Campground Review – Las Vegas RV Resort

In the second installment of our campground review series we will be discussing Las Vegas RV Resort, not to be confused with Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort.

This was the first time we stayed at Las Vegas RV Resort and we decided to give it a shot based on some recommendations and the fact it is a 10/10/10 resort on Good Sam. Additionally, the price was within our budget which is always a good thing and it is an 18 and older resort.

One concern we had prior to booking our stay is that the surrounding location is not in the best area of Vegas, but there isn’t really a great area of Vegas to park your RV these days so you have to give a little to get a little.

The campground entrance is off a busy street and is monitored by security 24/7. Security also drives around the resort 24/7 so you feel safe and secure at all times. One thing to watch out for on your approach to the campground is that it is located next door to a KOA campground so you need to make sure you don’t turn too early and go into the wrong entrance. The road in and out is easy and you will need to stop at the guard shack to show your pass anytime you enter the property. This rule applies whether you are in your RV, car or on foot so make sure you carry your pass with you anytime you leave the resort. Once inside the roads are very narrow, but you will be guided to your spot by an escort and they will help you pull into your space and make sure you are properly aligned with the utilities.

Las Vegas RV Resort Entrance

Amenities

Campsites – All of the campsites are paved asphalt with full hookups for 30/50 AMP RVs. There are a variety of pull-thru and back-in sites with either gravel or paved asphalt between the sites along with a picnic table in each site. There is no grass to be found in this resort and some parts resemble a large RV parking lot. This could be considered a negative since it’s not very “resort like” and it will also be very hot in the 110 degree Summer heat if you chose to stay during those months.

Common Areas – The common areas are well maintained and they have a nice pool and spa area. There are also restrooms, laundry, a small fitness area, recreation room and a separate meeting space. We didn’t use any of them during our stay so we can’t really give an honest assessment. The pet area is nice and large and the best part is that it is divided into four separate spaces so you are usually able to have your pet separate from others unless you don’t want to. There are also smaller pet areas all around the resort so you can take your dog for a walk and not have to worry about finding a space for them to do their business.

The Wi-Fi at the resort is set up as a plan. You can get pretty good reception with just the free plan which is what we used. It probably gets better once you go onto the paid plan if you so choose to do that.

Las Vegas RV Resort Dog Park

Cleanliness

The resort is kept clean with plenty of trash areas and regular pickup so there are no overflow problems. The pet areas are gravel so they spray and put water on them daily to keep the stink away. Although we didn’t use the facilities at the location we were told they are also very clean. The one knock in this department is that there are a lot of long term people at this resort and some sites are not the most esthetically pleasing to look at. Most of them are perfectly fine but there are a couple of interesting spots that could use tidying up.

Las Vegas RV Resort Guest Services

Customer Experience

The staff at Las Vegas RV Resort were great to us. This was the resort we were heading to in March when we were involved in an accident. Read about that here. They could have been sticklers for the rules and kept part of our prepayment or even the whole thing because of our last minute cancellation, but instead they issued us a full refund without hesitation. It is because of this great customer service we decided to book another stay with them. They showed professionalism and understanding during a very tough time for us which we really appreciated that.

During our stay, this resort continued to grow on us every day and we really enjoyed our time here. Our concerns about the surrounding area never dampened our mood or factored into our daily life. The staff and the people visiting the resort were great and always seemed to be in a great mood. Being in Vegas we expected to get some noise or loud people but that never happened. Overall it was much better than we had expected.

Las Vegas RV Resort Pull Thru Sites

Cost

The rates for Las Vegas RV Resort are very reasonable and because of this we booked another site for the entire Winter. The monthly rates range from $587 to $858 plus electric and the daily rates range from $32 to $62. All of these prices include tax. This might seem a little expensive to some but it really isn’t when compared to a place like Las Vegas Motorcoach resort which starts at $2k a month. Sure it’s not the same luxury resort but there is really no difference between the two when it comes to the amenities and services you can get, so you are just paying for esthetics and maybe a golf putting course.

Conclusion

We found Las Vegas RV Resort to be a much better place to stay than we expected. In fact the longer we stayed there, the more we liked it. Between the great staff, friendly environment, full amenities and just being in Vegas, we really had a great time. And while there is not much they can do about the location itself, they do take every precaution to make sure the resort stays safe and secure. Again we enjoyed our stay so much we booked an additional three months.

As for the city, it really goes without saying, but there is no shortage of things to do in Vegas and there is certainly no fear of getting bored while you are there. You really can do as much or as little of EVERYTHING when you are in sin city. But if you just want to lounge at the pool or out in front of your rig this is a great place to do it.

Bonus

One of the things we love about Vegas resorts is that they make everything so easy. Low on propane? No worries. Vegas propane will come right to your spot and fill your tank. Want your RV washed or detailed? No worries. They have approved services that will take care of that in your spot too. Oil change needed? They have someone for that too. You just schedule an appointment. Want to fuel up before you hit the road? Yeah they got someone for that too.

Sure you pay a little extra for this convenience but when you are in a city and don’t want to pack everything up and navigate the Vegas traffic and craziness to get your RV washed or propane filled, it’s worth the price.

We hope you enjoyed our review. If you have any thoughts or questions about a resort or campground we review, please feel free to ask in the comments below.

Joe

April 2021 Financial Update

The month of April came and went in what seemed to be a flash and we are happy it is over. The month began with us still being stuck camping in a bodyshop parking lot as repairs continued on our RV. Once the wonderful folks at M&M Coach completed the work it was time for us to head to South Dakota so we could complete the process of becoming residents.

Of course everything we hoped to avoid on our journey to and from South Dakota ended up happening. And why not since Murphy’s Law seems to be our copilot and trial by fire is the gauntlet we apparently have to run through in order to live this amazing life.

We hit below freezing temps, snow and heavy winds pretty much every single day in Utah, Wyoming and South Dakota. Just the week before these same places were enjoying sunny 80 degree days but now it’s snowing in the middle of April. We made sure to fill our water tanks every chance we got because several campgrounds were unable to turn on their water due to the risk of the pipes freezing. This also meant we had to ration water because getting more would require breaking down camp and driving the RV somewhere in snowing conditions to refill the tank. No thank you!

We were very fortunate that our mail forwarding company and the South Dakota DMV are quick and efficient unlike California as we arrived on Tuesday and by Friday we were full residents. You can see that story here. This worked out well because there was a big storm heading our way that was going to hit the day before we were supposed to leave. The possibility of getting snowed in was real and because of the cold weather we were already very low on water and had burned through almost 80 pounds of propane in just over 7 days. There was no way we would have had enough of either to get us through the weekend let alone until Tuesday when we were supposed to leave. Since we had already accomplished everything we came for, minus visiting Mt. Rushmore and every other fun thing we wanted to do, we decided it was best to leave South Dakota 4 days early before the storm hit. It cost us some money we had prepaid but that was a small price to pay to get somewhere warmer and not get snowed in.

After two more days in below freezing temps as we drove back through Wyoming and Utah we finally arrived in sunny Las Vegas completing 2400 miles of driving in just over a week. We had contacted the folks at the campground and they were generous enough to block our spot for a few days prior to our scheduled arrival date so we had a nice cushion and could get there anytime we wanted. Once we arrived we wasted no time setting up camp and enjoyed 2 weeks of sunshine with just a few days of strong winds. Much better than freezing cold and snowing.

After two weeks in Vegas we headed back up to Utah which is where we currently sit. We have this site booked for the entire Summer and we plan to make the most of it. Our son will soon arrive and we plan on doing a lot of fishing, hiking and visiting with family who lives in the area during our time here. When we arrived our friends were here already and it was so nice to sit and visit with them for a couple of days. Sometimes you don’t realize how much you miss familiar faces until you see them again.

While all of this was going on the financial world continued its hot streak. It was difficult to pay much attention to the markets until we settled in Las Vegas and able to exhale. Once we were there I was pleasantly surprised to see that we had some good gains.

While reviewing our accounts I made a decision to modify and utilize an old brokerage trading account that has sat dormant for many years. As a matter of fact I believe the account is now with the third brokerage after a couple of acquisitions. At one time this account was used in a very unsuccessful attempt at day trading which I eventually gave up on and moved to investing in index mutual funds. Since there wasn’t much cash left in the account I decided to use that money and start a mini dividend portfolio as a little side hobby. In order to fund this account in the future I decided to take any money made from this blog through advertising or affiliate links and use it to build a portfolio of dividend paying stocks. This is not a lot of money so taking passive income to try and build a portfolio that earns more passive income sounds like it could be fun and it’s only going to be a fraction of our overall portfolio so the risk is minimal.

As for our overall portfolio, Here is where we ended for the month of April 2021:

Portfolio = $1,532,256

Portfolio Goal = $1,500,000

Amount Needed To Reach Goal = ZERO

Our Portfolio Increased By $55,313 or 3.75% From The End Of March

Year-To-Date Our Portfolio Has Increased By 24.41%

Net Worth = $1,558,562

Our Net Worth Increased By $51,170 or 3.39% From The End March

Year-To-Date Our Net Worth Has Increased By 8.08%

There it is!! We first crossed our portfolio goal on April 6th and so far we have not looked back. It was exciting to see but with everything going on I could only muster up the energy to send out a tweet instead of dedicating time to write a blog post. So yay us!

Financially April was a very expensive month for us. First we had to pay about $1k for fuel to get to South Dakota and back. Also one night stops at campgrounds are pricey, but it was way too cold to boondock anywhere to save money. Once we were in South Dakota we had to pay for our vehicle registrations, licenses and full time insurance for the rv and Jeep. Finally we ended up liking the place we stayed at in Vegas and decided to prepay for a campsite to spend the winter there. Let’s not forget we also ate the cost of 4 days in South Dakota by leaving early.

On the positive side we are done with our transition now so there are no more expenses we will incur going forward. Also while it is expensive to prepay for campsites it all evens out in the end because future months will not have that expense. And because we are stationary for a few months at a time our fuel costs will be zero for the RV in most months. So it’s a lot of money upfront but over time you recoup some of that cost.

As for the markets it’s hard to give an outlook as I have been so disconnected for the last month. It appears the reopening surge is happening but inflation is a concern regardless of what the Fed is telling everyone. I tend to believe what I see with my own eyes before believing what some government official is trying to sell on the financial networks. Everything is getting more expensive and that’s a fact.

We are now entering sell in May and go away territory and with the markets primed for a correction I wouldn’t be shocked one bit if that happens. When corporate earnings are blowing out the numbers and stocks don’t budge or even move in the opposite direction it starts looking like people are looking for a reason to sell and lock in some gains. Can’t blame them at this point.

We will continue to stick to our long term strategy but now with a small slice of dividend investing on the side. I’m excited to start building this little side hobby and see where it goes. I haven’t researched and actively invested in individual stocks for over a decade and last time I did it wasn’t pretty. But the strategy and goal this time is also much different and the dollar amounts are small for now.

We look forward to sharing our adventures with you and thank you for reading and following our little blog.

Until next time…………………….

Joe

Living The Dream For 30 Days

There is a common understanding in the RV community that the full time lifestyle while amazingly liberating, can also be extremely challenging and frustrating. The mantra that you have to take the good with the bad is repeated adnausium in social media groups. There is no going into this way of living without knowing that you will eventually face your share of challenges and adversity. Well, after one month of living the dream, consider us fully christened into the realm of taking the good with the bad! Continue reading “Living The Dream For 30 Days”

Vegas on FIRE Update

When I last posted, my wife and I were in Vegas attempting to enjoy our time together without busting the budget. This was our first trip to Vegas since we made the decision to change our ways and focus on reaching FIRE. It was the first true test of our ability to focus on priorities and not just whip out the old credit card for whatever our hearts desired. Continue reading “Vegas on FIRE Update”