Reviews written by fiatspider79
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We have no idea where some of the previous reviewers were camped, we just know it could not have been here. The sites are massive, the people are super friendly and the clubhouse was about the best we have seen anywhere. The central building has bathrooms, showers (plenty of hot water, force and intensity), laundry (75 cents), WiFi, Library, meeting room and things we didn't even take note of. Events were scheduled frequently (including the regular Friday evening weenie roast in the gazebo). We waited three days in overflow which in itself was as good as most campgrounds and then we were given this tropical shaded wonderland with concrete pad, permanent covered picnic table, 30 amp electric, water and cable TV. We are seriously considering spending a month or two here next year.
Shields RV Park IS closing. The area will be used to build much needed military family housing. The 52 sites, however, are being replaced with what was a temporary 60-site FEMA emergency housing community. When we were there it was a gravel strip with all back in spaces and utilities behind the unit requiring extra long electric, water and sewer connections. A bath house is on the work-order list replacing some of the 20 FREE washers and dryers. Also on the list is 50 amp service as the FEMA trailers required only 30 amp service. There were two small gazebos and ONE picnic table for the entire campground. Cable TV was apparently provided to the FEMA trailers but has been disconnected and over-the-air service is very poor. However, there are NO trees to hamper satellite reception. The new campground, currently used as overflow, is among the shops and warehouses, adjacent to a railroad siding. They have a lot of work to do to make this an appealing campground, but there is good reason for optimism. This is one of the main Sea Bee (Naval Construction Battalion) facilities. We found it more than adequate with great potential. The last few remaining FEMA residents must be gone by the end of March and that is when the other campground is closing. Perhaps things will improve when the camp host moves to the new location, as we only saw him once, when we signed in. After he escorted us to our piece of gravel he returned to his concrete pad and grass and we only saw him when other second class campers were being escorted in.
Beautiful 29-site campground just blocks from the truck gate, next to a placid little pond with a pier and in a low area which, along with the buildings, blocks most of the runway sounds at this active air base. The host met us as we pulled in behind the facilities building and led us into the well appointed, if small, laundry, rec room, library and Internet connection where he gave us the rules and took our money. The 8-page booklet contained all the information we needed and our host went through it page by page. By the time we went to disconnect we were Tinker experts. We had hoped to join the Air Force Frequent Camper Program but they didn't have any for sale--they did recognize them and participate but AF HQ won't give them any to sell. The only things we didn't find on base were LP gas (out the truck gate and a couple of miles west) and diesel (several stations close to the base, a new am/pm being built on the way to the LP gas and the diesel signs are already up. UPS store in the small shoppette next to the FamCamp as well as gas and air. The host did mention that he has been told the prices will be going up soon.
Fantastic place. Almost a destination resort and since we were on a very tight budget we found it a bit pricey. Later we learned that they honor the Golden Passports and at 50 percent off, this place is a bargain. Nice large pads, full hookups, super facilities. This place is a keeper. We WILL be back.
We stopped here enroute to the FMCA rally at Perry and found it full. They made a campsite for us by putting us next to a pavilion which gave us electric and water. Absolutely beautiful overlooking one of the lakes on base. Finding it, however, was a sincere challenge--we ended up being escorted by an SP. The daytime staff was fantastic but the camp host was totally useless and mostly unavailable. They also gave us a break on the price since we couldn't hook up to sewer. We would recommend it and we will be back.
Located pretty much in an open field almost under the glide path for the main runway it is noisy. But it is within walking distance of the museum. Some of the sites have sewer, some do not but if you get one that doesn't you can use the central dump at the north end of the campground for free (normally a $3 fee if you are not camping there). No showers or bathrooms on the campground but the full facilities of the base are available if you drive there. Friendly people at Outdoor Rec. When it rains lots 1 and 2 become a lake. No pull thrus although you can make a couple of them pull thrus by driving across the lawn--I won't do it but I watched others do it. A bit pricey for what they offer but still a good little campground.
This place is as good as the other reviews suggest and the staff is really that friendly. They want visitors to know that the U. S. Postal Service does not deliver to this facility so you need to have mail sent to General Delivery at Coronado, CA 92118. UPS and FedEx both deliver to your site. Their mail comes through the Naval Amphibious Base MWR office. The good news is that they have approved plans to add sewer to the sites and widen them over the next few years. In the mean time, they have a blue bomber that they loan out for you to pull behind your tow vehicle or dinghey. At least they try.
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