Just like reviews and ratings, there is no one source that you will agree with all the time.
In a pop-up, your camping style is going to (or should) have a lot to do with the campgrounds you pick. Questions to think about:
- do you have black and gray water tanks to dump after a few nights?
- will you use campground toilets/showers or the ones (if you have them) in your pop-up?
- water - how long does your water tank last? Or will you expect water hook-up at the site?
- without reservations and being in a PUP, (at least in Colorado) you often get sent to the dry camping sites (nothing but a parking space, table, and possibly a fire pit). Do you have the battery to handle that, are you OK without air conditioning?
Once you have a handle on how you want to camp, you can read the web reviews with a more knowledgeable eye on what the reviews say. We select a campground, then go to the web reviews and photos to get an idea if it's what we want. If not, we select another campground. Even then, we sometimes find the site or campground is not what we expected.
As an example, in Colorado, real shade is a precious commodity. And the bug infestations have forced both private and pubic campgrounds to remove many pine trees, which were shade at one point. Others have nothing but scrub trees to begin with. We prefer shade, and at least screening from our neighbors. Therefore, sites in an open field are just not our style.
For us, reviews where the campground is described as "rustic" or the staff as "rough" are often the most interesting places. It takes some digging around to find out why those terms are used. If a 5th wheeler or motorhome describes the campground as "rustic", it usually means no WiFi, non-paved sites, minimal convenience store, and lack of those types of amenities.
hope this helps, enjoy your trip
2019 Flagstaff T21TBHW A-frame
camping Colorado and adjacent states one weekend at a time