Web LINKS every RV and Camper owner Must Have before going on the road.
Great Links to web sites containing useful Information for RVers on the Road
This document provides links to sits for;
and much more.
This article is an ideal reference for the owner of RV's, MotorHomes, Coaches, Campers, fifth-wheelers and even Tenters who will find some of these sites valuable in their travels
They are grouped by category and you can simply click on the Blue Text of the Link to go directly to that specific link.
I use these sites and links myself, and I have had no problem with any of them.
But, If for any reason, you find one that gives you a problem, of any kind, Please let me know via the Comment box and I will, of course, delete it from this document.
Thanks, and I hope you will find this Hub useful.
Some Campgrounds really are a piece of Paradise
Affiliated Campground Search Companies
This page includes sites that are good locations to search for campgrounds.
They can include combinations of Federal, State and/or Private Campgrounds.
ReserveAmerica: First let me say that this is one of my favorite campground search sites. It's well organized and easy to use.
And, you should know that almost every state in the country uses Reserve America to manage their State Park campsites, so it's a good membership to have.
As I mentioned, the site provides; general information and directions to, many Federal, State and Private Campgrounds across the US. It has been very useful to me, if for no other reason than because it is a good cross-reference for additional data when researching and comparing campgrounds.
Another great thing that they do well is provide a map of the sites for each campground, and it's facilities,with the rented/unrented sites shown for the period you might want to rent.
But, because these are relatively low-cost places to camp, you need to be aware that, if you do want to make a reservation, make it well ahead (months even) of time.
GoCampingAmerica: This site includes quite a few private campgrounds sprinkled around the US.
You can search by State and proximity to a City/Town. It also provides access to the campground's web site, if there is one, along with contact information, as well as maps and directions.
Camping.com: Camping.Com is yet another web site to use when searching for a nice campground.
The site also provides a variety of useful data on camping, camping equipment, recommended campgrounds and services by selected vendors.
It's a "growing site" so it is a little short of some data. Hopefully ,it will grow into something more useful over time.
FreeCampgrounds for RVs: This site is interesting in that it provides information for RV campers where they can camp for free, or a minimal fee, usually less than $10 a night. There are more of these sites in the cantral and western parts of the US with very few in the Eastern part.
It is designed for the RVer who just needs to stop for just a night and rest and then move on. An Interesting concept, but I have not actually tried it yet.
Military Campgrounds This site is run by a private citizen who has collected a number of campsites that give discounts to Veterans and also some information of US bases with campsites for veterans.
AlWAYS ASK! A lot of campgrounds will give at least some kind of discount to Veterans, you just have to ask. It might be only 10%, but often they will throw in a free day.
RV Information Reference Book
Membership Clubs for RVers
Along with everything else, there are a number of membership clubs designed specifically for RVers.
They offer a wide range of services, and many are affiliated with each other. So here are some of my favorite ones.
Escapees: This club is an old established RVers club started and run by RVers. They provide services and campground discounts for its members.
They have local chapters, and try to provide a full spectrum of support services for their members.
FMCA: Family Motor Coach Association is a nice national organization for RVers. They have chapters of MotorHome owners in every state, and some are just people that enjoy getting together and Camping, and going to Rallys, and some are special clubs oriented to types of travel, types of RV owned, etc.
They provide; some insurance coverages, numerous rallies, travel tips, Campground discounts, and other RV related services.
GoodSamClub: This site is for GoodSam members, and tries to provide everything that an RVer might want, or even dream of, in one place.
It does a pretty good job, in spite of itself, and has a very large national membership, including myself, of course.
GoodSam's services include; RV Insurance, Road Hazard Insurance, other insurances, members Blogs, members picture viewing, a members store, RV tips and service information, general RV recall information, traveling tools, access to RV.net forums, personal member clubs, Campground discounts (normally 10%), and free email, to name a few.
They also provide support in selling your RV, information on some campgrounds, and so on. But the Forums, in my opinion is the truly valuable part of RV.net.
NAARVA: THis club is for African Americans who are campers, and is called the National African American RV Association.
They provide services, ralies, and camping information for African Americans.
Thousand Trails: Thousand Trails is a well established RV Resort membership company, now owned by Equity Lifestyle Properties. There is a complex relationship between the different companies, and the rates for membership can be confusing to say the least.
I love being a member of it, and use it many times each year.
But, be warned, do your homework, to get the most for your money from this company, and most of the other companies.
They have many different memberships, both old and new. Some they sell, and some you can buy from an existing member, and pay to have their membership transferred to you.Do your research!
Encore RV Resorts - RVandGo, Encore (also known as RVabdGo is a large company that owns several hundred campgrounds situated in 27 states. They are normally nice campgrounds with mice amenities, and they do try to keep their facilities in good condition for their member campers.
A member can get discounted pricing on their reservations of as much as 20%. Discounts are not as plentiful during their "peak" season though.
Encore and Thousand Trails are owned by Equity Properties and you will see many campgrounds with a sign that includes both names.
Most Encore campgrounds can be rented at a discounted price by Thousand Trails memberThe problem is that many times there may be only a few sites available for TT members, especially during peak seasons.
Other Membership Clubs: There are numerous other membership clubs for RVers, some are for dozens of CGs across the country, while others might be for only one specific CG.
Some are transferable, or re-sellable, while others are not. Before you buy into anything, be comfortable that you know what RVer lifestyle you have, and what you want. Some of these can really run into big money.
Passport America This member sip club list over a thousand campgrounds located around the US. This club offers you 50% off of the campgrounds regular price. But, here are a few details.
- Typically this discount is for only one or two days.
- Some campgrounds offer this discount only if you stay longer than the 2 days.
- Many time the discounts are only available on ; weekdays, or in non-peak season days.
- Some campgrounds only offer this discount on certain sites.
The reason this membership is good for the frequent camper is that it is great to use on a longer trip and you only want to stay at a campground for one or two days to rest up.
Happy Camper Club - This is another membership club similar to Passport America, offering a 50% discount on certain campgrounds.
KOA Kampgrounds - KOA owns or sub-contracts almost 500 campgrounds around the US. Their campground standards for cleanliness, functionality and amenities makes them a popular place to stop when you are looking for a place to camp whether on a vacation or just traveling through the area.
Camping for Dummies
Parts and Accessories for RVers
These sites are popular for ordering Parts and Accessories for your RV.
Camping World: This is one of the largest stores for Camping Accessories in the country. It is a two-price store, with one "regular" price, and one discounted price for members. They have stores around the country, that can provide service on RV's, as well as retail sales.
They are also affiliated with GoodSam Club. They sell insurance, used RVs, and other Camping related items.
RVW: RV Wholesalers is a nice source of parts and accessories for RVers.
AMAZON Amazon lists a lot of RV parts that they stock as well as hundreds of RV parts sold on Amazon by smaller RV parts stores. Always check Amazon if there is no big chain store near you,
Small RV Parts Stores - Also, if you have access to the web, you can always search for local RV parts stores. There are hundreds of them sprinkled around the country and they justy might have that part you need.
LED Floodlight Headlamp
These comfortable lamps are very popular with campers when they want to walk safely around their campground at night.
Reference Documents and Sites for RVers to SELL and BUY RVs
Here are some sites for Books and Magazines and other documents useful to an RVer.
RV Bookstore : This is a good site that sells lots of different and often interesting reference books and documents, pretty much all related to RVs and Camping.
RVLivin: RVLivin is a very nice site that provides useful information to International RVers, including Forums, RV Tips, and other information.
RV.NET: This site is free, and does require that you have an email address and join their "club".
I think one of the most useful services they provide is a Forum system where members can ask questions on almost anything to do with RV's and campers from the most mundane to some very technical and complicated.
Their search engine works adequately when you need quick access to data on RVs, and the forums are a source of sometimes vital information.
They are affiliated with GoodSam Club and can be accessed from their site.
RVT: RVT is a good source for buying an RV, and for selling your RV, for a fee.
NATMLS NATIONAL MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE (NATMLS) is a large and professional site for listing your RV or for starting your search for an RV. Their large volume will give you some good comparison pricing.
RVTraderOnline:This site is a good one for buying a Camper or RV, and for selling your RV, for a fee.
State Travel Bureaus, Numbers and other Stuff
Often, when you are planning a trip with your RV, you want more information on campsites, campgrounds, state parks, road regulations, etc.
Here are some links to official state travel bureaus, that I passed through in the past.
Another little trick to use is to try to type the following format for any state. I have found that so many states have adopted this as a standard format for access to their information.
Try using 'www.visit[stateinitials]'.com and insert the two letters for the state you are interested in where I show [stateinitials].
Be aware though that often this might be the main site for access to that particular states government information, and you may end up bouncing around on their site a while before you get to the information that you want.
I used all of these, at one time or another, as far as I can remember. I would look these up at times, when I was searching for more information on a state, and kept them written down in an old notepad. Putting them here in a table makes them more convenient for the future.
PS. OLD DATA: Some of these references are kind of old, and may have possibly been changed over times by the state.
If you find this to be true, or have additional information from other states, please send me a comment with the change or additional information. Thanks.
State Travel Bureaus
© 2010 Don Bobbitt
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