“… You never know what you’re going to get.” —Forrest Gump
Choosing a campground can sometimes be challenging. The valuable reviews done by fellow RVers are a big part of our research before booking in an unfamiliar area. We utilize several different avenues for finding parks or resorts–Google, All-Stays, state parks, RVillage or Facebook group recommendations, Good Sam, Passport America, etc. There are several other sources to choose from, but experienced RVer reviews carry tremendous weight.
The following are our top 5 desires in researching a campground to park our 40-foot Class A. We use these criteria when reading reviews on campgrounds and they are our top five when writing a review. Please note that we do not currently boondock because of work, so these are for RV parks only.
1. PRICE POINT, CLEANLINESS, AND APPEARANCE
You get what you pay for. Sometimes it can be a steal, and others a total bust. Is the campground clean and well-kept? Are the facilities updated and maintained? It’s our home for the next few days, so it’s okay to be picky. Sometimes pictures on line are deceiving and reviews can make or break the decision.
2. EASE OF ENTERING AND EXITING THE SITE AND ACCESS TO HOOKUPS
Although we try not to arrive at a campground in the dark, it does sometimes happen. Easy maneuverability through the park and access to our campsite is significant, especially if backing into the site. Hookups should be in good repair and easily accessible.
We are currently bare-bones and no-frills because we are targeting campgrounds close to family. The fancy amenities may be more important to us in the future. Does it have a pool? A dog park? Do they provide a gym? Are the laundry facilities in good repair and clean? Can the rig be washed while parked? Is there a community room for activities? Are there picnic tables and ample room at the site for outdoor cooking and visiting? Is the wi-fi strong? Beware, the answer to the last question is, for the most part, a big resounding, “NO.” They may advertise free wi-fi, but it is usually extremely slow and unreliable.
4. FRIENDLINESS OF STAFF
Friendliness goes a long way in engaging customers. RV campgrounds are no different. If someone at the front desk is sour and put-upon, it sets the tone for the entire stay. If the escort to the site is gruff and grumpy, it makes us want to keep on driving through and go to the next campground on the list. How do they address a problem? Do they enforce the park rules? Basically, are they welcoming?
5. WOULD WE STAY AGAIN?
That’s the most important question. Did we enjoy our stay? Was the location central to everything we wanted to accomplish? Were the utilities constant and reliable? Did we make friends? There is always a chance we’ll be back since family is nearby, so the decision to keep a campground on our favorites list means we really loved it.
There are other things to take into consideration. Are there partial or full hookups? Is the park family friendly? Do they allow our breed of dog? Is it in the city or more of a nature park? Do they allow golf carts or other ‘toys?’ Those are considerations paramount before considering booking a reservation. RVers should have their list of requirements when researching places to stay and share their review of RV parks so others can be informed.
What’s on your list? Are there additional requirements important to you when reading reviews? Please share them so I can provide more thorough opinions on the RV parks we visit.
Until the next time,