25 Questions to Ask When Booking a Campsite

Know before you go!

The wonderful web is so informative for campers. In fact, RV park websites carry an abundance of information—even offering ways to reserve sites online.

However, many of us simply prefer to call and SPEAK to a human! (You’ll see a few reasons why here: Don’t Book a Campsite Online. Call the Reservation Desk!).

Perhaps you’re new to RVing or require specific amenities for your stay. Overall, sometimes it’s easier just to call rather than go through a computer and stumble over the reservation process. Asking detailed questions and speaking to an RV Park representative can better help you get a site that comfortably accommodates your rig and personal preferences.

Hacienda RV Resort, Las Cruces, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Check out the list of questions below. Some may not apply to you, however, a few listed below may help spark your memory to ask for your next traveling endeavor.

Call the reservation desk and ask these questions to get your ideal site, savings, and campground information for an exceptional experience. 

(Ask all that apply to you. Simply fill in the blanks with your information or preferences.)

1. Do you have site availability for the dates ___ (your preferred date of arrival and departure) that can accommodate a ___  (pop up, travel trailer, 5th wheel, Class A, Class B, Class C, Big Rig towing, etc.)?  My rig requires a site with  ___ (30, 50 amp power, sewer, water).

It may be useful to have your rig requirements and information written down especially for those new to RVing. (After all, that’s a lot of specifications to remember,) That way, the reservation desk can assess all the information given and determine site availability and specific RV accommodations. 

2. Can I select a site? (Some campgrounds allow you to book a specific site upon making the reservation, whereas others assign sites.) 

 3. Can the site comfortably fit my rig and tow vehicle? (Otherwise, you may have to park your tow/toad vehicle in the overflow parking.)

Clinton-Knoxville North KOA, Clinton, Tennessee © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

4. Do you have pull-through sites/back-in sites/pull-in sites? (Some travelers prefer pull-through for quick and easy departure in the morning. Others may prefer back-in sites given the layout or how their windows face the rig. Pull-in sites generally are for motorhomes; for example, pulling in a site right on the waterfront.)  

5. What are your rates? Do you have season specials, weekly/long-term rate plans, RV club membership discounts, or military discounts that would apply to my stay?

6. What is your cancellation policy? (This is always good to know before booking a site so that you’re not left with an unknown cancellation fee if unable to make the trip.)  

7. Does your campground have pet restrictions? Are certain breeds excluded? (If you’re traveling with pets, you must make sure they’re allowed on the property.)

SeaWind RV Resort, Riviera Beach, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

8. Do you have wheelchair accessible sites and amenities?

9. Do you have cable TV?

10. Do you have Wi-Fi? How well does it work? Do you offer a VIP Wi-Fi service/access for those working remotely?

11. Is your pool/spa open?

12. Can we receive mail or packages?

13. Are the GPS directions correct?

14. What time is check-in/check-out? Can you accommodate early arrival, late checkout, or after-hours check-in?

15. Do you have a “10-Year Rule”? Can you accommodate older RVs? (This rule is often enforced at upscale RV parks and implies that units older than 10 years are too weathered, worn, or could be a potential liability on the premises. However, some campgrounds are more lax towards this regulation and accept older RVs as long as they are in good working order.)

Columbia Riverfront RV Park, Woodland, Washington © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

16. Can we have visitors? Do you charge for visitors?

17. Do you have overflow parking for additional vehicles/boat trailers/car haulers?

18. Do you allow tents on RV sites? (Some campgrounds will cater to tent campers on RV sites whereas other parks specifically state that there are no tents allowed.)

19. Is propane available onsite? If not, is there propane nearby?

20. Do you have any activities scheduled during our stay?

21. Do you offer rentals? (Cabins, trailers, yurts, golf carts, canoes, kayaks, bikes)

22. Do you allow campfires? Do you sell firewood? (Some state or county regulations may prohibit fires and/or bringing your firewood to the property.)

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23. Do you have sports equipment, games, books, and/or movies to check out? (Many campgrounds with tennis courts, clubhouses, basketball hoops, etc. offer free equipment for their guests to use.)

24. Where is the nearest hospital, emergency care, veterinary clinic, or dog boarding nearby?

Knowing where to go in the event of a health crisis will spare you from having to deal with a crisis while trying to find emergency care. It just makes sense to ask ahead of time.  

25. Do you have a camp store or is there a grocery store nearby?

RVING IS BEING adventurous.

Worth Pondering…

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

—Lewis Carrol

Don’t Book a Campsite Online. Call the Reservation Desk!

10 questions to ask when booking a campsite

Online reservation systems are handy when it comes to plugging in your rig requirements and quickly booking a site. (Ok, maybe if you are tech savvy; is it just me or are some booking systems just downright confusing?!)

Despite our digital world, computers don’t know what kind of site you prefer. Reservation systems only assign sites based on the rig requirements given. 

Call the reservation desk to find your perfect RV campsite.

Here’s why… 

A perfect RV campsite at Maeher State Park, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Preferences matter

A site may work perfectly for one family but not for another. For example, some may prefer to be in the heart of the action surrounded by exciting amenities such as the campground playground, pool, and clubhouse. Others may have a different experience in mind, perhaps wanting a more secluded and peaceful location. Waterviews or riverfront locations may be a strong desire for others to watch a beautiful sunrise or sunset. On the other hand, this could be a dangerous deal breaker for a family with small children.

A perfect RV campsite at The Motorcoach Resort in Chandler, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The computer system doesn’t know if you’d rather be by the bathhouse, be away from the noisy pool, or prefer more shade than the sun. It simply plops you in the next available site by the RV criteria you’ve entered in the online system.

Related: Finding the Right RV Site

Depending on the RV Park online booking may be the ONLY method for reserving sites. And that would be unfortunate.

A perfect RV campsite at the Lakes Golf and RV Resort in Chowchilla, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

If you are unfamiliar with the campground, require specific rig accommodations, have site or amenity preferences that would make or break your stay, or have questions that are not answered on the website, phone the reservation desk and talk to a live human being. 

Calling and speaking to an actual person can be the difference between a GREAT camping experience and a disappointing one.

Check out the list of questions below. Some may not apply to you, however, a few listed below may help spark your memory to ask for your next camping trip.

A perfect RV campsite at Coastal Georgia RV Resort in Brunswick, Georgia Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Call the reservation desk and ask these questions to get your ideal site, savings, and campground information for an exceptional experience. Ask all that apply to you. Simply fill in the blanks with your information or preferences.

1. Do you have site availability for the dates ___ (your preferred date of arrival and departure) that can accommodate a ___  (pop up, travel trailer, 5th wheel, Class A, Class B, Class C, big rig, etc.)?  My rig requires a site with  ___ (30, 50 amp power, sewer, water).

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It may be useful to have your rig requirements and information written down especially for those new to RVing. (After all, that’s a lot of specifications to remember.) That way, the reservation desk can assess all the information given and determine site availability and specific RV accommodations. 

A perfect RV campsite at Terre Haute RV Park in Terre Haute, Indiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

2. Do you have pull-through sites/back-in sites/pull-in sites? (Some travelers prefer pull-through for quick and easy departure in the morning. Others may prefer back-in sites given the layout or how their windows face in the rig. Pull-in sites generally are for motorhomes; for example, pulling in a site right on the waterfront.)  

3. What are your rates? Do you have season specials, weekly/long term rate plans, RV club membership discounts, or military discounts that would apply to my stay?

A perfect RV campsite at Columbia River RV Park in Woodland, Washington © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

4. What is your cancellation policy? (This is always good to know before booking a site so that you’re not left with an unknown cancellation fee if unable to make the trip.)  

Related: 9 Things to Consider Before Making an RV Park Reservation

5. Does your campground offer shady spots with tree cover or will my rig be in the sun?

Even if you plan on running your AC, camping in the sun will make for a much hotter experience than you’d find under the natural shade of trees. But at the same time, trees can make for a sticky mess of sap and bird droppings on your RV’s roof. Also, consider that during a severe storm wind can break off large branches with the potential of damage to your RV or toad/tow vehicle.

A perfect RV campsite at Seabreeze RV Park in Portland, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

6. Does your campground have pet restrictions? Are certain breeds excluded? (If you’re traveling with pets, it’s critical that you make sure they’re actually allowed on the property.)

7. Do you have any activities scheduled during our stay?

8. Do you have cable TV?

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9. Do you have Wi-Fi? How well does it work? Do you offer a VIP WiFi service/access for those working remotely?

10. Is your pool/spa open?

A perfect RV campsite at Whispering Hills RV Park in Georgetown, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RVING IS BEING adventurous.

Worth Pondering…

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

—Lewis Carrol