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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design

By: Randy S. Wilder, PE

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Course Objective

This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering.

Course Description

140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design

This course is intended to provide engineers and designers with an introduction into the design requirements of campgrounds… from primitive camping to Recreational Vehicles. The course will discuss the issues that impact the different types of campgrounds. Some examples are potable water supply, sewage, garbage collection, access for emergency vehicles, environmental impacts, etc.

The course will start with discussions of the different "types" of camping experiences found in campgrounds. This is followed by a discussion of some of the codes and considerations that must be incorporated into the final campground design. Designing a campground in the various states can be considerably different but all will have the same design components and issues. So this course will focus on the design aspects that are common to all campgrounds.

140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
James Keohane
01/21/2019
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As both a PE and a regular visitor to RV campgrounds, I found this course very interesting!
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
Joshua Tiner
12/21/2018
Verified Buyer
Great course. I learned a lot and look forward to my next camp site design project, which will be much more successful now!
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
John Raleigh
12/08/2018
Verified Buyer
Very good information.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
Bruce Bartling
09/28/2018
Verified Buyer
Excellent course, and timely. I'm working on a campsite right now.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
Gregg Stroschein
04/16/2018
Verified Buyer
Very interesting & informative. We have a 5th wheel camper that we have visited numerous campgrounds with across several states. Wish everyone had been designed with your criteria.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
John T Adams Jr
12/01/2017
Verified Buyer
Need more like this!!
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
Diane Carlson
08/23/2017
Verified Buyer
Note: a level pad is needed for RVs to prevent severe appliance damage, in addition to protecting and allowing slide-outs to function. Almost every RV owner prefers a level pad and does NOT want it sloped for drainage - as seems to be common in Florida. Slope away from the pad. I suggest that the author review the 'always' and 'never' statements throughout the course and consider rewording them. I found that most of these "absolutes" could be eliminated. As a problem solving engineer I try to avoid the word 'never'. Otherwise, this was a good overview of issues a designer will face.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
Paul W. Turner, P.E. CFM
07/05/2017
Verified Buyer
More thought should be given to the viewshed on locating the "pads".
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
Thomas Craig
04/17/2017
Verified Buyer
Good course and thanks for getting my account working on a Saturday evening.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
James Rogers
02/25/2017
Verified Buyer
I've been an RVer for 10 years and still found this course to be very informative. Excellent course.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
01/29/2017
Verified Buyer
Good information.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
Kyle
01/27/2017
Great Course! Was very helpful to learn all that goes into designing different campgrounds
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
JOHN FRULAND, PE
01/22/2017
Verified Buyer
Material was well organized and easy to follow. I would recommend this course to other engineers.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
Stanley Cann
01/21/2017
Verified Buyer
I really enjoyed taking this course! I've loved camping all my life and learned a lot about campground design from the course. It was refreshing to take a course that's different from our everyday engineering subject matter and about an area that's one that has brought me so much enjoyment.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
01/20/2017
Verified Buyer
Very good course.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
David B. Pearce
01/19/2017
Verified Buyer
Good course and materials. Very informative. Easy to use and test.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
Lee Collum
01/18/2017
Verified Buyer
Lots of good tips here. Material is well presented.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
Ross Monk
01/18/2017
I thought the course was a good starter for opening ones mind to campsite design considerations if you are not a camper, or campsite designer.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
Laney Southerly
12/28/2016
Verified Buyer
Very good overall design course for me as a non-camper.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
Gena Johnson
12/28/2016
Verified Buyer
Well written Course with several design tips.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
Robert Morrisette, Jr. PE
12/15/2016
Verified Buyer
The answer to question No. .... The explanation in the test results state the correct answer?
A portion of the review was omitted because it addressed specific test questions and answers.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
Philip Hanna
12/14/2016
Verified Buyer
Very informative, and answered my questions
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
12/09/2016
Verified Buyer
Very much enjoyed the course since it is relevant to what my company does.
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140-Campgrounds - The Basics of Design
William J. Flick
11/11/2016
Verified Buyer
Rather enjoyable. I used to be a very active backpacker. Then I did some tenting with the Boy Scouts. I am also a Civil Engineer and had an opportunity to do a preliminary RV park design. Found the content to be 'spot on' as it confirmed my experiences and preferences.
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So now I know
Kevin Smith
08/19/2016
Verified Buyer
I always wondered why campgrounds were laid out that way....now I know. It was a fun course.
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A good introduction, and interesting
Early McMullen Sorenson
07/27/2016
Verified Buyer
This campground course was a good introduction to the basics of campground design, was interesting, and was fun.
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Campground Design
Carlos Coon
02/29/2016
Generally a very good course; well presented and informational.

I find it a bit unfortunate that the basic course material cannot be saved for future reference, but I suppose that policy dictates the overall format.
We do not have a restriction against saving the course document or the test worksheet.
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Campground Design Basics: Interesting and Informative
John B. Locke, PE
02/23/2016
Verified Buyer
This course was interesting. The author is obviously experienced in campground design and appears to be a camper himself due to his accurate description of campground life. His outstanding photographs illustrate the design discussion very well.
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CAMPGROUNDS
Robert J Bracken
01/22/2016
Very informative, Plan to use information to design a Campground here in North Carolina. GOOD JOB!!
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Good overview of campground engineering
Chris
01/14/2016
Verified Buyer
Good overview of basic Campground engineering outlining the key things to pay attention to when planning one. Does a good job of staying out of the weeds. It is approachable enough for engineers and owners alike.
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Interesting Course
Joe K.
01/10/2016
This course was well written and more interesting than I expected. The test covered the course materials well. I recommend this course.
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Happy Campers...
Anonymous reviewer
01/03/2016
Good course. Very helpful in camp ground design.
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140-Campgrounds-The Basics of Design
Anonymous reviewer
12/30/2015
Very good overview of the important design elements of campgrounds.
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Solid basic campground design course
Anonymous reviewer
12/30/2015
Verified Buyer
As a camping enthusiast I found the course informative and enjoyable.
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campsite design
Anonymous reviewer
12/21/2015
Tall trees present a hazard to campers with falling branches. Are there any
rules in regards to separation from sites?
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Campgrounds
James Yallaly
08/22/2015
Verified Buyer
Very good basic and practical course - no changes needed.
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anonymous
07/07/2015
Very good information on campground design. I have an upcoming campground project and this course will be very helpful.
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Jim Zinner
07/03/2015
Great insight on the design components and pitfalls of campground design. An expert should be consulted.
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Just the Class before THE 4th OF JULY
Lee Marlow
06/30/2015
Excellent well covered - being here in Oklahoma with several Corps Lake it was well worthwhile.
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anonymous
05/29/2015
Very good overview and touches on a lot of things that must be considered.
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Great, informative course
NH
02/15/2015
Concise, learned a lot, loved the photos, and was able to complete it with a passing score. Overall I actually enjoyed this continuing education course!
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Louis Campanile, Sr.
02/08/2015
This course is ideal for teaching the planning of Campgrounds by giving the basic planning and design considerations. The Engineering, (Roadway, Paving, Drainage, Sanitary, Water, etc. designs) are the same as in Subdivisions. It should be also a Surveying (Planning) course.
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John
02/04/2015
A great overview; I learned a few things. Thanks for the course.
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anonymous
01/22/2015
I enjoyed this course. Interesting reading. Easy subject matter, and the test questions were easy to find within the text.
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Donald Senich
01/19/2015
Course was clearly presented with photos and diagrams for reference. The examination was fair I will find it useful.
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Camping made Safe and Fun
Lee Marlow
12/23/2014
Mr Wilder did a good job on this class. People are using camping more and expect more facilities. A good engineered park will be more safe and enjoyable.

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This course was actually fun.
Paul from Sarasota
11/25/2014
This course is a nice introduction to campground layout. There might have been more detail presented on utilities layout, but the information that was presented was clear and fun to read.
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anonymous
11/04/2014
I feel that this is a great introductory course. I will recommend this to others.
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anonymous
10/29/2014
Great entry level course. As the baby boomers retire, there will be a strong demand for more camping facilities.

Maybe a little more emphasis on ADA requirements since I see more campers who travel in their 80s and 90s.
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Overall Impression
anonymous
10/22/2014
The course is interesting, especially if you are an avid camper as I am. It is refreshing to get away from the in-depth technical courses for a change.
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anonymous
09/12/2014
I did not know there were so many requirements and considerations for campgrounds. I was glad this was offered as a continuing education because it may be an area of expertise I may want to further develop (e.g. recreational facilities).
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R. Magahey
08/14/2014
Very well written and very good photos/exhibits.

Subject matter is not high tech (compared to some like retaining wall design, steel properties, etc.)but application area is appropriate and I have never seen another text on this subject.
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anonymous
06/29/2014
I have an RV and spend a lot of time in campgrounds. This course gave me a lot of insight into how campgrounds should be designed. I can now make recommendations to campground owners on improvements
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RV Bill
anonymous
05/11/2014
The course has factual information. As an long time RV'er and

a civil engineer who has designed campgrounds for COE property,

I did not find any significant thing to quibble about. The pictures and sketches were well suited to the purpose.

Would like to see more about dealing with with existing or

desired vegetation, shade and screening between sites.
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anonymous
02/19/2014
I found the general discussion of campgrounds very informative and useful.
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Improvement suggestion
Bill Forbes
01/21/2014
Good information, but should include typical/extreme dimensions or RVs (course mentions 50 foot depth for spaces which may not be sufficient for largest (45 foot) motorhomes.) Should include dimensions including slideouts and space for walk-around, opening storage bay and utility compartment doors. Also should include diagram for turning movements for motorhome (bus) and 5th wheel trailer (semi) type vehicles.
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LMC
12/31/2013
I agree with one of the previous comments concerning question 4. You need to revisit the question - your answer is misleading from the course material.
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Misleading questions
anonymous
12/19/2013
The question about determining the bathhouse service area is misleading since the correct answer actually answers a question about the bathhouse size requirements, not determining the service area.

It is not asked if primitive campsites increase the environmental impact relative to other types of campsites, just whether or not they increase the impact. Compared to no camp site, they do.

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anonymous
08/21/2013
This course was very interesting and practical. I really like the fact that the explanation of the quiz answers were shown on the quiz results page. This way you could quickly review where you made your mistake.
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anonymous
08/13/2013
A good primer for the basic infrastructure requirements and designer considerations that should be a part of any campground project. Course was clear, concise, informative, and contained up-to-date reference material for a reasonable price.
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Campgrounds The Basics of Design
Frank Makowski
08/07/2013
Thought it was great, very informative and enjoyable knowledge source. I learned a lot.
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anonymous
08/05/2013
Well done
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anonymous
08/05/2013
Useful and enjoyable. I actually learned something.
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Enjoyable and Informative
Mark
02/25/2013
I enjoyed this course quite a bit, as it revealed the site engineering components of a type of facility that I am familiar with, but have never designed. Very clear presentation, excellent graphics, well written and organized.
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anonymous
02/17/2013
Informative, simple and interesting.
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anonymous
02/10/2013
Good clear narrative to give the designer a lot of insight into campground design. It makes me want to do campground work!!
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anonymous
12/28/2012
It was educational and direct. Examples were given. Very informative and organized well.
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anonymous
12/19/2012
Very interesting material.
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anonymous
11/19/2012
good course, I will use it when I build my first RVPark.
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Very Informational
Mark Breen
10/17/2012
I found the course to be thoughtful with valuable information for anyone designing a campground. The information on campsite layout for RV's is really useful.
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