How to Read Trailer Life RV Park and Campground Ratings

Our readers tell us that cleanliness ranks high in importance to them. Therefore, when a park receives full points in the cleanliness of restroom sinks, toilets, showers, walls, floors and mirrors, a star will appear next to their restroom rating.

Located near the top of each campground listing is our exclusive Triple-Rating. It looks like this:

TL RATING 10 / 10 / 10.

All three ratings are on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. Less than 1 percent of parks or campgrounds receive a rating of 10. Campgrounds with a 10/10/10 rating have more facilities, are better maintained and are more visually appealing than 5/5/5 - rated campgrounds. Campgrounds are inspected annually by dedicated RVers like you. Unannounced, random Quality Checks are also made throughout the year.

Completeness of facilities

10 / 10 / 10

The first campground rating evaluates completeness and quality of facilities. In this category we rate interior roads, sites, registration area, hookups, recreation, swimming, security, laundry, store and building maintenance.

Cleanliness and physical characteristics of restrooms and showers.

10 / 10 / 10

The second rating category concerns restrooms, which RVers are very particular about; therefore, we divide this rating category into two subcategories: cleanliness and physical characteristics. Trailer Life rates the cleanliness of toilets, walls, showers, sinks/counters/mirrors and floor. (Full points in each of the above earns a rating)

We also rate physical characteristics of restrooms such as interior construction, adequate supplies/odor free, adequate number of facilities, exterior appearance and location to park spaces, and interior appearance.

Visual Appeal and Environmental Quality.

10 / 10 / 10

According to our research, nature is the barometer by which most people judge a campground's visual appeal. Parks score points in four subcategories that measure how harmoniously they blend with their natural surroundings: Function, identification, and first impression of the park entrance; landscaping of park and sites; park grounds and sites free of litter and debris; and aesthetics of park and surrounding area.