Originally Posted by jcrango
We love nature and don't really want to be camped close to others.
"Close" is a relative term. State parks and Corps of Engineers campgrounds usually (but not always) tend to have plenty of green space between you and your neighbors. I shoot for a campsite density of about 4 campsites per acre or less; that usually puts your neighbors about 75-100 feet away. Campsites that are irregularly angled instead of exactly parallel to each other can help block line of sight as well.
When you decide on a campground, look it up on Google Maps or Google Earth's Satellite views. This will give you an idea of how close together the campsites are, and what kind of tree cover you'll have. The best sites, in my opinion, are the ones where you can't even see
the campsites on the Google satellite views for all the trees. Folks who feel obligated to hook up their satellite dishes so they can watch TV tend to prefer less tree cover, but I'm not them.
For newbies, you may want to look for a campground that has pull-through sites for your first outing. That way, backing your trailer into the site doesn't need to be the first
lesson learned. Few CoE campgrounds have pull-throughs, but more State parks do.
Try to find a campground that takes reservations for specific campsites, and make a reservation before you pick up the trailer. For State and National parks, try ReserveAmerica, for Corps of Engineers and BLM sites, try Reservations.gov. Campgrounds that offer reservations but assign you a site when you arrive mean that you don't necessarily get the site you want. Campgrounds that are strictly first-come, first-served should be avoided lest you arrive only to find out there's no room for you. When you're retired and own your own RV first-come, first-served is less of a vacation-breaker if you end up having to go elsewhere, but in my opinion working people with limited time off should always have site-specific reservations to minimize unpleasant surprises. That was certainly the case when I
was still working!