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4 years 7 months ago #14110 by mpbird
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JJnLilly wrote: Just talked to a friend who is at MacDill. They have been in dry camp since arrival in early November. Sites bordering the dry camp field are still being worked on as are most of the sites in what is called "the sand pit." Additionally, the 'new' campground office building is still nothing but bare ground. Folks arriving are being given a list of private campgounds in the area. What a mess!!!


Ditto on this. As of now there is a 4-day rotation policy in effect for dry camp. But only 4 fhu sites are being used to rotate. We did one 4-day rotation and when we went back to dry camp last week we're told not to expect another 4 day rotation opportunity. I was talking to a contract worker and he said they were going to try to get everything done by 1 Feb. He wasn't the honcho so I guess take that date with a grain of salt.....

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4 years 7 months ago #14140 by FL_OTR
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It's our understanding the FHU sites at MacDill are full (or not available due to construction), so dry camping is the only option. Someone in an earlier post described these sites as "muddy". Can anyone elaborate on this? Muddy only when it rains? Or, muddy 24/7?

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4 years 7 months ago #14153 by JJnLilly
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Talking to a friend who is at MacDill last evening. Still 20+ in the dry camp field. They are not using the sites along the fence nor the ones along the canal/creek (partial hookup sites). The former rotation/short term area (called the sand pit) is being used for long term.

Construction on the 'new office' that was to start a year ago is still a no go.

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4 years 6 months ago #14166 by JJnLilly
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Just wondering if any progress on all that work (term used lightly) being done(?) in the FamCamp. If they work half as fast as they are working on the hotel, the work might get done in time for the 2020 season.

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4 years 6 months ago #14167 by majfrizz
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I am curious also. We have reservations for this fall, but looking at alternate plans at this time just in case.

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4 years 6 months ago #14184 by JJnLilly
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Arrived on Feb 1 and sent to "the field" to dry-camp with probably more than 20 others. Office said 3-7 days in dry camp. There are still lots of vacant FHU sites but word in there are still major electrical problems - and cable and water issues. They installed all new white multi posts (W/E/C) but did not connect the water so still using the old water hydrants.

As for the 'new' office, well construction was to start last spring, then last fall now who knows.

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4 years 6 months ago #14185 by Drillagent
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So it says reservations are recommended a year in advance. HH6 and I are retiring this summer and have a workcamping gig in north central Florida at the end of the year through the winter. We were going to stop there for a few days before we start work. Does anyone think things will improve or be ready by 1 Sep 16? Is it worth making reservations now, or should we just move on to something else? Thanks.

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4 years 6 months ago #14186 by monkey44
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For what it's worth, we've never had a good experience at MacDill. Lots of favoritism there, and the lack of progress on upgrades makes it worse. Although it's great campground, marina, golf, full base services (Commissary, fuel, BX, etc) the CG staff is uncaring and less involved in the issues that make a stay pleasant.

We've lived in Florida for five years, and part-timed in Florida for over fifteen years (since 1999) and pass by Tampa pretty often traveling around the state in the RV. After a few times camping at MacDill early on, we gave it up completely.

We're not surprised at construction delays and off-schedule. We'd expect it won't change, and will probably interfere with any concrete planning you may depend on. Personally, we'd recommend other bases in the panhandle or Jacksonville area if you come to Florida and want to spend time at MCG's.

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4 years 6 months ago #14190 by JJnLilly
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Been here nearly a week and figured a few things. "Rotation" only goes from dry to either partial or full - which ever is available on your rotation day. Spend 14 days and then back to dry, no more dry to partial to full. Things are still a mess as the contractor who installed the fancy new multi-post cut the cable lines while digging. All you get from the new post is electric, still have to connect to old water hydrant and old box for cable.

No signs of a 'new' office building. Feel sorry for the office having to work in a cramped old construction trailer with no restroom facilities. Considering how much the park brings in daily they could at lest provide decent facilities to the office - that might help improve the attitude they some times have.

We will probably spend our next two weeks here and then move on, won a week of cheap camping at an RV resort near Lake City and that will put us on the way back home.

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4 years 2 months ago #14709 by dave3687
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Was just at MacDill last week and it is still the same, electric from new post everything else from old stuff and I didn't see anybody working on anything new. It was our first time there and the grumpy guy at the office didn't bother to tell us the new post didn't have all the new hookups and we were scratching our heads why we didn't have any water for a few minutes. We had a lot of fun there for a few days and then went on down to the keys.

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4 years 2 months ago #14710 by monkey44
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Glad we didn't believe 'em when they told us it would be a couple weeks, last December. The only time we stop at MacDill anymore is for overnight heading south, or north, and for commissary. That campground could be excellent, but hasn't been run well for ten years or so.

The staff wasn't any better when they did have a bathroom and a lounge ... so it hasn't changed with the trailer they now work in.

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4 years 2 weeks ago - 4 years 2 weeks ago #14826 by maxjr758
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ANY UPDATES ON MCDILL?
I called a week or so ago to make reservations, and was told none were needed as there would be plenty of spaces available! I also asked about temp storage for 7 days while my wife and I go on a 7 day cruise out of FT Lauderdale for our 10th Anniversary. Was told short, and long term storage was available.
After seeing this I'm wondering if Patrick AFB would be a better choice, as it's closers to FT Lauderdale anyway I belive.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated! We will be coming from a 7 day stay at the USCG MARATHON KEY.

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4 years 2 weeks ago #14827 by Sandman
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Assuming that you are discussing this summer and not January.. We had to be in Florida in June 2015.. Stayed at Patrick AFB.. Plenty (thirty or so) of open spots..

Warning, It's hot there in summer..
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4 years 2 weeks ago #14828 by maxjr758
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Thanks ! It's hot everywhere in the Southeast ! Been in the mid 90s, 70-80% humidity, here in NC

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4 years 1 week ago #14829 by floridakamper
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Looking at the national weather map this morning and Florida is a little cooler than a lot of states this summer.

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