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Those interested in dipping a toe in the RV lifestyle can rent an RV and experience an RV park for themselves. [© Jupiter Images, 2009]
© Jupiter Images, 2009
Those interested in dipping a toe in the RV lifestyle can rent an RV and experience an RV park for themselves.

Camping at an RV park is an ever-popular way to vacation. Many RVers feel that taking an RV vacation is less expensive than a traditional vacation. According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), 75 percent of RVers believe they save 25 percent when vacationing in an RV versus a traditional vacation involving a rental car, hotel and dining. RV parks can be found in every state in the United States, and can be privately owned or open to the public. RV parks are often owned by private individuals or businesses, while public RV campgrounds are often found in or near county, state or national parks. RV campgrounds may be shared by RVers and tent and cabin campers, and are often located near attractions such as amusement parks, beaches, national parks and even metropolitan areas.

RV parks are not just for those who own an RV. Those looking to get into the RV lifestyle are able to rent an RV to try it out and experience a RV park for themselves.

RV Park Amenities

When traveling to an RV park or campground, RVers can get just the basics or have all of the comforts of home, and then some. RV park amenities range from a basic water, sewage, and electric hookup, to ultra luxurious amenities found at RV resorts. It is best to check with each individual RV park to find out exactly what type of amenities they offer. Some common RV park amenities are swimming areas (including pools, lakes or ponds), playgrounds, shower facilities, laundry facilities, cable/satellite television hookups, and Internet connection. Many RV parks also offer theme weekends, group activities (such as movie or game nights), and the chance to meet new friends and create memories that will last a lifetime. RV campgrounds typically offer water, sewage and electric hookups and may offer some or all of the above amenities as well.

Reservations Needed?

Most RV parks operate on a first-come first served basis. As such, reservations are recommended. Many RV parks have Web sites or phone numbers where RVers can make a reservation. It is best to check with the specific park to find out the reservation policy.

RV Park Chains and Public Lands

Go Rving.com lists the following national chains and franchises as trusted places to camp with an RV: 1000 Trails, Kampgrounds of America (KOA), Leisure Systems, Inc., Yogi Bears Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, and Outdoor Resorts of America, Incorporated. 1000 Trails is a private membership-based RV park. It has locations throughout the United States and offers RV sites and cabin/cottage rentals available for those who wish to stay for a weekend or for many weeks at a time. Kampgrounds of America (KOA) offers RV sites, as well as Kamping Kabin and Kamping Lodge rentals, and tent sites. KOA campgrounds can be found in all 50 states plus Canada. Yogi Bears Jellystone Park Camp-Resort also has locations throughout the United States and offers tent and RV sites as well as cabin rental. Outdoor Resorts of America, Inc. sites are located in Arkansas, California, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia and feature only RV accommodations.

Go Rving.com also lists public land areas where RV users can camp. RVers can camp on public land in the national parks, national forests, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recreational sites, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project sites, and National Wildlife Refuge sites. More than 29,000 campsites are available at 440 national parks via the National Park Service. The National Forest Service has 4,300 campgrounds available. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offers a variety of scenic locations in the western United States for camping. Two of the more interesting government agencies to offer campsites are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Wildlife Refuges. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campsites are primarily located near bodies of water created by the corps' projects, while camping in a National Wildlife Refuge area is permitted only in select areas where it will cause no harm to the environment.

Other Considerations

When selecting an RV park, RVers may want to consider what their specific destination is. For instance, is the RV park the primary destination or will it be serving as a base for day-trips? RVers may also want to consider the type of clientele the park caters to and rules of the RV park.

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