Location: 16910 Hamilton Pool Road, Austin, TX 78738
Date(s) Stayed: 9/27/15 to 9/30/15
Length of Stay: 3 days
Cost per night (with taxes): $35/night
Discount Used: 10% Good Sam
Connections: 50 amp FHU’s
Oh dear, where do we start with this one? We made reservations for this ‘resort’ three months prior on the phone. The staff was pleasant on the phone. Unfortunately, for time of year, this was our last ditch effort to find someplace to park our 43′ Toyhauler 5th wheel near Austin, Texas. We left from Abilene and called to tell the office we were enroute and when to expect us. Lisa rode her motorcycle while Dan pulled our 5th wheel since it was a nice warm day. The directions taking us there were spot on however, once we got on Hamilton Pool Road, we almost overshot the entrance due to the size of the sign (it was tiny!). The roads leading to our site were washed out and needed severe repair (ruts and potholes). We noticed most of the RV’s that were there were homesteaders. Dan arrived before I did and was just as frustrated as when I got there to see how the heck we were going to fit into the site. We made certain in our reservation phone call prior that they knew our size requirements; that we needed a pull through because we needed to load our motorcycle onto the ramp to load into the garage of our toyhauler. Not only was our site length inadequate, it was also the most horrible to maneuver not to mention, not level. Our site was the last one in the row of pull-throughs (which happened to be the shortest). They should have never put us up there. Our ramp door blocked the roadway when we had to load and unload the motorcycle.
The site next to us outside our door was vacated when we got there and smelled from dog crap everywhere; literally right outside our steps. We called management; they took care of it the next day. It would have been nice to have it done earlier; we couldn’t even cook or sit outside on our own site because of the smell. Obviously, from noting the amount of dog crap there was, the previous site tenants must have been there for awhile. Why didn’t the ‘resort’ owners or camp host not notice this? It truly smelled ‘that bad’! We only saw, in our 3 day stay, only one person; the camp host in his golf cart who was seemingly very busy.
We were so dismayed by the condition of the campground and our site. I say ‘CAMPGROUND; because this surely was not a ‘Resort’. The bathhouse and laundry facility was ‘fair’ at best. We chose not to use either. We made due as we were tired. This drew a bad taste for us; we didn’t even really venture out to visit Austin other than to restock our galley stores. We stayed inside and caught up on our sleep. Truly, we couldn’t leave there fast enough…but we couldn’t. The day we were to leave, we had to really figure out how to navigate and maneuver our rig to get it out. This was not a true pull through because of the site size and the narrowness of the road to pull out of. We had to back out of our site, trying to avoid the dumpsters and trees to go out the way we came in.
We will NOT be returning to this so-called ‘Resort’. It did not fit the description of what an RV ‘Resort’ is. It was also NOT, for the most part, ‘big rig friendly’.