With RV parks available from coast to coast, it's no wonder couples, families and seniors have opted to travel by RV versus staying in hotels and motels. Whether you're planning a weekend getaway or extended vacation, a recreational vehicle provides a comfortable mode of transportation.

An RV park will offer a plethora of features and amenities, from tent pads and folding camper sites to pull through or back in sites fully equipped with water, sewage and electricity. Knowing what to expect ahead of time when selecting a park saves time, and eliminates the possibility of unforeseen issues once you arrive.

Public Parks

National and state parks are a top destination for RVs. They run the gamut of campsite styles from primitive sites for tents to RV sites capable of accommodating large recreational vehicles, travel trailers and fifth wheels. Fully equipped RV sites may also include a fire ring, grill area and picnic table.

The fee for RV campsites includes access to bathhouses, hot showers, and laundry facilities. Recreational facilities may include a pool, lake, boat, canoe, kayak, hiking trails and bike rentals. Some parks also have a general store for necessities such as water, food items, toiletries, charcoal and firewood.

Private Parks

Private RV parks provide a resort-style atmosphere with fully equipped sites; they focus on creating an all-in-one environment for short-term and long-term guests alike. Features include recreational programs and activities, pool, hot tub, fitness area, and outdoor activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, biking and fishing. A playground for children is usually available unless the park is designated for adults only.  Scheduled community gatherings and cookouts provide opportunities to mingle with other guests. Private parks may include a family-style restaurant, cafe, and rental equipment such as bicycles, kayaks and canoes.

Remote/Wilderness Camping

Remote or wilderness camping is another option for RV travel. This type of camping usually takes place in a state or national park in its most remote areas, meaning no electricity, water or sewage facilities. Fees for remote camping may be significantly less than a fully equipped site. With remote camping, you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the great outdoors without fellow campers nearby, but you must be fully prepared for aloneness and the inconveniences that arise in remote areas.

Each park will have its own policies regarding the size of RV allowed, length of stay, parking for towed or second vehicles, refund process in case of cancellation, and pets.

RV parks in state and national parks are susceptible to seasonal weather and may close during the winter months. Make reservations well ahead of your vacation date no matter what time of year you plan to travel. Allow for weather issues, as well as peak seasons when parks fill up fast.

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