Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!

Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
Working at 3 Rivers Resort in Almont, Colorado until the end of August!

Monday, July 04, 2011

The Difference Between RV Parks, RV Resorts, & Campgrounds

We watched the most spectacular Firework display ever last night. You really can’t tell that with our photos…never have been able to get good shots with any of our cameras. Guess you just have to take our word for it that the show was fabulous.

Now, for distinguishing between a RV Park, a RV Resort or a campground. There is no set definition out there, I have checked the internet, as well as Wikipedia and other sources but could not find any sort of distinctive definitions of any of them. For us, we notice for the most part when they name the parks it’s much by the following sort of theory.

A campground is more rustic, allows tenting almost exclusively. Very family oriented and usually have many activities to keep the kids busy. These are mostly filled to capacity on the holidays and weekends with folks who are outdoor types, they have to be, they are after all sleeping and living in the outdoors. This type of place usually makes for a noisy weekend since most of all the activities are done outdoors. State Parks fall into this category.

A RV Park offers more sites for RV’s usually with full hookups, they seem to cater more towards the RV or Trailer owners, almost at times even banning tents all together. They usually have activities both towards the kids and adults.

A RV Resort is more for the adult lifestyle. They usually have full hookups and most usually do not allow tents. They cater more towards the higher end, but we fit into this category as well in most of the resorts. The activities are almost always geared toward the adults.

Our definitions are not used by all and there are times when an owner puts “Resort” at the end of their name but is really a campground.

Then again comes the “Weekend Warriors” on the holiday weekends when all bets are off and the inconsiderateness comes out in droves to parks, resorts and campgrounds alike. Could you imagine walking across somebody’s front porch or through their backyard in their homes? Well…maybe some folks do this but it is the same when you walk through or infringe on our campsite, it is as if you are walking into my house and claiming it is acceptable.

Now, before I get tons of comments about this, please understand that this is how we have been seeing it while being full-time travelers for the past 7 years. It is not how others see it, nor is it a rule that must be followed by everyone. It is just something we have seen out here and we take note of it because of what our preferences are, and that is not a campground, but a RV Park or Resort. As we have said many times, we are not campers, we are RVers and that is what we enjoy. We do not want it to sound as if we condemn or dislike campgrounds or campers, what we are saying is where we would prefer to stay.

Thanks to one and all of the individuals who have fought for our freedom…we are grateful for all the free choices you have given to us. Happy 4th of July to all…hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday!

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Wanderin' said...

And, then, there's the definition that everyone else applies to these types of parks but I liked your interpretation. I think the definition can vary with the individual. However, no matter how one looks at it, all most of us want when we're parked next to people is a little consideration for the neighbors.

Kevin and Ruth said...

Thank you for taking the time to explain your definition between the three. Still for Kevin and I they all seem much the same, as you said owners can call them whatever they want and they don't always stand up to the definition. We are not really campground/park/resort people to start with and for one of the main reasons you have stated "inconsiderate people" especially on long weekends. I guess if we had to chose between the three over a holiday weekend we would chosse the rustic campground. State/National/Provincial campgrounds usually are spaced further apart from your neighbour and are generally policed better for hooligans. We have work camped in private parks and find them to be worse on a holiday weekend, everyone is crowded/packed in to close.

Personally we would perfer to spend the day a a park or recreation area and then spend the night at a Walmart (and we don't stay at Walmarts much) over the other three choices, but that is just us.

Glad you enjoyed the fireworks and the rest of your weekend.

Kevin and Ruth

Thomas Hopkins Photography said...

Thank You for the information, Me and my wife are looking for our RV / Camper Trailer that my 2005 Mazda Tribute V6 will haul, the information your giving will be very helpfull and we appreciate it, we are a bit nervous because we will be on the road the first of October which is right around the cornor, getting everything together has been challenging, I will be leaving my everyday Job at a camera store and as a photographer and photography teacher, we are now looking for jobs in Oregon because we have always wanted to visit the west coast, we live in Virginia now.
we will be following your very interesting blog and hopefully one day we will be able to meet.
Have a great weekend