We often get asked about how we find our camping spots and what memberships we find helpful. We decided to write a blog post about these topics.
When we first started out RVing we used Good Sam and general Internet searches for reviews when planning our stays. We eventually wrote a few reviews on Good Sam. We are currently Good Sam members, however we will only be as long as we feel we are getting value out of our membership. We eventually started looking at other places for reviews. Our two favorite places are Campendium and RV Park Reviews. We also sometimes use freecampsites.net.
Our camping preferences are boondocking on dispersed land, state or national park campgrounds, or a small quiet basic RV park. Sometimes though for various reasons we find ourselves at an RV resort.
Sometimes we carefully plan our adventures and other times “serendipity happens!”
We are trying to get better about taking time to review places after we have stayed at them. It is a work in progress that depends on time and cell phone/WiFi reception/connection.
As for memberships…these are our thoughts based on our limited experience this past year…
Our most used membership is Passport America. It pays for itself in one or two stays! We have never had a bad experience at any of the campgrounds listed with PA. Some are nicer than others, it pays to read reviews carefully.
Good Sam ~ Our first year we used this very often for the 10% discount, but have not used it lately at all. We will probably not renew next year. So far it has not paid for itself this year. However, it was a great place to start when first RVing. We still do use their trip planner from time to time.
KOA ~ Last year we found some deals at KOA campgrounds, used the membership discount, and had good experiences. We felt it was worth it. So far this year we are thinking it is not worth it. We had okay experiences, but felt we overpaid for what we got. Hoping we have better experiences in the future.
Boondockers Welcome ~ We did not renew this year. We had it all last year and never once did it work out for us to stay at one of their properties. We did try, but the people were not at home the dates we needed, the space was not available, or our RV was too large (never thought we’d hear that! Actually, it was the combination of our Pathfinder and our Shasta).
Escapees RV Club ~ We renewed this membership. We feel it provides great value between the information, discounts, and Xscapers. We especially enjoyed the Xscapers convergence we attended!
We recently purchased the following memberships, but have not yet tried them out…
Harvest Hosts ~ We feel this will pay for itself it one or two stays. We love the pictures we see of others’ stays at Harvest Host locations.
Thousand Trails ~ We have heard the good and the bad about TT. We purchased the 2 for 1 Zone Pass. We know it may or may not be our cup of tea. We will keep you posted on our experiences with TT.
Note: We are certainly not experts on these topics or anything pertaining to RV life. We are just fellow travelers sharing our experiences. There is no “one size fits all” or “right” way to do anything in the RV lifestyle!
Enjoy the journey!