Finding Public Campgrounds - Fiberglass RV

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-29-2013, 06:38 AM   #1
Senior Member
Raz's Avatar
Name: Raz
Trailer: Trillium 2010
Posts: 4,381
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.

Big Nerd Ranch

- 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

Raz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 07:19 AM   #2
Senior Member
deryk's Avatar
Name: deryk
Trailer: 2012 Parkliner 2010 V6 Nissan Frontier 4x4
New Jersey
Posts: 2,085
Thanks Raz!


All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.... J.R.R. Tolkien
deryk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 07:35 AM   #3
Senior Member
Jon Vermilye's Avatar
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2017 Escape 21
Oswego, NY
Posts: 1,555
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...
Jon Vermilye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 07:36 AM   #4
Commercial Member
KevinPete's Avatar
Name: Kevin
Trailer: 1995 Scamp 13
Posts: 260
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.
KevinPete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 08:54 PM   #5
Senior Member
Tom Trostel's Avatar
Name: Tom
Trailer: 1980 Bigfoot 17 ft
Posts: 1,322
Send a message via AIM to Tom Trostel Send a message via MSN to Tom Trostel
There is also a free android app called "RV Parky"
1980 Bigfoot 17' & former owner of 1973 Compact Jr
Tom Trostel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2013, 08:08 PM   #6
Senior Member
Mimi Lee's Avatar
Name: Mimi
Trailer: Parkliner
Posts: 145
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.
Mimi Lee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2013, 08:25 PM   #7
Senior Member
Briantb's Avatar
Name: Brian
Trailer: 2015 Scamp 13 Front Washroom, Van Camper
New Brunswick
Posts: 372
Corp of Engineers offer fine camping as well. Amazon has a directory and there is also a Kindle version
Briantb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013, 11:54 AM   #8
Name: ginette & ron
Trailer: 2008 25RB 21 Bigfoot
Posts: 71
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.
GiRo proud new owner 2008 bigfoot 21'with cargo pod and Jeep Grand Cherokee 2008 Diesel. Attached with a Pro Pride Hitch(Hensley design)
giro53 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013, 12:36 PM   #9
Senior Member
rabbit's Avatar
Name: Jack
Trailer: '98 BURRO 17WB
Posts: 2,548
Good public service thread, Raz. Thanks for posting.

rabbit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013, 05:55 PM   #10
Senior Member
Name: Kathy
Trailer: 2017 Escape 19
Posts: 600
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.

Evergreengirl is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How do Public Campground Reservations Work? Thomas G. General Chat 32 07-31-2012 12:04 PM
New Mexico Campgrounds (Neat Public Sites) Adrian W Camping, Campout Reports 10 02-27-2009 05:09 PM
New Mexico Campgrounds (Neat Public Sites) Adrian W General Chat 0 10-09-2008 04:56 PM
A Public Service Announcement Sharon Herman Jokes, Stories & Tall Tales 3 02-28-2007 01:04 PM
Public Dump Sites Legacy Posts Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 1 04-03-2003 04:04 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:44 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.