If you ask any well-traveled camper at our RV park in Salem, they’ll more than likely tell you that every RV park is different. Not only does each park offer a variety of campsites, amenities, and features, they can range from well-appointed resorts to rustic sites surrounded by stunning scenery. However, before you choose a spot to park your vehicle, it’s important to know what you’re looking for to ensure you have the best experience possible. Here are some tips to help you pick the right RV park campsite for your next adventure.
Tip #1: Consider your expectations
A great first step in choosing the right campsite for you is to decide what you want and need in an RV park. If you’re unsure where to begin, start by thinking about what sort of experience you are looking for. Do you want a relaxing retreat in a peaceful location, unplugged from all devices? Or do you prefer a more communal experience as well as connectivity? Are there any family-friendly activities or amenities that you want to be close to? Do you prefer a camping spot with full hookups, or do you want to go dry camping? How many amps of power does your rig require? Do you have a pet with you? (Different RV parks have different regulations regarding pets.) Knowing the answers to these types of questions will help you decide which RV park to choose.
Tip #2: Do your research
Once you know the type of RV park that you’re looking for, it’s time to do some research. First, look up RV parks in the general area that you’ll be stopping in. Then, check out the park’s website for information on what amenities each site has to offer and what they charge. If you want to know what former (and current) guests have to say, check out review websites such as Yelp, Tripadvisor, and Good Sam. (Note: Good Sam offers an RV park and campsite search option.) These sites can highlight potential pros and cons of a certain park or campsite. You can also head to your local library or bookstore for RV travel guides and magazines for more reviews and ratings.
Tip #3: Know your budget
Next, establish how much you are willing to spend during your RV adventure. While staying at an RV park is usually less expensive than a hotel, each park does vary in price. While planning your trip, figure out how much you are willing to spend and then see which RV parks also fit your budget. Also factor in other expenses like food and sightseeing. More affordable options may not offer as many amenities, so be sure to compare different parks so you can weigh all your options.
Tip #4: Reserve early
Once you know what RV park or campsite you want to stay at, be sure to call or book online as soon as possible. By making a reservation in advance, you can avoid having to settle for a less desirable camping spot, or any major last-minute change of plans. Some RV parks are very popular, so reservations are often required to get a spot. Calling also has its benefits, as you can speak to a park employee and discuss your rig’s specifications (length, width, and height) to see which sites work the best for you logistically.
We hope you’ll keep these tips in mind when considering your next RV adventure. For more information on our facilities and amenities, go here.