What we like are the people who work in the office and the location. The biggest complaint we have is that this place is so expensive and they charge for so many things that other parks don't. Besides the nightly space rental, they charge a daily rate for an extra vehicle (even if one is paying a monthly rate for the space) which is our trailer parked in an overflow space. The daily rate is for 2 people. Any child over 4 is charged $5.00/day extra. With their monthly rate, we pay for electricity which we expect. But when we are on a daily rate, we pay $3.00/day for 50 amp services that we need, so we're still paying for electricity. We had to drive our motor home sans the trailer to FL for a month for family issues, but we would be returning to this park so of course we had to pay for the month we weren't here because if we didn't they would not let us pay just to leave our trailer here in an overflow parking space without a motor home in a space. We offered to let the park rent out our space so somebody else could pay the space rent for the month but they refused, which made no sense at all to us. If there was another park in this area, we would stay there.
We stayed her to be close to our kids in St. Pete. We were put in a grassy site next to the laundry room. This gave us more space than all of the regular sites where people were parked very close. Problems we had were traffic noise, way too many power lines all around us, and the sewer hook-ups were not convenient. They were too far for our hoses to reach. We couldn't pull our motor home back any further to get closer to them. We won't return because of this.
This is our second visit to Campfire Lodgings, both times for a month, and we loved it just as much each time. The manager is one of the most caring and accommodating people we've met in our three years of full-timing from coast to coast. She bends over backwards to help solve any problems that come up while camping there. One of the many things I've seen her do is help a woman who had a sick dog with arrangements for her to get the dog to a veterinarian. A campground can be beautiful, which this place is but, in my opinion, it's the people who run it that push it over the top. I continue to recommend this RV park to everybody who asks about Asheville.
We were in this part of North Carolina for a few weeks for work. Things we liked about the campground: -Workers were friendly and helpful. -The woodsy setting is beautiful. -There are lots of hiking trails in the park. Things we hated and will never go back because of them: -It was next to a major highway with loud traffic noise. -The smell of a local paper mill was sickening. The guy next to us had a ground campfire almost every night with lots of smoke and sometimes left it going all night long. We had to close our windows to keep the smoke from choking us. Every night was cool and we wanted to keep our windows open, but couldn't.
We used to love this place. Between the large sites and the owners who are wonderful people that give great customer service, we just can't go back. The surrounding industrial noise and dirt has gotten so much worse. All the noise starts before the sun comes up and goes on til late at night. And because of the desert wind there is an unbelievable amount of dirt that blows into the motor home when you open the door and windows. Between the Fedex warehouse and their beeping trucks, the tremendous number of trucks going up and down the road (there are so many nowadays that they have destroyed several parts of 22 Road) and in and out from Schlumberger right next door and other industries in the immediate area, we left early. We would rather park on a quiet street in the area than come back to the noise that woke us up every morning and the blowing dirt caused by the surrounding industrial businesses.
Although I agree with the comments about the excessive charges and the noisy biker bar and factory, I found excellent positives about this campground that will keep bringing us back. No other campground we have ever stayed at have the following options and, to us, these are worth the extra charges: 1. You can reserve a specific campsite if you have been in one you like, or you if you found one that you would rather be in the next time. 2. If you pay for a specific number of days and leave earlier than you had planned, they will give you a credit of all days not used on your next visit.
We tried to stay here, but it didn't happen. We had reserved a space with a deposit and when we got there, they had rented it to somebody else. They were very busy so maybe they thought we weren't going to show. Who knows? They wouldn't give us a reason and they were very rude. They refunded our deposit. We did notice that the park is hard to negotiate for bigger rigs.
We love this place! Great customer service. When we couldn't get our satellite to work because of a tree, they had no problem letting us move to a different site. We love to take long walks and there are lots of places to walk to from this park. Besides the hiking trail along the Tualatin River which goes through a park, we walked to restaurants, our bank, a post office and more. It's a quick drive to Lake Oswego and Tigard, where we shopped at Whole Foods, saw a movie and ate at great restaurants. We stayed 2 weeks. We will definitely stay here when we return to the Portland area.
We had to pay for 2 sites as they didn't offer us the option of dropping our trailer. We had called ahead and the manager said they could accommodate our 67' length but she didn't say anything about paying for a second site. It actually cost us $46., not $24. The grounds were well-kept. The sites were very close together. It's a nice play to stay for one night.
We were greeted by very welcoming managers. They put us in a site that met our needs for no trees blocking our tv satellite as well as the length to accommodate our motor home with the 25' trailer that we pull. Clean laundry room. This is a lovely campground on a lake with lots of shade trees and we would stay here again if we are in the neighborhood.
We camped here because we needed something close by after we left a horrible experience with Hillview Acres. We were parked right next to the highway; lots of noise. But we liked it that we had excellent cell service and online service. We had guests one afternoon for 2 hours and we had to pay the full $2./car/day fee, even though the guests were only visiting us, not using the pool, lake, or any of their facilities. We found this to be a very greedy thing for Spring Valley to do, especially after we'd already paid full price for our 4-day stay, with no discounts.
They are not big-rig friendly. We drive a 42' motor home and pull a 25' enclosed trailer. We told them this when we made our reservations and they said we would have no problems navigating their campground. This is a lie. We had horrendous problems making the narrow turns to get both in and out. We had no cell service at all. I run my laptop through my cell service, so I had no internet connection either. I run our business through the computer and I couldn't talk on the phone or get my e-mail. They "forgot" we were parked here and turned off the water for 2 hours to clean the pool. After one day, we left. They refused to even give us a partial refund even though we paid full price (no discounts at all) for one week. We will never go back to this place.
I forgot to mention a couple of important things in my previous review: The campground is situated between two railroad tracks. Freight trains run 24/7 on both sides, about every two hours. They are noisy (loud squeaking when they make the mountain turn included in this noise) which means you can't hear the TV or a conversation, plus if you're sleeping they wake you up when they are passing. There are NO laundry facilities.
We love this place because the parking sites are nice and long and wide. We can leave our trailer hooked up and have our vehicle parked right next to us. It's located in a very convenient area of Grand Junction, just a short distance from shopping and restaurants. The park managers are very nice and provide excellent customer service. We go back here about twice a year.
We stayed in this campground for the entire month of May. The views are spectacular. Lots of hiking trails in the immediate area. We will definitely return as it is one of the best places we have stayed this past year.
Very low water pressure. Sometimes none at all and we had to use our onboard pump. No privacy. People using the river walk through your parking space regularly. Only 30 amp service. No sewer hook-ups. I only recommend this park if you want to use their services for tubing or fishing in the New River, not for a long-term RV stay.