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Old 09-28-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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Reservations or not.

When traveling, do you have reservations at the various campgrounds or do you wing it hoping that there are vacancies?
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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Never make reservations while on the road as we always overnite at Wally World. Never ever been turned away or given a hassle. As far as CG's are concerned its all about location and season. Planning on a trip to Disney World, make reservations well in advance. If you're heading for a State Park or Nat'l forest CG this time of year you're pretty safe w/o a reservation. If you know where you're going and when you will arrive, a reservation makes sence. We tend to head out and meander toward our ultimate destination. Reservations means you have to stay on schedule. We like to stay or leave when we run out of things to do. Going to Fla for the month of Feb and made our reservations [State Park on the Gulf coast] back in April to insure a site we wanted. Showed up this year w/o a reservation and got in but had to move after 7days to a different site.

Timing is also important. Come in on Sunday afternoon or monday and you've got a good chance without a reservation. All the weekenders leave on Sunday. Watch for special events scheduled for your destination. Don't try w/o a reservation at an Indiana park in Park county in the fall during the covered bridge festival. Same for Holidays etc.

We've stayed in Nat'l Forest CG's in the fall and pretty much had a whole loop to ourselves.
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:00 PM   #3
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If im staying some place for more than 3 days I usually make a reservarion. If its the off season, I dont. We also are members of Thousand Trails so I have to make a reservarion to let them know Im coming.
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:32 PM   #4
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We always make reservations no matter where we go. Like the Idea that we have a place to stay.
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:33 PM   #5
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We rarely make reservations because we never know where we'll be each day- We do call ahead late in the day to find a vacancy- We are members of Coast to Coast and usually make a reservation there when we are sure we can be there- JMHO- DD
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:37 PM   #6
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I guess it depends on where you want to stay and what type of site you want. You will find it very difficult to find a space in a State Park in WA during summer and over the weekends in Spring and Fall. For us reservations are a must.
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Reservations or not.

In the eastern Nebraska area you have to make a reservation for weekend camps in the state parks if you don't you have to drop earlier in the week and for holiday weekends almost a week early. 15 years ago if you got to a campground b4 6:00 pm on a Friday night you had a prime spot.
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Old 09-28-2013, 11:26 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies. There are some points made that I have not thought about. I like the idea of being confirmed but I have noticed that making reservations over the internet that a processing fee is added on top of a nightly fee
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Thanks for the replies. There are some points made that I have not thought about. I like the idea of being confirmed but I have noticed that making reservations over the internet that a processing fee is added on top of a nightly fee
That's true but at 10mpg while towing it doesn't take much wandering to burn up $8 (processing fee) worth of gas looking for a place to stay at the last minute. I'm a "reservist".
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We usually make reservations ahead of time, but last June we tried just winging it. We would call ahead once we got under way and had an idea of approx where we would end up. Had no problem finding good spots. This was in New England area, and I'm sure time of year helped out. I don't think it would have gone so smoothly in mid July.
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