North America has the largest and most mature network of RV camping resorts in the world. There are more than 12 000 privately owned RV parks and over 1600 state parks that cater to RVers in the USA, so many, in fact, it is difficult to know where to begin… But RV-Camping.org is a pretty good place to start.
RV parks in the US come in all shapes and sizes and with a huge range of facilities. You can stay in an out-of-the-way rustic location with little or no service hookups, as often found in state/provincial parks and national parks, or venture into a luxury RV resort with amenities that rival fine hotels.
While most RV parks are open to all-comers and rent spaces on a nightly or weekly basis, much like a motel or hotel and a few parks operate on a time-share basis, some high-end resorts restrict the type of RV that can stay. The criteria seem to include length and age, for example, 38 feet or longer and built more recently than, say, 2011.
Overnight rates for most North American RV parks are USD15 to 50, although some in city and country parks may be USD10 or less, even free. The luxury resorts will be proportionally more expensive.
Most RV camping resorts are independent or operated by a government entity, national or state. Kampgrounds of America (KOA), is the largest and best-known chain of RV parks. You can find them here http://koa.com/rv-sites/.
The National Parks Service provides superb information on everything from reservations to dump stations and generator use and from maximum RV / trailer lengths to salient advice on food storage, this from the site on Yosemite National Park “Food storage: You may store food in hard-sided RVs and trailers, as long the food is out of sight, and windows, doors, and vents are closed when you’re not in your campsite. Food may not be stored in pop-up or tent trailers, or other soft-sided campers.”
Many of these parks offer WiFi hotspot access on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis; occasionally, WiFi is included in the campsite fee.
Membership Campground Networks
Membership campground networks like Thousand Trails operate like clubs, with members paying an initial membership fee and annual dues. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resorts is another example.
Good Sam Parks are a membership-endorsed collection of mostly independently owned RV campgrounds. The Good Sam Club is a large association of US RVers that is operated for profit by the Affinity Group, Inc. They also provide insurance, finance and extended warranty services.
Finding RV Camping Resorts
Online RV directories are provided by MobileRVing.com, eCampGuide, CampRate, Reserve RV, RVThereYet, RVParkReviews, AmericaOnWheels.com http://www.rv-camping.org/ and others. Mobile Apps are available as well, including the MobileRVing Mobile App and they can be used as a directory of RV Parks as well.
For those who prefer printed material, one can find listings of RV parks in the annual directories by Woodall’s and Trailer Life Magazine.
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