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The new RV Park Reviews website is optimized for mobile devices and you can easily access all the site's features from a smartphone or tablet. Just create a browser bookmark on one of your home screens. There will eventually be a stand-alone app available which will provide some offline capabilities, but this is nearly as good as an app.

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For some reason we aren't not big fans of "RV Parks" in general. We do like the National Parks, the COE parks, most State Parks and every SKP park we've been to but the commercial RV parks (even the "resorts") just don't hold much appeal for us.

 

And we don't usually plan our trips down to the day and hour (we have relatives who do that). We have a general plan and move in that direction but we're willing to change on a whim or a road sign.

 

Our two mainstays are the Allstays app and Day's End listing along with the SKP Travel Guide book. They give us better control over where we might be able to spend a little time.

 

The Allstays app is absolutely worth the $10.

 

WDR

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SKP parks are commercial parks. Even the CO-OP parks are like any variety of 'commercial' parks we've stayed in. Maybe friendlier people - although that doesn't always hold true - - been in a couple SKP parks where the ones on duty that day we're just as snarly as people who were having a bad day at other places.

 

We've found some real gems in city/county parks and fairgrounds. Just have to look for them as you travel. Some really great, some just so-so, and some downright pathetic or very confusing. But even the confusing ones work for an overnight and give you something to talk about further on down the line.

 

Barb

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SKP parks are commercial parks. Even the CO-OP parks are like any variety of 'commercial' parks we've stayed in. Maybe friendlier people - although that doesn't always hold true - - been in a couple SKP parks where the ones on duty that day we're just as snarly as people who were having a bad day at other places.

 

We've only stayed at the co-op parks in Sutherlin, OR and in Coarsegold, CA and both of them were completely different from any commercial RV park we've ever been in. Park Sierra, in particular. Park Sierra is nothing like your average RV park since the sites are carved into the hillsides and often the only other RV in sight is across the street. And while there might be commercial parks with "boondock" spots, I've never been to one; not even an "overflow" area at the commercial RV parks I've been to.

 

WDR

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Obviously you've never stayed at Dream Catcher in Deming. And I suspect that you haven't stayed at a lot of TT preserves, often have sections where you can't see another RV because of the way they are curved out of the trees and hillsides, Tall Chief in Fall City, WA comes to mind. We like Timber Valley in Sutherlin, but no different than some commercial parks we've stayed at.

 

Barb

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Park Sierra let me "boondock" one week back about '99. It was on the asphalt within sight of the clubhouse. Still PS is and awsome park.

 

There was a fee but I don't remember how much. I just checked the SKP magazine and it still lists dry camping there but no details.

 

DreamCatcher drycamp isn't primo but it sure saved me some needed funds in my early rv'ing days.

 

Not anything to do with escapees but the park I am in now is so popular there is almost always a waiting list. It is very plain and mostly has longtime renters like guys working for months in the area. I am in the worst spot I think I have ever been in anywhere but still happy to have it. As soon as I leave it will be upgraded weather permiting. I think the only reason he let me have the site is I have stayed here multiple times and we get along. he has a tornado shelter which is great in this area. If I had not got it my stay in the area would have been much less amenable just because of the location for me. My big worry now is getting out next month due to wet conditions. Sometimes location trumps other things and in some places options are limited.

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Thousand trail, rpi. Then you will have everything.

Everything? We managed to be fulltime for nearly 12 years and happily so, but didn't have or want any of those. The best choices are a very personal thing and We don't have any desire to be part of a commercial campground association, other than Passport America.

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Allstays is good, but no one app, website or directory lists every campground. Here are a few websites we use:

and as we travel the U.S. and state highways we still find campgrounds that seem not to be listed anywhere so I keep my own POI file for the GPS and mapping program.
The National Forest Campground Guide and the Ultimate Public Campground Project websites list both free and pay public campgrounds.
For boondocking we use:
Free Campsites, Free Campgrounds, Bob's Cheap or Free Campgrounds, Dean's List, Boondockers Welcome, and Harvest Hosts, In printed/ebook versions there is the Escapees Days End Directory and Don Wright's Guide to Free Campgrounds. In Florida some of the Wildlife Management Areas and Water Management Districts allow boondocking. Some Kansas State Fishing Lakes and Wildlife Management Areas allow boondocking. Boondocking is allowed on Arizona Trust Lands with a permit. For boondocking on National Forests this links to many of the Motor Vehicle Use Maps.
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Allstays is good, but no one app, website or directory lists every campground. Here are a few websites we use:

and as we travel the U.S. and state highways we still find campgrounds that seem not to be listed anywhere so I keep my own POI file for the GPS and mapping program.
The National Forest Campground Guide and the Ultimate Public Campground Project websites list both free and pay public campgrounds.
For boondocking we use:
Free Campsites, Free Campgrounds, Bob's Cheap or Free Campgrounds, Dean's List, Boondockers Welcome, and Harvest Hosts, In printed/ebook versions there is the Escapees Days End Directory and Don Wright's Guide to Free Campgrounds. In Florida some of the Wildlife Management Areas and Water Management Districts allow boondocking. Some Kansas State Fishing Lakes and Wildlife Management Areas allow boondocking. Boondocking is allowed on Arizona Trust Lands with a permit. For boondocking on National Forests this links to many of the Motor Vehicle Use Maps.

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to post all of the links. I have many, and have many to now check out!

Best,

Smitty

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