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Old 06-08-2014, 09:31 AM   #1
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Just bought a camper. Too bad there's not a single campground within 200 miles with any available sites.
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Old 06-08-2014, 09:41 AM   #2
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That is crazy how popular camping has become definitely need more campground ..
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Old 06-08-2014, 09:42 AM   #3
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Does your area offer any first come first serve sites? Around me very few cg offer reserved sites. So you don't really know where the open site is unless you drive out there. Not ideal with 3 kids and a wife. Good luck
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Old 06-08-2014, 10:43 AM   #4
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They have a certain prestige that are first come first serve but on holiday weekends you have to drop the Sunday prior and regular weekends wednesday or Thursday night. Unless you drive a few hours out of town..
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Old 06-08-2014, 11:27 AM   #5
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As a potential buyer, this concerns me. If anything, it might strengthen the appeal of a hybrid to me. I suppose I'd be able to fit into more remote places with it.
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Old 06-08-2014, 11:31 AM   #6
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I have to admit that I just logged onto reserve America and did a quick search this morning. I guess I could break out the phone and call places individually, but who does that anymore?
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Old 06-08-2014, 11:39 AM   #7
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This certainly a problem in California. Reservations are required fir any of the popular spots, and recommended for everything else. Now there is always a place that can be found to go camping, but it will takes some work and compromise.

Our first year required a lot of compromise. Now we pretty much have come to RENs with making reservations 6 myths in advance. We would like to be spontaneous, but with 3 kids and all their activities it's not realistic so planning and reservations have just become the norm.

The good news is we already no where we will spend New Years, and now we have started thinking about 2015 spring trips.
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Old 06-08-2014, 03:02 PM   #8
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I feel your frustration. It is the good and bad of the reservation system. Good when you only have fixed weeks for vacation. It is bad when you just want to get away. I would suggest calling the campgrounds since most have cancellations and people that leave early. I would agree with a previous comment. Be prepared to make compromises.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:49 PM   #9
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Supply and Demand = Research and Prepare

I can second the California availability problem. I am in Arizona and try to camp near the beach in California as much as possible. The best thing you can do, anywhere you want to go, is to plan 6 months or more in advance. If I didn't do that for the campgrounds in California, I would never find a decent spot - by decent I mean on the beach in a state/county/federal campground, not an expensive private parking lot a mile from the beach.

You can always look into boondocking too. I am starting to look for places within a 100 mile radius of myself near the lakes and forests for weekend trips.
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I do the pulling and setup and the wifes job is to find the places to go. It's a job in itself to book the sites sometimes 6 months ahead. Since we are 65 feet long hooked up we have even more restrictions but so far she has managed to keep the wheels moving. We have found that state parks that show booked up are never close to full on most weekends unless it's a big weekend. People are booking sites so far out that plans change. So call them and see if they can find you a site. Once you get started you can do your booking way out and then it's smooth sailing from there. Good luck.
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