How Do We Rate?

About the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory 10/10*/10 Rating System

It's the gold standard of campground rating systems. The three-number rating that accompanies each campground listing in the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory gives the reader a snapshot of the campground's amenities, cleanliness and environment.

How do these numbers work? The three-number rating is a snapshot of the campground's amenities, cleanliness and environment. Each of the three ratings is based 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 will be highlighted in a special section of the print directory.

A park must receive a 5/7/5 rating and meet specific minimum requirements within each category to qualify for membership in the Good Sam Park Network. If a listing in the directory has no ratings or UI is indicated, our teams didn't inspect this campground.


Evaluates the level of development of RV sites, hookups, recreation, swimming, security, laundry services, interior roads, registration area and Internet access.

Restrooms and Showers:

Rates the cleanliness and physical characteristics of toilets, walls, showers, sinks/counters/mirrors and floor. 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, exterior appearance and location as it relates to park spaces.

Visual Appearance:

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 grounds and sites, and appearance of grounds, sites and entrance area.

Each campground's rating is determined by a consultant team made up of highly trained RVers who travel hundreds of miles each year to cover the private RV parks in their region. In all, 38 teams criss-cross North America, making visits to the campgrounds in their territories and taking a complete tour of each facility to compile their report.

When the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory is published, consumers can depend on a ratings system honed from million miles traveled and countless hours of campground inspection. Over the decades, directory editors and field inspectors have 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 or not it will meet the camping experience they are looking for.

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