Campground Review: Trailer Inns RV Park, Bellevue, WA

010Campground Review Summary

  • Name: Trailer Inns RV Park
  • Dates of stay: July 5-11, 2018
  • Location: 15531 Se 37th St, Bellevue, WA 98006
  • Type of campground: Private / Independent Chain
  • Cost: $59.61 / night (weekly rate)
  • Additional fees: none
  • Stay limit: none
  • Accepts mail / packages: yes
  • Cell reception: good
  • Website: www.trailerinnsrv.com/seattle
  • Pros: Close to Seattle, decent amenities
  • Cons: tight site and road, pricey

Full Review

I was sort of nervous coming to this park because a number of the reviews were quite negative. It turned out to be not so bad, and it was ideally located for our purposes.

This RV park is right off of I-90, and you have to follow directions carefully as the streets leading to the park are a bit confusing. Stay to the right as you approach the park, the left lane leads to a tunnel! The campground itself is, basically, a parking lot with hookups. The internal roads and sites are the narrowest we’ve experienced so far. Victoria, the manager, directed us into and out of our site. We barely squeezed by the other rigs, missing them by inches. We definitely don’t like to be this tight!

The site is all concrete with full hookups. There’s no picnic table or other amenities, and leveling was bit of a challenge. We angled the truck in behind us (there’s no extra parking) and we wouldn’t be able to put our awnings out if we wanted to. But the power, water and sewer all worked fine. There is cable TV available, but since we were in town, we pulled in ample over the air channels in addition to our satellite channels. Our ATT signal was the best we’d seen in quite a while, not surprising since we weren’t out in the boonies. The park has a basic wifi, but we didn’t need or use it.

The amenities are pretty good, actually. There’s one office building that contains restrooms and showers that are modern and clean. There’s also a wet area with indoor pool, spa and sauna, a TV lounge, and coin laundry. The bathroom and laundry are accessible 24 hours with a code, everything else is locked outside of office hours.

A lot of the negative reviews revolved around two issues – tight sites and bossy management. The tight sites are legit, but the campground won’t book you into a site you can’t manage to squeeze into. We didn’t have any issues with management, but they DO have a ton of rules posted everywhere. Most are common sense, so I didn’t have a problem with them, although I felt like my Mom was telling me to behave. Also, having to sign in to use the wet area seemed a bit high-schoolish, plus not being able to access that area off hours meant we didn’t use it much. However, the park is located about a mile from the Eastgate Park and Ride transit facility, making it an ideal home base location for Seattle exploration.

The big negative is the price – $60/night makes it one of the pricier parks we’ve stayed at. Especially since our site was so basic. But this is the closest RV park to downtown Seattle, so I guess you’re paying for convenience. Still –  next trip I think we may try someplace else.

Bottom Line: Convenient to Seattle but pricey for what you get. Be prepared to follow rules.

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