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Old 10-26-2021, 06:59 PM   #1
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I don't see a place for doing/reading campground reviews

Is there a dedicated forum in here that I've missed where people can do campground reviews, and read campground reviews?


Or somewhere else where you can find reviews by location and/or campground, so others can benefit or be warned?
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This is pretty active and enjoyable:

https://www.campgroundreviews.com/

Middle of the red banner at the top of the page.

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http://portal.criticalimpact.com/vm2...cec3b068/25754
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I don't see a place for doing/reading campground reviews

There is a place on iRV2.com. Not sure how active it is.
https://www.irv2.com/campgrounds/index.php?cat=1

CampGroundReviews.com is part of RV Life like iRV2.
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For me the irv2.com reviews are unhandy. The states are listed alphabetically, but the CG reviews in each state listing are not.
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For me the irv2.com reviews are unhandy. The states are listed alphabetically, but the CG reviews in each state listing are not.
I agree. A waste of time to go through them one by one.
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I agree. A waste of time to go through them one by one.
Send a report to the administrators with your concerns, don't just complain in this thread.

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I use RVParky since I can find campgrounds along my intended route. It's not perfect, but the reviews seem to be fairly accurate as long as there isn't just a few of them.

I haven't check this site, but it might be wise for me to compare reviews once I have a candidate or two in mind.
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Social Knowledge (aka RV Life), the parent of this website, also operates a site called Campground Reviews online. Your logon for this site should work there as well.
https://www.campgroundreviews.com/
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I use RVParky since I can find campgrounds along my intended route. It's not perfect, but the reviews seem to be fairly accurate as long as there isn't just a few of them.

I haven't check this site, but it might be wise for me to compare reviews once I have a candidate or two in mind.
Back in May, we were in Key West. We used RV Parky and the reviews really helped us. We were about to book a really nice place for 2 weeks when we read the reviews, which were great but had one problem. Almost everyone complained that if you got off the concrete or driveway, the stickers in the park were horrible. We travel with 3 small dogs and it wouldn’t have been nice.
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Thanks for the replies... I'll go over and look at the campgroundreviews...

BUT, before I waste my time, let me throw out some suppositions and see if I'm a remote outlier in my expectations:

Way back, about 8 or 10 digital generations ago, around 2005-2010 we hoped we could get functional wifi in a campground. Maybe be able to do a little browsing, send/receive email, VERY basic things.

Over time, things evolved in life and people needed more bandwidth and capability. By about 2015 or maybe 2016 I think streaming was becoming more common and campgrounds lagged BADLY.

Fast forward through COVID, to 2021, people working from everywhere, streaming everything, and REQUIRING the ability to stay in touch with a workplace, attend/run online meetings, stream reasonable quality data, and do the things necessary for many to travel.

Not everybody - there are certainly people that RV and never turn on a TV other than local over-the-air channels (if that), and don't need or WANT to stay in touch with family or friends, participate in online activities, or anything else that requires even the most basic connection (figure around 1 Mbps).

My presumption is that a LOT of RVers today DO need strong, robust, capable data availability as the bare minimum of amenities (electricity, data, water, sewer in that order) provided by a campground. Even I, as a photographer, frequently need to download tool updates, new versions, and participate in webinars, meetings and the like. And to be able to send print files to an online print service for delivery to clients.

Unfortunately, my experience since September 10 is that the overwhelming MAJORITY of campgrounds we've been in, ESPECIALLY the overpriced KOAs we've used in multiple locations aren't just POOR at providing this most basic capability, but utterly abysmal. It is difficult to overstate the appalling state of connectivity, if there was ANY, in most of the places we've been.

And for the record, EVERY SINGLE CAMPGROUND has listed "wifi at the campsites", and when queried, will SAY their wifi is both available and functional. Most state that it's "VERY GOOD"...

SO - am I correct in believing the basic amenities needed by RVers have changed over time? And that many campgrounds at BEST are still stuck in pre-2010, and in some cases barely touching the 1990s? Or are my expectations of a basic couple Mbps as a minimum unreasonable, especially for extended stays of a week or more?
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I think that you are right on. I dont think a single campground I have been in the wifi worked very well at all. In off-peak times it was okay at best. The problem is to properly upgrade their networks and service they would have to spend big money. I don't think many are willing to do that.
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Social Knowledge (aka RV Life), the parent of this website, also operates a site called Campground Reviews online. Your logon for this site should work there as well.
https://www.campgroundreviews.com/
That's the one we're used to using and it hasn't failed us. As with any review site you have to read the good and bad and judge for yourself what is more important to you. Some folks give bad reviews on the silliest things.... "constant rain, poor wifi, noisy neighbors, no park store", etc

You definitely can't rely on campground wifi. Most people nowadays use their own. Quite often campgrounds aren't located in an area that they can easily and with a reasonable cost, install wifi. Sometimes it's available only in the clubhouse and not to each site. It's never been meant to surf the net. When we first began full-timing very few used computers and the way we sent emails to family was via an acoustic coupler attached to a pay telephone in a telephone booth and using a device called Pocketmail device. Talk about slow!
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Unfortunately, my experience since September 10 is that the overwhelming MAJORITY of campgrounds we've been in, ESPECIALLY the overpriced KOAs we've used in multiple locations aren't just POOR at providing this most basic capability, but utterly abysmal. It is difficult to overstate the appalling state of connectivity, if there was ANY, in most of the places we've been.

That's a valid criticism but there are lots of businesses and places where wifi and cell connectivity are less than ideal. Heck, there are lots of places where there is no decent high speed internet available even in homes and businesses. So I have to quibble a bit about terming that level of service a "basic capability" for an RV park. I'd call it a "highly desirable feature".


I'd also say that if you depend on having high quality internet for your livelihood or even just personal satisfaction, you ought not to be depending on somebody else to provide it. Get yourself a cellular modem (aka "myfi"), maybe a cell booster for those fringe areas, and a good wifi antenna for use when parks have OK internet but weak wifi coverage.
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