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Yosemite Sam1

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What's your best practice for campground reservations.

Do you reserve ALL the campgrounds prior to starting your trip?

Or, do you just reserve the campground at your next destination?

I guess the latter gives a lot more flexibility at the risk of ending up sleeping in the Wal-mart or rest stops in some really busy full-booked campgrounds season.

Or being out there with no WIFI or cell reception (even the famous Yosemite have a lot of these blind spots).

And I'll admit I hate the administrative work and would rather minimize it with the least work and efforts as much as possible.

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Depends if you are full timing or just a weekend camper or ??

For me, I'm only a long weekend camper during the summer months..

I don't venture far, so stick to pretty much the State Parks in Washington State.

In order to get my pick of sites, we can reserve up to 9 months ahead and I do that to the day.. I already have all my long weekend camping trips in the books since December 2018 from May to Sept 2019...

I got all my favorite parks and sites, so I just make the long weekends work.

But I work full time and this is the only time I can get away, so I need to know I have a place to go when I want to go.

It would be different if I were retired and just out there at any whim.. Seems like during the work days, Mon-Thur are them best times to be able to just drive up to a park and get whatever site you want.. It's the long weekend time (Fri-Sun) that are always booked up..

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Because the DW and I don't like surprises I make reservations for all of our planned stops along our route. For me it's less work than trying to find a place to set down for the night after a day of driving.

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IF we make reservations, it's just for the next location , or if it's a holiday or real touristy area. We are full-time almost 9 years and have probably made 9 reservations in that time. Sometimes it's just a phone call to see if there are sites available and not really a reservation.

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We do about the same as doxiemom. We may have reservations at the next place and I'm looking for where we'll be after that. The only time I got tripped up was over a holiday weekend when I had to call a few places before I found a site.

Nothing ruins an RV trip faster than needing to be somewhere at a certain time.

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This is a personal choice and you will get all kinds of opinions. A lot depends on the popularity of where you want to camp, the days of the week, the size of your RV, and what hookups you want.


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Personal preference is what it comes down to. I don't like the restriction of reservations for just an over night stop because I don't know where or when I want to stop exactly. We are retired so we don't have time constraints so I can deviate off route anywhere I want to. Never been shut out of a campground.


We have pulled into campgrounds for a night and have extended our stay many times because it was an area we wished to explore a little more and the CG was nice. Our primary travel area is the southeast from NC and all the Gulf states to TX. Never a problem getting in somewhere.


We use the RVPARKY app when on the road to find places to stay. We start looking around 2pm for a place to be off the road around 4pm. Easy enough to make it by a phone call. For stays of a week or more we do make reservations for our destination.

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We usually make most of our reservations for next winter in Florida while we're here this winter. We favor state and national parks, and getting in early on the 11 month state park reservation windows gives us the best chance of getting the sites and parks we prefer for the time frame we want. The national parks have shorter windows, but we hit them as soon as they open as well. For this winter, we were late reserving due to some medical questions that determined if we were coming at all, but we did still manage to fill out a near 4 month schedule by choosing central and northern Florida locations plus a few weeks in a southern Georgia state park. During the rest of the year we also make far ahead reservations at places like upstate NY state parks for popular holidays like Memorial Day, the July 4th, and Labor Day. In between, we're a lot more flexible, often making last minute decisions or changes. For those, we might only make reservations a day or two ahead, or not at all in areas where there are several park choices.


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I make reservations mostly for events. The rest of the time I just show up. I like to avoid peak season for popular destinations.

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We like to make reservations 2 or 3 days out. We reserve Friday and Saturday stays 5 days out because the campgrounds are usually full those days. Most often I try stay at one campground both Friday and Saturday. Just easier. That said we only like to drive 200 or so miles a day and avoid the interstate highways as much as possible.


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