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bikendan

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Alexum wrote:

WOW, thanks for information!

@Matt I will be travelling with the 30 ft trailer and planning to visit AR, NV, CA, may be even OR, only starting to decide exact location that I want to visit. All depends if I can extend my travel, planning to go on May for 3-8 weeks.


well, May in Cali and Oregon coastal campgrounds will be booked at least 6 months in advance. More popular inland campgrounds, like Yosemite, will be too.
June, July and August are even worse.


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For reliable WIFI to do the banking chores & such we go to virtually any library. Some need a password. Most do not. In any case I feel better in a library where I can see everyone else in range of the WIFI than a CG where who knows who is in a nearby site trying to hack into you.


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A few thoughts...

'Making do' helps when deciding on a RV park while traveling. 30A instead of 50A, using a back in instead of a pull through, a dump site rather than FHUs. Being ready, able, and capable of using less than optimal services is your best asset while RV traveling. And goes a long way to negate the need for reservations.

Oregon coastal areas (Oregon is my home state) can be crowded in certain areas, like Seaside for instance, where 'desirable' RV parks are packed, but the less desirable parks are fine for a night, or a weeks stay. Or you may have to head down the coast 50 miles to find an open park. I've spent months on the coast and never failed to find a park where I could stay a night, or week.

Wifi - If you're looking to avoid hackers, spoofers, scammers, etc. than avoid a Library. Especially those near a high school, junior high, or college. A library is always a poor place to do your banking. Especially if you haven't bothered to put in your first line of defense, a strong boot password. If you've done that, than you're good. (Computer Consultant in my former life). A RV park is mild compared to a library. And very safe.

Over the 13 years I've been full timing, RV park WiFi has gotten better and better. Even remote area parks seem to have half way decent Wifi these days. But then there are places like the city park on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. No Wifi at all. You have to use the nearby library. But if my business depended on good Wifi, I'd make sure I have a good data plan with my phone carrier.


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I cringe when someone says "May through Sept" will be booked. Now how do they know that? Yes, perhaps if you're set on a specific park and want to come in on a Friday night.

We traveled quite a few times through Calif/Oregon Coast/Washington to Port Townsend without any reservations. Seriously, it can be done. Not all sites are reservable in the state parks and there are many less fancy parks that will have sites. Get away from the beach about 10 miles and you'll have even more options. Also, pull in early and there are always cancellations. Travel Sunday and be at your weekend site by Wed/Thurs.

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Sure I would prefer to have a great mountain/lake/beach etc., but it's not essential for me. Up to 30 min from main POI are okey, not taking into account big cities. You can't hike or swim with your RV anyway. )
I'm much more interested in clean, relatively quite and just nice place to stay.

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Here in Michigan, the state parks are always booked solid months in advance. However, a lot of those early bird reservations end up being cancelled for various reasons, so someone who keeps an eye on the reservation site can usually find a spot, even in popular parks, without planning their trip six months in advance.

I would suspect this is true in many places.


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here in Oregon you'll need reservations in the summer. most are reserved a year ahead. Oregon lets people reserve I think a year ahead and if they don't show up the site sets empty. privet camp sites are the best bet. but if your on the road in Oregon and no reservations you might look for a wide spot along the road, if you can find one that's not being used. and Wall Mart is a no anymore.
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We did our first long trip in the RV to Orlando from Houston this past Thanksgiving. We left not knowing how far we would make it that day driving, so waited until about 2pm to call around. What I learned - you have to keep in mind the popularity of the city and the time of year. I started calling at 2pm due to most close at around 5pm, earlier on the weekend. We ended up stopping on the way in Biloxi, MS at a casino RV park which was pretty empty and then drove the rest of the way to Florida the next day. It was just a standard, no perks, park. You had a gate to go in and they gave you a code when you called, and a gate to go out when you left. Never saw anyone that worked there the whole time. It was probably a 5 on the scale, but it was only $23 a night, and was empty. We drove the rest of the way the next day, and on the way back stopped at that same park (it was about the same - empty), and then stopped once more in Lake Charles, LA. THAT was hard to find a park. We were about to have to dry camp at Walmart, I must have called 6 different parks who were full. Finally I was referred to a newer park that wasn't online yet and we were able to stay there.

Point being - depending on where you are going and when, it could get pretty difficult to find one, BUT you can always dry camp for a night and try the next day. If it were me, I would call ahead of time and try to set up places where you would LIKE to stay rather than having a chance of being forced into the only one available. It is a learning experience, so, good luck!!

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Posted: 12/23/17 05:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If I need to be in a certain place on a certain date, I always make a reservation. Also, if it is a popular spot, I make a reservation. I have gotten to RV parks many, many times with a reservation and found that there were no more sites to be had. I would have been out of luck without the reservation.


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I'd like to pitch in and clarify the Wifi thing...

Any Wifi that does not have a password should be considered unsafe. No password means the network traffic is not encrypted and can be "sniffed" right out of the airwaves by a hacker.

Obviously having no password makes it much more convenient but nobody is really doing you any favors this way.

My personal rule is to NEVER connect to an unsecured Wifi. (Must be WPA or WPA2... WEP can be hacked too). I bought a cellular hotspot and I use that instead if no secured Wifi is available.

(I'm an IT system admin)


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