As you're travelling, you would have an idea where you're going to need to stop a couple/few hours before you get there. It never hurts to get a map out at a gas stop and have a look a few hours down the road, then get calling to see if there are open spots where it suits you best. Most of the time they'll take your name down and hold a spot for you (if any are available) if you're on the way right now.
The type of camping I do reservations are almost a must.
However I have been known to pull off at a rest area a few miles from the campground, Fire up the computer, log onto the reservation service web page, and make the reservation. Get the confirmation and while the "Ink is still wet" pull into the campground.
For one thing.. the CG I'm going to visit next (I do have pre-paid reservations) does not like cash. They like on-line credit cards (or debit cards). Can't say as I blame them.
Home is where I park it.
Kenwood TS-2000 housed in a 2005 Damon Intruder 377
I'm really not sure where my first stop will be in FL. What is everyones opinion on reserving or not. Do I read the old fashioned tacky billboards? When we find a nice place to stop and set up do I then look at my campground book and find what's available?
There's just something final about reserving a spot and something happens and we can't get there. We will be camping on the Atlantic side around Daytona Beach then on down till our money runs out...
What we do is travel until we decide to stop. My wife goes thru the Woodall Book and finds something ahead,
calls ahead and make's reservations.
Part of the campgrounds from St. Augustine going south seem to stay full on every weekend.