RV sales exploded this past year and thousands of new motorhome and towable owners have been pouring into campgrounds across the country. This is good news for RV manufacturers and dealerships, but it’s made booking great campsites a bit more difficult for campers.
Eventually, new campgrounds will be built (and old ones will be renovated) to meet this surge in demand. But for now, these quick tips will help you nab a great site to start making epic memories in the great outdoors. Here is how to find the perfect RV campground and campsite for your next adventure.
Plan your trip early
Cancellations happen all the time, and it’s possible to grab a site at the last second, but booking your trip as early as possible is always recommended. It might sound crazy to recommend booking a camping trip six, nine, or even 12 months in advance, but if you want that perfect campsite at Yellowstone or Yosemite—or even a popular county park nearby—then you might need to do so.
Know your camping personality
Cancellations happen all the time, and it’s possible to grab a site at the last second, but booking your trip as early as possible is always recommended. It might sound crazy to book a camping trip six, nine, or even 12 months in advance, but if you want that perfect campsite at Yellowstone or Yosemite—or even a popular county park nearby—then you might need to do so.
Read reviews online
Once you figure out your camping personality, it’s time to zoom in and pick a really good campground. Don’t simply rely on a campground’s website. Do some extra research and read reviews online. Thankfully, there are dozens of sites that have reviews of campgrounds. Reading about other campers and their real world experiences will help you pick a great place for your next trip.
Make sure friends and family members are on the same page
If you’re camping with family or friends, then make sure they’re looking for a similar camping experience. If you invite friends that love rustic tent camping at state parks, and you bring them to an RV resort filled with huge motorhomes and swanky amenities, there’s a good chance they’ll be disappointed—and probably blame you for it!
Clear communication about expectations is always key for success. Show your friends or family members pictures and reviews of the campgrounds that you’re considering booking in advance. Hash out your differences before you get to the campground—not while you’re there!
Explore a campground map
Once everyone in your party has agreed upon a location and a campground, it’s time to take a close look at a campground map and pick the perfect campsite. Most campgrounds have detailed maps online. Do you want to be near the pool and playground? Or far away from all of the noise? Do you want a private site with woods behind you? Or do you want two or more sites that are close together, so you can be near family and friends and share meals during the day and campfires at night? Taking a good look at a campground map will help you pinpoint those perfect sites.
Call if you can
If you still have unanswered questions, then it’s time to pick up the phone and make a call. Every private campground should have an owner, manager, or camp worker that can help you. Some state and county park systems also have rangers that can help.
Utilize camping and RV-centric Facebook groups
If you cannot reach the campground by phone, but still have questions about which sites are best and which to avoid, then join a camping or RV Facebook group and see if any of the members have visited the campground you’re researching. You might be surprised by how many have visited your campground of choice, and how willing they are to help.