So you’ve made through it many of unfamiliar areas of becoming an RVer. You’ve done your research, rented or bought and RV mapped out your route and destinations and even booked the RV park. You’re ready to get going. The only thing is, you’ve never camped at an RV park before. This can be a little intimidating to some, you want to “fit in” with the other RVers and have fun while not embarrassing yourself, so what should you expect? No need to worry as we’ll give you this handy guide on what to expect at an RV park.
What to Expect at an RV Park
Things Aren’t Always As They Appear
Be careful when choosing RV parks based on their provided pictures. Not to say that RV parks try to fool you but pictures could be the park from years ago or there could have been recent construction since the pictures were taken. When in doubt, try to use customer testimonials and reviews over pictures.
The Staff is There to Help
The staff of an RV park is meant to assist you while staying at the park. If you are having issues with getting your rig hooked up, issues with facilities or anything else, don’t be shy. Let park personnel know your issues so they can assist you, in the end, their main goal is to make sure you have a good time.
Public Parks Are The Best (and Worst)
Publicly owned parks such as State and National Parks can be a mixed bag. Some publicly owned parks are run with many features and amenities but, unfortunately, some have seen better days. Budget cuts and other enemies of the public parks can put a strain on some parks. Again, it is likely best to use reviews when booking a publicly owned park.
RVers Are Friendly
RVers are generally some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. Not only are they friendly but many are willing to help out fellow RVers. So if you’re having some issues with the park and can’t find any personnel you may be able to ask some of your fellow RVers. Of course, other RVers aren’t there to help you out, but if someone does make sure you show your appreciation.
If there are other RVers meeting up at a group facility or campers just getting together, go peek your head in and introduce yourself, you can make lifelong friends sitting around the fire with other RVers and campers.
Think Twice About the Camp Store
Don’t always rely on. “Oh, there’ll be some at the camp store.” It’s true, an RV park’s store may have extra items like snacks and even RV related items but there is never a guarantee. Also, keep in mind that camp stores may have inflated prices so that that 6 pack of cola may have been a lot cheaper if you picked it up at a convenience store on the way in.
Public Restrooms Are Just That, Public
An RV park’s facilities should be well-maintained and not reminiscent of a horror movie but you need to remember that public restrooms are just that, public. Bring along flip flops for the shower and don’t be too surprised if you have a few awkward moments. If a certain area needs maintenance or to be cleaned, alert park personnel.
You May Be Turned Away
Never places all your eggs in one basket. In the case of RVing, always make sure to give yourself an outlet even if you have already booked a spot. The park could be overbooked, there could be road or maintenance issues or any other number of reasons that you would be turned away. It is rare, but it does happen.
There are many subtleties when it comes to what to expect at an RV park. These items are some of the larger ones you can use to start getting yourself out in the RV and into RV parks.