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Posted: 06/21/20 12:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I prefer Passport America with 1/2 price campgrounds all over the country. They have a simple trip planner on their website.

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I start early use trip planner and all stays and book way in advance never had a issue would never do a wal mart

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I am a planner but not a reserver. Reservations are for high demand destinations, events & maybe weekends. The route, sort of, is planned. Approximate areas of overnights are looked at for possible CGs, don't reserve. There is plan A, plan B then Walmart if only in transit.

We try to roll in by mid afternoon so chances of getting an unreserved site are pretty good. A call when a half hour out or so does the trick for stopping or carrying on.


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We took a long trip last fall (just under 11,000 miles) and only had four firm dates:

* Shakespear Festival in Cedar City, Utah in August.
* Meet our kids at a camp in NM for Labor Day.
* Get to Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH the following weekend because they're only open weekends after Labor Day.
* Paso Robles, CA in October for Peter Frampton's farewell tour.

The rest of the trip, we barely had any idea where we were going. We never back-tracked, so the day before a travel day I would ask my wife which of the other three compass points she wanted to head in. I would spend that evening on RVTripWizard.com quietly looking at options. I would pick out 2-4 acceptable options based on distance and POIs (unless we already knew of a specific target) and then quietly bide my time. The next morning we'd get on the road and then sometime around one or two I'd ask my wife if she had any thoughts about a destination. If she said yes, then I'd tell her to book it. If not, I'd throw out a couple of destination names and tell her to check them out and then call and book whichever one she fancied.

That was the extent of our planning: UT, NM, OH, and CA. The rest was just wherever we felt like going.

Oh yeah, on the Friday we arrived in Sandusky, I called to Elkhart, IN to book a service appointment for us for the following Monday morning to replace the fender that blew off in the high wind in southern Utah. It was sooooo much cheaper to have it fixed there near the factory than to have the parts shipped back home. Plus we didn't have to look at the ugly missing siding anymore.

We got ugly again in Wyoming when high winds blew out bedroom window out. Although I was able to call my new pal at the factory in Elkhart to have a new window shipped home, we still had to make do with a garbage bag and duct tape for the rest of the trip. It got chilly in Nevada when it snowed.

Enjoy your trip. I hope you get to go at a time of year when the world isn't all booked up already.


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