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Flag City R.V. Resort is an RV only park in Lodi, California, conveniently located for travelers at the intersection of Highways 12 and 5. There are 180 full hook up sites, 136 of which are pull through. The entire park is paved and level. The park was built for bigger rigs in mind, there are always plenty of huge fifth wheels and class A’s with multiple slide outs. Some of the sites we request for our 34-foot trailer and our half-ton pick-up allow us the option of not unhitching because the sites are so long.
There are large clean bathrooms with showers, a club house, laundry facilities, and a pool and hot tub. The office has a small store with a few items, including local wines. If you need more supplies there are a couple of large truck stops across the street, Loves and a Flying J. Other than that, you are on the Highway 5 corridor so there are plenty of small towns and even a Costco within fifteen minutes. The actual town of Lodi is about fifteen minutes east on Highway 12.
We live about 45 minutes away from this park so we go often on weekends. The park is more for the overnight guest traveling down highway 5, but sometimes we meet people who use it as a home base for local travel as Lodi is a small epicenter for wineries. San Francisco and Sacramento are not too far and it is a very clean park. We have also seen travel groups have meetups there and use the club house for activities.
The t.v. hook ups are cable, but the service is Dish, so we have found out the hard way a few times that all local sports are blacked out unless nationally televised, like playoffs. This last trip we spent an hour trying to figure out how to watch antenna only t.v. so we could watch football, even the national games were blacked out.
The park has Wi-Fi, but like every other RV park, it won’t work unless you are the only rig there or are parked right next to a booster. Then again, it is sometimes nice to get away from the connectivity for a weekend. However, cell service is fantastic so you can’t get away too much.
The park accepts all dog breeds if the dog is leashed and the individual dog isn’t aggressive. They even have a “dog park,” but really it is a winter pond, a.k.a a low-lying area that they can’t do anything with, so it is a dog park in the summer and full of water if we get enough rain in the winter. We don’t take our dogs there, we walk them around the inside perimeter of the park and they do just fine. There are a lot of dogs that stay here, and there are about a dozen cats and kittens that call the park home.
One of the top reasons we come here, other than it is a respite for the weekend and close to home, is the rates. It is a $59 a night flat rate, meaning we don’t get nickeled and dimed for each dog, child, etc. In addition, they are members of Passport America, which means we pay 50% without restriction to seasons.
Although I suspect Flag City doesn’t really have seasons since Highway 5 is traveled year-round. For a two-night weekend, we pay $59 total, and we can’t do that anywhere with two dogs, three people, and forty-five minutes from home. They also allow for a late checkout so instead of having to be out by 11:00 am, we can just request a late checkout at booking and let them know the morning we leave the approximate time we are leaving. So far, they have not charged for this.
The staff are super friendly and always have recommendations if you need them. There are picnic tables in each site, but they are not finished or lacquered so I got splinters this time (ouch!). The only con is there are no fire pits; however, it is not quite that type of place. It is not a campground, it is an RV resort.
In conclusion, if you are looking to spend an inexpensive weekend in your r.v. without going far from the Bay Area, this is a great place. If you are traveling through California on Highway 5 and know you will need to stop for the night once, this is great place to plan your stop around. And I suggest picking up Passport America, for $44 a year, it pays for itself in two nights at Flag City R.V. Resort, and Passport America works with parks all over the United States.