Dyess FamCamp is overpriced for the area, for the campground, for the space, and for what it offers. Many much better, much nicer Famcamps are way less money. This is basically a parking lot, with short sites, spaced closely together. The back in sites are not even numbered so that those of us arriving with reservations can know which site to park in! How hard is it to number the sites??? Sites are short, and pretty close to neighbors considering the vacant base land all around. There are many homesteaders, and they occupy the pull throughs. Why do long term stays have pull throughs, while visitors have the back in sites? Move the homesteaders to the back ins! Let those passing through have the pull through sites! Sorry, we need to compare Famcamps to Famcamps, not Famcamps to billeting/lodging rooms. The "immaculate shower facilities" don't even have hand soap at the sinks! The information board on the outside of the laundry/shower facility has no information on it. The folder with "base maps" inside the laundry room has no maps in it. We have stayed in Famcamps across the nation, and even at $25 per night this one would be overpriced. Truly, this Famcamp is a disgrace in the overall system. It saddens me that Dyess has overpriced for the area, while offering so little for the high price (as FamCamps go). I planned to move the VFW off base near the gate, but they are 100 percent full. I certainly see why the VFW campground is full, and the base FamCamp is not. By the way, the "very cute power/water towers at each site" are a industry standard on newer campgrounds. I see the exact same "very cute power/water towers" very often in our travels, including many FamCamps. The only thing saving this campground is the homesteaders paying by the month. I certainly will never return again at a daily rate again at the price gouging on here. And that is a true shame as this is the base I retired at. Call the VFW and if they have space to go there instead. I can see why so many others have done EXACTLY that.
We came in late on 10/12/16 looking for a site and all sites were full and parked for the night at the VFW parking lot and went back to Dyess campground on 10/13/16 and was able to get a site. We were not told we could only camp there for 1 night and they did not ask how many days we needed. The next day we went to the office to pay for that day and several days more as we were visiting relatives in the area and were told we had to leave as the site was assigned and no other sites were available. We could see that most sites were homesteaded one even having a full size freezer next to the camper. It appears that these sites are homesteaded and there is no arrangement for people who come in to camp for more than a day. We were also told that we couldn't pay by credit card or debit card as the machine was broke. Thankfully we had paper checks. This campground is poorly managed and there are mostly long term people living there. Don't bother to stop because if you need more than 1 night you will be disappointed. Way too many living there full time. Also it is located in an open field with no shade at all. The nightly rate is way out of range for nothing really to offer you except a small bath house and laundry. We stayed at a resort campground with water front parking for less than we stayed at Dyess for 1 night. The resort had amenites galore. We also had to stay at the VFW campsite our first night in town because Dyess had no sites. The VFW was very very nice and accommodating and seemed to have their act together for campers coming in at night. Way to go VFW! Dyess could learn something from you all. Dress also charges $35.00 a night and if you stay a week it goes down to about $18.00 to $20.00 per night. So now we see who they are catering to. I guess they get their money off of those who can only camp for less than a week because they have no available sites for a week and the homesteaders get the big breaks.
Spent 1 night in motorhome arriving Sunday. As noted by other reviewers, for a new FamCamp this is the worst managed military CG I have ever stayed. There were no instructions and no one around, we drove to Outdoor Services, closed, no instructions posted, so we drove back to CG and picked our own spot. Many homesteaders. There are pull thrus but our 38 ft with tow had to be disconnected to fit. The next morning Outdoor Services didn't open until 9am so we left after leaving a message. Tuesday they called for a credit card number. The only positive is that the location is close to interstate. Won't stay here again. Management needs to find out how to run a military campground.
P.A. left this review using the Directory software: - This campground is the worst managed campground we have stayed at. For a place only a few months old they can't even seem to keep there registrations straight. We could not get the cap off of the dump without a pipe wrench so I figured I would use the dump station. It was pad locked so know one could use it. The bath rooms were cold and the hot water never did get above warm. At $35 a night they should do better.
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