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Old 11-08-2009, 08:21 PM   #1
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Hi All! We are planning a trip from Florida to Wyoming with a stopover in TX for a family re-union next summer. How do you find Forest Service, Corp of Engineers, Federal, State, County, and City campgrounds along your route? I've become very frustrated spending hours online going to each state's Parks Website, pulling up a map of every Park, trying to find the ones near the roads we will be traveling etc etc. and that doesnt cover County, city, Forest Service, COE and all the other campground options. It's very time consuming and I feel I'm still missing a large bulk of campgrounds. Is there a resource out there that puts all this info at your fingertips? I wish I knew somebody who had the knowhow to design software that maps all these types of campgrounds along the route you designate. I'd also have an option to map all non-commercial campgrounds for the entire state in case you'd like to alter your route or end up taking a detour. We have guides and software for commercial/private campgrounds, why not public? Somebody could make a fortune here and I'd be first in line to buy!

Thanks for any resources that can be provided,

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How do you find Forest Service, Corp of Engineers, Federal, State, County, and City campgrounds along your route?

Is there ([b]one) resource out there that puts all this info at your fingertips?
AAA.com

You have to be a member and you have to use Internet Explorer... but their on-line "Trip-Tik"<sup></sup> found all of those sites for us, with links to the campsites' webpages. Using the Trip-Tik<sup></sup> is a little quirky, but once you're there and play with the software, you can figure out how to find everything you're looking for. I used it to plan my 3 week trip from San Diego to Portland to Saint Louis to Phoenix and back to San Diego last July, and it found County and Forest Service campgrounds for us along with Private and State campgrounds.
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:19 PM   #3
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Hi All! We are planning a trip from Florida to Wyoming with a stopover in TX for a family re-union next summer. How do you find Forest Service, Corp of Engineers, Federal, State, County, and City campgrounds along your route? Melissa
I find the best place to find a campground and find out about a campground is RV Park Reviews. There are a number of ways to search, by state, city and they always give a list of nearby campgrounds. I particularly like the reviews.

http://www.rvparkreviews.com/

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Old 11-08-2009, 10:29 PM   #4
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I use Microsoft Streets and Trips to find campgrounds along our intended route. If I need more info I look at their website.

I use Google maps, satelite view, to look at the campground layout before I decide to camp there. This also gives me incite as to where the entry is and how to get to the entrance.

I call ahead and make a reservation if possible. Especially during busy weekends and holidays.


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Old 11-08-2009, 10:31 PM   #5
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While travelling across the Northern US states, we would stop as we crossed onto a different state and find an information place. We got local maps and directions to area campgrounds besides finding things to do locally. Plus we met an awful lot of very nice people who were just out to help others and sometimes we even found out about some local history that wasn't even in the guide books.
In S Dakota, near the Black Hills, we paused to sign the guest book and there on the line directly above was my wife's cousin. We missed them by twenty minutes. They were going the opposite direction. How often when crossing the continent would that happen?
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:17 PM   #6
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Melissa I suggest you buy the Trailer Life Campground Guide. You can get it at Barnes and Noble or Borders for sure. You can probably peruse one at your local library to see if it meets your needs. For sure it does not contain every single campground in the USA but it probably does include the large majority of them. It details the campgrounds by state and then city providing enough initial info for one to determine if a web check is worthwile. Woodalls has a similar type guide but my use indicates it does not include as many campgrounds as Trailer Life does and Woodalls seems to me to be less user friendly. Lee p.s. the Trailer Life Guide is probably $20.00 plus
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I didnt realize Woodalls and Trailer Life listed Public/Federal/State Land types of Campgrounds. I was under the impression they mostly dealt with private campgrounds. Thanks for this insight.

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Melissa I suggest you buy the Trailer Life Campground Guide. You can get it at Barnes and Noble or Borders for sure. You can probably peruse one at your local library to see if it meets your needs. For sure it does not contain every single campground in the USA but it probably does include the large majority of them. It details the campgrounds by state and then city providing enough initial info for one to determine if a web check is worthwile. Woodalls has a similar type guide but my use indicates it does not include as many campgrounds as Trailer Life does and Woodalls seems to me to be less user friendly. Lee p.s. the Trailer Life Guide is probably $20.00 plus
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Hi All! We are planning a trip from Florida to Wyoming with a stopover in TX for a family re-union next summer. How do you find Forest Service, Corp of Engineers, Federal, State, County, and City campgrounds along your route? I've become very frustrated spending hours online going to each state's Parks Website, pulling up a map of every Park, trying to find the ones near the roads we will be traveling etc etc. and that doesnt cover County, city, Forest Service, COE and all the other campground options. It's very time consuming and I feel I'm still missing a large bulk of campgrounds. Is there a resource out there that puts all this info at your fingertips? I wish I knew somebody who had the knowhow to design software that maps all these types of campgrounds along the route you designate. I'd also have an option to map all non-commercial campgrounds for the entire state in case you'd like to alter your route or end up taking a detour. We have guides and software for commercial/private campgrounds, why not public? Somebody could make a fortune here and I'd be first in line to buy!

Thanks for any resources that can be provided,

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http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearc..._-9780760785874

Not sure whether this link will work but, we have this in the 2008 version that we picked up in Roanoke Va for $12.00. For long trips we use the internet and roughly plan our trip by plugging them into the GPS
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:46 AM   #9
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Lookin for places to stay is great by book or laptop but i have downloaded tons of interesting places to my GPS from this site..... including all flying J truck stops, national and state parks, rest area's, wal marts, sams clubs and much much more and i store it on an sd card that i simply put into the GPS when needed. worked really good for me once i figured out how to do it. One thing i did notice is that it only searches out so many miles from your present location but updates continually as you drive or manually change locations..
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Mellisa, We use a little of all the suggestion already stated only to get an idea of what the area might be like. But just wanted to say, we don't make reservations till we get to an area. I really only make pre-reservation in certain areas, such as when we will be in a National Park, destination areas or if our travels are near/during a holiday weekend, only then do I make sure we have spot. You never know when your gonna drive thru/by some place you actually want to spend more time. I just think that life happens, flat tires, lingering at a great lunch spot, cranky kids, engine issue or a great little town/site, etc etc etc make it sometimes impossible to "plan" your trip. Putting you behind or off course for making a certain campground or even town when your ready to get off the road. You can spend hours and hours exploring all the camp grounds available along your travels, only to have something interupt all your planning.

When we had the resort, I actually had a guy who came in insisting he had a reservation with us, he didn't! but I was able to find the campground he did. But what was sooooooooooo sad, is while he was trying to convince me he had a reservationg with us he brought in his travel intenary which was planned down to 15 min increments (hello, its a vacation!) He honestly had his whole 3 week trip planned down to which gas station to stop at and how long they would spend at that gas station. I was shocked! As long as it's not someplace I know I have to be, such as you know you need to be in town for a family reunion, we wing it! Cause as you said, all that searching can be time consuming!



Yes many times you will find public campgrounds in the pulications that are geared towards the private/commercial campgrounds. This next camping season may be frustrating due to many states not opening certain camprounds because of budget issues, I would be crazy if I drove to a certain campground only to find out the state had to close it for the season because of state budget issues. Just another reason for me to wing it along the way.
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:11 PM   #11
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Great Suggestions! Sounds like I may need to look into a GPS as well. I had no idea you could download your own POI. Maybe I need to start another post for what features/brands RVers like best in a GPS. I will definately keep a guide book with us as I know better than to try and rely on technology all the time. Sounds like the best place to start would be purchasing an atlas that shows campgrounds along the route and then research them from there. I no longer have AAA but do plan to re-new in the future when it's in the budget and I'll start reading up on GPS brands.

Robin, you are so right about Life Happening. I would go crazy if I was married to somebody who had my life planned down to 15 minutes increments. How is that a vacation??

Thanks so much!

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There's a couple other resources that are cheaper than private RV parks. Here's one US Forest Service. Lots of information about campgrounds in NF.
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Melissa.....
I've had many GPS's and while all brands are pretty good i myself favor any of the Garmin Nuvi Line that will pronounce the street names insted of "Turn in 100 Feet"
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That sounds good Joe as I have no idea how far 100 ft is, lol.

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I've had many GPS's and while all brands are pretty good i myself favor any of the Garmin Nuvi Line that will pronounce the street names insted of "Turn in 100 Feet"
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