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caysea7254

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We have been on the road since Feb 6th 2019. We love this lifestyle but since covid19 it is so hard to find places to camp. During the week is fine but when u include weekends with ur stay they have nothing. I'm ready to look for small home but hubby keeps telling me it will get better. More people camping cause of covid. Just too stressful to be fun anymore. Anyone's thoughts are sure welcome. Tara


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Learn to boondock, or, camp sans hookups. Most all new campers are totally reliant on hookups, so I'm thinking that's what you're running into.

I wish more campgrounds would realize that not *every* space has to be reservable. Leave some, 10 or so, open to FCFS. California state parks have no clue of this concept. Utah does pretty well at this.

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One word. "Reservations!"
Planning ahead relieves stress and frustration.

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Where are you camping that you can't find sites?

Over the last 7 months, we did a big circle from Michigan, to Utah, to California, to Texas, to Florida back to Michigan.

Only time we had a minor issue was around spring break in Florida, there was a week where we ran into a few parks that were booked out but even there is was just a minor hassle of calling around to find a place with vacancy.

In the snowbird areas, we got some great deals as all the Canadians are stuck in the north and the parks are half empty.


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IB853347201 wrote:

One word. "Reservations!".
I interpreted his post to mean when he includes weekends in a reservation it doesn't work. But yeah, not clear.

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Boondocking is the answer. Properly set up an RV is very comfortable without hooks. Fresh water and a dump are almost always available.


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IB853347201 wrote:

One word. "Reservations!"
Planning ahead relieves stress and frustration.


We have not found that not to be the case, 2500 miles so far since mid-March and got turned down once when calling ahead an hour or so to get a spot. And that was because of the snowbird exodus from FL. We mix boondocking with private/public camps.

We are in southern AZ right now headed for Flagstaff for some boondocking with an overnight stop at an AZ state park, which had plenty of empty spots.


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IB853347201 wrote:

One word. "Reservations!"
Planning ahead relieves stress and frustration.


Reservations are a love/hate thing.

Around holidays for specific parks, sure.
For the next stop, 2 days from now, sure.

For 2 weeks from now, 4 travel days, it creates stress as you feel obliged to travel even if the weather or something else is not conducive to travel.

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valhalla360 wrote:


Reservations are a love/hate thing.
Mostly hate here. I make them rarely, only if it's an absolute must. It makes camping like a job.

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Yes it is only weekends!! Last year we had no problem was out west and yes we boondock r very equipped for it. Solar panels mounted and generator and an extra 40 gallon water holder. It is in the eastern area. I'm glad alot of u haven't had a problem. Yes we hate having reservations. The beauty of this lifestyle is just going and stop along way.

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