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Old 04-06-2015, 10:01 PM   #1
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Reservations when you travel?

We have been active Rvers for about 5 years now. The wife and kids love it. We are looking to make a long run from Dallas to Yellowstone in June. We have our spot in Yellowstone but no reservations on the trip up. Should we? Just curious on the long drives if you just drive till you get tired and stop at a KOA or Walmart? What do you guys do?
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:07 PM   #2
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Get early starts, then find a campground early in the day for a better chance at finding an open site. It's good to have a few hours to relax and enjoy local attractions.
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:09 PM   #3
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Just stop when we get tired and find a campground. Don't do parking lots of any kind, Walmart, Fly J, Pilot, Cracker Barrel, etc.
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:11 PM   #4
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Have never made reservations,no Wal-Marts,(2) Truckstops,Lots of travel miles! Youroo!!
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:14 PM   #5
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We usually have the trip planned and know where we want to stop so we make reservations. On a few occasions we stop early and hit a KOA. Have never been turned away.
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:16 PM   #6
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Same as OC. We have the Next Exit book that allows us to start looking imparts when we know we are going to want to stop in the next couple of hours. We look up the campgrounds we find in there on rvparkreviews.com and if they look ok, we call to see if they have space available. If they do and have a reasonable overnight rate, we book it and stay the night. FHU is not needed so we try to reduce cost by seeing if they have a water/electric site available. If the site is long enough, We don't even unhook except the pigtail. We plug into water and electric and don't set anything else up. We make an easy dinner and settle in for the night. We leave early the next morning. The less you disconnect or set up, the quicker and easier your morning departure is.
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:23 PM   #7
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Used to plan reservations for every dayof the trip. Found that stressful when: weather or traffic slowed progress and arrived at the planned stop very late... OR no traffic, no weather, no pee stops, making fantastic time and arrive at the planned stop at 3:00 PM... New approach is to stop at a rest area about 3:00 PM and use the GPS to find a campground 2 hours down the road. Call the campground and make reservations. Very low stress.
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:31 PM   #8
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Same as asquared except we don't call ahead, we just find a cg and stop. Don't even unhook the pigtail, just put the landing jacks down, hook up water & electric, put the slides out, eat supper and go to bed. Usually leave between 6 am and 7 am. Takes about 5 minutes to get ready to hit the road. Do check all the lights while unhooking water and electricity.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:15 AM   #9
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Similar to asquared, we don't make reservations for travel days. Unfortunately, we aren't morning people, so getting on the road before 10am is a challenge for us- we would rather get a later start and just drive longer/later.

Since we stop late and need to do an after hours checkin, we'll call around at about 4pm to find a place to stop for the night. Even in the case of a Walmart stop- I want to make sure that it allows overnighting.

We rarely do Walmarts, truck stops, or rest areas simply because we aren't setup well for it. (No generator and just a single battery.) So conditions have to be "just right" temperature wise.

At campgrounds, like asquared and OC, we do minimal setup- often times just electric since we often run with water in our fresh water tank. We do put landing gear and stabilizers down to minimize movement as we walk around inside.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:45 AM   #10
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Good topic It's one of those thing I have yet to do , I had figured about traveling about 5 hrs a day max , mostly because that's all I figured the wife can take, with a couple of pit stops along the way, again because she can't sit that long. It may take me 4 days to do a trip like Florida but I'm going to be in no hurry to get where I'm going will be retired in 17 working days.
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