What Makes an RV Park A Five-Star Resort?

A key factor in planning an RV road trip is selecting RV parks and resorts.

Choosing an RV park sight unseen can be like playing the lottery. Many parks and resorts feature a variety of amenities, entertainment, and fun activities for the entire family and cultivate an atmosphere that’s welcoming for all ages enabling families to enjoy quality time together.

Choices for RV parks include luxurious RV resorts, activity-filled family destinations, 55+ parks, secluded natural settings, and basic parks conveniently located for an overnight stay. The quality varies from budget to high end resorts. And prices also run the gamut.

You know you’re pulling into a quality RV resort when the pull-through sites are long and spacious. Pictured above Columbia Sun RV Resort, Kennewick, Washington. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

You know you’re pulling into a quality RV resort when the pull-through sites are long and spacious. Pictured above Columbia Sun RV Resort, Kennewick, Washington. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

If you’re looking for a five-star RV resort with all the amenities including 50-amp electric, water, sewer, cable TV, and Wi-Fi, there are several things to consider before making your decision.

When it comes to choosing an RV park, you deserve the best. Here’s how you can tell which RV parks are truly five-star resorts.

Quality Customer Service

Front desk staff should greet guests with a smile. Quality RV resorts hire staff that are good at customer interaction and have a great attitude. Staff should be well-trained and knowledgeable about RVing, the park, and local area.

Adequate Space Between Sites

A five-star RV resort should provide adequate space between sites with attractive landscaping that provide guests a sense of privacy and some breathing room.

A five-star RV resort offers up-to-date utilities that are centrally located. . One should not have to unhook the toad in order to line up the rig to the sewer utility. Pictured above Texas Lakeside RV Resort, Port Lavaca, Texas. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A five-star RV resort offers up-to-date utilities that are centrally located. . One should not have to unhook the toad in order to line up the rig to the sewer utility. Pictured above Texas Lakeside RV Resort, Port Lavaca, Texas. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Pull-through Sites Are Spacious and Well Maintained

You know you’re pulling into a quality RV resort when the pull-through sites are long and spacious. A huge, defined site makes parking so much easier, no matter the type of recreational vehicle.

Utilities Are Centrally Located & Up-to-date

Dumping waste is not something most of us really want to have to deal with. But, we have no choice. When an RV park offers up-to-date connections that are conveniently located, it makes the job that much easier. One should not have to unhook the toad in order to line up the rig to the sewer utility. The better resorts offer the choice of two sewer connections.

Wi-Fi

No longer a nice-to-have, Wi-Fi is an essential utility. A five-star RV resort should have quality Internet available at all RV sites. You should not have to lug your laptop and everything else you need to the clubhouse or Internet “hot spot ” to get online. The internet is a daily tool after all, and Wi-Fi is like the new electricity. And don’t nickel-and-dime me for this essential utility.

A five-star RV resort should provide adequate space between sites with attractive landscaping that provide guests a sense of privacy and some breathing room. At 7 Feathers Casino RV Resort in Canyonville, Oregon, landscaping between sites consists of birch trees and varying sizes of shrubs including flowering rhododendrons. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A five-star RV resort should provide adequate space between sites with attractive landscaping that provide guests a sense of privacy and some breathing room. At 7 Feathers Casino RV Resort in Canyonville, Oregon, landscaping between sites consists of birch trees and varying sizes of shrubs including flowering rhododendrons. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Convenient Way To Dispose of Trash

Trash stinks, so of course, you’ll want to be able to easily dispose of it. It’s always a plus if the bin is within easy walking distance from your site or—even better—if your trash is picked up.

Laundry Facilities Are Clean and Well Maintained

A five-star RV park provides a clean laundry room with an ample number of easy-to-use washers and dryers. The laundry room is conveniently located and all appliances are well maintained and in good working condition at all times.

Picnic Tables

Picnic tables are a must when it comes to camping. A quality RV park will provide one in good condition. You don’t need to eat at the table—you can just sit and relax or work, read, play games, or enjoy a conversation while soaking in the surroundings.

Big-rig friendly, Durango RV Resort (Red Bluff, California) is a 5-star resort located on the Sacramento River. Most sites are pull-through 70-90 feet in length and 30-35 feet wide. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Big-rig friendly, Durango RV Resort (Red Bluff, California) is a 5-star resort located on the Sacramento River. Most sites are pull-through 70-90 feet in length and 30-35 feet wide. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Pet Area

An estimated 60 percent of RVers travel with their pets. A quality RV resort provides a dog park where Fido can frolic after being cooped up in an RV for an extended period of time. A fenced-in dog run and exercise area enables canines to run around leash free. A pet agility area with tunnels, hoops to jump through, teter-toters, ramps, a dog wash, and drinking fountain is an added bonus for your four-legged companion.

Please Note: This is part of an on-going series on 5 Star RV Resorts

Worth Pondering…

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.

—John Ruskin

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