The Joint Base Charleston RV Park provides a great atmosphere for family bonding or couples on the go.
JB Charleston RV Park
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Oct 8 - 20, 2015
Visiting Charleston, SC in the autumn is always a “must” for us. The weather is great, but most importantly, we visit many of the historic sites and great restaurants in the Charleston and surrounding area. We have been here numerous times and always attempt to stay at the JB Charleston RV Park. We will not attempt to describe the good or bad things about the RV Park; that info is covered fairly well in other posted reviews. We are not sure if we can add any meaningful information to what is already posted. However, there are a couple of things we would like to mention about the JB. First, the base has great paved walking/running paths. You can go from the RV Park to the gate that you entered with an RV and back to the RV Park – a round-trip distance of about 1.5 miles or you can extend that distance by not taking the short-cut into the RV Park. If you left the RV Park and went in the opposite direction from the gate, you can experience an enjoyable 3.2 mile route. The second point we want to mention is the small memorial park that is very close to the RV Park. The memorial park is dedicated to airmen that have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. We always visit the park and pay our respects to the fallen heroes. There are three “retired” transport aircraft on static display in the Park. Those aircraft always bring back memories of the “good ole days”. Our stay at JB Charleston is always rewarding to us. The RV Park provides an excellent location and amenities at a reasonable cost. We look forward to returning in years to come.
20-29 May 2015
This was our first visit to Charleston AFB and will not be our last. The Camp Host, Bob, met us as we pulled in and apologized that he had to put us in the overflow area for a couple of days. Let me say, the overflow area is nicer than some RV Parks we have stayed in. Bob directed us to our site and said he would be back shortly to register us. After getting set up and settled in, Bob came over and registered us and continued to apologize for having to put us in overflow. Bob provided us with all sorts of information on Charleston and said that the 9 days were going to be there would not be enough time to take in every thing, and he was right. Bob assured us that he would have us in a FHU site in a couple of days and true to his word, after only 2 nights in overflow, he moved us to a pull thru site, site #22, with FHUs. This Famcamp is very clean and so are the bath houses and laundry. As soon as a camper leaves the grass is cut and trimmed and blown clean. The sites are large with concrete pads and almost new picnic tables. There is no CATV, but TV reception is excellent. The WIFI was great in overflow, but not so good back in the campground. The BX and Commissary are close and very well stocked. The golf course is next to the campground and serves a very good breakfast. While there, I visited the Personnel Flight for a new ID Card (turning 65 in June) and the folks there were very accommodating. The above directions are spot on and going thru the x-ray was not a hassle. We will visit this Famcamp again.
31 Mar 2015
Just passing through, wished we could have stayed more. The policy is no one is turned away. We were put into the overflow lot, but it was OK. Had electric, and water, wifi and good overall TV reception. The bathhouse wasn't too far away, and our waste water tanks were empty, because the last stop had full hook ups. Make sure to use the back gate and stay to the right for the X-ray machine.
1-6 Feb 2015
Great RV Park with paved roads, level concrete pads, 20/30/50 amp, water and sewer hookup (no cable) very limited WIFI. Really nice walking/biking path which is lighted and hard surface. The walk path has exercises you can do along the way. There are a number of pieces of outdoor exercise items on the back side of housing on the path which were a lot of fun using. The exchange and commissary are close by as is the base gas station, no diesel pump though. Bath house was up to date and kept very clean during our visit has 3 washers and dryers which costs $1.25 per load. The hosts Allen and Kristy were helpful and genuinely nice folks. Out Door Recreation is on the way into the RV area but they do little to facilitate campers, this falls on the camp host. The folks at Out Door Recreation were nice and offered any help we might have needed. We heard Jets but not terribly loud also heard the train but they weren't that loud either, not enough to be bothered anyway. Overall excellent experience and highly recommended, I will visit again.
20 Jan 2015
J.H. left this review using the Directory software: Excellent FamCamp!! Paved sites with utilities laid out exactly as they should be. Host (Allen) was very helpful! It rained yesterday somewhat but really let loose last night. When I looked out this morning many of our other sites are ONE BIG POND! Evidentially, they have zero storm drains. Fortunately, I brought my high top rubber boots. Users of Charleston should be forewarned of this and be prepared to don their waders!
Excellent RV Park with paved roads, level concrete pads, close proximity to PX, commissary, golf (walking distance), and all other amenities expected at a full service installation. No Cable, Wi-Fi…needs some work. We could see the repeater antennas for Wi-Fi but still no joy. We had a pull through site located a short distance to the clean and well maintained bath house that provide seemingly endless hot water. When arriving see the camp host who will find you a site. Out Door Recreation does little to facilitate campers. Our host was OUTSTANDING! He took the time to provide an overview of the area, attractions, maps, base facilities, and recommendations etc. Folks at Out Door Recreation were great. I had a 5th Wheel tire that was in need of air (110 psi) and the average gas station pump won’t do it. They loaned me a portable air compressor! Use the back gate via I-26. GPS will try and take you to the front gate...not the way you want to go if possible. North Charleston’s location (right off of I-26) provides quick travel to historic downtown and plantations. Overall excellent experience and highly recommended.
Nov. 3, 2014
One of the cleanest and quietest RV parks I have been at. They just raised the price to $23.00 a night. Only a 30 minute drive to the beach. I will stay again if in the area. The host was very nice. I stayed for three nights.
Mid October, 2014
We stopped there on our way south and ended up staying three or four nights I'm writing this a couple of weeks after the fact. They were full when we pulled in but put us in the tent area overnight and moved us to full hook-up the next day. The hosts were friendly and helpful and we finally found the elusive Air Force Frequent Camper packet. Beware though, we got the last one so if you are headed there you might want to call ahead to see if they re-ordered. ;-) We enjoyed our stay there and though a couple of people grumped to us about the number of "homesteaders", everyone kept a nice site and as long as a campground can accommodate both short-term and long-term folks, I personally don't have a problem with it. ;-) We will go back there and probably stay longer next time.
10-16 Oct 2013
Previous review sums up our experience. Allen and his bride were first class. A good thing because MWR is useless. It isn't open when the service members are off duty and has essentially nothing in the way of discounts. Forget MWR when you arrive. Go direct to the on-duty host. When we arrived there was no space on full hookups so we were put in a very nice concrete pad with full electric and water. It was so good, we turned down the offer of a space the next day and stayed there the whole time. We had neighbors 1 night at the beginning and all places were taken on the Thur before we left. Where we were had excellent wifi and satellite friendly. The full hookup sites could be a challenge for a satellite unless you are really good at aiming. I was surprised at how quiet the park was to be near a runway...actually the trains were more the source of sound but not disturbing. Excellent PX and Commissary. No more than 30 min to the Charleston Visitor center.
21-26 Sep 14
Came in via Exit 211. IMO that is the easiest way with a big rig. There are only 2 right turns off the highway and neither are tight. Rolled over to site 11 (one of the hosts) to sign in. Met host Alan and his wife Christy. Both are nice people. Alan did a great job of giving me directions to the commissary/exchange and all ranks club. Hosts also have ITT tickets for some attractions. That helps people who arrive when ITT is closed. There seem to be a lot of long termers here, but that shouldn't matter to anyone since you'll get a site. Campground is close to the runway so you occasionally hear the sound of freedom. You may also hear Reveille, Retreat and Taps.
May 29 - Jun 4, 2014
Just spent a week at the JB Charleston FamCamp and really enjoyed it. Camp Host Wes is a jewel and so helpful. Mostly nice level concrete pad pull throughs for short-stays.
21-24 May 2014
F.O. left this review using the Directory software: - First use of a military base RV site. Easy to get too off of I26 West. Only 2d exit off of I526. Great folks at the Outdoor Recreation Center and Campground. Made reservations for Downtown Carriage Ride, Patriot's Point and Ft Sumter at a significant discount from downtown. Easy to get too Charleston. I26 East straight into town. About 15 minutes when the traffic allows. Parking downtown is a challenge. Clean/new bathhouse and laundry. Secure/cypher locks on bathhouse doors. All new RV sites have a cement pad, new picnic table and 20/30/50 Amp electrical service. Require an extended (25 foot+) sewer line if your RV has a center discharge outlet. Drop is at the back of the pad behind the water and electrical hookups. Plenty of space to walk pets. Only noise was landings and takeoffs from the airbase which shares runways with Charleston International Airport. RV Coordinator lives on the site so is available 24/7. Only camper supply store is Camper's World on off of I26 West heading for Columbia on Rivers Road (SC 52 ?). Express Mart, PX and Commissary are easy to get too. Charleston Club (all ranks) is also easy to get too and food is great. So is the beer!!! Will definitely visit this location! Hope all military RV sites are up to these standards.
April 26-April 30, 2014
We came in from the southeast (?) and our gps took us right where we needed to be. Once you find Ashely Phosphate Rd the rest falls into place. Turn as described onto Stall Rd. At Stall and Midland Park Rd (there's a Big T gas station on the corner) you'll turn right to what is either referred to as Aviation Rd or Perimeter Rd. Another right turn will lead you to Rivers Gate where you will keep to the right to pass through the x ray. There is really no signage mentioning the gate. We arrived on a Sat. and waited at the x ray where a yellow light was flashing for 10-15 minutes. Not knowing if anyone knew we were there we drove ahead to the check point. A guard came out as soon as he saw us and directed us to turn around and wait at the x ray until the light turned green. It was not a difficult turn with our 37' fifth wheel. He explained the unit is staffed week days but on weekends there is usually only one person at the gate and he can't always leave immediately to activate the x-ray. It's really a straight shot through the machine and on to the base. On the plus side: we now know we can fit under a 13'6" clearance. Proceed along the entrance road to Scarlon Rd where you enter the campground. We'd tried calling ahead here and the Foster Creek park and got no answer so we took a chance on JB Charleston as they're first come first served. We got the last spot although there were several rigs in overflow. Site 18 in the Cooper area is nice and roomy with just the right amount of shade. However it's also closest to the road so there was some highway noise. The host sites were clearly identified and listed which was presently on duty. We were given our site and told to come back and register when it was convenient. We appreciated the maps and brochures of the area the host gave out. When we decided to extend out stay a few days later we couldn't find the host so we went to the rec office very nearby. The people on duty gladly extended our stay, stamped our frequent camper log and sold us tickets to local attractions. We were told no one is ever turned away...they make room even when overflow is full. We will definitely stay here again if in the area. (Editor note: ratings adjusted per reviewer)
Nice and clean park and it has 3 distinct areas - Long Termers (in the shade), Up Front (in the SUN) and back look by the new bathroom. The roadways are all paved and the the sites are cement and level! Area is well maintained with grass cut and clean facilities (new bathrooms). I was very disappointed to find the Charleston AFB allows people to "homestead" for LONG periods of times. In fact, ALL of the shaded sites are for LONG Termers and some of the other back sites are people "waiting" to get back into LONG TERM (shaded) areas. The Camp Host said that many (and I mean MANY) have been there for 2+ years with Heath (one of the previous Camp Hosts) being there for 5+ years! Also, the RV Park is run by the Camp Hosts! Even though the little sign says check in with the Camp Host or Outdoor Rec, we were turned away from Outdoor Rec and told to find the Camp Host. Also, we had a little trouble trying to locate the back gate (only gate allowed for RV entrance since the scan/xray all large vehicles. All signage at the Main Gate says to enter via Aviation Ave…however, there are NO signs to direct you to Aviation Ave and the GPS continues to want to take you to the Front Gate. The cost of the Laundry was astounding…$1.25! Just amazing how they gouge the RVers at Air Force bases when the Navy usually have laundry for FREE! The WiFi was WEAK! Depending on the location in the park, it was hit and miss -- mostly miss. While they do have WiFi hotspots/antennas throughout the park, they just don't work. Finally, the current Camp Host gives you a BUNCH of brochures for the local area. He also highlighted MANY areas on the base map…a little overkill especially if I can find the Charleston RV Park and back gate!
May 4-6, 2014
Upon arrival we were greeted by T. And his wife Karen. They escorted us to our site and gave us a chance to settle in. T. returned about 30 minutes later with a plethora of information on activities in the Charleston area. He was knowledgable and friendly. We look forward to a return visit.
7 Mar 2014
R.M. left this review using the Directory software: - stayed just one night was met by camp host T. helped with some information but did not receive a package as stated by prior persons comments. stayed in overflow which is fine as it has electric and water. campground could use cable tv. the base clubs or other places do not have delivery to the campground which would be nice after driving a long day. a list of food places from off base would help also. arriving at the gate I was not aware that you had to go through a vehicle x-ray machine. military guard was helpful in getting us turned around so we could go through the machine but the paid security person was not all that friendly or helpful. we have never had to go through an xray before and the guards should be more understanding. back to campground, it is very nice and clean and next to the rec area and golf course (golf course grill serves breakfast and lunch). outdoor rec should be open on saturdays not just weekdays. a better sign on roadway showing where to turn to famcamp is needed.
J.A. left this review using the Directory software: - Nice facility. The host was very knowledgeable about the area and gave us lots of good information for touring and even had a roll of quarters for the laundry facility. I would not hesitate to return to this fam camp.
23-30 December 2013
T.P. left this review using the Directory software: - Very nice, level RV sites. Well kept and friendly staff. ITT was nearby, so could get discount discounts easily to nearby attractions.
March 3 - 23, 2014
A great place to stay. The sites in the short term area were nicely setup to allow easy access to the water, electric and sewer hookups. Plenty of room on the concrete pad for our 32' trailer and truck. Still had room to walk around the trailer without stepping out into the dirt/sand area when it rained. Our welcome by "T" and Karen was the best we have ever had at any campground in over 15 years of camping. They provided an overview of the area plus recommendations on sights to see and restaurants. Throughout the stay, T and Allen were great hosts. We were fortunate to extend one additional week since there were some open spots when our initial 2 weeks were up. So much to do and see in the area. The only downside was the intermittent WIFi. The other recommendation was when we arrived it was rush hour off base and exiting I-26 at Ashley phosphate road was a challenge with a trailer. I would recommend going a few miles further on I26 east bound to aviation blvd and exit to the right toward the airport then turning on perimeter road from there. Much easier! Finally, the bathroom and laundry facilities were readily available and exceptionally clean.
March 10 - 15, 2014
This was our first trip ever... brand new travel trailer.... total newbies! We are so happy we picked this facility for our maiden voyage. "T" and Allen were very gracious campground hosts and helped us immensely with questions and "issues" with our new RV. The campground and facilities were VERY clean. We did find the WiFi signal to be a little weak, especially at peak usage times. Joint Base Charleston (ex Charleston AFB) is a great facility - small, modern, never congested. There is, of course, noise from the C-17's based there and adjacent Charleston Airport. We also grew accustomed to the daily reville, retreat and taps played over the loudspeaker system (M-F). The sounds of freedom! As others have noted, the Moultrie area is for long term campers, up to one year. Can't say as we agree with folks staying that long but someone in a much higher pay grade than us makes that decision! If you are active like us you will love this area. We rode our bikes and roller bladed on JB Charleston and rode bikes at the Marrington Multi-Use Trail near the JB Charleston Weapons Station (awesome 13-mile mountain bike trail thru woods and marsh...). We kayaked on Shem Creek in nearby Mount Pleasant. We also put our kayaks in on Foster Creek within the Marrington Multi-Use area but did not stay out long - LOTS of alligators! We are experienced kayakers but were not comfortable with so many of those critters around. Bottom line - great campground, great area! Even if the campground is full they will find someplace for you to stay. Thanks "T" and Allen for all of our help! The Yank & The Brit