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Can't give much advice on the reservation front (I've always been a planner) but I'd make a list of places you feel you didn't spend enough time at and plan another visit. I know some people don't like to go back to places they've already been but I've found it may take multiple trips to fully appreciate locations.

When we had our 5th wheel our truck broke down. The repair shop gave us permission to stay overnight on their property (fortunately we didn't need it). You run the risk of no availability even under "normal" conditions. You can try parking lots in places such as Wal-Mart, Elks, etc., if you really get stuck. Also you could contact the local authorities to get help.

If you want to keep your vacation as stress-free as possible it might be the tune to stay more local. Keep in mind, though, up here is as busy as anywhere else. With all of New England, NY and PA close by there's a multitude of possibilities. We do a lot of adventure travel now but sometimes there's great comfort and relaxation in "being a tourist in our own backyard" as the saying goes.


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We have in the past year traveled from W Palm Beach to central PA. Never had a reservation and never had any trouble finding a spot. Only full camp ground we found was near Winchester VA. Had to stay 3 extra days in New Smryna FL and it was no problem. Be rolling out soon.

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Serious camping boom going on these days due to COVID-19. No doubt about it. Just had a peek at the bookings for an NFS campground at which we’ve hosted several times, and see that reservable sites are only available for a day or two at a time for the next 6 months, and then only mid week. Weekends are booked solid until late October. While weekends always have been full, mid week sites were always open all season. Not this year. You want to camp, get reservations or expect to boondocks or overnight in parking lots.





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Go when all the schools are in session.

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jdc1 wrote:

Go when all the schools are in session.

You mean, about 2030? [emoticon]


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Crowe wrote:

Can't give much advice on the reservation front (I've always been a planner) but I'd make a list of places you feel you didn't spend enough time at and plan another visit. I know some people don't like to go back to places they've already been but I've found it may take multiple trips to fully appreciate locations.


I like this idea. A second visit can open up a new appreciation for a place. And if it's not really up to a lot of "sightseeing", then it's a great excuse to just kick back and relax for a few days.


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We just returned from a 7 week trip to the Southwest. I am a planner so reservations were made for all but 8 days of the trip. I build in some “float” days on weekdays both going and coming home. We just them to spend extra time at several places in both directions that we liked.

All of our major destinations had full campgrounds - Big Bend NP, Tucson, Carlsbad, NM, Joshua Tree NP, San Diego, Phoenix area, and Grand Canyon NP. Even before COVID, between the increase in retirees camping and people home schooling their children, campgrounds were crowded mid week. It has gotten worse! We did a 4.5 month trip to Alaska 2 summers ago and all the major destination campgrounds were full then.


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valhalla360 wrote:

GDS-3950BH wrote:


Or they might realise based on what is happening in the real estate market the land is worth way more When used For residential or commercial development than it is for campground or RV park.


Commercial is hurting. Lots of places looking to eliminate office space and Amazon killing retail stores.



It is in certain places and sectors. We have 50 million worth or work on the books, half of which was signed in the last 2 months. A lot of mixed use, inner city projects. Retail below, apartments above. Plenty of light industrial.

I see the offices are returning to normal, too many folks skating time when working from home, and the rush hour traffic have come back with a vengeance.

All of that aside unless its in a tourist driven or other limited limited specific area, a campground is the worst use of real estate there is from a financial perspective. Especially so if it's in an area where winter comes into play.

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We are fulltimers. Booking for this year has been a chore as the reservation widows have been a moving target but , we know where we wanted to be (mostly state parks) and finally got the year programmed and reserved all the way out to the middle of October. Then bail down the coast to AZ


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