Originally Posted by ryand
Its getting harder and harder to get a good site these days. I guess its a good thing for the industry but man you really need to plan out way ahead and stick to it to make it work.
This season has not really even started and It feels like its already over!
It can certainly feel that way at times.
When you have a specific park in mind you have to book it as early as you can unless they have some sites saved out for walk-up registration (and even then you take your chances.) There has been a lot of discussion about the ability to register online on this and every other camping and RVing forum out there - some love it, some hate it, only a few seem to be undecided.
Given my druthers I prefer to avoid the crowds and stay in the lesser used parks, but sometimes it's just going to be booked solid from an early date and you have to roll the dice on the weather months in advance just to get there for the night. We know that we will have to book early for certain parks and certain holidays (we had Memorial Day and Labor Day booked in late February, both at very popular parks in the East) but other than that I use the online registration systems to find parks that won't be that crowded.
Even with all the pre-registrations, if you can get out during the week you have a far, far better chance in most locations than you have on the weekends. And like the others have stated, in the future don't worry about missing some days in school - the time spent with family and friends will be far more memorable than a couple of school days.