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Old 12-10-2012, 04:56 PM   #11
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I am a planner and try to book my sites when the reservation window opens or as soon as I finalize our plans. Being retired helps but there are always those pesky weekend, when things fill up.

There are numerous threads asking if reservations are necessary. There are always those that reply "Been camping xx years without reservations and have never not been able to camp where I want".

How can they do that????
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:04 PM   #12
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I am a planner and try to book my sites when the reservation window opens or as soon as I finalize our plans. Being retired helps but there are always those pesky weekend, when things fill up.

There are numerous threads asking if reservations are necessary. There are always those that reply "Been camping xx years without reservations and have never not been able to camp where I want".

How can they do that????
Timing, location, and a bit of luck. Keeping choices open can help rather than placing all your eggs in one basket. It can help to avoid weekends and actual holidays.

I've able to pick up reservations at last minute due to someone cancelling. I made my 4th of July reservations at anther beach campground and they were nowhere near impacted as San Clemente. I know people that have done a lot of traveling without reservations without any problems & other people having problems getting a reservation during summer alone for a single trip.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:05 PM   #13
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Made our reservations for Bennett Springs State park for Memorial Day weekend over Thanksgiving weekend. With the 6 month window for Missouri state parks, typically Memorial Day weekend is exactly 6 months from Thanksgiving weekend so it's kinda like tradition in our household. Usually campground 1 gets booked up within a week, last year it was booked within a day!!! This year it was about 8 days. We also make our reservations start on thursday evening to so we can get our pick of sites. I have in the past been able to check for last minute reservations before a big weekend and was able to get in, but it wasnt always the choice of our site. We don't normally plan our trips this far in advance but with it being a big weekend and more popular campground we are definately on it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:49 PM   #14
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According to the latest statistic that over 8M RV'rs nationwide, we're all trying to acquire the same favorite camping spots during the same dates
Our non-camping family and friends think we're crazy that we have all our camp trips aligned and booked a year in advance for all our popular sites we visit...if they only knew!
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