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Best RV Parks For Full-Time RVers

We’ve been full time traveling the USA for the past 8 years and while we typically don’t sit still at RV Parks often, when we do, there are a few essential things we are looking for such as

  • a clean shower house that is preferably newer,
  • a hot tub
  • community vibe

That’s why we often stay at Settler’s Point Luxury RV Resort in St George, Utah. Not only does it have the things mentioned above, but it is also a great jumping-off point to Zion National Park.

Here are some other things to keep in mind when looking for an RV Park for full-time RVers.

The Importance of Campground

Choosing a campground might seem minor, but believe me when I say that the places we’ve stayed have had a vast impact on our daily lifestyle and overall quality of life. It’s for those reasons that I advise you to think carefully about where you want to stay and do your due diligence when it comes to research.

Look at Google Maps Reviews

Using any search engine will suffice for this, however, I’ve found that Google Maps tends to be fairly consistent whenever we’re looking for red flags for campgrounds. Sometimes campgrounds can have unforeseen issues, whether bad campsites, a lackluster environment, or poor management. There can be all sorts of quirks a campground may have that won’t get mentioned on the website or revealed with just a few pictures, and while most of these might not be deal breakers, it is still nice to be set with the proper expectations. Check out this page for some helpful Google Maps tips.

Is It For The Long Term or The Short Term?

Not all campgrounds are suitable for your needs, and even the most amazing ones can leave you feeling disappointed if it doesn’t meet your expectations. I find that one of the biggest questions RVers need to ask themselves when choosing a campground is: How long do I plan on staying?

Some campgrounds are absolutely stunning and relatively affordable, but they may not be very comfortable and might not benefit you as a long-term campground. Conversely, many urban campgrounds might disappoint you if you’re looking for peace and quiet. In the end, it’s a game of give and take, and you can’t expect to have the best of everything when it comes to choosing campgrounds. 

If you are unsure which is better for you, check out this blog post about what pace you should travel at.

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Is The Priority Adventure or Functionality?

Another question that needs to be addressed when you’re choosing a destination, is what are you prioritizing? Specifically, is the most important thing convenience, or is it excitement? Trying to have an even split between the two is a surefire way to get yourself neither.

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Bonus Campground Amenities

Mini-golfing, pools (indoor and outdoor), food courts, trails, camp stores, and playgrounds are all aspects of a campground to consider, and while for most people these things won’t matter, it’s important that you ask yourself IF any of these things matter to you.

A good campground can make or break an RV experience, and as such, it’s important to find clarity on what your needs are, so that you can find the right place for you and your loved ones to stay.

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Amazing laundry room at the Spearfish KOA

Doing Laundry While Living In An RV

How important are shower and bathroom amenities to you? Depending on your situation, this could either be frivolous, or, if you’re stuck in a small awkward RV with no sewer hookups, it could be a big deal. If the latter is the case for you, ask yourself how much you care about having nice, hot showers to use. I know that for me, a hot shower can turn a whole day around.

Fortunately, most RV parks have their own laundromats and are set up to pay through an App so you don’t have to worry about quarters anymore.

Is Installing A Washer Dryer Hybrid an Option?

While this won’t work for all RVs, if you are endowed with a larger rig, and one with ample connections (electrical outlet, hot and cold water connections, and an exhaust port), a small washer-dryer hybrid machine might be exactly what you need. While these things can be heavy, loud, and will wrinkle clothes, in terms of convenience they’re unparalleled.

Showers While Living in an RV

If you have an RV with a spacious shower and sewer hookups, then showering in an RV is as easy as in a home. But if you don’t, then finding campgrounds with nice shower amenities can be helpful. Most newer RV parks have wonderful shower facilities, however, many of the cheaper campgrounds don’t. For most, this won’t be a dealbreaker, but it’s an important thing to consider.

If you find yourself with a nice shower but without sewer hookups or a campground with shower facilities, you can still use your own but might have to make it a military-style shower.

Something else you can consider is using a solar shower bag and washing outside. This will only work during the summer, and if you’re willing to take a shower in a bathing suit, but it’s certainly better than nothing. Here’s the solar shower we use.

We often shower at gyms, recreation centers, yoga studios, or hit up hot springs when we travel. Many full-time RVers get memberships at gyms that are National chains such as Planet Fitness, Anytime Fitness, LA Fitness, Crunch, or Orange Theory.

As a last resort, you can also get clean by diving into a nearby lake, although my family will also make rivers work as well. Lakes and rivers can be very cold, even in the middle of summer, and you can’t use soap in them, but if you simply can’t stand how dirty you are, then you’ll likely find it worth it. Plus, there are a multitude of benefits when it comes to swimming in lakes.

Tips For Sewer Tubes & Dumping

While campsites without sewer hookups normally run you 5-15 dollars cheaper, for full-time RVers, this is generally speaking, not worth the headache. Without sewer hookups, you’ll be limited in your ability to do dishes, go to the bathroom, and especially shower.

One tip we have found useful is to keep the sewer valves closed and then open them up when needed so that you can allow things to build up a little and then, when you open the valve, everything flows out better. Be sure to keep an eye on your tank levels though so things don’t back up. If they do, you’ll notice that your shower or sink stops draining.

Another tip I want to share when it comes to sewer is that whenever you have to dump at a campground’s communal dump, make sure you dump black water (pee and poo), before dumping gray water (showers and sinks). This way, when you have to put your sewer tubes away, the gray water will have washed away every single bit of your black water, making it somewhat less gross to handle.

Before you put that sewer tube away though, you should give it a good rinsing. Most dump stations have water connections that you can connect a hose to and then clean out your tubing before you pack it away. Most newer RVs also have a black tank flush to help keep the tanks cleaner.

I hope that this has shed a little light on some of the small details of RV living and that you’re now more prepared than ever to get the inconvenient things out of the way so that you can enjoy more of the fun things about RV living.

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