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Old 09-05-2014, 05:56 PM   #1
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We just camped the Labor Day weekend at the Lake Texoma Preserve park in Gordonville, TX. One of the Thousand Trails membership parks. To say we were disappointed would be a huge understatement in that all the literature looks like these are beautifully landscaped and maintained parks. They obviously didn't take publicity photos at this one. The roads are the worst that we have come across since...well, forever. The 5 MPH speed limit signs are unnecessary as you cannot safely travel any faster than that and control your vehicle. And we ended up camping behind a "permanent" resident that had piles of crap, fishing traps, and an old refrigerator stacked behind their trailer, which is what we saw when we looked out our front door. Nice. They were not the exception, it was rather common throughout the park.

Anyone else have experience with the Thousand Trails membership campground? Anywhere in Texas? Were they better or the same?
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We just camped the Labor Day weekend at the Lake Texoma Preserve park in Gordonville, TX. One of the Thousand Trails membership parks. To say we were disappointed would be a huge understatement in that all the literature looks like these are beautifully landscaped and maintained parks. They obviously didn't take publicity photos at this one. The roads are the worst that we have come across since...well, forever. The 5 MPH speed limit signs are unnecessary as you cannot safely travel any faster than that and control your vehicle. And we ended up camping behind a "permanent" resident that had piles of crap, fishing traps, and an old refrigerator stacked behind their trailer, which is what we saw when we looked out our front door. Nice. They were not the exception, it was rather common throughout the park.

Anyone else have experience with the Thousand Trails membership campground? Anywhere in Texas? Were they better or the same?
Will find similar conditions at Forest Lake in Mocksville, NC and that is our home park for Thousand Trails. Haven't seen old refrigerators, but all the rest of the junk.
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:25 PM   #3
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We just camped the Labor Day weekend at the Lake Texoma Preserve park in Gordonville, TX. One of the Thousand Trails membership parks. To say we were disappointed would be a huge understatement in that all the literature looks like these are beautifully landscaped and maintained parks. They obviously didn't take publicity photos at this one. The roads are the worst that we have come across since...well, forever. The 5 MPH speed limit signs are unnecessary as you cannot safely travel any faster than that and control your vehicle. And we ended up camping behind a "permanent" resident that had piles of crap, fishing traps, and an old refrigerator stacked behind their trailer, which is what we saw when we looked out our front door. Nice. They were not the exception, it was rather common throughout the park.

Anyone else have experience with the Thousand Trails membership campground? Anywhere in Texas? Were they better or the same?
We had the same problem in Virginia on the Potomac. Pictures where great until we saw it first hand. Look like a junk yard. Also the sign in person was rude. You think that would have been my first clue. Then heard from a camper next to me that she was having a good day. It was an old 50 or 60's CG converted. I was afraid to plug into the electrical......
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We had the same problem in Virginia on the Potomac.
Is that a Thousand Trails park?
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Interesting. The membership deal with Thousand Trails is attractive to those looking for a long-term home in their RV. Nothing wrong with that, but it needs to be policed and kept up if you are going to advertise it as an oasis for the traveling RVers. Some of the sites had small storage buildings, which isn't too bad if they are in good repair. And I was leery of the electrical also, but I have a Progressive Ind. EMSPT50C that I plugged in before setting up and it was okay. I always check before I unhook from the TV or drop any equipment.
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Is that a Thousand Trails park?
Yes it was called Colonial Beach, and it looked nothing like the advertisement. I have stayed at some that was nice but this was a dump.
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Interesting. The membership deal with Thousand Trails is attractive to those looking for a long-term home in their RV. Nothing wrong with that, but it needs to be policed and kept up if you are going to advertise it as an oasis for the traveling RVers. Some of the sites had small storage buildings, which isn't too bad if they are in good repair. And I was leery of the electrical also, but I have a Progressive Ind. EMSPT50C that I plugged in before setting up and it was okay. I always check before I unhook from the TV or drop any equipment.
I have learned to do that, since my time at a County park. Both site next to me the polarity was right, but mine showed wrong and ems wouldn't turn on. Who knows how many campers used that before I informed them and they repaired it.
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Of the 10 or 11 different TT parks we've stayed in from 06 to this year, they all seem to be going downhill. Other than TT Orlando, we would sell our lifetime membership pretty cheap. Orlando could be a beautiful park as it was in 06, but it is slowly falling down as far as the roads, lighting, water supply, etc. They keep spending money on the clubhouse, but let the rest of the park go.Since we joined in 06, we have noticed that all the TT parks are going downhill. Some faster than others. Peace River in Wauchula, FL is another on the downhill slide. No out buildings, but the roads, etc are pretty bad. TT Orlando in 06 was a beautiful park with over 800 sites. It has started it's downhill slide also, altho' they keep fixing the buildings, they do nothing about the lighting which is all but non-existent. The roads are going or have gone to pot and the water service is continuously blowing a line and being shut down with 'Boil Water' alerts just about weekly (at least the last 2 years). Supposedly, there have been improvements made this year in Orlando, so we'll see when we check in 01Dec. Check in is a mess also as it is in all TT parks we've used. We've stayed in 2 in OH, Hershey in PA, 2 in TX, 2 in FL, 1 in NC and Natchez Trace in TN.
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Yes it was called Colonial Beach, and it looked nothing like the advertisement. I have stayed at some that was nice but this was a dump.
This one? Didn't know you were a member.
Harbor View RV & Camping Resort
15 Harbor View Circle
Colonial Beach VA 22443
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Well not down south but I have camped twice at Kenisee Lakes(a Thousand trails park) in Jefferson,Ohio as a weekender without a membership(but there were real pushy to buy one)It's not that bad but it needs help, no garbage or unsightly stuff laying around just real outdated could be a real nice place if someone were willing to spend some $$$ to update it. Keepaeyeonit
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