Thinking of going RV camping but don’t know how to find a good spot? Check out our best tips on how to find free and paid camping spots for your RV camping trip.
Top 10 tips to find RV camping anywhere
RV camping is one of the most exciting ways to camp. It is also quite challenging as you will need to find campgrounds that accept RVs or offer provisions to help you camp in your RV. If you are proactive camper, you can easily find places to camp with your RV and this article highlights some of the ways to do so.
1. Go online to seek RV camping spots. You can quickly find a camping spot that accepts RVs from the comfort of your home. There are websites and apps that make this easy and provide tons of useful information on the same. If you find a reputable website, you will be able to get every information you need, including rules, rates and other instructions before you leave for the camping ground of choice. We love camping at KOA campgrounds and have been KOA members for a couple of years now. Want to rent an RV? Check out Outdoorsy!
2. Look through government directories. Directories are another way to find RV camping grounds. Although this could be more time-consuming compared to online sources, it offers more validity since every entry is vetted and confirmed. You can get an address and make a quick follow-up. You can contact local government agencies (ie Parks and Rec, etc) in the areas you are hoping to visit to see if they have directories available.
3. Ask friends for camping location referrals. This one is probably the #1 way my family finds new areas to camp. Do you have friends who are also outdoor enthusiasts? Perhaps one of them can recommend a good camping ground for your RV. If they have experienced the place first hand, they will be able to offer you better information and give you tips on how to make your experience worthwhile when you decide to go camping at that location.
4. Camp at a state park or national park. State parks and national parks are also great places to RV camp. Many of them are open to the public, including during the fall and winter season when congestion is low. Be sure to do your research and find out if camping is permitted, if campsites require reservations, and what, if any, amenities, are available. If electric, water, and sewer hookups are important to you, read the fine print because many of these parks do not offer full hookups.
5. Find abandoned roads. More adventurous campers find camping ground everywhere. An abandoned road for instance, would also be worth considering. Just make sure that you have put in place security measures and also made sure you aren’t trespassing. The road may have been abandoned for a reason.
6. School ground on a summer break School grounds are ghost towns during the summer break and this could present a good opportunity to do some RV camping there. Make sure to ask for permission from the school’s authorities first.
7. Soccer/football field If you decide to seek out a soccer/football field for camping, you need to ask for permission and learn whether they have scheduled any games for the duration you seek to camp.
8. Park at a farm. Finding a farm where the owner will allow you to park your RV could be tricky but it has been done before. Just ask around and make sure to gain the consent of the owner. Some may charge a small fee for this privilege.
9. Go camping in a parking lot. This sounds a little far out there, but I have to tell you – parking lot camping is very common! It’s an especially great and affordable way to spend the night during a long road trip on your way to your destination. You would need to ask for permission from the property owner and also be willing to pay some set rates. There are strict hygiene and waste disposal rules when camping in a parking lot you need to adhere to.
10. Go boon docking. Boondocking is actually very popular! This could be fun for people who are constantly on the road and on a budget. You just need to pull off the highway and enjoy an overnight camping in spots that do not have much to offer in form of facilities. Crash for a night, be on your way in the morning and repeat for the next day and so on.
What tips would you add to our list?