Camping Resources

 


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Route Mapping

RV Life Trip Wizard – This is the main resource we use. We plan and map out all our travels using this fantastic program. A paid subscription service that allows us to see the route we are taking, with campgrounds, gas stops, points of interest and more. Plus it maps out our ideal driving distance so we can select a destination along that pathway. We’ve customized RV safe routes to the height & weight of our Airstream. Over 20,000 Campgrounds listed with reviews by Real RVers. We couldn’t do what we are doing without RV Life Trip Wizard. Well OK, probably we could, but it sure makes it easier. They also have a fantastic GPS App for your phone.


Dyrt – Plan 5-star camping road trips with PRO Trip Planner. Find free camping on public lands with PRO Map Layers. Roam freely with PRO Offline Access and PRO Map Downloads. Save on camping reservations and camping gear with PRO Discounts. A paid subscription service.


Road Trippers – Plan your next road trip route with Roadtrippers, online and with their phone Apps. Enter where you want to start and finish your road trip, and then discover the coolest “off the beaten path” places along the way. Their database includes millions of the world’s most fascinating places, making planning the unexpected easier than you thought. There is a free version, but if you decide to purchase the “Plus” subscription, you will get a $5 discount if you use this promo code: BTR5QTP


Ultra Nomadic – Streamline your planning process by using this simple, one of a kind, and free RV Travel planner. Works on a laptop, tablet and phone. The free site is limited in features, but they offer a $36 a year Pro Version which is filled with great features like road directions that avoid low clearances and other hazardous roadways.

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Campground reviews

All Stays – A paid resource for campgrounds, free parking at places like Walmart and Cracker Barrel, Rest Areas, Propane, RV Dumps, Washes, Road hazards.  We use this all the time!


Campendium – A great free resource for honest reviews of campgrounds, including boondocking sites. One of our go-to sites.


RV Life Campgrounds – Another great free resource for honest reviews. There is an upgraded subscription that includes all the features of the RV Life suite.


iOverlander – Overlanding is self-reliant travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. iOverlander is a free tool, by and for overlanders, which enables its users to submit, amend and find information and opinions, primarily about places that are essential for the act of overlanding.  


USCAmpgrounds.info – This free service promotes themselves as the most comprehensive guide to Federal, State, Provincial and Local campgrounds.


Ultimate Campgrounds – This free service is a consolidated and comprehensive source for public campgrounds of all types. This list does not include private/commercial campgrounds.


Hipcamp – Hipcamp is a growing community of good-natured people and a comprehensive resource for unique outdoor stays. They work with landowners to offer tent camping, RV parks, cabins, treehouses, and glamping—everywhere from national parks to blueberry farms. Free service.


Sēkr – Plan your next trip the right way. Explore 50,000+ campgrounds and overnight options in one easy-to-use map. Lean on their travel community to find reviews, campsite photos and WiFi wherever you may be.


Moble RVing – This free site is a growing movement of RV travel enthusiasts that continually try to improve the outdoor experience for all of us interstate gypsies. Their platform is intended to keep in touch with the “road family” by sharing and generating content that is useful to those that enjoy the nomadic lifestyle. 


ParkAdvisor.com – This website was developed to help people find great RV Parks in North America (USA, Canada, Mexico). Completely FREE with NO ADS. Commercial RV parks are sorted by rating and can be viewed in list mode. If you zoom in far enough, you will see gas station, rest areas, stores, etc.


RV Buddy – This free service gives visitors the opportunity to post their campground and RV park experiences, good or bad, for other campers. With hundreds of quality reviews covering campground and RV parks throughout the United States, you’re sure to find what you need to know before you go.


RV Parking – This free service lists as much information as they can collect on every RV park they can find. Over the past four years, they’ve compiled detailed information on over 20,000 RV parks. In addition to listing all of the standard information about a park (location, number of sites, etc.), their listings include valuable, real-world insight submitted by users.


RV Parky – A free RV Park directory built by a full time RV’er with the help of the RV community to help fellow RV’ers on the road. Here you can find information, images, and reviews for the most complete collection of RV Parks and campgrounds in the United States and Canada.


Living In Beauty Campground Reviews – Here is a list of campgrounds we have enjoyed and written extensive reviews about their details.

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Booking at Sold-Out Campgrounds

Wandering Labs – This free program, designed by Tim Watson at Watsons Wander, checks popular campgrounds for availability within a particular window. Since a lot of people cancel their reservations at the last minute, this program allows RVers to find campsites in hard-to-reserve campgrounds. It has pinged us a few times when a site has opened up. There is a premium membership that costs $30 if you want some additional features.


CampNab – Unable to reserve a campsite? Get notified when a sold-out campground has availability. Set the when, where, and how long you want to camp for. It will notify you (via SMS) when a suitable spot opens up at that campground—so you can nab that sold-out campsite reservation! This is a paid subscription or pay-per-scan.

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Free camping

Harvest Hosts – We love Harvest Hosts. A paid resource for complimentary overnight places like wineries, museums, farms. Some of our favorite places to stay have been through Harvest Hosts. We have stayed at more than 110 Harvest Hosts locations so far. You get a 15% discount using our link.


Overnight RV Parking – This paid subscription service lists free and “under $20/night” places to stay for a night in your RV, and also advises you of places where Overnight RV Parking isn’t allowed. More than 14,000 listings, constantly updated. Get 3 extra months free when you subscribe using this link.


Boondockers Welcome – Have you heard about this awesome community of RVers that can also save you money? Boondockers Welcome is not just a service that allows you to camp on private property for free but it’s also a great way to connect with other RVers or learn more about the RV lifestyle. A paid subscription service.


Casino Camper – A free site listing casinos that encourage RVs to spend the night at no cost.


FreeCampSites.net – This service is one of the best free resources for free camping. It is one of the fist places we go to when looking for a free location.


Boondocking & Free Campsites – A Facebook Group to talk with other like-minded campers about great boondocking locations.

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Government Campgrounds

NPS.gov – A listing and resource for the National Park Service.


NPS App – This brand new app for you phone just came out in 2021. It is FANTASTIC! A game changer. Check it out! It’s FREE!


Recreation.gov – Reservations at Federal land reservations from 12 Federal partners


Reserveamerica.com – Reservations at about half of the State Parks


Here is a listing of each State Park

Here is a listing of Canadian Provincial Parks

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Campground Site Photos/Videos

Campsite Photos – A free site that allows you to search photos of each campsite in over 1,600 State Parks, National Parks, U.S. Forest Service, BLM and other campgrounds throughout the USA. This has come in handy many times.


Campground Views – This paid subscription (there is a free version) is the original and only tool available to campers and RVers that allows you to physically see and tour thousands of campgrounds and RV parks across the United States. With over 3,000 first person videos, 24,000 photographs, and thousands of reviews we are the single best place to find the great campgrounds you want to visit.

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Memberships

Passport America – Join The “Original” & World’s Largest 50% Discount Camping Club! Only $44 a year. Save 50% at Over 1,450 Quality Campgrounds. We keep this membership since one visit to a campground at 50% off pays for the service.


Thousand Trails – Since 1969, they have welcomed generations of families at campgrounds across the country. They are one of the largest networks of RV resorts and campgrounds in North America, with over 80 locations in 23 states and British Columbia. They offer several membership options.


Kampgrounds of America (KOA) – Their membership rewards program gives you 10% off any stay at one of their 500 campgrounds.


Good Sam – Members receive 10% at over 5,000 GoodSam campgrounds and discounts on purchases at Camping World retails stores. We joined this and have found it pays for itself in discounts every year.


Escapees – The Escapees RV Club is dedicated to supporting the RV lifestyle with everything you need to make it easier, more affordable, safer, and–most important of all–fun! Members enjoy a comprehensive suite of discounts and support services, as well as numerous education options.


Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) – They educate, equip, and empower RV owners in their journey to creating, experiencing, and benefiting from the outdoor lifestyle they dream of and deserve.


Happy Camper Club – Happy Camper is a discount club for RVers and campers of all types. As a member, you can stay at hundreds ofquality RV parks on a full hook-up site for up to half price; and unlike other memberships, it requires no contracts, no home parks, and no point systems. 

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Audio Tours

Gypsy Guide – It’s like having your own tour guide along for the ride. Audio tours that play automatically, as you drive, based on your location. The App is for iPhone or Android phones. Each tour location is priced individually and displayed on the individual tour pages and as in-app purchases.

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Offline Maps

Google Maps Offline – Did you know you can download areas & navigate offline? You can save an area from Google Maps to your phone or tablet and use it when you’re offline.

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Finding Fuel and Highway Exit Services

Gas Buddy – We use this free App all the time to find the closest and best price on our fuel. It can be set to find Diesel fuel, or gasoline.


The Next Exit – They claim to be the most complete and accurate composition of U.S. Interstate Highway exit services available. You’ll find a thorough exit-by-exit listing of every service you will need while traveling: gas, food, lodging, camping, shopping, and much more. This is a paid subscription.


USA Rest Stops Locator – Easily find all rest stops through the entire United States on your iOS or Android device.


iExit – Find the best gas, food, lodging, and more along the Interstate

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Finding Dump stations

Sanidumps – This free service includes recreational vehicle dump stations include: private, public, RV park, non-park, municipal, truck stop, rest stop, campground, camping, resort, commercial, pay, donation, and free. This has saved our bacons many times.

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Social Media Groups

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Travel Blogs

Here is a listing of travel bloggers we follow.

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Weather

Wind Alert – This handy website plus Apple App or Android App tells you the wind predictions for any area. Weather Forecasts Where You Are. Multiple Forecasts for all locations worldwide! Also shows projected temperature and sky conditions.


AccuWeather – This is “go-to” App on our iPhone. They’ve been dedicated to making living lives safer, easier and better since 1962 by combining weather data, technology, and human insight.


Weather Channel – Since 1982, they have been forecasting and offering weather-related news and analysis, along with documentaries and entertainment programming related to weather.


Weather Underground – Weather Underground has challenged the conventions around how weather information is shared with the public since 1993.

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RV Travel Tips

RV Travel Tips – Over the years we have addressed some of the challenges facing us and freely share them here.


We recorded the short video above talking about what we’ve learned from traveling full-time since 2016.


Our Gear – We list (with reviews) all of our gear including items for the kitchen, plumping, electronics, maintenance, preparedness, outdoor, personal care, dog stuff, recreation, tools, sleep and books. We don’t sell anything, but we provide links to online retailers like Amazon.


Camp Addict – Camp Addict is where you get your RVing product answers in one place. More importantly, they aim to be the RVing place that you trust on the internet.


Mobile Internet Resource Center – Their goal is to provide a central resource center about mobile internet options for US based travelers – RVers, boaters, truckers and nomads of all sorts. They have made this their focus so you can save time & money and get out there exploring what drives you!


Geeks On Tour – Jim and Chris travel the country by RV and specialize in teaching technology for travelers. Google Maps is their #1 smartphone app, and they can teach you how to make your own travelog website with Blogger. Nationally known, popular seminar presenters, Jim and Chris have been professional computer trainers since 1983.


TechnoRV – TechnoRV has been in business since 2009. They supply leading RV technology products to enhance the RV lifestyle. Their warehouse is located in Theodore, Alabama.


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Roadside Assistance

All of these below offer various options for roadside assistance.

AAA – The American Automobile Association is the one we use and have for almost 40 years.


Better World Club – Their claim is to be America’s only Auto Club with 24/7 green roadside assistance.


Coachnet – Most roadside service plans are all the same with little room for big differences. But little differences can be a BIG deal! Since 1987, Coach-Net has provided roadside assistance  paying careful attention  to the specialized needs of the RVer.


Good Sam – Good Sam Roadside Assistance keeps you and your family protected. Join today to see why Good Sam is ranked the #1 Roadside Assistance program by TopConsumerReviews.com.


Paragon Motor Club – What you want is fast, reliable, emergency Roadside Assistance for you and your family. Paragon Motor Club offers progressive levels of emergency roadside service and expense protection, designed to fit your budget and help you when you really need it. Roadside Assistance dispatchers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, throughout the US and Canada.


RV Advisor – Provided by the RV Advisor Motor Club. They offer services such as Roadside Assistance, Extended Warranties, Tire and Wheel Protection, RV and Auto Insurance, Legal Advice, and you can even hire the Founder of the RV Advisor to guide you through a purchase, sale, repair, or warranty issues with your RV.

Roadside Debacle Busters – We wrote a blog post on how to prepare yourself for a roadside emergency.

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Snail Mail Services

iPostal1 – This is the mail service we have used since July 2016 and like that it allowed us to choose between 1000+ addresses in all the states, so we could pick our State residence.


Escapees – Considered by many to be the best choice, but your address will be in Texas, South Dakota or Florida.


Traveling MailBox – They have more than 50 address from many states to choose from.


USA2Me – They are a family owned and operated company that was founded in late 2004 in small warehouse in Houston Texas with the mission of becoming a quality leader in the then emerging mail and package forwarding industry.

 


RV Average Monthly Costs

Travel Maps and Facts – Ever wonder what some folks spend for their average months costs? We have accumulated most of our costs since 2016 and present them here in easy to see images.

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Campground Hosting Websites

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RV Parks for Sale

RV Parking Store – If you are thinking about buying an established campground or RV Park, this is an excellent resource. It also includes RV lots and memberships for sale.

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If you know of a camping resource not listed, please leave a comment below and let us know about it.