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’.  

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.

 

 

Artillery Ridge Campground – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Location: 610 Taneytown Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-334-1288
Email: ArtilleryRidge@comcast.net
Date(s) Stayed: 5/26/15 – 5/31/15
Length of Stay: 5 days
Site #: #404 pull-through
Cost per night (with taxes): $38/night Mon-Thurs and $50/night Fri-Sun
Discount Used: Passport America
Connections:  FHU
Stars: 3.5
Artillery Ridge Campground is great for those wanting to visit Gettysburg.
It is a family campground as well as for equine campers.  We chose Artillery Ridge based on other campground reviews found on the internet.
We made our reservations two months prior; the person on the phone was
very helpful in finding us a site that would accommodate our site and our wishes.  We found the check-in process was easy and quick; they were waiting for our arrival and had our paperwork ready.
The campground is located on the edge of the battlefield so you get the full feel of being there.  The center of Gettysburg is about 10 minute drive from the campground and only about 3-5 minute drive to the Gettysburg National Historic Site Visitor Center.
The roads into the campground are packed gravel; some have ruts from wear and weather.  Our campsite was in the back behind the horse stalls in the equine section; during the week it was rather quiet and on the weekend, it picked up with horse trailers.
We chose that are of the campground because of length of sites.  We enjoyed the outdoors; lots of birds, squirrels, bunnies, chipmunks and close proximity to the horse corral.  It was very warm during the day and sometimes, depending on the direction of the breeze, we can get a whif of horse
manure but it wasn’t too bad.  We are not horse experts but in our opinion, the horse corral could have used a little care, leveling and grass.  It looked like
a big muddy (when wet) dirt mess.   Most nights we were able to sit outside to
enjoy.  The campground had many mature trees throughout; none of which impeded our site or parking.
Our site itself was a packed gravel as well; not too difficult to level.
There were grassy patches throughout.  Each site was provided a picnic table and firepit.  Spacing between sites was average; about 20’ between sites.
Two sites over from ours was a permanent resident that a collector of junk outside (2 grills, 2 lawn mowers, etc.) in which he did not keep up.  In the area of our site stood two ‘tiny house’ residences.
The bath house was average.  They were clean; showers a little outdated
and small.  We did not see or use the laundry facilities so we can’t give an review on those.  The campground was family friendly; has a playground and pool near the entrance.
We did not use either so we can’t give an assessment of those.  There is a good sized camp store at the entrance in the same building as check-in.
It everything from basic staples, fishing supplies, pool towels and swim
noodles, and a great array of Gettysburg souveniers.
Special note: the entrance/exit is on a busy road.  When leaving the
campground, be vigilant as there is a blind curve in which motorists don’t
realize the campground entrance.   When leaving with your camper/coach, we recommend driving to the left of the campground sign before entering the road; you get a better view of the blind curve of those approaching and can enter the road more safely.

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Bay Palms RV Resort – ALABAMA (Coden/Mobile)

Campground/RV Park: Bay Palms RV Resort
Location:  15440 Dauphin Island Pkwy, Coden, AL 36523    (251) 873-4700
Date(s) Stayed: 12/18/14 – 2/18/14
Length of Stay: 2 months
Site #: 42 Pull-Through
Cost per night (with taxes):  $450/month 2014-15 winter rate (for 2019 daily, monthly and seasonal rates, see graphic image below)
Discount Used: none
Connections: FHU
Stars: 4.5

Reservations

We found Bay Palms RV Resort via RV Park Reviews. We called to make a reservation about two months prior to arriving. The office staff was friendly and our reservation process went smoothly. She let us know that the day we would arrive, there was a holiday pot luck party. So, I RSVP’d immediately.

Bay Palms RV Resort Location

Bay Palms RV Resort  is located on Rt 193. Its about 7 miles to Dauphin Island, 30 minutes to Mobile and roughly 15 miles to I-10 (Dauphin Island Exit).

Rates and Check-In

Their rates were comparable and competitive to those in the area and conducive to the type of location.

Check-in was quick and efficient. We were handed a copy of their policy and rules.

Site & Parking

Navigating the resort was easy. Most sites are paved concrete pads with exception of the center big rig (where we were) which are hard-packed, crushed shell. Our pull-through site was located in the back middle of the resort. It was easy to pull in despite our toy hauler fifth wheel length. There was plenty of room to park our RV, truck and two motorcycles.

Be aware that Bay Palms RV Resort does not provide picnic tables or fire pits at each site.

Amenities

I can’t say enough about Bay Palms RV Resort amenities! Let me say this. There is ALWAYS something fun being planned or happening. They leave no stone unturned when it comes to entertaining their guests. Lots of potluck meals, pool parties, games, fishing outings, etc. They even had a big Mardi Gras party during our stay.

Bath houses, though dated, are clean and sufficient.  There are two laundry rooms with two washers, two driers each and folding table. The laundry facility is clean and in same building as bath house and restrooms.

Propane is available for sale and delivered to your site from the staff (small portable tanks only).  The recently remodeled pool and playground is in operation during Spring, Summer and Fall seasons. They also built an oversized pavilion to shelter from the hot sun or allow parties to continue during tropical rains. While we were there, they had huge fire pits and grills all for the using.

There is a small camp store in the office.

I also wanted to add that because of it’s locale and proximity to great Gulf fishing, they also have a fish cleaning station.

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Located south of Mobile, Alabama, this RV resort is a friendly, code-gated place to enjoy the Gulf Coast! It’s also perfectly located for day trips to Mobile and Dauphin Island.

While some may question the validity of this facility being labeled ‘resort’, there are several factors that place this one in a resort category. First, it’s located right across the Gulf of Mexico with easy access to the beaches of Dauphin Island. It has a beautiful pool. It has propane delivered to your site. So, while ‘small’ and not impeccably manicured (because of it’s coastal theme), it resembles many that are ‘resorts’.

We did want to be transparent in saying that there are quite a number of permanent residents and they do allow some RV and vehicle maintenance at their sites. Even so, we made life-long friends here with the full-time residents.  They made us feel welcome! Bay Palms RV Resort is a family friendly FUN RV Resort that we will definitely stay at again!!

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