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Old 09-19-2017, 06:11 AM   #1
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How are people finding campgrounds in 2017?

I did a search and found a LOT of topics that appear to have nothing to do with finding a place to camp, so...

Back not that long ago, we used a road atlas and a "campground book", either Woodall or Trailer Life (?). I still have the old 2009 guide, but it's getting a little long in the tooth and not accurate.

We're Good Sam members, so, I went out to get a new Trailer Life book (I had a Woodall's one time and recall it not being as good for some reason), and found bizarre things... Amazon kept telling me the Trailer life book that I figured should be about $15, was $270 to $300 (bizarre), and even the RV Travel and Savings guide was $60.

I don't have an issue with using the Internet when sitting in camp, but it seems silly to be trying to FIND a campground on a cell phone when driving down the road. And a campground book doesn't require an Internet connection. SO, how are y'all finding campgrounds these days? Has everyone switched to searching online, do you have an app that's really great that runs on your Android phone or tablet (I don't do iphone), are you using some ancient copy of your campground book and hoping for the best, or have you found a really good, REASONABLY priced campground book?

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Old 09-19-2017, 06:24 AM   #2
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I use Park Advisor on our android cell phone. You can zoom in and view different things, NPS, State, private campgrounds, Walmarts, etc. It's very useful and I think it's free or only a couple bucks.
I also use RV Park Reviews, although they don't cover everything.
Haven't used a hard copy campground guide in over 10 years.

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Old 09-19-2017, 06:41 AM   #3
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There's an app for that

IMHO, the DAY the guide is printed, it is out of date,
actually, it's days before when the data is captured even before it is printed

Have you tried Google Maps?
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Old 09-19-2017, 06:45 AM   #4
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We mostly search online.

We still have the Good Sam book (2016, I think)and Passport America (2017) and we consult them on occasion.

Also, some states put out a brochure with camping info that you can pick up at welcome centers.

If you follow RVing blogs, a lot of them post where they have stayed and even give a review. Wheeling It is good about posting reviews.
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Old 09-19-2017, 07:05 AM   #5
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Pretty much everything is online. I use the following: rvparkreviews.com, allstays, rv parky, and good sams.
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Old 09-19-2017, 07:08 AM   #6
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How are people finding campgrounds in 2017?

Allstays .. paid ap about 5 bucks .. top rated. Still have a 2016 good Sam "phone book "size guide but rarely use it just sits on the shelf
I also have and use the passport America app and the KOA app allstays shows and identify those parks also but they give more info on rates and size of space.
Allstays provides map view both map and satellite view some site size info , general cost ,phone contact , park website link , also links to park reviews etc it's my number one app I go to when looking.
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Google maps shows them all but avoid mobile home parks.
Can see if rv park location is next to RR tracks, end of runways, near emergency centers (sirens), next to interstates, busy highways.
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Old 09-19-2017, 07:41 AM   #8
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I use on line, Good Sam's, for long stay reservations or places I know I will need them. To and from on the road, either my Magellan GPS or an app on the phone. GPS is good, gives a number to call then hit go to.
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As mentioned, at publish date a book directory is out of date. Besides, after using the GS directory and the KOA directory, it seems to me the description of the CGs are laudatory in relation to how much the CG paid to put the description in the book....
Some of the ads/reviews don't come close to the actual conditions I have come across, or perhaps I am too picky.
RVParkReviews is good for a general idea from people who have been to that CG, also RVParky and TripAdvisor.
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Old 09-19-2017, 07:45 AM   #10
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the sites already listed are good. A helpful part is reading reviews so you know exactly what the campground is really like.
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Old 09-19-2017, 08:44 AM   #11
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We use Allstays, Campendium, RV Park Reviews apps. On our Alaska trip this summer we used the Milepost book extensively. We also had the Churches book, Alaska camping, but never used it. Our primary source is Allstays.
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I have the aps on my android phone for KOA, Passport America, Good Sams and RVParky. When we are a few hours from where we think we want to stop for the night, I start looking to see what is available. The KOA ap lets you reserve a spot before 4:00 which saves hassle of phoning.
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I haven't used a book in a long time. We use on the cell phone, the Good Sam ap which is about the same as the book. We also use Allstays and Passport America. Also we review the campgrounds on RV Park Review to get other peoples reviews of campgrounds. There is far more information out there than a book can give.
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I use Good Sam, Woodall's and KOA campground guide books. Online, RV Park Reviews or Google "[the community] campgrounds".

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