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Old 05-12-2013, 07:14 AM   #1
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Finding Campgrounds

The Woodall’s web site used to be a fantastic resource for finding campgrounds. Now that Good Sams has changed the focus of the site to promoting their name rather than assisting in locating a good campground, I’m looking for a viable replacement. What I liked about the old site was the ability to visualize the relative location of a campground to where I want to be. Google Maps does a good job with locations, but lacks the in depth information and filtering Woodall’s had. I have all the books, but they can’t compare to the interactive ability of the web.

What are you using and what do you like?

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Old 05-12-2013, 08:06 AM   #2
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Hi GaryM2,
The Trailer Life Directory is a good general guide. Some other good sources are:
Big Rig Resorts - Making your RV Travels Easier
Outdoor Resorts of America
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:47 AM   #3
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I use all the books and Streets and Trips as well. What I eventually rely on is RVparkreviews.com. Everyone has their own reasons for using one or the other, try it and discover your own.
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RVparking.com works great for us. Check it out.
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Google maps or Bing Maps.

Find a location in Google maps (or Bing Maps), like "Galveston, TX." In the map search pane type in RV Parks. The map will be populated with rv parks. Some of the "balloons" will have reviews but RVparkreviews.com can be use to verify information.
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If you have a smart phone, you can't beat Allstays Camp & RV.

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Old 05-12-2013, 02:48 PM   #7
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I also think that rvparkreviews.com in conjunction with Trailer Life makes for a good method of IDing places to stay.

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A great book for the East Tennessee area is:
"Campgrounds In And Around The Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
It is available on Amazon.com
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Old 05-12-2013, 03:40 PM   #9
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We almost never have reservations ahead of time. A couple of hours before we stop, DW will take a look at MS Streets & Trips for CGs on our route and then check them out on rvparkreviews.com. One last check is to look at the park we're thinking of staying at on Google Earth to see what the surrounding area looks like. We ditched all of our hard copy books after one year on the road.

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Another site to use is RV Park Reviews :: Campground Search.

This site will have:
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  • A map/satellite view
  • list of amenities
  • fees' that others have paid.
  • Phone number of campground
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I use my GPS as well as Allstays Camp & RV on my iPhone for commercial campgrounds. Although Camp & RV also includes some non commercial campgrounds, I prefer the CampWhere app for non commercial sites.

My favorite books were AAA's campbooks, however they have dropped them and now use regional versions of the Woodall books. Too much advertising for me & they rarely give addresses for campgrounds - the directions from the nearest interstate don't do me much good since I usually travel secondary roads. With an address I can enter it in the GPS to find the campground. I did notice that they are adding GPS coordinates to some of the sites in the latest Woodall/TrailerLife/Good Sam book, but it weights more than my trailer!
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:30 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the thoughtful replies. The RV Parks Review site has some potential, but unfortunately lacks features the Woodall’s site had. I can’t tell you how aggravated I am with Good Sam’s for taking over a site, reducing usability, and not responding to my inquiries. I rather be told to go to hell than ignored.
Right now I’m investigating some of the Smart Phone Apps and I’m looking at the Rand McNally 7725 or 7720. I also like Google Maps with an RV parks search. When traveling I typically have my lap top going with a GPS input and Bluetooth connected to my smart phone. All of the “tools” require the navigator to stop driving (including the old Woodall’s site). If I’m forced into a new solution I may as well try to solve that problem too.
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The great thing about RVparkreviews.com is that you can click on a satellite view and a google map. Its the best one we have found.
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You can use the Allstays web site to find campgrounds even if you don't have a smartphone.

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