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My husband and I have our own list of things we look for each time we are heading for a new campground. Here are a few of them:
- A campground that is clean and not loaded with RV that are falling apart
- Sites that are wide enough so we are away from the neighbors and can’t hear their table conversation or other intimate talk
- Sites that are long enough so our 35 foot fifth wheel isn’t hanging out in the road
- 30 amp electricity for normal lights, radio and television, 50 amp if we need air conditioning
- A hook up for water – we have our own filter
- The ability to easily get into the campsite (back-up or pull-through) without colliding with trees or power-lines or other obstacles
Those are the basics. If a campground doesn’t have those, we don’t stop. On the second tier of amenities (very nice but not critical) we like to have:
- Wifi so we can communicate with the rest of the world in addition to doing our banking, bill paying, shopping and so forth (really nice if we have it at our campsite and don’t have to tote the laptop up to the office)
- Cable TV hook-ups
- Picnic table
I think we’re pretty reasonable on both our basics and the extras that we like to have when moving to a new campground/neighborhood. But, in order to attract more busines, campgrounds are now offering more and more amenities. Some of our fellow RVers are now expecting these amenities as basics. Here’s what they are demanding:
- Swimming pools, saunas, hot tubs
- Recreation Centers with a full range of social activities (usually with an Activity Director) like organized pot-luck suppers, dance lessons, crafts of all kinds, trips to local attractions and lots of clubs
- Sports activities such as golf courses, horse shoe pits, shuffle board courts, hiking paths, gardens and game rooms
I could go on but you get the idea. What made me think about this is a picture I saw in a book I’m re-reading from my childhood, Homer Price by Robert McCloskey. Homer’s parents run a camp for tourists. Notice their sign out front touting their one amenity. Times sure have changed, haven’t they.
The sign says: Shady Rest Tourist Camp – Running Water.