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cheiftan23 wrote:

Just got back to Indiana and it is already time to start planning next Christmas vacation.
Watching sites disappear every morning on Reserve America.
Anyone else frustrated with how fast all the sites are reserved each day?
Seems impossible to get a site, but we'll keep trying!


I hate having to reserve a site. I think they should make all campgrounds first come first serve. We are planning a trip back east to Georgia and S. Carolina (March and April), and I just went on line to check availability of sites in a couple of parks and they were already full. What a bummer. Can't believe this why is there so much demand, not enough campgrounds or what. What gives with people reserving so far in advance. Are campsites that hard to get in the east.
We mostly go west and have no problems there because there are plenty of places to boondock, but I get the feeling that is not the case back east.
Let's start a movement to outlaw reservations at all campgrounds.


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Well yeah that makes a lot of sense, you drive for 8 hours and trust to luck to get you a site when you arrive. Great move....heh


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rr2254545 wrote:

Make you wonder if it is rigged - I tried to get one in 2011


It is not rigged. It is persistance, as all of us that get sites know

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cheiftan23 wrote:

Just got back to Indiana and it is already time to start planning next Christmas vacation.
Watching sites disappear every morning on Reserve America.
Anyone else frustrated with how fast all the sites are reserved each day?
Seems impossible to get a site, but we'll keep trying!


Do yourself a favor and reserve them 'from' the state park. You can't call the park directly (because of the stupid reserve america issue now) but you can physically go there to reserve.


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We were talking yesterday to the Park Manager here at Bahia Honda. He said the only trouble with this park is "you can't get in." He said they do run only 90% or so full in September and October, though. So if you enjoy hurricane season camping, there's your chance.

We snapped up two nights on line 11 months ago. Have really enjoyed our stay and looking forward to the rest of our time down here, a patchwork of sites for a night or two each in Curry Hammock, Long Key and a private park.

I think they should limit stays to one week.


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Think about this:

Total state parks in the Keys: 4

Total camping sites in these parks combined: 186

Total number of people wanting to camp in the Keys during winter: Lots and Lots


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sch911 wrote:

We book our sites for Topsail Hill SP exactly at 12:01 AM 11 months in advance every year. It's the only way to get what we want. Have never been denied.


The window does not open until 8:00 am eastern time 11 months in advance.


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rockhillmanor wrote:

cheiftan23 wrote:

Just got back to Indiana and it is already time to start planning next Christmas vacation.
Watching sites disappear every morning on Reserve America.
Anyone else frustrated with how fast all the sites are reserved each day?
Seems impossible to get a site, but we'll keep trying!


Do yourself a favor and reserve them 'from' the state park. You can't call the park directly (because of the stupid reserve america issue now) but you can physically go there to reserve.


Not with Florida State Parks. All bookings go through RA. You can extend your stay at the office IF it isn't booked. You might have to change sites if someone else booked it thru RA. Office can't change RA bookings.


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The Bahia Honda sites are gone is less than 1 second. You just have to be lucky.


Yep, actually drove to all of these places---in the last eight years. Missed Rhode Island and New Jersey.


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Big Katuna wrote:

rockhillmanor wrote:

cheiftan23 wrote:

Just got back to Indiana and it is already time to start planning next Christmas vacation.
Watching sites disappear every morning on Reserve America.
Anyone else frustrated with how fast all the sites are reserved each day?
Seems impossible to get a site, but we'll keep trying!


Do yourself a favor and reserve them 'from' the state park. You can't call the park directly (because of the stupid reserve america issue now) but you can physically go there to reserve.


Not with Florida State Parks. All bookings go through RA. ....


Fruitland Park, FL State Park Talked to ranger in person "at park" and I could have reserved the site with him. And then could keep extending it if I desired. Only good if you are standing there in person. Otherwise phone calls have to go thru RA.

I refuse to stay anywhere where RA is involved. They don't know the CG's & they can't answer any questions about the CG. They are just an order taker. I used them twice and both times upon arrival I did not fit in the site and was SOL because the CG was filled.

CG's with direct phone numbers right to the CG are all I will consider staying at when and if I have to call ahead.

God love the rest of you, my heart goes out to all of you that have to make reservations way in advance and have to fight the dreaded RA phone calling like it was a contest!

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