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Old 12-08-2014, 06:17 AM   #1
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How do you pick a campground

I'm not new to RVing but am new to staying in a campground, when planning a trip and looking for a place to stay, how does anyone pick a place? Just curious what you look for? I've looked at RV CG review sites and their reviews, is that what other people do? or what.

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Old 12-08-2014, 06:22 AM   #2
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Hi Terry, I use the Internet or places like this from other's to find new places, then I use goggle earth to inspect the campground/resort ,and use it to decide what site I want to book. I prefer end sites so no one is in front of us on our awning side........Google earth works great for doing this.
A year after being at Turning Stone RV Resort in NY state, I was going back, looked on google earth, and there was my Coach and trailer..........what are the chances of this happening?
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:27 AM   #3
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After going to the campground reviews websites I go to Google Maps and take a look at the satellite view. It is amazing how many times a great looking campsite looks nothing like what I imagine after checking the reviews. Something else to check is to see if there really is a campground where your gps coordinates would take you to. I have been stuck on back roads following the gps when the campground is really elsewhere.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:35 AM   #4
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We first look for CG's that we have membership to..C2C, PA, etc.
Then RV park reviews (taken with a grain of salt)
I look at the parks website and CG map.
I am mainly concerned with space.....wider roads, no big rocks on corners,
spaces that will hold our MH, easy in and easy out.

We also want good enough WIFI to plan our route.
We do not do downloads or Netflix

If we arrive later in the day, I boondock rather than pay for
just a parking spot.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:35 AM   #5
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Location is first then RV Park Reviews - Trusted Reviews of Campgrounds & RV Parks and/or http://www.passportamerica.com

Seems the Woodall's Campground directory has gone down in quality since it merged with GoodSam. Still keep one in the MH for second opinion backup.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:40 AM   #6
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I use RVPARKY plan your route how long you like to drive and it will show you Gas/fuel stops rv parks and then you can see what they offer, research on line to suit your needs.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:55 AM   #7
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I use allstays, but also use youtube. Many of the parks are on youtube. There are the official park video, and some others with drive byes of each site. The online reservations are getting better with a picture of each site at some of the coe parks.
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:13 AM   #8
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The navigator generally picks the campground, based on location and reviews.
Based on some of our (not so good) experiences it must be rated "big rig friendly". If we're going to be there more than a quick overnight stay, I'll get on Google maps and check out sites as already mentioned.
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We have used about all of the suggested methods - and none are infallible. That's when you have to try to average the 'reviews'. Then there is the date of any reviews - a few years ago, the only reviews may have shown that there are better CG or the reverse so often it's a 'crap shoot'. Usually what I'll do is make a reservation for one or two nights and if the CG is fine, we will, after the first night renew. We have once had to change sites and once had to leave, but spread that over 30 plus years, not a bad average. Be really careful when they say big rig suitable. With the 28 foot 5er and SB truck, it wasn't bad but now with the 38 foot 5er along with a long bed truck, some of those big rig sites --- aren't as we found out last fall.
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:30 AM   #10
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Good Sam 10% discount if no Passport America in the area

For long stays PA and RV reviews, Google Earth to check campground area.
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:34 AM   #11
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Many of our campground stays are only one night while we are traveling to a destination. In such situations, we don't stray too far off of our route and the navigator mostly uses the Good Sam and KOA campground directories. We don't usually call for advance reservations unless we are near a large town, a resort area or it's a holiday.

For longer stays, we look more closely at campground ratings and Google Earth aerial views. Hint: in the full Google Earth version (download required) the toolbar has "Tools". Under this is "Ruler", and you can use this to measure the length of a site when you open an aerial view of a campground. Our motorhome and car trailer is 52 ft. so it's nice to be able to measure sites in advance.
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Thanks for the tips . Lots of good info here, now to go check the out!!
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:40 AM   #13
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Location & access first - convenience to the area we want to see/do is a high priority. Then facilities (we mostly do 50A FHU these days), then size/spacing of the sites. We also give a lot of weight to noise levels if we plan to stay more than a day or two. Then price is weighed against those that meet or wants & needs.

How to figure this out? Various campground guides for location and amenities, then RVParkReviews.com for opinions (with several grains of salt applied). We usually check the Good Sam and Passport America online guides and also use software such as RV Road Trip Navigator (PC) and various phone/tablet based apps. I use the PC and internet mostly, simply because of the larger screen. Google Earth is good is there is any doubt about the location and layout description.
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Old 12-08-2014, 12:14 PM   #14
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!Good tip George! I have been using various combinations of the mentioned ways to find a nice CG, but your tip on the Google Earth download is a new one that I'll have to adopt. For those folks who don't give RVParkReviews much credit, I don't use them for their total review but I do like using them always because you can pick out an item or two out of a review that will provide some insight why you probably won't use a particular park. An example for me is if the review mentions a CG being near a highway and the park having traffic noise, sorry, not the place for me. So take your time and try to read into some of the reviews a little more closely. Our newest tool that we are going to more and more is RVParky on our smart phone, great free App.

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