The list of basic things that RVers typically look for in a campground include level campsites, full hook-ups, affordable prices and campground amenities. But certain circumstances may also determine the campground in which the RVer chooses to stay — depending on the day of the week, the weather and the location.

If we camp on a weekend, campgrounds are typically more crowded with families and children. Except for the occasional campfire get-together during these weekend nights, we prefer staying at our own campsite.

It's not that we don't like being around families or children. But being retired, we have the time and the opportunity to enjoy the campground activities at other times. This allows families and children to be able to take full advantage of their camping experience during the time they have to enjoy it. We typically steer away from the advertised family-friendly campgrounds during weekends.

If we go RVing during the week, we encounter more people in our own age group who, like us, are traveling from place to place. We tend to socialize more with other campers on weeknights.

A typical conversation starter with our fellow-campers is "Where are you from?" quickly followed by "Where are you headed?" It always amazes us how much we have in common with other RVers who camp during the week. We often spend the afternoon or evening talking and sharing stories of our RV travels with each other.

Weather conditions can also dictate what we look for in a campground. If we're in an area that often has tornado warnings or frequent storms, we look for a campground with a storm shelter or windowless block building. If the weather conditions are tolerable to ideal, we like to participate in the amenities the campground has to offer such as hiking, swimming, playing miniature golf or corn hole, and fishing in the pond.

If temperatures are too cold to enjoy being outdoors, we simply stay inside our motor home, allowing us to catch up on cleaning and laundry, correspondence and email, or watch television. In this case, it is imperative that we stay in a campground with laundry facilities, WiFi and cable TV.

Our RV travels often take us to some of the most beautiful and desirable locations. In this instance, we look for a campground that offers a beautiful view often at a campsite where we can enjoy the sunrise or sunset in the comfort of our motor home bed. An unobstructed view of the mountains or water often determines which campground we select.

We've been fortunate enough to have a site 10 feet from the swelling waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Another was located along the Pacific Ocean with sea otters frolicking nearby. Once, we were surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and a herd of elk grazed on our campsite. The views, whether scenic or of wildlife, are an important factor in determining which campground we choose.

Most campgrounds advertise level sites, full hook-ups, affordable prices and amenities. However, the day of the week, the weather and the location are factors that make our final decision when it comes to choosing the right campground for us.