FRENCH CAMP RV PARK, MANTECA, CA

Squeezed into site 117 at French Camp
Squeezed into site 117 at French Camp

CAMPGROUND NAME: FRENCH CAMP RV PARK
LOCATION: 3919 E. French Camp Rd., Manteca, CA
KIND: Independent
SEASONAL: No
RATES: $49.50 back-in, $54.50 pull-thru
STAY LIMIT: None of which I am aware
DISCOUNT CLUBS: Good Sam / AAA/ AARP Discount (Weekdays Only)
RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED: Yes
FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED: I assume so if there are empty sites

CAMPGROUND WEB SITE

CAMPGROUND MAP
HOSTED: I don’t know about hosts but there is an office on premises, but it’s a long way from the capground
PHONE: 209-234-1544, 800-350-5232
EMAIL
GPS: 37.861504, -121.223814 (dropped pin on Google Maps)
GOOGLE MAPS

ACCESS: Paved roads

Number of sites: 197
ACCESSIBLE SITES: I don’t know
SURFACING: Paved
PULL THRU: Yes
BACK-IN: Yes
MAXIMUM RIG SIZE: They may have some sites large enough for any rig. I saw a huge toy hauler 5th wheel near our site. Not sure how he managed to get into his site. Magic, maybe.
TENTS: Not allowed
LEVELNESS: Pretty good
SHADE: Some
SPACING: Close, too close
TENT PADS: No, tents not allowed
FIRE RINGS/PITS: I don’t think so
BBQs: Bring your own, keep in on the concrete pad
PICNIC TABLES: Yes
PETS: Yes, for an additional fee; on leash; size and breed restrictions

RVs tightly packed at French Camp RV
In typical, overcrowding, profit maximizing tradition, French Camp RV in Manteca packs RVs just about as close to one another as possible.

HOOKUPS: All sites have full hookups with 30 & 50 amp service
DUMP STATION: I don’t know, but all sites have sewer

CONNECTIVITY:
Cell Service: Yes, good Verizon & AT&T
WiFi: Yes, but we did’t use it
TV:
Over-the-air: Yes, lots of channels
Cable: Uncertain

RESTROOMS: Yes
RESTROOM RATING: We did not use the restrooms due to our personal Covid-19 concerns.
SOAP: See RESTROOM RATING above
TOILETS: See RESTROOM RATING above
SHOWERS: See RESTROOM RATING above

TRASH: Yes
WATER: Yes
WATER SOFTNESS: Not checked
LAUNDRY: Yes
RECYCLING: I don’t think so

BUGS: Not when we were there in August

Trees not well trimmed and posts in the way at French Camp RV Park in Manteca
I would not risk trying to maneuver into space 176 at French Camp RV Park in Manteca and asked for another site. We were offered 117, the only other site available in which we could fit. I had to pull two wooden stakes out of the ground and move the picnic table in order to get into our site and I also had to snip a few small branches off the tree to keep them from scratching the RV. Red circles indicate problem areas.

NEAREST FACILITIES:
Gas, Diesel: French Camp is in the city of Manteca. There are lots of stations nearby. We look for truck stops where we know we can get in and out easily and filled up on diesel at Flying J a couple exists south of French Camp on Jack Tone Road.
Dump: Sewer hookup at every site
Propane: On site during weekdays
Groceries: Walmart & Safeway about 10 minutes away
RV Parks: Turtle Beach Fish Camp, Dos Reis Regional Park, Western trailer Park are all within fairly close proximinty
Medical Care: Here is a link to a Google page with Emergency Rooms in the area.

We stayed at French Camp for one night as it seemed the best option for us as we were passing through from the Sequoia-Kings Canyon area on our way to Truckee, CA. Others may have made that drive in one day but we don’t like to travel for as long as that would require. Knowing that we would be coming from a week of boondocking and passing through California’s San Joaquin Valley which is often quite hot in the summer knew we wanted full hookups in order to have air-conditioning; empty our black and gray tanks, fill up on fresh water as we were headed to a campground without hookups, and to enjoy some nice long showers.

French Camp struck me as a typical commercial, corporate style RV park where the campsites are too close to one another and there are more rules and regulations than you can shake a stick at. Due to a tree too close to the parking pad and fearing that I’d tear the RV roof on it I rejected site 176 to which we had been assigned in favor of 117, the only other site available where we would fit.

Sites are very close together and too narrow, IMHO. It was difficult getting into our site as park management had placed wooden poles in the ground, apparently in an effort to keep RVs from driving on the small grass patches between sites. We pulled two such poles out of the ground–it appeared others had done the same before us as they fit loosely in their holes–in order to make the turn into #117. Had our neighbor on the driver side had his car parked on his pad in front of his RV when we left we might not have been able to make the turn in order to exit.

It was 105º when we stayed at French Camp and the voltage supplied to us was within acceptable parameters.

French Camp has a pool, fitness center and restaurant and small store on premises, none of which we used due to our concerns about Covid-19–I don’t think they were even open for the same reason.

Note that French Camp issues NO REFUNDS. There is no vehicle washing or repairs. No storage of items under or around your RV or tow vehicle. No drying of laundry outside your unit. Just stay inside your RV and keep your mouth shut and you should be fine.

There is a playground for kids 12 and under.

One disclaimer I found in the 10 pages of paperwork we received when checking in that I did not see on their web site had to do with chemical use in the nearby areas that read, in part “The 24 hours operation(s) will use agricultural chemicals. The winery facility will cause or contribute to odors.” There was also a disclaimer for any liability.

French Camp, it seemed to me, had a lot of rules and regulations, not much room to maneuver or camp, and felt like many urban, crowded little RV cities. That said, despite the fact their sites are too small and the park a little difficult to navigate with our 34′ 5th wheel, it served our purposes reasonably well for the night we were there, pricey, as it was.

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