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This page I wrote for my old rv website RVforSaleGuide.com before discovering the Vanabode as the best travel vehicle for long term fun. People still like big rv's despite the much greater cost and trouble to operate, so here's what I know about them.

RV Campgrounds

Choosing an RV campground to spend the night or the month in is actually quite important. There are many differences between campgrounds that, depending on your needs, can make a substantial difference in how you enjoy your motorhome. The following is my list of most important issues in order of importance from top to bottom. We live and work full time in and out of our motorhome. We enjoy boondocking or dry camping without hooking up to a campground as much as we can, and typically do not watch much television but need Internet connectivity. Keep this in mind when looking at out our list as your needs may vary greatly.

The following is my list of most important issues in order of importance from top to bottom. We live and work full time in and out of our motorhome. We enjoy boondocking or dry camping without hooking up to a campground as much as we can, and typically do not watch much television but need Internet connectivity. Keep this in mind when looking at out our list as your needs may vary greatly. Wireless Internet connectivity is very important to us since we work from our rv.

Larger pull through rv sites are almost a necessity with our 34 foot class A motor home pulling a tow dolly with a Toyota Corolla attached, with a bike rack and bikes installed on the back of that. It is easy enough to back a trailer or fifth wheel but a tow dolly with car is a different story. With tow dollys you have 4 axle turning points on the ground to deal with instead of 3.

Electrical and water hookups should be easy to get to, properly grounded, with covers over the electrical boxes to prevent water accumulating in the night or during rain and shorting everything out.

Laundry facilities are real nice when properly set up. We stay out in the woods for long periods of time and often the motivating factor for finally staying at a campground is to do laundry. Make sure there are enough good working affordable washers and dryers to suit your needs. You can often pull in, use the laundry room and then leave.

Quiet time is very important to a good nights rest. If the park has no posted rules then campers and kids can run generators, play loudly outside, yell, scream, party, play music, work on vehicles, and just keep you awake all night long. With a posted quiet time and a staff worker on hand to deal with any rule breakers you have some recourse to ensure you get some rest.

Price is of course an issue when staying anywhere. I generally consider any campground that costs MORE than HALF the price of a local hotel room to be too expensive. Consider all the extra amenities that we don't find all that important, but that you might, like proximity to restaurants, onsite swimming pools, hot tubs, playgrounds, golf courses, store, rv repair shops, game room, town location, guards or gated entrance, etc. Of course you may choose to buy a campsite as well.

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