I have used this site for many years to help determain where our family should go on our next adventure. Even when we have no specific destination in mind I will review campgrounds and say, "Let's go...
I was planning a trip to the Florida, Keys for our son's birthday. I found a campground that had EVERYTHING!! On the website it looked and sounded incredible. A couple of not so great reviews, mostly noise related. But maybe it would be ok. When I called the staff openly admitted to loud partying and music all night long throughout the CG. As this is NOT what we wanted I found a different place. When we got there, WOW! What a great campground! Not one of those live-ins they call a campground. As we traveled through the Keys we saw the first campground and OMG!! It looked like tent city with tarps, sofas, chairs etc. all over the place! Then people where telling us that at night you have to secure and alarm ALL your belongings or they grow legs and walk away!! (Bathing suits included!!) A posted picture of this campground and it would NEVER have even been a thought.
We all know "a picture is worth a thousand words".
Although it's true someone could submit a photo that is inaccurate because they work for/own the campground or just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, it really is no different then what someone can write. With all the reviews that the admin says come in daily, shortly there would be someone to dispute the photo or review. When searching for a campground I check the ratings, if they have gone from 9's, 10's, etc. to a 1 that kind of tells me something. MAYBE it's the reviewer. If I read a negative review I always check for additional reviews submitted by that RVer. If they are all negative... well
they must always get out of bed on the wrong side. But considering we have enough sense to drive and manuevering big rigs, fifth wheels, etc... (ok maybe not me, I go along for the ride
) we should use a little common sense whether we are reading reviews or looking at pictures. Look at the campgrounds website, look through images on a Google search. We Google satelite a campground before we go to see what we can see.
If good campgrounds are important to us then we can't JUST rely on the opinion of someone else. These reviews should be thought of as a "helping hand" but an opinion nonetheless.
We unfortuantely are not full timers (yet)
so when we can get away it is important to me to go somewhere our family will enjoy. As true and honest reviewers we should post positive AND negative. What may not matter to me, might to the next reader. A campground owner is not going to want to post any negative, as it may deter potenial campers. As a p/t camper I want to know both so I can determine what is important to me or not. Since we enjoy camping and the relaxation it provides, look around... see what you can see... then let us know. And I say post a few pics.