Campground review: Morgan Hill, CA Thousand Trails

PHOTO_20140912_100056.jpg This campground is a mixed bag. The location is handy, just 25 miles south of San Jose and the southern bay area. The campground facilities are pretty good. I’d say that the center piece is a large, nice pool. There’s also mini-golf, horseshoes, volleyball, and other nice features, all in pretty good shape.

PHOTO_20140912_100603.jpg On the other hand the campsites are average at best. None have full hookups and many are rather crowded with campsites basically back to back with no room between them. The 50 amp section not only has a $5 surcharge but those campsites are pretty tight. The section across the road from the pool is, I think, the best. It has larger campsites and is handy to much of the activity section of the facility.

Several campsites are being leased to annuals and we felt that there was a larger percentage of older trailers in the campground than we usually see. Of course they are mixed in with the usual mix of 5th wheels and motorhomes. There are also three sections set aside specifically for tenters.

PHOTO_20140908_161252.jpg We’re in a 30 amp site and in the afternoons voltage drops into the 107-108 volt range. We’ve kept an eye on the more power hungry appliances and been careful to not double up on them. With September afternoon temperatures hitting the mid-90’s we’ve given the air conditioner priority. Usually by late afternoon the temps drop and overnight we’ve slept under blankets.

I think most people who want it manage to get a satellite signal and our Verizon is getting a 2 bar usable signal. In the booster cradle it hits a solid 4 bars.

WIN_20140913_180149.JPG Our weekend was interesting. As we arrived we found that many sites had signs on them saying the site wouldn’t be available over the weekend. On Friday a large group from a local school began to arrive. This all school camping trip is a longtime annual tradition. By evening there were tents, kids, and adults everywhere. Our campsite was right on the edge of the group and when all was said and done we were surrounded by tenters, with one tent pitched almost under our bedroom slide and two right outside our back window! However, the group was friendly and happy and we enjoyed them enjoying the campground. If every camping experience was like this we wouldn’t like it very much. However, for just two nights it was no big deal. It exposes a lot of people to the camping experience and I’m sure it generates a lot of income for the campground. Anyway, if you are planning a visit to Morgan Hill you might want to keep this second weekend of September annual event in mind!

If I were grading Morgan Hill Thousand Trails I’d give it a “B” on facilities and a “C-” on campsites. It’s a commitment but San Francisco is within striking distance for a day trip.


One response to “Campground review: Morgan Hill, CA Thousand Trails

  1. my mother has been a membership for 20 years every Easter we go out there my mom showed up 2 days ago to get a campsite for all of us my to my knowledge There’s No Reservations its first come first serve because we can’t even make a reservation so she has stuff out there ready to put together for tents and stuff they made her pack up her stuff move somewhere else mind you my mother is 85 years old so these non-members to camp for the weekend by the way were camping for 2 weeks they also said once they leave we can move back why are we going to undo our tents and move back over there so now they made my mom move to probably a RV site with only can put two tents can be there my mom pays thousands of dollars for this membership to be moved for people that are non members I don’t really appreciate Thousand Trails for doing that to a member that’s been there for 20 years sincerely to whom it may concern ..PS I know Thousand Trails don’t really care about the members because they wouldn’t do anything about it but tell you to move and by the way I’m a card member to my mom has 6 cards Brian…

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