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1320Fastback

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Posted: 05/09/19 12:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We usually plan on the way to a destination and then no plans on the way back home.


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Tom/Barb wrote:

Been here done this before. Oak Harbor > -> Texas . No map, no plans, no schedule. 4 days out and we're,
Tucumcari tonight and we were set for the night by 4:00 PM


Was at Tucumcari KOA a few weeks ago heading west back to California!

ppine

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Posted: 05/09/19 08:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The one exception I make to planning on the wing, is for festivals and other events. Then we are staying in one place and space is limited. For those I make a reservation. I don't like the confinement of staying somewhere when on the road.

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Posted: 05/09/19 10:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We never have reservations when traveling around the USA, Canada, or even Alaska during our over 54 years of extensive RV'ing. Whether, traveling in a TC, TT, 5th wheel, Class B - C or our big A's in the past. Why are so many RV'ers so particular as to where they stop for overnighting? They aren't going to buy the CG but just staying for maybe 10 - 14 hours of sleeping and eating and sometimes using the sewer, or electric, or water, or maybe even the dump station and then be gone and on the road again! Big deal??? All you get is a receipt (if charged a fee) to add to your pile of them.

Yes, perhaps to wanting a certain CG or spot for a week etc stay at a very popular final destination sometimes. Maybe usually but certainly not always. CG's usually fill up more often on weekends or during popular local events or over the 3 holidays weekends but seldom are full on the other 5 days of the week.

having an option A, B, and C is smart also as most all events are local oriented so there is usually some open sites not that far away and RV's have or are mounted on wheels that turn to get you to where there's a site open. Even if not, you still and gobs of choices and Cracker Barrel is just one of the many. The list is so long and you are only staying there for a few hours anyway. We do use Cracker Barrels a lot as our relaxing dinner is only feet away and maybe a nice breakfast in the morning also. Love them!

Never once have we gone without or driven an extra few miles to find a decent safe place to overnight most with some to full hookups with just us 2 traveling or when we took an additional 2-7 adults or kids with us anywhere in the land connected USA or Canada.

Passport America is another huge help/choice as there are nearly 2,000 CG's to choose from. We have been PA members since their beginning and also use them often.


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Posted: 05/09/19 10:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm a planner myself but not so much making reservations. I plan to be out in the middle of nowhere on Holidays and in summer we leave the campgrounds to the families and stay at home. I have a trip planned for next fall/winter and when we want to visit a town that only has private campgrounds, I call ahead and find out if they have any openings. If not, we just move on. We don't mind dry camping or boondocking so we have way more options than most folks.


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Posted: 05/09/19 01:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Roy&Lynne,

Yes, we do likewise and stay home on holidays being long retired so working families can have campground sites available that otherwise we'd maybe occupy. We can go anytime but they can't. Also stay away from about all the popular CG's all summer long from Memorial Day weekend until after Labor day.

We live and have lived for 77 years now in an extremely popular very busy resort area on the Lake Michigan Shoreline and see the masses of RV'ers that have to be turned away without having reservations as nearly all the local 12 CG's are totally full about all summer long. Will be building a new very large CG on the water and sand dunes that's already planned in the next couple years. 8 of the already present 12 GC's are also on the water and have navigable waterfronts with 5 having boat docks and/or 5 with boat launching ramps or next to a boat launch too.

Boating, fishing, swimming, and camping is extremely popular way of life in our gorgeous area as there is so much/many big and deep usable connected water/waterways, lakes, rivers, bayous, dunes, and pure sand beaches and has 10 marina's plus there's 3 State Parks also on the water here. Therefore we don't need to go elsewhere as the best summer action is right here!

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Been on the road since 10/16 and have only made one reservation.


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Hate to make reservations however from Thurs to Sun they are becoming more & more necessary especially in the east & near major attraction or event areas. Sun through Thurs is usually not an issue for winging it.

The smaller you are & the less demanding you are the easier it is to wing it. There is always room for the dry camping class B or small C. Once you go over that 30-35' mark & want more than simple power the options drop quickly.


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Posted: 05/12/19 12:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

travelnutz wrote:

Roy&Lynne,

Yes, we do likewise and stay home on holidays being long retired so working families can have campground sites available that otherwise we'd maybe occupy. We can go anytime but they can't. Also stay away from about all the popular CG's all summer long from Memorial Day weekend until after Labor day.

We live and have lived for 77 years now in an extremely popular very busy resort area on the Lake Michigan Shoreline and see the masses of RV'ers that have to be turned away without having reservations as nearly all the local 12 CG's are totally full about all summer long. Will be building a new very large CG on the water and sand dunes that's already planned in the next couple years. 8 of the already present 12 GC's are also on the water and have navigable waterfronts with 5 having boat docks and/or 5 with boat launching ramps or next to a boat launch too.

Boating, fishing, swimming, and camping is extremely popular way of life in our gorgeous area as there is so much/many big and deep usable connected water/waterways, lakes, rivers, bayous, dunes, and pure sand beaches and has 10 marina's plus there's 3 State Parks also on the water here. Therefore we don't need to go elsewhere as the best summer action is right here!


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If we have a particular destination, i.e. St. Augustine, FL, we generally make reservation for a site there for a couple of days. But to and from, which to us is an adventure in itself and generally takes several days each way and is a large part of the trip, is to plan park A, but also list park B & even C just in case for a night or two.
Our last trip to Texas Hill Country was the rule breaker. Virtually every State/COE park was booked for the weekend. Even forced us to spend the weekend at a private "RV Resort" much to our chagrin.
All in all it worked out to be pleasant, but not the same as a state or COE.
This was even mid April and not supposed to be crowded. Guess it's all those blasted baby boomers retiring and getting into RV'ing like us!


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