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Old 04-13-2016, 03:19 PM   #51
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I'm very sorry about your daughter. I hope I never feel the utter grief of a child of mine going before me.

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Thank you. I, too hope you never experience this.

Thanks for the info - I've heard great things about Carlsbad and it is centrally located for the people coming to the reunion. Any suggestions on other places should we not be able to get a reservation?
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Old 04-13-2016, 04:12 PM   #52
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The only other ones we have been to around there are Aqua Caliente at Anza Borrego which we LOVE but closed during the summer and San Mateo Campground at San Onofre. I would say that one would be a good choice and easier to get. It is a 2 min drive to San Clemente SB (another option but hard to get) or there is a trail to hike to beach. I thought sites #23 and #24 were the best hookup sites at San Mateo. There are also some boondocking sites too if you want I can give you numbers of one's I scouted out. My preferences are in privacy, view and space. Those are both about 30 min north of Carlsbad.

Otherwise you could escape the heat and check out Palomar mountain. Never been but want to. Julian could be an option too but no state campground there only private.

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Old 04-14-2016, 07:13 AM   #53
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Ever notice with all the new RV's being sold every year but no where near that amount of new campsites opening up?
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Ever notice with all the new RV's being sold every year but no where near that amount of new campsites opening up?
The 'ol supply and demand??
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Old 09-10-2016, 07:31 PM   #55
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We burn several nights each year over this kind of stuff. My typical nightly rate is $30, so if want 3 nights that's $90, if there is a 4 night min is $120. We end up just make a reservation longer than we want and just think of it as $40 nigh and leave with a day/night remaining that we paid for. It's not like I'm going to let $30 stand in the way of my family spending time together.



I bet we burn 4-5 nights a year this way. If rates start climbing I might have to rethink this strategy. But right now the juice is still worth the squeeze.


I hear you and agree. Except for the fact that Moose Hillock is $90 a night now. They are getting greedy.


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Old 11-03-2016, 12:18 PM   #56
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When I read a thread like this one, I'm grateful that we are retired and not locked into weekends. Sounds a lot like the frustration I used to have trying to get weekend reservations at Denver area golf courses.

Most of our camping is in the Rockies, and we mostly do forest service campgrounds, but also some state and national parks. Many can be had easily for a Monday-Thursday arrival. For a weekend trip with friends who work, we plan to arrive early Thursday at a no reservation campground and don't usually have any trouble getting a good site.
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Old 11-03-2016, 12:28 PM   #57
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Most of our camping is in the Rockies, and we mostly do forest service campgrounds, but also some state and national parks.
What campgrounds do you like in the Rockies? We are in the Denver area and so far have most done state parks.
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What campgrounds do you like in the Rockies? We are in the Denver area and so far have most done state parks.
We just got back into camping this last year. One of my favorites is Tunnel GC on the Laramie River Road north of Chamber's Lake. My parents always loved Kelsey CG near Pine and my Mom's favorite was Heaton Bay on Lake Dillon (reservations are needed on the last one). I use this website to research National Forest Sites: Forest Campgrounds.

And this one to find what national forest I'm looking in: Forest Locator
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Old 11-03-2016, 04:21 PM   #59
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Anyone notice how hard it is to get a reservation these days? We usually camp at state parks. In the past, we could book a trip with a couple weeks to a months notice. Now it's like a couple of months or more.

We tried to get a site at one of our favorite CGs (which happens to be one of a very few that you can site reserve) for the summer. Nothing. Kept trying further and further out. Nothing. Booked until January of next year. Crazy! We could get a "non reservable" site in two months but they aren't as big, or as nice. Guess we are going to start camping more in the federal parks. Maybe it's because we have a big trailer but sheez! Sometimes we would go on a whim and could usually find something. Those days are over. Bummed.

It is very hard game to play to get the site you want or any site for that matter at a state park. I have done a lot of reasearch this year and this is what I had to do please don't be a hater of my method.

1. You check the site calendar on each site number you want at the park you like.
2. Write down the day it becomes available to reserve such as for today I can reserve out on August 3rd plus 10 days out right now. Trick some people don't know if it greyed out you can still reserve the days just as long it's within 10 days of the available date 9 months from today.
3. The night before you can see what will come available the next day.
4. BE READY with the site open on what you want to reserve ready to hit the reserve button right at 6:59am. It opens for reservations at 7am. I start clicking a few seconds early then hit the back button and hit the reserve buttton until I get it. Sucks but that is how it's done. There were 6 sites this morning and all were gone the first minute.
5. This is cheating but I want a specific site on a certain date a week out longer than I can get it but I don't want someone to reserve it by overlapping on the days I need for my vacation. So this is what I do and don't hate me for it. I have my buddy sign up for camping and reserve out to the date I want basically 10 days before I can get it and then when time comes for me to reserve I cancel his reservation which costs $20 I then reserve mine right after the cancelation. Then all his days open back up for everyone and I get the site and days I want costing me an extra $20 buck to do it. I only do this for my week vacation but other times I'm just on right at 6:59am hitting the reserve button hoping I win the lottery. It's not any better than trying to get tickets to a hot concert.

The rest is luck and being super fast. Otherwise they are gone and you get sites with no power or sewer. Which we have done in the past.
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