In the eleven years that Terry and I have been on the road as fulltime RVers, I can probably count the number of times we have made reservations at an RV park on my fingers. We usually prefer to travel at our leisure, and stop wherever we find ourselves at the end of a day, without the pressure of having to get someplace.
However, we currently have not one, not two, but three reservations awaiting us! That’s quite a difference from our usual style of traveling. But each reservation has a specific purpose; I booked a week at the Pony Express RV Park in Salt Lake City, Utah starting Thursday so I can do some genealogy research; then we have a five night reservation at the River Dance RV Resort in Gypsum, Colorado, which was the closest place we could find to Vail, where we will be attending a family wedding on the 18th; and then, in September, we have a fourteen day reservation at the Hershey, Pennsylvania Thousand Trails, where we will be staying while we work the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show.
We’ve stayed at the Hershey Thousand Trails before and know what to expect, but with the other two RV parks, location swayed our decision. There really were not many options in Colorado, and in Salt Lake City, there wasn’t a lot to choose from either.
Even with all of our time on the road, we’re still pretty green when it comes to selecting an RV park. Given a choice, we prefer Passport America campgrounds, Escapees RV parks, Elks and Moose lodges, fairgrounds, casinos, and the many free campgrounds around the country, but those are not always an option. Then we have to find a place.
We learned a long time ago that the ratings in most campground guides seem to be based more upon the size of the ad than the quality of the facilities.
Sometimes we get recommendations from friends, and if not, I start looking around online for reviews. I find it interesting reading reviews of RV parks online at Yahoo and the RV Park Reviews website. Some people will give a campground the highest rating, while others will slam it bad. How can two RVers stay at the same place, have two very different experiences, and come away with such different opinions?
Sometimes it’s pretty obvious, when you read comments like “Nothing for kids to do here” or “No planned activities.” I ignore those types of complaints, because we don’t travel with kids, and we don’t need to be entertained. I’m more concerned about comments about things like dogs running around unleashed, permanent residents with seedy looking trailers, or rowdy neighbors.
How about you? How to you choose an RV park to stay at, in an unfamiliar area? What’s your protocol for finding a place to stay for a few days?
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