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Old 04-14-2014, 10:53 PM   #1
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When did Camping Get So Hard?

So today I my Kids pre School sends out a note that they are extending class a full week due to the missed days....as luck would have it we had our first big trip to Table Rock Lake planned the first week he is off.

Tried to re book and no dice. Sites at the specific park we were after are booked solid through the summer...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!
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:08 PM   #2
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Honey, it's preschool. You can't get those years back with your kids and making the memories is far more important. Your child is going to get soooo much more out of your trip and family time then they ever will with an extended week of preschool. My kids are teenagers now and they STILL talk about all the adventures we've taken with our camper. You can never get back that time...NEVER!!! Think about it. It's a no brainer.
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:20 PM   #3
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Honey, it's preschool. You can't get those years back with your kids and making the memories is far more important. Your child is going to get soooo much more out of your trip and family time then they ever will with an extended week of preschool. My kids are teenagers now and they STILL talk about all the adventures we've taken with our camper. You can never get back that time...NEVER!!! Think about it. It's a no brainer.
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:35 PM   #4
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You all are so right....problem is I stupidly canceled the reservation before I took a look at whats avaliable. We are gong to squeeze it in a few weeks later but not at the site i was after for the last 6 months. Lucky i have a flexible job! With soccer, Swim classes, My own personal stuff and work I can see how parents pull their hair out when it comes to all this. I dont have to pull mine out.....it naturally falls out on its own. All is not lost...Taking a long weekend and heading to the lake for a few nights this week. Ill Post some pics.

By the way...it was snowing here today. Die Winter Die. Glad I Re-winterized after our trip last month!!
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:37 AM   #5
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"Pre-school" is just a fancy name for day care. It's baby sitting. Who cares. Go camping. Enjoy your children instead of leaving them with some stranger.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:05 AM   #6
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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.

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Old 04-15-2014, 08:33 AM   #7
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It would be much easier to get sites if you were not allowed to book them a year in advance. PA State Parks allow booking 11 months ahead. Assateaque SP in MD allows 364 day advance booking. How many of us can book that far ahead. They should start cutting back to a few months in advance.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:53 AM   #8
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I love the state parks here in MO. Went to Table Rock last year and had a great time. Agree that it takes careful and early planning if you want to stay at one of our state parks during the summer months. And here in MO, if you want a Saturday you also have to reserve a Friday. I like to camping at least two nights but sometimes it would be nice to have Saturday through Monday instead of Friday through Sunday, especially when floating and trying to avoid the Saturday crowds.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:57 AM   #9
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It would be much easier to get sites if you were not allowed to book them a year in advance. PA State Parks allow booking 11 months ahead. Assateaque SP in MD allows 364 day advance booking. How many of us can book that far ahead. They should start cutting back to a few months in advance.

I can agree to that...6mths advance booking would be a lot easier on everybody, especially when you are trying to get in the heavily popular parks
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:59 AM   #10
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I know what your going through. My "kids" are 22 and 23 now but when they were school age finding time was tough. Soccer, band, a firefighters schedule plus a part time job. We would sometimes just have one night to go but we did it just to get away. This was before the state parks allowed pre register and it was first come. It may be frustrating but it is well worth it. Our children still go with us if their schedule allows which sometimes means moving our plans around also. BTW, snowing here (central ohio) to this AM.
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