Needing a place to camp along I-40 near Winslow, AZ. I consulted a campground directory (which will remain nameless) and listed an RV park that we felt would meet our needs.
The directory listed the campground as having electric sites and non-electric sites with potable water available at the dump station. Since the campsites weren’t listed as having water available (and we were in need of water), our first stop after arriving was filling the potable water tank.
Passing the first couple of sites, we noticed each site had a water spigot contrary to what the campground directory stated (the camp hosts and others that watched me fill my tank, then proceed to a site with water and electric, probably took me for an idiot.)
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We then spied a few choice spots up on a rise and could clearly see the power pedestal. Assuming these were water and electric sites, we pulled into one only to find a sign stating “Non-Electric Site.” Mind you, this sign was attached to the power pedestal. Continuing around the campground loop we came upon another space that appeared suitable. I stepped out of my tow vehicle, took a look at the power pedestal to ensure it could receive power, and confirming that it did, we pulled into the space and set up camp that included hooking up to water.
Now, I have been RVing most of my life and I have been able to interpret campground listings fairly well. No Hook ups, electric, and water, or electric and full hook-ups are the standard. Yet, after my attempt to navigate the services this time around, I felt a little bewildered and a lot like a novice.
Comprehensive campground listings are an important part to enjoying the most of your time on the road. Had I checked other campground directories, I would have received the correct, updated information. I also recommend planning in advance. When researching online, it`s important to gain all the valuable insight from other RVer’s reviews and/or determine the list of amenities to meet your needs. Its also a good idea to even contact (via email) the campground to make reservations or for further inquiries.
Interpreting campground listings and signs are just another mysterious adventure in RVing!