Reviews written by Waynem
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Jul 6, 2012
This is our second time here in a 40' motorhome. The sites are spacious with a separate indent in the pad for TOAD parking with about 25' of grass area between pad sites. From the gate security forces to the occupants of the RV park, everyone has been friendly. The office personnel were friendly and helpful. This is a very nice park to spend some time to rest and enjoy the area. It is an easy stepping-off point for the next leg of a trip North. It would be nice if pictures were allowed in the RV park. It's ironic that one can get a satellite view of the entire facility using BING maps and their bird's eye view. It would be a nice feature to have a dog run and most military facilities have the land to put in a small run.
June 18-21, 2010
The amenities/facilities would have gotten a 5 instead of a 4 if there had been sewer. Other than that, all that has been said previously still applies. It is a wonderful place to sit back, relax, or to go sight seeing. Our regret is that we only are staying 4 nights. This is a must 1 week stay to be able to take advantage of all the sightseeing in the area. Don't forget to take a ride up Mount Erie. It is only a dozen miles or so from here. It is quite a climb in the car, and coming down you should use 2nd or 1st gear (d2 or L). The host is wonderful and will work with you on the first come first basis pick of sites. Please be aware that on September 7, 2010, this RV park will close for upgrade. It is scheduled to be reopened in May of 2010. It will then be a full hook up RV park and it will increase in size to approximately 60 sites, instead of the present 20 sites. The view is spectacular, and the sunsets, when the sun is shining, are magnificent. The Navy Exchange is small with necessities. The bigger Navy Exchange is about 6 miles away, as is the commissary. And the "convergence zone" is the bowling alley. We stayed here in a motorhome.
May 21-28, 2010
We are still at this great place. If they could add another 30 sites, it would be a great boon to the military RV community. A great jumping off point for touring the area, from San Francisco, to Bodega Bay and points North on CA-1. There is no way I would want to do CA-1 in a motor home or large RV trailer. There are signs posted that tandem axle over 30 ft in length should avoid portions of the highway. The gym is the place to check in with. A little clarity on the directions once on-base. There are two entrances to the old helo pad just past the gym on the left side, and recreation parking lot mentioned. One is on Pennsylvania Ave, and the other is on to turn right on Colorado Avenue and enter there. The one off of Pennsylvania Avenue is a sharp turn and a down hill drive onto the parking lot. We exited there as you will need to travel down Colorado Avenue and turn right on Wisconsin Avenue. The helo parking lot is large enough to U-turn if there are no vehicle parked in there. Either exit is doable. Travel to the end of Wisconsin Avenue to the stop sign. This will be Pennsylvania Avenue again. Turn left, and just past the picnic area is the horseshoe driveway for the RV park. As to the galley food, we have found it excellent so far, and I doubt if we will be disappointed. All of the personnel and staff have been very friendly and helpful when information was needed. I gave the amenities a 4 rating because of the lack of sewer connection. Everything else has been great. We stayed here in a motor home and would return again.
May 13-15, 2010
First a correction on the Vandenberg Lompoc gate. The coordinates are 34.70555 -120.50232 approximately. Those coordinates will get you to the gate. However, the directions provided in the Military Campgrounds is accurate. Also, the only working phone number is (805) 606-8579. On arrival, the campground personnel were very friendly and helpful. The sites are pull through, or back in, and all have full hook-up. The back-in are all on what appears as a "parking lot." If you look at the aerial view you can see this, and the picnic tables (at all sites) are at the back of the RV in a grassy area. The pull through sites all have trees, but some have less than others. Satellite reception may be hampered as the South is off the back of the RV in the pull through. A portable dish system has no problem being located at the rear and aimed at the satellites. Eating at the Breakers Dining Facility (Mess Hall) was a great experience. The food was excellent and the price was absolutely in the inexpensive area. It was $4.60 total for us to eat. Just amazing. Except for no reservations at the CG, this is a nice place to spend some quiet time. So far it is quiet.
May 10-12, 2010
I wish that California Military RV Parks would charge as most other states do, less expensive. But, this is CA. This park is very nice. The sites are wide and have a place to park the TOAD or TV, and they are near level. I had a problem with contacting the reservations department and ended up calling the MWR Administration. I never received a call back from either department. Eventually, after many tries I had a human voice to talk to and made my reservations. My concern was that it was a Friday, the two departments are closed over the weekend, and I was trying to arrange a site for the following Monday. I did not know the availability. I did receive a call back from the reservations department on Tuesday, after having been on-site since the day before. The directions to the park are good except that it has not been mentioned that the main gate is very narrow. I mean that my mirrors had about 8 inches, or less, of clearance on each side of the gate. (Just enough) A suggestions is, if you are arriving during working hours, 0600-1630, use the gate on Westminster. It is the truck entrance. You will have to have a decal to use that gate. Once through the Westminster gate, follow the road straight ahead, and just after you pass the view of the RV Park, turn right on Forrestal Ln. It will be the first right after you pass the RV Park. Just past the restaurant "Bunker 33" (which is closed) turn right, not into the Bunker 33 parking lot. Follow that short road to the RV Park office.
May 6, 2010
I would have given a value of 5, but I have stayed in military campgrounds that do not charge this much, but have as good or better everything for less money. All in all, it is a very nice place to stop. The sites were level and accommodated my 40 foot DP. There was room to park the TOAD in the front. All of the sites are back-in on cement slabs. The surrounding area is small rocks. The back of all RV's face a large grassy, and shady area that dogs can be walked. As for directions, here is a little clarity. When you turn on Admiral Baker Road, you will go down a steep hill of about 1/4 mile. At the bottom will be a stop sign. You need to turn right at this stop sign. On your right will be the Army Reserves. There will be a little wooden shack on the left at the entrance to a parking lot. You need to turn left into that parking lot observing the arrows for direction that are painted on the ground. You can also determine the entrance from the direction of the parking spaces. After turning into this parking lot, go to the far end, straight ahead. Stop when you get near the end, but before you have to turn to get out of the parking lot. If you look to the left, you will see, just past the picnic tables a small building. This is the RV check-in. It is about 100 yards and an easy walk. After checking in and getting assigned your site it is easier to unhook the TOAD in the parking lot. When you turn right out of the parking lot you will be looking straight at the entrance to the RV park. If you arrive after hours, stop in the parking lot just as you enter it past that little wooden shack. Walk to the first RV in site #1 and see the park host. At this time it is Leo. He and all of the park staff were very pleasant to work with.
November 2, 2009
We arrived today and the bridge is complete. Following the original directions, once you enter the Nursery Road Gate, keep left. Take the very first left after the elementary school. There will be a sign there pointing to Army RV Camp. This is the new road across the bridge. We called on a Sunday and the Camp Host answered the phone. He was most pleasant and very helpful. On arrival, the office person was also most helpful. As previously posted, this is a great campground to spend a few days or a month. It even has a fenced in doggy run. We always enjoy San Antonio, and our return trip will most likely include this campground. Long pull through, level, cement, patio, with lots of space between sits. The way a campground should be laid out.
April 27, 2009 to May 10, 2009
Wow! As previously stated, "What a gem." First, this location has two camp grounds. One is for the long term residents. We took a ride through, and although it is not easy walking distance to the beach, it is a very quiet, shaded area with large sites. I would stay there if I were long terming. The Pelican Roost CG is beautiful for us. What a fantastic view sitting here watching the Naval and commercial ships enter and leave the harbor. (Commercial have their own ship lane, whereas the navy ships use Mayport Naval Base. We were fortunate to be assigned the front row. Something you need to be aware of is that it is the software that assigns sites based on the best usage. So if you don't get the front row, don't complain. Also, if you have a 5er with a picture window you can pull in forward, on the pull through sites, if you don't mind running your connections under your trailer and giving up some patio. The camp manager when we checked in was Rita, and the second week was Woody. What pleasant fun people, and very helpful, they are. There is a workkamper force that keeps the ground and facilities clean. My less than a five rating on the amenities is because my thoughts are that they could use some dressing up in the rest room/shower area. I'm sure this is a budget constraint and should not reflect on the mangers or the work force, as they do a superb job. The club house is built and there are scheduled activities throughout the week for all to enjoy. The CPO club is less than a mile away and serves a buffet for all personnel every day from 1100 to 1330 hours. There is a small NEX on-site for necessities and convenience items, with a large NEX and Commissary off-site about 2 miles away. I would definitely stay here again. We stayed here in a MH.
April 20, 2009
This is our second stay at this FamCamp. The location is great because of the easy access to the wonderful beach. I was surprised when talking to a fellow camper further down the road. He was under the impression that the CG was just across from the Naval Air Museum. That may have been the "old" place, but the one I stayed at is about 1/4 mile towards the gate. There is access on a dirt road across from the museum, but do not use it, instead use the entrance closer to the gate. The crew keeps the grounds clean. They even have personnel trying to keep the Oak leaves cleaned up with leaf blowers. Talk about job security! The park manager and check-in personnel are friendly. On-base amenities are abundant. We will return here again. We stayed in a MH.
April 18, 2009
This is our first time to Shields. The manager was very nice, was in the office, or cleaning the facilities and easy to find, when I needed information, or to extend my stay one night. The park is easy to access. Off of I-10 it was only a few turns. One off of I-10 onto 49S, right on Pass Rd, and just inside the gate, right turn to the CG. The sites are level and are almost double wide so no matter if you pull forward, or leave your rig towards the rear, when you step out you are on cement. It makes for a long patio. The sites are also long. There was no problem parking a vehicle on the site. Especially nice was the wide space between pads, with grass. Sites were 50A, with water and sewer for $20 a night. In today's world, that is a very fair price. The location is very close to Beach Blvd (US-90), a scenic, yet de-moralizing view of the devastation caused by Katrina. Keesler AFB is just down the road about 15 miles as the crow flies. I rated the amenities only a 3 star, mainly because there are few. There is the office, rest room and showers, WiFi. It was disappointing to not see a club/meeting room for sit down or get-together's. Also disappointing is the lack of a dog run, but this is typical for a military installation. The edge of the park is narrow, and that is the area to walk the dogs for their daily use. Overall, this was a good value and a good overall experience. We would stay here again. We stayed in a motor home.
December 15, 2007
The fishing pier has been repaired. Of course, someone needs to tell the fish that. The permanent personnel are very friendly and helpful. The park hosts are very pleasant and continuously bring varying activities to the park. (E.g., Thursday breakfast at the Marina). Pet friendly, but the sticker burrs can be a problem on little paws, and people toes. The one thing that could be used is a fenced in dog run. Plenty of room for one, and plenty of room to presently walk your pets. We will definitely return at some later date.
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