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Old 02-26-2014, 03:45 AM   #11
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Since our destination is usually a specific location and we normally stay a week or two before moving on to the next location we make reservations.

Also it may be the busy season so reservations are needed or may be a local event going on that fills up CGs.

The most difficult part for us fulltimers is during the busy summer season with the weekends filling up at many CGs.

Also traveling in the south during the winter, many parks fill up with Snowbirds.

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Old 02-26-2014, 04:53 AM   #12
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We'll be going over 6,000 miles in 2 months with only 3 days travel over 300 and most under 200 miles. If we're staying 3 days or more I'm booking the sites as well as parks near popular attractions like Rushmore or Zion. In between I have parks picked out but don't plan on booking reservations ahead of time so we can 'wing it' as much as possible.

Our route is planned but not set on how much time in one place unless it is special like at my sons. I also never plan to travel every day so there can be changes without affecting the reservations. They are like bookends but the middle is flexible. The only exception to this is near big cities or on weekends where we usually try to have reservations.

Try to be flexible, leave room for changes, and have fun.


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Old 02-26-2014, 07:07 AM   #13
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Usually we book ahead, especially if we are going to a major event. Sometimes, we wing it on the way to an event, but have ended up staying in a Flying J because there weren't any campgrounds available.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:45 AM   #14
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We book ahead my wife needs to know we have a place to stay. Also if we want power we book ahead
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Old 02-26-2014, 09:59 AM   #15
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We book ahead for destinations and call ahead when on the road.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:14 PM   #16
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I always book ahead cuz, I not only like to know the town I am going to stay in, but also which campground. I use rvparkreviews.com to see which ones have the decent reviews. Last year I made reservations in Gallup, NM for one night. While checking in, another guy came in looking for a site and was turned away because they were full...IN GALLUP! That would be the last thing I want to hear after driving all day

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Old 02-26-2014, 12:26 PM   #17
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I can see the benefit on both sides, however due to my size and preferred CG's amenities I book well ahead. Even if one night, knowing that I have a reserved site with my choices is a comfort. If for some reason I were to loose one night not making a destined stopover I would not be upset. The weeks I always book well in advance to have preferred locations and sites. Some here on the EC are 12 months to the day if you get real close to the shore and it's a popular CG. I have mine spaced out with 350 on one day followed by 200 or less on the second for the real long hauls. If 3 days then the longer in the middle.

Two back to back 8-7 hr hauls can be tough on you and your family and take the fun out of it. 4-6 with stops, is our sweet spot currently.

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Old 02-26-2014, 12:35 PM   #18
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We get reservations for extended stay but on the road just wing it. I don't mind hitting a Walmart for a quick stop if there is nothing good nearby. I like driving till I'm ready to stop for the night or weather conditions.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:41 PM   #19
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I always make ressies since there are more and more big rigs and many CG have limited long pull thrus I don't want to chance having to drop the toad.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:48 PM   #20
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we always make reservations here in the northwest we have book up to 9 months in advance or we wont get a spot in all state camp grounds and its getting as bad in Forest sevvice camp grounds which have no hookups at all. cant just decide to go camping at the last minute anymore.

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