Living in your RV, you have many choices of where you’ll drive it and just as many as to where you’ll park it. Campgrounds across the country can range from 5 Star to No stars and everywhere in-between. You can choose from BLM lands which offer a sanctuary for those looking to boondock and save money, state campground that are scattered throughout every state, and private campgrounds which are a world of their own.
When we camp we love to stay at State Park because the rangers are helpful. The scenery is gorgeous and the trails, sites, and ranger programs are all things we find great value in. We also like to stay in specific family-friendly campgrounds like KOA’s & Jellystone Parks, where activities, large families, and amenities are packed in and enjoyed by staff and other campers.
The process in each place can be mildly similar to totally opposite. One campground can offer quick and speedy check-in with a smile and great service, while the next lacks in all areas but escorts each camper to their site and helps them back in and get level. I like to ask questions, however annoying that might be to the person who answers the phone, but there are just things that I need to know prior to arrival if I’m going to spend money at your park.
Here are a few questions to help determine if this campground is right for you:
- Is your address correct on my GPS? Should I follow the GPS?
- What time does the office close?
- Is there an after-hours check-in process?
- Is the site being gravel, dirt or paved?
- Is it level or on a hill?
- Is there a fire ring, picnic table, and a grill?
- Is the area shaded?
- Can I start the reservation on the phone, for a quick check-in?
- What amenities are currently available for the kids?
- Are there any planned, Ranger-led activities during our stay?
- Do you have a Junior Ranger Program?
- And lastly, how close is the nearest grocery store?