What qualities do campers most value when considering where to pitch a tent or hook up the RV?
Good service is key, of course. But dependable Wi-Fi is also big on campers' wish lists.
They are: Buttonwood Campground, Mifflintown, Penn.; Dogwood Acres Campground, Newville, Penn.; High Plains Camping, Oakley, Kan.; Kozy Rest Kampground, Harrisville, Penn.;Lake George RV Park, Lake George, N.Y.;Mill Creek Ranch RV & Cottage Resort, Canton, Texas; Misty River Cabins & RV Resort, Walland, Tenn.; Ocean Lakes Family Campground,Myrtle Beach, S. Car.;Pioneer Campground, Muncy Valley, Penn.; South Haven Family Campground, South Haven, Mich.;Sunny Brook RV Resort, South Haven, Mich.; The Vineyards Campground & Cabins on Lake Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas.
GuestRated.com's 76-point questionnaire asks participants how they'd grade the overall experience, then gets into the nitty-gritty from the levelness of the campsite to the availability of toilet paper.
Good service relates to overall satisfaction. "What's true in any service business is how people are treated," MacKinnon says.
But many campers, particularly newly-minted ones, appreciate the comforts of home, he adds. Like Wi-Fi. (So much for getting away from it all.)
And in other campground news (it's never too early to plan for summer) the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds has named winners in its annual awards competition.