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Tips for Choosing RV Parks/Campgrounds
Posted By Rex Vogel On September 10, 2011 @ 3:27 pm In Campgrounds & RV Parks,Destination Camping & RV Resorts,RV Campgrounds,State & National Parks,Tent Campgrounds | 3 Comments
Choices for RV parks and campgrounds  include luxurious RV resorts, activity-filled family destinations, 55+ parks, secluded natural settings, and basic parks conveniently located for an overnight stay. Prices also run the gamut.
There is a variety of campgrounds, each offering different amenities and activities. These include private RV parks; casino camping ; membership parks ; national , state , and county park campgrounds; Army Corps of Engineers parks ; national and state forest campgrounds; and service club facilities.
Consider Your Needs
What are the best tips for choosing a campground and campsite that you and your family will love?
Nothing can make or break your RV trip like choosing a campground not suited to your family’s needs and interests. When selecting a park, think about your camping style and ask yourself the following questions:
Locating and Researching Campgrounds
The photos on the RV park website and brochure look amazing. Too bad they didn’t show the busy railroad tracks 50 feet away, the biker club next door, or the “shopping plaza under construction” sign.
Whether you plan to stay one night, a weekend, a week, or longer, there are campgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada to meet your needs. All are unique. No two parks are the same. Each campground will provide something a little different.
There are numerous ways to locate and research campgrounds. A good place to begin is a campground directory such as Woodall’s or Trailer Life Directory.
Ratings help you select the appropriate park for your particular needs and interests. Keep in mind that the final ratings are a composite of several different areas of interest.
Woodall’s assigns two ratings to each privately owned campground/RV park. One rating is assigned to the facilities at the park—sites, roads, service buildings, restrooms, and hookups. A separate recreation rating is also assigned. Both facilities and recreation ratings range from 1 W to 5 W with 5 W being the best.
To order a 2011 Woodall’s Directory, visit Woodall’s Online Store .
Trailer Life Directory uses a triple-rating system—completeness of facilities, cleanliness and physical characteristics of restrooms and showers, and visual appearance and environmental quality. All three ratings are on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. Less than one percent of parks or campgrounds receive a rating of 10. Campgrounds with a 10/10 /10 rating have more facilities, are better maintained, and are more visually appealing than 5/5/5-rated campgrounds.
Contact the Campground
Contact the campground and ask specific questions about their policies and their park. Questions to ask include:
Make note of the name of the person you talked to.
Note: This is the first of a two-part series on Selecting an RV Park/Campground
Part 2: Selecting a Campground/Campsite Checklist 
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As I travel in this limitless world
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