Do you have the travel bug? Traveling by RV is one of the best ways to see the US, Canada, and Mexico. However, with demand at an all-time high, winging it probably isn’t the best idea. So how do you find the best RV parks? We have 5 helpful websites and apps to help you do just that!
Why Camp at an RV Park?
First, let’s review why you’d want to stay at an RV park over other types of camping. RV parks are typically easier to figure out and have more amenities than a state or national park. They are definitely more RV newbie-friendly than boondocking on free land. RV parks vary in level of amenities, but most have level paved or gravel spots making it easier to park and get your RV level.
In addition, RV parks tend to have full hookups, making it less stressful to deal with tanks, emptying, and running appliances off alternative power. You can plug in and use your rig like you’re in your house! Lastly, RV parks have staff that can help you with any questions you might have.
Now, how do you find these awesome RV parks? Let’s dive in.
How to Find the Best RV Parks
Campgrounds.RVlife.com is a free website owned by RV LIFE that offers user-generated campground reviews and photos. There are over 20,000 campgrounds and over 100,000 reviews that list “top tips.” Also, there is a forum where you can ask questions and connect with other RVers. There are over 373,000 members registered on the forums.
If you create a free account you have access to additional information as well. There are a ton of reviews on this site since it is one of the oldest resources available for RVers and campers. However, because of that some of the reviews are not up to date with the current status of the park. Just be sure to check the date of the review!
And, if you’re an RV LIFE Pro member, you’ll get ad-free access to Campgrounds.RVlife.com!
Campendium is another website and app you can use to find the best RV parks. It has maps with blue pinpoints for RV parks, green for public land, purple for parking lots, and yellow for dump stations. You can search by name of park, city, or map. This is a company founded by full-time RVers so they know what people want to see in a review.
This site is a little more professional in design, but it is for-profit so there are ads and links to gear. If you upgrade to a paid version ($20/year), you get cell coverage maps, ad-free experience, trail map layers, and public land overlays. This is a great one to use if you decide to boondock as well!
#3 RV Parky
RV Parky is a website and app built by a full-time RVer. It is more “directory” in nature, with listings very brief and in an icon format. It allows for photos and reviews from users. Much more straightforward, but also free!
#4 The Dyrt
The Dyrt is a website and an app for finding the best RV parks. This option is more aimed at state and national park reviews. They also seem to be targeting the younger tenting crowd vs. high-end RV parks. Either way, there is a lot of content on this website with useful information. There is usually a Dyrt writer description for a location and then reviews from actual users.
#5 Good Sam
Good Sam has printed guides for those that prefer to look at a book or go out of the internet range frequently. However, they have also entered the digital realm of campground reviews as well. Good Sam offers a lot of RVer amenities like discounts and coupons, and this piggybacks onto that. Reviews are a little sparse on the online option but can be an additional area to look for insight onto RV Parks that may appeal to your needs.
Finding the best RV Parks used to be challenging. Now with the help of many online and app resources, you can find reviews of parks close to where you want to go. All of these options allow you to view amenities, get phone numbers and rates, and even see photos and videos before you decide to book. Other RVers have done the legwork for you so that you can find the park and even the space of your camping dreams!
Now that you know how to find the best RV park, make sure you have all of the right accessories with our article on 10 RV Accessories Every RV Newbie Should Own!