Don’t Camp at a Bad RV Park, Follow These 5 Rules
If you’re anything like us, you’ve camped at a bad RV park before. Whether it was due to a lack of research or deceptive website pictures, sometimes there’s no escaping an occasional dud.
However, today we’re here to share a few time-tested rules that will help you avoid bad RV parks!
Let’s dive in.
1. Reviews from the Right Websites
There are lots of RV park review sites on the internet. Yet, only a few have the rich reviews that will actually help your research process. We use two primary sites:
- Campground Reviews: This is one of the oldest RV park review sites around. We love it for one main reason – the reviewers have been trained to include the details. Back in the day, this website didn’t have pictures. Because of that – the reviewers have added in-depth written details about each site they review.
- Campendium: We like this site primarily for boondocking sites. However, it’s image-focused design makes it easy to view user generated photos of each RV park.
If you get all your reviews from these two sites, you’ll be off to a great start.
2. RV Park Must Have Website
If an RV park doesn’t have a website they probably don’t understand modern customer service. This is the biggest red-flag of all.
In 2020 it takes $50 and a few hours to build an attractive website.
Make sure you only stay at campsites that have digital presence.
3. RV Park Must Have a Facebook Page
A website isn’t even enough! If you want to avoid bad RV parks, avoid the ones without a Facebook page.
Facebook pages are among the best ways to research a potential RV park. You can see user submitted photos (these type of photos ‘tell it like it is’). You can also read reviews and observe how the RV park treats unsatisfied guests.
If an RV park makes themselves accessible online, there’s a good chance they understand customer service.
4. Avoid Parks With Too Many Longterm Sites
There are a few ways to avoid RV parks with too many long term residents.
First and foremost, look through the user submitted photos. See if there looks to be “permanent RVs” in the background.
Secondly, if you’re searching for RV parks on Campendium, try to avoid the ones with the “home sweet home” icon. This signifies that the property has long term sites.
Lastly, many reviewers are quick to point out long term residents. Always keep this in mind when reading the reviews!
PRO TIP: To avoid old RVs, you may want to only camp at RV parks with the 10 year rule.
5. Be Skeptical About The Term “RV Resort”
There is nothing worse than an RV park that calls itself an RV resort.
In the world of RV campgrounds, there’s no rule about what signifies the “resort” title. Does it mean they have a hot tub? Do they offer daily activities? Or, do they just want to charge you more money?
We’ve stayed at many awesome RV resorts. However, when a standard RV park under delivers on the resort title, it’s doubly offensive.
They took my money and my trust.
Do extra research if you’re booking a reservation at a “resort.”
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