Ask Your Friends and Family
The best recommendations for places to stay often come from friends and family. RV owners are a naturally helpful group of people. If you are considering visiting a new city or area of the country, ask another RVer and you will get some great suggestions on places to stay.
Be advised that Uncle Joe's idea of the perfect place to stay may not be what you imagined for yourself. You may get suggestions on places to stay prefaced with the words “wonderful” or “perfect,” and then find yourself wondering if the person making the suggestion was even staying at the same campground.
What if I find that a park has been deceptive in advertising?
If you find a park in a campground directory making a false claim for services or facilities, you can notify the publisher of the directory. These publications need to keep the trust of their users so that they will be willing to buy an updated future edition.
Another great place to get honest information on the pros and cons of RV parks is the Internet. One of the best places to get unbiased reviews of RV parks and campgrounds is on the Web site
The site is organized by state and then by city (the city nearest the park if it is in a rural area). This could be a great place to get a recommendation for parks in an area you are unfamiliar with or in an area you have visited but were unhappy with the place you stayed.
As with any recommendation, these reviews are based on the needs and perceptions of the person writing the review. Their needs and expectations may be very different, but overall, most are honest and straightforward in their comments. Consider the following comments on the same park in the Phoenix, Arizona, area.
“This is a very interesting park, considering it is next to Picacho Peak (a national monument) and approximately halfway between Tucson and Phoenix, and only a short distance to Casa Grande and the old Casa Grande ruins. We stay there every chance we get.”
“Why the low rating? Because of noise from I-10. We were given a site that backed up to the freeway and we did not sleep a wink as semi-trucks and traffic zoomed by all night long. Our RV literally shook and vibrated from the racket. We left the next morning. If you stay here, be sure to ask for a site in the back. We won't return.”