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This review is for the vacation homes. We stayed in a 3-bedroom townhouse, which we have been doing for 4 years now. The base is slowly making small improvements - like this time we had a blow dryer in the upstairs bath, and mirrors in every bedroom. But the most welcome new feature was wi-fi! It looks like you have to log in, but if you just click on the box to accept the terms and hit "submit", you get connectivity for 24 hours. I also noticed some hot-spots while visiting Sigsbee. Thanks Navy!
18-23 Feb 2015
We wanted to head to Key West this year and heard that they have never turned anyone away, so we headed there. A few days before we got there we heard rumors that they were now limiting the number of people that they could accept, so we were a little concerned we might drive all the way down there and be turned away. We decided to depart the Everglades while it was still dark, and got to Key West before 10 AM. We knew if we got a site it would be boondocking in the overflow, and were happy that we were able to get a site. We had expected to be sent to Trumbo, but they gave us a site on Sigsbee overflow. The site we got was larger than I expected, and we could have easily doubled up if anyone needed to (our camper is only 16' and the site was probably 40' long and 2 campers wide). The restrooms were kept very clean and I never had to wait for a shower (there were 3 in the mens bathroom). Sigsbee is further from downtown than Trumbo, but after driving over to Trumbo to check it out, I liked Sigsbee a little better, Trumbo appears more "packed". You can still bike to town from Sigsbee since Key West is bike friendly, although it is a little further from town. If you don't mind the walk, you can park for free by the ECO center just outside the entrance to the Navy Truman annex. We used our solar panel for keeping our battery charged, although most people use generators (from 7AM to 11PM), and some of those were contractor type that were pretty loud. After Sept 30, 2015 the generator noise level is limited to 74 DB at 25' (currently 74DB at 30'). They have 3 places to dump in a central dump layout, 2 were on an island so you can pull in from any direction, plus another next to that which appears to be primarily for portable tanks but can be used by vehicles too. It appears they lock them overnight, as they prohibit dumping from sunset to sunrise. We used a couple of 2.5 gallon jugs to keep our fresh water tank topped up. There is a self service car wash between the RV park and the NEX/Commissary that will accept large vehicles, and a self serve gas station before you get to the MWR office. Getting to the check-in was easy. We just took a right on Roosevelt, then a right on Sigsbee. There is an entry gate on Sigsbee but they only man it sporadically so you just slow down and then drive through it. Sigsbee then curves 90 degrees to the right, and a couple blocks later you will see the MWR office, and turn left into their parking lot just after you pass the building. Well marked. You can launch your kayaks at the marina boat ramp into a protected cove, and there is also a lounge where you can eat dinner and have a drink while watching the sun go down (check the hours though, they were closed Mondays and Tuesdays, plus on windy/cold days while we were there). We never checked the WIFI since our T-Mobile had good 4G coverage at this location. Discount tickets to attractions are available in the same building as the check-in. The receptionist that checked us in, Susie, was very pleasant and helpful in getting a site or us close to our traveling friends.
20-27 Feb. 2015
This was our second visit to KW FAM Park at Sigbee. The first was the summer of 2013. Plenty of full hook up sites in the summer. My wife has just retired and this was the third leg of a four part retirement vacation for her. We read all the articles on winter RVing at KW and found that all the great information paid off. We have a 38 foot fiver and arrived after hours on 20 Feb. 2015. The camp host on duty arrived promptly and logged us in and had us on a dry camp site at Sigbee in less than an hour. Our fiver has a built in Onan 5500 watt generator. And our Christmas present to ourselves was a Tailgater antenna and Dish service. Did I say the weather was perfect? Mid to high 70's all week. With mid 60's at night. Generator hours were 7am to 11 pm. Most campers had the external twin generator set ups. Gasoline driven. The only discerning thing was some had marine type fuel tanks laying on the ground near the generators. There is no requirement to have fire extinguishers posted by these generators. Although several sites did have them. The best part of these generators was that they are quite and fuel is relative inexpensive. My Onan works uses propane. propane is not cheap on KW. But the convenience of operation including automatic operation was nice. The fresh water and dump stations were clean and close by. I used the recommend the 45 gallon water bladder sold by Camping World. It proved to be quite easy to refill my fresh water everyday. We used our internal facilities for everything. The only thing I added was a small water pump to off load the bladder into our fresh water holding tank. You can do the gravity feed fill but that takes over an hour and on newer rigs like mind, putting the bladder on the top of your truck due to the height of the recessed fill opening for the fresh water tank (with the pump, I keep the bladder on the tail gate). I also made use of the latest 35 gallon waste, roll away (grey) water tank emptied on a daily basis too. I did this routine every morning and I was done after an hour ready to enjoy the rest of the day. Our first dry camping experienced went off without a hitch. We lacked for nothing as far as amenities are concerned. our neighbors were fantastic and everyone appeared to truly enjoy being in KW. The we missed the worst part of winter back in the NE USA to boot! And I will request Trumbo Point next time too. It give easy access to KW downtown and makes biking to town a reality. Parking a big truck in KW will set you back $25-30 dollars a day. We will be back this summer but I would do dry camping again. Maybe install a couple of solar panels (there were a few in use at other sites) and a 1000 watt inverter so we could watch satellite TV after 11 PM. and save on the cost of propane.
Feb 7-21 2015
Our first visit to Key West was made much easier by reading over reviews on Military Camp Grounds, and talking to experienced “Snow Birds”. Recommend reading “Sigsbee For Newbies Article by Steve Johnson circa 2009-10” as it contains a wealth of information. Staff/Camp Host was all very informative and helpful. Plan for wind—lots of wind during winter months. Recommend doing an overnight in Homestead (the wife and I dry camped at Miccosukee Casino for free) and get an early start. It is a very slow and tiring drive South on Rt 1. NASKW has a small commissary, PX (great ITT), small gym--nothing fancy but adequate. Bath houses were nice, and laundry machines in working order. We visited the Navigators Lounge on NAS Key West a few times and recommend it. Sunset Lounge at Sigsbee is open air (in need of repair). Great experience and we look forward to doing it again—a bargain for military folks.
15 - 24 November 2014
I read a couple other reviews and one individual found lots of faults.... that was not my experience at all. Many times people seem to have a need to search out problems. I arrived on a Saturday and the camp host was AWESOME. He lead me to a waterfront dry campsite as the full hook-ups were full. The campground was just beginning to fill up. After one day I was informed by a camphost that on Monday I was slated to move to a full site - again waterfront. The older portion with full hook-ups is tight quarters but hey you are there for KEY WEST... At first I thought the rotation from dry to full hookups was odd but it QUICKLY made sense. Excellent BX, Commissary nearby. Went to the sunset bar and it was a nice experience and the food was good, even tho they would be well served to repair the building. Awesome marina! I learned that this is the Navy's best money maker but they are forced to share revenues with all facilities nationwide so the changes they would like to do are difficult. Most people say you will get 2 weeks on power and 3 to 4 weeks off power. I found the shower and laundry facilities to be well kept and very good showers. I was able to ride my bike to the attractions pretty easily and had an amazing time. I look forward to returning and staying for most of the winter. Nothing is ever perfect - more electric sites would be great but the value is amazing. Try comparing the rates to what people are paying on the community for RVing in Key West and EVERY complaint would quickly show its irrelevance. The only minor downside was a little more confusion than should have been when I extended my stay for a couple days. The staff was excellent at assisting and recommending things to see - rebates and places to eat. If you go.. you won't want to leave!!
Oct. 26, 2014 - Mid-January, 2015
I don't have much to add to the previous reviewer besides the signage is indeed up directing you to the new parking lot for registration. It's a nice paved pull through lot that will accommodate several rigs. You pull in behind the registration. Rotation had started when we got here because of Fantasy Festival. We arrived on the last day and only had to stay in dry camp three nights. Now the number of guests seems to have dwindled somewhat. Nothing much seems to have changed since last year except that quiet time for the generators starts at 7 am now instead of 6 am as it did last year. The information booklet they give you has the old hours but there was an attached letter that outlined the change. Oh yes, and there's a rooster and two hens (that we saw). When we fist came here there were chickens and roosters. Last year I was sad to see that there was only one hen left. Scuttlebutt had it that the rest were killed b/c people complained about the noise. I hope the chickens are allowed to thrive! You can't beat the location, the camp hosts and office folks have all been friendly and helpful so we will continue to come here as often as we can.
15-28 Sept 2014
This essentially is a cut and paste from my post on the forum. Haven't been here for several years and never during the off season. Others have reviewed. We had nothing but good contacts with the hosts and office. One host had biscuits for the dogs like Loretta used to do. Bottom line is that everyone was professional and pleasant. -Roosevelt Blvd is finished so no need to do the alt route described in the directions...BUT it is a good thing to do to avoid the hard right turn by the motel when there are vehicles exiting Sigsbee. But, it is not a big deal either way. -Gate IS manned, sometimes...usually during the day and not at night! It varies so have your ID card handy. I was asked once if I had weapons to declare. I didn't. -Don't know if this is new but it seems so: don't turn left into the street in front of the office...they built an access just behind the office that leads to places to park for registration. So, proceed about 25 yards before turning and you'll see the access. The office told me that signage is being made to better depict this and should be in place for snowbird season. -Nice folks in the office...but, man the paperwork the base requires! Do carry your vehicle reg/insurance and pet papers. -THERE IS NO WifI any more except at the office. This is recent, I think. The wifi radio is broadcasting in the CG area but it isn't connected to anything. Maybe they will get a new contract in place soon. -Not new but some folks don't know it, there is NO TV unless you have satellite. No over the air or cable. -Maybe not new but the CG Duty Office at Trumbo is now next to the pedestrian gate and you can park at the CG station and walk into town. (when last here you had to walk through the main vehicle gate and another time you had to go into HQ bldg to get the gate code.) Gate closes at, 2200 or thereabouts. Also, no more fishing from the pier like you could several years ago. At least, that is what the signs say.
We've stayed at the Sigsbee RV Park (NASKW Campground) with our toy hauler (and PWC) a number of times through the years. During the summer, off-season there are always full-hookups available. During our stays we've always found the staff awesome--always helpful and professional. Although we rarely used them, in our opinion some of the bathroom and shower facilities could stand some updating and more thorough cleaning from time to time. And, yes, the full-hook-up sites are mostly rocky coral and a bit on the small side. However, these issues are very easy to overlook if you're adventurous and willing to seek out the full Key West experience. For those into watersports (including snorkeling/diving/kayaking) and fishing, Key West and the Florida Keys offers up some of the best in the country. Water temps are typically 85-90 degrees during the summer! If you bring your boat or jetski, you can park it within walking distance of your RV site for a small daily fee. The Sigsbee Marina (open 7 days) and Sunset Lounge (open 3-4 days a week) are only a 1/2 mile or 10 min. walk away. The marina has fuel, bait/tackle, boat/kayak rentals, and a small launch ramp. The Sunset Lounge is open-air and serves up some very tasty treats along with some breathtaking sunset views. The exchange and commissary, although smaller than average, is also a very short walk away and well stocked for most needs (including RV, fishing, and watersport items). Suggest bringing along your bicycles. We've found them to be the best and most efficient way to really experience Key West (FYI, helmets mandatory on Sigsbee). There's plenty of live entertainment and great food available 7-days a week, downtown, near Duval Street (3.5 miles from Sigsbee). Don't forget to catch the "Sunset" and all the performers at Mallory Square (NW end of Duval St.) at least once during your stay!
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