Think about what you want in a campsite. Will you need full hookups including water and standard household electricity? Will you want showers in addition to what is provided in your trailer? Do you plan to have a campfire (camping is not camping without a campfire). Do you want a picnic table? Will you be walking to the lake or nearby town? These are some of the things to consider and ask about when deciding where to camp.
Full Hookup vs. Dry Camping
Dry camping is just that, no hookups. Our RV rentals are delivered standard with water, battery/solar power, and propane. These supply your water including water heater and shower, heater, lights, and operate your refrigerator/freezer, and stove/oven. Regular household appliances including TV’s, stereos, and hair dryers will not operate on battery power. If you plan to use items like this during your camping trip, plan to go into a full hookup facility, generally referred to as an RV park, or have a generator on hand. It is important to note, most appliances at high altitudes will require a 3K watt generator at a minimum.
Although our RV rentals are delivered with full bathrooms including showers, sometimes it is nice to have another bathroom close by. When camping in primitive or dry campgrounds, most toilets are “pit toilets”. The toilets are just as they sound, deep holes dug into the ground and only maintained at a minimum. A benefit to some of these campgrounds is the cost. Due to lower maintenance, there is usually low or no cost to camp. On the other hand, some campgrounds offer full bathrooms, and in some cases showers. Although nicer to use, based on the higher maintenance costs, it is usually more expensive to camp in these facilities.
Ask what the weather is normally like where you are thinking about camping. Is it usually windy or shady in the afternoon, or can I expect full sun most of the time. If it is windy, which way does the wind blow. Information like this will help when you are deciding on a specific site. What is the elevation? Some campgrounds have snow even late into the summer months based on the elevation.
Make sure to ask if you can have a campfire. AIC may not always know and it is important to ask local authorities including the US Forest Service. Just because your campsite has a fire ring does not necessarily mean you can have an open fire. Restrictions may be in place based on fire danger. Many campsites allow campfires, even outside developed campgrounds, as long as you obtain a fire permit. Be sure to ask and always use good fire safety when having a campfire.
Does your campsite offer a fire ring or picnic table? Is it walking distance to town or the lake? Can you have more than one vehicle in the site with you?
These are all considerations when choosing a campsite. If you have questions about a specific campground, give us a call at (760) 935-4890. Thank you for your interest in Adventure in Camping.