Have not been here since March 2015 and what a difference since then. About 75% of the sites are filled with homesteaders and it is very obvious they are here to stay. Grass was cut but sidewalks around the community center were not cleared of the dried grass that blew onto the sidewalk and our site was covered with dead grass and dirt also. I went into the C.C. no library anymore and a foul food smell was coming from the fridge. The good old days at some of the FamCamps are gone!
We stayed here years ago. Years ago we would have given this camp ground a 5.0 in each rating. It has changed over the years. For the worse. This Fam Camp is now a permanent housing area for homesteaders. About half of the park is now homesteaders. We did not get a clear cut answer from management how long someone can stay. Seems who you asked you will get a different answer to that question. Seems management and the host shy away from saying anything about the active duty homesteaders. Talking with a few of the campers revealed that people have been staying here, not moving, for years! A Fam Camp is not housing, mobile home park, or permanent lodging facility. It is a recreational area for all to enjoy. People should be limited to staying a certain length of time and move on. i.e. stay 90 days and then gone for 90. The active duty military and base civil servants (who are most of the homesteaders here now) get paid ample COLA and quarters money. We were told there are quarters available on base as well. There is no justified reason for them to homestead in the Fam Camp. Some of the home stealers are senior officers and CPOs. There is ample housing in the local area. They elect, as one told us, to live full time in the RV park to save money and pocket the quarters and COLA money. And, pay no utilities, taxes, sewer, etc. What a deal homesteading on base. Over flow camping is permitted. We saw many overflow campers hooked into the space next to them. Double dipping off one pedestal. Parked on the grass in a non RV space. Tapping into the water, electric and sewer of the permanent space next to them. This is tacky. Looks bad. Unsafe. There was a OF camper on the grass next to a permanent space anywhere they could fit one there. Rules say to control dogs. No constant barking of dogs. Forget that! We heard a few dogs tied up to RVs barking and barking. Never shut up. Sign on the bathroom door stated due to vandals base security will visit more often. Kids ride bikes and play in and out of the breeze way between club house and the laundry room. Also in and out of the laundry, bath rooms and club room. Host just look at them and keep going. They do not tell the kids this is not a play area. Guess host and management are scared of the homesteading active duty types. All of the kids belonged to homesteaders - active duty types. Over all this camp ground has gone down hill. Up keep is poor. Attitudes of people staying here is "us against you." A few more spaces, along the water, were added since we were here last.
The park is nice and quiet. We were hoping to see a submarine but were not allowed. This is a park for campers who plan on doing nothing but stay in their RVs. The cable system is limited to about 15 channels. The shopping is Walmart and KMart. This has been the most boring experience we have ever had on a military installation. Sure the laundry is free, which was the only nice amenity. There is a community center there but no one comes in and they have no events listed on the bulletin boards. The TV in the community center would not even work when we went in. Sorry but we will not be coming back. Also the rent is quite high for this area.
New at RV'ing and had to experience this one early on as it was given awards several years. The actual sites are good for any type of RV, inroads are stones so bikes have difficulty and actually saw a person fall off the bike. Not much to do in this area and choice of activities is poor. Social calendar on Tues. and Thurs. is Zumba and Bingo in St. Marys, trips in a van cost you and many get cancelled due to lack of interest, not sure who makes up this calendar but not much going on here as an organized function. Think it might be because just about all folks I talked to here are homesteading (now I know what that means) so no need for them to socialize as this is how they live for the winter I guess. The laundry and bathhouse is good and the community room is comfortable but not used much. Not sure if all RV parks have hosts but one here is not friendly and sits outside at his picnic table for hours. Have one host parked in the middle of the campground so very inconvenient for folks coming in if that host is on duty. Using my computer is sketchy as signal must be blocked or something interfering with it so go off base to use it when needed. Probably would stop here again for a few days on the way back home as it is convenient to the interstate.
Did not stay here, rode thru park and asked questions, it looks like homesteaders stay for winter, could not get in. Park should start restricting length of stay like NS Mayport has. This would be fair for everyone.