Second time here for two day stays - once in 2010 and now in Nov 2011. In fairness as a response to others’ previous reviews from 2010, the new site management could not have been more helpful. From moving my original dates and sites per my request as well as quickly coming over in a golf cart from their home to the office to check me in when they saw me arrive after hours. I declined their offer of piloting me to the site as I am familiar with the park. Cannot comment on the pool/hot tub however the Wi-Fi, admittedly slow during daylight hours where we were (maybe a neighbor doing mega downloads), was not useless and the price was right (free). While El Centro does have many Spanish language stations of course due to its geographical location, 99% is certainly an exaggeration, eh Senor? Be advised you are 2.5 miles away from the Naval Air Station, thus you will hear/be annoyed by jets taking off during non “quiet hours” and they will be necessarily low that close to their runway. Intentional buzzing, etc., is left to the Mojave. All the RV parks in the area will be affected by this, however Sunbeam is the closest. In my two stays I did not notice manure smells but that may be seasonal fertilizing in nearby fields. I also did not see helicopters “looking for illegals” which would be highly unlikely 9 miles from the border. I found Sunbeam to be clean enough for a “desert” spot, quiet, large sites, good utilities, and all in all a good stop for that area. It could stand some grassed pet areas and the storage lot could lose some unsightly trash. We will go back.
I just noticed previous reviewers' rates! Wow. I guess I should have paid attention earlier and negotiated up front, however we were going there to visit some snowbird relatives anyway. Great place and area to stay. Several pages of small-print rules in the park's phone book. I guess when you have that many people there, you'd better have some discipline. Nice large sites nestled between park models. Everyone very friendly. VDO could use more grassy spots for the mutts (I know, I know - more water needed). Quiet, except for that inevitable rude departure of a pusher at 6am - for shame - you know who you are - I think I heard you in Pahrump, too.
Good for an overnight on I-5. Our first time here, we usually stay at the place in Kettleman City but it's closed right now. Our pull through site did not have 50 amp, not that it matters in winter but that might be an issue in summer. Previous reviews point out distances to the sewer - believe them. Plumbing layout must have been done by trailer folks. Had to use three hoses - ugh. Rather do that than unhitch, tho', and it's my last stop before home so I need to dump. Staff was very accommodating when I requested a move from a too-many-shade-trees site which interfered with DTV. Be aware some of the trees are in need of pruning and some branches will hit your sides and top. Ground is very sandy, so keep a broom handy at the door. Several typical food outfits within easy walking distance as well as a couple of truck stops and gas stations - which are surprisingly quiet being so close, however, as there are no sound breaks from nearby 46 on the way to Paso Robles its traffic noise is very apparent outside. Signed pet walk area really isn't, but there are plenty of alternatives for Rover.
Friendly staff, good utilities and Wi-Fi, pretty quiet, I liked the tiered hillside sites although with hatch doors open on the utility side, you're walking on a dirt slope between you and your neighbor. Just a tad narrow while towing, they will direct you in order to help you avoid the electrical post while getting pretty close at that angle of attack. Long term neighbors were nice. Nothing within walking distance. We chose this spot to avoid our typical Valencia/Santa Clarita stop. Glad we did.