No matter how nice a camp ground is, it can all be ruined if you are stuck with a bad spot to stay in. So what is the most ideal spot to park your rig and enjoy the camp ground to its fullest. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration, and you may not always be able to do all of them, but if you follow some simple guidelines, your camping experience will be a lot less about complaining about your surroundings, and more about having fun.
Here are some tips from RV Basics for what to look for when choosing where to park your RV for camping….
- If you’ve arrived at an unfamiliar campground ask the campground hosts for a detailed map and have a quick drive or hike around and make a list of some possible campsite locations.
- Do not take a site that has camping items but no vehicle as it could belong to RV owners who aren’t on site for the day.
- Always arrive ear;y if possible. You can rest assured the best campsites will be taken if you arrive late in the afternoon.
- Camp at least 200-300 feet away from water, this keeps you out of traffic zone and bug free.
- Make sure there are trees to hang your garbage and food up wind outside of camp.
- Set up camp away from other campers and away from any trails.
- If you love the idea of waking up in a warm location set up camp under the morning sun. You will also have the advantage of being shielded from hot sun later in the day.
- Avoid setting up camp in tall grassy locations as they are a wonderland for insects.
- Never camp at the bottom of cliffs with loose rocks.
- Become familiar with flora and avoid all areas with poison ivy.
- Get the best protection from lightning by camping near a dense grouping of trees, all the same height in a low area away from water.
- Make sure the site is large enough to meet all your needs.
- Think about what would happen to your site in the event of a storm.
- Consider the location of bathroom facilities (if applicable).
- Water is absolutely critical for camping. You will need it for washing, drinking and cooking so ensure that you have a water source nearby to your camp site.
- If rain is expected locate your campsite in a flood free area.
- Never modify an area by removing vegetation and rocks to create the perfect campsite. The perfect campsite is never created by man but has already been made by Mother Nature.
- Find an area free of tree roots and rocks. If you’ve found the perfect location but there’s a problem with small rocks gently rake them away to create a smooth level for sleeping on.
- Never camp on a ridge. You are too exposed to severe wind and lightning conditions.
- Avoid sharing a site with campers who are not part of your group. There’s plenty of land to go around and every camper is entitled to some personal space.
There are more great tips in the article, and they will all make your camping trip a lot more enjoyable. If you are looking for a new RV to take camping, then check out our awesome selection at Pennsylvania’s largest Keystone RV and Open Range Dealership, Lerch RV…