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Old 05-08-2015, 09:41 AM   #1
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Where to stay near Nampa, Idaho?

We're picking up our Airstream from the Nampa dealership in a couple of weeks. This will be our first trailer. (Lots of questions). Can anyone suggest somewhere nice nearby to stay overnight and maybe another more scenic location along the way back to Salt Lake for another night.
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:24 PM   #2
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Lola,

About 90 miles down I 84 from Boise (east towards SLC) is a town called Glenn's Ferry and a State Park called Three Island Crossing. While Three Island Crossing SP is fine in its own right. There is also a Winery/golf course/restaurant called the Carmela Winery and it has a full hookup RV park right in the middle of it. Tree shaded and surrounded by the golf course and vineyard. I fish and they said i could hit the ponds on the golf course before 10 am if i wanted to fish. The wines were tasty, the food was good, and since its full hookups you will have all the comforts of home. My wife liked it so much we have thought of vacationing there, fish in the morning, golf all day, and drink wine in the evening, what more can you ask for? hope this helps and you like it.

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the Twon of Glenns Ferry could use a little help
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That sounds great! Thank you so much for this suggestion.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:54 AM   #5
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The Three Island State Park has water and electric hookups too, and is a very very nice park. They also have a dump station.

I am not sure when the dealership is going to have it's own overnight facility open, they are planning one at their new location which they are moving into right now. If you wanted to stay there, it might not be too scenic but a good place to get acquainted with your new rig the very first night. Call and ask Zonia Allen, the service manager, if it might be possible already.
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Old 05-09-2015, 11:14 AM   #6
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Here's the third vote for Three Island State Park! Really nice campground right on the Snake River and maybe 2 minutes from the winery. I talked to Zonia Allen just yesterday about a part that she ordered for me and it sounds like they are currently in the middle of the move to Caldwell, so staying at the dealership might not be an option.
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If you're looking for a reasonable place actually in Nampa for your first night or so, we've stayed at Leah's Landing RV. It's right by the freeway, which means a little freeway noise, and it may not be too far from the dealer...dunno. It's a peculiar place, seems to be an ownership-type park, but they do accept overnighters, and we found it perfectly acceptable for a couple of nights while our TV was being repaired.

Further east, I agree with the other comments on Three Island Crossing, including "The Driver's" sage observation about the town of Three Island Crossing. The park is very nice, grassy, pleasant. It's some distance off the freeway, but there can be some train noise

Even further east on I-86, about a dozen miles past the intersection of I-84/I-86), between Twin Falls and Pocatello (near American Falls), is Massacre Rocks SP, near the freeway, but still quiet. It's also overlooking the Snake river, but a much different look and feel than Three Island Crossing, certainly much drier, but some nice hiking, visible remnants of "The Oregon Trail", and nice views of the river.
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Old 05-18-2015, 02:56 PM   #8
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Thank you for all the suggestions. I guess I waited too long. Don't know what I was thinking. Memorial Day weekend, probably not the most convenient time to go get the Airstream. So the first choice, Carmela Vineyard RV is full. Three Island Crossing State Park is full. There might be one spot left at Massacre Rock but it's a little bit more out of the way and we'd rather stay closer to the main route as we have to get back to the kiddies at home.

Craters of the Moon looks cool but also out of the way : (

Any other suggestions?
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Old 05-19-2015, 07:57 AM   #9
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Go home through Jackpot, NV. Cactus Pete's has an RV park with full hookups. You could also boondock in the parking lot or they have really nice rooms in the hotel. This route is about an hour longer than going down though Pocatello. Don't go all the way to Twin Falls before heading south off of I84. Get off the interstate at the Hagerman Exit. That's a BEAUTIFUL drive and there are several RV parks in and around Hagerman too. After Jackpot, head south to Wells, hang a left and go to SLC through Wendover (another RV Park at the casino).
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We stayed our first night at the Ambassador RV Resort in Caldwell when we took delivery of our 23FB, just up the road from Nampa. We wanted to stay one night to go through all of the systems, then took it back to AANW for final work.

I have been told that Village of Trees RV Resort in Declo, ID just off of I84 was nice.
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That sounds very nice! Enjoy!
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Old 05-24-2015, 08:19 PM   #12
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We ended up staying at the Ambassador RV Resort in Caldwell, ID the first night which was really good because it was just across the freeway from the dealership and on the other side of the street from a weight station. After a few campground switharoos, we were able to stay at the Three Island Crossing State Park in Glenns Ferry. It wasn't a fabulous spot but not far off the freeway. We had dinner at the Carmela restaurant.







Although we're both new to towing, my husband did most of the driving. I drove for a couple of hours on I-86. It was a rather disconcerting when we saw a rolled over car and completely destroyed trailer on the other side of the freeway. I'm so glad we made it home without incident on our first voyage on this busy holiday weekend.

Thank you again for all the great leads.
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Did your Land Rover work out OK for towing?

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Old 05-29-2015, 09:59 PM   #14
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Did your Land Rover work out OK for towing?

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Yes, it did fine. I spent a lot of time researching towing issues with the LR3 and posted a bunch of questions in order to determine the best setup for us. We drove kind of slow, I guess, and tried to stay at about 65mph.
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