Three years ago, vowed we would not return because of the condition of the FAMCAMP. Stopped by to see if things had changed...no such luck. Set up in a site (15) with what appeared to be a recently installed electric box: found no electricity available. Weeds are up to a foot high. Had to pay $30 at Outdoor Rec because there is no one on site. Found out that because there is no one to check on occupancy, some campers hook up without paying (especially on weekends). No folks on base appeared to be excited about it. Seems like, along with tobacco and alcohol, base policy is to discourage camping.
Drove thru on Friday the 18th of May, just to see how bad it had become. WOW, what a dump. We used to stay there when traveling with our 5th wheel. Would not recommend this dump to a homeless person. Weeds are taking over and the electrical problems have still not been fixed.(since 2005) It is hard to believe that this place could get worse, but, it did. MWR people need to get fired. They fired the host, that took care of the place, and it shows.
I guess I should have known Friday the 13th!! The only reason that we visited was because we participate in the Air Force Frequent Camper Program (Edwards completed tier 4). To say the place is unkempt is being kind. It looks abandoned. There was no indication that there was an employee on site. No posted signage and when I asked one of the 5 campers what the procedure was I was told to find an unlocked utilities box and use the self pay. A call to MWR (we needed to get the AFFCP booklet stamped) revealed that there is an employee on site. There is a discarded tent in the tent camping area alongside the sidewalk leading to the BX/Commissary complex along with a LOT of trash. Tumbleweeds abound and the picnic tables look as though someone has deliberately damaged most of them. A phone call to the Services commander's office is on the agenda. Someone needs to be apprised of how this reflects on the base in general. We were told that the price increase to $30 was to discourage long term campers. There is a limit of 30-day stay (don't know who would do that) followed by a 14-day absence and then return for 30-days and not to exceed 90 days in a calendar year. An on-site host is direly needed but one that will take pride in the campground.
The policy of 'no overflow parking unless all hookup sites are filled' is now being strictly enforced. Prices on full-hookup sites is now $30/night and partial-hookups (water only) is $20/night. Overflow has gone up from $5/night and is now $10/night. The laundry room drain cannot handle the only two of three operating washing machines draining at the same time, so guests are urged to stagger start times by 10 minutes. The air conditioning is always on in the laundry room. The urinal in the men's room is always running and overflowing. The partial-hookup spots are actually supposed to be full-hookups, but civil engineering hasn't fixed the electrical which was damaging AC units on some visitor's campers. The camp host was unceremoniously relieved of his post, and now an attendant from Outdoor Recreation (ODR) is in the office between 8:30am-4:30pm. If you arrive late at night, you are expected to find a vacant full-hookup spot (even if you don't require hookups) and park there. Then you must self-report to ODR if the attendant isn't available. It is against local Field Services Squadron (FSS) policy for folks to use overflow even if they are in a POV (car, truck, jeep). This is a bit sad due to a few airmen who are mostly deployed tend to use FAMCAMP while at permanent post for the month or two when they are not deployed (thank you for your comments about homesteaders). The scenic vistas from this Campground consist of the rear of the bowling alley, unkempt desert landscape, tumbleweeds, and a few drainage ditches. To be fair, they did fix the WiFi and there is basic cable in the TV room now. There it is folks. Don't shoot the messenger.
This FAM Camp is a Comical, Disaster. The Registration box is empty & the sign reads "check in with Camp Host". We talked to a couple of people & there is NO Camp Host. Twenty Four spaces "OUT OF SERVICE" & the all the operating spaces are full of Active Duty & long term "Squatters". Overflow is a paved parking lot with a strong Sewer odor & NO Directions to the Outdoor Rec. for paying the $5.00 fee. Good stopping point when traveling to Desert Parks & the PX & Commissary are good plus you can fill up your RV with Diesel at the Gas Station.
Seems that about a third of the camp sites are down due to electrical power issues and have been down for some time. We only stayed overnight and had to boondock in the overflow parking lot for $5. Not an issue for us but the strong smell of sewage was with us all night meaning the windows had to stay closed and made it a little uncomfortable. They do take reservations so call.
Stayed at Edwards FamCamp Sept 24. What a mess!!! If it weren't for security and access to BX/Commissary, we would have found someplace else. Ended up boondocking in overflow lot. Half the camp is out of order because of electrical issues. Lots of homesteaders. Laundry, restrooms and Day room all in need of attention. We've been to quite a few Air Force FamCamps and this is by far the worse.
This place is a dump! Now they charge $20 when the price should be $5. We were lucky that we were able to get one of the 2 spots open and from reading the posts below, there is no reason not to expand if RVers are forced out to the over flow. The parking spots for the RVs are uneven, which should have gravel if not concrete. The asphalt on the site we were on looked like it hadn't been resurfaced in years. This is one park that looks like it's totally ignored. I would not recommend anyone to come here. The camp host was great.
I can't give any higher ratings because I always end up in overflow. This camp is full of good old boys/DOD/??? who homestead. it is a waste of time to think it is worth the drive from the highway to stay ----- unless you have no need for hook ups and just want to park in overflow. it isn't even a reasonable distance from overflow to the restrooms/laundry building. I don't mind having to share and end up in some famcamps ONCE IN A WHILE that are full but this one is for the record books. The only reason we come back - to dry camp of course - is because there is damn little between Bakersfield and the Inland Empire around San Bernardino. This time, we are parked in overflow along with a young family that is PCSing. They should not have to be in overflow with homesteaders taking up all the sites!!!
We think this is a great camp, most sites have lots of room. Walking distance to most facilities. Great library with lots of movies to check out. The new policy should be put into effect in more of the FamCamps to limit full-time & "squatters" who never seem to leave.
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