3 Types of Places to Park Your RV

What you need to know about RV parks, campgrounds, and resorts

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There are three main choices when it comes to settling into an RV location for the night. The type of place you choose says a lot about your RVing style. We want to look at the different kinds of parking locations, including campgrounds, RV parks, and RV resorts. Depending on your needs, what you want to do, and what kind of rig you have, you may prefer one type of RV destination over another.

We've broken down what you can expect at each location, so you can choose the right type of place to stay for your next trip.

3 Types of Places to Park Your RV, Trailer, or Camper

RV Parks 

If it’s difficult for you to go without your air conditioning and sewer hook-ups, you may decide on upgrading to an RV park. RV parks differ to campgrounds as they will always have the basic hook up, such as water and electric and may often have sewer as well. Parks are a good middle ground for most RVers because while they do have many of these amenities, they are usually right next to wilderness as well.

On park facilities can vary in parks, there could be showers to laundry to swimming pools and dining facilities. Prices range from one park to the next depending on location and facilities. RV parks are good for just one night up to a long-term stop depending on the area of the country.

Campgrounds often double as RV parks and vice versa, offering more amenities for RVers, like hookups. KOA’s are an example of the campground/RV park hybrid model.

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If you’re looking for a back to the basics place to park your RV, then a campground might be the best place for you. You’ll find campgrounds sprinkled along wilderness areas, National and State Parks, and among many other venues. Campgrounds are best for those who don’t need many creature comforts.

They can be as simple as a pile of gravel and a fire pit or just a stretch of dirt. An RVer needs to know how to dry camp or boondock as most of these sites will not have any service hookups like electric, water, and sewer. Dump sites, fill stations, and facilities are usually available, just not on individual sites.

Other than being right next to mother nature, these sites are chosen due to their fantastic prices hovering anywhere from the 15 to 50-dollar range per night, depending on the individual grounds. Campgrounds are a good choice for short stays. Discount clubs such as Good Sam Club, Escapees RV Club, and Passport America can make staying at campgrounds cheaper for RVers.

Pro Tip: Not all campgrounds will offer the hookups you’re used to when traveling in an RV. Make sure to check the website or call ahead to make sure you.’

RV Resorts

For those who prefer to make a home away from home and want the best in facilities and amenities, the RV resort is the place to set up camp. RV resorts are not only full of amenities but can be entire small towns in themselves. You get all the typical hookups, plus bonuses, such as internet access and digital television. The facilities and activities are where RV resorts shine.

RV resorts are built to handle full-time RVers that could be there for months and even years. There will be spacious and clean bath facilities, restaurants, clubhouses, recreation centers, even paper delivery, and valet trash services. Resorts are designed for those who may not be coming and going as often as other types of RVers. You often sign a contract for resort spots guaranteeing month, three months or six-month stays.

Many RV resorts are designed, or even restricted, to senior RVers with classes, potlucks, and dances. Choosing your resort will depend on what kind of activities you will enjoy for the long haul.

This is a basic idea of what the different kinds of locations have to offer. It’s important to do your research to judge which location will be best for your adventure. Not all RV parks, RV resorts, and campgrounds are built equally.

It all comes down to how much you want to pay to stay, what you’re looking to get out of the stay, and how close the location is to what you want to do in the area. When you find the type of RVing you enjoy, it opens up possibilities across the nation on where you stay during your travels.