If it's a holiday weekend or a planned vacation, Yes, I make reservations because it affords me the change to reserve the campsites I like best. But just loading and going can be fun too, especially if you know your not at risk of gettign shutout when you arrive. Last year the week prior to Memorial day I loaded and headed to a new SP I had never camped at and just showed up. Drove around the loops, picked a spot, unhooked and setup and then drove back to the checkin point and registered for the site. Was kinda nice and added to the "NO SCHEDULE/NO WATCHES/JUST A CALENDAR kind of attitude I like to have when on vacation.
2011 Silverado Crewcab 4x4
2012 Passport 238ML
Hope your travels are safe and the friendships made camping are lasting.
I'm a planner, I always make reservations. For major holidays I've made them as much as a year and a half in advance. For dates that are not so high demand I still make a reservation, even if it's only a day in advance. I research the campgrounds we stay at and want to be sure there's an available site that we can fit into. In the end, I don't want to just drive up to an RV park and hope we'll be happy there. Even if it's just for one night, I want to feel compfortable, wherever we are.
Reservations or not depends on where I"m camping.. For example, I spend most of my Winter in Upstate SC. One park I make reservations, one I don't (We move back and forth) Come march the 2nd park changes and it is much easier to make reservations there and pay on line. Then we show up, Wife flashes her ID and we park, all pre-registered and all.
I will soon stop in KY, I"ll make the reservation the day beofore I hit the park.
IN Michigan we normally have reservations, One park it is mandatory and the other one.. Well we only had one weekend where we were real glad.
Nothin adds excitment like something that is none of your business
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