Onslow Beach Campsites and Recreation Area

Onslow Beach Campsites and Recreation Area

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Onslow Beach Campsites and Recreation Area

Location

Installation
Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, NC
GPS Coordinates
34.57182, -77.26837
Location Information
Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, NC
RV Gate Coordinates
34.65495, -77.23020

Directions

Directions
FROM SOUTH - ONLY if vehicle(s) have DOD registration, otherwise follow directions below to the main gate. If registered, exit US-17 onto NC-172 and enter the base. At the third traffic light after entering the base (Brown sign for Onslow Beach Rec. Area) turn right and follow the road to the campground. After crossing a small bridge you will see the camp on your left. Turn left at end of the road. -- FROM NORTH: Take NC-24 to main gate on Holcomb Blvd. Stay on the main road. When the speed limit changes from 55mph to 45mph get in left hand turn lane to turn onto Sneeds Ferry Rd. Take this road about 6 miles to Beach Road (campground sign on the left). Beach road will take you right to the C/G area.

Contact Information

Phone Number
Reservations: (910) 440-7502 ---- Guest Services: (910) 440-7259
Mailing Address
RECR Onslow Beach, 1401 West Road, Camp Lejeune, NC 28547-7258

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians.
Season
April 1 - November 1
Reservations
Accepted. Active duty stationed on Camp Lejeune, MCAS New River and MCAS Cherry Point can reserve 20 weeks in advance. Retired, Active Reservists and Active duty stationed at other bases(other that the ones previously mentioned) can reserve 18 weeks in advance. Inactive reservists and DOD civilian employees can reserve 16 weeks in advance. Payment in full is required 2 weeks from the booking date. Full refund for cancellation will be given with at least days notice before arrival, any cancellation less than 7 days notice will be charged 1 night rental fee and the rest will be refunded. May reserve 2 camp sites or 1 camp site and 1 lodging.
Internet Access
Free high speed wifi is now available in all lodging units, the rv park and the ocean front officer, SDNCO and enlisted pavilions.
Pet Information
Pets are allowed in the RV Park and Campground and in the designated dog beach area (south of the Staff NCO Pavilion). There is a pet playground in the RV Park. Pets are allowed ONLY in pet friendly lodging. Pets are prohibited from the swimming beaches. You must present actual shot records from the vet or your stay may be denied. Usual clean up rules are strictly enforced everywhere in the rec area. Pets must be on a leash (not more than 10 ft)at all times. Pets are not permitted inside any lodging unit. Pets must not be left unattended in vehicles or tied up outside without supervision. Pets must be kept off neighboring campsites.
Campground Information
14 day stay limit, then out 14 days before starting over. No stay limit between Nov and Mar. Monthly rate only available from November 1st to March 31st. Lodges/Cabanas prices vary by rank and length of stay and sold in package deals. All RV sites are back-in and can be tight for some to back into. There are 2 handicap accessible 3-bedroom lodging available. During the peak season (from April 1 through October 31) you can only check into the lodging units (cabanas, lodges, Ospreys, etc.) on certain days. For a 3-day stay, one can only check in on a Monday or Tuesday; for a 4-day stay, one can only check in on a Thursday or Friday; and for a 7-day stay, one can only check in on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday. RV sites don't have these limitations.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Discounts
Monthly discount in Winter available.
Facilities
Propane
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Golf
  • Gas
  • Commissary
  • Exchange

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Sites
33
W/20,30,50A/S/CATV
$32
N/A
$375
RV/Popup Sites
2
W/20,30A/S/CATV
$32
N/A
N/A
Popup/Tent Sites
5
W/20,30A/S/CATV
$15
N/A
N/A
Overflow
5
None
$10
N/A
N/A
Lodges/Cabanas
74
Full
Varies
N/A
N/A

Other Information

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Weather Information

Popular recreational area on the beach.

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June 16-23 and July 7-14, 2017

We stayed at Onslow Beach on Camp Lejeune in one of the oceanfront cabanas. They are amazingly spacious studio units, with a comfortable king-sized bed, a kitchen at one end of the main room, and a separate bathroom with a shower. The unit comes supplied with linens, cooking and eating utensils, and an initial supply of toiletries and paper towels. The units we stayed in had a full kitchen with a small refrigerator and other large and small kitchen appliances, except a dishwasher, which we really didn't miss. Each unit also has a large deck overlooking the ocean. The only thing we missed was someplace to store our clothes, but we worked that out by placing our open suitcase on the bench at the foot of our bed. The resort has three life-guarded beach areas, plus roving lifeguards that walk and drive up and down the beach all day long from Memorial Day through Labor Day. In addition to the usual beach activities, we enjoyed shelling and finding sharks' teeth. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We had a minor problem (a sticking entry door), which they fixed immediately, even though it was late on a Sunday afternoon. There is also a mini-mart right at the beach in case you forgot something or feel like having some ice cream or another snack. We are looking forward to staying in a cabana unit at the other end of the beach in September and October. We've been told they have a larger refrigerator, but are otherwise identical to the cabanas we stayed in. Onslow Beach also has other lodging units that sleep up to 6 people, but since we are a retired couple, the cabanas are perfect for us. This facility is a fantastic value, so needless to say, all of the lodging units are in high demand and it is important to reserve a place as soon as reservations can be made. If we can reserve a lodging unit, we plan to make Onslow Beach a yearly destination. We also plan to stay in the RV area of the facility. 

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November 2016

We liked this campground because of its location. The Atlantic Coastal waterway and drawbridge is 100 yards in one direction and the Onslow Beach is the same distance in the other. Great location! The registration office staff are friendly and helpful and we had the pick of 1/2 dozen sites. They could be a little longer, but it was no real issue in our 40' motorhome. Another real plus is the NEX mini mart that is next door to the office. Don't think we have seen that anywhere but it is really nice to have that nearby. The wifi is poor so we were unable to connect. If you want a good signal, you have to go near the office to log on. The views and beach are great, the picnic shelters are a plus and this is a place that we will return to. 

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4.7
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5.0

3-10 Aug 16

Another GREAT stay at Onslow campground! We hadn't stayed here since last October & noticed they've had some staff turnover in the office: the folks we dealt with were friendly & helpful. You REALLY need to be into "beach activities" in order to have a good time at the campground, since there really isn't a whole lot else to do there. The last evening of our stay the "OSPREYS" were flying low over the campground, so that was enjoyable. We spent an afternoon in Swansboro - thinking it might be an enjoyable time in a quaint little town - but left feeling a bit disappointed. The "Hibachi buffet" restaurant (located in the K-Mart plaza just off base) was very good & the fact we hit it on "Senior's Mondays" made it all the more enjoyable! :-) All in all, another good visit to Onslow campground: we'll be back in late September!!! 

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4.2
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

April 23-26 2016

Another great visit to Onslow Beach including shark teeth hunting and walking ad bike riding on the beach.  Got to visit with grand nephew currently at school at Camp Johnson.  Only about 10 RVs while we were there.  We were moving up the coast and always stop here.
Very friendly at the office.  We accidentally left remote part of thermometer at table shelter and they offered to mail it to us. It can be tight backing in if campground is full.

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4.2
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4.0

30 Sept - 3 Oct 15

Stayed in a 35' motor home. Had a GREAT time on the beach - even though the weather wasn't the best (rain). The cost is a bit high, but well worth it! The staff was very friendly and helpful.

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Overall rating 
 
4.7
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0

July 25th -1 Aug 2015

Second time here this year. Although I've heard some complain of the price at $32 per night I'd suggest they go spend a week at pirateland or Ocean Lakes in Myrtle Beach and then compare the bang for the buck. The beach here is just as nice as a Myrtle Beach and much less crowded. The commissary and BX on base are large and we'll stocked. Some campsites are a little unlevel and it would be nice if they were cement rather than gravel but again, go spend a week at Myrtle Beach and pay their prices before you stay here and I'm sure you'll agree this place is a fantastic value. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who likes the beach at an affordable price. I'm confident you won't be disappointed.

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4.9
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0

July1-6, 2015

I camp hosted here for three years and enjoyed it. I had not been back very often because I was put off with the $32 per night for an RV spot. While this still bothers me, I have been overwhelmed at the changes that have taken place here. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. And a lot has been done here to improve the facilities. They got rid of the officer, enlisted and staff NCO lodging sections and opened it up so that availability of facilities is more equitable. The beach areas have all been repainted and new colorful signage is everywhere. The office is new as is the MCX right beside it. We had guests who stayed in a lodge on the beach all of the appliances, counters, and furniture have been upgraded. Price is a bit high but the money has definitely been put into the rec area and it shows. Well done.

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4.2
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5.0
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3.0
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4.0
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4.0

15 - 21 April 2015

Overall this is a good spot. Great location, not to crowded - however, I do have a couple 'complaints'. When we made our reservations, we asked for a specific site. We were told it wouldn't be a problem because this time of year didn't have may RV'ers. When we arrived, The site we asked for was already taken - funny thing... every other site was open. There was no one else there. Pretty disappointed about that. Next, 32$ a night seemed a little high for a military base, but it was cheaper than staying out in town at a local RV park. The small PX that is right there on site has NO camping supplies - it has plenty of beer, hotdogs, chips and sand castle building supplies. You would think that they, MCCS would carry a small about of RV/Camping supplies for those unforeseen emergencies that we have from time to time. Beware that there is a contracted lawn service that is "up and moving" at 7:30 am on Saturday mornings (in the rain, none the less) Lastly the fresh water hook ups will be in your 'front yard' and the sewer lines are very far forward and uphill, so you'll need supplies to run your hose UP HILL to empty - plus your neighbors septic is also in your front yard. Its not terrible, but on experience, the hook ups are usually far enough back, that this isn't normally a concern. The only way to fix this issue was to basically have our trailer so far forward, that our hitch was almost in the road. I'm not trying to bash this place, it is a great location, they have clean showers and a decent laundry facility - I just want to bring attention to issues that we delt with on our trip.

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4.6
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5.0
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3.0
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4.0
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5.0

Oct 13 - Oct 19, 2014

We stayed here for six nights at $32. a night. Most we have paid for a Fam Camp site but wish we could of stayed longer. Sites are mostly level and gravel. Covered picnic area and being able to walk across the street to the beach was very nice. Intercoastal waterway behind the park so all kinds of fishing can be done. Nice large laundry area but no chair to sit and wait. Will come back.

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3.2
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3.0

August 4 -10, 2014

The staff are very friendly. Most sites now have a covered picnic table. The only sites that do not are those in the inner circle in the back. That area is designated for tents. However, tent campers can camp in other sites I think as there are several that have done that this week. The table is made of out some type of composite wood. Very nice. Rained all week so many sites flooded. The rain also flooded into the bathrooms too. That made keeping them clean difficult. Trash around the campground was not picked up as some trash and dirty diapers has been on top of one of the charcoal collection containers for six days now. Other trash along the road has not been picked up. Had part of a tree come down on our site and Guest Services told us they would not remove it. We would have to drive around it when we checked out. Well, there is no way to do that without damaging our RV! It was blocking the RV in and barely missed our car. They said they are sorry but we did sign that waiver and if we damage our RV while trying to get out then it is not their fault. We also were told we can not cut down or alter the tree either. Not acceptable. It took three days to resolve that situation and then the parts of the tree were finally cut down and removed once someone actually came out and looked themselves. All other interaction with Guest Services was great. Overall it seems that there must be some confusion over what role Guest Services plays in the maintenance and upkeep of the park, the MCCS maintenance folks, and the Camp Host. I believe that is what caused the issues I encountered on the stay. My overall experience is a 3. We will be back too. You can not beat being this close to the beach, fishing, etc.

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6-11 Nov 2013

Overall this is a nice famcamp. Sites have 20/30/50 amp service, water hookup, cable TV, sewer, and OK WIFI. Gravel and fairly level sites on main drag going in and sites have shelters covering picnic table, no firerings. If you have base sticker it's easy to get to the CG from highway 172 from the north or south. Check in and check out times are a little earlier than most, check out is 11 AM and check in is noon. The CG is just a couple hundred yards from the beach but about a half mile from the beach that allows pets. CG checkin was simple and easy, we had made reservations about 10 days in advance and had no problems with checkin. Prices have gone up a bit since our last visit, they are up to $24.50 per night now, still not bad when you consider you are so close to the beach. There is a new little store which is open from Thursday thru Monday which is the highest usage for the area. Unfortunately the store was closed for the weekend we were there, I guess due to the holiday. The bathroom/shower was clean and well stocked while we were there but is showing its age. There is a laundry with washers and dryers available. Good bike riding area along the beach road, must wear helmet on base. Fishing is available both on the beach and the intra coastal but you will need a license. All in all we had a good visit here and will go back in the future.

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3.9
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2.0
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4.0

Oct 21, 2013

We stayed in our 30 ft motorhome, level enough sites, nice covered picnic tables, very convenient to go to the beautiful sand beach. The office has a chart on shark teeth, we found a few. Staff very helpful. Loved watching the helicopters overhead and fishing pier. Once we figured out the draw bridge opens on the hour and 1/2 hour, we could time our trips on and off the island. Only downside: A long way from any base facilities, a bit pricey ($24.50).

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4.7
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5.0

September 2013

Stayed in a 40 motor coach pulling a car. The sites are not paved, but were pretty level so we had no problems. No pull thru sites, so you have to take the car off the trailer and move the trailer, but we were allowed to put it next to the RV, so that was fine. The staff was friendly and the sites have covered picnic tables which is nice. Cell phone reception was fine and cable was available. Loved watching the helicopters overhead and watching the draw bridge right next to our site. The beach is easily accessible and has handicapped access. Several people were fishing at the intercostal waterway (probably 100 feet from our site) and catching fish regularly. Only issue we had was the set up for getting a permit for the car we were towing. They did not ask us to get one until we were returning to base after being out shopping and that was a good thing, since we could never have gotten into the area for the pass with our RV. Be prepared to take in your registration and proof of insurance, or you will be making a trip back to your car and loose your place in line. We would stay again.

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4.3
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5.0
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3.0
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4.0

November 1, 2013

PLEASE NOTE: the campground rates are going up on October 1, 2013 from $17 to $24.50 or 44% which is ALMOST the same as our retired pay increase! Other than the rate increase it's a great place to visit.

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(Updated: May 28, 2013)
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4.7
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5.0
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5.0

24-27 May 2013

What a great place to stay! We called about a week before Memorial Day and we were able to get a spot. We stayed in the loop and really liked it there away from the main area, close to the fishing pier and the Intercoastal Waterway. We loved the pet beach, though I do wish, because it's a pet beach that they could be off leash. Seems silly to me to have a place for them and then not to allow them any freedom. Each gravel site had its own covered picnic table usually with a clothesline around it to hang wet towels, etc. I was not impressed with the WiFi. It usually took me about an hour or so to get connected and then it would lose the connectivity and not let me back on. The water hookup is on the opposite side of where the sewer is. If you don't have a long enough water line, well, you won't find any close by. The little MCX is fairly well stocked, and as others have said it is quite a little haul to the main side commissary/MCX. We will definitely stay here again, the cost was outstanding for the location and time of year that we visited!

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(Updated: November 05, 2012)
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5.0
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5.0
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Oct 24 - Nov 1, 2012

Very enjoyable everyone was extremely friendly. Nice and quite very clean and easy to find.

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(Updated: September 10, 2012)
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Sept 4 - 10, 2012

What a hidden jewel. This is a fabulous campground. If you like a quiet, beautiful beach this is the place for you. It is quite a distance from the main interstate north, south travel route so this would be a destination campground. It is such a tremendous value. We had a full hook up site (electric, water, sewer), multi channel cable, very fast wifi and a tin roof covered picnic table. To top it all off, it is a short walk to a lovely beach or to the pier at the intercoastal. The check in staff was very helpful. In fact my husband was experiencing some eye problems and they were extremely helpful in finding proper medical care. Also, our motorhome was experiencing some mechanical problems and they worked with us with no hassles to adjust our departure date and provide a refund. The sites are gravel, somewhat spacious but they do slope to the rear. Our Verizon signal was exceptional and we were able to easily use our roof mounted satellite. The base exchange was very large and also the commissary was outstanding. Hated to leave this bit of paradise but hope to return soon.

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(Updated: May 08, 2012)
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4.2
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5.0
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4.0

May 3-8 2012

Decent sites with gravel. Water connection is located behind next site picnic areas. Cable TV is excellent. WiFi is excellent and responsive. Camp Host walks the entire CG at least 3 times a day and is ready to assist in info. Temp CG office is South of CG. New Temp Mini-mart is convenient if you don't want to drive to the MCX/Commissary which is not exactly around the corner. Head/shower facilities very clean. Laundry facilities also clean. Ocean breeze is very nice and cool during the day and makes for ideal sleeping weather. Boat traffic on the ICW is nice to watch. Office asked about dog but didn't require proof of shots even though I had the entire record. This CG is great for relaxing and tanning on the beach. Highly recommended.

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4.3
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Dec 31, 2011

EDI left this review using the Directory software: - This is a real stickler! I stayed on Military Campgrounds all across the country and never had a problem with my dogs. This place requires that you present actual shot records from the vet. I am all for having pets shots up to date but you had better have your shot records with you or you will not be allowed to stay. Loved the fenced Dog Run!

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(Updated: December 16, 2011)
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Nov 1 to Nov 30 2011

I'm not a number rater, either I like a campground or I don"t. Well, I like this famcamp! Fishing, beaches, Great people, Full hookups (all of them). Will certainly come here again.

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