Sharpe RV Park
August 14, 2014
What a shame. Sharpe Famcamp will only be open for another 2 weeks. It was a convenient stopping point off the I-5 corridor. When I arrived, the gate guards told me right away that the entire installation will close on 9/2/14 but that the camp will be open until then. The rate was still $15/night but as others have mentioned it's understandably a ghost town. It's also situated in the middle of a highly industrial area. Glad I found a place to land for the night....
28 March 2014
A super deal for $15 a night for full hook ups. A hidden gem. If you are traveling north/south through California this is a perfect stopping place, right off Interstate 5. There are a million trains all around but the noise really isn't bad at night and didn't bother us at all for the four nights we stayed. There is no camp host and no RV park manager, just an iron ranger. No reservations are accepted but we called the base police (209)982-2560 before we got near the place and they were very helpful. They told us there were plenty of spaces open and gave us a lot of good info about the park and the base. I highly recommend you call them before arrival to check if there is any room for you. Very nice, grassy spaces and well kept up. The base police and several other base employees told us the RV park may close sometime in 2014, probably not later than September 30th, so call first to be sure. We will definitely stay here again if it stays open.
Sept 11-14, 2013
The park is located in an industrial area, which makes it easy to get to (one-half mile from I5.) Noise from the trains and trucks is dampened by a cement wall. The smell from the dog food plant is intermittent and not at all offensive. We used this as a base for exploring around Tracy/Stockton/Lodi. Spaces are level gravel, both back-in and pull-throughs. Water bib for Space 21 was broken, the one for Space 20 was leaking. We left a message about these in the self-registration box, as there was no camp host. (There was a trailer in Space #1, but no one around.) Laundry ($1) had 2 washers/2 dryers. Two showers in each of the bathrooms. The swimming pool was locked up and the water was green. Since it was warm weather when we were there, I'd expect it to be open. So, I assume they don't have the budget to maintain it. One of the other campers had heard that the RV park might close in September and may not re-open. Again, no camp host around, so there was no one to ask.
Sep 22 - Oct 1, 2013
This is the first time we have stayed here since Wanda left a few months ago and it is basically just as nice as it was then. We had heard rumors that it was supposed to close the end of this month (Sep 2013) but all indications are that they have funding to keep it open for another year. It is not a fancy place to stay but is more than adequate for the $15 per night. Without a camp host, you are strictly on your honor now. They have the same system of check in as before and use the same forms and collection box. No credit cards -- cash or check only. The pull-thru sites are plenty long and have 50 amp with water & sewer and a picnic table. No cable TV so we use out antenna and get excellent reception with a converter box. They also have a two-washer/dryer laundry available for $1 per load. I have read a few negative comments on the security guards, who are all civilian, but the ones we have encountered have been very friendly and courteous - and no searches. The only downsides to staying here would be the odor from the dog food plant when the wind is right and the trains that are only a few hundred yards away. So I would highly recommend the Sharpe RV park for anyone who wants to save a few bucks and have a good location with security.
A really good option to this stopover is Dos Reis county campground about 1 mile west on Roth Rd then turning south on west side of I5 till intercepting Dos Rios Rd. For $25 a night you get full hookups, lots of trees, lawn and Ramada with picnic table. Sites are about 50 feet apart. Not sure why Sharpe was able to compete with this option. We found at least 5 spots pull thru and back in that could accommodate our unhooked 52ft. PS we love most of the mil camps where we have stayed.
28 March-4 April, 2013
This park is closing in September. Been coming here for 14 years and the rent-a-cops have always been an irritation. Now new security measures. We and our dogs had to leave the truck while they inspected it. Also had to open the fifth wheel while that was inspected. Made us feel like security risks. Even if this park wasn't closing we would not come back. For everyone who remembers Wanda, she is moving to a retirement community in Ripon next week.
Feb 28-Mar 1, 2013
With Sharpe Depot pending closure later this year ,the future of the RV park is unknown, Sharpe is one of those rare experiences to take in ,the park itself is small,noisy,( trains) and smells from the local Dog Food processing facility, What sets Sharpe aside from other military RV parks was the Hosts Bob and Wanda Thompson fo 17 years. Bob passed last October and is already missed by myself. If you visited Sharpe once ,your were an instant fan of thre place , because of Bob and Wanda. Its the people make the difference , not how fancy the park is,the ammenities or the location of the park.The rating of all 5's in my last for Sharpe and well deserved.
Nov -Dec 2012
Very Nice small RV Park with outdated policys. The park is due to change hands next year when the Army will take over. The Max stay of 28 days does not compair with Travis or any other park in the area. Wonda is a great host and tryes to handle most concerns. We have stayed here on more then one occasion and will stay again.
We ended up staying here for 27 days as we had some work done on MH. We parked in the pull-thrus and the site was very adequate. We used the laundry and it was always clean and only cost $1 per machine. The grounds are well kept up and lots of nice green grass. At night you will probably see a zillion bunny rabbits! We have friends in Manteca so it was really convenient to visit them. Also, it is about an hour or so drive to the Bay Area. The train noise and the dog food plant were the only bummers but at only $15 a night, it was well worth it! Wanda was very gracious in helping us get situated. Unfortunately during our stay, Bob passed away after a long illness. We certainly plan on stopping there again.
Early August 2012
Good price, we ended up staying for 13 night. Not much to do on the base but Stockton is close and San Francisco and Oakland are about a hour away. The only grass in each space is because previous campers watered it. Train noise is bad but for the price tolerable. Has direct access to the bases swimming pool, laundry, and bathrooms are old but in good shape. The camp hosts are very nice but because of health problems another host couple should be brought on board to take care of the grounds. I hope this campground remains open as the base apparently is being handed over to another branch of service.
26 July 2012
We stopped here one Thursday night in transit north on I-5. The directions to the park were spot on and the personnel at the gate were very helpful. We had difficulty contacting the hosts to determine if there was a vacancy and never did actually see the hosts which was no big deal. It is a self serve check-in where you fill out a form and place your CHECK OR CASH only in an envelope and then in the box. We had read about train noise and dog food factory odors. I heard one train (maybe I was tired) and we did not smell any foul odors. Maybe just lucky. We were traveling with our dogs and the lawns and grounds were fantastic. There were only about 5 other rigs in the campground and they all appeared to be long term. This is a great value for a brief in-transit stop.
It is still a good value for California and location (visiting family in bay area and Stockton!!). The main office took the cell phone away from camp host so don't be surprised if you don't get a response from office. The restrooms are old but clean and new washing machines. If there in summer the pool is right next door! Just be aware you will smell the dog food processing plant always and hear the trains always!! No wi-fi but Verizon mi-fi works well. And Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory and Ice-Cream Outlet down the street gives a 15% military discount!!
Feb 24 - 29,2012
We Arrived after hours on Friday and followed the written instructions for late checkin. We were right about the dog enjoying the grassy area, which are well maintained in the winter. The only markdown comes because of no map to the bathroom and Wanda seen us outside the RV as she rode her handicap scooter to get her mail but failed to come over to introduce herself. We wonder if we stayed an extra day without paying if Bob & Wanda would have approached us. This park is very convenient to I-5 travelers. There is a Subway on base which sign says open at 6:30 for those want a quick meal prior to departure. The restrooms and laundry were always clean. Wife says women's shower handle is hard for someone with arthritis to operate in the regular stall.
Feb 10 -13, 2012
J.B. left this review using the Directory software: - New arrivals may use self-registration/pay station located on left side of street near camp host's site upon entering the RV Travel Camp. I believe the $15.00 daily fee, and elimination of the Golden Age Passport discount, is no longer a value for travelers. This amounts to a $6.00 increase over last year.
Sept 16, 2011
Stayed one night after picking up MH from Freight liner repair facility in French Camp (about 1/2 mile from Sharpe Depot). Great setting for an overnight stay. Beautiful park, lots of green grass.
July 9-13, 2011
We really enjoyed this park! Wanda was there to greet us with a hug and helped us pick out our spot. It is in an industrial area, so we were prepared for the dog food factory (just smelled like dog food) and the trains. The Ghirardelli chocolate outlet is about 2 minutes away, so that made up for it! Park was a good home base for day trips to San Francisco and Yosemite. Swimming pool, fitness center, showers, and laundry close by and very clean.
April 1, 2011
Great little RV park. Hosts were really helpful. Dogs loved running on the large grassy areas. Would rate higher but was noisy with trains nearby. Did not experience the odor problem probably due to being there on Friday/Saturday.
6 June 2010
This park is very well maintained and hooks up worked as they should. Stockton is not exactly the center of activity in Northern California, but it is a good place to stop to catch your breath. My only complaint, but this is not under the control of the RV park, is the smell that comes from the dog food factory - it is pretty strong and quite unpleasant.
May 24 - 28, 2010
The park is in an industrial area. Can be noisy with the trains and trucks, plus the machinery at the dog food plant. Sites are small. Most are back to back, but they have put in about 10 pull thrus which are nice. We used it as a staging area to visit Yosemite National Park. Only has a small shoppette. It is a good bargain for a short stop over. Bob and Wanda are very nice and helpful. Didn't use any facilities, so can't rate. We would stop again.