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Old 02-04-2013, 01:27 PM   #1
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I am looking for advice and recommendations on a campground WITH HOOKUPS near the track or downtown the week AFTER the Monterrey Historics weekend. Any advice?
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:25 PM   #2
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Camp at the track !
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:11 PM   #3
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Looks like a very nice spot, but they only have water and electric hookups My ol' Safari has a pretty small black tank so not sure I can go a whole week without dumping the tank. I may have missed it on their site...do they have a dump station?
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:00 PM   #4
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Looks like they do. I usually dry camp there on American LeMans weekend.
Here are a few options for you in the area.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:35 PM   #5
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We've stayed at Carmel By The River RV Park and Saddle Mountain RV Park on many occasions. Both are nice and are approximately 15 minutes (without traffic) from Laguna Seca. Saddle Mountain has a pool if that interests you and has spots that overlook the valley. Carmel by the River has nice spots along the river, but no spots overlooking the valley. Both have very nice staff people. If you're using the RV park showers, stay at Saddle Mountain. Carmel by the River has a "navy shower" where you have to hit the button every 60 seconds to restart the water. Neither campground has laundry facilities. Saddle Mountain is also cheaper by a couple dollars depending on the season.

We have never stayed at Laguna Seca, but would love to know other peoples experience doing this! Best places to stay, things to look out for, etc ...

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There is a dump station at the track at the main intersection of Perimeter Rd and "A" Rd kinda between the Chaparral and CanAm campgrounds. Camping there is great if you don't mind the noise from the cars and the gun range. There is often some kind of track day and/or driving school going on. You can check the track's online schedule. The gun range is to the west of "B" Rd and direct line of sight and hearing from the best camping spots on the Chaparral campground. All noise stops at night.

Our favorite alternative is Costanoa Campground one and a half hours north on Hwy 1 between Santa Cruz and Pescadero. A little pricey but full hookups and great access to secluded beaches.

A little surfing here on AirForums will get you reviews of some nice campgrounds around Big Sur.

Do you have camping reservations at the track for the race?
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:44 AM   #7
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Lots of great info. Thanks, folks.

@Kin--we are not planning to arrive until the week after the Historics. The BMW Car Club is holding our national convention that week. There will be driving events, but no major races.
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Check out this place:

Marina Dunes RV Park, Marina California

I've never been, but the SoCal Forum group has a Spring Rally scheduled for April. It has beach access while still being close to Laguna Seca and other Monterey area attractions.
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If you are eligible to use RV campgrounds on military facilities, check out Monterey Pines RV Campground. It's co-located with the Naval Postgraduate School Golf Course, which is in-town Monterey.
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Marina Dunes RV campground is on Hwy 1 near the old Fort Ord at the Reservation Road exit. It think it's be about 15 freeway miles from the track. It's private with full hookups. Cramped, but pretty nice.
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Great suggestions. Keep 'em coming!

Ike--I hadn't thought of the NPG as having campsites, too. Great recommendation! The price is always good at the military campgrounds, but quality can be inconsistent between locations. Have you stayed at Monterey Pines? How does it compare to other campgrounds in the area?
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We have stayed at the fairgrounds in Monterey several times. nothing fancy, but full hookup and reasonable.
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Have you stayed at Monterey Pines? How does it compare to other campgrounds in the area?
Yes, we stayed there a few years ago. It's bare bones, quite small, and correspondingly tight. But we fit with a 29' motorhome with an 18' car trailer still connected in a pull-thru spot. The campground is located beneath the glidepath for the airport, which means several flights per day. You will want to look up the latest information on the campground as improvements may have been done. It's located at the golf course, not the Postgraduate School campus (about a mile away), right behind the Monterey County fairgrounds.

We did stay at 2 KOAs in the general area, the one in Moss Landing and the one in Prunedale. Those locations are bare-bones as well, but I recall one of them having a laundry facility.

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Thanks for the additional insights, folks. Bare bones is OK for me, and as an ol' USAF guy, the airplanes would not be too hard to get used to again :-)
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