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Old 06-29-2015, 09:16 AM   #1
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do you make reservations?

we will be taking an extended trip (at least 4 months). do we need to plan determining exact itinerary and make reservations? we have called a few places for the next couple of weeks and they say they are full. but planning a detailed route and how nights to stay at each place seems completely contrary to what we want to experience. but we also don't want to be shut out. what do others do? how far ahead must you commit to? what if you get to a place and decide you want to stay longer? leave earlier (especially if you had to pay in advance)?

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Old 06-29-2015, 09:25 AM   #2
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Hello, We plan 6 months in advance. To book Provincial Parks for the summer. They always keep some drive up site for travelers, generally try to be there at checkout to ensure you get a site. Booking a couple weeks ahead is most likely going to result is disappointment or no sites, especially prime destinations or popular tourist areas. A compromise would be to book the places you want to go in advance and see what you can find along the way. Most parks I know you have to pay in advance as well.

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Old 06-29-2015, 09:38 AM   #3
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I am the type of person that I need to know where I will be sleeping. I am not one to sleep sitting in the drivers seat of my car because I could not find a hotel room.

If your set up allows you to sleep inside your unit, then your all set. No need to figure it out as you have your bed with you.


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Old 06-29-2015, 09:49 AM   #4
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Difficult to answer your question without knowing where you are going. Last summer we went to Alaska from Florida travelling through the Canadian Rockies on the way to the Alaska Highway. We had reservations months in advance for the popular locations in Canada (Banff and Jasper) and for Denali and Glacier parks in the U.S. The remaining locations we called ahead a week or two in advance when we knew more what our schedule would be. Except for the popular locations, RV parks had empty sites available. But that was in locations where there were many choices available.
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:52 AM   #5
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I honestly don't know how we would schedule every day for 4 months.

Reservations only at the major attractions/destinations.

The in between travel we figure out a day or two ahead.

Of course we have a general plan of the area we should be at during the entire trip.
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:00 AM   #6
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We Travel (Spring/Fall) never need Res! Summer trips you better call starting (Opening Day/Jan1st?)! We could Never enjoy a Trip if we had (Deadlines to Meet)! There is a LOT to See in the USA! Youroo!!
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:00 AM   #7
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If I'm just traveling spending one night, really no need to, but If I'm staying for awhile I think it is best to. In Virginia, they started that at certain COE parks it reservation only, but only a few. They are still required to keep a few open on first come first served.
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:07 AM   #8
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Glen they are going for (4 Months)! Youroo!!
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:12 PM   #9
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We travel consistently without reservations but there is a catch. We have I phones with the Allstays app available. By mid afternoon DW starts searching 100 to 150 miles out for a good campground. That app shows you how many miles u are from the campgrounds you are reviewing. It also shows you all the info you need to take into consideration for a comfortable nights stay. Dump, full hood ups, size of sites etc., then when we decide on one she taps the phone button and we reserve a site. Works great in 10,000 miles or Rving and over 360 nights in the past year and a half.
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:30 PM   #10
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We are currently on a 7 week trip. We have planned for some sites like the 4th and some weekends. We have also gone by the seat of our pants. Both ways have worked for us. I ama destination person. My husband is s fly by the seat of your pants person. This way has worked for us.

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