Date of Stay: November, 2015
We made reservations approximately three months in advance-- requesting two things: a level site with satellite usage available. Upon arrival we discovered that the site we had been assigned would not allow for satellite dish use, but even more of a concern was the fact that trees lined one side of the site-- allowing the rv to park but not allowing slide-out deployment without scraping in the trees. The office staff then re-assigned us to another site-- with even less chance of satellite use. Discussions with the park manager only elicited the comment: "How would I know about the trees and lack of satellite in those sites-- nobody ever complained before". Fortunately, the camp host was exceptionally helpful and assigned us to another site that allowed us to use the satellite dish. Negatives: --Two days of light to medium rain flooded many of the sites and standing water was still in place when we departed. Several long-term residents discussed with us the unabated problem of mosquitos during warm weather. -- Our site had five (5) fire ant hills (we treated them on our own). Several long-term residents discussed with us the continuous problem of fire ants-- a potential life threatening problem to anyone with allergy problems. -- Virtually zero understanding or information from office staff. This is either a training problem or individual attitudes. With either it reflects a management or leadership (or both) problem. Several long-term residents indicated that that is certainly nothing new. -- Bottom line: Standing water, insect problems and lack of interest in customer support make this a famcamp NOT worth the fuel to drive to. We will NOT return.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
We arrived with another party-- both traveling in motorhomes-- during a strong rainstorm. Most sites were flooded and the power/water/sewer connections were underwater. Once the rain stopped, we attempted to hook up. Of the six sites available, only one had useable power-- 30 amp only and only one site had a functioning sewer connection (all the rest were filled with dirt and totally plugged up). The other motorhome traveling with us hooked up their sewer and water at one site and their 30 amp power at another site. We dry camped for the night and then we both left in the morning (although we had planned to stay for three nights originally). The lady in the office was very nice and only charged us $10 to dry camp for the night. We camped here in a 40 foot motorhome. We will not return. FYI: The entire campground is for sale and the sign has it listed at $195K.
Date of Stay: December, 2013
The pros: This RV park is located in a beautiful area right on the Potomac River. The cons: The kids who work in the office are clueless about all things RV with no understanding of hookups, necessity of level sites or even the ability to give simple directions or information about the base. Very few sites are level in any direction (i.e. side-to-side or end-to-end) to the extent that we had to try about a half-dozen sites before we found one in which our motor home auto-leveling system could level the coach. Aside from restrooms and laundry facilities, there are no other amenities in the park itself. Other military RV parks in the Washington DC area are either much cheaper. There are many other superior and cheaper places to stay that do not have the design flaws that cannot be corrected at Ft Belvoir. The management and Fort Belvoir leadership have no idea of what is important to RV'ers. If they did this campground would have been better designed, better built, and more military camper friendly with respect to policies, prices, reservations and cancellations. Do yourself a favor, drive on by and stay north of the city. This is the most expensive military campground that we have encountered in seven years of full-timing and has the poorest site design.
Date of Stay: March, 2012
WARNINGS: 1. The RV park is located next to RxR tracks with operational trains going by every 30 to 45 minutes. 2. If you must get here on I-75, it is important to note that the interstate is in awful shape-- beyond punishing, it is destructive!! 3. Monroe epitomizes the rust belt-- it is a very crappy town. Those items aside, the RV park itself is extremely nice and would rate a 9 or 10 if not for the facts listed above. If you are not bothered by the horrible trip to get here, by the trashy town and by the trains, then you should like it here. If not, then this is a place to avoid-- which we will do in the future.
Date of Stay: September, 2010
The MAJOR problem with both the back-in and pull through sites is that they are NOT LEVEL. In fact, they are so far out of level that the vast majority of motorhomes and fifth wheels camped here were either on blocks OR had one or more wheels off the ground. If camping with wheels off the ground is OK with you, then this place is fine. If you value the structure of your RV and find this unacceptable, then this campground IS NOT FOR YOU! We had reservations for a week and canceled the remainder of the reservation after trying three sites and being unable to level. We also canceled the sales presentation that WE had requested since we had been interested in purchasing here. NOT NOW!!!! Also be aware: many of the pull thrus have the electric/water pedestal and sewer connection at the head of the site (i.e. next to the drivers window!). Again, if this is OK with you and you have 30 feet of electrical cord and sewer hoses, then this set up will work. It was NOT acceptable for us. When we spoke with the front desk representative, she could not identify sites that are level-- stated that we could go look for them ourselves. For $85/night I would expect level sites and front desk staff support and a knowledge level of the campground facilities, even if it means that the leadership/administration creates a tickler file for each site. Many campgrounds of the "Resort" variety have just those capabilities: This one does not. That is just plain unacceptable anywhere-- at these prices it is absurd. The lack of level sites available was a big issue. The lack of concern by front desk staff was a deal breaker both in terms of our staying for our reservation period and in terms of ever considering becoming an owner at this facility.
Date of Stay: September, 2010
This campground is excellent!! Being a Corps of Engineers campground, there is no sewer, so you need to be comfortable with that when making a reservation. The campground has trails through the woods and around part of the lake. Also, there is a fishing dock. Be aware: sites 36 and higher are either very tight for anything over 30 feet or do not have adequate maneuvering room for a rig over that size. Site 36 has an extremely steep entrance: larger rigs will scrape their hitch and/or ladder. Do not be fooled by the site lengths advertised. We stayed in site #35. That site, along with #34 are fantastic. Lake view, large decks overlooking the lake, and a large fire pit area. Many of the pull through sites are pretty tight for larger rigs. Sites that are good for big rigs would be 9, 10, 11, 16 and 20. Reserve any of those or 334 or 335 and you will be very happy. We will definitely return here in the future. The price of $9/night was utilizing a Senior Access pass. Regular price would be $18.
Date of Stay: April, 2010
This is a fantastic park: every aspect of the park is perfect. I could go on and on about the place, but the bottom line is: this is one of the top five places that we have stayed while full-timing during the last three years. We only stayed for one night while passing through the area, but already have made plans to re-visit the Reno area for two weeks and will stay at Sparks Marina RV Park.
Date of Stay: November, 2009
We stayed here while visiting Yosemite National Park. The campground is very old and rough around the edges. It has potential that is not being met due to non-existent maintenance. However, the biggest problem is the electricity. The power at our site (50 amps) was so spotty that our onboard management system would not activate the onboard electric grid. This is the only time in 2.5 years that power has been so poor that the RV would not operate while hooked up. We disconnected and used our inverter and generator for the several days that we were there. We only spent nights in the motorhome; days were spent in Yosemite. If we had plans to spend even one day at this campground we would have left after the first night.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
This park is by far the best place we have camped in two years (plus) of full timing. The staff, office, lounges, and park itself are all beyond outstanding. Even at the higher prices, this is a real value. If the scale went to "15", this park would rate a "15". This park is in a class of its own!!
Date of Stay: August, 2009
We had reservations to stay here for two nights. My wife made the reservations over the phone around five hours prior to our arrival and discussed several items on the phone with the campground representative: price, discounts, type of site, even the representative's name! When we arrived, a large group of motorhomes was checking in and we were told that we did NOT have a reservation and the woman at the desk even said, "Your wife did not call us!!" At that point we left and went next door to another campground that had some vacancies. In order to do that; however, we had to drive our 40 foot motorhome through this campground. The interior roads and sites are very narrow and almost every site had a car parallel parked in front-- making entering/exiting these sites in a big rig next to impossible. Upon seeing the tight quarters I was happy that they had botched our reservation and that they were so arrogant as to call my wife a liar (I heard her reservation request on speaker phone while we were driving toward the campground). This campground obviously has some serious management issues and is certainly not the place to stay in anything approaching the size of a big rig. We echo the other reviewer who stated: I WOULD NEVER STAY HERE AGAIN! We did not stay in this park!
Date of Stay: August, 2009
We camped here for two nights in our forty-foot motorhome after having our reservations totally botched at another campground next door. Pride Resort is extremely nice: large sites, large interior roads, very well maintained and very well managed. Everything about this location is extremely positive except that some of the sites are not level. We had to move from one pull-through to another and still our motorhome had great difficulty leveling. Otherwise, we would have rated Pride as a "ten".
Date of Stay: July, 2009
This is a very nice campground with excellent facilities and is located across the highway from Flathead Lake. Sites are both back ins and pull throughs, and all accommodate big rigs easily. We camped in a back in. We had to trim a tree before backing into our site and scratched the side of our motorhome anyway. Not good! Better management would be aware of that type of issue and prevent those problems by keeping the trees trimmed at the sites where they are an issue. Utilities are good. Sites are all level concrete with a large concrete patio area. Very nice. We would certainly stay here again; however, we would want a pull through site.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
This is a very nice park located in the country at the edge of the town of Grangeville. It is part of an old farm. The owners have done a great job of manicuring the place and everything is perfect except for the dust levels. If they can somehow manage to reduce the dust to an acceptable level this park would be a "10" !! The sites are all huge pull throughs and are level. Many of the sites can accommodate a big rig and two cars.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
This is a new park with fantastic facilities. All the roads in the park are now paved. All pull thru sites that are huge. This park would have rated a "10" with us except for two problems that, unfortunately, cannot be changed or improved upon: 1. A train line runs adjacent to the park and are very noisy. They run every few minutes all night long and this is a location where they sound their horns for a crossing. Even more problematic is that the campground is built on lava silt from Mt St Helens eruption and the entire campground shakes when trains go by! It is very bothersome. 2. The campground uses well water that is very murky. Not good! Another issue is the electricity. We had stayed at this campground previously and had electric issues. Once again our monitor indicated very low outputs in the 114 range and our management system several times indicated that the 50 amp current was actually functioning in the 30 amp range. We would stay here again in a pinch, but would basically dry camp and not use the electricity or water since both are unsatisfactory.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
Our first reaction to this park was "Wow". The front office, laundry and game room are beautiful. However, once we got to our site and spent a few days, the first reaction wore off and we realized that this is just a huge gravel lot with some small spots of grass. Our power monitor indicated that the power continuously operated at 114 to 118. At one point we disconnected and operated on generator/inverter power for a while in order to protect our electronics. There are approximately ten spots with a water view, so while the park borders water, that does not come into play for the vast majority of spaces. What does come into play is that the park is located directly adjacent to US RT 95-- a very heavily traveled and noisy highway. Most of the interior roads and all of the sites are gravel-- and DUSTY. When the campground is full it looks great due in large part to the number of big rigs; thereby resembling an RV show. During the week when the number of RVs declines, the park resembles many of the poorly maintained places that we try to avoid. The next time we are in the Idaho panhandle we most certainly will camp elsewhere.