- Name: Flatonia RV Ranch
- Dates of stay: Jan 26 – 28, 2018
- Location: 2055 FM 609, Flatonia, Texas
- Type of campground: Private / Independent
- Cost: $30/night for FHU pull through site
- Additional fees: none
- Stay limit: none
- Accepts mail / packages: yes
- Cell reception: adequate
- Website: http://www.flatoniarvranch.com
- Pros: convenient to highway, long pull through site, inexpensive
- Cons: soft ground
One of Jeff’s passions is mountain biking, so as we travel, he’s always on the lookout for trails to ride. We stopped here because he spied some trails near here. Otherwise, there’s not much to draw us to Flatonia.
This family-owned campground was formerly a cow pasture and now features 58 pull through, full hook up (50 amp electric, water, sewer) sites. It’s right off of I-10, easy to maneuver around and has a row of super-long pull through sites in the front. The only challenge is that it had rained a day or two earlier and the ground was quite soft. There was a layer of gravel at each site, but our jacks sank right down into the soft soil underneath, rendering them essentially useless. We could have tried pulling them up, putting down jack pads and re-leveling, but we figured it wouldn’t accomplish much. For only 3 nights we can deal with a bus listing slightly to starboard.
Other than that, the campground was a perfectly acceptable place to park. The restroom / bath house was basic, but clean. There was also a coin laundry, which I didn’t use. The owners are very friendly and accommodating and the place was extremely quiet. There appears to be quite a few semi-permanent residents, but the place is kept clean and orderly. Our over the air digital TV antenna pulled in a number of Austin channels and the AT&T signal was good.
The owners do not accept any discount programs, but $30/night is a reasonable price for basic campground amenities. After having our slides in for 5 days straight while traveling and at Dixie RV having warranty repair work done, it was just nice to spread out and have full hookups for a while!
There’s not much going on in tiny Flatonia or nearby Schulenburg. However, we did locate a couple of wineries nearby. One gem is Morania Vineyard & Winery located only 16 miles away. We stopped in on a quiet rainy morning, and the owner (a mechanical engineer from Italy) sat with us and chatted for at least an hour. A tasting is only $5 and includes nibbles of local cheeses, sausage and freshly made bread. The tiny winery only had a few offerings (mostly sweet wines), but their dry red was surprisingly drinkable and a couple of bottles found their way into our truck before we left.
Bottom Line: Not a destination park, but a good overnight stop that is convenient to I-10. The campground roads are solid, but sites can be soft, especially after rain.
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