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The Lure of America’s Campgrounds

Beyond the standard - campgrounds are family-friendly destinations

A lot of campgrounds have game rooms, playgrounds, swimming pools, mini-golf, live entertainment, water sports, nature trails, arts and crafts...the list of things to do goes on. Some even have water parks and outdoor movie theaters

Amenities

Many campgrounds have full-service campsites including electricity, water and sewer hookups, and Wi-Fi service. Some even have shuttle service to popular tourist destinations so you can leave your car behind

Growing opportunities

12,863 private campgrounds and 9,734 public campgrounds across the country – and more being built every year to meet the rising demand

Family Reunion

For the Newschool Nomads, family reunions are just one of the benefits of multi-generational RVing. On a trip to Wisconsin, they enjoyed life around the campground including nature trails, the water park, the beach, fishing, and nights around the campfire.

Reserving the Perfect Campsite: 10 Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Campsite

Most RVers put a ton of time into researching the best campgrounds for their family vacations and weekend getaways. They will pour over catalogs, read online reviews, post questions in forums, and binge listen to podcasts.  There is no one-size-fits-all ideal. The best campsite for a family with small children might be a young couple's worst nightmare. Here are ten questions to make sure you get the experience you want.

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Hear from Real RVers

family of five

There’s nothing like time together with family around the campfire.

Jenn and Brent | Newschool Nomads

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This is our number one piece of advice for RVers: whenever possible, talk to a member of the staff who knows the campground well. The key to enjoying campground bliss lies in knowing the exact type of site you want and then making the effort to reserve that spot.

Jeremy & Stephanie Puglisi | The RV Atlas

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Brown's Dope Little Adventure

As a kid, I said that when I retired, I was going to buy an RV and travel the country. And then I finally realized, why do I need to wait until I’m older? How often do you get to live out your life dreams while you’re still young?

Will and Britta Brown | Brown's Dope Little Adventure

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San Nicolas Family

We go back to this RV park near our house often just because it’s convenient. We don’t have to plan it out for weeks. We know what we’re going to do when we get there and what we like to do and it’s simple for us.

San Nicolas Family | RVers

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When I walk by the RV, it calls my name. It’s saying, ‘Jeremy, when are you gonna get me out of the driveway and get me to the campground?’

Jeremy & Stephanie Puglisi | The RV Atlas

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Class A Motorhome
Class A Motorhome Living Area

Living area

Class A motorhomes come with many features similar to what you have in your house. Comfortable furnishings, larger cabinets and sinks.

class a vanity

Full Vanity

Large vanities and double sinks appear in some of these larger RVs.

Class A Motorhome Private Bedroom

Private Bedroom

The layout and size of a Class A allows for a private bedroom separate from the rest of the living space.

Class A Motorhome Cockpit

Cockpit

While there may be a couple more screens to learn about and a couple more buttons and knobs, being in the drivers seat is not dramatically different than other vehicles that may be more familiar - the back up cameras and alert systems will make newbies more comfortable with some practice.

Motorized

Class A Motorhomes

Class A motorhomes are designed with the comforts of home in mind equipped with a full kitchen, bathroom, large living and entertainment centers. They are built on specially designed motor vehicle chassis and do not require owning a separate tow vehicle.

  • Sleeps up to 8 people
  • Ample storage
  • Can tow something else for side trips
  • Full kitchen and large living area
  • Full-sized bathroom and toilet
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5th Wheel Trailer
5th Wheel Trailer living and kitchen area

Living and kitchen area

Kitchens in fifth wheels go beyond offering full appliances and can even have a kitchen island making it seem like you are cooking in your kitchen at home.

5th Wheel Trailer Bunkroom

Bunkhouse

Kids love sleeping in their own cozy spaces separated from parents. The bunkhouse is usually claimed as a fort within the first five mintues. Kids don't mind sharing a room in this setting and the conversation and fun can continue for siblings, cousins, and friends even after the lights go out.

5th Wheel Trailer Raised Living Room

Raised living room

The raised front section boasts a comfortable and spacious living area with large windows as well as entertainment systems.

5th Wheel Trailer Private Bedroom

Private Bedroom

5th wheels have ample space and are able to efficiently divide the living space and a private bedroom.

5th Wheel Trailer Bathroom

Bathroom

5th wheel bathrooms contain a full sized-shower, toilet, cabinet space and large sinks.

Towable

5th Wheel RVs

Fifth wheels often come with the same amenities as a motorhome or travel trailer but are constructed with a raised forward section that provides a more spacious bi-level floor plan. These models are designed to be towed by a pickup truck.

  • Sleeps 4-8 people
  • Slideouts can add three extra feet of width per slide
  • Ample Storage
  • Large living space & separate bedroom
  • Full-sized bathroom and toilet
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Pop Up Camper
Pop Up Camper Open-air Sides

Open-air Sides

The canvas-sided sleeping areas in pop-ups allow fresh air to breeze through the RV so the user can feel like they are sleeping outdoors without sleeping on the ground.

Pop Up Camper Transforming Furniture

Transforming Furniture

Tables and seating can be folded up and down for multiple uses such as eating, sitting, or sleeping.

Pop Up Camper Roomy interior

Roomy interior

With sides that pop out, there is plenty of space for two sleeping areas and a full dining area within the pop-up.

Towable

Pop-up Camper

Pop-up campers are designed for the RVer that wants to feel closer to nature and connected to the outdoors in a way that feels as though you are sleeping outside in the fresh air. Pop-ups offer plenty of room at the campground but are folded down to a more compact size for easy storage and travel.

  • Sleeps up to 8 people
  • Budget-friendly
  • Easy to store
  • Basic bathroom amenities
  • Open-air sleeping experience
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Sports Utility RV
Sport Utility RV Garage

Garage

The back of the RV drops down to create a ramp to easily access the garage for storing bikes, ATVs, kayaks, motorcycles, and other toys to bring along on the RV adventure. Some garage areas also have fold up bunk beds to increase sleeping areas while the garage is not being used.

Sport Utility RV Living area

Living area

There is plenty of space in this type of vehicle including a large living area with a kitchen, couch, entertainment system, and a full bathroom.

Sport Utility RV Private Bedroom

Private Bedroom

The larger sport utility RVs have a separate bedroom area for occupants. This can be found in travel trailers, 5th wheels and motorized sport utility RVs.

Towable

Sport Utility RVs

Available as travel trailers, 5th wheels, and Class A motorhomes, sport utility RVs are built for those who want to take motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATVs, or other motorized toys on the road with them while RVing. The back of the RV drops down forming a ramp for access into a garage area to easily store and access sports equipment.

  • Sleeping capacity for up to 8 people
  • Garage for storing and accessing large sports equipment
  • Full-sized bathroom
  • Kitchen Amenities
  • Entertainment Systems
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Park Model RV
Park Model living area

Living area

Park model RVs living areas could easily pass for the interior of a home or apartment. They often have larger doors, multiple windows and high ceilings to accommodate additional loft spaces.

Park Model lofts the kids will love

Lofts the kids love

The loft area in a park model can be used as storage but is most often utilized as bunkhouse and fort for the kids. It's just enough to give kids the privacy of their own space but allows them to feel connected to the main living area.

Park Model Large Bedroom

Large Bedroom

Bedrooms in park models are completely closed off from the rest of the unit and the high cielings make it feel like a private oasis. Often equipped with a queen size bed, many are large enough to include a king size bed with plenty of closet space, cabinets, and more.

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Park Model RVs

Park model RVs, used for seasonal camping, are recognizable by their similarity in design to a home. These RVs are built on wheels so that they can be moved easily from campground to campground or around a campsite and they need to be hooked up to site electricity, sewer and water as with any RV.

  • Sleeping capacity for up to 10
  • Full-sized kitchen
  • Large living space & separate bedroom
  • Ample storage space
  • Full-sized bathroom and toilet

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