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Checkers Welcome Campground, Welcome, Minnesota

by The Perkins
(RV Travel with Kids)

If you're passing through Welcome, Minnesota, Checkers Welcome RV Park is right off Interstate 90. We figured it was a good place to spend an overnighter on a way to another destination, and with our Passport America discount, the price was right.

When we arrived, we were greeted by a friendly couple in a disheveled office. There was clutter everywhere, both outside and inside. The camp store consisted of shelves along one wall in the messy office. We didn't look over the goods, as the office was somewhat uncomfortable.

The campsite itself was decent. Pull-throughs that were long enough that we did not need to disconnect our truck from the 36' travel trailer.

The bathrooms were key locked (you get a key when you register) which to me, implied that they would be clean. Well, they weren't filthy, but were far from clean. The men's room had no locks on the stalls, were very dated, with no hand soap. This was definitely a “look before you leap” place, as toilet paper was out on one stall, and low on the second.

The playground was dated as well. Our daughter explained (after we left) that the wooden monkey bars were broken (kids were still using them) and that the swings would unhook, but the kids would simply reattach them and keep going. If I had realized it was this unsafe, I would not have let her go over there. This will teach us to inspect the playgrounds before allowing the kids free range.

The park seemed to get quite a bit of overnight traffic, and had a large population of semi-permanent residents with kids. If you're just passing through Minnesota, and are looking for a good priced park, and don't need the bathrooms, it works. If you're planning an extended stay, look elsewhere.

Checkers Welcome Campground

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