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Old 07-25-2016, 09:30 PM   #11
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Old 07-26-2016, 05:02 AM   #12
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I just went through that...I'm horrible at planning ahead and ended up researching 1/2 dozen places until I found one and that was for mid-week!

You'll end up @ a larger place due to all the good ones being taken.

When calling I like to be infront of the computer and look at google earth and discuss spots with the person on the phone. I have to remember to ask about wifi and cell service due to my job although it would be nice to go off the grid at some point!


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Old 07-26-2016, 06:25 AM   #13
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If you are traveling to Yellowstone, make your campsite reservations now for your trip in 2023...
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Old 07-26-2016, 06:56 AM   #14
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If you are thinking about Florida Keys state parks between November through April, the odds of getting a site without a reservation, is close to 0% success. The sites are of various sizes and if you reserve a site that is smaller than the recommended RV size (because you could not find the correct size for your RV) you will not be able to camp on it.

For camping in the Keys, you have to make your reservations online, 11 months prior to your expected stay. Odds are you still will be saying a few choice words because they are difficult to get even then.

We have best results by looking on line and checking for cancelled reservations. We have been lucky the last few years and have been able to get sites in December and January for 5 days. The problem is they were about 2 weeks before the opening dates.

But then there have been members that lucked out and got their reservations.

And we live in FL.

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Old 07-26-2016, 07:25 AM   #15
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Popularity, services and price are the big drivers. High popularity and low price means you MUST have reservations. Yellowstone in the summer, at in-park campgrounds (lower price) means reservations are a must. Grizzly RV in West Yellowstone (pretty high priced but high service), and you may find a spot (we did). Oregon coast state parks - nope. Private campgrounds in towns near by (high priced), maybe to yes. Private campgrounds in Wells, Nevada, or in the middle of North Dakota/Nebraska prairies - no problem.
Minnesota State parks - usually no. KOA's or other private campgrounds in the area - again, probably yes.

Or revert back to a tent - there are almost always open tent sites!
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Old 07-26-2016, 06:35 PM   #16
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If you like state parks check out the ReserveAmerica.com website. They handle a lot of state parks reservations and have some decent information about the various sites and options. You can reserve about 11 months out for most parks.
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Old 07-26-2016, 07:57 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Snake Plissken View Post
In MI at the state campgrounds that would be impossible. You have to book online or by phone through their reservation system.
Same here in Indiana....
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Old 07-26-2016, 09:10 PM   #18
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ENJOY the new 27BHS! We just picked up that same trailer a month ago!!!

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Old 07-27-2016, 06:50 PM   #19
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Thanks for all of the great replies and valued information and tips. I am find in just a short time how useful the Jayco Owners site is and how nice the folks are.
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Old 08-14-2017, 09:00 PM   #20
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staying flexible versus being stranded?

Can't find much else on this so I'm going to try and resurrect this thread.

Very much newbie here. We bought a baby camper (jayflight 145RB) and we're ready to go. But my major anxiety is whether I need to schedule the whole trip with reservations or whether we can just head out, be flexible, and always find a spot. In my heart I'd love to just let the trip unfold but I get paranoid that I'll end up in a parking lot somewhere for the night!

For the details, we're heading out of Maine the last week in September for three weeks. We've decided we'd like to see Shenandoah, Great Smokies, Blue Ridge Parkway area, and then head toward the Florida Keys for a little scuba and sight seeing. The anxious side of me says make reservations the whole way and guess how many days I want to spend where. But I also hate the idea of being forced to move on when we really want to stay where we are a little longer. Is this making any sense??

I'd love some help and advice. Can we wing it or do we need to schedule the whole thing? Thanks in advance!

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