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Old 09-30-2013, 08:31 AM   #21
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We traveled from Ohio to California and back this Spring.
I made 72 days of reservations.
We pretty much stayed on schedule without any problems.

On the way back, we were able to easily shift reservations by a couple days here and there.

Also, since we used enough KOA's to get VIP status, there was no cancellation for a couple we cancelled altogether.

Normally plenty of sites through the week. Definitely need reservations for holidays and popular site as stated.



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Old 09-30-2013, 04:42 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by glsimms View Post
Gotta ask you bassdog..... But with all of the meanness goin' on, do you feel secure while you're over-nighting in WallyWorld???
Absolutely safe. The lot is well lit and covered by survellance cameras. Many have roving guard vehicles. 9 times out of 10 you will have 2 or more other RV's nearby. Everything from truck campers to big 5'ers and the big class A Buses. There are stores that we have avoided that are in obviously rough areas, but its pretty easy to pick the good ones by the neighborhoods you see from the interstate.

A lot of people seemed intimidated by the idea of staying in a Wally World lot. Believe me that the WW people love to have you because we are loyal customers. The wife will stock up on groceries and supplies after we stop for the night and I hit the McD or whatever food counter is inside for the morning cup of coffee. I stopped on the south entrance to the big state park in upstate NY at a brand new [still striping the lot] WW the night before we entered the park. Was concerned since they had signs on every other light pole stating "no over night parking". I went inside to the CS counter and ask to see the manager. Ask her about parking the RV for the night [played dumb about the signs] and she said "sure, no problem. let me show you where to park".

The well lit lots and cameras along with the neighbors make us feel very safe. A 40cal S&W next to the bed has never been needed.

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Old 09-30-2013, 04:57 PM   #23
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This past spring spring we left Kentucky on April 28 and traveled TN, MS, LA, TX, NM, AZ, NV, CA, OR, ID, WY,NB,IL, then home to KY. Out 40 days. No reservations. Mid afternoon we would call ahead to find a spot. Never had a problem. Stayed at a couple of Walmarts, a couple of interstate rest stops, state campgrounds, national parks, national forests and commercial campgrounds. We like the freedom of staying a couple of extra days if we find an area we really like or moving a day early if we run out of things to do. Next spring 2014 we are driving to Alaska from Kentucky. Our plan is no reservations.

Ditto on the open schedule plan. Have you talked to anyone about the Alaska road trip? Here's why I ask, we've rented Motorhomes out of Anchorage multiple times. On our travels in the beautiful state of Alaska we met many folks who have driven up from the lower 48. To the person, no one had made the trip thru Canada without spending a considerable amount of $$s for maintanence and repairs. I'm talking of thousands with $2k to $5k not uncommon. Most of Canada regardless of route is thru sparcely populated areas and parts for the TV or RV are going to take 3 or 4 days to ship in. I had one guy with a pretty nice 4or 5 year old MH from Tennessee [met him at the dump station at Denali NP] who in conversation said his RV and the small car he was pulling could be purchased for $40k when he got back to Tn in a few weeks. Plan 5000 miles travel BEFORE hitting the Alaska state line. Keep in mind that Alaska is twice the size of Texas. Absolutely a fabulous place to RV thru BUT my suggestion is leave your rig home and fly up and rent. Our new 30' Forest River MH cost $100/day after Labor day with no milage or extra charges. Just gas. No offense to Canada but spend your vacation in Alaska not driving thru Canada. A lot of people who make a visit to Alaska don't leave. The rest of us do it multiple times.
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:07 PM   #24
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The issue my wife and I ran into recently was that we had to pre-pay for our spot. When we decided we couldn't take the 'foghorn' of Bodega Bay (think car or house alarm with a dying battery beeping every 10 seconds, not the occasional booming bass that sounds when a goal is scored in hockey) we could only get part of our pre-payment back.

We had been making reservations at some of the spots, but now the protocol is to call and see how busy they are. If they are not full, no sense in making reservations. If they are likely to be full, only reserve as needed. We haven't had any issues with this.
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:40 PM   #25
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I always make reservations. Depending on where we go, we have specific sites we like. I don't want to show up somewhere and find out the only sites available are either too small or are too sloped.

A couple of times we checked in at the state park office and got to our reserved site only to find 'squatters' on it. Both times the park ranger(s) evicted them.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:44 PM   #26
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When we know where we want to stay we make reservation.


As others mention there are certain sites that we want be it view, level, not next to a traveled road (noise)....you get the drift.

It costs nothing more to make a reservation that you know is waiting for you after a day of travel.


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