Not having a reservation, and arriving on a Sunday, I went to the "Fam Camp" office to get the number for the host. They are very helpful, and found me a spot for a couple of days. They meet me at the park with a hostess packet and showed me where the spot was. They were very friendly. After hook up I took a shower and watched some TV. Things at this point are great. After about one hour I get a knock at the door. I answer and a gruff little man asks what my name is and lets me know that I can't just pull in anywhere I like. I try to explain that I got help from the number at the office and he tells me the guy was wrong. At this point I can tell you I will not be back. I thought the first part of this was great, but it's people like the little old bitter man that makes camps like this unwelcome. The whole thing could have went differently with a different attitude. I would think the purpose of a camp Host is to make the camp nice, help people, make them feel welcome. Starting this June I stayed at Grand Forks AFB, Minot AFB, William Henry Harrison, Mountain Home AFB, Kingsley Field, and now here. I had great fun and all of these places were great in there own way except this one. Even if the Base is fun, this one person will ruin this camp for me, and that is sad.
This is the third or fourth time we have stayed at this location. The quiet seclusion and the cost is why we come here and it is the only things that keep us returning. This review is for those of you who generally have famcamp like expectations while RVing. My biggest complaint is that well over 25% of the spots are being lived in full time by active duty and retirees. One fellow we met has been there over 3 years. Active duty expect to remain in place until they are relocated. How do I know this? I certainly did not ask. The place really looks like a low class trailer park in the areas occupied by the residents. I'll attempt to attach a few photographs rather than go on. There are no rules given to anyone when they arrive. To do so would mean that they would have to be enforced. Dogs are tied out. Kids are running around the entire park unattended. Dog crap sets where it is dropped. Multiple vehicles and storage units are adjacent to RVs. The overall lack of upkeep by the full time residents is pretty bad. Now for the rest of the RV folks who use it as intended, the staff were fantastic. When I expressed my observations they rightfully responded that they do not write or approve policy. The laundry room and community room is small but very clean. Internet is available in the community room "most of the time". The sad part is that each and every RV circle has a dedicated signal from the router, they all show full 4 or 5 bar signals, but none were ever capable of managing internet data the entire month I was here. Suggesting it be repaired since the infrastructure was already in place was met with a simple shrug of the shoulders. On the other hand, the entire region is going through a tremendous drought, all grass is brown, yet a lawn service appears every Thursday and blows dirt over the entire area by running riding lawn mowers and weed eaters. I guess if they got the contract they are obliged to go through the motions regardless. What a dumb contract. I suggested they take a little of the money going toward the dust bowl and get the internet up and running (shrug). Sorry to be so negative, but being here 30 days certainly gives one a long time to observe the obvious. Famcamp or Trailerhood, you decide.
Beale is a nice, although way out of the way base, fortunetly all you need is here as it is a long ways to anything else. We liked it and decided to move our 5th wheel into storage here so we could spend some of the winter here. OMG ! what a sad sack, nasty looking storage lot they have, trailers jambed in at what appeared to be 2 foot apart, no way would I leave a 50K trailer here for someone to crash into tryng to back into this lot. Sorry Beale, but we are moving on.
The only negative about Beale is that it is so far away from everything. If this doesn't bother you and you are looking for somewhere quiet and peaceful, you will love Beale. The campground is located in an isolated spot on the base a mile or more from the exchange, commissary, and the rest of the "business district." The campground manager and camp host were nice fellows and eager to help and answer questions. The campground, a previous mobile home park, is well maintained. The price of $14 was very reasonable.
This is our second visit to this famcamp. In one year I saw a remarkable decrease in the overall management of the park. Indifference is the best word I can find. Laundry room was never cleaned behind the dryer while we were there. Everything else was surface clean at best. Keeping wifi connected or re booted was a chore. John, during the day never could figure out what seemed to be an easy task for the two other camp hosts that shared time managing the place. Base personnel were very courteous during the entire stay. Maintenance and a "full time" camp host willing to get things done should be a priority.
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