Choosing the best site for your RV

South Carolina site map

Campground site map-Credit:Lake Aire RV Park and Campground,SC

What are your priorities? Sun, shade, view, playground, bathing facilities? Take a look at the campground’s site map to see what they offer. We’ll use this one from Lake Aire RV Park and Campground in Hollywood, South Carolina, a Charleston suburb, as an example, and we’ll assume it’s late spring (Snowbird Migration time).

We’ll spend a week, allowing us plenty of time to visit Charleston and the nearby islands of Kiawah, Folly Beach and Seabrook, all of which are roughly 10 miles away on US-17.

Your choice will be affected by the time of year: do you want sun or shade and do you want it coming in the front or rear window. In late spring and early fall, temperature isn’t much of a factor. It depends where you want the low afternoon sun. Although it doesn’t show on the site map, US-17 here runs vaguely west-east giving you a clue.

If you like peace and quiet (all relative of course) you would choose Row A or the part of Row B away from the services. Sites A-1 and A-2 have 30 Amp service, but no 50 Amp as shown on the Legend. In each row, Site 1 has a little more room if your awning goes out on that side. These are all picky details, but if you will be there awhile, why not have the best site for your family?

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Lake Aire RV Park, Hollywood, SC family camping ©Gail Hunter

We were in K-7 or K-8, happy as clams with a view of the pond. A family was grilling across the road from us while their kids fished: pleasant family scene. As you can see on the map, Rows L and M are right on the pond and have 30 Amp electric and water, but no sewer – and it is a hike to the restrooms. If I had a small campervan, I think I’d take L7 or M4 for an unobstructed view of the pond.

My point? Determine what activities you would be using and for how long. Then select your site. By studying the map and its legend before you call, you’ll know what the receptionist is referring to and you can ask specific questions.

Got your dates? Is the site you like available? Go ahead and reserve it after checking all the discount and reward options…(another page in this series – Campground Discounts and Rewards – coming very soon).

Note: The feature photo for “Beginner Tips and Know-How” on Striped Pot is of our RV at Lake Aire Campground (Memorial Day weekend, 2009). We give the park a five out of five on all counts: friendly, helpful, clean, well-kept, everything worked!

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