Apr 162016
 

Every night, a new RV camping site. Well, maybe not every night but we’ll certainly be needing them once we begin this venture. The question is,

  • Where are they?
  • How do we find them?
  • What facilities can we expect to find there?
  • How much do they cost?

More importantly, as we travel across borders will they be called the same thing…

An RV resort or park is like a traditional caravan park, it’s a place to park for the night. In this sense, there is nothing new under the sun, just the facilities available and the rules that apply to our being there.

Like the caravan parks of old, there are usually powered sites and unpowered sites available. Sometimes these resorts are referred to as RV campgrounds but this is a bit disingenuous as they quite often have no tent sites. We think it might be a harking back to the days when an RV was a simple camper van, much as we find available for the back packer market in Austraila, New Zealand and South Africa these days.

But the motorhome holiday parks now sometimes rival 5-star luxury resorts in their amenities and locations. Have you experienced one? Tell us about it on the form at the bottom of the page.

RV Camping Site Facilities

At a minimum, you should expect the following services at anything calling itself a motor home park.

  • AC power connection (usually rated by capacity such as 15, 20, 30 or 50 amperes)
  • Drinking water connection
  • Sewer connection
  • Television connection (relevant to local area standards)
  • WiFi Hotspot (Wi-Fi)
  • Telephone connection (rare outside North America)
Generally, you should find these amenities in the park, at a minimum Facilities in more “up-market” grounds, may include
  • Barbecue area
  • Dump station
  • Picnic tables
  • Laundry
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Bar/restaurant
  • Bathhouses
  • Convenience store
  • Exercise equipment
  • Gift shop
  • Golf Courses
  • Hot tubs / Swimming pool
  • Recreation Hall

Naturally, these will differ from region to region and, within those, country to country so we’ve created pages specifically for Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe to start our research on the networks available. If you have experience of RV parks outside these regions, please add them in the comments section and we’ll move them to a new section as we build up the necessary content.

Holidaying or Full-timing?

We are approaching this more from the perspective of the so-called “subculture” of full-timing RVers, people with no fixed abode. We’re just doing it on a global scale!

What interests us, of course, is the length of time that someone is allowed to stay at an RV camping site, which we’re assuming will vary from park to park.

Do You Have a Favourite RV Camping Resort?

Have you stayed in a RV resort recently that left an indelible impression? Do you have tips and tricks on finding and using motor camps worldwide? What advice can you offer to our readers? Please, share it right here!

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