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Old 06-19-2018, 04:06 PM   #1
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Traveling with No Reservations

We are experienced RV travelers but have always traveled with reservations at commercial, larger campgrounds. Now I am thinking of doing some casual traveling without specific plans for the trip, thus may want to take chances that will be able to find a space somewhere for the 20 ft travel trailer.

Our Flagstaff E Pro 19fd is only 20 feet long, no slides...so I would think if you pull into a campground that has no spaces available, they could...for a modest fee...let you find a parking area...no electric, water etc for a night. I would be happy to pay $10-20 for a parking space and use of the dump station the next morning. Is this likely to be available?

Related issue is I know of a very desirable town operated campground that does not accept reservations. So what if you pull in early afternoon and no space, would they likely let you park somewhere and get an available space the next day?

Any insights into this no reservation-no space tonight issues would be appreciated.
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Old 06-19-2018, 06:36 PM   #2
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I usually call the campground I want to stay at for tonight at lunchtime or around 1 or 2 oíclock. We always have a campground for the night. We use rvparky or rvparksandcampgrounds but we never make reservations more than a day ahead. Unless we are staying at a very popular area. Oh by the way I have never seen a campground that will let you stay at a cheaper rate. All the campgrounds we stay at when they are full they stop taking reservations. The campgrounds we stay at we donít use anything but water, electric and sewer. We never use campground bathrooms or laundry rooms or pools. We use our satellite and our WiFi but we are charged the same rate as everyone else
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Old 06-19-2018, 06:44 PM   #3
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We are experienced RV travelers but have always traveled with reservations at commercial, larger campgrounds. Now I am thinking of doing some casual traveling without specific plans for the trip, thus may want to take chances that will be able to find a space somewhere for the 20 ft travel trailer.

Our Flagstaff E Pro 19fd is only 20 feet long, no slides...so I would think if you pull into a campground that has no spaces available, they could...for a modest fee...let you find a parking area...no electric, water etc for a night. I would be happy to pay $10-20 for a parking space and use of the dump station the next morning. Is this likely to be available?

Related issue is I know of a very desirable town operated campground that does not accept reservations. So what if you pull in early afternoon and no space, would they likely let you park somewhere and get an available space the next day?

Any insights into this no reservation-no space tonight issues would be appreciated.
Most campgrounds we deal with if there is no space..... down the road you go. No space no camp. No reduced fees.........

If you go to a resort / popular area beach etc. Summer months will be booked a year in advance with a possible waiting list.......... no reservations no camp off to Walmart you go.........

Rural area with several campgrounds, that are not as popular you would not have as much of a problem........ Near us there are first come first campgrounds that fill fast...... off season not as much of a problem.

If there is an overflow area you will probably pay close to full price.


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Old 06-19-2018, 07:06 PM   #4
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I usually call the campground I want to stay at for tonight at lunchtime or around 1 or 2 oíclock. We always have a campground for the night. We use rvparky or rvparksandcampgrounds but we never make reservations more than a day ahead. Unless we are staying at a very popular area. Oh by the way I have never seen a campground that will let you stay at a cheaper rate. All the campgrounds we stay at when they are full they stop taking reservations. The campgrounds we stay at we donít use anything but water, electric and sewer. We never use campground bathrooms or laundry rooms or pools. We use our satellite and our WiFi but we are charged the same rate as everyone else
I spent a month on the road, late April and most of May doing exactly what you do. Decide how far I want to drive in a given day, use RV Parky to find something that looks good, then call them in the middle of the day. As a backup I have the Interstate Rest Stop app that gives me a list of mileposts for every rest stop along the Interstate system. County and State Parks, National Parks, Parking Lots, dispersed camping on public lands, often not far from main highways (at least out here in the West).

Never worry about a place to stay for the night. Only time I make reservations ahead of time is for a "destination" where I will be staying for a while. Then I make them far enough in advance I still don't have to worry.

Don't forget that not just Walmart Parking lots are options, there are more and more Casino's along out highway system with huge parking lots.
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Old 06-19-2018, 07:09 PM   #5
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I'd make reservations or have a Walmart or Pilot truck stop directory for emergency backup.

We once camped in Roswell NM, and during conversations with the owner they said that they usually hold back a few sites for campers that pull in late without reservations, but that is unusual.
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Old 06-19-2018, 07:22 PM   #6
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Never heard of any campground that let you just park, at a discounted price.
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Old 06-19-2018, 07:53 PM   #7
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Be aware that more and more Walmarts are pulling back from letting RVers use their parking lots overnight for whatever reason. Best to call the store just to be sure.
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I know a lot of campgrounds that have an unserviced overflow area. Some are at a reduced rate, some are not and they don't take reservations for overflow, unless you know the campground it can be a shot in the dark.
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Old 06-19-2018, 08:02 PM   #9
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I like the idea of traveling with no set plans. Mid week you probably be ok. Weekends and Holidays? Special events or major attractions you may be stuck at a Walmart or truck stop once in a while.
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If we are traveling and there is a holiday that comes along we try to find a campground and stay there until after the holiday. Itís only a few days longer and we usually need a break from the road
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