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Old 05-20-2016, 10:43 AM   #11
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I reserve if/when I can.

A sidenote:

Every campsite I pass in America........and I mean every single one......whether it's a KOA, or a private campground, or a COE campground, or some guy's impromptu setup in his field (and yes, there are TONS of these, especially down south), are FULL. F U L L. EFF YOU ELL ELL!!! All the time. Year round.

You wanna get rich? Got some land? Put in septic, electric, water, and make campsites. Stack 'em 9 inches apart if you're greedy (everyone apparently is). Hire your worthless brother in law to sit in the gate and take money. Pump out the septic twice a year. Mow the grass.

Voila. You're now Warren Buffett.

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Old 05-20-2016, 10:46 AM   #12
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We call ahead 99% of the time because we do not like bad surprises. As the OP mentioned, when trying to get a beach spot or a site near a Nascar track it's imperative you make the call.

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Old 05-20-2016, 10:50 AM   #13
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With the retirement of the "baby boomers" now in progress, reservations are now almost a necessity. Almost all of the national parks have experienced an attendance explosion.
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Old 05-20-2016, 10:52 AM   #14
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At the lakes and parks in the midwest on any holiday if you want even the minimal hook-ups , you'd better reserve about 4-6 months in advance or you'll be boon docking it up on a hill.
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Old 05-20-2016, 12:00 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Mr. Dan View Post
DW reads the details aloud and clicks "Call". I do the talking. Got any hard questions?
I saw over a half dozen "I's" in your post and no "we's".
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Old 05-20-2016, 12:01 PM   #16
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On trips we make reservations for our destination and wing it on the way. That way we know we have a spot and many times if we didn't have a reservation we would be out of luck. Locally our favorite campground we don't bother with reservations, but since it is close we do head out midweek.
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Old 05-20-2016, 12:18 PM   #17
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We always make sure to reserve. Hate surprises. Later RJD
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Old 05-20-2016, 12:29 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by JohnF View Post
I saw over a half dozen "I's" in your post and no "we's".
I'm sorry, JohnF. Should I go back and edit my post so you can accept the information I intended?
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For the sake of clarity and the continued safe operation of our recreational vehicles, I have added an edit to my post #3. You should read it for your own safety.
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Old 05-20-2016, 02:36 PM   #20
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Love this Forum!! Great info and sharing...Thanks for that.

Just wondering how many of you make campground reservations. Seems as though many of the popular RV parks get full, but I want to maintain freedom to explore without having to hurry to the next reservation. We are going to Glacier, Yellowstone, and the Utah National parks this June/July from Atlanta and have made some reservations, but want to maintain some flexibility, too. Thoughts from you veteran campers?
Make reservations ahead of time, especially if you have a larger unit, and especially if you hate arriving at a desired location and finding it full. You can call ahead, and if there are 3-5 campgrounds or RV parks in an area maybe you can find another one. But if you are going to a specific park like Yellowstone, get a reservation for sure or you may not be going to Yellowstone this year. (At least during the summer season.)

As far as flexibility, remember that once you make a reservation, you may still be able to make changes. There will be a change fee involved, but it may be worth it. Keep in mind, it's easier to call and cancel the first day when running late than to try to get additional days on the end when someone else may have already booked them. For that reason, if you are not quite sure of your plans, you can book extra days on one end or the other and then when your plans are clearer you can cancel out those days. To be clear and before the roar of the crowd rises, I do NOT suggest being piggish and please, please release the non-needed days ASAP. I'm talking about not being sure if you are arriving on Saturday or Sunday, not reserving 2-3 weeks when you only need one.

We have a 2-1/2 week trip planned to Canada this summer and all dates are reserved except the last few days which are closer to home and we know there will be options available. While we would love to be more foot loose and flexible, we wanted to be darn sure to get into the campgrounds we wanted and even to pick from an ample selection of available camp sites, trying to get nice sites by the water, with more elbow room, and away from the bathroom and shower buildings. We made most of our summer reservations in February and early March.

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