This place is a nightmare, good luck trying to put together water, sewage and electric. You have to go around to every available site to see if it is available. People are using water and not sharing with the site next to it. The paperwork they give you at the office doesn't say anything about not having the correct hook ups. All the long time people have the 50 amp but not all the 30 even work. No dump site. But the bathrooms are clean and the laundry area is nice. I would not return here. If you need anything its a good 45 minute ride to get to a Walmart or Kmart.
We stayed one night, in transit. Host was on site in #19. They had a few pull throughs so it was good for us because we were towing a vehicle. No stores on base or in the area so ensure you stock up on food, etc. It appears as though the site was designed by a non RV person. Hook ups are on the wrong sides of sites and scattered.
Taking care of the place seems to be a last minute thing the buildings are kept clean but facilities not repaired. Mens shower taped off has been for long time. New washer doesn't work. Found out some lots have electrical issues and have had for a long, long time. The ones who take care of it seems to have it thrust upon them so doesn't seem to be a sense of ownership or pride in it. If you get there after Game Check closes you are at the mercy of some Full-timers who live there if you need info, directions or other needs. Mostly 30 amp service, there is wireless internet but it does not reach out far.
The recent, previous posters are correct. Champs used to be a real value at $13 a day with Golden Access/Age. Going to $21 makes it "competitive" with area commercial parks price-wise but not even close to competitive when it comes to true value. Getting a full hook-up site at Champs is almost impossible with all the contractors and civilian employees taking up most of the "good" sites. Plus, they've got 4 of the 30 amp sites tied up with those FEMA trailers. The camp host couple both work on A.P. Hill. I have no clue what their host duties are. We were there three weeks and never saw them do anything. I couldn't pick the wife out of a police lineup - never saw her.
This park has gone steadily downhill since we started stopping here 3 years ago. Beginning in July 2009 the daily rate is $21 and the monthly rate is $480, and they no longer will honor Golden Age or Golden Access passes. This increase makes the park ridiculously expensive for what you get. Only a few sites are big rig and 5th wheel accessible. There are only 9 50 AMP sites, with 1 used by the camp hosts (who both work full time somewhere else), 3-5 are used by contract or civil service employees at AP Hill, which makes it a real crap shoot for the RVer hoping for 50 AMP service. Many of the 30 AMP sites don't have power at all, so you really are taking your chances. There are no posted rules, so your camp site is also used as a dog walk for those too lazy to pick up after their pets. This will be our last visit AP Hill. There are a couple of other commercial campgrounds in this area that actually work out to be cheaper, and much better managed.
VERY poor layout in this CG, E/W/S in strange places! Very narrow and short pads, trash and showers/laundry at far end of CG - not an easy/quick walk (but clean). There is a small community room with a fooseball table, computer hookups, and magazines, but that's about it. No playground, no recycling, no commissary. However, this is a fast overnighter off I95, (although expensive for what's available), and nearby are George Washington's BirthPlace NHS, and Fredericksburg NB.
Campground is in a nice rustic location. Marginal for big rigs. Nice shower/laundry facilities. Electrical hook-up look like something out of Rube Goldberg. Would take very little to improve this campground.
Having been full-timers for three years, I'd have to say that this campground is below average compared to most of the other DoD campgrounds we've been in. That said, it still is a darn good value for the area if you don't mind a few inconveniences. This park is not "Big Rig Friendly", "Rustic" is appropriate though. We barely wiggled our 40' 5th wheel trailer into the only open 50 amp site left. (Motorhomes would have an easier time getting into a site, or rather two sites back-to-back since none of them are pull through and none were built to accommodate 40 footers.) It's the only park we've been in where two sewer hoses weren't enough, and there is no central dump. (Some of the sewer hookups are okay.) There are very few 50 amp hookups and plan on most of them being "hogged" by the "permanent" residents in the park, which is okay. We've been here twice now and found the park to never be over 50% full. The PX is stocked to take care of soldiers in training and not us retired old poops -- lots of beer and beef jerky; but no tofu or quiche! Bring your tree trimming equipment with you and plan on ground-mounting your dish. Good place to sit down to explore Civil War battlefields and pretty close to Williamsburg.
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