Selecting a Campground/Campsite Checklist

Our needs and requirements in a campground/RV park vary depending on length of stay. If overnighting few, if any, amenities are required though we desire to have a minimum of 30-amp electric service and water. The longer we plan to stay at a campground, the pickier we become.

Selecting a Campground Checklist

  1. This Western Horizon membership campground in Casa Grande, Arizona meets our long-term and short term needs with both pull-through and back-in sites and all the desired amenities. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

    Do I have a positive feeling about the RV Park?

  2. Is the office staff approachable, friendly, and helpful?
  3. Does the campground participate in any discount programs?
  4. As a general rule are sites spacious enough to accommodate any size RV?
  5. Are most sites level?
  6. Will the noise level be acceptable? Noise from nearby interstate? Rowdy campers? Generators? Does the park have quiet hours?
  7. Cell phone coverage?
  8. Is there cable TV? Additional fee? Availability of channels? Available at all sites?
  9. Proximity to Wal-Mart and other grocery chains?
  10. Availability of Wi-Fi and location of towers? Is there an additional fee or required log-in password?
  11. Availability and cleanliness of restroom and shower facilities? Additional fee for showers?
  12. The newly improved campground at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona will accommodate RVs of all sizes. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

    Where are the restrooms? Some people want to be near the restrooms and/or showers. Others may want to be far away. If it makes a difference to you, make sure you take that into consideration

  13. Pet-friendliness? Limitations on size of dog and breeds?
  14. Where is the sun? And what is its path, relative to how the site is oriented? You may want to avoid a site where the sun will be beating down on your patio area during the late afternoon or evening when you are more likely to be sitting out and enjoying the outdoors.
  15. Look at the traffic pattern within the campground. If you don’t want a lot of cars or foot traffic going past your site, then plan accordingly. Or, if you are an activities person, you may want to try for a spot close to the workshops and auditorium.
  16. Where is the signal? If having satellite TV is important to you, then look for an unobstructed view of the southern sky. Remember that the tradeoff of no trees may mean no shade.
  17. Is there sufficient space? Ideally, you will have a site large enough for your RV and toad/tow vehicle.

Tip: Never stay at an RV park that charges ten dollars and is run by a man with more tattoos than teeth.

Pick Your Spot

The “perfect” campsite is likely to vary from person to person. Think about what you want to do as well as what those in your group want to do and choose accordingly. Although there may be some variations of what you are looking for, you may want to take some of the factors mentioned below into consideration, when choosing the “perfect campsite”.

Selecting a Campsite Checklist

  1. Camping at Thousand Trails Lynchburg Preserve, Virginia. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

    Do I have a preference for a pull-through or back-in site?

  2. What are your electric requirements? 20, 30, or 50-amp service?
  3. Is the breaker box in reasonable condition and does the polarity check out?
  4. Do you require a sewer site?
  5. Is the site long enough?
  6. Is the site wide enough?
  7. Is the site relatively level?
  8. Is the site in a high-traffic area? Near a dumpster? Dump station?
  9. Are there low-hanging branches?
  10. Will I be able to extend all slides?
  11. Will I be able to extend the awning?
  12. Will I be able to open all bins?
  13. Will I be able to obtain a TV satellite signal?
  14. Do I want the afternoon or morning sun?
  15. Where are the utilities located?
  16. Where is the closest Wi-Fi tower?

Note: This is the last of a two-part series on Selecting an RV Park/Campground

Part 1: Tips for Choosing RV Parks/Campgrounds

Worth Pondering…

The only man who makes no mistake is the man who does nothing.

—Theodore Roosevelt

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