Reviews written by Waccamaw
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July 9 -13, 2011
Nice park and the price is the best value for any military campground. With the Golden Passport or Golden Access Pass the daily rate is reduced from $12.00/night to $6.00 night. Access through the Cargo Gate is tricky on the weekends. The Cargo Gate is closed on Saturday and Sunday and is probably closed after working hours. I had to call the base info, who in turn transferred me to base security. I had to wait 20 minutes for someone to open the cargo gate. And then I went through a canine inspection. I would not recommend trying the main gate with a big rig! Showers are clean, campground is clean, the clerks at Outdoor Recreation are friendly but clueless (did not know who emptied the washers/dryers of quarters). They did not have enough change for $10.00 worth of quarters. Mosquitoes are terrible this time of year but they do spray at least once a week. I would have rated the park higher if it had wi-fi and cable TV. I was able to pick up NBC, ABC, CBS and PBS with an antenna (and digital TV).
April 12-14, 2011
Convenient stopover for travelers passing between 1-40 and 1-10. Small campground with most spaces occupied more or less on a permanent basis (DOD employees and some active duty military personnel. Wifi is iffy at best, and laundry facilities are limited to a couple of washers and dryers in one building and a couple of washers and dryers in another building. The price is a bit high for the limited services offered. Plenty of overflow--nearly unlimited. When the wind gets up, it can get pretty dusty. The interstate highway is across a dirt area from the camp, but I noticed very little noise except for a few big rig trucks. I would consider staying here again. Even though they do not take reservations, I highly recommend calling ahead to see if a full h/u site is available; otherwise, expect to stay in overflow a night or two.
April 7 - 12, 2011
Nice Park, level gravel sites. Bathhouses conveniently located. Wi-fi is adequate but limited in band-with during peak periods, but ethernet hookups are available in lobby of office 24 hours per day. Washers and dryers work well with change machine in the laundry area. Also has "refill your own bottled water" dispenser on site. Lots of "dog run" areas with pre-filled dog poop baggies stocked in various locations. No diesel fuel sold on base. I will stay again at this park when I am passing through or decide to take in more sights in the area. Note to follow instructions to get on base: Keep LEFT as Alvernon breaks off to the right and Golf Links branches to the left. Also, do not use coordinates to get on base - they will try to take you to the Wilmot Gate - which is open weekdays only and cannot be navigated through with a big rig RV. Always go through the main gate with your RV. If the staff does not offer a "Passport to Tucson" discount booklet, ask for it. It costs $15.00 and will pay for itself with one of two visits to attractions in the book. Some are 2 for 1 and others are discounts. Check into it!
August 31, 2010
Campground is convenient to I-40 travelers. No frills. There is no shower/restroom at the campground. The camp gymnasium is about 1/2 mile so I drove over for my shower. Camp site was large enough, all are back-ins. I was able to get TV with antenna, and wifi was on-again, off again. As always, call to see if there are sites available. I will stop again if I am in the area!
August 30, 2010
We stopped for one night. The park is gravel road and all level gravel sites. The commissary and BX are not withing walking distance but are not too far away. The gas station is directly across the street from the campground and it does have diesel - the pump sits off by itself and you have to ask the clerk to come out and turn it on. She advised that they were going to get a new pump in the future. The Community Complex was closed due to remodeling. I thought the price a bit high for no more than was offered. But, free laundry facilities (4 washers/4 dryers) offset the cost of one night.
July 25-July 31 2010
This is a nice, clean well-maintained park. The office staff sometimes act as if they are bothered by your presence--maybe it was just a bad day. Wifi works only in the laundry area in the 100 section. The main base is on the other side of the interstate which makes things a bit inconvenient going back and forth (show ID'd every time) to the commissary and exchange. I recommend this park for a great stop over to see parts of Olympic National Park, Seattle/Tacoma, and the Puget Sound area.
Aug 1 to Aug 6, 2010
It may be a parking lot, but it is a nice parking lot. Convenient to Astoria, Lewis and Clark National/State Parks and Seaside, OR. The post exchange is very small but adequate for emergency items. Took a trip to Tillamook for the cheese factory. This is a good spot to camp and see the area.
23 May to 6 June 2010
Tony is not so bad - he just has no people skills at all. Zip-point-zilch, nada, zero! I arrived on a Sunday to a closed office. I did not see any signs posted on where to park. In addition, the street into the park was blocked due to underground pipe construction. I managed to start up a street when Mr. Tony came running out and screaming like a banshee asking me if I read the sign at the office. I told him I did not see a sign. He basically called me a liar when I told him that there was not a sign, or intimated that I was illiterate. After getting me parked in a spot, I went to the office to pay up. Tony was there. I asked him to point out the sign. He mumbled that someone must have taken down the sign. However, that being said, the park is very nice, restrooms and laundry areas are nearly spotless. Tony works hard to keep the park looking great. He trims trees, edges the grass and picks up trash. This is the best park for the money spent.
May 18 - 23, 2010
The park is conveniently located to many local attractions including Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row, various beaches for sea life viewing and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Carlina (the RV park Mgr) has two free passes to the Aquarium. That saved a bunch of money. Be sure to ask her about local tourism. The PX is located a few miles up the road at the old Fort Ord military complex. When you come into the park, be aware that you must go through the gate into the gold course. Also, the gate is closed after 7 pm or so or when the golf course closes so you will not be able to get in after hours without a gate code. Wifi is good. No cable TV, but several local channels are available with antenna. Shower and laundry facilities are clean. The airport noise is not really a problem; especially after staying at some places with military jets doing touch and go's. Some spaces are close, others are okay. My spot, site 18, was plenty long; but the sewer connection is uphill making it quite a chore to empty tanks. Other than that one drawback, this is a great place to stay for a week or so. If I am in the area again, I will come back.
May 16 - 18, 2010
I have stayed at about 10 military campgrounds now and this is the worst. I drove up to the Billeting office to check in. The lady running the office saw me pull up with my rig. She walked out of the office, locked the door and passed right by me. It was her lunch time and she was not about to miss lunch. I had to sit for over an hour waiting for her to come back. I have never been treated so rudely at a military campground. The good things about this park: 1) close to Hearst Castle and seal beaches, 2)on base dining facility, $5.00 per meal at breakfast, lunch and supper. The grounds look nice. Again, only 4 full hook-up. The sewer is difficult to get to unless you are in the correct lane leaving the park. The shower house/restroom facilities are horrible. The grass is grown up around the ladies room - my wife was afraid to even enter it. The men's room has a community shower with 3 shower heads. No toilet paper in the heads. There is a paintball course adjacent to the park so you may hear some gun shot sounds. This park is only useful as a short stop over. It would never be a long term destination camping spot. I am not sure I will come back to this park.
May 2 - May 16, 2010
This is a nice little park. Free coffee every morning in the Beach Motel lobby (where you check in). Right now, a lot of the spaces are having electrical difficulties. The sea salt air tends to eat away hookups. And, the wifi is limited at best. The beach is really close - my wife and walked it nearly every money. Sea lions, seals, pelicans and dolphins are often visible. The navy exchange is small, no diesel at the gas station -- but there is a Subway next door to the exchange. Port Hueneme is about 9 miles away. This is a fairly good location for trips to Catalina and the Channel Islands National Park.
April 18 to May 2, 2010
Campground is very close to all San Diego tourist attractions. The zoo, Wild Animal Park, downtown, Point Loma are 10 to 15 minutes away. I rated this park down on amenities because there are no military facilities except the golf course and golf club (meals available only for breafast, brunch and late lunches). The office does not have any mail service -- not even out-going mail. I had to run a mile to town to find a mailbox. The men's head has two toilets and 4 showers and is kept clean. The laundry has 4 washers and 4 dryers - $1.00 to wash and $1.00 to dry (about 45 minutes.) Some of the spaces are pretty close together and some are pretty short. If you have a big rig, it is best to specify when making reservations. WiFi is fairly good and there is good cable TV. A bit expensive, but probably cheaper than similar civilian RV parks.
April 16-17, 2010
Considering the prices for RV parks in the area, this is a good deal. The park is beginning to clear out--the winter visitors are starting to head back north to various homes. Never met the host. Checked in on Friday afternoon and left on Sunday morning. Base theater offers fairly recent movies free of charge on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. NEX is small as is the commissary. This is a pretty nice stopping off place on the way to San Diego.
October 21-22, 2009
Directions to the park are right on! However, do not miss the turn 1/4 mile east of the main gate entrance--you cannot make a left turn there. Bummer. I did not see a park host in the 2 days we were there. Park is adequate for a couple of days. There is a neat nature trail to walk on near the park. There are no services within walking distance. The RV park is not on base so the PX, gas station , etc. are a ways to get to. No wi-fi and no TV (my antenna would not pick up a single station).
October 18, 2009
Stopped through on my way from NC on to Texas. Did not meet any camp host. The site was adequate. Some sites have all hookups--ours did not have sewer. And, I did not find a dump station. You have to pay for wi-fi and the television reception is limited. Things on base are fairly easy to get to. For one or two nights, this is a pretty good value.
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