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Old 05-26-2021, 01:01 PM   #1
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Military RV Parks & Campgrounds:

One of the military perks we’ve gotten over the years is a vast assortment of RV parking places at various military installations from coast to coast. Most of the installations allow RV Parking usage to active duty, retired, DOD employees (sometimes), Purple Heart recipients, 100% disabled veterans and visitors. Each installation will have its own set of rules approved by the installation commanding officer. A few will allow open parking to all with very little restrictions. Those installations will most likely require the users to join the installation MWR and make reservations.

We full timed for nearly 5 years and used military parking when located in our traveling paths. We did not explore any that took us more than 50 miles off course.

In this thread I’ll write about some of our military parking places. It’s not going to be in any chronological order or time frame.

New Boston Air Force Station, NH.
That’s what it was when we stayed there. Since our stop there it’s been taken over by the U.S. Space Force. None of the large RV Parking spaces remain open. It just has a smallish CG area. Everything you might need for camping can be found at a Wal-Mart about 8 miles away. There are no stores or filling station on base. There is fresh water and when we were there it had a dump station.

We spent a week there just taking it easy and catching some really nice fish from the ponds. There were a couple of young collage kids taking care of the place in the daytime. They provided us with all the dry wood needed to keep our fire ring going every night where we sat out and had supper. We were accompanied by our long time friends from our Navy years. In the evenings we played cards or Mexican train dominos. We had 30 AMPs and water and were allowed to dump our gray water in a low area about 50’ behind the trailer. Our trailer was 38’ and our friends was 35’ and you can see that back then the sites were quite large.

This is a new link and it’s active: https://www.militarycampgrounds.us/n...ecreation-area

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Old 05-26-2021, 04:07 PM   #2
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I'll have to look into that, at least those in my area. Thanks
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Have you been to NAS Key West? I understand there are 3 campgrounds. Is one better equipped for a 40’ Class A?
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Have you been to NAS Key West? I understand there are 3 campgrounds. Is one better equipped for a 40’ Class A?
There are 90 FHU sites and 310 overflow dry camping sites.

https://www.militarycampgrounds.us/f...igsbee-rv-park
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There are 90 FHU sites and 310 overflow dry camping sites.

https://www.militarycampgrounds.us/f...igsbee-rv-park



Heads up - BIG changes to the occupancy & reservations policy started this year. Not the carousel it used to be....
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Three MWR campgrounds in KW

Sigsbee Park and 3 miles closer to Duval St is Trumbo Point. Which is totally dry camping. All reservations are handled by the Sigsbee office.
MWR has also opened Truman Annex for dry camping at 80 bucks a nite
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I am retired USN. I hope changes come. We live close to Wright Patt AFB but you cannot get reservations due to the "permanent" campers.
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This wonderful RV Park aboard NAS Corpus Christi is situated right on the bay and has a well maintained modern fishing pier jutting out into the bay waters.

The park allows civilian guest parking. You must register with MWR and get an access card (361-961-2276).

One year while meandering down the Texas/Mexico border all the way to Brownsville, we drove over to NAS Corpus and took a 10 day rest stop. The base has all the amenities for a large base with lots of employees. There is a USA aviation depot there, so traffic can get testy during shift changes. The base par 72 golf course is just inside the main gate. The MWR office has a good supply of fishing bait for those wanting to pier fish – spotted sea trout are plentiful – and the fishing pier is right in the RV Park with ample parking.

All of the 50 AMP sites are FHU. There are sites for any size rig. We were lucky and got to one with a covered patio and a large open area with a great view of the bay. Each day we had a large eared visitor that came to eat the clover blossoms.

The USA aviation depot has a unique structure, a helicopter blade testing facility.

Taking a left out the main gate will take you to Padre Island where you can drive up and down the beach, park and put your feet in the water or do some surf fishing.

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There are 90 FHU sites and 310 overflow dry camping sites.

https://www.militarycampgrounds.us/f...igsbee-rv-park
I have tried to camp there as a DAV during the prime season in the winter. They open reservations a few months early for regular military, by the time the DAV can make reservations it was full.
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Have you been to NAS Key West? I understand there are 3 campgrounds. Is one better equipped for a 40’ Class A?
I did "hot pad" duty at NAS Key West in the early 1960s and have never had a desire to go back. Our covered working areas were large tents. Nothing could stop the Memes from munching on us. I'd rather be on an aircraft carrier at sea.
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I write about RV parks and Campgrounds in a number of forums where I’m a member. Because most of those forum members know that we have visited all of the lower 48, some will ask why we don’t post about more places in the larger states. It’s quite simple. CA & TX are saturated with military bases. Most of them have RV Parks/CGs. Some are top notch and loaded with amenities. Those within the confines of the base are very secure. A lot of them are first come first serve and you have to call ahead to see if there are vacancies. There are none that I know of, that will pencil you in. When someone vacates a site while you’re waiting in line you’ll get the site if you’re first in line. Places like Fort Bliss, TX actually have temp parking sites at the office parking lot. Whenever we stayed at a military base we would be there for a couple of weeks. It allows time to have our stored mail sent to us.

One year after a couple of months stay at Yuma, AZ we decided to explore the TX, México border country, from El Paso to Brownville. All of our stops were at military instillations.

The USAF calls their CGs FAMCAMPS. One of our stops was at a FAMCAMP at Del Rio, TX. Laughlin is a smallish AFB for pilot training. The FAMCAMP is small but very well kept with large FHU sites (50 AMPS) & CATV. When we called to inquire about site vacancies we were asked what type and how long was our rig. We told them 53’ when hooked-up with the trailer being 38’. They said they had a few vacancies and the best one was on a corner lot with privacy fencing. All the prices were the same for retirees.

The base has a movie theater, commissary, PX, gas station, short term medical facilities and a par 35, 9 hole golf course with 18 tee boxes. We stayed 2 weeks.

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Always enjoyed our stays at Laughlin. They use to take reservations for half of the sites with FCFS on other half. And they also had rv sites off base at the lake rec area. Guess they have make some changes over time. Back before COVID we would snowbird FL-CA Nov-Apr and never stay longer then 2 wks at a time. Really liked the CG that held some sties for 14 day stay walk ups. As they usual have an overflow area to stay waiting for FHU site.

Exception was El Centro. They allowed snowbirds to come in and stay all winter with no short stay sites available.
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Always enjoyed our stays at Laughlin. They use to take reservations for half of the sites with FCFS on other half. And they also had rv sites off base at the lake rec area. Guess they have make some changes over time. Back before COVID we would snowbird FL-CA Nov-Apr and never stay longer then 2 wks at a time. Really liked the CG that held some sties for 14 day stay walk ups. As they usual have an overflow area to stay waiting for FHU site.

Exception was El Centro. They allowed snowbirds to come in and stay all winter with no short stay sites available.
NAF El Centro has overflow parking. It's in an old parking lot. We spent 6 weeks there one time. The sites are very small back-ins with FHU (30 AMPS). I'll do a post on the NAF next time.

MacDill AFB at Tampa, FL has huge RV parking areas. They take "snowbird" reservations a year in advance.
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