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Old 10-12-2012, 07:35 AM   #11
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Some of my best camping memories were traveling Colorado in a cabover camper and staying at remote campgrounds without services. I spent two summers doing this and never had a reservation or a destination. Some days I'd leave a campground and travel 10 or 15 miles and see another campground that looked interesting and pull into it for a night or two. Other times I would leave and travel a couple hundred miles. It was a great time. I was a college student then and out of school for the summer.

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Old 10-12-2012, 08:54 AM   #12
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We always book ahead. We are going to the FROG Rally in Goshen again except this time we are planning a 6500 mile trip and will have all our CG's booked for the entire trip by the end of march early april.
We also are going to the rally, but we are doing it rather strangely this year. From home Iowa, to Ca. in June, then back via. Mississippi then to the Rally in Indiana. Then back home to Iowa. We will be staying at Military bases that have family camps. (DH is 100% disabled.) We are also staying at Army corps of engineers camps. In Mississippi my brother-in-law is making us our own private spot on his land, with 30 amp, water, sewer - near the trees for shade. Have to love that man,

The only places that i will make reservations are at the Military bases.

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Old 10-12-2012, 09:31 AM   #13
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Two years ago we took a 5 month road trip. Seldom did we make reservations further out then the day we were traveling and never had a problem finding a RV park. However, when we did make a reservation in the DC area because we knew we were going to be there for a couple of weeks and just committed.

I wouldn't worry about finding a place to stay and that way you won't be committed to arriving on a particular day.
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:12 PM   #14
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We too usually opt for no reservations. We like to just "hang a left" at the last minute to go explore. There are times maybe in the height of the season, they might be necessary but we believe that if we don't get into one park, another one down the road will have an opening. Hugs, Di
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:54 AM   #15
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Last year we travelled from FL to Maine and the only reservation we made in advance was our site in Maine. By the way, if you ever plan on a Maine trip, might I suggest a week or two before Labor Day? We stayed up there two weeks, left 3 days after Labor Day. Labor Day up there signals a close of their season....some restaurants close, But Bar Harbor is open and campgrounds remain open for a while. The closer to Labor Day, prices got cheaper...even on Lobster! (when we left lobster was $3 a lb)
Ditto the others comments on holidays and military bases (we do alot of those) or fall leaf season.
We often take detours off our route and never have a problem finding a campsite. We do travel only 250-300 miles a day, so we basically know each morning where we may (or may not) stop for the night.
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:29 PM   #16
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Another reason for not making reservations is the rating system maybe misleading or the web site show only the good parts of the CG. This summer we ran across a CG that had a Woodall Rating of 3. The place was a DUMP! Not having reservation allowed us to drive on through.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:34 PM   #17
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The trick is to leave Sunday afternoon, after the weekenders and their schoolkids have gone home and then find a place for the weekend before noon on Friday before the rugrats come out again!

Yeah, on holiday weekends, not having a reservation can be a problem, but we don't usually go out over national holidays. It's an advantage of being old farts with no dependents travelling with us (except our two Labradors).
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:47 PM   #18
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This summer we took a 6 week trip through Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. We made a reservation (3 days in advance) for camping in Yellowstone. The rest of the time, we made no reservations at all.

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Old 11-03-2012, 12:08 AM   #19
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We completed a 10-week trip from Iowa to the Yukon and Alaska and back this summer. We rarely made a reservation more than a day in advance, usually arrived with no reservation and had few problems except the night during the July 4 weekend we arrived in the area of Minot, North Dakota. Forgot to notice there's an oil boom there! Many campgrounds have been repurposed to house permanent residents. Ended up in the last hotel room in town (it was late and hot and we were tired). That was our only problem on the entire trip. We're willing to trade a sure thing for flexibility. We hate to be tied down to a schedule. Sometimes that means settling for something less than optimum and sometimes it means finding a primo spot. Most of the time we're pretty happy with our campsites.We use the All Stays app on our iPad and check reviews. It's a great app listing public and private campgrounds as well as Walmarts and other commercial establishments.

With the advent of online reservation systems and private vendors running state and federal campgrounds, we have noticed that it is harder to find a campsite on busy weekends in the states. Some really like this system as they can be assured of a space. Being the free spirits that we are, we don't like to see all the best sites tied up in advance nor do we like the fees associated with these systems. We also miss the sense of friendly service the forest service and state and federal parks personnel had. The change is dramatic in some parks we've visited over the years.

Have fun hitting the open road. You might try making a few reservations over busy weekends and in must-visit destination parks and let the rest of the trip unfold as it will.

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Old 11-03-2012, 03:37 AM   #20
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Wouldn't hurt to PM members that have their locations in their sig and ask them about whats around.

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