About Ardent Camper

We're Marie and Josh, two nerds who love being outdoors, exploring new places and enjoying all life has to offer. We bought an RV, sold our house and hit the road full time in 2014.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Tumble In RV Park , Marfa, Texas

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

This is a self-service park with few frills. When you arrive, you check yourself in. The park owner is available by email and the few time I wrote to him with questions like where's the closest propane refill (it's West Texas Gas in Alpine on Highway 118 north of the hospital, by the way), he wrote back quickly and was very helpful.

There are a few retro trailers always on site to add some charm, and the visitors seem to have a higher retro camper ratio than usual, too. It seemed a lot of folks just stayed for one night, but several stayed for a week or longer (like us) to have time to explore Marfa and the surrounding areas.

A previous reviewer mentioned lots of stickers. I didn't let my dog venture outside of the park boundaries, except for the walking path in the back, but she never got one in her paw here. It seemed to be cleaned up.

A few potential downsides: there's a train that runs right behind the park. It doesn't blow its horn at night like it does during the day, but you can definitely hear and feel the rumble. Also, there are provided shower and bathroom facilities, as well as a laundry facility and kitchen, but none have any kind of central air or heat. There is one washer and one dryer, but you pay with a cash envelope, so it's nice not to have to keep track of quarters. All in all, we'd stay again; our rate was with the weekly discount. We camped at Tumble In RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

We loved our brunch at Squeeze Marfa. There's supposed to be a great organic grocery store in Marfa, although we never made it there; the Puebla Market grocery store is pricey and a bit picked-over. There's a Dollar General next door for quick things.

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Hidden Valley RV Park, Del Rio, Texas

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

We really enjoyed staying here. First of all, the sites are all huge because it used to be a mobile home park. Our site was even more huge - the largest I have ever had in an RV park. The park itself is well kept up and clean, its primary feature being a big red barn that makes itself right at home on the edge of fields and farmland.

The laundry waiting room is super cozy, although the place could use a few more machines. Payment is done through cash envelopes, so you don't need quarters, but it is pricey at $5 for a wash and dry (total).

It's a little tricky getting to the park if you have a tall rig because stoplights in the cute downtown section of Del Rio can be a bit low. Call ahead when you're close to arriving, and the park owner will give you a better route.

We were glad we stayed in town rather than out towards the Reservoir because we felt it gave us a chance to see and explore the historic part of Del Rio, rather than just the new construction on the north side of town.

The staff was hands-off but very helpful and nice. It's a quiet park, and we'd definitely stay again. We camped at Hidden Valley RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

We ate at Julio's Tortilla Chip Factory and Restaurant several times and loved it, even buying some prepackaged chips and dip to take home with us. We had a great time exploring Amistad Reservoir; a good place to fish if you don't have a boat is the pier off the picnic area off Black Brush Point. The best part of our trip was probably our visit to Seminole Canyon State Park. We took the Fate Bell Shelter ranger-led tour and saw 4,000-year-old pictographs. It was beautiful!

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Sunset RV Park, Sunset, Texas

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We arrived late and only were able to stay overnight, but the park was a convenient stop right off the highway just north of Fort Worth. We could see highway traffic going by, but there were enough trees that the sight and sound didn't disturb us. We only interacted with the staff on the phone and online, but they were very helpful, giving us the code to the showers and free laundry and telling us which spots were available. The park was a little difficult to navigate as we arrived in the dark, but we found a cozy pull-through nearly alone on our row and spent a quiet night here on our journey. We camped at Sunset RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Pecan Park Riverside RV , San Marcos, Texas

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

We had such a great time at Pecan Park! First of all, the park itself is quiet, tucked at the edge of San Marcos so it's right near everything without feeling busy. It's on the edge of the San Marcos River, just a short walk downhill from the campground, and although we didn't get to take advantage of the canoeing service in the winter, it looked convenient. The park has standard amenities (full hookups, best internet we've had at a park yet, decent cable, laundry, club house, showers, activity room) and some not-as-standard ones (indoor heated pool, hot tub, gazebos, outdoor movie theater, dog park). The sites aren't huge, but they're spaced out well enough that we never felt like we were on top of our neighbors--even the ones behind us. The stately pecan trees give plenty of shade for the rigs in most of the sites.

Next, the people. The park has great hosts, giving a real personal touch to the park. We had a nice time getting to know them during our stay. The office staff is totally on it, calling us every time a package arrived and even sending someone to help us back into our spot upon our request. We camped at Pecan Park Riverside RV in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
305
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

There are plenty of restaurants close by, as well as a grocery store. We enjoyed eating at The Root Cellar (good date night!) and Centerpoint Station (burgers, shakes, country store). Downtown San Marcos has interesting shops, and for the more adventuresome, check out nearby Jacob's Well in Wimberley (40 min drive) and Hamilton Pool in Marble Falls (1 hr). New Braunfels is close with plenty to do, including a Camping World for resupplying, and San Antonio is just an hour away.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Woodland Lakes RV Park, The Woodlands, Texas

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

We really enjoyed our stay here. The staff was very friendly and helpful, providing a recommendation of an RV tech when we had a plumbing issue.

The park itself is a decent size but rather quiet, with two main areas of the campground separated by duck ponds. There is a walking path behind the ponds that leads into an interesting swampy area characteristic of this region of Texas.

All the main amenities worked great, though the Tengo internet or cable quality wasn't anything to write home about. During our plumbing issue, we used the club house's shower and restroom facilities, which are plentiful and very clean and nice. There's also a small workout room inside with the basics. We camped at Woodland Lakes RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Fort Amarillo RV Resort, Amarillo, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $39.00
Overall Rating:

When we stayed here, the weather was extremely cold, so everyone was running through propane at an amazing rate. Nonetheless, the park was extremely responsive, filling up our tanks quickly every time we asked. There was also construction underway, but it never blocked our path.

The staff was always very friendly and helpful. The only slip-up was when we had a dog-sitter turn in our 5th wheel key to the office and it was lost. The staff offered to pay for a replacement from a locksmith.

Amarillo isn't known for its trees, but the park has made an effort to place them on every other site. In addition, some privacy is created by low fences between all sites. Located just on the edge of town right off I-40, it's convenient to lots of shopping and dining in Amarillo. We camped at Fort Amarillo RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
140
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to check out vintage shopping on 6th Street (Historic Route 66) and the free RV museum at Jack Sisemore Traveland.

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