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real sense of the kinds of people and
communities that make up camping.
Shows also allow you to meet campground owners, ask questions, get
brochures, get travel ideas and maybe
even dream a little about an RV as you
seek out and find the campgrounds
that meet your needs.
What's Your Camping Style?
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descriptions will offer the most help.
Here are just a few questions that we
suggest that future campers ask themselves as they make their plans, as every campground operates by different
* Do I want to be on the coast, in the
woods or lakeside?
* What will I want to do/what activities or attractions are nearby?
* How far ahead should I make a reservation?
* Am I planning on bringing my pet(s)?
* What kind of utilities/hookup services will I need?
* Am I expecting non-camping guests
to visit during my stay?
NOW EXPLORE THE RESOURCES
AVAILABLE TO YOU
The Maine Camping Guide with its regional grids and member ads will certainly help you decide where to camp
in Maine. However, there are other
trustworthy resources that you should
consider as you make camping choices.
CampMaine.com: The website of the
Maine Campground Owners Association should be your first stop to do a
map-based or advanced keyword-driven search.
THE VACATIONLAND RV & CAMPING
SHOW: We'd love to see you at the annual Maine RV Show put on by MECOA
on April 7th & 8th, 2018 at the Norway
Savings Bank Arena in Auburn. But if
you can't make that one, do make time
to get to an RV and Camping show in
your home state. It will give you a
CALL CAMPGROUND OWNERS: Don't
be shy; they don't bite. Even if you are
not quite ready to make a reservation
or still have some questions, a conversation with a campground owner can
be highly productive. In fact, campground owners love to talk about their
campgrounds and the surrounding area.
It also gives you the chance to request
a brochure or get a website address so
you can learn more. You'll likely be able
to get a referral to another campground
if there is no availability.
OTHER REFERRALS: Whether it comes
through conversation with a friend,
through candid but helpful strangers on review websites like Yelp or
TripAdvisor, on a blog post or over
Facebook, you'll find us at Facebook.
com/CampingInMaine. The best advice often comes from others who
have "been there and done that" and
are willing to share their experiences,
praise, cautionary tales and recommendations.
After all that, when you are making a
decision on where to camp, trust your
instincts! We think all of our members
are great, but there is one out there
that is perfect for you. So do your
homework and then just make a decision and have a great camping trip
whether it's your first or your 100th.
COURTESY OF CHRISTIE BARTH
MAINE CAMPGROUND OWNERS ASSOCIATION * CAMPMAINE.COM