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MacDill ?? 5 years 10 months ago #13250

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Anyone at MacDill? Wondering if it's getting full up, or plenty of sites. Am heading to Tampa area tomorrow and will be looking for a few days there next week, mid-week or so.

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MacDill ?? 5 years 10 months ago #13251

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On our way there too. but will be a few days.

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MacDill ?? 5 years 10 months ago #13262

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monkey44 wrote: Anyone at MacDill? Wondering if it's getting full up, or plenty of sites. Am heading to Tampa area tomorrow and will be looking for a few days there next week, mid-week or so.

You're back in Florida, Monkey? How was your trip out west?
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MacDill ?? 5 years 9 months ago #13265

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Too Short !!

Heading back in Feb .. got some family issues in the way, and ending up staying a couple weeks at the new Cape Cod MCG. It's OK, just getting started. Sites , FHU, no bath house, no laundry -- but that stuff is available on-base. Nice pads, gravel, but level and long enough for two 5er's ... might be an idea to double the spaces - cut in half, still plenty big ...

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MacDill ?? 4 years 10 months ago #14047

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Been nearly a year. Anyone there now or been there recently? Heard via grapevine that things are still a mess. Weather related delays on work int he Annex has caused those 60+/- units to be pushed into the regualar campground.

Had planned to stop by for a couple of days but if things are a mess may be no room for a few nighter.

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MacDill ?? 4 years 10 months ago #14048

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I was told this from a fellow website user....

It appears that they started the electrical upgrade project this past spring after most winter visitors left. This includes new lighted pedestals at each site, and new substations throughout the park. They started with the annex and got that done sometime in the summer. However, Tampa was on the news this summer for record rain in July and August so that put the contractor behind. So to start this season they only had the annex (approximately 100 and maybe 100 in the main campground -- the open sites are full. About half of the campground is still closed. They were expecting to have about 50 sites open today but rumor is that is not going to happen. Then the other sites were supposed to open Dec. 1 and Jan. 1.

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MacDill ?? 4 years 10 months ago #14049

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Went back to MacDill again - was there last week (Oct/2015-- about half the sites are shut down for repairs still - anyone without a reservation goes into a muddy field with no hookups for $10 a night -

We find it very difficult to believe MacDill with all its full and long-term RV's -- and the mess they make of anyone that just wants a few days while traveling -- and then they close half the sites going into the busiest season --- now half its sites will re-open sometime in January earliest -- Maybe???

I was around for several days -- they claim 'rain has put us behind' -- well, guess what, never rained in three days and not one worker was onsite ... typical - find a reason to use as an excuse for missing deadlines -- NO trucks, NO workers, NO rain, and NO repairs ...

We've been to a lot of MCG's around the country - enjoy most all of them - MacDill could be a favorite, but we never have any luck getting a site -- and the office personal seem to have an attitude if you're not a "regular" -- We noticed that a bunch of years ago too - didn't go back for that very reason - now hit it for a convenient stop when recently passing that area, and it hasn't changed. Once again, we'll take ourselves out of that MacDill mix - not a place we'll put in our plans again. It's an awesome MCG and awesome area - but the staff attitude and policy there turn us off. Mostly say - "Well, that's just the way it is here" usually including a GRUMP in it.

Very unfair distribution of sites and availability, and almost the attitude if you're not one of the regulars, you're nothing -- even when it's with running all sites open - the attitude never changes -- unless you're one of the "good ole' repeaters."

MacDill stays pretty full much of the year - accept the hottest summer months -- but no matter the season or the status of repairs or the full campground -- the attitude never changes towards anyone that is not a regular --

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MacDill ?? 4 years 10 months ago #14050

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Guess we will by-pass this year. Were only gong to stop for a few days to handle the annual vet business as we have a 'volunteer' gig in southern FL. Guess we will check out Mayport for a two night stay.

Just heard they opened "The Sandpit" to RV's. Don't know why it was closed.

And Monkey, it is those 'government' contracts that slow things way down. We've had two 500 room hotels go up in our area in the past year - and that thing at MacDill is how long in the making?

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MacDill ?? 4 years 10 months ago #14051

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Yes - Mayport is a great CG - right on the water - two sections, one short stays, one longer. Also, if you have no luck there, you can try NAS Jacksonville - which is a nice CG as well. Half the sites are a bit rustic - but we like it there ... nice big commissary too.

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MacDill ?? 4 years 10 months ago #14052

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monkey44 wrote: nice big commissary too.


Monkey, if you haven't been to NAS Jacksonville recently you might not be aware the Commissary/Navy Exchange complex is a big mess right now while construction is ongoing for a new Commissary. Much of the parking is also not available while this project progresses. It is not affecting the campground.

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Last time we were at NAS-JAX - a couple months ago - they were rebuilding the parking lot at the commissary/exchange - told us it would be finished in two weeks.

No one said anything about a new commissary? The one they have there is fine, clean, large enough, and seems to operate effectively. It's not often crowded - we home-based out of JAX for four years (no longer) and we shopped JAX for most all our groceries.

I find it puzzling as we travel around the country, we hear in one ear that the feds are considering closing many stateside commissaries, while we watch brand new commissaries built in various areas. That's seems strange to us, and such a conflict when the brass talks so much about cutting costs, and then closing the buildings that are not even completely built yet.

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MacDill ?? 4 years 9 months ago #14078

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Had to bypass Mayport as their Vet Clinic has hours only on Mon, Tue and Wed and we won't hit Florida until Thursday. Did mange to snag an appointment at JAX NAS for Thursday the 3rd so made reservations at the campground there. Staff was super when making the reservation.

Question though, as we will be coming in on I95 from the north, is it better to take I295 all the way around the west or is Roosevelt Blvd (US 17) an okay route?

By the way we rolled over our reservation at MacDill, hear things are still a bit of a mess.

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JJnLilly wrote: Question though, as we will be coming in on I95 from the north, is it better to take I295 all the way around the west or is Roosevelt Blvd (US 17) an okay route?


I live in the area and always take I-295 West, get off at US 17 and go north a short distance. Gates on the right. The second gate is the Main Gate. Enjoy the area. This morning we're heading south for the holidays.

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Thanks. Just wasn't sure which was the best way.

How far south you heading?

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Hmm, I'll be at JAX-NAS 12/3 and 12/4 as well ... shopping at Commissary and a couple medical checks.
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JJnLilly wrote: How far south you heading?


We're in Fort Myers Beach for the month of December. Just got in. Safe travels. Bob

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Pulling out of NE Ohio this morning (Wed AM) with a one night stay in Charlotte NC and then two nights at JAX. Saturday the 5th we pull into Koreshan State Historic Site for a gig as a docent in the historic area of the park. May be there for several months.

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JJnLilly, you'll be a little south of us in Estero. If you haven't been in this area before, I think you'll love it. It's starting to get a little crowded now that our guests from the snow belt states are starting to arrive. I sure understand why they visit. Merry Christmas and enjoy your stay. This is the route I take to this area: 17S to right on 16W to left on 21S to right of 20W to 301S to a few miles past Citra on 301 there is a sign for I-75. Turn right as directed and about two miles you'll see the entrance to I-75. Lots of possible routes south, but we like this one.

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Thanks. Will be on the road early Saturday morning. Thanks for the info Will check it out.

Monkey, we are on site 6.

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Just talked to a friend who is at MacDill. They have been in dry camp since arrival in early November. Sites bordering the dry camp field are still being worked on as are most of the sites in what is called "the sand pit." Additionally, the 'new' campground office building is still nothing but bare ground. Folks arriving are being given a list of private campgounds in the area. What a mess!!!

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