Monday, February 3, 2014

Beginning Our Stay in Tucson

We arrived last week to one our favorite campgrounds in Tucson - Agave Gulch FamCamp at Davis-Monthan AFB.

We like many things about this campground.  First, its in Tucson.  There are plenty of great things to do in Tucson.  Hiking, sightseeing, golf, seeing friends,

Next, the reception you get at the FamCamp is outstanding.  Their help and front desk personnel do it right.  They welcome you, process you in a professional manner and provide lots of helpful handouts and information.

How many times have gone to check-in and they are not especially glad to see you?  Or begrudgingly give you the discount they advertise.  These folks are all RVers and they help you get settled in as fast as possible.

At Agave Gulch, there are 198 full hook up sites, but none available when we checked in.  We had to go to the wait list.  But we were #2 so we had a pretty good chance we'd only have 1 night of boon docking in their over flow area.

Later that night, after the arrivals were posted, we went by the office to see where we were on the list.
The one I photographed shows 16 on the list, with 5 "above the line" which means the first 5 get into full hookups the following morning.  At the bottom of the list are specific sites that will be available.  

On another evening, there were 20 names on the list with only 16 sites available for tomorrow.  If your name is "above the line", you get to pick the site you want.  They process names in the order list, so for example, if we are at the top of the list, we get to pick any site listed.  If we are number 16, we get what is left.
I love the process here.  Campers can stay for a maximum of 21 days if there is a waiting list.  Then they go to overflow and get in line to rotate back into full hookups.  No favoritism or "good 'ole boy stuff".  They make it real simple.

We picked a site in the new area which seems to have a little more room.  Our site was empty early (they have to be out by 10 AM, so we moved from the overflow area and got set up.  We only had to spend one night in the overflow area.
I took a few more pictures of the campground.
They even have a nice sized campfire pit at the end of one of the rows.

It has turned a little cool here (50's and 60's) instead of the record breaking high 70's and low 80's we had a few days ago.  But we can't complain after the winter the rest of the country has been having.

We've met our neighbors and gotten a few things done like laundry and wiped down the coach (to preserve our new wax job as long as we can.)  We are going to enjoy the next few weeks here.

Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!  Until next time...


  1. Nice to see detailed photos of the other side. We have only stayed in the older part because it seemed it might be less dusty, although as you know, dust isn't really a problem anywhere in this camp. You are right, it is a great camp, and of course, I will always remember searching for your non existent Phaeton that year we met you there. :) You are so right, great campground and a wonderful benefit for military retirees.

  2. This is one of the campgrounds we're looking forward to staying in when we get to Arizona; nice to read about how it works.

  3. Good review. Will try it out this spring when we get there. To bad you'll be gone. :(

  4. We stayed there for a couple of nights and loved that campground. I wish we hadn't lost the warmer temps but you're so right - we really can't complain.

  5. My wife Judy and I will be working at a CG in Oregon from April through September and plan to winter out west. I am going to put this famcamp on our list. Thanks for the detailed info.

  6. I have a feeling you have already visited Pima Air Museum and Plane Graveyard...If not, then make sure you do..We loved it!

  7. Glad to hear you are settled in. It now like an apartment in a really cool city. Tucson has so much to offer and is close to many great places. I do hope my old camper has not set too long and will make the drive from storage to overflow. This is the longest I have left it and it is not getting newer. On 4 March I will see what I am in for. I bring down the neighborhood when I roll in now.

  8. A lot of other FamCamps could learn a few things from the way this place operates. I really like the site assignment procedure...sounds similar to Navy Key West. Takes a lot of ill feelings out of the "old buddy" process. Should be the standard throughout the military community.

  9. We've enjoyed this campground too. It is great. While you're there, you have to take a tour of the aircraft bone yard. You can see all those great aircraft that you lovingly cared for during your Air Force careers waiting to be turned into scrap! :cO

  10. I think it's great that military bases have campgrounds for active duty and veterans.

  11. Looks like a real good working system to get into the campground from the overflow... and early enough in the day so you can get set up and get out and do something or sight see or get in a dinner or a shopping... .nice!

    Karen and Steve
    (Blog) RVing: The USA Is Our Big Backyard

  12. While you're in Tucson, if you'd like a tour of the Desert Museum, let me know, I'm a docent out there (starting my 15th year). I love giving tours! email pamelamryan at yahoo dot com