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2oldman

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Posted: 09/19/18 12:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2 Retired wrote:

know several who stayed in SC State Parks all fall and winter, into the spring, and never had to move.
Complete with their blue tarps, skirting, homemade stairs and collections of junk?

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Posted: 09/19/18 12:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If there is a park that allows site specific reservations I make reservations well in advance to get a site I know we like. Otherwise I call a park a day before arrival (or maybe morning of) to make sure sites are available and make a reservation. I have no desire to pull into a park late in the day, find it full, and start trying to find a place to stay. We have stayed at parks that were full by mid afternoon. We don’t do parking lots.

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It's easier in some parts of the country to go no-res. North Dakota for instance. I'm at a COE park in Nebraska right now and there are over 100 sites open. The camp host has the day off. Pull in and pick a site.

This trip we had reservations (or were going to a first-come place) for the next stop and I was looking for the place after that. I need to be in the Kansas City area around Oct 1, so I have the next 2 weeks booked.

I would not recommend winging it in the northeast in Just and August. Too many campers, not enough parks.


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As a non-retired person, I nearly always use reservations, though they are not always made far in advance. I don't have the luxury of adjusting my schedule by a few days if needed.

Sometimes this has led to making what turned out to be unnecessary reservations, such as at Greenbelt Park near Washington, DC around Thanksgiving time when the occupancy rate was less than 5% and for most of my stay I could not see another camper from my reserved site.





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Posted: 09/19/18 03:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We still are doing 40, so reservations are a must. I have noticed the past few yrs that sites are tough to come by on the more popular rvparks/campgrounds, so my booking starts around the first week in January. For this upcoming columbus day weekend to get a W/E site at assatleague state park I had to book 1 year in advance, just hrs after the online window opened.

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Posted: 09/19/18 05:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We always made reservations. Tight schedules didn't give us much alternative plus I felt it was one less thing to stress about. Last thing I wanted was to get somewhere and not have a place to sleep.


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If you're on a strict schedule because of still at a job and only two weeks vacation, yes, make reservations.

However, if you're retired you have the great opportunity to travel off times. Don't go for weekend trips. Make your weekend begin on Monday.

There are many ways to do without reservations if you're not over pickey. If you need to be in a particular site or a particular loop then you'll have a difficult time. But if you can be flexible there are sites to be had - even in the popular national parks. Do you really need hookups? There are usually dry campgrounds that don't even accept reservations, including in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, etc. On the major holidays we never stayed anywhere where there's water - pools, lakes, rivers. That was our time to chill out in a nice quiet setting. We went to the 'water' places after the weekenders left - pulled in Monday early and got our site. Also, there are many city and county parks that are very pleasant. Try national forest sites. They are many times on beautiful lakes or rivers. We also boondocked a lot on public lands - national forest and BLM. There are options out there. Try them!

If we had to make reservations for 6,840 nights during our full-timing years we would have never RVd.


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2oldman

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2gypsies wrote:

If we had to make reservations for 6,840 nights during our full-timing years we would have never RVd.
If I had to stay in RV parks for most of those nights I would have quit by now.

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When traveling, only use Walmart, home depot etc. we only camp after labor day and before Memorial day. Never not had a site. Summer is for the younger generations with kids.


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Posted: 09/20/18 06:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had a little more difficulty this year getting campsites than past years. It does seem to me that RV'ing is getting more popular, and campgrounds more crowded.


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