An RV directory is a handy resource to carry around in your Cruise America rental RV. It is simple to use; just open the book to the region you are interested in visiting and you will find a whole list of RV parks and campgrounds that are available in that area, along with the contact information so that you can call ahead and make your reservations.
The listings in the directories will also include pertinent information about each of the parks that are listed, including what facilities are available and what fees are charged. It will specify what types of camping is available and how large the spaces are. If you are traveling in a class C RV from Cruise America, you will not need to worry about any oversized spaces.
Keep in mind that the commercial RV park directories will not necessarily mention the campgrounds that are run by the government, so you should obtain a listing of national, state and city campgrounds found in the region where you will be traveling.
It is important to plan ahead when you are taking an RV trip. Depending on the time of the year, as well as the location, RV parks can fill up fast, especially during spring break or holidays, or during the summer. It's not unlike making reservations to stay at a hotel. If you don't plan ahead, you may find that there are no vacancies available, placing you in a position to camp boondock style until you find something. Many prefer traveling in an RV because they don't like to be tied down to a particular itinerary, and that's okay, but it would be wise to at least plan ahead … you can always change your plans and cancel your reservations, but try to always have a backup plan.
If you don't have reservations somewhere and you are ready to stop for the night, refer to your park directory and decide on one or two locations that meet your needs. You may choose to pull in and check them out before you register, to make sure that you are happy with the park. Take a look at the laundry, bathroom and shower facilities, especially if you plan to utilize these amenities. Government parks will often allow you to drive through to select your camp spot, and then register once you have parked. The fees are usually the same for all of the sites in these parks. Commercial parks, however, will usually require that you register when you arrive. They will assign you a spot upon registration. The fees in these parks may vary, depending on the location of the site in relation to the bath and laundry facilities, as well as the hookup facilities and the size of the site.
You will generally find that the campsite rates are posted on a board behind the registration counter. You will pay a basic overnight fee, and all of the optional amenities will cost you extra. You may also pay additional fees for more than two people, pets, additional vehicles and the use of air conditioners and heaters that require electricity. Some campers may only wish to use the water and electrical hookups; others are willing to pay for all of the conveniences. If you don't want to pay any of these extra fees, you can request a "dry campsite.
Don't hesitate to ask the park management for special accommodations, such as a shady spot in the summer, or a sunny site during the cold season. You may need the hookups on one particular side. You may wish to be close to the recreational area (remember that it may be noisier there) for the kids, and a spot close to the restrooms (keep in mind there will be more foot traffic) if you plan to use them.
Typically there is literature available at the registration desk that offers useful information such as a television guide, nearby churches, restaurants and markets, as well as special points of interest in the area.
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