We've been to the obx many many times. Usually rent a house for a week or two. We just used this campground as a base camp to get out every day and explore the beach or sound.
We stayed in a soundfront site and paid a premium. It was not sound frount. It was on the canal and the view blocked by other campers. The sites are right. I felt like the neighbors sewer hose was under our pinic table.
We only used the laundry area in the entire place so I can't help with anything there. This is due to us having a driving pass to drive on the cape Hatteras seashore, which is why we go.
No shade. Don't know if we will be back