A Beginner’s Guide to RV Resorts: What You Need to Know

A Beginner’s Guide to RV Resorts: What You Need to Know

When you decide to live full-time in an RV or enjoy regular RV travel, you should understand what to expect from RV resorts. There are different levels of campgrounds, RV parks, and RV resorts to consider. Let’s look at each type of place to stay in your RV and what you can expect.

Types of RV Resorts, Parks, & Campgrounds

There are different levels of places you can stay in your RV. Some RV resorts will offer lots of amenities, such as Island Oaks RV, and plenty of luxury. However, you might stay at a campground with less to offer due to the access it provides to a specific attraction or area.

RV Resorts

The most luxurious of the places you stan stay in your RV is the RV Resort. At an RV resort, you will often get plenty of amenities, including a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, free trash pick-up, recreational options, and much more. It’s also common to find larger RV sites at RV resorts.

RV Parks

Found in the middle of the options, an RV park will likely offer some amenities, but they may not offer everything you will find at an RV resort. Often, you might have a swimming pool, but it’s more basic, and it doesn’t have the resort feel. It’s more common at an RV park to have the basics, such as laundry services and bathroom/shower facilities.


The most primitive of options is a campground. While not all campgrounds are as primitive as others, this is the type of RV camping that is closer to actual camping. You might stay at a campground to gain access to a specific State Park or National Park.

All three of these options offer something different. If you want the best amenities, an RV resort is the right choice for you. However, you might use RV parks and campgrounds for access to specific areas during your travels.

Common Types of RV Spots or Campsites

There are three main types of spots you might come across at an RV resort, park, or campground:

  • Full Hookup Site – This is the most common type of RV site at an RV resort. With a full hookup site, you will have complete electric, water, and sewer connections to enjoy. Many of these sites will even offer cable TV, telephone line hookups, and free Wi-Fi.
  • Partial Hookup Sites – More commonly found at RV parks and campgrounds, partial hookup sites offer water and electricity, but they won’t offer any sewer connection. This is common at beachfront RV parks, state parks, county parks, and campgrounds. You will need to use a dump station (usually provided at the campground or park) when your tanks are full.
  • Primitive Campsites – A primitive campsite will not offer any type of hookups. Occasionally, you might get water, but often, you get nothing, and the campground won’t have flushing toilets or showers, either.

As you start traveling in your RV, keep these three types of sites in mind. You might not have the ability to use a primitive campsite due to your setup. It’s also important to know how long you can handle staying at RV sites that are not full hookup sites.

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