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Old 06-23-2016, 12:38 PM   #1
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Finding the right park.

Just returned from our Spring trip and suspect a better plan was needed.

We are full hook up users, like a family environment, and prefer a view of grass, trees and an organized landscape. We like a cool breeze, water and laughter rather that screams.

So, how do you investigate potential RV parks and chose your nightly stay-cation site? How do you find parks far enough away from train tracks, highways, and similar noise pollution? How do you avoid site pack intrusion? How do you optimize services you use and minimize services that are of no value to you?

How do you do better than this? Pat
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Old 06-23-2016, 12:44 PM   #2
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We just try different parks until we find one we like. If we don't like it we don't go back, if we like it we remember it for future trips. Some parks we've been back to every year, some we would go back but have chosen to try something else, and others we won't go back to because they're not the right fit for us. So far we haven't had to pack up and leave a bad park, but I would if the conditions were bad enough.

I do find that looking at photos of the park are helpful, not the photos that the park posts on their own website, but visitor photo's. Just type on the park name in google images and see what there is to see. The park will show only it's best sites from the best angles, but visitors photo's will usually be more honest. I saw a park recently that looked nice but the photos online showed a huge bonfire with drunk college kids funneling beers, not for us!

Keep trying, half the adventure is visiting new places and experiencing new locations!
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Old 06-23-2016, 12:55 PM   #3
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I check google earth then look for park reviews and photos
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Old 06-23-2016, 01:03 PM   #4
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I like using the Allstays Camp & RV app. Use the filters to show only 4 stars and higher campgrounds. After that, post reviews of your experiences through the app to help others such as yourself avoid or visit places.
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Old 06-23-2016, 01:08 PM   #5
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We use www.rvparkreviews.com all the time on the road.

I also try and submit my reviews whenever possible. We find it is pretty accurate.
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Old 06-23-2016, 01:15 PM   #6
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In addition to the many other good suggestions above, I read the reviews on Trip Advisor.

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Old 06-23-2016, 03:52 PM   #7
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We have looked at the online reviews and they often help; Thanks to those of you who post your experience.

The Google maps help as well, but when on the road, WiFi is a bit iffy and it is not always possible to do a detailed investigation.

We have not tried the Allstays App. Are those ratings done by user review or the company that runs the service?

Our standard practice is to identify a park that looks good on paper and check it out. If it looks acceptable we'll try it for a night and stay another day if we like it.

Appreciate you offering your experience. Pat
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Old 06-23-2016, 04:16 PM   #8
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The reviews are an aggregate of user review sites, i.e trip advisor, rvparksviews, etc... This is a great app that pays for itself with constant free updates.

Before anyone ask, I have no affiliation with the company that makes this app.
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Another option...

https://www.campendium.com/
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Old 06-24-2016, 01:02 PM   #10
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So much for boon-docking. LOL

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Old 06-24-2016, 01:25 PM   #11
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What's wrong with boondocking occasionally? Sometimes it is the only or best option.
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:39 PM   #12
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Goggle RV parks at the town where we want to stop then check the reviews. Its worked well for us traveling in a 40ft MH and now in our AS.
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Old 06-24-2016, 08:56 PM   #13
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Boondocking? It was 100F through OR & WA. Not good without power.

Then there is the Happy Wife = Happy Life = FHU acquisition.

Hence the good park investigation plan development objective.

Thank you for your help. Pat
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cool, rvpark reviews shows 4 stars for my park, not bad for a 50 year old park
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