This will be a breathing list because we’re always moving! That said, here are the ones that top our “best of” list and why. Full disclosure: This is completely subjective. There is no point system, no scientific method. It’s all whim.
Best Area: Tiger Run Resort, Breckenridge CO – For us the location was perfect. You’ll be a stone’s throw from bike/running paths, near everything and tons of local flavor in both Frisco and Breckenridge. Pros of this campground are nice wide, paved roads. Lots of greenspace for the dogs. Amazing views and prime location. Breckenridge, for us, was a place unlike any other. Tiger Run kind of knows this so they have not improved some key pain points yet, such as allowing constant construction from owners improving their sites (they have rules to dissuade this but they aren’t enforced). Staff needs a serious overhaul. It is the location that makes this place so great for us.
Best Layout: Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort, Las Vegas NV – The best layout of park we’ve seen for big rigs. Spots are gorgeous, lots of greenspace for the dogs. Easy in-and-out location. Cons is that there is no enclosed dog park and because this resort is 100% owned, your spot may be sold while you’re staying there (not fun to move). That said, the lots are really something, complete with shade, grills, fireplaces and outdoor refrigerators on some sites. There are events about once per month so you can get to know your neighbors (although there is some exclusion of owners versus renters, such as the gym hours). Staff is really great. The residents are hit-or-miss, some are very friendly, others are friendly to only certain residents (read: of a certain age-group).
Best Dog Park: Portal RV Resort, Moab UT – The dog park in the resort section was the highlight of our dogs’ day! It is large, grass is spongy, and there’s a place for owners to sit on a bench in the shade. The park itself is very nice, although the resort section is hit-or-miss. Some lots have gazebos while others don’t. Ours didn’t, but did back up to a horse field where we were visited by guests daily.
Best Hosts: Mountaindale RV Resort – Colorado Springs, CO – The owners/hosts take great pride in this park and there’s a reason. The hosts love their park and love their guests. Also, this is a resort that caters to big rigs and the owner actually took another campground and combined two spots into every one spot. The spots are HUGE and the wireless is the best we’ve seen at any campground. Our only issues were that AT&T was completely dead (a known issue, make sure you forward calls to skype, the wireless will help you along) and there wasn’t much grass. The people, wireless and the spot sizes more than made up for it.
Best Wireless: Mountaindale RV Resort – Colorado Springs, CO – Again, they are the best of the best in wireless. You wouldn’t believe how good it is. The best internet of any campground we’ve ever seen and as a result connectivity (which could be an issue) wasn’t an issue at all. They are one of the only campgrounds we’ve seen that recognized an issue and while they had no control over the issue (AT&T being blocked by a MOUNTAIN!), they compensated by getting the best wireless access out there. We wish more campgrounds did this.
Best Events: Elite Resorts, Clermont FL – Every Monday, Tuesday and Sunday there are get-togethers hosted by the resort (happy hour, snacks and ice cream). As a full-timer, it’s a great way to meet your neighbors and make some great friends. The staff and the residents make this place amazing. Spots are very large. A ton of greenspace for the dogs. The spots don’t really have much to them, very little privacy, but very nice park. We didn’t visit the mouse that often, but there are a lot of Disney fans who live here. Cons are constant construction within the park.
Best Newbie Campground: Raleigh Oaks RV Resort, Four Oaks, NC – This was a Christmas holiday stop for us, not necessarily where we’d choose to go on our own, but it is very close to the east side of Raleigh, the spots are paved, lots are grassy and large and the people are beyond compare. These were the folks who didn’t charge us for a no-show because they knew the rain was horrible, and wanted to promote “safety first”.
The skinny is we’d love to put Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort’s layout in Breckenridge, hosted by the owners of Mountaindale with their wireless, with a dog park built by Portal RV Resort and events held by Elite Resorts. That, friends, would be the perfect RV resort!