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Old 02-28-2020, 07:59 PM   #1
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Any recommendations around Reno?

Wife and I will be making our annual pilgrimage to the National Open Bowling Tournament in May, this year in Reno. In the past we have driven (or flown) down and stayed at one of the casino hotels, but the prices this year are starting to make it look feasible to tow the trailer down instead.

I just spent the last hour or so looking at websites and reviews, and wasn't really wowed by any of the options that I found. Seems like the area is replete with CGs in sketchy neighborhoods, CGs full of permanent residents, CGs that are basically a big asphalt field with stripes and power hookups, etc.

I'm not looking for primal forest in the middle of the desert, just someplace that's reasonably nice, with a better than 50/50 chance that my stuff will be there when I get back...

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Old 02-28-2020, 08:19 PM   #2
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Last year we stayed at the Boardertown Casino RV Resort outside Reno on US-395 on the California/Nevada boarder. Very clean park with very level concrete pads and grass areas. The Casino next door is older and mostly slots with a small diner. We used Uber to get to Downtown Reno.

There are a lot of ones closer to downtown Reno but you have to watch out for full timers and the areas of town. Check with some of the review sites on the ones to avoid due to drugs and homeless issues.
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Old 02-28-2020, 11:16 PM   #3
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I've not stayed at Bordertown but did fuel up next door and the park looks nice. Depending on where you want to go in Reno, there's a park in Sparks that looks good on their website: https://www.sparksmarinarvpark.com

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KOA at Boomtown, Sparks Marina and the Grand Sierra Resort RV park. Non of the downtown parks are safe or respectable.
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Old 02-29-2020, 12:40 AM   #5
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Sparks Marina RV Park! Great place to stay during the "Reno Air Race" also! Youroo!!
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Old 02-29-2020, 09:00 AM   #6
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Sparks Marina RV Park.
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Old 02-29-2020, 02:34 PM   #8
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Try https://www.campendium.com/ or https://www.hipcamp.com/
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Last year we stayed at the Boardertown Casino RV Resort outside Reno on US-395 on the California/Nevada boarder. Very clean park with very level concrete pads and grass areas. The Casino next door is older and mostly slots with a small diner. We used Uber to get to Downtown Reno.

There are a lot of ones closer to downtown Reno but you have to watch out for full timers and the areas of town. Check with some of the review sites on the ones to avoid due to drugs and homeless issues.
Ditto on Boardertown. Nicely maintained and nearby is the restaurant with decent comfort food type menu.
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We usually stay at KOA's when traveling but the one at Boomtown is awful. We've stayed there many times when it was better maintained but never again. There are too many sketchy full time units. I've never posted before but I felt it was worth the warning.
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If you are willing to travel just outside of Reno in Truckee (fun place), there is the Coachland RV Park. 20-30 minutes to the south in Carson City are numerous places that are safer too; Silver City RV Park, Gold Dust West Casino RV Park, etc...If you can dry camp; Washoe Lake State Park and the Campground in the Pines next to the Bowers Mansion, west of Washoe Lake that sits up against the Sierras and is only about 10 minutes south of Reno. South Reno is more upscale and safer than the downtown area.
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Grande Sierra Casino Resort has an RV Park.
Nice downtown location and nice park.
Stayed there twice.

https://www.grandsierraresort.com/rv-park/


2.8 miles from the National Bowling Stadium
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Grande Sierra Casino Resort has an RV Park.
Nice downtown location and nice park.
Stayed there twice.

https://www.grandsierraresort.com/rv-park/


2.8 miles from the National Bowling Stadium
My wife and I have stayed at this place before and it's somewhat "bipolar"

They have a nice portion and a not so nice section that is essentially a large gravel lot with hookups (or at least it was when we stayed there a few years back.

The nice section has some landscaping around the sites and they are close to the Casino. Casino used to run a shuttle to downtown area.

Again, this is all based on our previous stays before it became the Grand Sierra.

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If one does go there and is offered a back in site next to the river, the hookups are for some reason just about 3' farther back than an average hose or electrical cord will reach. Be sure you have extensions for both.
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Old 02-29-2020, 05:32 PM   #14
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I'm curious about the costs you are seeing that are higher than usual. We bowl Nationals Open every year. I will agree that the last few times we flew into Reno, the flight costs were getting high enough to make taking the RV from NM worth it.
But this year, the flights were much cheaper and the hotel rooms (Silver Legacy) were the same as they have always been with the USBC rates (especially during the weekdays). So this year, it's much cheaper to fly, since we don't have an extended RV trip planned for that time period.
Of course we bowl in June, and our RV is not used as much when the temps are 100+
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I'm curious about the costs you are seeing that are higher than usual. We bowl Nationals Open every year. I will agree that the last few times we flew into Reno, the flight costs were getting high enough to make taking the RV from NM worth it.
But this year, the flights were much cheaper and the hotel rooms (Silver Legacy) were the same as they have always been with the USBC rates (especially during the weekdays). So this year, it's much cheaper to fly, since we don't have an extended RV trip planned for that time period.
Of course we bowl in June, and our RV is not used as much when the temps are 100+
We bowl in a group of 8-10 teams every year, and our captain picks the dates based on availability for the whole group to be together. This year, that turned out to be Memorial Day weekend. We have a friend who is a casino host for SL, and he typically is able to get us crazy good rates (the high-roller rates, even though we aren't high rollers by a long stretch). The best he could do this year was about $720 for 4 nights - check in Friday & out Tuesday. Excalibur is about the same, while Circus Circus, Harrahs and Cal-Neva are a lot less, but for good reason.

If we drive down in my wife's car (from just outside Portland, OR), we will spend about $100 on gas & drive 10 hours in each direction. Pulling the camper down would likely increase both of those numbers - to maybe $500 in gas & 12 hours each way.

That estimates out to $820 to drive the Focus and stay at Silver Legacy, vs $700 to pull the trailer down and stay at Sparks Marina for example.

The third option is to fly down for free using my frequent flyer miles and stay at the Hilton Garden Inn by the airport, also for free. And rent a car to get around - for free as well. That would obviously be the *most* cost effective solution, but my entire job revolves around flying all over the US, renting cars, and staying in hotels. The whole reason we bought the trailer was to make our vacations feel less like I am going to work!

The decision may turn out to be forced by my work schedule. If I have to be on the road the week before and the week after, then I will probably just suck it up and fly down just for the two bowling days.
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We bowl in a group of 8-10 teams every year, and our captain picks the dates based on availability for the whole group to be together. This year, that turned out to be Memorial Day weekend. We have a friend who is a casino host for SL, and he typically is able to get us crazy good rates (the high-roller rates, even though we aren't high rollers by a long stretch). The best he could do this year was about $720 for 4 nights - check in Friday & out Tuesday. Excalibur is about the same, while Circus Circus, Harrahs and Cal-Neva are a lot less, but for good reason.

If we drive down in my wife's car (from just outside Portland, OR), we will spend about $100 on gas & drive 10 hours in each direction. Pulling the camper down would likely increase both of those numbers - to maybe $500 in gas & 12 hours each way.

That estimates out to $820 to drive the Focus and stay at Silver Legacy, vs $700 to pull the trailer down and stay at Sparks Marina for example.

The third option is to fly down for free using my frequent flyer miles and stay at the Hilton Garden Inn by the airport, also for free. And rent a car to get around - for free as well. That would obviously be the *most* cost effective solution, but my entire job revolves around flying all over the US, renting cars, and staying in hotels. The whole reason we bought the trailer was to make our vacations feel less like I am going to work!

The decision may turn out to be forced by my work schedule. If I have to be on the road the week before and the week after, then I will probably just suck it up and fly down just for the two bowling days.
Ah, a holiday. That explains the higher room rates. For us, when the cost is within a few hundred difference, we will take the RV if it's for a week or so, otherwise we don't.
If I had the options you have, I'd fly for free and splurge at the SL
We always bowl the third weekend in June. Last year in Vegas we had 25 teams. In Syracuse we had 20, which surprised me, as it's so far away. It seems to grow every year. I think our captain is a glutton for punishment
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Ah, a holiday. That explains the higher room rates. For us, when the cost is within a few hundred difference, we will take the RV if it's for a week or so, otherwise we don't.
If I had the options you have, I'd fly for free and splurge at the SL
We always bowl the third weekend in June. Last year in Vegas we had 25 teams. In Syracuse we had 20, which surprised me, as it's so far away. It seems to grow every year. I think our captain is a glutton for punishment
Good Bowling to you!!!
Thanks! I'm due for a good year.... it's been a while!
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Sparks Marina we have stayed there twice. Ten minutes to anywhere in Reno. Very clean and spacious.
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Thanks for posting this question, will be passing through this area early June, was wondering where to rest up for a day or two before continuing road trip. Sounds like Sparks is the place.
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We stay at the Gold Ranch Casino and RV Resort every year during a motorcycle rally. it's located just west of Reno in Verdi near Boom Town. Its a short drive into town. Paved roads and pads. Very clean and well kept. Green grass, beautiful views of the mountains. The private bathrooms / showers are kept very clean. Some traffic noise from hwy 80 but not bad. Just down the road in the town of Verdi is the "Sasquatch Tavern and Grill" some of the best food in the Reno area.
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