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Friday, April 24, 2009


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Unknown said...

We are looking for an RV park for a month beginning sometime in November. Previously we have stayed at the KOA in West Sac. Lousy location and expensive.

I was wondering about the Cal Expo RV Park and you answered all my questions. Thanks.

Have you heard of the Sacramento Shade RV Park on Auburn Blvd.? The monthly rates are $425-495 plus metered electric. The info on-line sounds pretty good.

Laurie and Odel said...

Deborah, I don't know whether you will see this or not...

We have not stayed at Sacramento Shade, but we have seen it from the freeway (Business 80). I believe it is one of the handful of mobile home parks (or used-to-be mobile home parks) in Sacramento that also accept RV's. Here are my thoughts (by the way, we lived in Sacramento for 20+ years before beginning our travels, so know the neighborhoods pretty well):

If you like to walk, stay at Cal Expo. The neighborhood is safe for walking, the American River hiking/biking trail is right there, and you can walk to restaurants (give Tre a try if you like inventive menus), movies, and shopping. Fairly easy access to Business 80 and Highway 50. We like the walkability, so choose Cal Expo.

Sacramento Shade would have freeway noise from I-80 (you might not be bothered by this). The neighborhood is unappealing, but if you don't care to walk around the neighborhood, that might not be an issue for you. You will need to drive to get anywhere you want to go but the easy access to I-80 makes it a snap. The rates are less than Cal Expo as long as you keep you electricity usage down, pretty easy in November. Cal Expo includes electricity in their rates.

Sacramento Shade is likely to be better managed than Cal Expo, more interested in their guests, and I am sure the landscaping would be prettier!

Trying to find a decent RV park in Sacramento is a real challenge, but we continue using Cal Expo. We revisit the West Sacramento KOA everytime we are in the area, and it never seems to improve.

By the way, you will find reviews of Sacramento Shade RV Park on rvparkreviews.com under both Sacramento Shade and Oak Haven RV Park (along with Cal Expo, of course).

Good luck and safe travels,

Susan Cook said...

I have to be at a dog show in Central CA April 2 and 3, coming into Sacramento CA for a week long appointment April 4 to 8, 2011.

I have a small trailor and truck. I need to pull thru , unhook and leave my Trailor and dogs for a few hours each day.

The dogs are show dogs and will be crated. Is it SAFE to leave them in my trailor at this park and is the weather cooperative, mild and cool in April in SAC at this park??

I would like to park close to the showers and come and go easily going to DownTown SAC and back a couple times a day for the week.

Anyone have any words of wisdom for me??

Thank you

Susan cook

Laurie and Odel said...

Susan, I think it would be safe to leave your dogs at Cal Expo inside your trailer. However, the weather is the big question, and always hard to predict in springtime in Sacramento. You'll have to make that call when the time draws near. Since your trailer is small, you might be able to park in one of the sites with a little shade.