We stayed "our first and only time here" at this campground for 30 days 26 Mar-24 Apr 2014. The day we arrived the campground warden informed us that there would be nothing on the grass or any jacks put on the asphalt. We paid our months rent and set up. I had put up a 2' high by 4' sq. dog pen on the concrete pad to keep our dogs in while we got the camp set up. With in 1 hour, Diana knocked on our door and said we COULD NOT have the pen set up, ITS IN THE RULES, we took it down. We looked at the rules all 5 PAGES. We went to Kessler campground to see if they had a spot to move to. They had 1 spot. We went back to Shields to pack up and move. We found in the rules that once you pay for a spot you can not get a refund if you want to leave on your own accord. So we were stuck there. The park itself is well laid out, however the location leaves a lot to be desired. Road noise, reefer trailer yard across the road with the reefers running all night can be heard. With a hospital located close by, sirens can be heard often, now for the trains, with several spur tracks close to the camp, and the rails crossing city streets, the engineers must blow the whistle a lot and continuous. There is no shade trees and the sun can get brutal. The sprinklers come on in the night a few times a week soaking anything you may have out, and leaving a pond on the pad. There is an activity room for gatherings (a single car garage) there is a TV on the wall, a table and chairs, and lawn equipment stacked around inside. There is only 1 window that is in the walk in door. In the time we were there no one ever used the activity room. This park attracts people going to the casinos, most folks were gone most of the time. There are 2 dog parks located on the base, however they are 3.3 miles from the campground requiring a trip in a vehicle to get there and the dog parks are infested with fire ants. The area to walk your dogs in the campground is also loaded with fire ants. Edward who works in the park sometimes, is super. The base facilities are adequate. Kessler has a much larger commissary and exchange. Access to the beaches is super. The area east and west along the coast has small towns which are worth the visit. For first time visitors, I would suggest that they only pay for 1 or 2 nights to make sure you would like it there. We would have moved the next day, but paid for a month. The MWR Supervisors need to visit and talk with the people who stay there and get some ideas of ways to improve the campground. A better club house where people can gather, a dog park located in the campground, customer service people who know what customer service is. Maybe even some volunteer camp hosts after hours and weekends could spur get together with campers. Maybe a look at Pensacola NAS Oak Grove FamCamp for some great ideas.
Could be a nice rv park if managed properly. Manager/MWR aren't worried about anything other than collecting your money. The rent has been raised every year for the last 4 years and is now going to be $405 come Oct 1 and they aren't offering anything more than they did in 09 at $265. You can stay out in town and get more for the same or less money if you look around a little. We've all earned the privilege to stay on base but it's no longer a value. Restroom and laundry room are not cleaned, spider webs and odor in the restroom, even the office is unkept. Recommend you pay in cash, the computer stores your CC numbers and they won't tell you that. I moved off base 5 miles from the base for less money and unless some extenuating circumstance arises will not move back. Some people have stayed and had good reports, I can tell you after being stationed here on and off for the last 4 years it's gone down hill. If you choose to stay here lower your expectations and you'll probably be ok. Too bad Bill, Veda and Leon aren't still around.
N. L. left this review using the Directory software: Lots of room between sites now at the new campground. They do have free wi-fi and cable with water, sewer, and 50 amp hook-ups. However, you are going to really pay for it now. The cost went from $15 a day to $20 a day! That is a 25% increase! So I guess they are making the retirees pay for the new campground. Cleanliness really shouldn't be lumped in with Hospitality on the ratings because the place is very clean (duh, it's brand new) but the Hospitality from the host isn't that great. For instance, we pulled in and I went into the office and asked Veeda if they had a site, which of course I knew they did because I could see it from where we were parked at the office. I went in and asked if she had a spot for the night. She hesitated and looked at her board. Well, I also saw the board and the one opening on it so I said - I saw you had one spot open. She whipped her head around and glared at me while saying I KNOW WHAT SITES I HAVE OPEN. This surprised me so I said okay. Still hesitating she said well I've had someone call me three times about that site today alluding to the fact that she was sort of saving the spot for them and it would be a big favor for her to let me have it. (This is a no reservations campground.) So I mentioned the fact that they don't take reservations here and again I got the head whipping around and the glare! So I said, you don't do you? She then must have re-thought her reaction because she studied the board and the one site open and told me that she had told them if someone else got here before they did that she would have to give it to them. (Really?) So, she 'allowed' me to move in. She acted as if she was doing me a favor by letting us stay and not hold it for the one who had called. This isn't very friendly or professional if you ask me. But, we at least got the site for the night. So, the rating for Hospitality is a 1 - Terrible, even though Cleanliness is 5 - FANTASTIC. The Amenities/Facilities is only a 4 - Above Average because the laundry is a pay laundry. Location is 2 - Below Average because of where the campground is located, right next to a noisy highway and a train is also nearby. Nose level is high. Value is 2 - Below Average because we stayed at the Pelican Roost FamCamp at Mayport, FL and had all the same facilities WITH a free laundry and an OCEAN VIEW was only $17 a day! So this pricing is really, really messed up! Overall Experience has to be a 2 - Below Average because I have stayed at other FamCamps that were better.
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