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WHAT TO THINK ABOUT WHEN
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Whether you're the weekend warrior, full-time RV'er or retiree we all value our time and want to have the best experience when camping or RV’ing. With that being said, there are many things that you want to think about when looking for that perfect spot to set up camp. RV’s come in all shapes and sizes from the small tear drop trailers all the way up to the 45 foot Fifth Wheels and Motorhomes. Depending on your rig you'll either want a rustic campground with no services or an RV park with all the amenities and services you desire.
Let's take a look at some of the things you should consider when booking your next site.
What kind of RV do you own?
Knowing the limitations and capabilities of your RV is one of the most important things you need to know before heading out on the road. The last thing you want to do is get into a situation where you are not able to stay or even get to your campsite.
What amenities and services do you need?
Here's a list of the typical amenities and services that most RV Parks offer in some form or another. Review the list and decide which ones are most important to you when looking for your next home away from home.
Most RV parks and campgrounds will provide electrical hookups, but we recommend that you confirm if the amperage is right for your rig. Most smaller trailers and travel trailers require only 30 amps, but your larger Fifth Wheels and Motorhomes may need 50 amp service.
One of the nicest things of having an RV is the ability to have fresh water on demand. Of course, you can always fill up your freshwater tanks but that will add weight to your RV, and you will have a limited water supply. However, we do recommend a good water filter between the campground water supply and your RV.
Ahh, the topic we all love to talk about. As you may already know, this job is not the highlight of your trip but a necessary one at that. Depending on how many people you are traveling with your black water tank will only last 3 to 5 days with normal use, so having sewer hookups is a helpful service to have!
I'm not sure about you, but if you're traveling with kids, a pool and a playground are wonderful things to have. Throw in a fitness center, and laundry facility and you're looking at a comfortable trip with all the amenities of home.
Most RV Parks and some campgrounds we'll put on different events depending on the time of year that you are visiting. Anything from Fourth of July parties, Memorial day barbecue’s, or a Hawaiian Luau where you can sport your favorite floral shirt.
One of the best things about RV travel is the ability to visit our national parks, take a beautiful hike to that hidden waterfall, swim in a secluded lake, indulge in local culinary dishes, check out a local museum, ride a roller coaster at an amusement park or learn about your country's history.
If you're planning on staying for more than a couple of days, you may want to receive a package before leaving for your next destination. Most RV parks will allow you to have letters or boxes such as Amazon orders delivered to the front office, but of course, you'll want to confirm this before placing your orders.
Most parks will have some form of free Internet, but the coverage is usually spotty and slow depending on where you are in the park. Don't plan on streaming Netflix or Hulu because most campground Wi-Fi is only good for things such as email or browsing online. However, some parks are working hard at providing decent Wi-Fi that will serve the needs of most people. If you are looking for faster Internet, we recommend either tethering off of your smartphone or buying a wi-Fi Device from your local Cellular provider. P.S. Verizon typically has the fastest and most consistent Internet service across the country. However, there is no guarantee that you will have good service in your area, so we recommend checking your provider's coverage map on their website.
Many RV parks will offer monthly rates or even weekly rates that will save you money. It's always a good practice to phone ahead and see if you can get a deal for a longer stay. If you plan on staying for five or six nights we recommend that you inquire about the weekly rates because they are sometimes cheaper than paying for five or six nights at the regular daily rate. Monthly rates can also save you a significant amount of money and give you a place to call home for more than a weekend.
We hope this list will help you with your next outdoor adventure!