Commercial Parks

Commercial Campgrounds

Our least favorite type of camping is in commercial parks. However, there is no avoiding them when other options are not available. They can be quite expensive, but discounts are available through various discount clubs. We belong/have belonged to Passport America, Escapees, and Good Sams. However our most valuable discounts come from Resort Parks International (RPI), which is an extension of our Thousand Trails membership. As RPI members, we can stay at RPI parks for only $10-15 per night.

Below are the commercial campgrounds we’ve stayed in most recently. Click here to see all the commercial campgrounds we’ve stayed in since going full-time.


Three Flags RV Park (TT) - Wildwood FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 102 days
  • Cost of per night: 12 days @ $0 plus 90 days @ $15.50 seasonal rate ($465/month)
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer. No cable TV.
  • Site number/quality: #112 in back section. Large site, level and mostly grassy, lots of shade and privacy between sites, backs up to woods to the southwest. Rig faces Northwest.
  • Park Quality: This is our most visited Thousand Trails park. We stayed here five different times last winter. Nice neighborhood feel. Also close to a new church we started attending last winter, Live Oaks Community Church.
  • Access: Off FL-44, near I-75.
  • Connectivity: Verizon strong, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong with antenna. OTA TV reception is very poor.
  • Return yes/no?: Probably
  • Notes: We are staying here on a seasonal rate from January through March. Plus we came in 12 days early at the end of December under our regular TT membership rate of “free”. We like it here. The campground is close to The Villages as well as Leesburg and Ocala FL. Lots to do in the area, especially for retirees.
  • REPEAT STAY: See previous
  • Website: Three Flags Campground

The Oaks at Point South (TT) - Yemassee SC

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 12 days
  • Cost per night: $0.00
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, sewer, and cable TV.
  • Site number/quality: #8. Gravel pad. Fairly level. Pull-through.
  • Park quality: We have mixed feelings about this campground. It has most of the important features we look for in a campground: level, pull-through sites; full hookups with 50 amp; not too many rundown annuals; and easy access from the highway with a nice roadway from the highway to the park. But some of the sites are short and most are tight. There’s lots of trees, which makes the campground kind of gloomy and claustrophobic. However, compared to other Thousand Trails parks we been to so far, we’d rate it slightly above average. 
  • Access: Directly off I-95.
  • Connectivity: Verizon weak, AT&T strong, T-Mobile strong.
  • Return yes/no?: Probably.
  • REPEAT STAY: See previous
  • Notes: This is a return visit for us. It’s very convenient, and fairly close to Charleston and Savannah, which gave us a chance to easily visit each city. The campground is also close to Beaufort and Hilton Head. Beaufort is a somewhat sleepy and still quaint port town with a long history. It has a lovely riverfront. We really enjoyed our time there. Hilton Head on the other hand is a bustling upscale modern resort town with a fantastic beach. Though home to many retirees, it isn’t someplace that we’d ever want to live. Far too crowded.
  • Website: The Oaks at Point South

Swamp Fox Campground - Florence SC

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 1 day
  • Cost per night: $35.00
  • Discount: Good Sam
  • Hook ups: 30 amp electric, water, sewer, and cable TV.
  • Site number/quality: #123. Gravel pad. Fairly level. Pull-through. 
  • Park quality: Very rundown campground. However, next to interstate, so very convenient, but noisy. 
  • Access: Directly off I-95.
  • Connectivity: Verizon OK, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile OK.
  • Return yes/no?: No.
  • Notes: OK for overnight.
  • Website: Swamp Fox Campground

Raleigh Oaks RV Resort and Cottages - Four Oaks NC

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 5 days
  • Cost per night: $36.00
  • Discount: Good Sam
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, sewer, and cable TV.
  • Site number/quality: #412. Gravel pad. Fairly level. Grassy seating area. Wide pull-through sites. Easy parking. 
  • Park quality: Very nice campground. Neatly laid out. Most sites are pull-throughs. Reasonably priced considering how nice the park is. There are few trees, so could be hot in the summer. But the lack of trees made our stay more pleasant since we were there in the fall. There were some seasonals, but no run-down rigs. Very well managed park.
  • Access: Close to I-95 and US-301, but far enough way to not hear the road noise.
  • Connectivity: Verizon very strong, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile OK.
  • Return yes/no?: Yes.
  • Notes: Between Raleigh and Fayetteville NC. Close to major shopping in Smithfield about five miles away.
  • Website: Raleigh Oaks RV Resort and Cottages

Williamsburg RV & Camping Resort - Williamsburg VA

RATING: ♦♦
  • Length of stay: 8 days
  • Cost per night: $0.00
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer.
  • Site number/quality: #A86. Gravel and dirt pad. Fairly level. Concrete seating area surrounded by mostly bare ground. Heavily wooded. Our site was next to the highway and was quite noisy.
  • Park quality: Run down campground. Clearly was nice at one time, but buildings and sites are in need of upgrading. Lots of annuals. Close to interstate. The main advantage of this park is that it is not far from Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. It is also a short distance from York River State Park.
  • Access: Directly off I-64.
  • Connectivity: Verizon OK, AT&T Strong with antenna, T-Mobile very strong.
  • Return yes/no?: Probably not.
  • Notes: There is a lot to do in this area. We very much enjoyed visiting Colonial Williamsburg. In fact we spent two days there.
  • Website: Williamsburg RV Camping Resort