Here are 10 in no particular order:
- Full hookups. Or a free tank pumping service at the campground like we have here at the Parry Sound KOA. It is usually inconvenient to have to unhook and drive over to the dump station at the campground but we have done that a few times.
- Friendly, helpful camp hosts and registration people. It is so nice to get started on the right foot at a place with people that are glad you chose their campground.
- Scenic locations. We have stayed at a few places that have the 'it' factor but most fall into the 'average category'. It is nice to run across some beautiful places and we usually do.
- Good wifi and/or internet connection. For the most part, campground wifi is not great. Most of the time it is slow. I think in a couple of years that may change as technology improves. My Autonet system works great in the States but not here this far north in Canada.
- Low price. We look for places that are under $25/night. It obviously helps to stay a week, month or longer because the rates are lower. There are plenty of campgrounds that have those kind of rates and one can usually save 10% or more by having a camp club membership of some sort like Escapees, Good Sam, Family Motor Coach Association, etc.
- Space at the campsite. Ten or twelve feet between sites is nice 25 feet or more is better.
- No outside music. Last year was the first time we heard this rule and we love it.
- People who pick up after their dogs.
- Well maintained campgrounds. I love to see the mower out at least once a week. And showers and laundry rooms that are clean. And buildings and signs that have a fresh coat of paint.
- Quiet neighbors. Again, we usually have good neighbors but now and then you don't and appreciate the many times you did.
- Level campsites. Even though we have HWH automatic leveling jacks, if the angle is more that 4" difference in a corner, it can lift a wheel off the ground which we don't like.
- Easy entrance/exit at the campground and campsite. We have had our share of iffy turns and maneuvers to get into and out of places. We prefer the pullthroughs or campsites that have a lot of room to turn. A couple of times we have had to ask people to move their vehicle for a few minutes to get into or out of a site.
How about you? What are some of the things you look for in a campground?
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