Onslow Beach Campsites and Recreation Area

 
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April 2018
Overall rating
 
3.3
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
3.0
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3.0
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3.0
Overall Experience
 
3.0
We have been RVing for the past 3 years. We have visited every state except Kansas and have tried to stay in military campground whenever possible (we have been to dozens). I try to leave reviews so others can know about the RV parks. Most every park have been adequate to excellent. Never left a ‘less than ok’ review, until now. The good~ location, location, location! We tried to confirm the RV Park location at the gate, “no idea”. The directions on this page say to get in the left lane to turn onto Snead Ferry Road. It is a RIGHT turn. Do not go left! Check in was not smooth. I made reservations 2 months in advanced. I was told twice that we pass the Mini Mart and just choose a site. Then, let the office know what site we chose. Never heard of this before, so had the gal confirm that we are not assigned a site. So, we get to check in and they say that info is not correct and they don’t know who gave us that info. I told her the site we wanted and she said we couldn’t have it, there was someone in the site. (nobody on site).I asked which site we were assigned. Her reply “you aren’t assigned a site” What???? She had just said hey have everyone assigned and we couldn’t take the site we chose..confused. Asked to speak to a manager. That person tells us we weren’t supposed to check in for another couple weeks. Umm, have the email confirmation in hand with our dates. That got straighten out and the manager tells us our chosen site is fine, that nobody was on that site. I told the check in gal that we couldn’t get WIFI. The site had said free WIFI. She informs me that the WIFI is available (during business hours) in the office and very spotty in the RV areas. ‘Spotty’ is a generous description. It was pretty much nonexistent. I then told her the cable wasn’t working either. “ Oh, you want cable? You need a box from us for that”. They have a few papers available in slots on the wall, but give you no check-in booklet, as most military camps do. I asked the check in gal where the Commissary was located. “About 15-20 minutes from here, near the Exchange”. I told her we had never been here before and didn’t know where that was. Her reply, “oh”. The supervisor was friendly and thinking she has to deal with issues frequently. I almost felt badly for her. Another camper was in the office saying his site couldn’t get 50amp. The office gal said that some sites are not getting the 50amp and there wasn’t anything they could do about it. They would let maintenance know about their issue. The sites. Lawns (weeds) overgrown and not really neat, kept up sites. Your water hook- up is in the adjoining site, next to your neighbor’s picnic table. Some sites have a cement pad under the tables, others don’t. Sites are sandy gravel and weeds. There are one set of dumpsters at the end of the road. A dog in a site across from us barked pretty much nonstop during our stay. The cable worked fine with their equipment (that you need to ask for). No channel guide given at check in, so had to go through a 100 channels finding the ones we wanted to watch. The bathrooms/laundry require a key card to enter. Those keys need to be returned at check out. The bath house and laundry are adequate. Woman’s bath house has 4 showers, 3 did not turn on, one worked. The air conditioner unit (I think that is what it was) over the sink area had a significant leak and good size puddle on the floor. The laundry has several washers and dryers. $2.00 for wash, $1.50 for dryer. One thing to note. The $2 washers you must put 2 quarters in each slot. Not put $1 worth in and then the 2nd $ worth of quarters in. The location is picture perfect and you can hear the ocean. The price is higher than most every military campground we have visited in the past and doesn’t offer much except nice location. Sorry for all the negativity, but this was not at all what we have become accustomed to with military campgrounds. If they fix some of the issue , the location would make this a perfect campground. 
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August 4 -10, 2014
Overall rating
 
3.2
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
2.0
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3.0
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3.0
The staff are very friendly. Most sites now have a covered picnic table. The only sites that do not are those in the inner circle in the back. That area is designated for tents. However, tent campers can camp in other sites I think as there are several that have done that this week. The table is made of out some type of composite wood. Very nice. Rained all week so many sites flooded. The rain also flooded into the bathrooms too. That made keeping them clean difficult. Trash around the campground was not picked up as some trash and dirty diapers has been on top of one of the charcoal collection containers for six days now. Other trash along the road has not been picked up. Had part of a tree come down on our site and Guest Services told us they would not remove it. We would have to drive around it when we checked out. Well, there is no way to do that without damaging our RV! It was blocking the RV in and barely missed our car. They said they are sorry but we did sign that waiver and if we damage our RV while trying to get out then it is not their fault. We also were told we can not cut down or alter the tree either. Not acceptable. It took three days to resolve that situation and then the parts of the tree were finally cut down and removed once someone actually came out and looked themselves. All other interaction with Guest Services was great. Overall it seems that there must be some confusion over what role Guest Services plays in the maintenance and upkeep of the park, the MCCS maintenance folks, and the Camp Host. I believe that is what caused the issues I encountered on the stay. My overall experience is a 3. We will be back too. You can not beat being this close to the beach, fishing, etc.
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November, 2009
Overall rating
 
2.7
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.0
Value
 
4.0
Overall Experience
 
1.0
Our camping experience at Onslow Beach was marred by an incident that shouldn't have occurred. A retired military member was permitted to sponsor 15 civilian RV units during a weekend. As a result two military members were denied access to campsites and were relegated to the overflow area. Shame on the person who sponsored those 15 units and shame on the base for allowing it to happen.
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July 08
Overall rating
 
3.2
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
2.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.0
Value
 
3.0
Overall Experience
 
3.0
As a retired Marine Officer it pains me to write this review. The recent experience I had at the Onslow Site was not pleasant. The staff workers, though courteous, were part of the problem. They claimed to have no sites available, but the multiple sites empty after closing time were also open in the morning. I was given a site, allowed to set up my RV only to have an office staffer come and tell me that the site I was on was reserved for someone else and I would have to leave the campsite because there was no room for me. They have two camp hosts, one only talks to his group of people and the other you never see. The host at site 13 left a note on his site saying he was off-duty and go see the host at site 15. Funny thing is the host at site 15 left the same note on his site saying to go to site 13. The rest rooms were old and not clean, someone tossed toilet paper on the ceiling and it is still there, black smudges in the showers, and the laundry facilities were not user friendly. The location is awesome, but the facilities and the administration are not on par with the other military campgrounds.
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