RV.Net Open Roads Forum: How Often Do you Get Skunked on FCFS Camp Spots?

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attr...

Open Roads Forum  >  RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions

 > How Often Do you Get Skunked on FCFS Camp Spots?

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next
Sponsored By:
Powertour

Nevada

Full Member

Joined: 08/08/2019

View Profile






Posted: 07/28/20 09:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hate the fact there are so many First-Come/First-Serve camping spots at the National Parks & Forest Service campgrounds. I really prefer camping in National Parks & Forest Service campgrounds (especially if wanting forest/mountain camping) but the lack of reserveable spots is a major impediment to doing so for us. We to go RVing for relaxation purposes, therefore heading out for a weekend trip without having reservations in hand is anti-relaxing / stressful.

Seeing a lot of YouTube reviewers saying they rarely get skunked when it comes to being able to find a FCFS site in any given campground. That seems a little rosy-er than what I would think would be the case.

What's you guys' experience with this stuff nowadays?


2015 Itasca 25b Ford E350 V10

agesilaus

North Florida

Senior Member

Joined: 05/06/2008

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/28/20 09:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Skunked??


Arctic Fox 25Y Travel Trailer
2012 Ford F-350 4WD Lariat 6.7L
Straightline dual cam hitch
400W Solar with Victron controller
Superbumper


Powertour

Nevada

Full Member

Joined: 08/08/2019

View Profile






Posted: 07/28/20 10:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

agesilaus wrote:

Skunked??


Get to a place & there's no available spots.

pianotuna

Regina, SK, Canada

Senior Member

Joined: 12/18/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/28/20 10:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wish there were no reservations. But then, I rarely stay in a park as I prefer to boondock.


Regards, Don
My ride is a 28 foot Class C, 256 watts solar, 556 amp hours of AGM in two battery banks 12 volt batteries, 3000 watt Magnum hybrid inverter, Sola Basic Autoformer, Microair Easy Start.

Lwiddis

Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area

Senior Member

Joined: 08/12/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/28/20 10:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don’t like to reserve since they straightjacket my schedule. Also hate reserved but empty campsites wasted with others turned away.


Winnebago 2101DS TT & 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71, 300 watts solar-parallel & MPPT, Trojan T-125s. TALL pole for flags. Prefer USFS, COE, BLM, NPS, TVA, USF&WS, state & county camps. Bicyclist! 14 year Army vet - 11B40 then 11A - (MOS 1542 & 1560)


mleekamp

Washington, IL

Senior Member

Joined: 10/18/2012

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/28/20 10:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Powertour, I'm with ya. We used to just "go" and had no issues...state parks, Nat. forests, etc, as you mention. But I stress w/o a reservation. Regardless, we always had a reservation for Memorial / Labor wknds.

Recently, we had a reservation at a campground on Rend Lake in southern IL. Beautiful lake, and we were staying 9 days and wanted a FU site ... so we reserved. Apparently, the check out time at that park is 4pm, and it's common that folks stay until 4pm. Yes, I know that's the rule...but we arrived at 1pm thinking we would get in (Sunday reservation). Nope. Between 3:50pm and 4:30pm, the place was nuts with people leaving. Never seen that before in 23+ years of camping as an "adult".


2019 Jayco Redhawk 29XK Class C, Ford V10 E450 with Roadmaster Hitch Mounted Spare Tire holder, Bigfoot Hydraulic Leveling
2000 Jeep Wrangler for a Dinghy w/ Invisibrake & Curt Tow Bar

Lwiddis

Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area

Senior Member

Joined: 08/12/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/28/20 10:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Leaving that late mystifies me, mlee.

2oldman

New Mexico

Senior Member

Joined: 04/15/2001

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/28/20 11:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Never been skunked, but I guess it depends on where you go and when. I try to arrive on a Tuesday morning. The only time I've ever come even close was on the WA coast at South Beach camp.

I don't like reservations either.

agesilaus wrote:

Skunked??
Never gone fishing?

* This post was edited 07/28/20 12:38pm by 2oldman *

hotjag1

Lake Chelan, Wa/Lake Havasu, Az.

Senior Member

Joined: 07/14/2002

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 07/28/20 11:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have never gotten skunked, but we have pulled into FS campgrounds and gotten the last or 2nd to the last site available. We usually arrive just before check-out on Sunday through Thursday and find available sites. I wouldn't try that on a week-end.


hotjag1
2003 40' Allegro Bus, 3 slides, 400hp 8.9 liter ISL Cummins

2000 24' Dynamax Isata


Seattle Steve

Tucson

Senior Member

Joined: 09/18/2010

View Profile



Posted: 07/28/20 11:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Darn. I was hoping this post was literally about being skunked. Now that would be interesting!

However, being retired, I never arrive at a public (government) campsite between Friday and Sunday. In fact, when I arrive earlier in the week I try to be out by the weekend to avoid the crowds and make room for the weekend warriors. I've never had a problem finding a spot mid-week because, even if the official camp spots are full, there's no problem finding dispersed camping here in the West.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions

 > How Often Do you Get Skunked on FCFS Camp Spots?
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attr...


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2020 CWI, Inc. © 2020 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.