Website: Traveler’s World RV Resort
CAUTION: DO NOT follow your GPS! Follow the campground directions. There is a railroad crossing at E. Southcross and S. Presa that is elevated and very steep. Trucks and RV’s have been know to get hung up on it. Also this part of E. Southcross is one of the most uneven and undulating roads we have ever experienced and is a wild ride even in a car.
Date(s) of Stay: November 16, 2016 arrival, December 5, 2016 departure
Located just 3.5 miles from the famous Alamo and San Antonio’s downtown historic Riverwalk, this RV resort which is part of Sun Communities has 165 full hookup sites, both pull thrus and back ins. In addition to the RV sites, they also have a number of sites along the perimeter that are now occupied by park models. A map of the resort can be found here.
Overall Impression – 4/5
Some reviews suggest that it is in a bad, seedy and unsafe part of San Antonio. Not true. Yes, we would agree that the surrounding area is not the prettiest part of town, but it felt perfectly normal and safe to us and we were very close to almost anything we needed, plus centrally located to the main tourist attractions. Any nervousness we had about the park quickly dissipated as soon as we pulled in. It was like an oasis in the midst of a more industrial feeling neighborhood. Trees, green grass, a golf course next door and direct access to the Riverwalk! As we drove to our site (#103), the first thing we noticed was that each of the empty gravel sites had been raked in readiness of the next occupant. Nice touch.
For big rigs, pull thru sites 83-103 are preferred (avoid 104 thru 105-1/2 which are narrow and have low hanging trees). If you want a back in site, be aware that the way the back in sites (#16-52) are situated near the park entrance, the rear of one RV is directly behind the rear of another one. Our pull thru site #103 was long enough for both our 45′ rig and our toad with plenty of room on either side of us. Each site has a cement patio with a picnic table. The resort is very well maintained with weekly lawn mowing and almost daily leaf blowing sessions to keep the roads clean.
Note that there is 160 lbs of water pressure in the park so you MUST put a regulator on the faucet before the hose or risk blowing up your plumbing. If you don’t have one (you should), they sell them in the office/store.
Direct access to the Riverwalk is directly adjacent to the campground entrance. You can travel (walk or bike) about 5 miles south and about 10 miles north. Downtown is about 5 miles north and is a nice bike ride. The Missions are nearby and all are accessible from the Riverwalk.
Bus stops are in front of the resort office making it very easy and convenient to go downtown to the River Walk area. Great way to avoid the traffic and potential parking nightmare.
We liked it so much here and there was so much to see and do that we extended our original 11 night stay for an additional week. We will definitely return, perhaps for an extended stay.
The one minor annoyance here was the constant train whistles. We weren’t close enough to actually hear the train but just about every hour we would hear the warning for multiple road crossings.
Size – 4/5
Sites are gravel and level and most have ample spacing between sites. Most pull thru sites are long enough for a big rig and toad. Big rigs should pick sites 83-103.
Privacy – 3/5
Mostly none, but most sites have at least a tree and with the comfortable spacing it wasn’t a problem. Plus the pull-thru sites are angled and that made it feel even more private.
Amenities – 4.5/5
Free Wi-Fi (and it worked!), laundry room, bathhouse, pet area, heated pool, clubhouse, on site store, dump station, propane filling station, gym plus others. Entrance to paved River Walk bike/walking trail is right next to office.
Convenience – 5/5
Close to down town and just a mile or two from several of the missions. Bus stops next to office. Several very good restaurants (Taqueria Guadalajara and Mad Mack’s Burger Co.) are nearby. H.E.B. Plus grocery store (awesome) and Walmart are less than 2 miles away.
Physical Surroundings – 4/5
An oasis in the middle of a suburban industrial area, but it is next to a golf course and on the Riverwalk!
Maneuverability and Roads – 4/5
Interior roads are paved and mostly easy to maneuver. There is one tight turn on the way in to the main loop (after you register). We ended up making the turn OK with our 45′ non-steerable tag rig, but we advise unhitching your toad just in case.
Peace & Quiet – 4/5
Traffic noise from the busy main road was not that noticeable where we were deep in the campground, but might be more noticeable near the entrance. Train whistles off in the distance can be heard several times a day but they didn’t really bother us much.
Utilities – 5/5
- Sewer – well positioned, threaded cap, good elevation.
- Satellite – no problem hitting all three DISH Western Arc birds. Some sites with larger trees may prevent reception, particularly 104 thru 105-1/2 and some of the back in sites.
- WiFi – amazingly good! Well deployed, strong reception (although we were using a repeater) and good back end let us stream content with no issues.
- Cellular signal – Very Good to Excellent (Verizon and T-Mobile)
- Over-the-Air (OTA) TV – We picked up 11 channels including all the major networks except FOX with no difficulty.
- Power – Very Good. 50/30/20 with breakers. 120+ volts on both legs no errors during our stay.
- Water Pressure/Quality – VERY HIGH PRESSURE @ 160 PSI. You MUST have a regulator or risk severe plumbing damage. No turbidity or off odors, moderately hard.
What We Liked:
– Very convenient to local attractions
– Very conveneint to grocery and shopping
– Bus stop on site
– Riverwalk on site
– Very clean, well maintained park
– Friendly, very helpful staff
What We Didn’t Like:
– Train whistles
– That we had to leave