Things to Know Before Booking an RV Site
It's never too early to start planning your RV rental vacation. With so much to think about and do, it's best to get in early to avoid a stressful time just before you head off.
Planning where you wish to take your vacation is only the first step of the process. Finding the right RV to suit all of your needs and wants can be a challenge in itself and one that can be difficult to get your head around.
However, once you have secured a vehicle, you will need to start thinking about what kinds of places you will want to stay. With so many options out there, you really will be spoilt for choice.
Boondocking has quickly taken off in the US, with the option to discover untouched wilderness and avoid the crowds, proving very popular. However, RV parks still remain the obvious choice for setting up your RV for a night or two while on the road.
Planning ahead on which RV parks you want to stay in is the best option to take. This will allow you to avoid the disappointment of missing out on a site, and will essentially allow you to pick and choose where you wish to set up camp.
There are a number of important things to know before booking an RV site for your RV holiday and these include:
The Amp Voltage at the Site
In the United States, the average AC voltage is 120V/AC and when it comes to RVs, you generally have 3 choices.
- 120V/15Amp (NEMA 5-15 plug, standard 3-prong plug) on very small campers
- 120V/30Amp (TT-30 plug) on most campers and small motorhomes
- 240V/50Amp (NEMA 14-50 plug) on most fifth wheels and Class A motorhomes
Knowing what kind of circuits are in your RV before you book your site will allow you to ensure you can obtain a site with the correct power supply. Connecting your circuit to an incorrect power supply can result in a dangerous situation, so it is best to know ahead of time.
Dump Points for Grey/Black Water
There are many RV dump stations around the world, but as a tourist, you may not know where they actually are. When you are ringing up to book an RV site in an RV park it is important to ask if there are any nearby Sani Dump Stations. It is a good idea to stay in an RV park that offers easy access to these points, as they are extremely important to travelers.
Another important thing to keep in mind when booking an RV site is the actual size of your vehicle. The size difference between a Class A and Class B vehicle differs greatly, so it is important you inform the RV Park owners of which one your vehicle is. RV sites vary in size, with each tailored to meet specific size needs. After all, there is no way you would be able to fit a Class A RV into a space designed to fit a Class B or Class C vehicle.
Type of Site
Before you book an RV site, you should know what kind of site you are after. Generally, there are two types of sites: pull-through and back-in.
Pull-Through RV Site
Pull-through rv sites only require the driver to "pull through" or "drive through" to access the camping site. Upon leaving you are able to simply drive straight out. Pull through RV sites are generally 70 feet long and some even include full hook-ups.
Back-In RV site
Back-in RV sites are a lot smaller than pull-though sites, ranging from 30 to 40 feet. Some of these sites can offer the same amenities and generally come at a cheaper price.
RV Parks and Campfires
Having a campfire is a quintessential part of any RV vacation experience. While many assume campfires can be made in most RV parks, you should always check beforehand, just in case.
It is also a good idea to buy a wood splitter and fire starters to ensure you have a roaring fire. It may also come in handy to check if the RV Park sells firewood, in which case you will not need to take any with you.