Those of you that follow this blog on a regular basis know my first choice of campsite is in the boondocks, followed by public campgrounds, with private RV parks coming in third. The thing about boondocking and public campgrounds is there are very seldom any boundaries to hem you in allowing you to roam freely from your campsite. If you are a wanderlust like me then you will want to know about a new website that lists only public campgrounds across North America. UltimateCampgrounds.com describes itself as “The largest list of public campgrounds that you will find anywhere!” Following is a partial list of the government operated campgrounds that are included on the site: Corps of Engineers, Military, State, County, City, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Tennessee Valley Authority and National Parks. Currently the site contains data on over 22,000 campgrounds. In comparison, the average printed campground directory lists about 16,000 private and public campgrounds. Best of all is that the campgrounds are shown on an interactive map allowing you to easily locate campgrounds along your route. Once you have found a campground convenient to your travels, a quick click of your mouse provides the details such as number and type of spaces, fees, nearest city, availability of water, sewer, etc. While driving directions aren’t provided on the website, searching the campground name and nearest city via GoogleEarth will quickly take you there providing navigation coordinates and an aerial view of the campground.
Planning the ultimate RV trip via UltimateCampgronds.com, just another adventure in RVing!
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.