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Old 07-31-2003, 07:39 PM   #1
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any retired MILITARY airstreamers out there?

I'm curious to find out if there are any retired military folks out there who use the on-base sites while traveling? If so, I'd gladly post my email address to hear about some of the better places to stay. Florida, and particularly NAS (Naval Air Station) Key West but open to all location recomendations)



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Old 07-31-2003, 08:08 PM   #2
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Hi, Dave...

Oh, man... you mean that Uncle Sugar's Canoe Club has on-base camping now for retired military? Geez... I knew I shoulda stayed in past my six...

What rate are/were you? PH?

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I'm E-7, not sure what that is in the USN, and still got a couple months left. Almost every base (regardless of the branch, Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, and Coast Guard) across the country has "FAM camps" This started about 30 years ago and continue to this day. They were developed bc many of the younger folks (who get paid very little) needed a way to travel around the country while on leave (vacation) also when they had family come to see them, it gave people a place to stay real close. It was/is a less expensive way for military families to recreate. (saleries for the military are still pretty low, hovering near the poverity line for many) While they still are used by many of the active duty folk, they are availible to retired as well. I've stayed at many, they are very basic. (have to go to the gym to shower, chow hall, comissary, BX/PX/Nex) but some, the ones in well liked locations have been built up. Almost all have a mix of "full-hookup" sites and tent sites. I can't wait to GO TO ALASKA !!! and the KEYs (cuz I love to fish down there. I'd love to spend some time in Hawaii, but have recently detected a slight problem concerning towing the TT there.
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Cool yeah?

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Old 07-31-2003, 11:31 PM   #5
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I'm retired AF. I haven't used any FAM camps yet, but they are out there. Contact any base Recreation office or Special Services Office. There is a program for retiree's over 65 or if you have a disability, the Army Corp of Engineers has a Gold Card you can get. With this card you can stay at any Corp of Engineers camp site for half price. Their facilities are A1 and very well maintained.
Contact the closest Corp headquarters. Good Luck!
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Old 08-01-2003, 03:59 AM   #7
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We have used the FamCamps several times. One of the best is Andrews AFB . Tyndall AFB also has a nice camp ground.

Stop by almost any BX/PX and buy the "MILITARY RV, Camping & Outdoor Recreation Around the World" it's a book of Military Installation Facilities.

Order on line:
www.militaryliving.com
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P.O. box 2347, Falls Church, VA. 22042-0347
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I hope this information is current, my book is a year or so old.
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I'm E-7, not sure what that is in the USN, and still got a couple months left.
That would make you a Chief Petty Officer in the USN. Thanks for sharing your background. And thanks for staying in to retirement. It's folks like you and the others who have posted on this thread that have kept our country a world leader. Although you don't hear it much, we appreciate what you have done for us.

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(saleries for the military are still pretty low, hovering near the poverity line for many)
One of the major reasons I got out in '79 was to seek my fortune in after six years in. The other was that I was flight crew in Zumwalt's Navy... green dope was everywhere, and many of the mechs were stoners in those days. I thought I'd live a much longer life if I got out of flying in military airplanes. Thank God THAT problem was finally dealt with.

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I'd love to spend some time in Hawaii, but have recently detected a slight problem concerning towing the TT there.
I think that PeterH-79MH solved that problem for you... All you need to do is sell your TT and buy a motorhome like his!!!

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Sorta retired

I have 15 years of "good time" and was assigned at the rank of Captain to the "retired reserve". I understand that I have the right to use military campgrounds, but I never have pursued it.

I did use one for a few nightso n Soloman Island, MD as a guest of a retired General friend. It was extremely nice and was within the secured area.
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Hi Dave,

I've been retired for 10 years now, got out as a MSgt with a line number for Senior.

We've used the base rec areas a few times. Now days there are some problems getting on base if you're towing. I suggest that you get the books that others have suggested. Call ahead and ask for the SP or MP desk and ask them what gate to use and what time to arrive is best. Most of the time they will direct you to the truck gate so you don't have navigate the snake course that is common today.

Wright Pat has a nice area as does Scott AFB. Offut is up comming as well as some southern bases. There is a Yahoo group geared towars the MIlitary called oddly enough Military Camping.


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Not currently having any reason to go on a military base, I hadn't thought about all the increased security since 9/11. Since I am retired reserve with 15 good years, I don't have PX or commisary privileges and no rason to access a base. I can travel space available on military aircraft and use campgrounds, etc.

With the current world picture, I probably won't bother replacing my lost ID for the time being.
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in 1988 with 20 years. NAS Jacksonville has facilities on the St. Johns River. It is also somewhat on your way to Key West, if perhaps a little further East than you need to go while coming from Washington State. I suspect the big military facilities located around Eglin AFB and Pensacola NAS probably have FAM facilities. Patrick AFB (Cocoa, Florida) has some activities, but I'm not sure exactly what. Georgia and Florida State Parks are great and relatively inexpensive, although usually void of sewage hook-ups. Regardless, good luck in retirement and thank you for having served during a tough couple of decades for our servicepeople. Do you have an Airstream, or did I miss that somewhere?
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In 1995 I finished up 25 years with the first 8 1/2 years active, rest reserves (as E-6, USN). I haven't tried any base camping facilities yet, but the lodges at various sites offer excellent value and comfort. Judging from the internet info, as has already been stated, most facilities are very basic. I try to pick sites affiliated with RPI and their $5 a night full hook up price.
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I'm still in the military and I've use on-base camping facilities at several bases during my current 20 years of service, ie. Elmendorf AFB, Little Rock AFB, and Maxwell AFB, just to name a few. Usually, these were used during a PCS, until housing was procured.

If you are looking for cheap camping then they are fine. If you are looking for camping where you get away, then normally these are not what you are looking for. I haven't attempted to use these facilities since 9/11, but I would think if you have a sticker on the windshield of your vehicle then there would not be a problem.

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