RV camping in private campgrounds is especially appealing because they are plentiful and generally located near outdoor adventures and attractions.
Private campgrounds are plentiful and are generally located near outdoor adventures and attractions which make them an appealing option for RV camping.
RV CAMPING IN PRIVATE CAMPGROUNDS
Amenities & Services
Amenities and services vary widely in private campgrounds. A “no frills” campground will offer little more than campsites and restrooms. This generally means there is no water or electric at the campsites and if present, campfire rings will not likely be equipped with grates. These are, quite frankly, appropriate for RV camping only for a one night stop over on the way to something better. They are not set up to be appealing or comfortable for longer stays. Campsites tend to be crowded together and may not be able to handle bigger RV’s. If you choose a campground like this, you will most likely be “dry camping”, so be prepared.
At the opposite end of the spectrum are “full service” private campgrounds that provide full utilities and sewer hookups at the campsite, fully equipped restrooms (with showers, flush toilets, and sinks), campfire rings with grill grates, fun amenities for the family (swimming pools, mini golf courses, playgrounds), as well as laundry facilities. Some will also have small retail operations selling assorted sundries and snacks, and many also sell firewood on site.
Due to the wide range of options in amenities and services available in private campgrounds, it is highly recommended that online reviews be consulted when making your selection of where to RV camp. Other RV campers often leave comments and reviews which are very helpful in assessing your choices.
Rates vary in private campgrounds and are highly dependent on a few factors. One, if there are few to no other options (either private or public) in the area you can expect rates will be higher. Two, expect to pay more for a campground which offers all the bells and whistles. Three, rates will differ within the campground if they offer both full-service sites (sewer and cable TV service are typically the “add-ons”) and sites with only water and electric. Premium’s are also charged for fully paved sites, those with amazing views, or are located along a waterfront. Four, rates will be higher during peak times (seasonal rates). Five, if you are planning a longer stay, many campgrounds offer reduced rates so be sure to ask. Lastly, private campgrounds, in general, cost more for a campsite than those maintained at the state or federal level.
RV CAMPING IN PRIVATE CAMPGROUNDS – FINAL THOUGHTS
Nearly all private campgrounds will allow you to reserve a campsite. Whereas some will require a deposit to hold the reservation, others do not. Some allow for last minute cancellations and others require notice well in advance. There is a wide variety in practices, and in policies. As such, before reserving make sure you know the reservation and cancellation policies of the private campground you are considering.
Every private campground sets its own rules. Expect there will be rules about quiet hours and pets, at a minimum. Other rules often include speed limits, use of amenities, and visitors. If you have questions, do not hesitate to call or email the campground owner or manager. Because they want their guests to have an enjoyable experience they are happy to answer your questions. The great operators understand that RV campers are happy when their expectations are met or exceeded, so they welcome such inquiries.
No one likes to be disappointed, so do a little homework. This will help to ensure you are getting what you want and that you understand the rules before booking your reservation in a private campground.
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