Hitting the open road with an RV is an exhilarating experience, giving travelers the freedom to explore without leaving behind the comforts of home. But whether you’re a seasoned RV enthusiast or a newbie just starting your journey, one crucial component can dictate the ease of your adventure: RV park reservations. Here’s a beginner’s guide to help ensure your RV vacation is smooth sailing (or, more aptly, smooth driving!).
1. Know Your RV
Before making a reservation, be fully acquainted with your RV. Important details include:
- Length: RV parks have various site lengths. Ensure your RV fits comfortably.
- Type: Whether you have a Class A, B, C motorhome, fifth wheel, or a travel trailer can affect where you can park.
- Hookup Needs: Familiarize yourself with your RV’s hookup requirements – electric (30 or 50 amp), water, and sewer.
2. Plan Ahead
RVing has surged in popularity, making RV parks, especially popular ones, fill up quickly. It’s wise to:
- Research: Identify potential RV parks along your route.
- Book Early: For popular destinations or peak seasons, consider booking months in advance.
3. Public vs. Private Parks
As we touched on in a previous post, public parks (like National and State Parks) offer a more rustic experience, often at a lower cost but with fewer amenities. Private parks might be pricier but offer more services. Determine what you prefer before booking.
4. Use Reservation Platforms
There are numerous online platforms and apps to help with RV park reservations, such as:
- ReserveAmerica: Used mainly for public campgrounds.
- Campendium: Provides reviews, photos, and details of both public and private RV parks.
- Good Sam: Focuses on private RV parks, offering discounts for members.
5. Read Reviews
Look at reviews to gauge the quality of an RV park. Fellow travelers often share invaluable insights on cleanliness, facilities, ambiance, and more.
6. Understand the Cancellation Policy
Plans can change. Before making a reservation, review the RV park’s cancellation policy. Some might offer a full refund if you cancel by a certain date, while others may have stricter policies.
7. Special Requests or Needs
Do you need a pull-through site because you’re uncomfortable backing up your RV? Do you hope to be near the restroom facilities or far from the playground? Indicate any special requests when making your reservation.
8. Join RV Clubs
Organizations like Good Sam, Escapees RV Club, or Passport America offer member discounts on RV park reservations, which can lead to significant savings over time.
While spontaneous road trips have their charm, the world of RVing often requires a bit of planning and foresight, especially when it comes to securing the best spots in RV parks. By understanding the reservation process and planning ahead, you can ensure that each stop on your journey offers comfort, security, and a touch of adventure. Happy travels!