As a full-time RVer, trip planning can be more intense than it is for, say, someone who just wants to go on a 2-week trip with their family. There are lots of things to consider when this is your life, not a vacation.

If you haven’t read it already, go back and read “RV Trip Planning for Full Timers – Part 1“. Here we go through our process to get a rough outline of what destinations we’ll be heading to and in what months.

Now that you’ve got a rough outline of where you want to go on what timeline, it’s time to narrow in on what campgrounds we’ll need to stay at specifically – for us, the important pieces are:

  • Strong internet
  • Close to commerce
  • (Mostly) full hookups

Again, there are lots of ways to live this lifestyle, but these are our preferences for what’s most enjoyable as we earn income on the road.

The way we travel right now is by choosing an end destination and filling in the gaps along the way to get us from where we are currently to where we want to be.

That means that most of the time, we’re not really sure what there is to do along the way so we have to do some high-level research first, then drill down into our choice of campgrounds.

1. Use Google Travel to see what’s in the area

Remember, at this stage in planning our trip, we have a rough outline of what areas we’ll be staying. In our sample trip from Part 1, we’ll be staying somewhere near Washington D.C., New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Charleston, and Orlando.

So now, let’s head over to Google Travel in the Things To Do tab, and choose a destination to focus on – Boston.
When we type in the city we’re looking for, Google will curate all the cool things to do and see in that area, complete with Google Ratings and pictures (very helpful).
Now we can start sorting through all the attractions and start saving the ones we like by just clicking that little ribbon that says Save.

Pro Tip

When you save an attraction you find on Things To Do, it’ll save to your Google Maps too. It shows up as a blue suitcase icon in Google Maps – that makes for an easier time getting back to it.

Once you save all the things you want to do, you can click on the Saved button at the top to see them all in once place for easier trip planning.

2.Use RV Life Trip Wizard FOR trip planning

Head back over to RV Life Trip Wizard where we’re building and planning our trip. Since this is a city, we’re likely going to be staying somewhere on the outskirts of Boston where there’s a bit more space. Click on Boston in your left sidebar, then open the research tab on your right side. We start by filtering by parks that are in our camping memberships we’ve purchased. (Hint: let RV Life Trip Wizard know what memberships you have in your settings)

As you can see, there aren’t any campgrounds in Boston proper, so we need to zoom out to find some of our campgrounds.
Now that we have some choices, we can filter further by our preferences. Let’s start with Park Ratings of 4+ stars and full hookups.
Now we’ve got some results to work with!

3. Get more info and read the reviews

You can over over each dot to see the quick stats of a campground, and click on Park Details for more detailed info on the campground, including features of the park, pictures, general pricing, the most recent reviews, tips, weather, and a lot more, including links to their website and the ability to add the park to your trip.

One of the absolute most helpful parts of RV Life Trip Wizard is that it comes built-in with RV Life Campground Reviews. These reviews and tips are gold. Like most other purchases in our life, we don’t book without reading reviews. At a glance, you’re able to see the rating, when the person stayed, what they paid, and what they had to say about it.

If you click “See more details”, you can see even more – like what kind of rig they have, what type of surface the site is, whether the restrooms were rated clean, etc.
And the most helpful part (for us) – you can see other camper’s speed tests per cellular network, including Starlink (if people have submitted speed tests while on site). This is HUGE for those of us who work full-time from the road because internet speed will determine our campground more than what we can experience in the surrounding areas. I have anywhere between 3-7 Zoom calls a day and Court is constantly uploading content. Slow internet crushes our souls.

4.Β Decide when you’re comfortable traveling

Seems like we just took a hard left with this step, but this is important to figure out before you start booking. For us, we don’t like to travel during the work week. I have too many Zoom calls to roll the dice and find out if our internet works along a route. Our truck has built-in wifi through Verizon and we tether to our AT&T phones but it just gets too stressful hooking up, hauling, then setting up in a new location while I’m on and off calls.

We like to travel on Saturdays and have Sundays free to relax, settle in, and go explore our new town a little bit. And why does that matter when planning our route? Because it determines our lengths of stay in each location. Since we don’t like to travel during the work week, that means we’re almost always going to be staying Saturday to Saturday…or longer. If you know you’re staying in each location for at least a week, that affects your timeline (and discounts). Alright – time to book.

5. Book ’em, Danno

I’m too young for that reference but it seemed fun to use. Once we’ve added our final choices for campgrounds to our trip, it’s time to start the actual booking process. A lot of campgrounds have online booking options but there are definitely still many that require a phone call to reserve your sites.

We like to work down the list from nearest date to furthest date UNLESS you know that certain areas are particularly hard to get into – then we call those campgrounds first. For example, Florida State Parks in the winter months. As we book each campground and have either paid a deposit, paid in full, or have a reservation confirmation – we lock those stays on our trip lineup. This makes it easier to see where you left off booking your stops.

You did it! After following these steps, you’ve (hopefully) planned and booked your ideal trip for the coming months!

Now sit back and relax knowing you have a place to live and wait for your RV Life Trip Wizard information overview email that comes before you take off for each new destination.

If you don’t already have RV Life Trip Wizard, do yourself a favor and go grab it.Β It’s the easiest money you’ll ever spend, especially if you’re a full-timer. Use this link for 25% off your first year.