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Old 03-23-2015, 06:31 PM   #11
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I too find it rediculous that the campgrounds themselves are horrible about updating anything, much less giving info about the individual sites. That is exactly what I need to know before I go.

With that said, I also use google maps and google street view as much as possible first. Then I look to see if campsitephotos has the park in their database. Then I will go see if the park has a website and see if there is any good info (other than price). After that, I will start looking at reviews on rvparkreviews.com or yelp or google and just some searches with the campgrounds name with the word reviews behind it. After that, I will look at the elevation to get there using gpsvisualizer.com.

First, I need to see if the sites are big enough - google maps and google street view
Next, I try to get an actual view of the sites and see if there is a specific one better than another using campsitephotos.com
Then I will look to see where other things are using the campgrounds map if available.
After that I look for reviews to see if I am missing something - loud parties, bad management, surprise fees not shown on the website.
Then I need to know if I am going to be traveling up 7000ft just to get to the campground.

I am probably missing some steps I use, but that is the shortest list I complete. I usually travel out of state, so I need to be prepared as much as possible beforehand.
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Old 03-23-2015, 06:59 PM   #12
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My pet peeve with campground websites is the rate information.

They indicate the nightly rate is $42.50 PLUS TAX.

If you don't live in that area/state you probably have no idea what their tax rate is. Why are they so opposed to disclosing this information on their website? I have asked before.....blank stare....no response.


I have seen that jump the rate as much as 25% more than indicated.

When I am researching campgrounds that very thing may cause me to eliminate that campground from my short list.
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Old 03-23-2015, 09:00 PM   #13
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Enter the site on YouTube and visitors will document their stay often times!
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Old 03-24-2015, 12:03 AM   #14
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Great call...YouTube is another great way to check out parks and campgrounds.
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Rvparkreviews.com can be a good resource, no pics but I like to read the comments about why a CG is good or bad. Usually comments about utilities, shade, access, wifi, cable are posted. Satellite view on Google maps is useful to get an idea about general layout and how easy access will (or not) be.
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Old 03-24-2015, 12:30 PM   #16
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Aside from using all the methods mentioned, I wanted to just toss in this link for Some of our Beautiful Parks up here in Ontario Canada.
Ontario Parks Pictures

Would be nice if there were a sticky somewhere that had links to all this sites eh? Mods?
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Aside from using all the methods mentioned, I wanted to just toss in this link for Some of our Beautiful Parks up here in Ontario Canada.
I may just come back up to camp in Ontario again this year, just because I love that website and the ability to see the sites Thanks for sharing!!!
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I may just come back up to camp in Ontario again this year, just because I love that website and the ability to see the sites Thanks for sharing!!!
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Just the other day as I was trying to make reservations at TN state parks, I wondered if there was a post-retirement part-time job opportunity for me going around to all our state parks and taking better photos of the campsites. I also don't need photos of the picnic table or the fire ring. Some of the photos were just of the site # post - how helpful is that?? 2-3 photos of the site layout from different angles would help determine if that's the site I want. With most of the current photos, it's a crap shoot.
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Here's one that you guys might like. It shows brief "YouTube" movie that campers (such as ourselves) have taken of the various campsites throughout the U.S. and it's FREE !
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