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Old 04-07-2015, 01:55 PM   #21
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We make reservations just about every step of the way. We did that trip, from Austin, TX to Yellowstone.

Reservations are a must at destination type sites. Yellowstone for sure, call early. We are not full timers, My wife and I are both teachers, so weekends and summers are our high use times. Summers can be crowded, and I'm pretty picky when it comes to where we stay. When our kids are out of college and on their own and we retire, I may ease up a little, but we always seem to have some deadlines. to meet.
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Old 04-07-2015, 02:16 PM   #22
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Here is a question: has anyone ever approached a hotel and asked if you could spend the night in their parking lot for a nominal fee? If so, what response did you get?
Some motel/hotels have RV hookups. ie Alexandria, LA best western, but they don't advertise them. Neither can the be reserved. First come- first served. I've learned of a few others while staying in their rooms. Worth a call to ask
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Old 04-07-2015, 10:08 PM   #23
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Great tips everyone thank you! We always stay in the state park or National parks Ive never stayed in a KOA of RV park. Thanks again We have never attempted a trip of this length.
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Old 04-07-2015, 10:45 PM   #24
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I think is going to depend on the time of year you plan to travel. With the upswing of people getting RV's campgrounds may be a little more crowded this year as opposed to previous years. I like to keep my travel between 200 and 250 miles each day. Many campgrounds leave a percentage of sites for walkups. During the middle of the week shouldn't be to bad for that but if you know about where you will be on a weekend it may be a good idea to get a reservation for Friday and Saturday's.
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:02 PM   #25
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We make reservations. When you have a destination there no stress because even if there is traffic, you know you have place to stay when you get there. If we take 1,000 mile trip we plan a on a campground around 600 to 650 miles on the first day when we are fresh. We make frequent stops to stretch our legs, eat and walk the dog. When we get to our stop over we do not unhook and just put the jacks down.
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:04 PM   #26
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Congrats about the retirement Mark0224! My wife's last day is May 20th and she can't wait to be done. Just bought our first camper and are taking it out weekend after next. Can't wait to start this new adventure.
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:18 PM   #27
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Here is a question: has anyone ever approached a hotel and asked if you could spend the night in their parking lot for a nominal fee? If so, what response did you get?
I did ask once when in NH could not find a CG. The motel owner put us in the back with 15 amp power and the only payment they wanted was we have breakfast in the restaurant. After a long day drive and "free" site we decided on dinner and breakfast.
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:21 PM   #28
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When traveling will aim for 300 miles per day. I have driven a little as 200 miles in one day because the next CG is 350 miles away.
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Old 04-08-2015, 12:09 AM   #29
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Ok,got to throw my 2 cents worth in. If you are planing on camping anywhere on the southern east coast, a reservation is highly recommended. I have seen rv'er lined up hoping for a spot to open just too be turned away. There are a lot of us now, and camping isn't like it used to be. Been doing this for a while and seen a lot.
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