Camped here for 5 nights. When we arrived we found our spot and settled in. Went to cook only to find the BBQ grill in horrible condition. We had to clean it out to be useable. Washer and dryer are brand new but for 10 spots there is only 1 washer and 1 dryer. Although the campground advertises 50amp service it really isn’t. Our first night everything was fine, but shortly after we woke up we began experiencing power issues. Our first connection to the 50amp circuit was fine with both legs showed 120-125. In the morning the surge protector started tripping for low voltage on both legs. We are now operating on 30amp service. If we try to use both ACs or an AC and the hot water heater we trip the surge protector. Of course it’s sunday and no one to call but even if their was other campers on site have told us that the facility is unwilling to do anything. We like it here. Nice and quiet but without the power we paid for, what’s the point. We should not be charged full price without getting what’s advertised.
There are three gates North, Main, and Commercial; north to south. The North gate was not open on the weekend but we came in that gate on Friday with our 25' motorhome. I would not see a problem with a larger one. On Saturday, when we left base and reentered through the Main Gate, Base police had me back up from the left entry point (the only one of the three open when we pulled up) and enter through the right gate which they opened for me. They felt that our RV might hit the security camera which was mounted about 9-10' above ground level. Better safe than sorry. Access through the Commercial gate is not permitted for RV's. Directions to the FamCamp can be followed from either the North or Main Gate; add half a mile if you enter through the North gate. At the entrance to the campground we filled out the registration slip and put it with our check in an envelope provided and dropped it in the box. We only went to Outdoor Rec to get propane (around the back/north side of the building. You will have to call them for directions. We never found a good base map. The one on line is fuzzy. There is a visitor center at the Main Gate. Their map is fuzzy too. Use written and oral directions supplemented with Google Earth. No laundromat on base but there is a nice one just north of the North gate on Highway 1. Large commissary and BX are available and easy to find. The gas station Express did not have diesel, but had a complete Class VI. Overall, the FamCamp is nothing fancy. Just a place the spend a night or two if passing through. Some sites have sewer hookup. Ours did not but the dump station is easily accessible and below ground level so dumping is easy. We had a picnic table. There is no shower or bathroom in the FamCamp. Across the street from the FamCamp is an Air Museum. You can see the planes on display through the chain link fence but they are not accessible from inside the Base. You have go to out the Main Gate, south on Highway One and turn left onto Highway 9. You literally drive around the south end of the airstrip and enter the museum grounds from off base.
We have stayed here before, it is a lovely Fam Camp, large spaces, right on the runway to watch the C130's do touch and goes, but the limited spaces are now taken by semi-permanent residents. According to one of the residents there is usually never spaces available. We saw 1 tent which I assumed would be gone by winter and there was 1 other transient camper. There was a motorhome and ourselves who pulled in on to a grassy area late in the afternoon. We were told that normally we would have been asked to leave if there was no spaces available but because we were only staying 10 hours we were not asked to leave. If you have headed down Route #13 in Delaware you know that there is not much there and probably not a campground for many many miles. Dover AFB should at least have an overflow lot to park in, instead of sending people down the road. Better idea, there is lots of room, expand the Fam Camp and reserve X amount of spaces for transients.
Pleasant RV experience and good location to drive to the beach cities about 35 miles south. Very spacious parking. No bath house, no internet. Only bad experience was at the base library. In all the years we have been traveling, this base has the distinction of being the ONLY location that would not extend the courtesy to a retired military member, of a temporary card to allow checking out of books or dvds. In my younger days I would have found my way to the base commander or services commander's office and let him/her know of my disappointment. At this age I'm really starting to not give a damn and prefer not to embarrass myself. Career officers and NCOs rarely realize that they will all be retired one day.
GETTING ON BASE; USE THE MAIN GATE off Hwy 1 !!!! Not the North Gate, and NOT the Commercial Gate. Really!! The MPs said it's been that way for a year now. We have a 35 ftr (and towing) and it's no problem - Easy on, Easy off. Yes, this IS a CG at the end of a runway but, we've been at WAY busier/noisier ones, and at least there weren't any trains nearby! The first three sites (1-3) are W/E only, and the other seven are full HU; all near the rear of the pads (which are gravel, but very level). No reservations seemed no problem, as there are only two long-termers, and the rest rotated within days. A WONDERFUL playground right across the street, a nice archery range within walking distance (we used three times), and Asseteque Island Ntl. Seashore is only 1.5 hrs away, and Brandywine area (near Wilmington) is only 1 hr! There is NO laundry at the camp and no laundromat on base. Talked to the folks at the AF Lodging (Bldg.800/801) 677-2840, and explained that I'm at the FamCamp. I asked if I could do laundry there, and they said "Sure, they have a laundry room on every floor with three W/D in each area." Call and ask every time before going over, as this is NOT the standard practice, yet. The problem is that it requires a room card to enter. I just asked passer-bys to open the door for me. Commissiary and BX are just okay. No filling station on base - torn down and a new one is being built. Found a great "takes-everything" recycling center at the opposite end of the base from the FamCamp, near the north gate. Because it's easy-access location, and b/c of the playground, archery range and closeness of all on-base facilities, I would have given location a '5' if it wasn't almost in the direct take-off line of the air strip. I'd give the overall a 3.5, but I can't :) I'd stop here again!
There are no amenities available here. We stayed in spot # 1 which is supposed to have 50 amp. but it only has 30 amp. No sewer. No bathrooms or showers available here. It is located right beside the runway where C-5's take off and land 24 hr. a day. The noise don't bother us but it would if it was warmer and the windows were open. The commisary is pretty good. Not much more can be said. I would not go out of my way to come here again.
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