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Old 06-13-2014, 01:42 PM   #11
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Try checking hotel availability at D World or airline tickets around holidays or peak seasons. Same will be true of Campgrounds. Summer is when kids are out of school and when most families use their RV. Yup, reservations 6 months or more in advance. Its the nature of peak demand with a fixed supply. Its also one of the many blessings of being retired. Ah the joy of driving or flying on a Tue or Wed instead of on the weekend. Don't be turned away from camping, just learn how to play the game. The off season always offers more availability and a much less jangled camping experience, even in some of the most popular destinations.
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Old 06-13-2014, 02:06 PM   #12
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Are you looking at just state and county parks? Or including private CGs. We love the state parks in WI, but anything with electric is booked 11 months in advance on weekends. We've been doing more private CGs the last few years because they usually have more short notice availability.
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Old 06-13-2014, 02:08 PM   #13
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Something else to think about... See if there are spaces availible for a smaller unit. If your camper for example is 28', you would tell the campgound (or reservations center) that, and more than likely they would automaticly put you on a spot for a camper 30' or bigger. What I have found is when you look for sites for roughly 5' less in length, it may open up sites you will still fit on, but it may just be a little tight.
I just had to do this on our fishing trip. The CG said the site was good for up to 20', but I had a 26 to put on it. Got there, and it fit with no problem.
I'm not saying you cant get burned, but chances are if you are willing to work a bit to get your camper on a site, 9 times out of 10 you should be able to do it with a smaller site
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Old 06-13-2014, 03:26 PM   #14
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It is very frustrating. Most CGs that take reservations require the entire fee to be paid in advance, and once paid, it cannot be rented to anyone else even if the person who reserved it fails to show up. I drove through a nearby campground over Memorial weekend, and a good 10% or more of their sites were vacant, but all were rented.... and therefore no vacancy.
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Old 06-13-2014, 03:32 PM   #15
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It is very frustrating. Most CGs that take reservations require the entire fee to be paid in advance, and once paid, it cannot be rented to anyone else even if the person who reserved it fails to show up. I drove through a nearby campground over Memorial weekend, and a good 10% or more of their sites were vacant, but all were rented.... and therefore no vacancy.
Check their website for the policy on that. Usually if no one shows up within 24 hours they will rent you a site. I just went camping in the mountains near me and the park was nearly empty. There was a fire near by and I think it scared a bunch of people away. The campground policy was if no one showed up within 24 hours of the initial day check-in time, they would forfeit the site and the campground could rent out that spot. This information was in the reservation screen when I booked and also in the registration/rate/info screen near the cancellation policy. It may not help you the initial day, but you could come back 24 hours later and get a spot.
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:00 AM   #16
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Just booked a camp site for 4th of July weekend. Had to call like 20 campgrounds but was able to stumbled upon one with a cancellation. Camp trip #2, here we come!
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