We love FamCamps! In addition to the privilege of serving our country, military campgrounds are one of the many benefits of Denise’s 22 years of military service. Perhaps because we are two women and are still new to the rv lifestyle, we prefer to stay in paid campgrounds. The military campgrounds, often called FamCamps, provide a safe, clean alternative for about $20 a night.
Perhaps because I was not in the military, I find the eligibility requirements a bit confusing. In general career and retired military, disabled veterans, Department of Defense workers, and various others connected to active service are eligible to use the facilities. However, the average soldier who served a short enlistment is not allowed to use the facilities unless invited as a guest. A more detailed list of eligibility criteria by branch of the service can be found here.
There are over 200 military campsites in the US and finding them is easy. You can find a list of military campgrounds on the web. You can also download apps to your IPhone or Android smart phone. I’ve downloaded two free apps: Allstays Military Campgrounds, FamCamps and RV Parks, and the Ultimate US Military Campground Project. Not sure why, but I tend to use Allstays the most.
As we look forward to our upcoming trip, we have plans to stay at nine different military campgrounds as we travel from Florida to Arizona and back. Only one of those facilities would not take an reservation in advance. The average nightly rate of these stays is $19.56 and all provide 30 amp electric and water. Many FamCamps also provide 50 amp hookups. Nearly all have recreational facilities in the campground or on the nearby base. Most have laundry facilities and even wifi. Of course there is also the benefit of the commissary to stock up on provisions and gas or fuel.
What’s not to love? Our second night on the road we will be staying at the Blue Angels Naval Recreation Area in Pensacola. This campground consistency receives 4+ star reviews online. It also boasts the National Naval Aviation Museum, which seems like a fun way to spend a few hours before hitting the road the next morning. [To read our review, click here.]