Reviews written by rswhandy1
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July 14-21, 2011
This is our second visit to this famcamp. I had forgotten just how very nice this cg is. There are only 25 sites, but the cg is probably the best laid out cg I have ever visited. The sites are all large pull-thrus with each site facing a different direction. This way when you open your door, you do not face your neighbor's hookups - instead there is about a double site-width space with picnic tables and grills on very well maintained grass. The only complaint I have with this famcamp is, when we were here, they had allowed a pretty destitute family in an old run down travel trailer, to stay in the site across from ours. According to the camp host, they were "sponsored" by someone who was eligible to be here. The only thing was, the "sponsor" did not stay in the famcamp. Does this make you want to wear a uniform for 20-30 years, along with family separations, hostile environments, getting shot at, etc, so that anyone else can enjoy the same benefits that we do? The BX and Commissary are very small, but adequate. The directions lead you to the front gate of Malmstrom. Instead, turn right off 57th street onto 3rd Ave S. This will get you right to the famcamp.
7-9 July 2009
After a week in Eielson (Fairbanks), and 2 days in Denali, this was a welcome relief. Still dirt sites and roads (common place in Alaska and Canada), but really kept up as much as possible by Roy Merritt (camp host), and Charlie. After a rain shower made new potholes in the road, Roy had someone fill them in with gravel. He even had a young man putting water on the road to settle the dust. We came back to this campground 3 times during our stay in Alaska. It is the Northernmost military campground that is worth staying at. Fairbanks and Seward- I would not return to either. Commissary and BX very handy. Moose at your doorstep. Dining facility 5 star. Only drawback was the first two loops had erratic electric. Loop nearest the busy road was the best, and road noise really wasn't a problem unless you sleep during the day. Would definitely return again.
July 2-5, 2009
We have to agree with the previous reviewer. This Famcamp could easily be a relatively nice experience. With very little money, and some TLC. The dirt or gravel streets/sites are pretty much commonplace in Canada and Alaska, so we really could not fault this Famcamp for that, but the potholes, overgrown sites, and tree limbs hanging all over could easily be rectified. But, then, we never plan to visit the Fairbanks area again. Anchorage and points South are so much better.
June 13-14, 2009
Just cannot compare with a Walmart parking lot. Cg is quiet, clean, convenient. Not many amenities on base, but, after all, this is a reserve base, not active duty. What do you expect? Definitely worth the price and convenience. Area tourist attractions are almost non-existant, but a nice place to stay for a few days.
June 18-23, 2009
June 18-23, 2009
Just have to concur with previous writer about this campground. We have visited military campgrounds all over the states, including Tucson and Mayport, Fla. Even those nice campgrounds do not compare with this. The host, Ken, is an awesome character. We were told that the cg was fully reserved, but Ken said the NorWester didn't know what they were talking about. He was right- there were 5 sites open for a few days after we arrived. Ken put us in site 14, which, when I saw it, I thought must surely be reserved for flag rank. We pulled in nose first, and had a million dollar view of Juan De Fuca strait, with grey whales doing their thing almost immediately upon arrival. The only drawback is no sewer hookups, and the commissary/exchange are about 5 miles away on an abandoned base. But with the cleaniness and TLC that Ken bestows on his campground, plus the most spectacular view anywhere, (I don't know if they have RV parks on Hawaii, but the view could not beat this one).
14 Nov 08 - 21 Nov 08
Being a native GA boy, I liked the countryside setting - which is good, because the cg is definitely way out in the country. Very far out. To the px - 8-9 miles, to anything - 8-9 miles. Campground staff were friendly enough, but not very up to par on what camp sites were available, when we could reserve/not reserve, etc. The campground generally is not really big rig friendly. Many trees/shrubs need to be trimmed or removed. I would probably return if I were in the area, but I would not go out of my way for it. The hour long trip to FDR's little white house was worth the trip, as well as the country buffet we had in Warm Springs, and Callaway Gardens Christmas lights were very nice. Due to the time of year, we did not get to see many flowers, etc.
July 8-9, 2008
Sure don't understand the negative comments of a few others. We had a great experience at this cg. The ease of getting in/out of your site makes you appreciate a well designed cg, and it wasn't our site - the other sites looked just as good. The way they have 1 rig pulled in facing another rig is great. You don't walk out looking at someone else's sewer hookups. The sites were level and had plenty of room between rigs. We have a 40 footer with 2 slides, and had no problems whatsoever. The only aggravation we had was getting to the campground - having to go 5-6 miles around to the Roy gate, but blame that on Bin Laden and company - the barriers all bases now have. The other comment is that Howard, the cg manager, has too much responsibility. I would hate to see him become ill or worse - the cg would have to shut down. Share the load, Howard.
June 22, 2007
Don't understand how others rated this cg so high. It is so far out in the boonies, it negates the savings commercial campgrounds, unless you plan to stay a while. The man in the check-in bldg was friendly enough, but did not know his campground. If my brother-in-law and I had not walked out to our prospective sites first, we would have really been in a jam from his description of how to get in to them. As it was, the site was not very level, there was concrete for the picnic table/lawn chairs, etc, but the area for the camper was dirt. I definitely would not go back unless the commercial parks were full.
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