November 8, 2023

RV Camping

Directory of the various places I have stayed at or might be staying at in the future.

(This page is edited periodically.)

I have refined my preferences over time and tend to avoid parking lots and truck stops these days. I find that the investment on commercial campgrounds pays for itself in more restful sleep.

Some places I’ve been before maintaining these notes, some I haven’t even been yet and just have on my radar, so the level of detail varies. Prices are the cheapest I can find for my fully-autonomous 20’ van.

Québec → California

This is my collection of overnight or short-term stays during my migrations. There are lots of KOAs because they’re a no-brainer for a good night’s sleep when time for research is limited.

Area Rating Price Type Name Notes
I95-CT ★★★★☆ 0 Rest Milford Service Plaza Clean, noisy but safe
I95-CT ★★★★☆ 0 Rest Darien Service Plaza Clean, noisy but safe
I81-VA ★★★★☆ 70-80 KOA Hagerstown Waterfront lots worth $$$
I81-VA ★★★★★ 35-40 State Claytor Lake Hosts, very clean, hiking trails
I81-VA ? 55-65 KOA Wytheville
I81-TN 70-80 KOA Kingsport
I81-TN 40-50 KOA Baileyton
I40-TN ★★★☆☆ 55-65 KOA Crossville 2nd entrance, water not great
I40-TN ? 60-70 KOA Nashville / Lebanon
I40-TN ★★☆☆☆ 40-50 KOA Buffalo Cats, too close to I40 and neighbor’s fire
I40-AR ★★★★★ 10 Private H&G RV Park Gary very friendly, use SMS
I40-OK ? ? KOA Oklahoma East
I40-AR ★★★☆☆ 55 KOA Little Rock Cats, cramped but shaded
I40-TX ★★★★☆ ? KOA Amarillo Windy, very friendly service
I40-NM ? ? KOA Grants
I40-NM ★★★★☆ 14 State Ute Lake Area ??? was fairly quiet
NM ★★★★★ 14 State Manzano Mountains 7200ft, clean, lots of hiking
I25-NM ★★★☆☆ 12 State Caballo Lake People parked too close for comfort
I10-NM ★★★★☆ ? Rest West of Deming Westbound only, individual huts


Area Rating Price Type Name Notes
I10 ? 190/yr BLM Midland LTVA Friendly host but no vegetation, dead quiet, 45+min to small town
I8 ★★★★☆ 190/yr BLM Hot Spring LTVA Perfect except when toxic smoke from MX, becoming too crowded, 30min to El Centro
I8 190/yr BLM Pilot Knob LTVA Reynold Brix might host in 2023-2024? Even more smoke? 15min to Yuma AZ
I8 190/yr BLM Imperial Dam LTVA Crowded, poor cell signal? 30min to Yuma AZ, Water+Dump on-site, hiking


Area Rating Price Type Name Notes
I10 ★☆☆☆☆ 190/yr BLM La Posa LTVA Super crowded, far from everything, I felt out of place

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