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Tricks to finding quiet RV parks

Who wouldn’t want a little peace and quiet? From morning to night, daily noise hammers at our senses. Work, traffic, technology, conversation, and more assail our ears in a never-ending cacophony. Wouldn’t a nice, quiet getaway be welcome? Yes! But how can you find a quiet RV park?

Is boondocking the only alternative to quiet RV parks?

Boondockers know that BLM land and other off-grid opportunities offer secluded and quiet spots. The problem? Not every RVer wants to boondock. So what’s a non-boondocker’s alternative?

Search out quiet RV parks

Every area of the United States offers some quiet RV parks, you just need to know how and where to look. If you’re tired of the noise in your life, follow these suggestions and find your own quiet RV park.

Avoid parks near big attractions

RV parks near or within theme parks and other big attractions are often noisier. Campgrounds with enthusiastic families and excited children naturally will be louder. (I love hearing that kind of “noise” if I’m not seeking a quiet getaway.) Just know this fact and expect noise in campgrounds near attractions. Exception: You might happily discover quiet moments during certain times of the day. We’ve camped in a popular fishing area. It’s noisy early in the mornings as anglers head to the lake and again when they come back in the late afternoon. The in-between times are noticeably quieter.

Think smaller

Numbers matter. While not all large RV parks are noisy, many tend to be that way. It just makes sense that the more people and vehicles, the noisier the park can be. When seeking only nature’s sounds, we look for smaller campgrounds.

Fewer amenities

If a campground features a pool, climbing wall, putt-putt golf, and more, it will be noisier. If you’re the kind of camper who doesn’t need these amenities, look for campgrounds without them.

Pet-less campgrounds

RVers looking for peace and quiet might find it in parks that do not allow pets. The problem of “barking dogs” always ranks high on the list of noise frustrations for campers. Note: Some campgrounds have begun to divide their RV park. One side of the park allows pets, while the other side does not. It pays to inquire about this.

Quiet times in quiet RV parks

Off-season might be your best chance to find a quiet RV campground. Keep this in mind when you plan your “quiet” trip.

Off the beaten path

Another way to narrow your search for a quiet RV campground is to look beyond the interstate. Campgrounds well away from main highways are often quieter. It’s nice falling asleep to the sound of crickets rather than highway noise. (Use a tool like RV Trip Wizard to make sure your route will safely accommodate your RV’s width/height.)

Ask other RVers

Many times, we’ve been directed to quiet campgrounds by other RVers. Ask your friends who also RV where they’ve located quiet campgrounds. Check online blogs and forums, too.

Keep it quiet

Once you locate your place of peace and quiet, make sure to follow the park rules. That means no raucous outside poker games or leaf blower usage. Be sure to keep outside speakers turned off, too. Remember, you’re there to enjoy the quiet. Help others do so, too!

If you just can’t find any peace and quiet, perhaps some noise-canceling headphones or a sound machine will help…

##RVDT1866

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Virginia
2 months ago

Good tips. We look for places away from metro or tourist areas, no large water feature, small number of sites. Unfortunately we seldom find full hookups at those locations. As seniors, some things have become more important over time, others less important. Full hookups is now on that important list.

We have found that nicer over-55 mobile home parks who have decided to add a few overnight sites are usually a good bet as well.

Jim Prideaux
2 months ago

We mostly camp at state parks. We’ve found the noisiest to be associated with large lakes. Seems like boaters like to party back at camp. The quietest are associated with historic sites or museums.

Paul Posoroito
2 months ago

You can still get stuck next to noisy campers. Also, with Motorhomes going all electric, it may be more challenging finding solid 50A power in remote places. There are countless tools to help people make smart site decisions , private, national or state or county. I like RV Parky mixed with Google earth and user reviews. What’s needed is a really good review site that pays people to give good pictures, videos and so on. Without payment, most campers won’t contribute. I mean look at Campsitephotos.com – not updated at all.

Kathy Niemeyer
2 months ago

We always look at a Google Earth shot of a campground and see how big the playground is. Small or no playground then we know there will be no kids! We also look at reviews and what is offered in the town, no attractions, no kids! When I read a review that says “lots of stuff for kids” we don’t stay there!!!

Steve
2 months ago

We are snowbirds, so “fly” south in winter. Although perhaps less available now than a few years ago, we have been the only RV in both small private RV parks and public campgrounds. One was a block from the BB King Museum in Mississippi. One was on a lake in a South Texas state park. One was a free campground in a city park in Kansas (and that was early last fall, not a long-ago winter!). But all were near small towns many miles from any Interstate highway.

We have also boondocked with no one in sight, using only our solar and batteries, not the generator, for power. Now that’s so quiet we have to run our rechargeable fan just create some “white noise”! Confession: we run a fan for white noise in our bedroom at home, so we don’t just do it on the road.

Being snowbirds, however, has taught us that one reason huge 55+ RV “resorts” are so popular in AZ, CA, and the Gulf Coast is noise-related–no kids, no late night parties (“geezers” need their sleep), and slow speed limits.

Karen McKiernan
2 months ago

When we search for new campgrounds we always look at the reviews people give. If they complain about the rules being enforced and there is nothing fun to do. That is where I go.

Tommy Molnar
2 months ago

Good plan Karen. Also, “Keeping it quiet” is synonymous with keeping that ‘find’ a secret.

Gail
2 months ago

Great tip, Karen. Thanks!

Spike
2 months ago

Funny, and SO true! 🙂

Paul Posoroito
2 months ago

When I spend 50-100 bucks a night for 40 feet concrete, sewer , power and water I tend to want pictures (aka- reviews) to know what is really shaking there. The owners pics don’t convey right always. I think there are some sites now who allow cameras and pro photographers in who help out and take shots. Drones may be good , say once a year scan the area from above and post

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