We stopped by Keesler RV FamCamp after driving around for half an hour. We missed a turn and went on base. Big Mistake. The FamCamp is not on base and hard to find. We entered the FamCamp and found the office closed. The sign said to see the Camp Host but no site was listed. We drove around the campground and a woman came out of one of the bathrooms and unlocked the office. Not sure who she was. She said that there are no facilities there but suggested that we go to Shields nearby, which we did and are glad we did.
We found an attendant sitting behind the desk with his feet up on the table. We visited for more than 30 minutes with the attendant Joe, and a co-worker. He didn’t move the entire time we visited. Not that impressed with the help or the park. Joe told us they had only one site and it was intended for a small 28 ft trailer or less available. He had no idea when there would be an opening. He pointed us in the direction of the overflow for the night but after driving through the park we chose to go onto the Shield RV Park for the week. The park is well used and run down and has several homestead occupants. We found one unit with rusted wheels and body that looked as if hadn’t moved in years. According to one of the fellow RV’rs the occupant had not moved in over 7 years. Wow what an operation. The park is not intended for large units as it has several concrete back-ends with 2 ft or more drops off. We found this park very difficult to park our 34 ft Allegro. This park is run down and needs a facelift of buildings, park facilities, and a general weeding of homestead occupants and employees. This unprofessional operation is a site to behold. If you desire trees, and crowded sites packed together on concrete pads with 2 ft drop offs, enjoy. Price might be inviting but the amenities are far less than expected for an Air Force Base operation.
Directions to this camp are good. They take you through a residential area with narrow paved streets. There is no guard gate to go through to get to this camp. It is just a street off a residential area with a sign. When we left Panama City base, I called. They told me to call back when we got within an hour of the base. So I did, but no one answered. I called every 15 minutes, but no one ever answered the phone and no answering machine. We arrived during office hours as posted on the door. But the door was locked and CLOSED was showing. We called the security office as phone number listed. The base security said they had nothing to do with the FAM CAMP. While we sat there wondering what to do, a man (later found out he was Joe) came out of his camper, got into his golf cart and drove down to meet us. He said he was out of the office because he was parking another camper. He said they were full but we could park in overflow at $10 a night. We said the book said overflow was $6 a night, he said the book was old. After taking our money and giving us a receipt he said he wrote the code to the bathroom/showers on the receipt. Neither code worked for us. He said the phones were out. He showed us where to park, which was on the grass right next to another RV. The electrical box had 2 places to plug in, and the water had 2 spigots. So we had water and electric and cable tv if we wanted it. No Wifi. Joe didn't seem all that friendly. When he left us he said that if we needed anything to call. How could we if the phones were out? We never saw him again. We will never stay at this FAM CAMP again. I didn't feel safe here. It doesn't seem like it is on a base at all. We only spent the one night.
I was unable to get a full service site and stayed in the dry camp area with electricity provided by a long extension cord. I'm not sure how one ever can get into a full site nor how long one can stay. For the most part it appeared to be a trailer park with rvs set up in a permanent fashion. That thought was confirmed on departure day when we were emptying our waste tanks and saw newspapers being delivered to most of the sites. I guess my biggest problem is that if it is a campsite it should be a campsite. If it is a trailer park it should be a trailer park. There should at least be a system with some visibility as to if and when one can get into a site and some limitation as to how long one can occupy a site. I don't want to seem uncaring knowing that area suffered from a hurricane a year and a half ago, but if things are ever going to get back to normal... then they really must get back to normal. As an overnight stay for a night or two this was okay. If one wants to spend some time in the area with full services you should look elsewhere. Hosts were very helpful and friendly. They are making the best of what they have.
With 1 being the lowest and 5 the best - I gave it the ratings I thought it truly deserved. Going into the designated entrance to the Famcamp was no big deal. As soon as you enter you have three choices as to which way to turn (naturally there were no directions or lights and construction was evident all over the place). After trying 2 wrong selections we finally found our way to the camp office. We arrived about 8:00pm and the office was closed - so I went to the park spot designated as the park host. TV was playing inside and vehicle parked outside. I knocked on the door twice - No answer. Parked in what I perceived to be overflow parking. My wife went to the ladies room and came back and said it requires an unknown combination. Naturally, we could use our our trailer's facilities - so no big deal. Next morning still no one available. We wanted to pay for our stay, but since no host was available - we finally just left. By the way, it was the left road to choose after entering.