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I was wondering how many of you make reservations way in advance or if you travel by the seat of your pants. I was reading some literature on Alaska and they say to book 6 to 8 weeks in advance, but boy I really do not want to do that, as I have no idea when we would arrive. We hate schedules, I mean we really hate to have to be somewhere at a certain time, day so on. We don't even like a set route. Would be really interested in how many of you always reserve, sometimes reserve or never do...and the ups and downs of your choice.
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Depends on where you go. On this trip out west we have only made reservations twice. If you try to get a spot in Key West this time of year make reservations early. One good way to find out is to go to the forum on parks and ask. A number of folks will have been there and done that and can give specific advice.


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Posted: 02/16/12 08:18am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On the Alaska trip you don't need advance reservations. Maybe call that morning or the day before.


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Depends on where we are going.

This summer, we plan a trip up the east coast to Maine during the month of June and on our way back south, we wanted to be in NYC for July 4th. I made reservations for that week at Liberty Harbor. We will then continue on down the east coast into SC to work a mission trip with our church the following week. My niece graduates from the Marines on July 13th, so the week after, we will camp at Hunting Island SP and I have made reservations for there. (I made them a month ago and they had 6 sites left out of 200, and we fit into 1 !!)

For our Maine trip, we do not have reservations and we will call during the morning of to make one. That way, we don't have to make any big plans.

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I don't like schedules either but, sometimes they're an evil necessity.
We make reservations at our destination and just wing it while enroute. If we can't find a campground I'll use Free Campgrounds, Free Campsites, Casino Camper and other sites.
I don't make long range reservations because with two young boys our plans are always changing.
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For us it depends on the cancelation policy. We like lakeside or riverside sites and they require a reservation made well in advance. If there is no charge to cancel (or a small $5 fee) we make them sometimes a year in advance. If we have to change plans we just cancel as soon as we know we are not going to make it. Sometimes we just head out and play it by ear. Not one time have we not been able to find a place to stay, just not the site we would have like to had.


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We mark our calander nine month's prior and make our reservations. This way we get spots we like. In Oregon state parks fill fast during peak times. With fuel prices climbing last thing we want is to drive two hours only to have the place be full or get a bad site. So I would say 80% of the time we spend the over priced fee to make reservations.


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As a full timer and frequent traveler, I don't make reservations. Public campgrounds and Passport America serve me well in the east. I visit the popular places during their "shoulder" season.


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in California, reservations are almost always necessary, even in the off-season.
unless you plan to go to some out-of-the-way areas here, competition for campsites is always high, since we can camp year-round.
this also goes for many private campgrounds, especially those near popular vacation areas.


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Depends on where and when. Popular places often require reservations - in highly populated states like California reservations are often mandatory most of the time - during holidays reservations are mandatory. With that said -- in Oregon I usually get by without reservations - and in most places things tend to free up when kids go back to school.


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