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Old 07-25-2016, 05:49 PM   #1
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We are new to rving with just ordering a Jayco Jay Flight 27BHS and were interested in hearing what the experiences are in getting a campsite without a reservations. Thanks!

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Welcome to the forum. That would depend greatly on WHERE and WHEN you want to go.


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With us we like to see the site in person if possible and for the one we like during the summer at the lake it is roughly 180 days out to get that site on weekends
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It depends if it is a holiday weekend if it is just "camp in the driveway" you won't get a site. And time of year make a difference. We go during the week and camp in the state parks here in Ga. most of the time we don't have to worry they aren't too crowded during the week. and on weekends if by chance there are openings, you won't be able to pick a site. you will get what's left. But with that said we always try to make reservations.. Some campgrounds keep a site or two open for "drop ins". Hope this helps
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Old 07-25-2016, 06:26 PM   #5
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We are new to rving with just ordering a Jayco Jay Flight 27BHS and were interested in hearing what the experiences are in getting a campsite without a reservations. Thanks!
In MI at the state campgrounds that would be impossible. You have to book online or by phone through their reservation system.

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Old 07-25-2016, 06:37 PM   #6
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I always used to go camping without reservations, and it always went something like this:

Shade? If you're lucky.
Power? Ha, fat chance.
Power and water? You're kidding, right?
Beachfront? Okay, you're in Overflow 'C', about half a mile from the beach.

I learned my lesson a long time ago.

Now, with our schedules, we make our plans in the spring, where and when we're going, so when the reservation system starts up, we have everything planned out. It costs a little more, but we're pretty much guaranteed to get the weekends we want in the sites we want. Especially on long weekends, the campgrounds are packed; we go for walks and we can count on one hand how many vacant sites are left. We don't think we'd be able to do the spontaneous thing anymore.
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If your flexible you will find a space. It won't be ideal but it's still camping.

One night stays are easy. Weekends are difficult. Location makes a difference. Hookups make a difference. Weather can make a difference.

I don't really enjoy state parks anymore many have been defunded and are in poor condition with more and more loops closed. now wee tend to stay in more improved private campgrounds with level sites, swimming pools and more of a resort type . Not camping by mosts standards.... but it gets us out of the house and it's what we enjoy.. I tend to not have problem getting a space except on the major holidays and then we usually have reservations.
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We just got back from a Non - RV vacation to Ocean City Md. While there I went exploring some of the RV Parks as we were looking to camp there next year.

After speaking to one of the park managers, she stated that the 2017 season was almost completely booked already. So as others have said, it depends on where, when and what type of site you are looking for.
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:41 PM   #9
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Like in realestate, its location location, location but in Camping you also need to consider season. Found out last winter that Texas State Parks are booked on weekends pretty much 52 weeks out of 52 weeks. Not the case where I used to live in Indiana when CGs emptied out after the Fall push. Here in Ky a lot of the parks close their CGs at the end of October. Being retired you have a lot more flexibility and can show up on Monday after the weekend crowd has pulled out but during the prime Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons you'd better have a reservation.
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In your planning if you see a location that has a CG that would fit for you...book it.

That takes carry of any worry.

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