Flatonia RV Ranch
So, I had to stop here, just for the name, if nothing else. This is almost exactly 500 miles from Gulf Port, MS on Highway 10 so a good stopping place for me for the night. I called in the morning and the manager said no problem to pay when I check in. I have no pictures because I arrived at 5:15 p.m. and left at 7:15 a.m. Less than $40.
Some notes from my short stay:
- I used the laundry room and it’s on the honor system with a box for the cash, $4.00 for one load wash and dry
- The two owners and the residents are very friendly — stopped to chat and helped me out with a stuck door
- Bass lake on the grounds and plenty of green space to walk the dogs
- My MH was fairly level for the night and I didn’t have to use blocks
- Full hook ups
- Easy on/off Hwy 10
- Yes, you will hear the freeway (and even see it) but this park is for convenience or extended stays for people who work nearby
- Dog friendly
Van Horn RV Park
This is a former KOA and you can tell but the new owners take a lot of pride in their business so not sure why it’s private now. This is 120 miles before El Paso and was 518 miles from my previous night’s stay in Flatonia. Because it’s so easy on/off from the highway for travelers with easy parking and a full store and cafe, it’s popular for overnighters but there is also a section for extended stay people as well.
All sites are pull thru and full hook up. The small rigs, like mine, get the front row closest to the cafe, store, and laundry, which was fine by me. I was very tired and had a load of laundry to run. I took advantage of their home-style cafe and ordered a dinner of chicken tenders, mashed potatoes and gravy, and country green beans, with a biscuit ($10.00) and it was delivered to my MH. So good. I would have ordered a breakfast in the morning too (biscuits and gravy, or eggs, or pancakes, or waffles, any of above with sausage and bacon if you want) but I still had some leftovers from others meals I had to finish — darn.
The sites are spacious and there is a dog run in the middle of the park. However, there were so many stickers in the dog area, my dogs preferred to walk around the perimeter on the roads instead. There is also a horse corral if you are traveling with horses and need to corral them for the night. I was here from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Some Notes (I wasn’t here long enough to take advantage of all amenities):
- Cafe open 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — not warmed over gas station food but real home cooking with a chef that takes pride in her food. The green beans even had bacon. And the chicken tenders were real chicken breast cooked to order.
- Laundry and store with souvenirs and supplies; unlike KOA campgrounds, this store sells alcohol so you don’t even have to drive anywhere if you want a beer at the end of the day
- Dog run and horse corral
- Spacious sites with full hookups
- Beware of stickers if you are walking your dogs
- Worth a longer stay with touristy things in the vicinity like observatories and caverns
- Attentive and friendly owners and staff
- Free wifi that worked a lot better than my Verizon mifi — I was able to watch several TV shows on my IPad
- Train sounds nearby but nothing that woke me up