Wednesday, July 06, 2011
We settled in to our first membership park for the year. I can tell that I am in a membership park by the site layout and lack of thought to placement of the utilities. This seems to be a common thread in the many we have stayed in the last four and a half years. In one of our less judicious decisions, we purchased a trial five year membership in Western Horizons during our third month of full timing. The park we stayed in turned out to be one of the best maintained and friendly in the system. We were to later discover that many others were poorly maintained and manned by sulky to hostile staff.
The park we are currently in has a very friendly staff and a lot of nice facilities for members with families. The facilities seem to be maintained, but it has some of the common traits shared by most of the parks we have been in. The emphasis is on those items that the sales office loves to show off. These generally include the pools, tennis courts, and club facilities. The support facilities like laundry and well laid out campsites are just passing thoughts. Here the sites are not prepped in any way. There are stakes showing where in the grass you park. The many deep ruts indicate little interest in keeping them up and useable. The sites are large, which makes the decision to use one post for four sites power and water hookups, a long haul for everyone. When I have to use every hose and length of power cord to get connected-yep this must be a membership park. There are two washers and dryers for 160 sites and are very busy. The picnic area is next to the trash dumpsters, go figure.
They have a large RV storage area, as do most membership parks. This one seemed to be more like a RV historical dig.
These parks are probably a good choice if you plan on spending a lot of time in them. For us, it was a mistake for the way we travel.