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Old 09-19-2012, 02:57 AM   #15
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Have you tried tripadvisor?

Heres a sample of the kind of campsites we aim for - (in ireland)

Mannix Point Camping and Caravan Park (Cahersiveen, Ireland) - Campground Reviews - TripAdvisor


We use tripadvisor not just for camping, but for hotels and restaurants too and not just in Ireland but all over europe... I'm sure tripadvisor is applicable in the US too?

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Old 09-19-2012, 05:15 AM   #16
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In the past two years we've stayed at three commercial or private parks and although the stays were fine we did not like any of them. Just to tight and some of the long term rigs and occupants seemed questionable. My worries were probably unfounded. All three stays were not in what would be considered destinations areas such as an ocean front.

All my other outings, well over 40 weekends, have been local, state or federal camp grounds. Since the government CG's are not profit based the goal isn't to try and pack as many visitors into a given area in addition to maximizing occupancy. The only downside is most do not have sewer hookup at the site but a central dump station which can be a problem if your stay is longer than a few days. We will use the CG bath houses if our stay is longer than four days to maximize our waste tank capacity.

As others have suggested look into the government camp grounds. Here are some links that will help in your search:




Federal recreation, camping and tour reservation information - Recreation.gov

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Old 09-19-2012, 08:47 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by paz View Post
If you want a weekend atmosphere, stay in state parks and Corps of Engineers campgrounds. They usually have a 2-week limit on stays and will not have long-term residents.

Some private campgrounds will have weekend activities during their peak season. These will also have more of a weekend atmosphere (except for Florida where peak season means winter when snowbirds are there), but private campgrounds may also have seasonals.
+1 These are some great parks.
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:47 AM   #18
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I use the AllStays application on my iPad which works like google maps. Camp grounds are sorted by state and then city so they are easy to find. A quick click tells you the number of sites and the facilities they offer along with contact info and website. I then cross reference with rvparksreviews.com to see what people are saying about the place. I agree that you must read through and behind the lines on that site. Some people will rate a place very poor because of bad showers or something. We have our own shower so I don't care about that.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:55 PM   #19
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The really hard part is finding the park that meets your RVing style and gleaning that info from the reviews and recommendations. For example, we don't camp, we travel to see the sights. We want concrete patios, wide spaces and large level driveways for the coach. We appreciate landscaping and a neighborhood feel. We love campgrounds like The Portal in Moab (resort side), Yellowstone Grizzly and the Las Vegas Motor Coach Resort. We were very unhappy with Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon, Mountain Shadows in Salt Lake City that many people just love. There is no right, no "best campground" that meets all RVing styles needs. The reviews are very helpful, but we always look for key words and specifics and never book any space without looking at the google view.

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