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Posted: 07/28/20 11:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hopefully some day I'll be able to retire & have the luxury a lot of you all have which is to arrive at places during the week!


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Posted: 07/28/20 12:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Powertour wrote:

Hopefully some day I'll be able to retire & have the luxury a lot of you all have which is to arrive at places during the week!


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But almost all of us did have to work before, so we know what it's like. That's why I really try not to take up space on the weekend, especially during the summer. (Plus, around Tucson, during the summer I prefer to stay home in the AC anyway.)

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Posted: 07/28/20 12:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I still do the 9-5, and won't even bother with FCFS campgrounds. Too much stress for me. Showing up on a Friday night and getting turned away would not be acceptable so I stick with reservations only.


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I start making reservations in November just so we don't get caught. With a little bit larger trailer, would hate to drive around looking for a spot. We did make a reservation last year then I tried to move to one of the FCFS spots that was not occupied, but the camp host said I would have to pay for both spots. I have not gone to an area just because I am not sure if the campsite would be full and didn't want to chance it.

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Posted: 07/28/20 06:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have never been "skunked". We might have used a backup plan a couple of times always found a hole to crawl into. One key is flexibility. Generator and some solar really makes a difference. We never do reservations.

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Has not happened yet but we have been in some places where it is a major concern. 30 miles of road including the last 10 as gravel and only 5 or 6 sites at the end for example. We got the last site but would not try it agaain


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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".


I camp at Rend Lake often, although I haven't been this season due to family. Normally people are leaving their sites before noon and park in the parking lot while they boat all day. A small number will boat and then come off the lake around 3:00 to pack up and leave. Usually it's pretty quiet by 1:00.


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1. National parks need to make more RV spaces to keep up with demand.
2. There is no reason to have FCFS spaces, especially on busy weekends. The AZ state park system has a wonderful online reservation program that let's you pick your dates and space. The Feds could easily follow suit, which would lead to happier campers.


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Also doing the 9-5 situation with weekends off, so reservations are necessary most of the time. Most USFS campgrounds in this area need reservations, and there are few FC/FS sites in those CGs. There are some FC/FS campgrounds in this area of northern Colorado, all sites are non-reservable. Going to try my hand at boondocking in the Snowy Range of Wyoming in August, with a fall back of using one of the USFS CGs up there (that are all FC/FS CGs).


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Lwiddis wrote:

I don’t like to reserve since they straightjacket my schedule. Also hate reserved but empty campsites wasted with others turned away.
I have two agree, but do admit that I'm retired, so I don't need to fit a trip into a narrow time slot.

I do make reservations for things like rallies, and holiday weekends, but since I never know when I'm going to be where, reservations generally don't work. I do often, particularly on weekends, make phone calls in the morning to find what will be available later in the day, and usually stop for the night by 2:00PM.


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