RV parks run the gamut from barely tolerable to very nice, with most being somewhere in the middle. Determining the quality before you book can be tough – no different than you’ll find with hotels or vacation properties. Pictures can be helpful because they say a thousand words, but beware … sometimes they lie, lie, lie. Pricing can give you some idea how nice a place might be, but you can’t always trust that either. The most expensive park we’ve stayed at (about $70 per night) was run down, had few amenities, and our site flooded in a rain shower.
No matter how carefully you make your selections, you’ll end up in some good parks and some bad. We don’t take a lot of pictures of the bad ones, so let’s take a look at one of the nicest parks we’ve visited, Crown Villa RV Resort in Bend, Oregon.
Given the spacious sites and the list of amenities, I imagine this park may have been built with the intention of selling each site to a private owner – kind of like condos. Perhaps the dip in the economy foiled their plans, but it was good fortune for us! Arriving just as the winter rates took effect, we enjoyed the resort for a reasonable $40 per night.
Does $40 sounds like a lot for a parking spot? On average, we pay about $35 per night for an RV site. That price generally includes water, electric, sewer and cable hook-ups, in addition to free wireless internet and the use of the bathhouse and coin operated laundry. And, as you can imagine, the cleanliness and upkeep of the facilities varies greatly.
What makes Crown Villa stand out is that not only do they maintain the park beautifully, they take it to the next level. For example, the parking pads are all paved with landscape block – a more attractive (and expensive) alternative to the gravel or asphalt we’re accustomed to. There is also more green space here than we usually see. Many parks have little to no grass and pack as many sites onto the property as possible. Hitting your neighbor with your awning is not something you need to worry about here.
The dogs had plenty of places to relieve themselves, from the large grassy area running behind the sites (complete with waste stations), to the off-leash area at the far end of the park.
And there were some special treats for us as well …
A large laundry room, complete with television.
A lounge with kitchen facilities, big screen TV, and library.
A patio with covered spa, outdoor kitchen and patio furniture.
Add to that the fitness center, putting green, tennis courts and shuffleboard equipment, and I was over the moon. I have to wonder what you’ll think of my excitement over some grass and a laundry room, but I’m not alone – there were other happy pet travelers here, too!
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