After all, there’s always plenty of other options out there. If a park doesn’t make you feel completely comfortable, then it just doesn’t feel like it was worth the time or the money. And you probably won’t end up coming back.
It doesn’t seem like we ask for much as RVers – just a cozy, clean place to park for a couple nights. But in order for an RV park to be worthy of a good, five-star review on Yelp or TripAdvisor, here are 10 things in particular that it should definitely have.
1. Free WiFi.
What is this – the ’30s? WiFi is almost essential in modern times. Some people even rely on it everyday for work, and many full-timers need to use it for routine tasks like banking.
Because it’s so highly used these days, nothing will turn visitors off more than charging an extra fee just to log on to the web. Not everyone needs to sit and surf online for hours – but it is nice to stay connected and be able to share your photos on Facebook.
2. There’s enough space between you and your neighbors.
Nobody wants to feel all crowded and on top of each other. A good RV park will provide enough space between sites so everyone can enjoy a sense of privacy, and a little bit of breathing room.
3. There’s a convenient way to get rid of your trash.
Trash stinks, so of course, you’ll want to be able to easily dispose of it. It’s always a plus if the bin is within a short walking distance from your site or – even better – if you’re able to get your trash picked up.
4. Pull-through sites are well-maintained and spacious.
You know you’re pulling into a great park when their pull-through sites are nice and big. A huge, defined site just makes parking so much easier, no matter what type of RV you’re in.
5. Picnic tables are provided.
Picnic tables are a must when it comes to camping. A good RV park will provide not just one – but several of them. And they won’t make you pay to use them. You don’t even have to eat at the tables – you can just sit and do work, play games, or enjoy a conversation while soaking in all of the surroundings.
6. The electrical and sewer connections are up-to-date.
7. The laundry facilities are nice and clean.
Like trash, dirty clothes can really start to smell up your RV after they’re been sitting for a few days. So depending how long you’re staying, you may end up needing to use the laundry facilities. An RV park can easily earn a few brownie points by having a clean laundry room, with plenty of easy-to-use washers and dryers.
8. They have a pet area and/or a playground.
The more amenities an RV park offers, the better. You have a place for my four-legged friend and my little ones to run off all their energy? And I can still sit and drink an ice cold brew at my private campsite later on? Alright, alright – take my money already.
9. The shower facilities are spotless – and there’s always plenty of warm water.
Perhaps one of the most important features at an RV park is having a nice, clean place to take a shower. It’s really what we would expect in our bathrooms at home (or maybe a level up).
Just keeping it stocked with items like toilet paper and paper towels is essential, as well as keeping it maintained (without paint peeling off the walls or trash on the floor). And then there’s the water.
Have you ever taken a freezing cold shower at a resort? It’s absolutely miserable. No matter what time you’re jumping in, the water should always be at a good, warm temperature.
10. And the customer service makes you feel right at home.
Greet us with a smile. Even offer us some free coffee when we check in, maybe. But also, be well-trained and knowledgeable about RVing, the park and local area, and all of the amenities offered.
One of the most memorable and important features of any business – including RV parks – is wonderful customer service from the workers and the staff.
What do you think? What else should an RV park always have?