Analysis of Bad RV Park Reviews Finds Interesting Camper Insights
Have you ever read a bad RV park review? Better still, have you ever written one?
Today we’re diving deep into the mentality behind bad RV park reviews. We’ve surveyed over 300 RV owners to see how they react when reading a bad review. We also analyze why RVers have bad campground experiences and if they’ll share it online.
Let’s dive in!
Where Do You Read RV Park Reviews?
There are a lot of RV park review sites online. However, only a handful of them have large amounts of valuable data.
Additionally, many of the review sites cater to a specific type of RV travel (small RVs, free camping, van camping, etc). Below you’ll find the most comprehensive RV park review sites online.
Campground Reviews is one of the largest (and longest running) RV park review sites. The best aspect of this site is its review quality. Each reviewer is prompted to answer a series of questions not only about their experience, but about their specific RV.
This info allows the reader to understand if the review is in alignment with their RV style. For example, a Class B camper has drastically different expectations from a Super C camper.
Even though this is our go to review site for boondocking, it also has a lot of great RV park reviews.
Campendium is great because it really highlights user-generated photos. You can get a great sense of a park from looking at previous campers pics.
RV Parky is one of the newer review sites. Nonetheless, it’s been collecting a lot of reviews over the past few years.
We enjoy the simplicity of its functionality and design.
AllStays is a popular app for RV parking resources. It’s good for reading reviews while you’re on the go or scouting out a new RV park.
Google Reviews is a great tool for RV park research. The reviews appear directly in Google search results making it super convenient to find. These reviews tend to be less in-depth.
What Review Sites are RV owners using?
The top two review sites used by the RV owners we surveyed are Campendium & Campground Reviews. The least popular is Google Reviews.
Have You Ever Left an RV Park Review?
Camping is a uniquely outdoor experience. We wanted to find out what percentage campers are actually leaving online reviews.
The number was staggering! 78% of the RVers we surveyed have left an online review. Additionally, of those who did, 82% said they’ve left a negative RV park review.
If an RVer had a bad campground experience, they aren’t always apt to share it.
Of the RVers we surveyed, only 55% of them will share a bad campground experience.
When asked is a higher nightly rate would make them more likely to leave a review, 74% of RVers said “no.”
Additionally, we asked if a lower campground nightly rate means lower expectations. 69% said yes, their expectations will be lower.
Are Bad RV Park Reviews Legit?
In the age of online shopping, we’re all pretty good at understanding the nuances of online reviews and reading between the lines.
Amazon, for instance, can have “fake, good reviews” that have been paid for by individual sellers. They can also have lots of unjustified, bad reviews.
Do RVer owners see this as a problem when researching? RVers clearly think unjustified, bad reviews outnumber fake, good reviews.
74% of the RVers we surveyed question the integrity of a bad review.
While the majority of RVers question the integrity of bad reviews, they also seek them out. In fact, 79% of RV travelers seek out bad RV park reviews as part of their research process.
However, unlike a comical trip down the rabbit hole of bad reviews on amazon, most RVers don’t find bad RV park reviews entertaining. Only 31% of RVers read negative park reviews for fun.
What Issues are Causing Bad Reviews?
If an RV camper decides to leave a bad review, we want to know what issues cause the negative experience.
Here’s what the RVrs we review said:
- Poor communication either written or verbal
- Dirty restroom
- Campground Owners
- Bad Attitude by Park Staff
- Poor condition of facilities and electrical service
- Feeling unsafe
Campground Rules Can Lead To Bad Reviews
One rule in particular can lead to bad reviews even if a camper doesn’t actually stay.
The 10 Year Rule (find out the deets here) has inspired many bad reviews from the reservation process alone. It’s one of the most detested rules among RVers.
Additionally, 55 and over RV parks have also spurred a number of bad reviews from their supposed “age discrimination” (even though the government has said it’s legal).
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