Hanscom AFB FamCamp

 
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Hanscom AFB FamCamp

Location

Installation
Hanscom AFB, MA
GPS Coordinates
42.47309, -71.28013
Location Information
Hanscom AFB, MA

Directions

Directions
Exit I-95 at Exit 31B and go NW on Bedford St. (SR-4/225) for approx 0.6 miles and exit right (circle onto Hartwell Dr. going SW). Follow Hartwell Dr. approx. 0.5 miles and turn right onto Maguire Rd. Once on McGuire Road keep going straight through to the campground. There are road name changes, but no actual "turns".

Contact Information

Phone Number
In Season: (781) 225-3953 - Off Season: (781) 225-6621
Fax Number
(781) 225-3954
Mailing Address
Recreational Services, Bldg 1530, 98 Barksdale Street, Attn: FamCamp, Hanscom AFB, MA 01731-1807

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians.
Season
May 1 - Oct 30, some sites available off season.
Reservations
Not Accepted.
Internet Access
WiFi in the campground (reported as poor). Base Library has high-speed connection on their computers. AT&T and Verizon Broadband works well.
Mail Forwarding
(Your Name), 75 Grenier St., Unit 8888, Hanscom AFB, MA 01731 ---- (On base, first traffic light inside base. You must register your name with them before your receive mail. Call (781) 225-2543 to have your name put on a list.)
Pet Information
2 pets per patron. Must be on a 6 foot leash including cats. Need rabies record on all animals. Dogs must be walked only in designated area.
Campground Information
30 day stay limit, may be extended an additional 14 days at a time if available. Your RV cannot be left unattended for more than 3 days. The FAMCAMP is located on the opposite side of a joint-use airfield off Hanscom AFB proper. Therefore, you must drive around the airfield to access the installation gates and facilities. With most of the air traffic being smaller planes and jets, the noise is quite low. The Minuteman Bikeway is a short bike ride from the FAMCAMP. It goes from Bedford to Cambridge, passing thru Lexington and Arlington, a total of eleven miles.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Facilities
ITT.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Commissary
  • Exchange
  • Swimming
  • Movie Theater
  • Hospital, Clinic

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Hardstand
55
W/50A/S
$26
N/A
N/A
Hardstand
13
W/30,50A/S
$24
N/A
N/A
Gravel
4
30,50A
$24
N/A
N/A
Tent
8
None
$10
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Firearms Policy
Firearms allowed only after Firearms Identification Document has been obtained from Local Chief of Police.
Weather Information

Great location for touring the Boston, Massachusetts area.

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(Updated: June 13, 2018)
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4.0
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5.0
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3.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

June 2018

Very nice campgrounds! Though they do not take reservations, we had no problems getting a campsite. We stayed in the wooded area which was beautiful if you like trees. Located near everything! We stayed here for a week and the only complaint I have is the women's shower remained dirty the week we were there. There was a sticky pink substance in the shower that had dead bugs stuck on it and there were dead bugs behind the shower curtain. See attached photo. Otherwise, I have no complaints.

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3.4
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4.0

Oct. 9th - Oct. 29th, 2017

Scheduled one week stay here then added an additional 1 1/2 week stay. We left a day earlier due to the park closing in order to work on the roads and sites for a couple of days. Great Famcamp and Annie (Sorry if mispelled) was a great host and had funny jokes to tell me. Seeing and hearing the planes coming in and going out, never bothered me. Nice open pull through sites with great electric, water and sewer sites. Not far from the Commissary for getting groceries. I found every thing I needed. Oh, and last but not least, only 2 miles away from Starbucks!

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3.9
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3.0
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5.0
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3.0

Sep 2-6, 2016

Please note that the FamCamp is not on the base! When I registered I was given five pages (printed front and back) of rules in addition to the 16 rules printed on the registration form. I was told to sign them and then read them later. We got set up and I assembled the small free standing fence around our door which we have used at every famcamp and civilian campground we have stayed at over the last 3.75 years of full time RVing. Later that night I was informed that I could not erect any dog fencing. I then read the ten pages and was shocked to find out that not only could we not have the fence up, but that we are not allowed to leave our dogs in our RV for more than 2 hours per day. That is crazy! The whole purpose of our visit was to go Boston and there is not way to do that in 2 hours. As stated in other reviews, the runway for the extremely busy airport is very very close to the park. We are on the end of the row closest to the runway and for us it is very annoying. We camped here in a 40' class A and will not stay here again. 

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Overall rating 
 
4.3
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0

July 1 - July 5 2016

I had concerns about space availability with no reservations and heading into a holiday weekend. Ann Marie assured me there wouldn't be an issue and true to her word we had no issues and we were able to get a full hook-up site in the shade. The location is great to visit Boston and the surrounding area. The aircraft traffic although constant wasn't a bother. The bathroom had showers and was very clean. Wi-Fi is very weak unless you are at the office. Ann Marie and her husband Norm were very helpful with site seeing information as were many of the full time residents. The commissary on base had a great variety and has anything you would need. Great location and friendly staff make this a great stay!

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2.6
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5.0
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2.0
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1.0
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4.0
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2.0

Aug 28 - Sept 8 2016

The location is great. Over the years this facility has gone down hill. It used to be OK but no maintenance is being performed. Grass is not mowed, WI-FI terrible. Electric pedestals falling apart. The Commissary and Exchange are OK. The only reason we stay here is to visit family in the area. 

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4.5
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0

July 30- August 2, 2016

This is a great stopover to tour New England! Boston is a short drive but I highly suggest driving to the Alewife Station which is appx 7 miles away. The subway is cheap and easy to negotiate. Driving to Newport Rhode Island is easy and worth the drive to see the fantastic Mansions. We toured Gloucester and Salem plus all the little seaside towns between on the scenic highway. The park takes no reservation but don't worry. Ann Marie the manager told me they never had to turn anyone away. During the time we stayed there were quite a few long term residents. They take up most of the FHU. There are plenty of W/E hook ups and a dump. The bathroom had showers which are older but very clean. Decent laundry tho 2 of the dryers were Not working but that is a common problem in most campsites. I would have given 5 stars all the way but there is some trash on the grounds I really blame campers for that. If you arrive when the office is closed or you call n get nobody as they office is closed don't give up there is a bulletin board that has a list of open sites you can pick from. Then you just pay with envelope if you are leaving before they open the next day or just catch the office help the neck day to register. The commissary on base is one of the best ones I have been to. Clean, well stock great variety. Exchange is just average. You really can't beat the location to see New England! 

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(Updated: January 09, 2016)
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2.5
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4.0
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3.0
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2.0
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5.0
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1.0

August 22-23, 2015

While the campground is a quick train ride to Boston, there is not much to rave about.  The biggest issue I have is the lack of organization in the office.  We knew before calling they don't take reservations, so we called 4 out of 5 days to see what availability there was and if any openings would be coming.  We were looking for a full hookup site and were told each time calling there was nothing open and to call again tomorrow.  We finally had to make reservations at another campground but stopped at Hanscom for two nights since we still needed a place to stay.  I called two hours before we were set to arrive and again was told no full hookup sites were available.  Fine, we could deal without sewer for two days.  When we arrived, we were given the three sites that were open, all water and electric only, and walked over to pick the best one.  When we picked a spot and started walking back with the manager, we found that three full hookup sites were open.  When we asked the manager, he said they must have left and not checked out with the office.  Considering everyone checks in and gives the dates they plan on staying, we could have easily received more information than we did.  Now for the plane noise; its not as bad as say NAS Oceana or any other fighter base, but the air traffic is constant.  Even starting at 7:00 am on Sunday morning.  No matter where in the campground you are, you will hear it and, in some cases, feel it.  Be prepared.  We also had a group of people out at 1:00 am talking three sites down.  I would expect this at any commercial campground and certainly have never experienced this at any military campground, but was shocked when the drunken talking moved further down and continued for about 45 minutes.  We also had people driving by at all hours with thumping stereos.  We expected better behavior from an older crowd.  It does give the impression that the regular seasonal's feel inconvenienced by anyone else showing up at the campground and really don't care how they act. On the plus side, the water, electric and sewer were solid.  Aside from that, we have no reason to return.

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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

28 June -02 Jul 2015

Stayed two nights. Called ahead months ahead and informed of "no reservations" policy. We were concerned, it being holiday up coming weekend, nothing would be available. Was informed that they had never had to turn anyone down. Arrived around 4:00 PM and was given a list of available sites to check out, found one close to laundry/showers/office. No problems at all. Host fantastic! Lot of permanent guest who have all the sites up front. No problem there, they are in the open and close to the fence. Our site was well shaded and back from the majority of the jet noise. Could use some updating (some going on towards front)Showers need repair, laundry room could be updated. They are building a (coffee room) on the rear of the office to accommodate the permanent crowd's morning get together, good thing, not complaining. Great location to tour Boston from, friendly staff and close to Exchange and commissary. Will definitely stay again when passing thru.

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(Updated: October 19, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Location 
 
2.0
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4.0
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4.0
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3.0
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4.0

September 2014

I have been here a couple weeks already. It is very loud with all the commercial leer jets taking off and landing all day long. Seems like weekends are worse! We are 3 to 400 yards from the runway with no noise barrier. Just a chain link fence. We are close to many attractions. We went to Fenway park to take in a game. Leave at least 4 hours before game time. Traffic sucks. Parking was $40.00. Unreal. We did take a whale sight seeing tour which was great 7 Seas Whale watching out of Gloucester. Prices only $38.00 for 4 hours. Saw several whales and many great photos! The campground could use improvements considering how much money is brought in from the campers! Also the Office staff was great as well as the Camp ground hosts. Potato night was fun. thanks guys. BIll W. site 44

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Overall rating 
 
4.7
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0

31 Jul-5 Aug 2014

Located off base across the airstrip from the entry to the base. CG has sites with just power and water $21 and P/W/S for $24. When we arrived all full hookup were taken so we were directed to the partial hookup sites. The partial hookup sites are located among the trees with dirt/grass pads, lots of shade and plenty of room. I'm glad a full hookup site was not available as they are closer to the airstrip, have nothing to block the noise and have no shade. It was fairly obvious that some folks spend the entire summer here and take up the full hookup sites for months at a time. The large bath house in the middle of the CG is well used and kept fairly clean but with the sand being tracked in the floors stay sandy. The bathroom next to the office is less used and stays much cleaner. This CG should take reservations especially during the summer months so that people with limited vacation time can use the facilities and explore Boston. WIFI was OK outside at our picnic table for about 3 hours the first day then nonexistent from that point on. I did read in the CG newsletter that MWR was spending money to work on improving the WIFI and that was going to happen in August sometime. It's about a 20 min drive to the Alewife subway station for the subway into Boston. Parking there about $7 all day, weekends are no problem at any time of day but during the workweek you need to get back and get out of the parking garage before 3:30 or it will take an hour or so just to get out of the garage (learned from experience). Nice Credit Union, Commissary and PX nearby. Not a lot of airfield noise but you know it's there. I would stay here again and would recommend it to anyone wanting to vacation in the Boston area.

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4.2
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0

6 Aug 14

Nice place and would be great to stay and explore Boston. However, it appears all the choice sites are taken by long termers (seasonal seniors). Other sites are available. Even though the policy indicates that you can't stay in one spot for more than 30 days, I'm not sure the policy is applied. Was told by the camp manager that they have some people who have been there for 6 months and one individual who has been there 9 years. In fact, we ran into someone at another park who told us they had just spent 6 weeks there. The park should really consider taking reservations (it is more practical for families who are traveling) and maybe limiting length of stay in the choice sites (especially during the summer months) so others can come in and take advantage of the location to explore Boston. WIFI was nonexistent (and we were right next to the office). However, I read in the MWR newsletter that MWR was spending money to work on improving the WIFI and that was going to happen in August sometime.

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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

July 17-21 2014

The camp host were great people to work with. As with previous post reservations can not be made and your at the mercy of a spot being open. We were lucky they had plenty of w/e spots available for us to choose from. Both camp host were great with helping plan our trip into and around Boston and up towards Maine. The Outdoor Rec helped out the tickets and discounts so make sure you stop by there as well. Do not plan on having internet...its not there. When we come east again we will definitely stop by again. Hope the accept reservations by then.

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4.2
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5.0
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5.0
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2.0
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5.0
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4.0

June 29-July 2, 2014

This camp was very nice. As said in previous reviews...the wifi is not an amenity. We could not log on, even when we went to the office and sat in a chair next to the router. When we commented, the host would pull out his computer and connect...then say, "See, it's working.". We had to go to the base (bowling alley) and log on there. Additionally, they have a 30-day stay policy. I feel that's too long to allow "long-termer's" to use the space, especially during peak summer vacation times. They don't take reservations. They have a waiting list. You check in to a whatever space they have for you, then, if you're staying long enough, when one of the full hookup, pull through's comes open, you can move. It's a good offer, but not practical if you're only staying a few days. Overall, the staff was super helpful in directions and suggestions. Some of the full-timers were also helpful in suggesting activities. Plane noise wasn't an issue, we were gone most of the day and there was no noise at night.

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5.0

12-16 June 2014

Moutainview's review is spot on. Will comment on a few other things. Wifi has been superb. Sometimes it bogs down in late afternoon but they reset and it is 5x5 for the next 24 hours. The staff is superb - they are a great help on getting around the area. It is an easy 20 min drive to the Alewife subway station. Parking there about $7 all day. Easy ride into the heart of Boston. Great facilities and they keep it nice. Nice Commissary and PX nearby. Airfield noise: yep, its there. The runway is right next to the CG. The good news is that it is 99% civilian aircraft: business jet and light prop. I heard 1 military aircraft (a C130) in the 5 days here. It gets real quiet between 2200-0600. We didn't mind the noise. Some people might. We'll be back. Thanks Famcamp staff for a great visit.

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May 30-June 4, 2014

We were very pleased with our stay here, in fact we stayed a couple extra days. We had a nice level pull through site with picnic table. Easy access to Concord, Minuteman National Park and Lexington. Close to base shopping facilities. The staff here is very helpful. They give you maps for getting to local attractions, getting to shopping, etc. Laundry facilities are good and less $ than most. Price much more reasonable than the previous park we were at. We will return when in the area.

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3.9
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5.0
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4.0
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2.0
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4.0
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4.0

Aug 13-16 2013

Camped here several times times since 2002 (full timers from 2001-2007) and beyond, but had not been here since a month in summer 2009. Not much has changed except for the now non-existant WiFi! They really should not say that WiFi is provided and available as it is not! I camped very near the office complex and was never able to use internet during this entire 3 Day stay. Had read reviews here so was not unexpected, just wish that someone or something could be done to solve the problem. Feel sure that MWR pays someone to provide this service and they are definitely not getting much for their $$ spent.

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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

Aug 4 - 20, 2013

We came here to see the sights of Boston and other historic towns. The office staff was very well versed in all things touring, getting around and good places to eat! We recommend; 2 days to visit Concord, 1 day for Lexington, 1 day for Gloucester, 2-3 days to see Boston using the Old Town Trolley ($28@, tickets avail at office), walk the Battle Road (5 miles) from the visitors center. We are plum worn out!

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3.0

August 2013

Average in most respects. Internet reception is sketchy at best. For three days in a row I had to wander down to the office and ask them to reset the router. They insisted in made no difference but doing so reestablished internet reception. Seems like they could have learned from my experience rather than assume it was just over used.

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(Updated: October 13, 2013)
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3.2
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5.0
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2.0
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4.0
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5.0
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2.0

June 2013

Well, I agree with the comment from the active duty family that has been prejudiced against. I don't think hanscom famcamp runs beautifully because of ***** and ******, absolutely not! The camp after you check in is pretty much do it yourself, thank you. I don't see any of the retired people playing move your RV. If you want to play by the rules, that goes for all. Let us start with ***** renting out his extra trailer in the past seasons and of course had it set to rent again this year for $300 plus $600 for spot, I am pretty sure that is against Air Force rules as in regulations. ***** and ***** aren't babysitting anyone especially the stalker that was peeping daily at woman sunbathing. So, I am telling everyone beware of strange man white truck parked in the 50s spot, for more info ask *****, ***** or recent new retired personnel in office, watch your family! Everyone has equal rights ! The park is not just for retired. I have no intention of using my wheels to leave, don't have to, have right to be here. Place is great except fr rude unprofessional help. (Editors note: names removed).

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(Updated: July 05, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Location 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

April - Sep 2013

I agree with the previous reviewer that this is not a trailer park as some would want it to be. I have visited many FamCamps in my 10 years on the road and this one is excellent mainly due to ***** and *****. They care about everyone in the park regardless of status. RV's are on wheels so that if you do not like the park or neighbors you can find some other park where you would be happier.

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