Crestview Campground

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15700 S. IH-35 (Exit 220) ♦ Buda, TX  79610
512-282-3516 ♦ Website

May, 2013 – Crestview RV Center and Campground is located across the street from Cabela’s on the same side of IH-35. A little further north on IH-35 is Wal-Mart and several fast food and full service restaurants like Chili’s, Cracker Barrel, Logan’s Roadhouse and more.

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70 sites – all pull-throughs with 30/50 amp electric service and full hookups.

Laundry, restrooms, showers, free high speed wi-fi, 23 channel cable TV.

Good Sam and Crestview VIP discounts for daily rates – maximum of 4 days.

While campground is not meant to be a monthly campground, they do offer discounts for extended stays – like prepay for 5 days and get 2 free, prepay for 15 days and get 15 free, etc.

During my visit in May, 2013, daily rates were $33. Call 512-282-3516 for current rates.

Terry - late registration

Late check-in inside the main sales/service building. You can pull into any empty site and pay in the morning. Site maps are on the back of the Crestview magazine seen at the top magazine rack. If you arrive during business hours, Terry is one of the receptionists who will check you in. She’s been here over 12 years and I always enjoy seeing her friendly face when I visit.

Camp Hosts - Site 14

Meet campground hosts Ed and Mary, in Site 14. They’ve been fulltimers since 1997 and served as camp hosts here for a couple of years. They say most people comment on how convenient and reasonably priced they are for the area.

1st row from front

Sites 1-14

Row 1 as seen from front of campground. The first few sites on the left are reserved for service and are used also for setting up newly purchased RVs for doing the pre-delivery inspection, etc.

BathhouseSites 15-26 – Row 2 showing laundry, restrooms and shower building.

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Modern restrooms/showers were always very clean whenever I checked. Three washers and two dryers cost $1.50/each in May, 2013.

Me in Site 16

Me in Site 16 in my new motorhome. Meet Kismet! Link will take you to my public Facebook album (you don’t need a Facebook account to see them).  Oh, and thankfully, I don’t have the Ford Escape anymore, but traded in for a Honda Fit, which seems to actually be flat towable, unlike the Ford, even though represented as such. I’m so happy with my new motorhome and toad!

3rd row from front

Sites 27-40 – 3rd row seen from front

4th row from rearSites 41-52 – 4th row seen from rear

Sites 59-60Sites 53-60 – Last row on Cabela’s street side

These first two sites from back (59-60) are also gravel. The rest of this row are cement pads.

Rear gravel sites

Sites 61-68

Far rear sites do not have concrete pads (gravel pads, but offer more space between the sites). I was told they do not flood when it rains, so no worries there.

Pros/Cons

Readers have asked for short recaps of pros and cons about the parks I visit. I realize this is subjective stuff and what bothers some people, others won’t have a problem with, and vice versa. As a fulltime RVer, I like things that weekend campers can do without. But, based on my own observations and/or comments from others, here goes:

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Very long sites that can accommodate the longest RVs, pulled trailers and toads. Sites are very close together in my opinion (however, all seemed to be able to extend slides on all sides).
Campground is set far enough back from IH-35 that you don’t hear that highway noise. Lots of shopping and restaurants nearby. My particular site (16) and those close to the front of the service facility can hear the constant music that is left on 24 hours. It wasn’t too bad during the day, but loud enough that I couldn’t leave my windows open at night and sleep.
Concrete pads (except “VIP” sites toward back and on Cabela’s side of campground – those are gravel). Those sites are also roomier (more space on either side) and probably the quietest since they’re the farthest from IH-35. See site map. Due to location at top of hill, it’s windy pretty much all the time. One night the wind was so bad, it tore a slight rip in my full side slide, so be sure never to leave main awnings down overnight or when gone for the day. And I suggest when the wind really starts howling, you pull in your slides to protect your toppers.
Showers and restrooms are modern and were extremely clean whenever I checked. Laundry facility, while not large, has reasonable prices. Free ice for reasonable amounts. The water is extremely hard here, so be prepared for spots. Also, be sure to use your pressure regulator at the hose since the pressure demands that.
Convenient to Austin, San Marcos attractions, and San Antonio. Buda itself is a very cute town and fun to explore; good restaurants and fun shops. There were no signs at the end of rows indicating range of sites on each row, so if you’re looking for a particular site, it’s not easy to locate.
Other Camper Comments – The most frequently heard comment was they liked the convenient location, it was quieter than you would expect for a campground right on IH-35, and that they felt safe here.  RVParkReviews.com

two-centsMalia’s 2 Cents:  This campground certainly is convenient in its location and if you’re getting service done at Crestview. I wouldn’t call it a destination campground – no pool, campfires, picnic tables, etc. But there were quite a few people I talked to who have lived there for years and say it perfectly fits their needs. To me, for easy access, it’s hard to beat, but I need more nature and more room surrounding me for longer term stays.

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