The last couple of nights I've spent some time on the Internet looking at various RV parks in Georgia and South Carolina where I might like to spend a month next winter if I decide to travel to the South.
I didn't dig deep enough to find out if interesting RV parks actually had any availability at the times I would be there, I was just looking for general information such as rates, the availability of pull-through sites, how the RV Park looks, and what kind of ratings it had if any. Those criteria being the main things I look for in any RV Park I stay in.
Overall it appears that RV parks in the South generally have higher rates than out West. but I wasn't looking for a bargain RV Park I was looking for something that I would consider a normal monthly rate which to me is $400 to $500.
These rates and less are easy to find in the West but apparently more difficult to locate in the South. Now I could be wrong about that because I don't have much experience with RV parks monthly rates anywhere in the country, and I haven't done much research on RV parks in the South, but with the limited knowledge I do have RV parks in the South do appear to be more expensive, but those acceptable rates can be found if you look hard enough.
No matter where I'm staying I much prefer pull-through sites, having found that me going forward limits the amount of damage Incurred by my neighbors and any nearby vegetation, than me having to back up. And here again it seems like pull-through sites are harder to come by in the South. My guess is back in sites require less space so RV parks can pack more RVs into the parks limited acreage. But there are pull-through sites available at some parks but there kind of limited So they might be harder to get a reservation for.
I just used a word, a loathsome word, a word that I seldom use because the very utterance of the word indicates that I'm about to give away some of my God-given freedom, and that word is… reservation.
The very thought of a..."reservation" brings to mind hurrying to get someplace so I don't miss my... "reservation". Passing up things that look like fun so I can make it to my..."reservation". Telling nice folks I'd like to chat longer but I've got a..."reservation". Freedom goes out the window and is replaced by marks on a calendar and frequent glances at a watch. But it looks like that may be the price I have to pay if I want to spend some time in the South.
You can tell a lot about an RV park by the way it looks, but if you're like me and only spend a night or two in an RV park every once in a great while then looks don't matter very much. you go to bed, you wake up dump your tanks and leave. But if your going to be someplace for a month then the looks of the Park, and the looks of your neighbors matters.
My first rule is, I'm very hesitant to stay in an RV Park that will let someone who looks like me stay there. [ My apologies to Groucho Marx ]. My second rule is, if the RV Park looks like I'VE lived there for a month... Move on. My third and most important rule pertaining to RV parks is simply, don't stay in RV parks in less you have absolutely no other choice.
Lastly, I pay attention to how people rate a park on the Internet. Oddly enough I don't pay much attention to the good ratings, I'll read a couple of them but all to often their so glorifying they sound like the park owners wrote them. I'm more interested in the not so great ratings, most specifically the two and three star ratings. I figure if someone took the time and effort to write and give a two or three star rating their intentions might be more honest. Four and five star ratings might be written by the owners and their friends. One star ratings are sometimes competitors or just haters. I think the middle ratings are where you find the truth. And that doesn't just apply to RV parks.