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How To Get The Popular Campgrounds

reserve americaThe fresh air that Mother Nature brings envelops all people during the summer season. Whether they are going for a swim in their backyard pools or heading over to the local beach for some fun in the sun, they get to experience the lovely breeze and the warm temperatures. Many people actually decide to go camping in the summer because not only do they want to experience nature, they want the opportunity to live in it. Well, you can imagine how quickly the choice sites fill up. As a result, quite a number of individuals are left wondering how do I get a spot at the popular campgrounds.

Booking early is the main step that individuals need to take. However, the mission for landing a spot at the most popular rv campgrounds starts before the trip is actually booked. In order to reserve a spot at the the best and most popular campgrounds, travelers need to know which location makes the most sense for them. If they don’t conduct their research, they might end up booking a campground that doesn’t really match with their needs. By the time they find the right one, it might be too late. For those who need to do some researching while on the road, you may want to check out one of our recent articles, “Staying Connected in the RV World.”

Individuals who have the chance to visit the campgrounds on a day trip can really get a feel for what it has to offer. We don’t always have that luxury and fortunately, many of the online reservation services available do a great job of photographing the individual sites at a campground. For those who live too far away to do so, browsing the web page and reading reviews from other people who stayed there provides a glimpse into the types of activities offered. Once the family, group of friends or couple has picked the destination for their trip, they can look into campsite reservations. Some campsites might take reservations throughout the year while others will require interested parties to wait until a certain date in the season. No harm exists in calling now to find out when exactly those reservations for the most desirable spot can be made.

People who want a certain campsite have to book in-advance, but they really need to book far in-advance if they want a particular section of that campsite. Not only can campsites fill up early in the season, but specific parts of them might be more popular than others. Families, for example, might want to be closer to the on-site playground where groups of friends may wish to set up their tents closer to an area that has a lot of hiking. Reserving RV campsites is more than just picking the perfect location. People also might need to be flexible with the dates on which they want to travel.

As many avid campers know, some parts of the season are more popular than others. Many groups might like to get away when there is a long weekend from work, and the weekends in general tend to be busier. Therefore, people who have very specific requests for a campsite might have better luck if they go away during the week or try for a time at the very beginning or end of the season. Not only might they have a better chance of getting the exact destination that they want, but they also may be able to score a better deal at these days of the season.

One of the best ways to book online is through www.reserveamerica.com or recreation.gov. If you simply book online and do not call to follow-up sometimes you may not end up getting exactly what you want. Speaking with an actual person and expressing a desire for a particular site is always the best way to get it. When calling to make reservations, individuals should also find out if the desired camp spot is now guaranteed to them or if the request may or may not be honored depending upon space and arrival time.

 

There’s An App For That – Top Ten RV Travel Apps

Best RV Travel AppsWith more people than ever utilizing their smart phones, you would be far-fetched to find someone that doesn’t know what an app is. Folks are always on the lookout for new and interesting apps, and this is especially true for those who enjoy RV travel. We have put together a list of the most useful and functional RV apps on the market that I’m sure you are going to love.

WeatherBug (Free)

Before you head out on the road, you will want to make sure that the weather will be perfect for your trip. With the free app from WeatherBug, you can check out up-to-date weather conditions, forecasts, weather alerts, radars, and much more. You will have access to a vast array of professional weather stations all over the country and even globe. WeatherBug is accurate, and sends quick and reliable weather info to your fingertips.

Gas Buddy (Free)

Another app that will help you get on your way is GasBuddy. With this app, you will be able to find the cheapest gas in your town and on the go, for free all over the US and Canada. You will be able to find gas stations in a hurry, and will never have to pay those higher gas prices. GasBuddy works like a community with people everywhere working together to report gas prices, so you will be sire to find the best deal around. They even give away a $250 gas card each week!

Passport America (Free)

Passport America is another great freebie that can help you save up to half off your nightly camping rate. It has over 1700 campgrounds, RV parks, Resorts, and so on that participate all throughout North America. Search options include campground locations, and details such as amenities, rates, and contact info. Everything you need in one location!

Google Navigation/Maps (Free)

Tired of folding that dang map? Once you download the latest version of Google Maps, you can get free voice-guided Navigation to help you find where you are, and where you want to go. The Places feature helps you find and get recommendations for places, and even see their rating. This means you will be able to find the closest campground, gas station, restaurant, or even Walmart! And with Latitude, you can see where your friends are, and check in wherever you go.

Walmart (Free)

Speaking of Walmart, there is a free app that helps you find the closest location to where you are, shop products available, and even place an order so that checkout is virtually painless. Now that’s something to get excited about.

TV Antenna Helper (Free)

This fantastic app assists you in locating free over-the-air TV and HDTV signals all over the country, and guess what? It’s at no cost to you. That’s right, another free app! All you have to do is run the app, and it will give you the location of all the TV towers in the area, so you know which direction to point your antenna.

Key Ring (Free)

If you’re like me, you are probably running out of room on your key ring for all those store loyalty cards. With the free Key Ring app, you can add all your favorite cards to one location, find coupons from top retailers, join new rewards programs, and much, much more!

Sanidumps RV Dump Station ($2.51)

One of the things that can be the biggest hassle while RVing is finding a dump station while on the road. For only $2.51, this app will give you turn-by-turn directions and GPS coordinates for all dump stations in the area. It allows for 20 favorites, and has the largest listing of RV dump stations anywhere on the internet. These perks are available on the full version. Sanidumps does offer a free app, but it is limited to some extent.

Camp and RV – Campgrounds Plus ($9.99)

For a one-time charge of under 10 bucks, you can try out the #1 camping app, completely risk free. This mega camping app has absolutely everything you need to know when out camping, and can help you find campgrounds, RV parks, and many other services, even when you don’t have access to the internet. How cool is that?

Satellite Finder ($5.99)

Satellite Finder is an app that for $5.99 will determine your local position using GPS/Skyhook, and will automatically assist you with the positioning of your satellite dish antenna. This is great for anyone out camping that still wants to catch the game or watch their favorite soap opera.

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