If you’re taking a camping trip, deciding which RV campgrounds you stay at is a big decision. The types of campgrounds that will suit you best depends largely on what kind of trip you’re taking.
Today we will explore the different camping styles out there, and which campsite is the best fit for each of those styles. From California to the Florida Keys, this guide to RV campgrounds is an essential read for anyone planning on camping in their RV or trailer anytime soon!
Your Camping Style
Like we mentioned, your preferred camping style and the length of your trip will be the two deciding factors when it comes to deciding which campsite is right for you.
If you’re taking a cross-country road trip and only staying in each place for a night or two, you want ease of entry and exit so that you don’t waste half of your trip. You may not necessarily need access to all the amenities that a long-term camper will be interested in. For a camper of this style, quick and easy checkouts are a must.
The availability of late night or early morning checkouts could be an important perk as well.
If you are a camper with one destination in mind, you are most likely looking for more advanced RV campgrounds than the short-term camper. Trips of this style usually focus on one area and the attractions that go with it, so location will be an important characteristic. Since you’re going to be staying for a medium to long period of time, access to things like showers, grocery stores, and markets is an important consideration.
If you’re travelling with your family or in a group you may be interested in searching for RV campgrounds that offer additional recreational facilities, like outdoor games or a pool.
If you read this and thought it was a typo, you’re not alone. Glamping is the newest trend in outdoor lifestyle, and is a combination of “glamorous” and “camping.”
This is the category of camper who is looking for some of the comforts home while on the road. There’s nothing wrong with being a glamper, but you need to know what to look for in a campground if that’s the case.
These campgrounds usually have high-end cabins that are equipped with everything you’re used to, a comfortable bed, air conditioning, and a big TV. Glamping is becoming more and more popular nationwide so this style of campground is popping up everyday.
So now that you have a better idea of what type of camper you are, it’s important to expand that knowledge using all of the available resources. The Internet is a great tool and should be able to provide you with all the necessary information.
If you have friends who camp, they can be great sources of information too!
Fortunately, the United States government is the proud owner of thousands of campgrounds across the country. These campgrounds fit a wide range of interests, and can be great options for long- or short-term visitors. There are various places to look for these, and it depends on which level you’re interested in. The databases are separated by Federal, State Park, and City/County campgrounds
If you know you’re visiting a specific State Park, the park’s website will generally have some information about campgrounds that you can browse through. Federal State Parks will be similarly listed, and you can find these listings here. As a side note, some of the federal parks will allow for reservations and some will only be for walk-ins.
Another site that is worth checking out is RVParkReviews.com to help decide which campground is for you. If you want more information from actual campers, this is the place to go.
If you just can’t find any public campgrounds in your area, there are some private clubs that have campgrounds you can check out.
There are plenty of discount clubs out there that offer some cheap camping alternatives. Some of these clubs you can pay to join, and they will frequently have promotions listing campgrounds that you can stay at for half price for a limited number of nights during the off-season. Three sites worth checking out are Passport America, Happy Camper Club, and Camping World.
Since glamping is a new trend, the information out there isn’t quite as developed as for the rest of the camping world. However, one valuable site you can browse is glamping.com.
This is a great resource for glamping because it provides destinations not only in America, but worldwide so you can take your travels to every corner of the globe! It will also provide you with some additional information on styles of glamping if you are considering it for the first time.
Summary: Finding Your Favorite RV Campgrounds
After reading through our article, we hope that you have learned a little bit about yourself as a camper or found a new style of camping you never considered.
You don’t need to limit yourself to one of the styles of camping we mentioned above, you can mix and match different styles during your trip. Maybe one day you’ll be roughing it out in the Rockies and the next you’ll be glamping in Southern California. That’s the great part about RV camping: it’s flexible and customizable.
All the resources mentioned above will help give you some guidance while planning your trip, but if we missed out on any essential pieces of information, contact us and let us know! We read every email and try to respond as best we can.
Have a great trip!