Although the weather isn’t really making you think about the outdoors right now, now is the time to be planning your RV adventures. Spending a little time early in the year will result in access to the campgrounds you want to visit AND the best spots. It's also a good idea to get prepped and be ready to go when you want, you can find a handy packing checklist here.

Some of the many places you’ll want to go are our National Parks. Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor and Chuck Woodbury, editor of, sat down and discussed the opportunities of RVing at national parks, state parks, commercial campgrounds and public lands.

To help get you started in your planning, here are some links to websites that may be of interest. There is also an excellent article, How to Make Campsite Reservations Like a Pro, on the website with questions you’ll want to ask yourself before you do your research.

Campground Reviews:

the dyrt

National Parks:

Find Your Park

National Park Service

Explore Your America

Washington State Parks:

Washington State Parks Reservations

Oregon State Parks:

Oregon State Parks Reservations

Idaho State Parks:

Idaho State Parks and Recreation

Other Reservations Resources:

Parks Canada Reservation Service

Public Lands (for dispersed camping or boondocking):

US Army Corps of Engineers (Portland)

For more about public lands and boondocking, see our previous article, Camping with the Corps.

We hope we’ve got you thinking about your adventures for this year with some places to search on the internet for information. There are many other resources to check, if you have recommendations please add in the comments below. Happy adventures!

Editor’s Note: We were so happy to have Gary Bunzer and Chuck Woodbury as our guests in this video. Here is more information about them.

Gary Bunzer, “The RV Doctor” 

A resident of Seattle, Gary has worked in the RV industry in various capacities since 1968. His live seminars and workshops are presented nationally and remain in high demand making him one of the RV industry's most sought -after speakers at both the trade and consumer levels. Gary's popular column, The RV Doctor, has been in continuous monthly publication since 1976. His website, is tremendously popular. In 2009, Gary was awarded the National Education Service Award by RVIA for his many contributions to RV technical education.

Chuck Woodbury

A resident of Mill Creek, Chuck Woodbury has explored America by RV for three decades. In the '90s he published the quirky “on-the-road” newspaper Out West. His articles were syndicated by the New York Times. Woodbury's RVing adventures have been profiled on ABC News, CNN, NBC's Today Show, and in People Magazine, USA Today and in hundreds of newspapers. Woodbury is the host of the Better Business Bureau’s DVD “Buying a Recreational Vehicle.” In 2013, Woodbury was named the Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association. His website, is one of the most visited in the RV industry.

Cheryl Johnston
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Cheryl Johnston is the Marketing Director for MHRV. She writes about anything that helps promote RVing and educate the public about the RV Lifestyle.

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