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4 Features to look for in an RV park

Camping and full-time RV living have been on the rise in the United States, with 41.8 million people participating in car, backyard, or some type of RV camping in the US as of 2017. The growing popularity of this hobby and lifestyle has resulted in many people establishing RV parks, mostly in proximity to national parks or monuments, state parks, other public lands, private attractions, or even urban areas. RV enthusiasts are spoiled for choice, and it pays to be a bit picky when choosing the places you decide to camp out in. So, here’s our list of 4 features to look for in an RV park to make your time out more enjoyable:

RV parks should have level, hard pads

While some developers work to level the grounds of their RV parks, most parks usually use hard pads to level uneven ground. Even a slight angle could cause problems for RV living, such as water backing up in a corner and possible discomfort for those inside the RV. It also puts stress on the plumbing, windows, and doors. Sometimes, level hard pads might slant during your stay. If this happens, there are some ways to level your RV, which involve some equipment you might want to consider investing in to prevent stress when the hard pads become uneven.

The best RV parks have spacious lots

Some common complaints about RV parks include not having enough space per site. After all, RV camping shouldn’t be just parking in a lot and staying indoors; it should involve spending time outside in your lot to enjoy the outdoors and grill, exercise, or even just lounge about. This space should be your personal home away from home, beyond the confines of your rig; so if you find a park with spacious sites, it can feel like you never left your real home in the first place. We have found its not very pleasant when you’re tightly packed together with other rigs, so make sure you check how much space you’re actually being allotted when you visit a new RV park. Many campgrounds now offer maps of their properties online – its well worth the time to check it out in advance.

Full Hookup Stations

Hookups refer to amenities that the RV park offers. Not all parks offer these, as they might be promoting a more “primitive” experience, while some offer a few extras like cable TV and Wi-Fi. However, the basics are water, electric, and sewer hookups. If you’re on a budget but would still like to feel at home and as comfortable as possible, these essentials will usually be enough. Connecting to these basic hookups is quite simple, as seen in this video:

Laundry Facilities

You might be thinking of buying your own washer and dryer for the RV. However, this takes up space you could have allotted for other things – not to mention that it would only be able to handle a small load. Unfortunately, this often leads to people hogging the laundry machines at RV parks. If you lack alternatives, you need to ensure that the RV park you visit has adequate laundry facilities – enough machines to service their guests, and machines that actually work. This gives you less to worry about while you’re on the road. Some places even offer entertainment while you wait for your laundry – a great plus!

Everyone has their own preferred style of RV camping. Whether you are new or have been doing this for some time, you can check our articles and videos on different types of camping sites that you can try on your next trip.

A perfect example of what we have covered today is the Route 66 RV Resort in New Mexico.

What are some of the things you always look for in an RV park? Comment below!

FULLTIME RV LIFE

A busy week!

This last week, we spent mostly workamping at the candy store. Business is still much slower than what it was last year at this time, but it is starting to pick up.

#dinner_disaster

After a long day at work, we decided to treat ourselves and ordered pizza and wings one night for dinner. We picked up the food, drove all the way back to our RV and prepared to eat. I set the pizza box on the ‘spacious’ kitchen counter (aka sink with inserts on it) and reached into the overhead cabinet to get our plates. As I did so, my hand hit the edge of the box with the wings on it. In my attempt to ‘catch’ the wings (I have no idea what I was thinking….) my other hand hit the pizza box, causing that to fall as well.

What to do? At this point, neither one of us wanted to cook so Russ saved the day and ran back into town to grab another pizza. I’m still upset over it!

Local wildlife

If you have been following our Instagram or Facebook accounts, you may have seen some photos of our neighborhood fox! This little critter makes several appearances a day passing by our RV. We weren’t sure at first if it was a male or a female, but have come to the conclusion that it is probably a female.

Over the last few days, we have seen her head down the road a few times a day and come back with something in her mouth. We started thinking she was probably taking food back to her den to feed some little ones. Our guess was confirmed when we checked the iNaturalist app and noticed one of our neighbors posted a photo of a little fox pup close by.

As seen on iNaturalist – submitted by debraokano

Yellowstone

Yesterday was my birthday and to celebrate, we decided to go into Yellowstone. Tour buses are still not running so even though more people are starting to trickle in, we figured it would be a good time to visit some of the more popular areas of the park that we had not seen yet. After renewing our annual pass, we were on our way!

A snowboarder gazes at mountain scenery before heading downhill in the snow.

First on the list was the Grand Prismatic Spring at the Midway Geyser Basin. Upon arrival, the parking lot was nearly full. We saw maybe all of five people wearing masks and social distancing was not being practiced at all. Russ and I tried our best to navigate through people but as we were walking up the narrow ramps, it was hard not to think about it. This was probably the first instance in months where we had been in such close proximity to such a large group of people.

Beyond that, walking up to view the Grand Prismatic is like walking through a sauna. We were grateful for the occasional cool breeze that descended upon our path. There was was one large gust that I was not grateful for, however. I was wearing my prescription sunglasses that tend to slide off rather easily. I looked down for a moment, and as I did so my glasses slid down and the wind whipped them off and tossed them about three feet off the walkway. Even though there are no barriers, you can not step off the platform. So, after staring at my glasses for 30 seconds, I sighed and we continued on. [Note: I do plan on contacting the ranger station to see if they were able to retrieve them, but if you see photos with bison wearing cool glasses, you know where they got them 😉 ]

Next up was Old Faithful! There was a crowd there, but from talking with other people, the crowd was nothing like what it typically has been in the past. There are a bunch of downed trees in a shaded area just a bit back from the geyser, which is where we chose to sit and wait.

TRAVEL TIP: If you are going to the park and want to know when Old Faithful will next go off, follow the geyser prediction Twitter feed.

We didn’t see much in the way of wildlife in the park, but we think that is in part due to the time of day we were there. Most animal sightings tend to be in the morning or later afternoons and we were there mid-day. However, we did get excited every time we got a glimpse of a bison!