Last week in Raleigh I went to a Barnes & Nobles. I really didn’t have anything particular in mind to look for as I do most of my shopping on Amazon or listen to books on Audible. This particular day I just went browsing through the aisles (like I love to do)…. I came upon the travel section and decided to see if they had anything related to camping. On the bottom shelf I spotted this guide. I think I remember years ago (let’s just say it was over 40 years ago) when my parents had a camper, I think they may have had one of these books laying around the house. Back then I could understand how useful this might be because they didn’t have the internet. As I was leafing through it it struck my as having some really, really easily accessed information. I leafed through it some more and before I knew it, it was up on the counter and I was buying it. :0 I thought I would take some time to review it here and let you know why I think it is a valuable tool for campers.
I need to preface this review with a little bit about my background. I have been on computers for over 35 years. I was reviewing word processors back in the early 80’s and by the late 80’s I was programing in DOS to generate reports for a franchise we once owned. Since then, I dabbled in Ebay, was the founder of a 4,000 member paid subscription forum and have created and managed my own business website for 18 years. I am saying all of this to let you know that I rely on the internet 99% of the time for all kinds of information. This being said, there are rare occasions where good ole fashioned print books can be the best tool. I found this to be the case with this RV Guide.
Normally when I search for a campground I use either Google, AllStays app or Trip Advisor. All are good resources but when I go to read the reviews they seem to be all over the place. Not everyone’s standards are the same. My husband thinks I’m a little hoity-toity, but all I really am looking for is a well maintained, clean campground. I do care about the view but if it’s crummy I don’t care how great the view is …. I’ll pass.
To give an example I will use a campground we were less than impressed with. Holly Bluff Campground in Asheboro, NC had mixed reviews.
- Google 4.5 stars
- AllStays 3 stars
- Trip Advisor 3.5 stars
I personally would give it 2 stars. To me it felt like a “trailer park.” nuff said……
With this travel guide it looks like they have a rating system. I looked up a few campgrounds that we have visited and liked and the ratings seem to be spot on. We really liked Lakewood RV Park in Hendersonville/Flat Rock, NC. This RV guide gave the rating 9.5/10/10. I believe this would be accurate for this park. When I looked up Holly Bluff the rating was 7.5/5.5/6.5. I probably would never have stayed there with this rating.
I paid $26.95 (with my B&N discount card) for this at Barnes & Nobles but I am noticing Amazon has it for $18.53. Live and learn… That’s what I get for impulsive shopping. It does have some coupons in it so it looks like I’ll have to justify my over spending lol…