Reviews written by singlmomx3
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This is closer to the price we should be paying for a CG. When compared to others with the same "amenities" the only thing this lacks is sewer hookup. Of the over 50 military sites we've visited, there are a few that are still priced according to what is offered. Here there is beautiful lake, laundry/shower facility, and a nearby commissary and BX. My kids kept busy fishing and riding scooters around, and being close to St.Loius was perfect; Gateway Arch NHS, Ulysses S. Grant's home, Cohokie Mounds, and even the drive to Springfield to visit Lincoln's home wasn't bad from this "base camp." The older part of the campground is very shaded, but the sites are gravel/dirt, and it seemed some sites shared water hookup, and folks needed long hoses and/or electric cords. Some of the new sites are quite sloping, but have better hookup placement. Overall, I would stay here again for a short stay to visit the area.
Thank goodness this base was close to many sightseeing opportunities. Because, with its price, it doesn't offer what many other have. There is basically a laundry/shower room. The lake and playground are a bit far away to let younger kids go unattended, and other than that, there isn't much else to do. The roads are great, and sites are level, and the utility placements are perfect. I just think for what there is at the actual RV park there should be more for the cost. The kids agreed that one of the staff seemed a little "put-off" to be working there; not very friendly, but accommodating, nonetheless. The museums are fantastic!! Never enough time to see them.
The hosts were awesome! The new shower/laundry/rec room is excellent. The layout of the CG is good and sites are level, and utilities well placed. The kids had fun at the free pool (just outside the CG gate), and this was a great stay for the few nights we needed to catch our breath and catch up on "housekeeping." Loved the pot-luck BBQ, and free fire wood. Would definitely stay again.
July 3-10, 2008
The location is so very close for doing things around Boston, but it's a bit of a drive out of the park to get onto the base proper to the commissary. Although there is no playground, there are woods nearby and concrete roads (and bikes provided by the CG) so the kids mostly had fun. Many sites are strangely arranged, and many with 50 AMP are in direct, all-day-long, sun. The laundry room is clean and not too pricey, and the staff are friendly. There were plenty of W/E sites when we visited, but they were in the back area where the layout is whacky. Compared to other military parks with newer, more planned-out facilities, it seemed a bit over-priced.
Jul 3-10, 2008
A bit "out of the way" to be a base camp for sightseeing, this campground IS a lovely vacation spot. There was so much to do right at the CG and the community lodge is great for kids and adults. The staff is very helpful and accommodating. We had been assigned a site with overhanging branches, and they moved us w/o a fuss. The CG is easy to maneuver, but many sites are for smaller rigs. I do feel it was overpriced, as it is now the most expensive military CG we've stayed at.
June 15-21, 2008
LOTS for kids to do - fishing, swimming, boating/canoeing, a playground, and plenty to explore. Yes, the hill into the place gave me a "scare" but, having no one to follow in the toad (I'm the only driver over 16) I HAD to do it, and I DID! I think I'm gonna hate going down more than the up, though. We had a wonderful stay, and I cannot say much more than the others, except that it's VERY crowded on Fri-Sun, and getting in and out of many spots is tough in a big rig - cars parked everywhere! We actually got blocked in on a Friday. The hosts will help, though, so don't fret. They'll help find the drivers to move so you can get in. We had a wonderful stay, and the on-base Youth Center (6th grade and up) is free from 12-5 M-Sa. My kids had a great time while I did stuff like this review :) and shopped at the comm/BX. Recycling, laundry (only 2 W/D) and a small shop at the CG. I would love to stay in one of the wooded sites on an extended visit next time - we were in the "C lot" right across from the bath house. It worked for us, though; easy in/out and close to laundry and the beach for kids! We will come again...
June 6 - 14, 2008
Yes, the hookups are in strange places, but not so bad it can't be done. The pads are narrow (but level) and the E boxes/W faucets can get in the way of slides, and if you opt to be close to the W/E, plan to crawl under the RV to hookup sewer, as they are in the center of the pads. There is enough length to back to the edge of the drain, then the hoses and cords all need to be longer. It's very quiet here, but the playground is too far to let little ones off on their own. But, for preteens the skate park and playground are only a short walk away. Ask the MWR office about laundry, as the old housing area still has a launderette (with no AC), but during dity hours you can stay on base and do it there. No commissary on Earle, and the shoppette in only open M-Sa 10-1700. We went to Ft.Monmoth (Go out Earle Main gate take a rt., at first light another rt, go two more lights - passing a highschool - take a lt on Tinton. This road curves around some scenic horse farms and takes you right to Monmoth's main gate). I liked the closeness to NY and Liberty State Park (NJ side), and Arlene in the office was VERY helpful. No recycling on either base.
May 27-31, 2008
GETTING ON BASE; USE THE MAIN GATE off Hwy 1 !!!! Not the North Gate, and NOT the Commercial Gate. Really!! The MPs said it's been that way for a year now. We have a 35 ftr (and towing) and it's no problem - Easy on, Easy off. Yes, this IS a CG at the end of a runway but, we've been at WAY busier/noisier ones, and at least there weren't any trains nearby! The first three sites (1-3) are W/E only, and the other seven are full HU; all near the rear of the pads (which are gravel, but very level). No reservations seemed no problem, as there are only two long-termers, and the rest rotated within days. A WONDERFUL playground right across the street, a nice archery range within walking distance (we used three times), and Asseteque Island Ntl. Seashore is only 1.5 hrs away, and Brandywine area (near Wilmington) is only 1 hr! There is NO laundry at the camp and no laundromat on base. Talked to the folks at the AF Lodging (Bldg.800/801) 677-2840, and explained that I'm at the FamCamp. I asked if I could do laundry there, and they said "Sure, they have a laundry room on every floor with three W/D in each area." Call and ask every time before going over, as this is NOT the standard practice, yet. The problem is that it requires a room card to enter. I just asked passer-bys to open the door for me. Commissiary and BX are just okay. No filling station on base - torn down and a new one is being built. Found a great "takes-everything" recycling center at the opposite end of the base from the FamCamp, near the north gate. Because it's easy-access location, and b/c of the playground, archery range and closeness of all on-base facilities, I would have given location a '5' if it wasn't almost in the direct take-off line of the air strip. I'd give the overall a 3.5, but I can't :) I'd stop here again!
May 15-25, 2008
I agree with ALL the other comments! It's nice for its solitude, the cleanliness of the bath house and other facilities, and its close proximity to D.C. and the Metro line. It's not so nice because most sites are uneven, all are graveled (not well), the CG roads are dirt/gravel (chunky and rough) and the electric only section is full of old, moldy campers. Because of the low rate (thankfully) I would stay here again, because the positives more then outweigh the negatives. There is recycling here, a good commissary with many organics, a dog-potty area with baggies provided, and plenty of trees for shade and solitude. There are no playground facilities near, and no place for kids to ride bikes/scooters, though. We kept busy visiting the area anyway, so it worked out.
May 8-11, 2008
VERY poor layout in this CG, E/W/S in strange places! Very narrow and short pads, trash and showers/laundry at far end of CG - not an easy/quick walk (but clean). There is a small community room with a fooseball table, computer hookups, and magazines, but that's about it. No playground, no recycling, no commissary. However, this is a fast overnighter off I95, (although expensive for what's available), and nearby are George Washington's BirthPlace NHS, and Fredericksburg NB.
May 1-9, 2008
What a convenient spot for discovering our Nation´s beginnings! Also for visits to VA Beach and other sites. Like the previous reviewer, I agree; Ft. Monroe´s history is great (make sure you check out the Casemate Museum!), and it´s sad it´s closing. As for the Camp: Ft. Monroe is easy to find and get on/off, the sites are level and easy to maneuver, although somewhat narrow. There are numerous close play-areas (my kids had a blast), and the restroom/laundry is very clean. It seemed there was not a single homeseteader (first time I´ve seen this EVER). Cell-phone service and computer phone card use is clear and fast. I almost don´t want to divulge the negatives. But, so ya know; there is no commissary (one on nearby Langly AFB), no recycling (anywhere!), and only one shower and W/D. Still, I would recommend this place anytime!
Apr 14-22, 2008
After reading the reviews, and hearing great things from a fellow camper while in FL, I couldn't wait to visit. It was rainy when we arrived and the gravel/dirt roads (and narrow pads) were aggravating. Many hookups were in very strange placements, as were the 'patios' for the sites, often times not matching where the RVs' doors were. And, since there were so many homesteaders, summer may be a hard pressed time for a free space, since no reservations can be made. Many of the partial hookup sites are on a difficult to manuever road with overhaning branches and narrow openings between trees. The playgrounds are small, and the larger one is way across the road. There is no cell service. The new laundry/showers and TV lounge are great, and the lake is beautiful (on all sides now; we spent an afternoon picking up trash from the infrequented far side of the lake), and the staff is friendly and VERY helpful. There was a recycling bin on site. Luckily, the rates were average, and being by Louisville to see the sites is convenient, so the negatives were overlooked, but I cannot rate it higher than a 3.5
Jan 3 - Apr 1, 2008
Since we're from Melbourne, this is a very convenient place for us. The great playground and beaches nearby are a big plus for the kids, and the commissary is great, as the BX is sufficient. With a theatre, library, and youth center on base, it's also great for long stays. The staff at the CG are SOOOO great; we had some issues with another camper and they looked out for the kids and I. However, I can see how many people who want internet/cable/activities would see this place as overpriced for not offering many amenities. We've stayed at more expensive places with less, and on the economy we wouldn't even have a spot for this price (in a secure location - where you can leave doors unlocked!). We also were kept informed of our number on the waiting lists when our 30 days came up, and even let us extend a day (b/c the snow bird influx had subsided) when we had RV trouble. We will definately stay here again. I feel they are as fair as can be with the 30-day stay policy, and work to get the right size rig into the spots available.
Apr 3-6, 2008
Like my previous review, not much has changed, except that now they're even allowing homesteading in the "14-day-stay" sites. Outdoor Rec states that "command" would rather have people paying all the time than meet the needs of campers for the two months a year they pass through (in spring and fall). Perhaps if more people could count on a spot (either by reservations or at least having rotating spots) more would stop. I plan to write a letter to the command.
Nov. 25 - Feb. 5, 2007
VERY neat, clean park with plenty of sites; all level and with great hook ups. All staff and hosts are very friendly and accomodating. Vehicle washing on site allowed (YAY), and a good selection of organic at the Comm. The base is well laid-out, and very tidy as well. Although no recycling is in the CG, the manager said they are trying to get some. Meanwhile, there is a huge recycling center on base that takes everything, even old furniture (not that I had any ;0). My complaints; 1)laundry is only convenient if you're in the entrance of the camp, otherwise you have to drive, 2)many of the sites are close to each other (maybe three people's arm lengths max), 3) the price - with no weekly discount - is a bit high, but not ridiculous, 4)no play ground in the CG or within' 'hollerin' distance. Quite a ways down the street is the pool, skate park, and youth center (they have monthly fees of $2 per child) with lots for kids to do - so grandkids can have some fun too! My children love the time away from adults, and I like it too! :) Suguaro NP is very near, and there is plenty of great shopping in Tuscon; Micheals, Book Stores and Wild Oats too.
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