It's the gold standard of campground rating systems. The three-number rating that accompanies each campground listing in the Good Sam Guide Series gives the reader a glimpse of the campground's amenities, restroom buildings and environment.
The three-number rating that accompanies each campground listing in the Good Sam Campground & Coupon Guide gives the reader a glimpse of the campground's amenities, restroom buildings and environment.
How do these numbers work? The three-number rating is a snapshot of the campground's facilities, restroom and showers and visual appeal. All three ratings categories are measured on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the best.
For each of the listed subcategories, a campground may receive 1 point, a half-point or no points. A small percentage of campgrounds attain the coveted 10/10*/10 ratings, meaning top marks in every category. Those parks are highlighted in a special section in the print guide and GoodSam.com.
To qualify as a Good Sam Campground, a park must receive a 5/7/5 rating and meet specific minimum requirements in the Restroom and Showers Cleanliness subcategories. In the Restroom and Showers category, a park must earn 4 full points out of 5 full points in the restroom cleanliness subcategories – Toilets, Showers, Floors, Walls and Sinks/Counters/Mirrors/Hardware – with the overall minimum rating of 7 points.
The first campground rating evaluates the level of development of RV sites, hookups, recreation, services, swimming, security, laundry services, interior roads, registration area and internet access.
The second rating category rates the cleanliness and physical characteristics of toilets, walls, showers, sinks/counters/mirrors and floors. If a park achieves a full point in each of the above, it receives a star (*) that indicates exceptionally clean restrooms. Also rated are restrooms' interior construction, odor/supplies, number of facilities, interior appearance and exterior appearance.
The third category appraises the park's setting and site layout, function and identification of signage, overall exterior building maintenance, noise, trash disposal, litter and debris around the park grounds and sites, and appearance of park grounds, sites and entrance area.
Each campground rating is determined by a Good Sam Rep team made up of highly trained RVers who travel hundreds of miles each year to cover the private RV parks and campgrounds in their region. In all, 25 teams crisscross the United States and Canada making visits to the private RV parks and campgrounds in their territories and taking a complete tour of each facility to compile their report.
When the Good Sam Campground & Coupon Guide is published, consumers can depend on a rating system honed from millions of miles traveled and countless hours of campground inspection. Over the decades, Good Sam has factored in insights of thousands of RVers to find out what consumers value in comfort, convenience and enjoyment. As a result, the numbers encapsulate everything that a consumer should know about a campground.
With a single glance at these three numbers, RVers will know how developed a park is and whether it will meet the camping experience they are looking for.