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Old 02-01-2014, 04:57 PM   #11
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Try a Thousand Trails Membership. You can get zone passes or get lifetime memberships of different levels. They own their parks so everything is private and by membership only. All parks are either electric and water or full hookups. Most have club houses, camp store, Wi-Fi, on site food, sports facilities and swimming pools. All resort style.

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Old 02-01-2014, 06:48 PM   #12
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kenrru, the TT parks allow the public to make reservations and use the facilities. It isn't members only. I'm a national TT membership holder. Definitely "rv'ing vs. "camp"ing, but I enjoy them.

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Old 02-02-2014, 11:05 AM   #13
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Best way to find a good campsite

Originally Posted by Crusader View Post
X2 on the satellite view, do that all the time.
Guilty as charged as well. We have never stayed in an RV park, only state parks and COE's. Some have photos of the individual sites and brief info on location, slide limits, grade and so on. Some not so much. Couple that info with satellite views and you can generally make your decision With good confidence. I also do check out the park if I happen to be in the area while traveling for work. That has eliminated a lot of locations!

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Old 02-02-2014, 11:20 AM   #14
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While on the road we have a Woodall’s catalog for unfamiliar areas. My only issue with Woodall’s is its size, it would be nice to get it on a tablet. I don’t know why I care about the size of the catalog it stays on the wife’s side; I look over and smile when she has the atlas and Woodall’s open whiles she is Googling on her phone.
I like the tip about looking at satellite image
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Old 02-02-2014, 11:28 AM   #15
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Smart phone apps and online resources are fine but when we’re on the road we still carry the Good Sam RV Travel Guide (previously Woodall’s and Trailer Life). Chances are if the campground isn’t listed in there you don’t really want to stay there.

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Old 02-02-2014, 11:36 AM   #16
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I got the free app rvparky. Looks well done by a retired rv er.
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Old 02-02-2014, 11:50 AM   #17
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We try to stop at state rest areas and browse their brochure rack and talk to the staff there at the rest stop. In Tennessee they have several good camping brochures that highlight areas and are generally very descriptive with what is and is not allowed for each site.

Beside that, I would say internet and Camping World (Good SAM club may be a help)
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Old 02-02-2014, 11:50 AM   #18
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I will check out the campground website, then do a satellite view, and choose what looks like what I want.
Same here. I used google earth's measuring tool to see if my unit will fit last fall when we went Noland sp. (Worked good)
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Old 02-02-2014, 11:54 AM   #19
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I also go to and look at cartoon like images of the campground layout, to see if a site is near the water or in a heavy traffic area.

Speaking of, does anyone have any tips on how to book a reservation way in advance for the nicer spots on the campground before they are all reserved? It seems that everytime I go to pick a spot near the river, they are already reserved for every weekend until Christmas! Why is that? How can I get a slip near the water without having to book over 2 years in advance! Ok, I am off my soapbox now!
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:06 PM   #20
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I stand corrected. We are Elite Members and you are correct. They now have a limited number of public sites at most or all of the Preserves. I forgot about that.

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