RV parks are often the default camping option for families vacationing in an RV. It’s an obvious choice. And there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with RV park camping.
However, keeping an open mind and understanding all your camping options as you plan your RV vacation will set you up for a better experience.
Today, we’re sharing five things I learned from camping at RV parks.
Let’s dive in!
#1 RV Parks Are Expensive
My wife and I became full-time RV travelers in 2015. Before hitting the road, we never had experience with RV camping.
I thought RV park rates would be cheap. Considering I was bringing my own home, it seemed like $20/night would be on the high end of what I considered a fair price.
This was an awful assumption.
RV parks are expensive. We’ve paid over $100/night to stay at some RV park campgrounds. This was the first lesson I learned from RV park camping.
#2 Space is Tight at Most RV Parks
The bottom line for RV parks is to make money. These are private businesses (most often small & local) that are trying to make a living.
RV spaces are pretty tight because of this.
The parks want to optimize cash flow. There are two ways to do this; add more RV sites and raise prices.
Unfortunately, it often feels RV parks use those two strategies together. This leads to tightly spaced, expensive RV campsites.
#3 We’re Not Always Welcome
Not all RV parks want our business. Here’s why:
Vintage RV: We traveled in a renovated 1979 Airstream. Many RV parks in America have a 10-year-rule. This rule prohibits RVs older than ten years from staying on their property.
We’re Too Young: In one of the few ways age-discrimination is legal in America, some RV parks only allow reservations from folks 55 and older. Florida and Arizona host the majority of these RV parks.
#4 RV Park Wifi is Notoriously Bad
I never count on the RV park wifi to conduct my online business (or streaming entertainment). We’ve been burned too many times by RV parks that claim to offer wifi, only to find out it’s virtually unusable.
There are exceptions, like Island Retreat RV Park in Gulf Shores (AL).
However, in most cases, RV parks have notoriously lousy wifi.
This is why we travel with a cellular booster. It lets us control our internet destiny.
#5 Some RV Parks Are Worth Every Cent
Despite the negative aspects of RV parks, some are worth every cent. Finding a great RV park will make your vacation stress-free and much more enjoyable.
Here are a few examples of RV parks we’ve come to love:
- Catherine’s Landing in Hot Springs, Arkansas
- Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton, California
- Stella Mare RV Resort in Galveston, Texas
- Mountain Valley RV Resort in Heber City, Utah
- Sand Dunes Recreation in Hooper, Colorado
You Have Options Other Than RV Parks
Don’t think RV parks are your only option. There are quite a few places to find great RV campsites with hookups.
State Parks: These are some of the most beautiful and inexpensive RV camping options in the USA.
City & County Parks: Small towns across America host RV sites at city and country parks. These RV campsites are low-cost and have a central location.
Free Camping: If you haven’t heard of it before, free camping is a real thing. From Florida to California, 100s of free campsites exist. In fact, your tax dollars pay for them!
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