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ReneeG

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A lot of excellent suggestions here, but your original comment on now that you have a fifth wheel you have to be more selective on hookups, etc. There is nothing better than using the full capacity of your self contained unit to go camping. The joy is being to go anywhere you can maneuver it and fit because you're towing everything you need - water, holding tanks, propane for cooking and heating. We enjoy dispersed camping more than RV parks and avoid them as much as possible. When we want hookups we opt for state campgrounds. Enjoy!

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I carry a two volume set of 'Don Wrights Guide to Free and Under $12.00 a night campgrounds" with me at all times. It is my primary means of locating camping opportunities. If I can't LOCATE a campground near where I want to stay I get out my Passport America book and find the nearest Passport RV Park. The only time I stay in RV parks is when a campground is not available.


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On a related question, What is the best method you have found for locating privately owned campgrounds?

Some of our favorites have been the mom-and-pop places. Unfortunately most of the sites and apps focus primarily on public locations. I do love our State and National Parks but it is nice to get to places with full hookups once in a while.


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phenrichs wrote:

On a related question, What is the best method you have found for locating privately owned campgrounds?

Some of our favorites have been the mom-and-pop places. Unfortunately most of the sites and apps focus primarily on public locations. I do love our State and National Parks but it is nice to get to places with full hookups once in a while.

Have you looked at the sites listed in this thread? All but one or two are listings for privately owned campgrounds.


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HI,
We usually start with rvparkreviews.com to be sure the facilities meet our needs. We also check with Passport America to see if any coincide. Depending on the park, we may call ahead to be sure they can fit our 38' FW.

I know what you mean about going from tents to a rig - we used to be able to set-up in any spot, now it takes a bit more planning.

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skipnchar wrote:

I carry a two volume set of 'Don Wrights Guide to Free and Under $12.00 a night campgrounds" with me at all times. It is my primary means of locating camping opportunities. If I can't LOCATE a campground near where I want to stay I get out my Passport America book and find the nearest Passport RV Park. The only time I stay in RV parks is when a campground is not available.
These are great books, however I suspect they are out of print since the price for them on Amazon is out of sight - a new copy of the Western one is $114.95! I guess I have quite an investment since even used is going for $44.96!

Amazon does list a 14th edition that appears to combine the West & East with a publication date of June, 2011, but it doesn't seem to be available, at least at Amazon.

As to private campgrounds, the Woodalls book is good as long as you can deal with all the ads, inserts, etc. I just found out that AAA has dropped their campbooks and is now using Woodalls. Too bad, I liked the AAA version.

As to apps, the AllStays Camp & RV app has filters that can be used to select the type of campground you want. I use it when traveling off season to find year round campgrounds.


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That is an awesome set of responses. Thanks to all! I've seen one or two before, but there are ton's of new ones to investigate here.

Thanks again everyone

ReneeG, your point is very valid and we do intend to do some "un-tetheered" camping at a few places that we like to ride dirt bikes (my 5er is a toy hauler). I need to get a small gen first though.

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Trailer Life directory when on the road winging it, rvparkreviews when planning a "planned" trip or an extended stay somewhere.

I have a couple of free campground finding iOS apps (from GS affiliates) and at least one I paid for, but they are on an iPod Touch so I need a wifi connection to the Internet to use them. They'd be more useful on a phone.

In Texas I also use the state's Public Campgrounds guide, in Oklahoma and Arkansas a state published outdoor recreation guide that lists both public and privately owned facilities.

In most states an association of RV park and campground owners (sometime marina owners get in on it) publishes a guide to the facilities owned by members. I use those too, where I find them. Usually the name is something containing ARVA or ARCA, but in Texas it is TACO.

I stop at information centers when I enter a new state, or return to one I haven't visited for a while, to see which of these guides are available. They sometimes also have a rack full of brochures from individual parks, campgrounds, and marinas.

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This link is the best site that I have found for finding campgrounds in a location -

http://www.epgsoft.com/CampgroundMap/

You put in a state or a city/town in a state and then look at the map - all campgrounds - commercial and public are shown with symbols on the map - and you can enlarge the view and see others further out. Each symbol contains a link to RVparkreviews and you can get the details about the campground. All nice and easy - and right there. The site also works on an Android browser on a smartphone.


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