I love the staff but I hate the pest problems. We have stayed here a few times. My husband is active duty and in a disabled vet. We chose to full time in a brand new huge mansion on wheels. We have to bounce around because the longest military campgrounds will let you stay is a month. This month we ended up at admiral baker and we got a mouse problem a couple weeks into our stay. Last year that we stayed at admiral baker, the ant infestation was really bad but this time they said they sprayed a week before we moved in and we have had no ant problems. The mouse problem however is really bad. Being next to a wooded area because of the river, the mice are coming in and looking for a place for the winter I guess. I spoke to a top rated exterminator in the area and he said the park needs to do something. I would say mice are worse than ants. These things will chew wires and such. If you don't have a good eye to catch these mice in your rig right away, they could have a nest built and cause serious damage. There is a product called "stay away mice" and it's by the same makers of "fresh cab" it's supposed to be a good natural repellent. Since being here at admiral baker, in the past 5 days, I've caught 5 mice in traps and all our food that is in plastic or boxed, is in containers that the mice can't get in. You have to be careful and very diligent when eradicating these pests. I suggest you look into everything on line right down to setting the traps because if your scent is on them, that could make a difference in trapping. We have kids and a baby and the idea of mouse pee and poop on the floor where he is playing and then putting his hands in his mouth is enough to make me flip! You have to bleach everything these mice touch. When I'm done cleaning with bleach, I use peppermint oil but you have to use a lot and apply again every day. I had a mouse come back after a couple days that I thought they were gone because there was no mouse poop. Also make sure you have nothing in your cars and maybe throw some "stay away mice" or peppermint oil in there too. The mouse problem at admiral baker is so bad that one morning, I witnessed a mouse jump off the top of the neighbor's trailer, he kinda slid down the side. These pesky things are capable of amazing tricks. The location of this park is nice but the pest problem has not been solved. I read a comment made by the facility in 2011 that they had pest control but I highly doubt there is any bait or birth control or something put out for these mice. I'm really thinking there is no nest and hoping not but I think they are just coming by in the early morning hours and searching for food. Don't even have a speck of crumb laying around and be sure to take your trash out before you leave the rig or go to sleep. Also if you are trapping, pick a spot they have been where you saw poop and don't clean that spot, lay your trap there because it makes the mice more comfortable with the scent. This is my first time in my life ever having mice and I'm 34. Remember to have dishes clean because they will come for food on dishes too. If they get poop in your dishes or pans or oven, anywhere even the carpet, be sure to use bleach to clean asap. Good luck trying to plug holes in a RV...? Maybe put some traps outside under your rig. There is an electric shock trap that seems great, I'd try that outside. Those nap traps are the best but be sure to watch a video so you set them right. I have experienced many people who think they know how to set the trap but they are not doing it correctly. Remember that these things can nest anywhere and they like it warm, even your engine or generator or air conditioner. And be sure to wipe out your floor vents of mouse poop before turning on the furnace. Good luck! It's a pain and lots of work! Staying at the beach is always the best option and I'd rather deal with roaches than mice, I've decided that since my first mouse problem ever. I wish I could just bomb these things and be done but they keep coming in from outside. And they come and go because I won't see them for a day or so and then boom, mouse poop. Be sure you baby's car seat doesn't have any crumbs too!
I AM NOT HAPPY!! I made reservations online through Navygetaways for April 1-15. When I arrive they tell me I have a space for 3 days, then move to overflow (dry camping), and then go to a space. The fact that I had a confirmation e-mail for the whole time didn't matter to them. They said their system is different and they have to make reservations after contacted by Navygetaways. To make matters worse, there seems to be some longterm residents here as well. What happened to 30 days max stay that is their policy? This place has great potential because of the location, but instead of a diamond in the rough, it's a very rough spot in a city of diamonds.
I made a reservation on 1/3/14 and cancelled it the next business day. I was not informed of a cancellation fee at the time I made the reservation but when I called to cancel was told there was a $30 fee for cancelling within two weeks of check in date. When I pointed out that I made the reservation less than two weeks from the check in date and was cancelling the next business day, she asked and received permission to waive the fee. Just submitting this review so others will be aware of this change in policy.
I've been coming here for several years but this is the worst it has been. Not only is the park open to the public, but there are RV's here on sites for way over the month limit and no one in them. Out of the 48 sites I've see 3 RV's just sitting on the site, kind of like storage. Appears to be that certain people can also stay in their sites all winter. So why is the Navy allowing this to happen? Also with only 48 sites, they are allowing the public to take sites and us retirees have no priority. Slowly all our benefits will be gone!
Other camper in our space. Refused to move. Contacted office they said "NOTHING THEY CAN DO". Next day same thing. Finally after 2 nights in overflow moved to another site.. Camper in rental never did MOVE!!! Office staff said they can't do anything about it??? Never, Never go there again...Office manager said he said he wasn't going to move to the other space he was supposed to move to ANN DIDN't!!! First of a kind for me, and at a military RV park no less!
There are still problems with the office staff returning phone calls. I called Friday morning, June 22, for a reservation. According to JR the computer was busy, could he call back after requesting the type of RV. That was fine. No call back any time on Friday. A call on Saturday afternoon was answered by answering machine, promising a return call. When no call back came on Monday we changed destinations to a RV park in state, staying four days longer and saving the 600 mile drive each way.
New personnel have been added to the staff. Glenda who **always** handled the desk issues with perfection has left for greener pastures. We had over $2000 (two thousand) charged to our credit card by inexperienced staff member Anna who with vigor denied she did the charges (she was only one working that day)...She did a $900 and two $750 charges. Until they get things straight...today they said one guest had to move out of there spot to the overflow and return the next day--to the same spot...again Anna... that was finally straightened out by anama...also she is very very unfriendly--does not even say hi or any other form of greeting...and has severe problems with the tense of the English language and does not explain her decisions resulting in a dictatorial encounter. I strongly recommend that guests no longer leave there credit card on file at this campground. We will be back as MWR upper management was very responsive in attempting to cure the overcharges ..which should have been a very simple credit reversal but turned into a needless flurry of denials and needless activity. Otherwise see our other review here.
J.B. left this review using the Directory software: - Park is difficult to get in and out due to VERY steep hill and traffic. Area is in a valley with only one entrance/exit. Might be scary in event of fire or some other disaster. Spaces are too close together and nearly impossible to get into due to placement of poles and other vehicles (we have a 30 foot 5th wheel). Spaces are gravel with very small concrete pads for RV. Restrooms and Laundry are older and need updating. Golf course next to RV area is beautiful but lays in water after slightest rain. Park was without water TWICE while we were there for a total of 5+ days (very small refund given)!! Country Club is nice and has great views but the food was mediocre at best and restaurant was under renovation with seating outside only. Lots of road noise due to park activities and neighboring apartments. Also had loud blaring music (from nearby apartments and bars) most nights past midnight and even later on weekends. Surely they make lots of money with their HIGH prices but they aren't re-investing in improving the RV area! Price is expensive compared to other military parks we have stayed in, but everything in CA is! No Commissary, or mini-mart on site. BEST ASSETS: Grassy park area with pool, playground for kids, close to all area attractions and they take reservations! Otherwise, this place really needs some serious updating - it COULD be a fabulous gem!!
This is the most expensive military RV park we have been to and the worst maintained. They have raised the rate $8 in the last two years. The park is dirty and their is no one to enforce any of the rules. The office personnel are there only to collect the money and assign a space. We will not be returning. We suggest anyone interested, check out Santee Lakes in Santee. It is run by the city of Santee and on a monthly basis is over $200 less. It is run professionally and has much more to offer.