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Old 02-27-2012, 07:53 AM   #1
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How do you find campsites?

Newbie question here...

How do you find campsites? Specifically, what resources (books, maps, apps, etc.) do you use? I want to be able to project about 250 miles in a certain direction from my current position and see possible sites.

Thanks.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:04 AM   #2
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Trailer Life book, Woodall's book, Passport America book, KOA book, state lists, word of mouth.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:21 AM   #3
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AAA has some good maps with camp sites shown on them, as well. Free for members.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:47 AM   #4
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My favorite resource.

ALL US AND CANADA CAMPGROUNDS: STATE PARKS NATIONAL PARKS FORESTS MORE california oregon washington new york pennsylvania more
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:24 AM   #5
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Although not in any particular order:
AAA Camp Books
All Stays RV & Camping iPhone app
My GPS
Don Wright's Guide to Free Campgrounds (unfortunately, no longer available)
Word of mouth from individuals & forums like this one

I also often use RV Park Reviews both to find & to check campgrounds.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:23 AM   #6
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In addition to the KOA and Good Sam guides, I often just do an internet search for campgrounds around a certain area. Most now have websites and you can look at pictures and find out about amenities (wifi, pool, paved roads, etc.). We have found some very nice campgrounds that are not on anyone's "recommended" list. These are often family-run setups with interesting things to see in the nearby area.
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Old 02-27-2012, 01:28 PM   #7
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I have quite a few websites that I regularly use such as:

Passport America
The Elks
Corps of Engineering
Bureau of Land Management
USDA Forest Service
State websites in search of state campgrounds.
County websites in search of county campgrounds.

I'm most likely forgetting other sites that I don't have saved in my favorites.

I have a variety of Foghorn campground books that I carry with me. They list just about any type of campground, public, private etc in a particular State. Wonderful books. Mine our outdated price wise but still valuable for finding a campground.
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here is one I like
http://www.campingroadtrip.com/

you can change the parameters.
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:19 PM   #9
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I use RV Park Reviews :: Home to scout out potential places. Even though it's geared for RV parks, they do have some public campground listings. I prefer the public campgrounds, but it's nice to scout out an RV park as a backup.
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This forum is my fav source of great campgrounds!! Post were you are going and people will respond with recommendations. Have been directed to more than a few great spots that were not in my AAA book or didnt show up on an internet search.
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When travelling across country, we would stop at information centres near the state line. The people were very friendly and offered suggestions from their own experiences about local camping and what to see and do near their location. We would do it again just to meet and visit the nice folk there.
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We do as James and Kevin do. And when we are traveling and know we will be near a certain city around 4:00 p.m., I just get on the internet (Verizon air card) and search for "campgrounds near _________".

I usually get a decent list to choose from. Then I go to rvparkreviews.com and see which one looks best to me.
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Newbie question here...

How do you find campsites? Specifically, what resources (books, maps, apps, etc.) do you use? I want to be able to project about 250 miles in a certain direction from my current position and see possible sites.

Thanks.
Besides the web, great resource you could GET a DeLORME Road Atlas & Gazeteer. It has all the major and small roads, creeks, rivers, lakes and campgrounds. Best of all it's a topo map. Enjoy your trip!
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:00 AM   #14
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from home, i research on the web to plan my stops .
on the road i use my road atlas.
any time i go to another state i also pick up one of their official state maps. good information on them,, and something fun to collect .
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