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Campgrounds in Las Vegas
« on: March 10, 2007, 06:11:57 AM »

Planning a trip in August from LA to San Francisco via Grand Canyon, Page, Bryce, Zion and Yosemite. Have already had great help from here. Now looking for ideas please on where to stay for a quick look at Las Vegas while we're in the area. Is the KOA campground at Circus Circus a good option? Could we park the RV somewhere and have a night or two of luxury? Or are there campgrounds within reasonable reach by public transport... We're not interested in gambling just the spectacle.


 
 

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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2007, 08:33:20 AM »
Las Vegas has many campgrounds,  They are thicker than flies in some areas.  If you have a membership there is a Thousand Trails, I spent a month there between December and Feb just past.   Main Street Casino has a camp ground, bit hard to find but call the hotel and ask for reservations.  It is next to the freeway, fire department and bus terminal so it is noisy but a security guard will "Walk" you back to your rig at night.

Circus Circus KOA will Keep On Adding to your bill if you wish,  Expensive, as is the Oasis park on the south side of town, but it is right on the strip. (oasis is south end of the strip)   Oasis has shuttles into town by the way saves unhooking your towed.

If your rig is new and in good condition there are other palces to stay.

But if it's just for one or two night I would suggest Oasis, KOA or Main Street,  the last is aroung 20/night the others can be as high as 60 depending on the night.

Oh, if you are a member there is  MOOSE lodge as well.. I'd not be surprised to find an ELK too.

And many of the casionos have RV parks, though last year when I got there in January I found most of them full up.
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2007, 10:51:22 AM »
Add several campgrounds down on Boulder Highway. There's 2 RV parks at Sam's Town. We prefer these when they have space available. Arizona Charlie's is ok for a night or 2...spaces very close together. And next to Arizona Charlie's, between it and TT is another campground that looks fine...I think it used to be the KOA? We could look over the fence and ditch at it from Arizona Charlie's and it had lots of empty spaces and the sites weren't real close together.

Many of the casinos have big, open parking lots where you could park overnight if you're not interested in hookups.
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Re: Campgrounds in Las Vegas
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2007, 12:46:54 PM »
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Expensive, as is the Oasis park on the south side of town, but it is right on the strip. (oasis is south end of the strip)   Oasis has shuttles into town by the way saves unhooking your towed.

As much as I loathe Las Vegas, I must admit that the Destiny Oasis CG is reasonably serviced and is convenient to the Strip via its shuttle.  They also have non-free wifi, a good CG store, and primo private shower rooms.
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2007, 01:41:01 PM »
OH yes, those showers at the Oasis were great.  The Wi-Fi was so-so (might be my computer) seemed to reset the connection a lot.  But I was only there two nights.

They have two classes of sites, pull throughs are at least sixty feet long, very roomy,  back in's are at least 40 foot deep, Sites around the wall are back in,  They also have "Dual pull throughs" if you get into one of these your front view may be the back of the rig behind you,  car goes alongside the rig.    NOTE: If you are a member of any RPI park, and have an RPI or selected other memberships, you can use the back in or front to back sites for only 12 bucks a night (plus optional wi-fi)

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They have a nice little snack bar/restaurant as well, Decent food from when I was there
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2007, 03:51:19 PM »

   I don't know if it's changed any over the years, but when we stayed at the KOA at Circus Circus, we were very disappointed.  The campground itself is pretty indistinguishable from an ordinary parking lot, but with hookups.  I rate it a zero for ambiance.  Also, while we were there the campground lost power, so everything in our refrigerator got *very* hot, as did we until the power came back on.

   On our next trip to Las Vegas we got married at the Circus Circus, but we stayed in the hotel, not the KOA!

                                                                     
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2007, 08:44:23 PM »
Well, till recently it was not a KOA (It was owned by the casino) yes it is a parking lot, but what do you do with your rig when you get to a campground.. DRIVE?  NO, you park.

And it has the advantage of you can walk to the Circus Circus, can't do that from oh, say Road Runner.

Still.. I'm not likely to stay there again,  I simply do not think it is the best for the money.  I found Oasis to be far far nicer and about the same price, I mean far far nicer,  I mean way nicer.

Even the air at Oasis smelled sweeter (And for good reason too)

But Last year when I was returning to Las Vegas from Quartzsite.. CC had one think other parks I knew of did not have... SPACE

So I stayed there... Today, I know of a lot more parks and thus will stay elsewhere

Oh, and while there take the TrendWest time share tour.  TrendWest is not scared of the fact you have an RV, and if you sign up at the right casino (In my case it was 4-queens on Freemont st) they give you "Casino cash" which turned into "Hard currency" when I played sixty of it in the slots,,, The other 20 went to waist. (That is spelled properly)

TrendWest has RV parking at their resort
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2007, 03:02:28 AM »

Oh, and while there take the TrendWest time share tour.  TrendWest is not scared of the fact you have an RV, and if you sign up at the right casino (In my case it was 4-queens on Freemont st) they give you "Casino cash" which turned into "Hard currency" when I played sixty of it in the slots,,, The other 20 went to waist. (That is spelled properly)

TrendWest has RV parking at their resort

   I'm surprised that TrendWest is friendly to RVers.  With most of them, if you tell them that you own an RV and almost never stay in hotels, they back you off.  Probably the fact that they have RV parking has something to do with it.  Most timeshares don't have that.

   Best I ever did at a timeshare was $100 cash from the Jockey Club.  Once you've qualified for the money, that's the time to tell them you own an RV.  Another option is to tell them that you're refinancing your home, and your mortgage broker told you not to sign any paperwork for a loan for the next thirty days.

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Re: Campgrounds in Las Vegas
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2007, 05:27:48 PM »
In Las Vegas it is highly recommended that you stay at an RV Park. As in any large metropolitan area, there will be safety and security concerns when motor homes are left unattended in areas generally open to the public. Even those casinos that say they will allow you to park free overnight in their lot cannot guarantee that they will provide the same kind of security as  you'd typically find at an RV Park.

Circus Circus has the only RV Park on the Strip. Sam's Town out on Boulder Highway has a nice RV Park and provides free daily transportation to the Strip. There are many RV Parks/campgrounds in Vegas. Prices vary depending on the amenities offered. However, only 5 casinos have RV Parks as a part of  their facility.

For sightseeing, the Las Vegas Monorail has an unlimited one-day pass that allows you to get off and on as many times as you want, The monorail runs from one end to the other of the 3+-mile famed Strip. Wear comfortable walking shoes and enjoy the larger-than-life themed resorts.

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Re: Campgrounds in Las Vegas
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2007, 10:47:59 AM »
Thanks for all the posts.  I'm thinking of choosing either KOA at Circus Circus or Oasis because they both seem fairly close to the Strip.  Realise that KOA is just secure parking really but guess that is really all we need.  We will only be there for 2 nights and will have spent plenty of time in prettier spots and just need a base to leave the rv while we're looking round.

Despite that, probably favour Oasis for some grass and nice-looking pool.  Have seen elsewhere that there is noisy, building work nearby Oasis.  Does anyone know if this has finished yet?

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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2007, 04:44:12 PM »
When it comes to RV parking.... You are going to have a hard time finding a perttier spot in Vegas than Oasis

For 2 nights, either one is great.  I liked Oasis better but if anyone in LV is more expensive than KOA.. Theire it.

Still.. I am most deffently going back there under RPI next year.

If you need directions,  Oasis is off Blue Diamond Road (The road to Parahump) just, and I MEAN JUST, east of I-15 (Between I-15 and Las Vegas Bvld)  Can't miss it, when you get off going east get in the right lane RIGHT AWAY and you will natually get there

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« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2007, 05:03:50 PM »
If your at the Oasis; make sure you keep your water hose off the ground. When I was there, ccame back from the strip and the trailer was covered black in ants. They had used the water hose to climb up on the trailer to get to the water coming off the AC. It was 115 that day and the little buggers were thristy.

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« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2007, 05:26:24 PM »

I don't think you will need to worry about the ants at Oasis much longer since they are scheduled to be bulldozed in the not too distance future from what I understand.  IMHO it will be a good thing.  Too bad they weren't  gone before the Silverton.
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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2007, 02:40:50 PM »
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I don't think you will need to worry about the ants at Oasis much longer since they are scheduled to be bulldozed in the not too distance future from what I understand.  IMHO it will be a good thing.  Too bad they weren't  gone before the Silverton.

Ron,

Your prejudicies are showing.  You're wrong about the Oasis.  It was great!  Remember we stayed there for four months and we've been in a lot worse places!  It has all the amenities, including swimming pools, putting green, a small store, a shuttle to and from the Strip, etc.  Just because you don't like the owners, doesn't mean others of us don't like it.  As to the ants, we've had those in lots of places so it has nothing to do with the Oasis.

Also, they won't be bulldozing the Oasis for at least five years.  When they realigned Windmill Lane to merge with Blue Diamond at the new overpass, they built a brand new entry road into the Oasis.

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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2007, 04:18:58 PM »
I get the distinct feling that Ron and the rest of us are talking about two different things.

Was/is there a casino/hotel called the Oasis? 

If so, that is NOT the campground down off Blue Diamond Hwy.  Though there are bulldozers next door putting up soon to fall down housing (All the junk they build now-a-days is "Soon to fall down", they just don't bulid 'em like they used to)
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« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2007, 05:09:21 PM »
Nope Ron and you all are talking about the same thing the Oasis RV Park.  Was never favorbly impressed with their operation.
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« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2007, 02:53:03 PM »
John,

Ron's right on this one.   ;)   We are all talking about the Oasis RV Park off Blue Diamond (to my knowledge there is no Oasis Casino and/or hotel) - and some of us like the Oasis just fine while others like Ron do not.  To each his own, I always say.  ;D ;D

The construction mentioned above is for some high-priced condo towers being built behind the Oasis.  Eventually the Oasis will disappear to make way for more buildings, but the building downturn is happening here as well as other places so I don't believe that will be happening any time soon.  Quite a few condo projects have been cancelled over the past year.

By the way, for those who haven't been to Las Vegas for awhile, we were driving down Las Vegas Blvd. (The Strip to the unintiated) yesterday and I noticed there are new road name signs.  Windmill now is east of LV Blvd. and Blue Diamond is now west of LV Blvd.   The Oasis RV Park address is still Windmill, but technically you now enter off Blue Diamond.  This is a change that took place last fall when the new interchange at I-15 and Blue Diamond was finished.  On the west side of I-15 by the Silverton and the truck stop, the old Industrial Road is now called Frank Sinatra Drive.  The section of Frank Sinatra Drive south of Blue Diamond is being built where the old Silverton RV Park used to be located and it looks like it's almost finished.  Silverton and the state did a land swap to facilitate a road realignment and Silverton plans a new entertainment venue where the old Industrial Road used to be located.

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« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2007, 04:11:22 PM »
I thought Windmill was the ... Well... Driveway to the Oasis,  Seems to me that you turn off Blue Diamond onto something that is about 1/4 block long, then on to windmill. .. OH, well, don't matter, it's right there.

I thought it was a very nice park, but then I had one of the high price sites.  I can understand if you are on one of the cheap sites nose to tail with another rig, not much view out the front windows

But then one of the first thigns the wife does when we park is close the curtains on said window. (Energy management don't you know)
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« Reply #18 on: March 15, 2007, 05:18:25 PM »
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I thought Windmill was the ... Well... Driveway to the Oasis,  Seems to me that you turn off Blue Diamond onto something that is about 1/4 block long, then on to windmill. .. OH, well, don't matter, it's right there.

John, that's the old road that might be described best as long and straight in from the drug store on the opposite corner at the light.  There's an entirely new entry road that goes straight south off the new Blue Diamond connector and then curves right or west about where that round end of the road used to be right before you entered the Oasis gate.  It's actually a pretty good access, even with the curve.  Plenty wide and long.  Also, coming from LV Blvd. there's a relatively long left-turn lane into the Oasis so you don't block traffic on Blue Diamond.

Another change is that the old two-lane Blue Diamond overpass is gone, as is the road from it that ended at a light at LV Blvd. across from the Bootlegger Bistro.  I have to say the new interchange with multiple lanes is far superior to the old one and will be even better once they tidy up with the last of the landscaping and take away all the cement barriers and orange cones on the west side of I-15.

Did you all see on TV the implosion of the Stardust the other night?  Really neat with fireworks off the top before the planned explosions in the building itself.

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« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2007, 06:21:50 PM »
When we there last month I noticed all the construction and road name changes....Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin....we got lost trying to get to the In-and-Out.

We did watch the Stardust implosion. Also looked at something online about the "top 10" implosions in Las Vegas. I think it's kind of sad...the town is blowing up it's history. And look at all the street names that folks won't know what they're named after....Sands, Desert Inn, Tropicana (I'm betting they're next to implode).
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« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2007, 06:55:20 PM »
I did notice the Oasis was very easy to get to... I came off I-15 and all you do is get in the right lane.

If you are in the right lane as you come east off I-15 you must turn right... Right into the OASIS

Very nice


In other news.... Just found out the elementary/middle school my daughter attended is closing.. Yet another catholic school goes down.   Not good news.

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« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2007, 11:54:05 AM »
Thanks everyone.  Have decided on Oasis.

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« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2007, 01:55:11 PM »
Enjoy your stay.   I found it to be a very nice park.

And I think they have a shuttle that visits Harrah properties, this includes the Bally's casino.  If you see a young lady dealing blackjack who has fairly long dark blond or auburn hair... Be sure to leave some of your wages with her :)
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« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2007, 01:52:30 PM »
Main Street Station, it's 2 blocks from Fremont Street where you can catch the light show and also just a bus for the strip.  It has high security and only costs aroung $17.  Leaves lots of $$ to lose in Vegas!  Address is 200 N.Main & phone # is 1-800-634-6255

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« Reply #24 on: April 21, 2007, 01:53:34 PM »
Last nights paper discussed a new development by MGM Grand that will start next year.  It will be located on the 100 acres between the Circus Circus Casino and Sahara Avenue and be bounded by Industrial (now Dean Martin) and LV Blvd.  It said that the Circus Circus RV park will be closed when it gets going.  Also, it said that the cost of the land to assemble the 100 acres averaged $17,000,000 per acre.  That's close to $400 per square foot!

From what I hear the Oasis RV Park may last another 2-5 years because of project delays.

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« Reply #25 on: April 21, 2007, 02:25:57 PM »
Prices for land in LV is getting closer to the cost for a square foot of land in Tokyo.  Just add a couple zeros. ;D
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« Reply #26 on: April 21, 2007, 02:32:51 PM »
$17 mil an acre is insane. At those prices, which old casino is next to be imploded to make way for the next billion dollar place? Will there soon be no RV parks left?? Guess there's good money to be made in gambling....by the house.
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« Reply #27 on: April 21, 2007, 03:14:23 PM »
Wendy,

You're right; it is insane!  We thought the $1.2 BILLION for Wynns was nuts.  Now there's a new multi-use development going up on on the north side of Fry's Electronics that is to cost $4.2 BILLION.  Another multiuse one is going in next to the Monte Carlo and it is now up to $7.4 BILLION.  Guess the days of the million dollar casino are over.  The ones next to Fry's and Monte Carlo will have high rises, shopping, etc.  I don't recall any mention of them having casinos attached - they're just really fancy developments!  They've also just announced that instead of imploding the Tropicana, it's going to be renovated.  Wonder how much that project will cost.

Do you realize that some of the casinos cost more than most countries of the world have for their entire annual budgets???  I can remember at our nephew's wedding 15 years ago in West Virginia, we were talking about California's budget and people didn't believe us when we said it was $1 billion/year.  I'm sure it's a lot more now.

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« Reply #28 on: April 21, 2007, 05:33:10 PM »
Wendy,

Do you realize that some of the casinos cost more than most countries of the world have for their entire annual budgets???  I can remember at our nephew's wedding 15 years ago in West Virginia, we were talking about California's budget and people didn't believe us when we said it was $1 billion/year.  I'm sure it's a lot more now.

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« Reply #29 on: April 21, 2007, 06:28:23 PM »
People would rather play slots than pay taxes. ;D

You mean you can do one or the other???? Dang, I should have kept that check I sent the IRS on Monday and taken the money to Vegas. :)

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« Reply #30 on: April 21, 2007, 09:42:09 PM »
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Do you realize that some of the casinos cost more than most countries of the world have for their entire annual budgets???  I can remember at our nephew's wedding 15 years ago in West Virginia, we were talking about California's budget and people didn't believe us when we said it was $1 billion/year.  I'm sure it's a lot more now.


$103,141,000,000 total general fund expenditures in the governor's 2007-08 budget.
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« Reply #31 on: April 22, 2007, 09:52:12 PM »
Carl, that's more zeroes than I can comprehend.  ;D

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