When RVers Choose the Wrong RV park

 

Usually, we are more selective in finding a campground, RV park or RV resort that ‘fit us’.  Not this time.  We made the costly mistake of not making reservations back in the late fall.  Our fault…and we paid for it dearly.

 

One of the best pieces of advice we received from seasoned full-time traveling RVers when we started our journey is ‘that’s why they have wheels’.

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Galveston Island RV Resort – TEXAS

Campground/RV Park: Galveston Island RV Resort
Location: 23700 San Luis Pass Road, Galveston, TX 77554
Phone: 409-200-2745
Date(s) Stayed: 10/20/15 to 10/31/15 and 3/1/16 to 4/1/16
Length of Stay: 10 days and 1 month
Site #: 25 (both times)
Cost per night (with taxes): $375/10 days and $550 + Elec/Month (rates increase during seasonal times)
Discount Used:  10% Good Sam
Connections: 50 amp FHU

Sunset RV Resort – TEXAS (Austin) 2015

CAMPGROUND REVIEW


Campground/RV Park: Sunset RV Resort
Location: 16910 Hamilton Pool Road, Austin, TX  78738
(512) 632-RVRV
Date(s) Stayed: 9/27/15 to 9/30/15
Length of Stay: 3 days
Site #: 
Cost per night (with taxes): $35/night
Discount Used:  10% Good Sam
Connections: 50 amp FHU’s
Stars:  1.0
 
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’.  

RV PARK REVIEW: Oasis RV Resort – TEXAS (Amarillo)

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Campground/RV Park: Oasis RV Resort – TEXAS (Amarillo)

Location: 2715 Arnot Road, Amarillo, TX 79124  (888) 789-9697
Date(s) Stayed: 9/25/15 – 9/29/15
Length of Stay: 5 days
Site #: 41 (Pull Through)
Cost per night (with taxes): $31.85/night
Discount Used:  10% Good Sam
Connections: 50 amp FHU’s
Stars:  4.75

Oasis RV Resort was recommended to us by another RV’er but we didn’t realize the extent of their recommendation. Its been rated as one of five top RV Destinations in Texas.  We made a reservation a month prior.  This RV ‘Resort’ is beautiful! 
Oasis RV Resort is located west of Amarillo and is easily accessible from I-40 (exit 60) and only 2 miles from Cadillac Ranch on the Service Road.    Campground signs signify a mile from the exit; as well, a huge billboard showing their location (lit up at night!). Love’s Truck/Travel is right at the exit for easy fueling before you park or on your way out.

This very manicured RV Resort has 188 concrete/asphalt level, ample spaced sites; 147 are long Big Rig friendly pull-throughs.  Large chipstone islands between each site instead of grass; however beautifully manicured gardens and grass in common areas.  Check-in procedure was fast and friendly.  We arrived at 3:00pm with no waiting.    

Accurately quoted from Oasis RV Resort website:

During your stay with us you will enjoy:
  • 188 full service RV sites featuring 147 pull-thrus all on paved roads to guarantee level pads
  • Private picnic patio, 20/30/50 amp electricity and cable TV at every pedestal
  • On site Storm Shelters
  • Free High Speed Wi-Fi
  • Free Cable TV, over 20 Channels
  • Heated outdoor pool. (seasonal)
  • 2 heated spas, one adult only (seasonal)
  • Exercise Room
  • On site full service propane
  • Ice available
  • Pet friendly resort with newly constructed dog run
  • Sparkling clean private showers and bathrooms
  • Playground, BBQ Grills, Horseshoe pits, games and activities
  • Delicious Pizzas and Wings made to order at our Pizza Cafe every evening
  • Charming gift shop
  • Adjacent to a full service LOVES Travel Stop
  • Horse & Medical facilities nearby
  • Just steps away from the world famous Cadillac Ranch
  • Close to food & fine restaurants and Amarillo’s Westgate Mall
  • Free Limo Service to The Big Texan Ranch Steakhouse
  • Clubhouse available for special events

We LOVED this RV Resort!!  It, so far, has been our favorite in 2015!   So much to do nearby!  We spent a couple evenings enjoying their adult heated spa.

This RV Resort earned our 4.75 stars (out of 5).  The only thing missing is an adult beverage area (clubhouse) open at least weekend evenings.  Also, the pool could have been open a couple more weeks as it is still quite warm outside.  Campfires are not allowed; even propane firepits.

LOVE the fact that they honor Active Duty Military with their first night stay for FREE! 

We put this HIGH on our list of returns!  Love this Resort!

RV PARK REVIEW: Santa Fe Skies – NEW MEXICO (Santa Fe)

CAMPGROUND REVIEW


Campground/RV Park: Santa Fe Skies RV Park
Location: 14 Browncastle Ranch, Santa Fe, NM     (877) 565-0451 or (505) 473-5946
Date(s) Stayed: 9/21/15 – 9/24/15
Length of Stay: 3 days
Site #: Aster 5 (Pull Through)
Cost per night (with taxes): $43/night
Discount Used:  10% Good Sam
Connections: 50 amp FHU’s
Stars:  2.0

Santa Fe Skies RV Park is located on the Turquoise Trail at I-25 & NM 14/599.  Beautiful sunsets, close approximity to Santa Fe and eateries is right around the corner.  While we were there, we visited the Miraculous Staircase at Loretto Chapel and Cathedral Basillica of St. Francis of Asisisi as well as enjoyed window shopping in the Santa Fe Plaza downtown.

We checked in approximately 4:00pm; we were the only RVers checking in at the time.  The young man cashier was not very pleasant and not very helpful.  He just handed us the park map, rules and was more interested in other things.  He didn’t let us know about the club house and what it had to offer.  The campground is terraced with approximately 90 FHU sites.  The entrance is a bit tight for big rigs.  Check in is at the large building on the right; there’s also a clubhouseand small souvenier shop.  The laundry was small and not adequate for how many sites there are. 


Each site is terraced on gravel with concrete pads equipped with a picnic table.  Sites are tight and mostly not level; had to use several blocks.  We had a hooking and unhooking issue because of it.  Other than grills, no open fires are permitted.  The roads/aisles are narrow.  There are some permanent campers but they are in another area of the park.  Free WiFi is located in the clubhouse and only during office hours. Propane is available for sale at the park.  Groceries, shopping, restaurants and fuel is fairly close by.  RV’ers are responsible for taking their own trash to the dumpster at the park entrance.  


Santa Fe Skies is a dog friendly park; there is a dog park and a 3/4 mile walking trail.  Do not let small dogs or cats outside; they could end up as Coyote snacks.  It can get quite windy at the park, they recommend not leaving awnings out while you are away from your RV. 


We rated this park at 2 stars because of the lack of hospitality, maneuverbility and leveling difficulty for big rigs, very close approximity to neighboring coaches and inadequacy of laundry facilities per amount of RVers; also because there WiFi only available in the clubhouse.   If we visit New Mexico again, we may look elsewhere. 

Haggard’s RV Park – COLORADO (Pueblo)

Campground/RV Park: Haggard’s RV Campground
Location: 7910 W Hwy 50, Pueblo West, CO  81007    (719) 547-2101

Website: www.haggardsrvcampground.com

Date(s) Stayed: 9/9/15 – 9/21/15
Length of Stay: 2 weeks
Site #: E8 (Pull-Through)
Cost per night (with taxes): $297/week.  $27-37/week
Discount Used:  10% Good Sam
Connections: 50 amp Electric/Water and Dump Station
Stars:  3.5

CAMPGROUND REVIEW: Jefferson County Fairgrounds Campground – COLORADO

CAMPGROUND REVIEW

Campground/RV Park: Jefferson County Fairgrounds Campground (Golden)
Location: 15200 W 6th Ave. Frontage Road, Golden, CO  80401
                (303) 271-6600
Date(s) Stayed: 8/15/15 – 8/20/15
Length of Stay: 5 days
Site #: 1 (Back In)
Cost per night (with taxes): $40/day
Discount Used:  None
Connections: 50 amp Electric/Water and Dump Station
Stars:  2
Jefferson County Fairgrounds Campground managed by the Jefferson County Fairgrounds has 40 RV sites.  The Campground was easy to get to off of US-6.
Sites 1-18 are on pavement; first section are back ins (50amps) and second section are parallels (30amps); it was a weird configuration.  Sites 19-40 are gravel pull-throughs (not level).  Since we were in site #1, we can’t speak for reviewing or giving knowledge of the gravel sites.  The back-in sites back up to a small hill; most take their dogs back there to unwind and do their business (and not clean it up!).
Being a Toyhauler, we could not unload our toys from the back which was not an issue for us; we hadn’t planned on it anyways.  Picnic tables were present at each site in the back (we moved ours to our awning/door side because we were so long and we had more room).  The bath houses were very clean and had ‘codes’ so no one from outside the campground could use them.
There is a nice covered pavillion with lots of picnic tables with a children’s playground to the right after the entrance check-in building (which was directly across from the front of our rig).  There is a bit of highway noise but that wasn’t an issue for us as we were out playing tourist.
Reservations highly recommended (by us) with thorough explanation of your size and needs.  They assigned us in site #1 which was fine except if the parking spots directly in front of our rig were taken.  Spaces were TIGHT; literally, slides touching which made it difficult for privacy and walking around your rig.
While parked, we toured and visited Rocky Mountain National Park, Breckenridge, Frisco, and Golden.  Lots to see and do in this location.

In our experience and opinion, Jefferson County Fairgrounds Campground was overpriced for what it was.  This is not a long-term campground’/park; only good for a couple/few overnights.  This was the only place with vacancy for our 44′ big rig toyhauler 5th wheel.  Though accessibility to I-25/US-6 was great, no sewer connections (except for dump station which was not big rig friendly), layout of the park, spaces between sites, maneuverability, and no sewer earned only 2 stars.

Would we stay here again?  As a last resort.