Reviews written by skyking8
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November 27, 2012
This is a nice FamCamp. The access road is paved. The sites are either paved or concrete, but there is some degree of sloping on many of the back-ins; although, there is plenty of space between sites. There are picnic tables and fire rings. The utilities worked as expected. The combination MWR office and club/bath house is pretty much centrally located. There are at least a half dozen individual shower rooms which precludes any waiting. There is also a nice laundry facility in the same building with lots of machines. They are pay-for-use which is not the norm because that is usually a freebie for most FamCamps. The check in office is closed on Sundays and access to the campground is controlled by a security gate system. That means you cannot just show up and get a site on that day. Verizon cell worked well including my hotspot. The daily cost of a campsite is higher than most FamCamp facilities, but that may be due to the close proximity to the Washington DC area. Prices reflects an America the Beautiful discount.
Nov 25, 2012
The campground is not in the Academy section of the Navy base. That makes it hard to find and difficult to get to. One has to drive through a residential area on a curvy road where there is a lack of signs pointing to the campground. That is one issue that makes it not big rig friendly. Another reason is that the interior campground road is gravel and hilly with some sharp turns. Most of the sites are concrete pads, but they are not long enough to provide plenty of space for a longer RV. I noticed just one pull through. Power is only 30 amp. There is no sewer. I did not use the dump station. The bath house is an older, heated, cinderblock building. It was clean, but adequate only to serve its purpose. The Wi-Fi signal is not generated from within the campground and is weak. I suspect reception is based on your site location. There is nothing for the kids to do. A primitive area exists for tent use, but sites aren’t marked. Verizon 3G was fine. During another season, I suspect there would be little satellite signal reception. There are a lot of trees. Over the air TV channels are plentiful. The campground is half full of permanents; most likely service members who are stationed there. It is a short drive to the full service commissary, Exchange, gas station (no diesel), and golf course. Check in is at the MWR/gym facility that is past the campground. There are no convenient places to park an RV while you register. They honor the America the Beautiful card for a 50% discount and that is reflected in my rate. This is just an OK campground that is better suited for shorter rigs and those who want an inexpensive place to stage from while being a tourist. It won’t be on my return list.
June 25, 2012
The last time I stayed here was a decade ago. It was nice then and still is. The trees have grown to provide some shade for sitting around the campsite. They do not interfere with satellite signal reception. All pads are concrete and level. Utilities work well although the voltage dipped occasionally. Perhaps due to the campground being full and abnormally hot weather for this part of the country. The bath house was clean. Verizon cell coverage, to include 3G, was good. There are two things to look out for. The turn-in to the campground has a dip that needs to be navigated carefully. Despite the Directions information listed above, you CANNOT use the commercial entrance to the base. There is a posted sign that states it is closed to all POV traffic and it is completely closed on the week-ends. Enter through the main gate and ask for a base map. It will accommodate all size rigs.
June 20, 2012
The campground is located in a nice quiet area of the base and I found it to be clean and well maintained. The access and campground roads are gravel. The sites are gravel and level. Some sites are wider than others so if one wishes elbow room from the neighbor, then ask. There are only eight pull through sites and they have no shade. Each site has a picnic table. There is a pay for use laundry facility in the office and that is also where the bath house is. Verizon 3G is strong. Satellite and signals are easily received. The entire campground is big rig friendly. There is a huge overflow, dry camping area as well as a place to accommodate many tents. The office is open during normal business hours otherwise use self check-in. The standard facilities and amenities are available within a short distance on base. Once on base¸ you need to follow base signs to the campground because there are a couple of railroad tressels that have a clearance lower than most 5W and motor homes.
May 31, 2012
It isn’t necessary for me to repeat most of the information that others have posted for the campground. I found most of it accurate with a couple exceptions. First, this facility most likely will never be a ‘Five’. It will need to make huge advancements toward the common resort type amenities that actually deserve that rating. Wi-Fi, landscaping, cable, etc. would be some of those necessary to garner a five. If anyone thinks that the military is just going to cut a check for that then they haven’t been to many FamCamps. There is a body of water at the campground, but it is not a “lake.” At best, it is a small pond and there is a posted sign that tells you to stay away from it. The laundry facility is clean and it is free. It is true that you can get a refund if your stay is shortened. However, what is not published is that there is a one day charge if you fail to honor your reservation time-frame without prior notice. I was only able to interact with the staff via telephone calls. All of them were courteous, helpful, and professional. As had been said before, “You only get one chance to make a good first impression.” Knee deep grass is not a first good impression for anyone. I am not going to second guess the rational for not moving the grass, but since that comment made it into most of the other reviews, then it’s a given that it is not a good first impression. If you need a decent place to stay this C/G is easy access on and off, a good value for the money, and you can take advantage of the on base facilities.
August 16, 2011
This is a small, but nice FamCamp. Access to it is easy for all size rigs. It is on an off base area lake which provides some MWR rentals of boating and other water recreation equipment. The drive to Goodfellow for such things as commissary and BX will take about 20 minutes depending on traffic. Most other off campground shopping needs are close by. The office, pool, and host staff were very cordial and helpful. Campsite roads are mostly gravel and there is a combination of gravel and paved back-in and pull thru sites. My concrete back-in site needed a bit more fore and aft leveling than I would have liked. I was running AC and most of my appliances at the same time without any voltage problems. The pool is a nice amenity especially if your site is right next to it. There is a laundry facility in a building that has enough space and tables to enjoy an air-conditioned meal if one chooses to do so. It would be a good place to do group card or board games. There are a couple of negatives - which all experienced RVers would find a royal pain in the posterior. I did not downgrade the CG for these specific ones, figuring that it's the fault of upper management who probably have no clue about basic RV fundamentals. If they did, there would not be any negatives. The first negative is that there are several trees branches lining the access road in the CG that need to be trimmed back. They will scrape your rig. Second, signage absolutely SUCKS!! There are no signs directing you to a numbered camp site area. There are no signs directing you to the registration office. If you decide to blindly drive around looking for the office, you might find yourself in a place where there is no way to turn around. The best solution is to stop in the large parking lot that is used for both boats and vehicles and then walk a short distance to the office or camp host site. I did downgrade the CG because I could not get logged into the unsecured WI-FI system despite being close to the office and having tried on several occasions with two different operating systems. My Verizon 3G hotspot worked well which tells you that cell coverage is also good.
August 3, 2011
I was here a couple months ago and have returned during my travels. The purpose of this second review is to recap some of the issues brought up in other reviews. There is some train whistle noise depending on their schedule and is more pronounced at the back of the CG. The airfield traffic from sailplane towing creates some noise, but it’s during daylight hours. The access road is gravel, but well maintained. Some sites are not completely level so if the rig is long more leveling might be needed. Keep in mind that it is Colorado and the CG is in the woods. Satellite coverage depends on the site. Again, you are in the woods. Verizon 3G signal is good. Wi-Fi covers all of the sites. There is usually a special event at each cadet graduation. We were treated to the Thunderbirds air show back in May. Speed bumps have been added. No one who RVs enjoys speed bumps, but I suspect that a few fellow campers continually failed to observe the posted limit and ruined it for the rest of us. Customer service is excellent and should be made the standard for all DoD campground facilities. If you are being a tourist in the area, the MWR office is in the Mini-Mall. Discounts aren’t large, but the convenience of one stop shopping for tickets and local tourist info is invaluable. Outdoor rec also provides some additional services for things like water rafting and equipment rentals. The mall contains many other businesses and the post office. There is a USAA complex a couple miles outside the north gate where you can do limited banking business if you are a member. That area is also most convenient for all off base shopping needs. The CG information mentions that the preferred entrance is the south gate. I don’t know why because the north gate is actually easier to navigate thru with a bigger rig. A third security post has been added in the middle of the base. Depending on direction of travel, you will need to stop and provide ID again. If you happen to need mobile RV services there are a couple who will come to the campground. The office has the POC numbers. You might find a more resort like campground in the area, but Peregrine is the best deal going.
May 24, 2011
My normal driving day is around 300 miles/day before I stop at a campground. Today I drove 452, thru winds and some rain, just so I could stay at this particular one. I’ve been here before and have never been disappointed. If you need to have a site for satellite coverage then ask for one that provides it. If you need to be near a bath house, then ask for it. If you need a big rig site, then make it known. The staff will do everything possible to make it happen whenever possible. Read the rest of the reviews listed here to get a feeling for what you can expect. The campground pleases 99% of the users 99% of the time.
September 15, 2010
All sites are level and utilities are good. There are no trees for shade and there isn't much room between sites. POVs have to be parallel parked between rigs next to the road which henders getting into a site if you have a larger RV. All rigs need to come thru the commercial gate on the south side of the base otherwise you may not fit thru the barriers at other gates. There is a huge mall just out the north gate and I-40 is easily accessed there. Ditto on the previous reviewers comments on the camp hosts.
June 13, 2010
Positives: Professional staff, laundry facility, reasonable prices with age and America the Beautiful Card discounts, close to Ft Knox facilities, small lake with fishing, fairly new cabins to rent, well kept bathhouses, pleasing surroundings, free Wi-Fi. Negatives: It's a journey to get to this place from the major interstates. There are 32 rules mostly aimed at protecting their grass, Wi-Fi is as slow as a dead turtle, the squatters have all of the FHU 50 amp sites, the dump station is on the wrong side of every RV in the world, voltage is low (althogh, it was hot and the campground was full). Access road is gravel which make for alot of dust.
September 25, 2009
There is an old and new section in the C/G. The older section has trees for shade, but those sites nearest the office are over grown. It would be difficult for a larger rig to fit on them without scraping the branches. The new section of the C/G has all gravel, wide, level, and long sites which will accommodate any size rig. They actually would fit two larger rigs on each site. There is a picnic table but no fire ring. The utility pedestal is shared by two sites, but due to the width of the sites, does not hinder space between rigs. There are several sewer connections on each site which makes it easy to park anywhere you wish. The road is dirt, but is supposed to be paved in the near future. Easy access in and out. Voltage was good. 30/50 amp service in the new section. Water pressure was high, but can be controlled easily by the valve handle. The bathhouse was old but well maintained. There is only one shower and toilet for 100+ spaces which is inadequate. Good laundry facility. I saw only one dumpster and it was at the end of the new section. Also inadequate for the number of sites. Customer service was good. I didn’t see a camp host, but there’s a self check-in for after hours. The on base gas station sells diesel. Disregard published instructions to enter or leave via the main gate unless you wish to solemn thru tight barriers or have a short rig. Use the Gibson Gate.
May 11, 2009
The base is 10 miles from town so if anything is needed that can't be had at the commissary or BX it might be handy to stop there first. Entry to the base will be much easier if the commercial traffic Crowe gate is used. Once past it, follow the road for a few miles and turn left on Falcon. There are very few signs directing you to the base facilities. Fortunately, it's a small base so a minimal amount of hunting for them will be necessary. I wasn't impressed with the Class 6 store, but the golf course is nice. It's also possible to fit all but the largest rigs into the car wash. The C/G is in a nice quiet location on base. 50A sites are concrete, 30A are gravel, but both types are nice. Anything on the outer ring will be best for satellite signals. The voltage was low even tho there were only a handful of rigs in the C/G. The skeet range is nearby. I suspect that would provide some unpleasant noise when it’s being used. Reservations aren’t taken and there’s no on site office so it’s best to check with the host for site selection even tho there’s a self check in.
May 10, 2009
They wouldn’t keep us from returning, but there were some annoying aspects to our stay here. The very first is that the Roy gate movable barriers made for a tight entry for my large MH plus tow. The security guards refused to move them a bit to make it safer. Be aware that the base doesn’t have many road/information signs. Ask for a base map at the gate. The camp ground has community water faucets in the original section of the C/G. It’s possible to have several rigs hooked to one faucet and it not be convenient to your site. Bring plenty of water hose. All the pull thrus are alternated 180 degrees. Meaning that when you pull in, you and your neighbor are going to be facing door to door. The newer sites are by just a few inches long enough for a forty footer plus tow. More than annoying is that the voltage is low and gets lower as you use electrical equipment. We didn’t have a problem with making a reservation. Called, left a message, and received a return call the next morning. I got here on a Sunday, but the host must have noticed our arrival. He drove up to the closed office in a golf cart, checked us in, and led us to our site. I noticed that the posted self check in instructions at the office were easy to follow. They even post the names of those who have reservations and which site is to be occupied. Rather simple if you have a reservation. The manager was helpful in providing some brochures and local information about the local area. Good customer service.
August 19, 2007
There is a 30-amp and a 50-amp section in this campground. The 50A side is a heavily wooded area so you may not get satellite signals if you have a roof top dish. A portable dish is necessary. The gravel access road is free of overhanging tree limbs. The FHU sites are gravel and mostly level. There is an odd layout that provides a lot of space on some sites and just average on others. A couple of the very helpful check-in staff have rigs parked here so they are familiar with matching rig size to sites. Voltage was good, but at the time of our stay, the water pressure was about 95 psi, which is way too high and can damage RV plumbing. Bring a good regulator if you stay here.
August 14, 2007
The rating is going to be a four star, but comparing this campground to other FamCamps and also to commercial C/Gs, it about average. The negatives are that the roads and sites are gravel and they are fairly close together. The bathhouse is a good hike from even the closest site to it. The positives are that all sites are level and there are quite a few pull-thrus. Voltage and water were good. The campground is big rig friendly. The staff and Host were professional and helpful. I did get good Wi-Fi signals, but did not think to find out if they were from the office or a fellow camper who had an unsecured satellite set up that was next to me.
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