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Tri-Mountain RV Park – Ridgefield, Wash.

Convenient to Mount St. Helens, Portland
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 2.5 stars
$38.64 to $40.85
  • 50%


Summary:

Tri-Mountain RV Park is an 81-site park located just north of Vancouver in Washington wine country. Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is located just 75 minutes away. The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is located five miles away along the Columbia River.

The RV park is right off Interstate 5 next to a small strip mall shopping center that is hope to several fast food restaurants and even a veterinarian. Major shopping centers are located just 10 miles south in Vancouver.

Highway noise is an issue, and the campground's Internet connection clocked in at a pathetic 0.40 mbs download and 0.20 mbs upload. Fortunately, my Verizon Mi-Fi attained speeds of 8.97 mbs download and 23.58 mbs upload.

The biggest problem this park has are the sites are way, way, way too close together. Plus they are built with cement poles in each site to protect the utility boxes. I had to reposition my RV several times to get it parked in a way that the slideout would not hit one of the obstacles. The RVer across from me was not so fortunate and actually had to remove the trim around the wheel well to fully extend the slide so the pole would go under the slideout.

The park's showers are centrally located, but they are coin operated. Coin-operated laundry machines are located in the shower building as well.

Upon check in, I had to provide my driver's license number and certify that I was not a registered sex offender. The manager alluded the staff does background checks on everyone due to the number of single mothers and families living full-time in the park.

No dogs over 35 pounds are permitted and there is a limit of two dogs per site. No RVs over 10 years of age are allowed to park at Tri-Mountain, but I don't know if that is enforced because I wasn't asked at registration, and learned about it after I was parked and reading the rules. My RV was 13 years old at the time.

The rates include a "nice picnic area, wi-fi, and weekly trash and recycling pickup," but people have to lug the trash to the far side of the park and pop it into a dumpster. The picnic area is near the office and offers several barbecue grills for guests to use.

There are no amenities like a pool, playground, tennis court, game room or even an area for kids to play. Consequently, children are often riding through the park on bikes. However, outside of the highway, noise was not an issue.

The sites are all paved as are the roads. Leveling the motorhome was not an issue. Access to the campground is gate controlled on exit, but wide open on entrance. It is a clean park with some trees and landscaping, but pretty much a parking lot for RVs.

About Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is the editor of Let's RV and the editor of RV Daily Report. A Wisconsin native and father of three grown daughters, he is now based out of Arizona and travels the country in his Winnebago Adventurer motorhome interviewing industry professionals and interesting RVers alike. He can be reached at editor@letsrv.com

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