor Day Weekend. I found this marked not far off I-24 and called. The camp host was great, said they had a space with water & electric, and I passed the phone to my husband for directions. This is designed and run by the Army Corps of Engineers. It's easy to find and it is just gorgeous. Lake Barkley is huge and kids were swimming at a sandy beach, folks were fishing and boating too. We have the annual National Parks Pass so our stay cost $9/night, which includes water and electric. With the pass it's an additional $14/night. Still affordable.

Date of Stay:
 September, 2015
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Easy to find. Horse-lovers delight

We stayed at WestWorld in Scottsdale (run by the City of Scottsdale) February 7-23, 2015, to attend the 60th annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. It is easy to find off the 101. Some lots are asphalt, some are gravel – all are level. Some back in, some pull through. Pet friendly too.

$25.00/night plus tax with or without hookup. Reservations are recommended as WestWorld has blocked out dates for public parking. Each hook-up includes water and electricity, and use of its dump stations is included with the nightly fee. WestWorld does not have direct sewer hook-ups. Some spaces can accommodate 55' coaches. With 50 amp electrical service.

Stays are limited up to 21 consecutive days.

Common area amenities include four service buildings with showers and restroom facilities. The shower rooms are not heated so early morning or late night showers are done in chilly rooms. The shower nozzles are industrial with a tough spray that is not easy to stand under because it’s painful. The hot water is plentiful and the different facilities I use were kept clean – no small feat during a busy, busy horse show.

Cancellation for full refund must be made 48 hours before check-in date.

We enjoyed our stay, but being a bustling equestrian center, during the day there’s always something going on. It is quieter at night.

Grocery shopping is near at Basha’s. Located on the north side of Scottsdale, there are a lot of eateries, places for haircuts, getting nails done, and shopping of all types.

The surrounding McDowell Mountains, Saguaro, barrel, and prickly pear cacti are beautiful. This is a very bike-friendly area with allocated lanes and many trails. You can actually put on a few miles and never leave the grounds.

Basically, this is a fairgrounds, and there are lots of different types of shows going on, including a big car show. However, more often than not, there’s a horse show running. If smell of livestock is offensive to you, this is not the place for you. As a show grounds, it is kept very clean, but if a little poop, or wood shavings or hay offends, keep driving or consider it as an overnight stopover only.

We have been here before and will absolutely return.

Date of Stay:
 February, 2015
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Clean. Orderly. Animal-lovers welcome.

We stayed at the Expo Square RV Park in Tulsa October 11-26, 2014, to attend the US National Horse Show for the Arabian Horse Association. It is easy to find. It has full hook ups. The lots are asphalt, some back in, some pull through. Pet friendly too.

There is a laundry, private showers both with coded entry. The shower rooms are deadbolt from the inside to ensure privacy. These showers are clean, but institutional with concrete and steel. The hot water is plentiful and nice for luxuriating.

We enjoyed our stay. It was quiet, safe and orderly. The RV park manager, Donna, is very good at replying to email and returning phone calls. This is a busy equestrian center, so it’s best to call.

Grocery shopping is near, although it’s a good 20 minute walk. Reasor’s is the grocer, and there’s a Target, liquor store, and other mall type stores and eating in the same area.

It is a fairgrounds. If smell of livestock is offensive to you, this is not the place for you. As a show grounds, it is kept very clean, but if a little poop, or wood shavings or hay offends, keep driving.

We will absolutely return.

Date of Stay:
 October, 2014
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Nice. Clean. Spacious. Mostly quiet.

We stayed at the Pima County Fairgrounds just southeast of Tucson January 25-February 6, 2015 ($20/night $100/week). It is just off I-10 at the Houghton Avenue exit, and it’s well signed. It is first come, first served. It’s only open for RVs October 1-March 31. It is a fairgrounds with lots of space and full hook ups. The managers are very nice, but it’s best to call with questions, as they don’t reply to email, but are very helpful on the phone, and even better in person.

The lots are good size, and when we stayed the fellow Rvers were friendly and quiet. It is dog friendly. There’s lots of room to stretch our legs or to ride your bike all within he grounds. There are asphalt side roads to travel on too for cyclists, and Arizona is a bike-friendly state.

Shopping is back down Houghton Ave across I-10 (Walmart and Frye’s) with a good selection of restaurants, places to get haircuts and nails done. You can venture farther on Houghton toward the mountains and get to more shopping along Broadway, which will take you into Tucson proper (versus taking I-10).

There is a laundry on the grounds – four washers and four dryers. There are men’s and women’s showers. It is a fairgrounds, so the shower and rest room buildings dotted around the grounds are not heated. It’s good to keep that in mind and choose to bathe when the sun is up and has chased off the chill in the concrete structures.

The only downside was the two nearby NASCAR-like racetracks. One was circular, the other a drag strip. They were not in use for most of our stay, but when they were the noise was explosive.

Despite that one noise factor, we would absolutely go back.

Date of Stay:
 January, 2015
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Very nice. Quiet. Pet- and People-friendly.

We stayed at the High Chaparral RV Park for a week 2/28-3/7 2015. It is a gravel, level lot, with 170 full hook ups, and can accommodate all sizes of rigs. Each space has a concrete slab. The manager was very nice. I secured our reservation with a phone call and cc.

High Chaparral RV Park is located about three miles off I-10 at the Sunland Gin exit. Technically, it’s in Eloy, Arizona, and just south of the I-8/I-10 intersection. Grocery shopping (Walmart, Frye’s), restaurants and other services are found at I-10 at Florence Blvd exit.

You pass an Ace Hardware and Dollar General before arriving High Chaparral. There’s also a post office on Battaglia across Sunland Gin the other direction, in the little town of Eloy, but it only takes cash. There's a tiny IGA grocer too, but only if you need something standard like ketchup or mayo. Otherwise, bite the bullet and run the 10 freeway miles to Florence Blvd exit.

The RV park was nice, nothing fancy, but clean and with friendly, helpful folk. The birds sing happily too. It is dog friendly and has an off-leash area out back accessed through a chained link gate. The views of mountains in the area are nice, and there are acres of green grass across the street from the entrance. It’s some type of crop – possibly hay – and we watched a bright yellow crop duster flying back and forth over the fields for about 30 minutes one afternoon.

The pool is heated and nice. The laundry has a good number of washers and dryers, plus you can choose to put the Arizona sun to work drying your clothes using the clotheslines outback. The showers were nice and very clean. Two showers in men’s and women’s; both accessed by code.

We hired David’s RV Wash, suggested by management, and he was pleasant, arrived on time, and did a good job.

We also went to the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. It was very interesting, and was also dog friendly.
We would absolutely go back to this RV park.

Date of Stay:
 February, 2015
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Nothing fancy but it all works

This was to be a one-night stopover as we headed from AZ to TX. However, in early March the weather in all the Lone Star State was lousy, so we decided to stay for a week. Since we work remotely from the RV during the week, we needed a place with good Internet reception, that was quiet, and near grocery store. Anything beyond that was bonus.
The Coachlight Inn & RV Park is right off I-10 at exit 139. I had called earlier in the day and made a reservation. No cc needed, only my name and cell number. Check in was painless. Our 32-foot no-slides rig with Passat toad easily navigated the level, gravel area RV park. It says there are 33 space, but some (half a dozen) are clearly permanent residents that haven’t been mobile in a while.
It has full hook ups. Free wi-fi, that was easy to access, and that for the most part worked great. We have a hot spot so we’re not reliant. It’s pet friendly. There’s a laundry and showers. The showers – one for men, one for women – are gutted motels rooms accessible with a key you get from the desk for a $5 cash deposit. There’s a slide-bolt latch to prevent other key holders barging in. No frills here. The women’s had concrete floor, nothing beyond a shower curtain and paper towel dispenser. The hot water was plentiful, it as clean the times I used it. Hubby says the men’s shower room was more like an unfurnished room with carpet, but no other amenities. There’s a pool. But I didn't visit it.
All size of rigs parked here. Each space comes with a picnic table and plenty of space to park an accompanying vehicle.
Shopping, a variety of restaurants, abound. There’s even a good view of the Organ Mountains. The historic Village of Mesilla is less than a 10-minute drive. Known for its La Poste de Mesilla restaurant, being the place where Billy the Kid was hanged, and much more. As I said, nothing fancy, but it all worked. Passport America discount got our first 2 nights at $18.65/night and $36/night thereafter.

Date of Stay:
 March, 2015
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