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Old 07-17-2018, 10:01 PM   #1
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Vale Trails RV Park in Vale, OR

TLR version: avoid it if you can.

No 50 amp spaces that I know of.

Some spaces only 20 amp service.

Some spaces no sewer.

Many spaces have no room to park your tow vehicle/TOAD at your site.

Electrical system might damage some of your appliances from low voltage. I saw just under 100 volts today when it was 90 outside and everyone is running their air conditioner. I ordered a Hughes Autoformer to help my AC run better, it should be here tomorrow. There only plus side to this problem is electricity isn't metered.

There was a good wind and dust storm yesterday, some branches broke off the trees and landed on RVs.

This was the only place I could find in the area, and I'm here working for a month. 350/month seems like too damn much for such a dated park with what may be a faltering electrical system. If I can find somewhere else to go that is better, I probably will.

By comparison, I was paying $375/month near Terrebonne, OR, and had a good 120V/30 amp pedestal, and sewer at the site.

I heard a rumour that the folks running the park are new owners. The park is full, so I hope they're making enough money to eventually do the work needed to bring this place up to handle the demands of the modern RVs and their owners.
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Did you post this o rvparkreviews.com??
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Yes. The post is awaiting approval.

Also the power went out last night. It was restored in about twenty minutes. They need to upgrade their electrical system I think.
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have you checked ontario,nyssa or friutland? not that far and might relieve some stress.
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Old 07-19-2018, 08:08 PM   #5
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One space only 20 amp electrical service, and I got it. There are 30 and 50 amp pedestals available.

Four spaces no sewer, they're normally saved for overnighters. I'm in one.

The owners are very nice and responsive. When I had a problem with the electricity (the breaker tripped for the circuit that included my space, I'm not sure why) at almost 10pm, they answered the phone (they never told me when I checked in that they would answer the phone day or night, and they deserve recognition for being available and responsive) and resolved the issue quickly.

I am using a Hughes Autoformer to keep the voltage up. I should have ordered one of these a long time ago, but needed it now. It is keeping the voltage up at a very safe level for my air conditioner and it also includes surge protection. The owners told me that the problem in Vale is that Idaho Power, their utility, seems to cater to the electrical needs of nearby food processing and storage companies and that the town of Vale is left to suffer with lower voltage when the plants need more power. This is a fair explanation especially if the grid around here is old and in need of upgrades and Idaho Power is unwilling or for some reason unable to do so. I am not sure if other communities in the area have the same problem. The Hughes Autoformer is doing a great job though, I have 122V with a small fan running on low, and 118V when the AC is running today, and it was 100 degrees F and the park is still full.

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