Nice campground for seeing the local area.
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Type of site
RV Site - Pull-through
RV Site - Back-In
Good luck getting a decent site. We visit a few times a year and see that this famcamp has become a trailer park for those working on base. The nice back ins are taken up by about 15 or so full timers. That leaves a few sites on the asphalt with no tables, just plug ins or the narrow, rocky pull thrus in the middle. Management needs to follow the rules and take better care of this famcamp so all military have access to it. Ants are also a big problem.
The sites were not marked in the area we parked in, you had to know the first site closest to the dumpster was site 30 and you had to count up to your site to get the correct number. The guy at the Laundry/office/lounge was clueless about anything associated with the camp ground, base or the community. Since this is a Reserve base the was very little that the base had to offer. If you need medical you have to go to the VA in Loma Linda or Navy Hospital Camp Pendleton. I had trouble getting my mail because the camp mailing address is incorrect and should be changed from: (Your Name), c/o General Delivery, 23580 Alessandro Blvd., Moreno Valley, CA 92553-9997 to (Your Name), c/o General Delivery, Moreno Valley, CA 92553-9997.
This is really an example of great potential poorly executed. While the limited staff is friendly, many days no one is present, the park is poorly set up and maintained. First the upgrade of landscaping is an unmitigated disaster. Whoever did it has no idea of the usage of RV parks. The pull throughs have river rock that is difficult to walk on...read easy to trip and fall and has cinder rock where you need to kneel down for hookups etc. Pet rules are a joke. Our next door camper was long term with two vehicles and two units on one site. Now the pets. Two chihuahuas crapped all over the grass you had to use to get to the rocks to get to the tanks. Of course if you stepped back at all you had dog crap all over your shoes. While I was leaning into my truck I heard the door on their unit and the two evidently raced to my leg and one bit me to defend the homeland. Luckily no skin was broken just caught my jean leg. Of course these were darling dogs who did not need leashes. Don't get me wrong I love dogs but I love responsible owners more and a properly monitored park even more. Now lets talk about site management. When you arrive you usually will not find anyone available to meet your needs or answer questions. You will find a note to call the billeting office and they will have no idea or number to call to find help. Yes they do refer you to the host sites which are carefully unmarked and with no one available either. DO NOT follow the directions in Allstays as you will end up on a closed road near a permanently closed gate. Since it is a dead end...good luck if you are back there with any length. The positive...well it is a great location, quiet at night and priced right. But had this been the old SAC base it was in the day you would never have to put up with the nonsense of this parks management or lack there of.
January 10-14, 2015
IMPORTANT INFO - There are a handful of dry camping spaces available if the park is full. The price is excellent for the area. It seems most of the residents are long term campers. The maximum stay is actually only 14 days, not 30 as stated above, but residents can roll over their stay indefinitely if the park is not full and no one is waiting. I was told some of the residents have been here for years!
KBUG (Know Before You Go). The back-in sites surrounding the small park have galvanized steel pipes imbedded in the ground to the rear. They impede efforts to reach the sewer lines and will damage your rig if your depth perception is off. These pipe barriers could be positioned in front of the power boxes to protect them. Standard parking lot curbs could be utilized to keep rear tires from reaching the grass and would produce greater access to the hook-ups. For now use a spotter. PS: The dumpster over there has pad locks on it. The purpose is defeated. PSS: No gas station on post. HC
Great park after crossing the desert from Texas in July!! Was a little confusing finding main gate to enter as base has been seperated. Friendly and helpful staff. Commissary off base...good once located! Campsites small but adequate. Good base to explore area. Did go into Riverside for 1st Thursday art show. Old part of town very nice. Would stay again.
2 - 11 May 2014
The most appealing thing about this campground is the price. The daily rate for many military campgrounds in California exceeds $30. A few miles away, at Seal Beach, the daily rate is $30. Camp Pendleton is $38 unless you want a beach front row – that will cost $50. This campground, at $17, remains affordable even though it is near Los Angeles. Upgrades over the years have resulted in concrete patios and RV pads on two rows. The bathhouses are modern and clean. The sewer connection is at the rear of the sites and I had to use about 25’ of sewer hose. The sewer connection is in a bowl-shaped depression so I could not use my elbow screw-in connector. I had to use my rubber doughnut instead. The campground is next to the runways and taxi areas but there was surprisingly little jet noise. Nice commissary and exchange for a reserve base. If the Riverside gate was open, they would almost be within walking distance. Otherwise, it’s 2 miles via the main gate. Large two-level indoor mall, Walmart Supercenter, Sam’s Club, and Costco less than three miles away. About 1/3 of the campers appear to be homesteaders.
$17 per night make the campground a good value for us. We got a good campsite. We will likely go there again, but this campground is not one of our favorites. The place is devoid of any leadership in the management area. The guy at the desk made no attempt to be remotely personable which made us wonder. The fact that the hot water and internet were broken the two weeks we were there were symptomatic of deeper issues at the place. The pot holes in front of the new campsites means they don't care. Glad it didn't rain and we only had to content with the water and mud from the nightly watering. The location for us was the main attraction. With friends in Redlands it makes it a convenient stop. The fact that the base is a Reserve Base and has 1/2 of the buildings cordoned off with chain link fences through housing and streets closed off in neighborhoods makes it a little weird. This campground could be a great one, but not with out someone their who cares or a leader or manager who chooses to get involved. We were disappointed in the experience.
July 13, 2013
According to a chart in the office, there are 17 out of 40 spaces occupied by "Homesteaders." One person is there for nine months??? When did it become acceptable for members of the military family to "screw" other members for selfish reasons? Reservists on drill weekends are using the campground as housing. Fellows, it is for recreation NOT housing. Dumpster full and will not be emptied. The good concrete and grass spaces are occupied by the "Homesteaders" leaving the narrow, tree encroached, unlevel gravel pull throughs for the rest of us. Very unimpressive.
Feb 5-11, 2012
This is a pretty good FamCamp. Easy access through the main gate. There is grass and the sites are easy to get into. There is a large commissary and exchange, though it is quite a drive to them. There are a couple points, however that need attention. The internet service is very weak and sometimes only works if you access it from the office building. They took out the dog run to make room for new sites but haven't installed a new one. There is a very good place just behind the office that does't look like it would be good for anything else. It even has a fire hydrant. The park has no designated pet walk area and does not provide doggy bags so a number of disrespectful guests let their dogs go anywhere and don't pick up after them. I was told that there is no trash can in that area for dog refuse because the staff would have to empty it. Gee that would be too bad wouldn't it. Staff seems to do enough to keep their jobs but not much more. The camp hosts are very friendly and helpful but have limited power to make any changes.
17 Nov 2012
This location is far enough out to be peaceful while close enough to LA to make it practical for doing touristy stuff. The campground still has the homesteaders, one has been here since Feb and another has been here since Jun, what happened to the two week limit??? Another issue is that the base will not accept personal mail, therefore I would recommend removing the mailing address and insert NO MAIL! There also seems to be an ant problem. Would I stay here again, most likely.
Nov 13-27, 2012
The new rates are $17 per night or $224 bi-weekly (no refunds for leaving early). All 40 sites are open for use although the new ones lack paving at the street side of the pad. The entrance to the center pull-thru’s have new curbing but the exit side needs work. With each visit it looks better and with the ongoing improvements currently scheduled, as indicated by office personal, it will look great when finished.
Oct 19, 2012
D.B. left this review using the Directory software: - Camp site is clean, lots of grass, some concrete pads, some hard-pack. All good sites.
May 7, 2012
New section is not open yet. Outdoor recreation employee said the new sites "have not been released yet". He hoped that they would be within the next week. I requested a pull through site, and was told that only back-in's were available. Upon arrival at the Famcamp saw that only 2 pull throughs were occupied. The road in front of the pull through sites is in need of repair. The new sites look fine, cement pads appear level. The only thing that I see missing are site numbers and picnic tables.
Feb 16 - 23, 2012
J.S. left this review using the Directory software: - The 10 new sites are almost done. Concrete pads are finished, utilities are installed, and it looks like they're just waiting for the sites to be inspected and/or landscaped. The streets have already been paved, too. They have 19 sites available (the pull-through gravel sites are closed) during the construction. There were several sites still open during our stay, but it filled up toward the end of it.
February 27, 2012
Stopped by for the day to evaluate the campground. The campground is currently undergoing an upgrade. Only 20 RV sites are currently available, with another 20 being installed. It appeared most of the renovation was complete, with some final details and landscaping to be completed. They hope to have the entire FamCamp open by April 1st, 2012. I did see a couple vacant RV sites. Clean laundry room. Outdoor recreation staff was very helpful and friendly.
Aug 4, 2011
As of Aug 4,2011, there will be only 9 spaces available according to MWR. And, these will be given priority to personnel on base requiring the space.
March 13 – April 31, 2011
Arrived mid day. The guards gave us directions to the FamCamp, some 1.5 miles down the road. Upon arrival in the area there were no signs on the main road as to where or when to turn. After a few zigzag turns we found our way to the grass overflow as no FHU site available. While checking out the only building there and the area we noticed a Welcome to MARB FamCamp sign at the far end of the camp. Another sign directed you to the ITT building to pay (normal duty hours) or to The Inn (after duty hours, holidays and weekends). Building numbers were given but without a map who knows where these buildings are. I had been stationed at MAFB before and knew where the Inn was located. We paid for our one night (Sunday) with instructions to go to the ITT building in the AM if we were to stay longer. We were given maps at this point. There is one building that houses the showers/bathrooms, laundry w/3 washers & dryers, a computer terminal and some reading material. All are in good shape to include a daily cleaning. Monday, with map in hand, we went to the ITT office and found that a FHU was available. When our 14 days were up we were told that our site was available so we renewed. Those folks we met were friendly and helpful which is unlike what we had previously read about. The max stay is 14 days with FHU. If there is no one in overflow wanting a FHU site then you can extend another 14 days. However if your FHU time is up and an overflow person wants a FHU you have to move into overflow or leave. Price for FHU is $15 per day or $196 per 14 days and overflow is $5 per day unlimited which gives you access to the facilities building and the use of the dump and potable water. Not the best but the price is good. They will be expanding but currently you have a choice of sites with pads & grass, gravel & grass or asphalt and no grass. We had an asphalt site located across the street from the Tower and Passenger Terminal. Got to see lots of our troops leave and arrive from destinations unknown. They play Reveille at 0730, Retreat at 1630 and Taps at 2200. Nice to hear and remember our freedoms.
February 24, 2011
What a nice post this is, historic and pretty. We stayed one night in a large grassy site in the overflow as the campground was full. Check in was easy and staff pleasant. Quiet with not much aircraft noise.