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Old 05-29-2013, 06:38 AM   #1
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Finding Public Campgrounds

When we travel we like to stay at public campgrounds. We want a safe, quiet place to camp, preferably with showers and a good place to walk the dog. Swimming pools, miniature golf courses, cable TV, and game rooms are amenities we would prefer not to pay for, so we look for public campgrounds. While State and Federal campgrounds are fairly easy to find, local city and county campgrounds are seldom shown on the map. I've come across three sources I would like to share.

- the first is a web application called Campfone. It provides information on Federal, State, Provincial, County, and City/Town campgrounds. Because this is a very map oriented site, those that have data caps on their Internet service should visit McDonalds if you want to try it. I used about 20% of our monthly allotment in one day. - ALL US AND CANADA CAMPGROUNDS ON YOUR PHONE: STATE PARKS NATIONAL PARKS FORESTS california oregon washington new york pennsylvania more

- The second is Camp Where. This is an Apple only application that costs $5 to download. It is very similar to Campfone as far as features are concerned but can be used on a limited basis off line.

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- The third is a paperback book called RVers Best Public Campgrounds by Lee Zaborowski. I have only read the Amazon "look inside". It claims to provides the same basic information that the others do but only State parks are shown in the sample and because of limited space has no where near the number of locations. It also is only U.S. campgrounds. Still, it will work not only without internet but also without power (at least during the daytime).

RVers BEST PUBLIC CAMPGROUNDS: Finding Inexpensive, Convenient and Relaxing Campgrounds for your RVing Trip: Lee Zaborowski, Jeanne Zaborowski: 9781453612132: Books

Both the first two claim over 11000 entries, although they both missed campgrounds I knew about. Both were at times unstable but I think that is due to our Internet connection (Verizon mifi) and not the programs. Both are easy to use with the Campfone providing a little more information initially. All this information is already available on line but a lot more work to find. These make it much easier. Enjoy, Raz

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Thanks Raz!


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While I use & like CampWhere, AllStays Camp & RV is also worth considering. It lists many public campgrounds, and includes filters so only your choices will show on the map. It also has lots of additional POIs that may prove useful...
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Thanks, going to play with the campfone site later. Anyone use Allstays? $10 is pretty steep for an app, but if it works I'll use it.
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There is also a free android app called "RV Parky"
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:08 PM   #6
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Thanks for sharing Raz, Jon, Tom! We stayed at a KOA last weekend because it was such a last minute trip and being a holiday weekend, very limited availability on our state parks search. It wasn't bad, people were quiet nice, but also prefer the simpler, public parks. It'll be great to have other resources for regional/city/county sites.
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Corp of Engineers offer fine camping as well. Amazon has a directory and there is also a Kindle version
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what a great question!

I also have torn out my hair trying to figure out these campsite reservation websites. Now I usually do if they don't do it I don"t usually camp these. Recently came across the website, they do not seem to offer much detail and their map is hard to search. Do not know much about here goes. We have a mac air that we use for email and surfing and such. Is there a benefit to having an app? We do not have a data plan so usually rely on Tim Horton's or McDonald's for internet service. We leave at the end of the month on a 9000 mile journey to bring our Bigfoot 21' home.
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Good public service thread, Raz. Thanks for posting.

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Old 08-07-2013, 05:55 PM   #10
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Raz, thanks for those sources of information.

For those of you traveling in the Pacific Northwest I can recommend two books: Pacific Northwest Camping, which covers Oregon and Washingtonand West Coast RV Camping, which covers California, Oregon and Washington. They're both by Tom Stienstra and I think pretty widely available. When we have a WiFi connection I search It covers both the US and Canada. The main focus is on private enterprise RV parks, but there are also reviews there of public campgrounds with links to their websites for more information. And don't forget, every state has its share of visitors centers and they can often be a source of lots of good camping information too.

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