RV Camping: What Do You Look For In A Campground?


RV camping has become immensely popular over the last 50 years. What used to be reserved for only a small number of families capable of affording expensive trailers and RVs has become a fairly common form of leisure travel. As a result, new campgrounds have sprung up across the country.

As an RVer, what do you look for in a campground? What types of amenities are best for you and your family? Even better, what would constitute the perfect campground if you were able to design it yourself? There is a good chance you’ve talked about this very thing with some of your campground neighbors.

  • Activities for the Kids

You might be into RV camping because it is a cheap way to take the entire family on vacation. You couldn’t afford to put the gang up in anything more than a two-star hotel, but you can afford camping. That’s great. But because you are taking the whole family, you might want your campgrounds to have activities for the kids.

No worries. Campground owners are up to speed. Today’s campgrounds offer things like:

  • swimming pools
  • water parks
  • sports fields
  • organized kids’ activities
  • horseback riding.

This is just a brief list. The number and types of amenities campgrounds now offer to attract families is almost unimaginable. If you can think it, you can probably find it somewhere.

  • Roomier Campsites

Maybe you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to be packed into a campground like sardines in a can. You prefer roomier sites that make it easy to spread out. You are the kind of RV owner who doesn’t mind letting the kids sleep in tents so that you and your spouse can enjoy the fifth wheel by yourselves.

It is hard to find campgrounds with roomier sites. They do exist, but many modern campgrounds are more concerned about volume than anything else. They pack them in as tightly as they can.

  • The Right Climate

For some people, only campgrounds in certain climates will do. On the one hand are those who cannot take the heat. They prefer cooler temperatures year-round. They are not afraid to invest in AirSkirts RV skirting and a couple of space heaters for those cool nights in the mountains.

On the other side of the coin are those campers who despise the cold. Anything less than 70°F says winter to them. Their favorite campgrounds are in Florida, Georgia, Arizona, etc. They might invest in AirSkirts RV skirting to keep the hot air away, but they have no intention of purchasing space heaters.

  • Access to Local Amenities

Do you prefer to spend all your time at the campground, or do you like exploring the local area? Some people choose campgrounds based on access to local amenities. A family might choose a Maryland campground because they know Washington DC is just a bus ride away. The campground acts as a home base for a week of capital exploration.

Everything from museums to amusement parks is in play. Campgrounds with easy access to local amenities are immensely popular because they broaden a family’s options for things to do. There is nothing wrong with that. There is no rule that says you have to park your RV and never leave.

So, what do you look for in a campground? Thanks to industry growth over the last several decades, there are more than enough options to choose from. You can visit nearly any state in the union and find a campground suitable to your needs. The only question is this: what are you waiting for?

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