Tips for Picking the Best RV Campground

Traveling in an RV can be a lot of fun. It is convenient that you don’t have to stress about what you’re packing or booking hotels, but it isn’t without stress. Traveling to some of the country’s most scenic roadways and vacation spots can be a great time, but finding the best place to camp out in your RV can be quite the challenge. Sure, you can look up the most popular locations to park for the night, but some RV parks and campgrounds get so busy that they book out months in advance. Whether you are a spontaneous road-trip aficionado or a planner, there are some tips to make finding your perfect RV campground less stressful.

Check out what the location has to offer

If you are new to the RV life, you probably don’t realize that not every RV park is created equal. Well, that is, until you end up booking a few nights at an RV park that ends up not having what you’re looking for. Checking each RV park’s website or Google page can help you figure out what amenities and hookups they have to offer, but it doesn’t hurt to read the reviews and see what people have to say too.

RVs parked at a beach campground
RV camping at a beach | John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images

Pick a location based on it’s surroundings

If you’re the type of person who forgets things on every trip, or you’re on a bad-luck streak of breaking things, picking an RV camp that’s 45-minutes from the nearest store probably isn’t the best choice. Campsites can vary in location from just outside major cities to hours from civilizations, and the last thing you want is to try and order pizza when you’re a long distance from the nearest town.

On the other side, you might enjoy the peace and quiet of being further out of town, too. If you don’t like the hustle of bigger cities, then picking something outside of town probably won’t feel like the back-to-nature vacation you were hoping for. While the style of the campsite you are looking for might not be the closest one to you, chances are, if you really care about location, it’s worth the drive.

The Camp 365 transforming RV trailer is unfolded and set up as a cabin.
The Camp 365 transforming RV trailer | Camp 365

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Read the reviews carefully

We know we’ve said this one briefly before, but reviews are some of the most important tools that we have access too. Websites like Google and Yelp provide consumers with access to unbiased reviews — because, of course, what website would include negative reviews about themselves on their own page? You can learn a lot about a campsite just from reading the reviews, and it can save you a lot of hassle to skip on some locations that look great on paper, but previous RV-enthusiasts warn against.

Campers parked in a lot next to the beach
RV campers in a beachside parking lot | ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

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