Reviews written by flcamper
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10 - 13 October 2012
Stopped here mid week of the Balloon Festival and didn't expect to find any spots, but there was at least eight available. The office manager said they haven't been full for several nights but expected to be on the weekend. Since we only needed 30 amp electrical, we were given a site in the old, west section. This use to be a housing area. The sites are on driveways, and the slabs of the buildings that use to be there, pull throughs with curbs. Depending on what site you were on, you may need at least 25 feet of electrical and water hose to reach the connections. On the west side, many sites are shaded by big trees--our's wasn't--but it wasn't too hot, and the sunshine felt good in the mornings.
3 - 4 October 2012
Location is very convenient if you are east or westbound on CA-58. We stopped here for two nights as we were leaving central California heading east to I-40. Very good directional signs from the gate lead you right to the campground. There were about eight spots available when we arrived, and we circled around and choose the one we could find that would provide a little afternoon shade. Self registration is very easy, but only cash or checks. Electrical voltage was a little low, just below 110, but adequate to run the AC without damaging it, and that was using the 50 amp outlet. The location is a short walking distance to the BX, Commissary, and Starbucks. Starbucks has very good WiFi. There is none at the campground. There is no cable TV and my antenna would pick up only two channels: one in Chinese, and the other was too stupid to watch. Very clean restrooms and laundry. We would stay here again.
26 - 28 June 2012
Other than being a little far from the city of Grand Forks, we enjoyed our stay here on the way to Alaska. The campground is in an old demolished housing area, so the hookups are a little strange. Where we were parked near the restrooms, I would have needed 30 ft of sewer hose to reach the connection from our 23 ft trailer. Fortunately we didn't need to dump at the site, and used the dump station on the way out. Everything else worked, good power, good cable, good water, etc. The WiFi was a little iffy, because the Barn Swallows had built a massive mud nest over the antenna. You could get a reliable signal by going inside the laundry, but watch for the bird droppings. The base facilities are good although not the biggest we have seen. Personnel at the Outdoor Rec office were very friendly and helpful. And, there is a very impressive display on the history of the base next to the commissary. I recommend you take a stroll around that. If we come this way again, we'll stay here again, although we did get a little tired of being jolted out of bed by Reveille each morning. The speakers are huge and very near the campground.
June 18, 2012
We stayed here in a travel trailer on our way north. The camp is just off I75 and just inside the security gate. All the sites are mostly level but sandy. It rained while we were here so the trailer got a little gritty. Although the place had many empty sites, only about a half dozen were available. We didn't have reservations. There is good hunting, fishing, canoeing here, so I imagine is might be busy on weekends in season. We will stay here again. Full hookups, cable TV, and WiFi for $17.00 a night.
September 19 – 23, 2009
An excellent location for visiting the DC area. Used the Metro from the Branch Avenue station every day; a little tight for parking a truck, but no problems. Internet is available somewhere on base, but it sure would be nice to have it in the campground, thus my lower rating for Facilities. Gave them a lower rating on hospitality, because of the reservation system. They did work to get me four nights there, but told me I had to move after two. I don't understand why I need to move to an open site so someone can take the site I just vacated. Many people staying in the campground were puzzled by this also. I think a small investment in some scheduling software would help as the system is manual now and that seems to be the reason for making people move. After waiting till 11:00 (checkout time) and the site I was supposed to be going to was still showing no sign of moving, I complained at the office. They asked if I wanted to go to a different site. I said I wanted to stay where I was. "Okay, someone just canceled so you can stay where you are." Kind of spoiled our whole morning plans. I'll come back here again, but make reservations weeks in advance no matter what time of the year.
July 4 - 6, 2008
The GPS coordinates took us right to the off base facility. We found the facility to be very neat and clean. The camp host wasn't home when we arrived, so we drove in and picked out an open site. As we were setting up the host came back and came over to welcome us. He was very friendly and provided directions to the best viewpoints for the falls. My only complaint would be the lack of Wi-Fi in the camp. There is good Wi-Fi available at the BX, and after hours you can sit on the walk by the door in a lawn chair and still get a good signal. I will definitely stop here again whenever I'm in the area.
June 14 - 18, 2008
This was our first FamCamp experience and it couldn't have been better. Well, if it was in the Black Hills it would have been perfect, but the drive wasn't long. The directions were right on, and after a short wait at the commercial gate (we came in on a Saturday) we found our way to the camp. The host was very friendly and provided tons of information and maps on the local area. When we got there around 4:00 p.m., we had our choice of three spots, but things filled up fast after that. Everyone who came after the place filled up was accommodated by parking next to full hook-up sites this gave them electrical until morning. Each day there was some turnover, so those in the overflow could get full hookup sites if they wanted to move. If we come this way again, we will definitely stay here.
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