I gave up on using “campground reviews” several years ago. The problem with a review is that the reviewer will have a different RV than mine, want different things in the RV park than I do, have different priorities than I do, and have different driving skills than I do.
So, I call the RV park and ask a series of specific questions that I have developed over the years to help ensure they are offering what I want. I don’t want a review, I want a “current status.” Then, if I make a reservation based on their positive response to my questions, when I get there, if it does not meet my needs, we leave (we just drove away from one last week and I had a reservation to stay there for a week). I have no desire nor obligation to pay money for something I don’t want or that does not do what I needed it to do.
Here’s my real and recent example of why I drove away… I always ask if the site is open to the southern sky (no trees or tall buildings close to my coach. I have a roof-mounted satellite dish for TV and we don’t want the signal blocked. Cable TV is not a solution as we record ALL our shows and watch them later. So, open to the sky is a priority.
The park person told me that a specific site had tall trees on the north side but none on the south side of the site. Great. That’s perfect.
When we arrived and found the site number (before we checked in), the site was surrounded by trees. It looked like the site was in a tunnel under the trees. You couldn’t see the sky! Also, I had specifically told the campground person that we needed a site for a 42-foot motorhome. She assured me that they had put a 45-foot coach in that site AND it was on a concrete pad.
Our second surprise was that the concrete pad was there and would have been perfect for about a 25-foot-long RV. It was just a short pad sort of tucked back in that “tree tunnel.” If our rear wheels were on that pad, the front of our coach would have been stuck out in the cross street at least 6 feet! As I said, we just drove away.
I can’t send you my list of questions I ask because they are not written down and I change them slightly depending on what I know about the park or area. However, if I find myself talking to some office worker who cannot answer my questions, I simply ask for the manager. If there’s no one available with the knowledge about the RV park, I thank them and call the next park.
An Easy Way to Locate an RV Park…
I use Google. Just type in something like “campgrounds moab ut” (you don’t need punctuation or uppercase) and you will get more than you can use. This search works for Canada, too, i.e., “campgrounds prince george bc”. Once the search results show up, I click on “Maps” and that’s the information I want.
I know about the many websites and Apps to locate RV parks and sometimes use these. However, I have found that the Google search usually solves this for me.