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Old 12-11-2018, 02:16 PM   #1
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Good campground guide book

I am planning a trip across country starting in January. This is my first travel trailer trip. I don’t have a schedule but plan on a southern route,(starting in NC) thru south Texas and then on to west coast. Can anyone recommend a book of national wide campground? Also, can you recommend any of the clubs or organization that are worth joining to save money while traveling?
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Old 12-11-2018, 02:38 PM   #2
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depends on what your definition of 'good' is...

it also depends on how long this 'trip' is, and whether having any discounts or 'clubs' would ultimately make any difference, cost wise...

PA tends to be a good one for general travel, but each park can limit the choices of nights where the discount applies, which sites you can use with the discount, etc., etc.,...

CW's GS is more costly upfront, but gives you discounts at their stores as well, and gives you a straight 10% discount off the 'regular' rv park's site pricing, which still may be more than you really want to spend... but generally can be applied without limits, as long as the park has an opening.

There are MANY, MANY state, regional, county, and city parks that have RV CAMPING with little to no costs, some even with full hookups, or at least electricity and water, with a dump station.

The way we travel, unless we have a specific destination for an EXACT date that must be met, we like to take our time and find campgrounds and rv parks as we go. Google maps overview and search is your best tool.
Otherwise, you may find that campgrounds and rv parks become your destinations, rather than the travel and sights themselves. Walmart or large parking lots are easy last-minute options should nothing else locally become render a good option. We generally overnight off-the-cuff about one out of every three nights, and find campgrounds and rv parks as we are traveling during the day... no reservations needed.
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Good Sam is decent (saves 10%) and their online site has a decent trip planner that list all (not just theirs) campgrounds along your route as well as points of interest.

Passport America, as mentioned above, typically saves 50%, but can be limited to certain months and also limited days.
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Old 12-11-2018, 04:30 PM   #5
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Good Sam is decent (saves 10%) and their online site has a decent trip planner that list all (not just theirs) campgrounds along your route as well as points of interest.

Passport America, as mentioned above, typically saves 50%, but can be limited to certain months and also limited days.
Most places that give the Good Sam 10% discount, also give AAA members the same 10% discount.
So if you have AAA, you don't need GS for the 10% off.
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Old 12-11-2018, 05:10 PM   #6
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Get the RV parky app and a copy of the good sam big book.
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Although I really like the RV Parky app, I'm sure many of us morning slow-movers would like a guide that allows sorting campgrounds by check-out times.

I will always select a campground with a check-out time of noon or later!
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I like rvparksandcampgrounds apps, it’s what I use. Sometimes rvparky. I carry a up to date good Sam campground book. Usually just for overnights I rely on rvparksandcampgrounds or rvparky. For longer stays I google best campgrounds in the area I want to stay at
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Get the RV parky app and a copy of the good sam big book.
I second Dan's suggestions.
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KOA also has a 10%discount and when you have enough points you can use them for a free night. 30 bucks for a year.
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