How We Find Campsites
Finding and booking campsites is like a big treasure hunt. The goal is to find spots that meet your expectations and needs. To start, you need to decide what type of amenities and hookups you want. Are you an all-inclusive RV resort kind of person? Maybe basic amenities are all you need? Or perhaps you want to be totally secluded in nature?
My favorite website for finding any type of campsite is Campendium. We have the paid subscription, which is great because it can show us cellular coverage in a particular area and you can filter by service provider. In addition to Campendium, we are also Thousand Trails and Passport America members. However, I still like to check Campenium first so I can read location reviews before booking anything.
Utilizing platforms like Google and Pinterest is also helpful for finding campsites based on location. And many RV social media accounts—both people and brands—will share about campgrounds and camping locations as well.
If we’re looking to boondock, or dry camp without any hookups, then we’ll search on Campendium, iOverlander and Free Campsites. We always read the reviews on these websites, as they often provide great tips and share special notes about the best way to get to the campsite or area. Since we have a 40-foot fifth wheel, we have to be extra careful when selecting a more remote boondocking location.
Occasionally, we need to stay overnight in-between destinations. For stays like this, I recommend Harvest Hosts. They offer such unique experiences and locations, including wineries, breweries, museums, even golf courses. Most Harvest Hosts locations are near a main highway, but you still need to provide some advanced notice to stay (ideally, a few days notice).