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Old 09-23-2018, 07:50 PM   #57
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I was wondering if anyone had any experience camping at any Military bases.
I try to camp at most bases if they are convenient to my activities. I am currently at Weston Lakes Recreation Center in South Carolina ( Fort Jackson). 2 of my favorites are Davis-Monthan AFB and Nellis AFB.

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My DH is retired Navy. We have stayed at several military campgrounds. Some allow the sponsor, the person who meets DoD eligibility requirements, to have guests stay with them at the camp, some do not. We stayed at Ellsworth AFB, SD, and the Air Force Academy in CO, and sponsored some friends to camp with us. But Seal Beach, CA, did not allow us to do that. Seal Beach's new commander had changed that practice about a year before we were there. So if your son is at a base that allows him to sponsor you, without him being in the camp too, which seems to be unusual, the next commander could change that policy from one year to the next. You may end up camping in a local campground rather than in the military campground. Of course, if he is staying with you in your camper during the visit, he can make the reservations and take responsibility for you, just as he would if you stayed with him in his on-base house. You would still be limited on where you could go and what facilities you could use on that base without him being with you.

This article gives you a summary of who is authorized to use the facilities based on DoD regs: https://tinyurl.com/yd8ud9mc

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As a retired Marine we have visited many of the military camp grounds as we traveled all over the US. What we have found out is:

-as mentioned before, a lot of them are not centrally located for sightseeing.
-Some of them are poorly maintained, but some are being upgraded.
-Some of them are noisy, air craft, military tanks etc. Small price to pay for freedom.
-Most of them have good prices, some of them charge the same as out in town
-Not all of them have full hookups
-Especially during summer time, you will need to make reservations. For Retired and VA, it varies, but about 10 weeks out. Off season itís a little easier.
-Must be retired military or 100% VA. By the way, if you are 100% VA, you can get a Military ID card and have almost all the benefits I have.

-I YOU do not meet the criteria above the following applies.

-Most campgrounds you have to be SPONSORED to be there, but again, check with the individual campground.

-Some new guidelines have been implemented this past year at Camp Pendleton, and Iím sure at other Military bases as well.

-- If not retired or 100% VA, you need to be sponsored, and your sponsor needs to turn in to Pass and ID information off your driverís license, for anyone who is going to drive on and off base, about a week before you show up. YOU must go to Pass and ID by the MAIN GATE, BEFORE 3:30 to check in. They have already completed a background check on you from your sponsorís submitted information. You must furnish them with vehicle registration, insurance and drivers license. If you passed the background check,they will finger print and take a picture of you. Then they will issue you a pass to the campground which you put on your dash.

--ALL drivers, and sometimes passengers over 18, must present their Military ID card or their driverís license to the guards at the gate. They will SCAN the cards and if you are not approved to be on base, they either let you turn around or send you to a secondary area.

As mentioned before, check with the individual camp ground for the latest check in information. The Military Fam Camp website is a good place to start, but remember they are updating the information on their site as people share it with them.

Another thought. A lot of bases have hotel like accommodations as well that your sponsor might be able to get you into. Same procedure for Camp

Pendleton to do that. That means you will not need to purchase an RV to visit. You can drive or fly.

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Military Base Camping Experience

Originally Posted by csmart View Post
I was wondering if anyone had any experience camping at any Military bases.
We have only camped twice on base and we loved it. Our favorite place so far to camp in Florida.
Pelican Roost RV Park located on Mayport Naval Base (Jacksonville). 20 bucks a nite and you even get a Ocean View right where the port entry is. Ships and subs coming in and out is awesome to see. They have FHU and free laundry. The sites are mostly concrete slab and pull through. They do have back in though. If you want ocean view get the pull thru.

There are a couple of apps you can use to find all these military Campgrounds. All Stays is one app. But I bought a app / program that you download to your laptop. It list every Base and if they have Campground or just cabins. It gives you a more detailed reading about park and who can and can not stay there. It cost me 10 dollars a year for updates but to me itís worth it.

The name of it is called:
US Military Campgrounds Directory

Hope this info helps. The difference between this and AllStays is this one only list Military Base Campgrounds

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Old 09-23-2018, 08:21 PM   #61
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A great source of information is MilitaryLiving.com. A new catalog of all military lodging and campgrounds will be published soon. I agree with a comment above that some of the better campgrounds, particularly in Florida are difficult to get into due to no restrictions on length of stay. Have stayed in many. Love Solomons Island, MD and Great Pond, ME.
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In order to stay at DOD campgrounds you must be active,retired military or retired civil service. We have stayed at several military camp grounds most recently at Fort Bennington which was great but a little far from retail. Not
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Old 09-23-2018, 08:46 PM   #63
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Sorry - without Sponsor with you --- you'll never get on base/post without proper ID card. All bases/posts that I know of have 100% ID Check in effect with armed gate personnel.
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We camped at all military campground possible in all 48 states. We loved them.
Have you been to Camp Rilea in Oregon?
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Wright Patterson AFB FamCamp is great. Bass lake woods. And the museum of the Air Force is there. Some are great some not so great but alway inexpensive and secure.
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As retired civilian DOD, can use most FAMCAMPS. Some are great with spaces overlooking a golf course or lake. Some are more like old mobile home parks that are a real dump. Availability during peak season is a problem in some places...like summer in Northern climes, and Winter in the South. If you can get in, the price is usually a bargain. Some we stayed at were inside the base perimeter and very secure. Others were outside the base, sometimes near family housing, sometimes near a poor part of town. If there is a massive data base that reviews and comments on FAMCAMPS with photos, we would like to know.

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Your son will be able to make reservations for you where he is stationed, and must be available to accompany you each time you enter the gate of the installation, but at other installations you must be eligible on your own. His service doesn't give you eligibility.
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Old 09-23-2018, 11:23 PM   #68
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I am finishing the second week of my second trip to Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls Montana. I was stationed here for three years and lived in GFs for 19 years. My son is living in my house here now. The off-base Famcamp is wonderful. The annex on base leaves a lot to be desired. Great location to make day trips to Glacier NP and other MT attractions. They will be closing 15 October for the year. They don't take reservations. But if they are full and someone is scheduled to leave the next day they may let you park in the parking lot overnight and take the space the next day or just stay one night before moving on.

Read where someone said they are saying at Nellis AFB for $25 a month. Just looked at their website and it is $25 a night for a back in space. No monthly rates were listed.
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Old 09-23-2018, 11:47 PM   #69
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I'm an Air Force vet and retired DOD. Back in May my wife and I were taking a little trip for a weekend in the Solvang area of California, we did not have an RV yet. We went to Vandenberg AFB, it was a Sunday and we thought we would go to Chapel, have some lunch and fill the gas tank. At the main gate the guard would let me in but not my wife. He said her dependent card was valid only at Edwards AFB. So we went to visitor center to a pass for her. They said I could not sponsor her on, so away we went. A few weeks later we bought an RV. In July we went to Montana to see our daughter. Spent A night at Hill AFB with no problem getting on even when we used the toad to go Walmart.
The other day I was looking at the Vandenberg FamCamp website,https://30fss.com/famcamp. It says not to use the main gate ifyou are in and RV. Would that have made a difference if we used another gate back in May? There was also a link to a page that explains Intsallation Access credentials. According to that I could sponsor my wife on. So, what happened back in May, who knows. I understand that the local commander has final authority but there seems a lot of conflicts going on.
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Firearms on military installations

The policy on firearms are at the discretion of the installation commander. I always travel with firearms forsport and protection. Iíve been turn back at one or two gates when they asked and I told them the truth. Other donít ask others require local registration. Iím licensed in 43 states to carry concealed. I want to mention this as except for casino lots Iíve never seen them reference at most civilian campgrounds.

Then quanico va has two camping areas one by the lake and the other in the rod and gun club area.nice being able to camp on the lake with full hookups. Holloman offer hookups whit bath houses and laundry room but not much more including shade except for the picnic table cover on each site.

These two posts over the main military parks Iíve use regularly if you have questions just ask.

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