Rustic Meadows RV Park, Strafford, MO — I do not recommend

Are you treated differently when the management knows that you write reviews? You betcha. I booked this campground for 3 days in between stops and was so disappointed, I called the office the morning of the second day and asked for a refund for the third day, giving them more than 24 hours notice. They refused and before I hung up I mentioned that I write reviews. Not 30 seconds later, I got a call back and they wanted to “make it right” for me. Well, I’d already decided to move and made other arrangements but I did tell them what was bothering me. I mentioned that it was funny they could stick to their 72 hour notice for cancellations but not for other violations I saw and if they needed the $39 more than me, they could keep it. She did agree to refund my last day and listened to what I had to say. They’ve only been open for 3 months but this place just gives off a low-class vibe.

Rustic Meadows is a gravel parking lot next to a full time RV Park called Rustic Woods. It’s a few miles from Springfield and just off Highway 44, close enough that you can hear the traffic but it isn’t terribly annoying. They are pretty full but it seems to be a lot of long term people, some with small kids running around, even though it’s a short term park. The sites are very close together, so much so that when I was parking, I was afraid I was going to run over the next door neighbor’s tow trailer dolly, which was parked sideways. What bothered me the most, and what I spoke to the manager about, were two things — my site had little bits of trash, plastic, burnt wood, food wrappers, etc. all over it and some neighbors had their dogs penned outside, they weren’t home, and the dogs barked nonstop in the afternoon I arrived and then started again at 6:00 a.m. the next morning for about 45 minutes. I am so surprised that no one had said anything. I told the manager that I thought they didn’t allow unsupervised dogs penned outside and she sounded very shocked at what I told her but I’m sure people have been putting up with this for awhile as the ones with the dogs look like long-term people. 

There is one muddy strip of grass nearby to walk the dogs but wasn’t very nice and did have evidence of dog poo that hadn’t been picked up. The dumpster area is very trashy with food scraps, etc. all over the ground. I didn’t look around when I checked in but they apparently have some entertainment in the way of shuffleboard and indoor games, as well as  laundry and showers. I disliked the way the whole property was rocky gravel, making it very hard for the dogs to walk around, even walking to the grassy strip to go potty. All in all, I would not recommend this as a place to stay. If you need a quick overnight near Springfield, I would highly recommend RV Express 66, which is just a few miles down the road.

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