We just spent 7 days in Scappoose, Oregon at the county RV park. We knew it was a “no frills” park (full hookup, but no wifi), but it did come with its own unique challenges.
7 spaces under tall trees.
We chose our RV spot based on length. Space RV002 was 40′, so it could fit our almost 40′ Class A. Of course, our Jeep Wrangler was kind of hanging out at the front. 🙂 But everyone else had the same issue with their vehicle, so we didn’t worry.
We had rain and wind the first couple of days, which meant there was a lot of “tree debris” raining down on our roof. We swept off the roof at least once, and drained the slide toppers.
Challenge #1: Dump trucks
The bark place on the other side of the street from the RV park starts sending out dump/delivery trucks at 6 in the morning. No such thing as sleeping in on the weekends – even on Saturday and Sunday. I don’t have anything against deliveries (and it’s clear that there must be a noise ordinance preventing them from going before 6 a.m.), but the trucks were almost non-stop, and because they are gaining speed as they go by the RV park, their engines are rev’ing just behind our spot.
Challenge 2: Yappy dogs
We have cats in our RV. We understand that most folks have dogs, and normally, that isn’t a problem. There are usually pet policies in place that try to minimize the disruption to other campers.
That was not the case here. The woman in the RV spot next to us for 6 days had yappy dogs. And not just for a few minutes. We had to turn on our white noise app and speaker to tune out the barking.
You may ask why we didn’t just talk to her – not only did we not see her on a regular basis, but it was clear that she was a “regular” at this park. We did not feel comfortable upsetting the status quo in an RV park where we were gone for most of the day. According to the camp host, there’s a regular rotating cast of RVs that go from park to park in Columbia County. There are no RV parks in Columbia County that allow more than 14 days in one location.
Our last night was pretty quiet, as a new Class A camper came in with a reservation and the “yappy dogs woman” was now 3 spaces away from us.
Challenge 3: Tent camping
This county park allows tent camping, for roughly $8/day. It would have been nice to actually walk around the county park, but it did not feel comfortable to walk near tent campsites.
This one is on us – most RV parks we’ve gone to do not allow tent camping, so we’re not used to it.
The Good: Shade and greenery
It was nice to have even partial shade in our parking spot. Since most of our RV experiences have been in Arizona, we rarely get the opportunity to park in a spot with so much greenery and shade.
It was an interesting introduction to RVing in Oregon. Our next campsite review will come after we leave our current RV park. Stay tuned for more scenic photos from our favorite places around Oregon.