Date of Stay: September, 2005
We stopped at Double J Campground on our way to our devastated home in Louisiana, after Hurricane Katrina wreaked her havoc on the Gulf Coast. We were worried, scared, anxious, in a hurry to get home, and not the richest folks on the planet, having been forced to leave a Workamper job early because of the hurricane. Well, the folks at Double J couldn't do enough for us. Imagine our surprise upon going into the office to pay the next morning only to be told that it had already been taken care of! One of the residents had generously paid for our site and the owner reimbursed him out of the goodness of her heart. Not only that, but Double J gave us ice, cases of Diet Cokes, bottled water and even offered us a job come next summer and offered to send me to RV tech school! They would not let us pay for anything. Talk about wonderful folks! And add all that to the fact that the campground was meticulously clean and manicured, and you could have eaten off the bathroom floors, no joking. The pull-through sites are long and very level, and all sites are nicely paved and have a lot of shade. There are some semi-permanent RVs in the back row, but their sites are kept super clean with no debris lying about. Garbage cans are emptied every day, if not more often. The owners take great pride in their RV park and it shows. I heartily recommend this campground to anyone traveling through the Chatham area as you won't be disappointed. The cleanliness alone rates a "10". We are so appreciative of Double J's kindnesses to us that we will never forget how good they made us feel, at a time when our spirits were rock-bottom. Now, THAT'S a great RV park, in my estimation.
Date of Stay: September, 2005
I had the unfortunate experience of staying at this park, (why they call themselves "ranch," I'll never understand) for four nights. Unless you are in dire straits, do yourselves a favor and drive on. This place has absolutely NOTHING to offer a traveling RV'er. The bathrooms looked vintage World War I, there are no activities, no playground, no pool, no restaurant, no laundromat, no pay phone, no burn pits, no esthetics, no camp store. Absolutely nothing to do, look at, partake in or buy. And it was noisy when we stayed here: loud, boisterous guests, many tenters and dogs that barked ALL NIGHT. Also: count on zero shade as there are no trees. Don't count on getting a hot shower in their bathroom facilities if you get back after dinnertime; every shower I took ran out of hot water within minutes of my turning it on. The RV sites sit right on top of each other, making it hard for those with slide-outs. Drive-through sites are non-existent. The owner seems more interested in making money than in making customers happy. Indeed, he bragged about going out of his way to have all-night car races (there is a dusty race track there but it wasn't used during my stay) just to annoy his neighbors and prove to them that his RV park isn't going anywhere. While I was here, the owner was complaining about FEMA coming in and taking over, although FEMA was helping him enlarge the park and filling his pockets all the while, something he evidently DOES seem to like. But the worse thing of all was he was cutting corners while adding new underground wiring for new RV sites. Because he chose to "save money" on the necessary wiring, one of the trailers caught on fire one night of my stay and there was a huge power surge and subsequent massive power outage. Well, to make a long story short, (?) my computer's hard drive got fried as a result of the power surge (it was so strong it even fried the surge protector as well) and it later cost me $275 to get my computer fixed. I was terrified that it had affected my RV's electrical system, but thankfully, this wasn't the case. He refused to take responsibility for his actions, even though some of the homes surrounding his RV park were affected by the power surge and outage as well. God only knows what became of those unsuspecting people's electronics. I thought I was saving money by staying at Haas-Cienda Ranch because I was lured there by their reasonable RV fees, but it cost me WAY more than I had planned, and at a time when money was tight. Do yourselves a favor and keep driving. This little, out-of-the-way RV park can't offer you anything more than a Wal-Mart parking lot can, and parking at Wal-Mart is free! If I had stayed at Wal-Mart, I would have saved myself $275, PLUS the money I paid to Haas-Cienda RV Park for a little electricity and water. This place is an embarrassment to RV parks everywhere as it is quite evident all they are interested in is your wallet and not your continued patronage.
Date of Stay: June, 2005
So-so park. Could never seem to find any employees about. We had the unfortunate experience of camping beside some good ol' boys whose aim it was to party all night. Unfortunately, we could find no employees to enforce the night time quiet rule. I think the highway noise was quieter than they were. We could not get a site that had a sewer (no problem), but I resent paying for one and not having one at my disposal. The place looked rustic, albeit a little over-grown here and there, although our cat loved it! Not a bad campground, but it would be much better if it were not right on the highway and if some of its drive-thrus were not so close-quartered. We were starved and didn't want to unhook so we ate at the restaurant within walking-distance at the foot of the hill that promised "grandma's home cooking". Do yourselves a favor: stay away. That had to have been one of the worst sandwiches I had ever eaten - it tasted like it came right out of a frozen box. Horrible service too. I probably won't stay at this RV park again - too much money for too few amenities. Like a ghost town! Eerie!