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LLeopold

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Posted: 12/24/17 04:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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As much as I hate to do it, it looks like I will have to make some reservations for our upcoming Alaska trip. Unfortunate timing but our daughter will be flying into Fairbanks right in the middle of their June 21st Summer Soltice Festival. Been there before at that time. It is a real big deal to the locals & CGs fill up. We are off to Denali right after that & the Teklaneka CG is always in big demand so reservations will be needed there too. Except for a couple of music festivals along the way the hope is to wing it for the rest of the trip.


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We make reservations where ever we go. My wife has to plan everything down to the roads etc. I can't get off the beaten path so to speak. Must take interstate. 2 land is too slow. She's been driven all her life, won't change her.

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Passin Thru wrote:

We make reservations where ever we go. My wife has to plan everything down to the roads etc. I can't get off the beaten path so to speak. Must take interstate. 2 land is too slow. She's been driven all her life, won't change her.


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Posted: 01/11/18 10:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am new to RVing but I have already planned several trips and have made reservations for every stop through the end of November 2018,
That way I can plan and know the cost and amenities up front.

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We don't go anywhere without booking every CG well in advance, private or memberships CGs. You only have to find yourself without a place to stay once and won't travel without pre-booking again.

If you want to go free-wheeling gypsy style, wherever, whenever, it'd be a really good idea to have a laptop and a mobile hotspot like Verizon mifi. Also very helpful to check out road conditions (traffic, construction, road type, etc.), wildfires, weather, tourist attractions and much more. Wifi? Fuggedaboutit - it's usually pretty unreliable. If you can't get into a CG en route for some reason, it'd be a good idea to be prepared to have a plan B like a Walmart, rest stop, etc.

When we go on longer trips, we've always pre-booked everything based on length of stay and travel time. Never been a problem except when there was a forest fire in Montana and we had to change plans on the fly or the time we tried to add a couple of days on the Or. coast and they just laughed at us.

I would try planning a hypothetical route now and find places where you'd want to stay and contact the CGs and see what they say about booking in advance. Consider a membership in Coast-Coast, Good Sam, Passport America, Thousand Trails, etc. We're T/T members and it's worked great for us. Not everyone's cup of tea tho.


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Depending on where and when we're going we'll make reservations. But with that being said, we are not destination campers. We will not drive to, say, a Florida campground and spend a week. 3 days is about our max and we get happy feet, or wheels, and gotta see what's around the next bend.
Example being that we are going to Ft. Pickens the end of February and sites are hard to come by that time of year. We booked for 3 days and found an opening down the coast for another 3 days. After that it's away from the coast where sites are more available and we'll see what we can find.

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