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Find the Best Campsites with AllStays (Interview with the CEO)

| Updated Apr 16, 2024

Trying to find the best campsites is frustrating for RVers. But by using an online tool called AllStays, that quest can be greatly simplified…

We've used the tool for over a decade now and it just gets easier and easier. So when we heard that the founder retired and there's a new CEO, we thought it would be good to get him on the podcast to update us on how this easy-to-use resource can be put to good use.

We spoke with Allstays CEO Phil Rogers on our RV Lifestyle podcast, which you can watch or listen to. But, we've also transcribed it in this article for those who prefer to read. Plus, we provide additional information AND a discount code!

AllStays vs AllStays Pro: What Is the Difference?

AllStays vs. AllStays Pro: What is the Difference?

Phil discusses the difference between AllStays vs AllStays Pro in the interview below. But we've also written an entire blog on this topic.

Since Jennifer and I discovered AllStays PRO, the browser-based subscription site, we rely on it a lot in our RV travels. We use it to find interesting places that really stand out, especially out-of-the-way boondocking spots and free places to stay.

In short, we are BIG fans and even partnered with AllStays so we can share a discount with our readers. Using this link and the discount code: rvpodcast you can save 10% off your All Stays Pro annual subscription.

You can go to the full blog by clicking here or read what the CEO has to say…

Interview with the CEO: Find the Best Campsites with Allstays

Find the Best Campsites
Phil Rogers, the new CEO of AllStays

Nothing can put a damper on a camping trip quite like a bad campsite. Whether it's a lack of amenities, noisy neighbors, or an unappealing location, a bad campsite can quickly turn a relaxing getaway into a stressful experience. 

For over a decade now, we’ve been using an app and website called AllStays in our arsenal of tools for finding good campgrounds. We used the upgraded AllStays Pro version ourselves.

This powerful tool can help you find the best campsites in your area and beyond, so you can enjoy a hassle-free camping experience every time. 

In this interview, we explore how AllStays works, why it's one of the best options for finding great campsites, and how you can use it to plan your next outdoor adventure. 

Our guest is Phil Rogers, the new CEO of AllStays and we asked him to give us a step-by-step guide on how to find the best campsites with Allstays.

Here's a transcript of the interview:

Mike Wendland:

Phil Rogers joins us right now and Phil, it's a pleasure to have you on the podcast. This is the first time I think we've had you on, although we've known about AllStays for a long time. Why don't you enlighten our audience a little bit about what is AllStays and how Phil Rogers came to become the CEO?

Philip Rogers:

Yeah, sure thing. So first off, Mike, I want to thank you for having Allstays on here and for having me on. Very excited to be talking about AllStays and I am a follower on the Facebook group as well. 

For those who do not know what AllStays is, it is one of the original RV and camping apps on the App Store. 

We are both a mobile and web tool database where we have not only campsites, but we maintain coverage on nearly 400,000 points of interest across the US that keeps you safe from road clearances, road hazards, as well as keeping you supplied and stocked with information on propane, supply stores, overnight parking stops in addition to campgrounds all over the US and Canada. 

Adam Longfellow was the founder of AllStays, which really even began in the early 2000s, late 90s, that he came to  launch AllStays Camping and RV and the whole suite of products to help provide travelers with more information. 

And in the last year, as he was looking towards retirement, I was able to come on and help. And I was a user of AllStays myself. As during the pandemic, I was previously running a pickle business in DC but took some time off to travel the country in a little teardrop trailer and using AllStays and other camping apps. 

That really helped power my trip and I found it such an exciting experience to come into contact with Adam, learn about the business more and find the opportunity to help continue the legacy of AllStays itself. So that's a little bit of background on AllStays.

Mike Wendland:

I can't let you get away without asking you more. You said you were in the Pickle Business? You better explain that a little bit.

Philip Rogers:

That's correct. I worked with my wife and her brother running a fermentation business, farmers markets in DC, and ran that for several years through the first year of the pandemic, helping out both local farmers and ourselves. 

So really had a great time, but wanted to take a little bit of time, a year into the pandemic to get out into the rest of the country and during that really pivotal time, taking a step back, what was the crazy time for food businesses, but yeah, had a really great, great experience being able to really connect with customers and that's what I love too about working with AllStays is getting to work with the customers, answer questions and emails that users have to really help them with their travels.

Mike Wendland:

You are an RVer yourself, is that correct?

Philip Rogers:

Yeah, that if we want to call a teardrop trailer an RV, I know they come in all shapes and sizes, but I've got a nine by five teardrop trailer. Spent about 10 months in it with my wife. I think our next big trip we might upgrade, but I still use it to this day.

Mike Wendland:

All right, so let's talk a little bit about AllStays. We know Adam and we met Adam early on as we began this and it's a whole suite of great software programs. Have you updated AllStays or have you done any changes in it since you took over? Have you added more features, more platforms?

Philip Rogers:

Yeah, we've got some big plans for AllStays, and we are working to add in more features. You'll first off, the information is the greatest thing. We are adding in more points and maintaining that coverage and updated information that is really the life and blood of the product. You would love to start sharing the roadmap there. 

Things just like saving locations, that is really great. But we're starting to look into new technologies that we can leverage and just how do we help make this a more accessible and easy tool for people to use but with the lifeblood being that accurate up-to-date information that everyone loves it for and really ease of use. 

Mike Wendland:

I would like to go into the main ways we can use AllStays. And I thought that if you could sort of walk us through a typical scenario, or maybe a park, or the campground's full, how AllStays can help an RVer find a place to stay and get away.

Philip Rogers:

Yeah, that's a great place to start. So really the easy thing of using AllStays, that one of the reasons that I loved it, was really having extremely descriptive pin icons that you are able to see very clearly what is National Park, what is a Forest Service, what's an independent RV park, so that you can really visually see so that if you come across a situation where you can't get around and you've got to find something.

You can go into your map. You can zoom out from where you are. You can easily use the locate the button if you've enabled location sharing with the application so that you can have that center right in on you. You're also able to use the search bar to search for a town that you might want to look at. 

I think to myself of when in December of 2020 I was trying to find a campground in Northern Florida, because St. George Island I think was all booked up. So I was using AllStays to look around. I was able to find sites in the state forest and in the national forest that I could go to with that. 

As well as also there are a number of filters and advanced filters that you can, there are a lot of points of interest on the map so you can help clear out some of the noise to only what you want, whether it is a forest service campground or if you're looking for some other club or membership. I know a lot of people might use like Elk's Lodges. So you can use a filter easily to get to those kinds of sites that you want, or if you just need an overnight parking spot, you can look up and see which Walmart is there.

I can see parking reports from individuals reporting on the willingness of that manager to let people park overnight. But then I love returning back to that. They're very descriptive pin icons. So when you're looking at a map of tons of pins, you're easily able to zero in. 

You can select on that point, then easily click into our information page where we have just one tap away, a website if they've got it. We've got one touch phone call. So for what we can get, we've got phone numbers for most places that at least have a phone, as well as any reviews that users have left. 

And lastly, we've got all the amenity information that you might want in terms of how many spots, what kinds of hookups, how many or whether there are any restrictions on the size of RV. Those are also reflected in our filters that you can help zero in on the right campground for you. 

So, they're just a really multitude of ways within AllStays through filtering, search, using your eyes and reading our information and reviews.

Mike Wendland:

Let's talk about the different platforms that AllStays works on and give our audience kind of a rough idea on how they would get AllStays and the costs involved and maybe which apps and platforms that they may want to work with to start off with if they haven't had it before.

Philip Rogers:

Yeah, so we've got a mobile application that is only on Apple phones right now. I know that we hear a lot from Android users and I invite Android users to message us. Hearing from you guys helps make it known just how many of you guys are out there that want this. So very happy to hear from you. There had been an AllStays app on Android until about 2017 when there are some issues and Adam pulled that off the store. 

But we also have a web application so that you can access this on any device. It works best on your laptop, desktop, works in any browser. So we are able to reach all platforms there. And I will announce that we previously, the mobile app had been. Single-time download, paid download from the App Store, whereas the Web App had been subscription based. 

And we are unifying that product so that you just subscribe to AllStays and you're able to access that on both mobile and Web with one seamless subscription there. And our subscription price is $35 a year.

Mike Wendland:

Now, is there a free version available anymore of Allstays? There used to be, there was a kind of an Allstays light that you could get.

Philip Rogers: 

Right now with the mobile app, you can experience for free some very basic features of the app. You're able to download it, you're able to browse, look at the pins and find the campsite, to read reviews, to filter for them, that will be part of the subscription as we're constantly working and updating that information for campgrounds. 

You can also find a lot of campground information state by state for free online. So a lot of our resources are available, but for the best ease of use and the best user experience, that does come with subscription. 

Mike Wendland:

Just the last question, again, the size of your database, because you have just about everything covered, is how many pieces of data and information do you have? Did you say you set it right at the top?

Philip Rogers:

Yeah, around 400,000 points of interest across the US and Canada. And so there are tens and thousands of campgrounds, thousands of RV parks. But then really, there's so much more as well in the supply stores, the truck stops, propane fill ups, road hazards, like bridge clearances and road grades, so that we've really got a comprehensive suite of information that we're really happy that users can find actionable and help keep them on the road and keep them safe.

Mike Wendland:

I'm applauding you guys taking it over and continuing the legacy that Adam started. It was probably the original RV camping and information site for finding spots and I'm glad to see that you have plans to continue that. 

Would you wrap it up by telling our audience how they can access and find AllStays? What's their best address to go to? We'll put it in the description below

Philip Rogers:

So the best way to find us is go to We've got all the information there about both our mobile and our web app. You can find out information for campgrounds for free on there. And you can go in the iTunes app store, mobile app store, and search for Allstays Camping and RV. And you'll find us there. 

Mike Wendland:

Jennifer and I have used it for over a decade now. And in fact, it's usually our first thing, even before we leave, we'll pull up on the laptop or the computer and we can get that big view on the screen, which really helps. It's a very simple app to use. We can attest to that and we will continue to send people to AllStays. Philip Rogers has been our guest. Phil, thank you.

Philip Rogers:

Alright, thank you, Mike. This was super exciting to be on.

Want to Listen to or Watch the Interview?

To see the video version of the Podcast – shot on location at our RV property in mid-Tennessee – click the player below:

For an audio version, the RV Podcast can be heard on your favorite podcast app or through the player below:

RV Pro Tip – What to Inspect Before Taking Possession of a New RV

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During the same podcast, certified RV Inspector Brenda of Queen Bee RV shared tips on what to inspect and test BEFORE you take delivery of an RV.

Watch the video or read what she had to say here…

I conducted a survey recently to ask what were some frustrating things that RV buyers wished they had known about before they made their purchase?  And, as you can imagine, there were plenty of surprising responses like:

  • They forgot to test the awning and it tore the first time they opened it.
  • Construction materials from the factory were left behind and completely prevented the black tank from dumping.
  • That the doors were installed upside down at the factory and leaked during the first rain.
  • That the refrigerator was not turned on until minutes before their arrival on pick up day, so the dealership missed the fact that it was completely inoperative during the walk through.
  • They forgot to test the water heater and had to replace it after the first trip.
  • That they purchased a brand new rig at auction and discovered the black and gray tanks were completely missing once they got it home.
  • Not understanding how expensive oil changes and engine work would be on their new diesel pusher.
  • And that even after thorough research, they underestimated the towing capabilities of their truck and did not feel safe or confident with it once they got the RV out on the road.

So, what can you do to try to avoid some of these costly, aggravating, and sometimes scary discoveries when purchasing an RV?  

  • Ask the owner to have all utilities available to test before you agree to purchase.  This is standard practice, so insist upon it!  Water, electric, and sewer.
  • Operate all of the mechanical items like the awnings and slides.
  • Operate all of the appliances like those in the kitchen, the AC, furnace, water heater and generator.
  • Check the electrical panel connections and water/plumbing systems.
  • Take a test drive or a test tow – preferably with your own tow vehicle.
  • Look at manufacture dates, tread and sidewall condition of all tires.
  • Check all of the life safety systems like detectors, LP tanks, and running gear condition, etc.
  • Request and observe the maintenance records from the seller or dealership.
  • If all of this sounds overwhelming, you know I will suggest to hire a third party Certified RV Inspector!

The RV App of the Week – a photo journaling app

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Time now for the RV App of the Week, taken from the pages of – our sister blog that celebrates the many ways technology enhances the travel experience.

This week, we have a photo journaling app to tell you about called Journi Blog that helps you record and describe your favorite travel memories. You can then share these, print them as photo books, or keep them private for your personal enjoyment.

The app is available on iOS, Android, and the web.

You have full privacy control over who sees your stories. You can keep it private, share with select friends and family, or make it public. It’s a popular option for beginners to professional travel bloggers.

The RV Question of the Week: How much does it cost to make an RV campsite?

QUESTION: I’ve followed how you guys have turned your property in Tennesee into a private RV retreat. I see this as something we’d like to do but before I know whether that is a realistic goal for us at this stage in our lives, we need to know how much it costs to get in water and electricity and sewers. Can you give us a ballpark figure? – Alex

ANSWER: Based on our experience and those of our neighbors, you should budget about half what you spend in buying the raw land as the cost of installing, drilling a well, clearing trees, hooking up electricity, and then getting all the permits. Every governmental area is different as to what you can and can't do and how you must do it, and every piece of land is different and has its own unique challenges. But figure 50% of the land costs will be the development costs and you should know whether it makes sense for you or not.

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2023-04-12

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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