If you have been dreaming of traveling the country, maybe it's time to get yourself an RV. RVing offers you flexibility, ease of mobility, and a more affordable way to visit your favorite cities.
But, can you live in an RV park?
Yes! According to a 2018 article in the Washington Post, 1 million Americans live in their RVs. And with the increase in remote workers, that number would have doubled.
Living in an RV all year round
Although some RVers live off the grid, many live in RV parks all year round. There are a few different ways to go about RV park living. Keep reading to discover which is right for you!
Long-term RV parks offer weekly, monthly, or seasonal camping rates. These rates are significantly cheaper than daily and usually cover electrical bills, internet, and amenities. Many RV parks offer long-term stays with a mix of stationary and on-the-move residents. However, not all RV parks offer long-term stays, but not all offer them.
Due to weather conditions, not all RV parks are open all year round. These are called Seasonal RV parks. For example, some RV parks in Nothern America only open from the middle of spring to early autumn. However, RV parks in warm-weather states may be open all year round. Some RV parks that are open all year round are;
- Florida’s Orange Blossom KOA: This is a popular campground among people who visit Disneyland but want to avoid the high cost of hotels and resorts around the area.
- New Mexico’s Silver City: Located near Gila National Forest, this park is well known for its historical attractions, unique shopping experiences, and eco-tourism.
- Arkansas Wanderlust Park: Located near Eureka Springs, this park is a perfect option for RVers looking for a quiet way to relax during four-season travel.
‘Texas’ Hidden Valley RV Park: Located a few minutes outside San Antonio, this family-friendly RV park offers historic attractions and wilderness to explore.
- Utah’s Zion River Resort: They offer weeklong and multi-week RV camping experiences for people who want to take their time exploring everything the Zion River National Park has to offer. It also has a reputation for being very family-friendly and pet-friendly.
Things to consider when choosing RV parks
When deciding which RV park to stay for a night, the weekend, a month, or even a year, there are several things to consider.
Internet service: Many people require reliable wireless Internet while at an RV park. A weak internet signal can make your stay unenjoyable.
Community: Find RV parks that fit your personal and social preferences. If you enjoy social gatherings, go to parks that organize social events. If you have kids, you may consider parks that are kids-friendly.
If you are unsure about a park, find out what customers say about it. Use sites like RV Park Reviews, Campendium, AllStays, Tripadvisor, and Yelp. They provide user reviews, a list of amenities, and other information about the park.
Affordability: What are you willing to pay for RV camping? Based on the amenities provided, you should compare the cost of camping in each campground in the area. By doing so, you can choose the one that offers the most for the lowest price.
- Amenities: If you are going to be living in your RV full time, then you will want to seek out an RV campsite that offers basic amenities like; electricity, gym, mail forwarding service, outdoor play area, entertainment, and water, internet, and laundry facilities.
Apps/Websites to help you find RV parks in the US
With the increasing popularity of RV travel, several websites specifically cater to the needs of RV travelers.
The RV Trip Planner by freeroam: With this App, you can discover places to camp.
Go RVing: This site gives you all the information about RVing. It includes features for finding RV parks and places to explore.
Campendium: It’s a free website where you input a location in the United States and surf through a map interface to find RV parks and seasonal information.
Findrvparks.com: This site has a database with over 15,000 RV parks. Many entries include photos and customer reviews.
Outdoorsy: They carry the moniker of being “The Ultimate Guide For Finding The BEST Spots To Park Your RV.” With this App, you can plan your entire road trip, from RV rentals to campsites throughout North America.
- AllStays: This site has a database of over 60,000 RV parks and campgrounds. It also features gas stations, rest areas, and RV dealers. They even include route planning tools with low clearance notices for large RVs like Class A motorhomes.
RV living is a perfect way to explore the country. It also gives you an escape from the nosey neighbors and expensive home rentals. There are many RV parks and campsites in the USA with different amenities. If you do your research right, you will find RV parks with good amenities and a community that suit your personal and social preferences. Have fun exploring these parks!