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post Nov 7 2010, 10:41 PM
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I would say that we rate RV Parks higher when the following conditions exist at the park.

1. A smile and relatively quick in help set the mood for the campground
2. We like quiet and not freeways. Unfortunately many good parks locate in relatively noisy places. I am sure this is because many like quick access to campgrounds.
3. Having a nice place to sit outside your coach is certainly welcome.
4. 50amp service.
5. Not so many trees that they block all sat use.
6. Park wifi
7. Sewers that are set up to drain without having to use the ramp.
8. Parents that keep screaming horrendously loud kids toned down. I did not say quiet, but please no constant screaming late at night.
9. Dog pooh gets picked up.
10. No vicious dogs.
11. Prices should not creep too high. When you can stay at a Best Western for less the park is way too high.


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post Nov 8 2010, 09:01 AM
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I'm not sure why a park would get a lower rating because a fellow camper has a screaming child. That has nothing to do with the park itself but the people camping there. Also, it is the campers that don't pick up dog poo not the campground employees. I don't understand why either of those things should cause any campground a lower rating. We can't control everyone that stays with us.
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post Nov 8 2010, 09:22 AM
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I would think it is more a problem when it seems to be on-going. If a group of campers are being loud for a looooong time, management knows about it, and does nothing. If management doesn't keep on top of dog owners picking up, then the campground can get gross.


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post Nov 13 2010, 09:54 PM
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First we check rvparkreviews to get a general idea of how others view the park, but far more important is that the reviews, the printed guides and other info gives a good feeling about the park.

We appreciate good signage, clearly demarcated sites with adequate spacing between them and no trees for satellite reception. We could care less about restrooms, showers and laundry as we have all that with us. In general we find the parks that appeal to weekenders and vacationers aren't the best, but the ones where the travel trailer crowd is complaining about the noise and the permanents are quite acceptable as we fulltime year after year traveling around the country, following the seasons. I guess it is to each his own.
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post Nov 13 2010, 09:57 PM
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QUOTE(Bob-Linda @ Nov 13 2010, 08:54 PM) *
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lol! I just find that funny.... and I are one!




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post Nov 15 2010, 04:52 PM
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I'm definitely for scenic places that are reasonably quiet with ample space between RVs. Clean bathrooms are not so important because we mainly use our own, however they are usually a sign that the campground is well maintained.

Some open space is nice since we travel with our dogs and enjoy either playing Frisbee to give them needed exercise or a place to go for walks. I love children, but don't particularly want them zigzagging through my campsite because of my dogs and a reasonable quiet time at night is nice for some ambiance to relax outside.

I'm a fan of state parks because they are such for a reason. The downside is they are high traffic areas and sometimes not policed against rowdy campers.

And...dependable wifi is pretty important since I run a business at home, especially if I do not have good cell service to read my emails.




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post Dec 2 2010, 09:32 PM
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As a full time RVer in a travel trailer, we use our own shower. (We rebuilt it to suit us) We look for wide spaces since we have the trailer at 37 feet, the truck and a car we need more space. We also like peace and quiet but are not fanatical about it. We don't mind an occasional dog bark or kids playing. We DO mind when dog owners do not pick up after their pets! This is a big issue and I think that campgrounds should look at eviction for violaters more often for this infraction. We don't mind if you play your music or have some friends over and bar b q or have a good time but please remember that most parks have quiet times and if they don't 10 pm is just good manners! I look for good laundry facilities. A pool is nice and wi-fi is a plus. Cable TV is a real nice feature since setting up the dish can sometimes be a hassle for just one or two nights. Price is always an issue. If you charge premium prices, need to have premium facilites.
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post Dec 16 2010, 09:38 PM
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We've got quite a few reasons to rate a campground as, "Good". It usually depends on location. Unfortunately some places just don't have what I would rate as a, "Top" campground. We are not retired, my wife and I both still teach, so 90% of our long term travel is done during summer months followed by Christmas, Spring Break then 3-4 day weekend getaways. All that being said , when we look for a place security is the top priority, followed be facility/grounds upkeep. Upkeep to include hook-ups, sanitation facilities, interior roads, and sites. As far as Wifi goes if we are moving from place to place fairly quickly it's not always mandatory, Most of the time I can get a phone signal and do all need from my phone. If nothing is provided we usually know well ahead of time and plan accordingly. TV usually doesn't matter too much, as long as I have somehow to get the news occasionally. For me it usually come down to planning, if we are planning a long term stay, I make sure everything we need is there. I usually don't even trust this webisite that much. If it's a sure stay, a day or so and I don't do my planning, I don't have anyone to blame but myself. Somethings are out of our control, and the best rated places can provide a different experience each time anyone stays there. So ultimately it comes down to the Staff you have to deal with and how they run their park. I've been to some places that provided nothing but a site, we ran generators the whole time and had a blast. The other hand, been to places that were supposed to be the, "bees knees" and not could wait to leave... and in fact we left some places early, due to staff/owners and or upkeep. Check out this Ocean Lakes Picture, I loved that place, and how it came alive at night.Attached Image


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post Dec 20 2010, 11:25 PM
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After 24 years owning a campground I can personaly say what makes a good campground is the owner! biggrin.gif
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post Dec 21 2010, 08:21 AM
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QUOTE(J. Bever @ Dec 21 2010, 01:25 AM) *

After 24 years owning a campground I can personaly say what makes a good campground is the owner! biggrin.gif


And/or Manager rolleyes.gif biggrin.gif
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post Dec 21 2010, 11:27 AM
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Agreed!!
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post Dec 21 2010, 11:44 AM
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QUOTE(dalsgal @ Dec 21 2010, 07:21 AM) *

And/or Manager rolleyes.gif biggrin.gif


Owner, manager... basically, whoever is actually at the campground and in charge.


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post Dec 21 2010, 08:38 PM
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My favorite campground has a well lighted parking area, completely paved parking, very large shopping area with full grocery, fresh produce, camping department, clean restrooms (no showers), overnight security with cameras, waterfront site (retention ponds), free pricing, interesting people, 4,100 locations, great atlas, complementary shopping carts, senior priced morning coffee, no hookups, wooded sites, international cliental, and many other features too numerous to enumerate here. The name of this campground chain is of course Wal-mart.


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