It's a month into the fall review contest, with only a week to go.
Here's an update the reviewers with the most reviews. Remember, whoever submits the most reviews between September 7 and October 15 will win a portable solar power pack.
1. LiveWorkDream.Com - 30 reviews
2. Don C - 9 reviews
4. ADVofRVLife - 6 reviews
5. psandefur - 5 reviews
Then, there are two prizes -- $50 gas cards -- for the authors of the two best reviews. We have many great reviewers, making it hard to choose just two. Here are the two best reviews so far:
"This is a pristine park that is so perfect that it looks like it was built yesterday although it's been there for a long time. Everything is perfect, painted, grounds groomed, motel and office are beautiful. Great hot-tub big enough for 15 with very strong jets. That will relax those tense muscles from driving all day. Across the street is the Hood Canal with a boat dock where you can fish or just relax with a glass of wine. Has a pavilion with several gas fired BBQ's, and burners to cook your clams etc that you just caught and eat them in the picnic area with gazebo . We were quite impressed with everything. Probably the nicest park we have stayed all summer. I would recommend it to anyone in the area of the Olympic National Park or a weekend trip from that area. We stayed there in a motorhome."
I feel that this is a jewel of a review, because although it's short I get a clear picture of the park as I read it. I already have an idea of what to expect in terms of the general feel of the park and the amenities. I also have an idea of what I can do right after I arrive at the park.
"The Lost Alaskan is a big rig friendly park at the edge of Alpine, Texas. The park is easy to get to when passing through Alpine, and the registration process is friendly and easy. A great first impression.
The sites are arranged in long rows, and most sites are pull-throughs, making it very convenient for overnights - or lazy parkers like myself. The roads are packed gravel, and the long and decently wide sites are gravel as well. There are nice pine trees throughout the park.
A nice feature of the park is their dog area near the entrance to the campground. There are also a lot of grass around the perimeter of the park, which gives it a nice feel. The laundry room sufficient for task at hand. I never look inside the bathhouse, as I have one of those in my RV There is also a pool that appears to be open only during the summer.
My only two gripes - the internet provider is HughesNet, which means you get a long list of "don't do this" when you check in, and you can make a sandwich between clicks because of the latency. Verizon 3G service made up for that shortcoming, and Verizon cell service was strong.
The other issue we had was extremely low water pressure. I think they know about it, as we were told "we have the water pressure regulated, so you don't really need a regulator". They were right. I could run faster than their water flowed. But, we have an RV, so we simply used the water pump to supplement the low pressure.
The "chocolate mint on your pillow" for the night ended up being their "star gallery", which was a cheesy wooden enclosure with chairs inside. At night, you walk in to the enclosure and look up to be treated to the most amazing view of the south Texas sky. The little enclosure did an amazing job of blocking out the little campground lights, and gave more stars as a result. Fun, cheesy, perfect for an night walk. Loved it.
I recommend this park for a night, week, or month - as long as the Verizon 3G service hangs in. Cute little town."
I chose this review, because like OkieDave's review, I get a clear feel of the park and the surrounding area. NuRVers goes into a lot of detail discussing registration, site arrangement, the park terrain, the dog park and the laundry room. I also appreciated the way he organized the review, allowing a paragraph for each of his gripes about the park: HughesNet provided Internet and low water pressure. The level of detail about Internet and cell phone reception was great.
There's still a week left, so get as many reviews as you can for a chance to win.
We've been getting a steady flow of new reviews. So we thought why not make things interesting?
We'll be throwing a Fall Review Contest from 09/07/10 -10/15/10. Entering is pretty easy... just write a review on any park or RV site that you please. All reviews (by new & returning users) posted by Friday, October 15th will be considered in picking the user with the most reviews.
The user with the most reviews will win the Grand Prize. But since the overall goal of our site is to bring the RVing community reliable & useful RV Park reviews we will also be handing out 2 runner up prizes for the best overall review quality. Here's some review writing tips on what we look for when it comes to review quality. The submission date for the contest ends on Friday, 10/15/10 and we'll announce the winners on Monday, 10/17/10. Good luck everyone! If you have any questions just comment below for a speedy answer.
Grand Prize - Portable Solar Power Pack (worth $150-$200)
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1st Runner Up - $50 Gas Card
2nd Runner Up - $50 Gas Card