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Trekkar

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Posted: 08/26/20 08:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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You have everything to gain and nothing to loose by making reservations ahead and you avoid the possible frustrations and worry about finding an RV site every day.


I don't agree with that, calling to change or cancel reservations is a PITA for all concerned. Unless it is a NP, SP or other high use area we didn't find reservations to be required or desirable. We had zero problems getting spots in COE parks unless it was the weekend when the locals swarm the parks. We even made a reservation online at our last COE park sitting in front of the check in booth window. Having a reliable hotspot makes all this much easier.

We went thru FL, AL, GA, TN, AR, OK, NM, CO, UT, ID, WY, MT, ND, SD, NE, KS, and MS. And camped in every one except UT. Obviously certain states are verboten and to be avoided: NM, the left coast, all of New England and the Mid Atlantic states. We cut thru the corner of NM before the governor clamped down again.


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Off peak, no problem. As mentioned in another thread, we usually just call enroute or the day before at most. But we dont do national/state parks or touristy areas in peak seasons either. We also prefer private CGs fwiw.

That said, during summer we occasionally will leave a CG after a few days or have to swap sites if things get crowded. No biggie. Never have had to overnight at a truck stop/WM/side of road.

It really comes down to when and how you travel and what you are comfortable with. Everyones different.

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With Covid affecting RV travel, it might be harder to just wing it in some places. We have in the past made reservations for the 1st leg of a trip where we have a destination. After that we wing it on the way home. Never had an issue finding places to stay. In fact last year we stayed at an RV park we would've never stayed at had we not been just meandering back home.
Oregon's CG's are almost all reservation inclusive. Makes it hard to just show up on any given day as most are no walk ins allowed. That and most all are full everyday so finding a spot large enough is also harder.
Hopefully when this Covid things over in Nov we can get back to normal.[emoticon]

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When you can only travel on your days off from work, reservations aren't necessarily for "sissies". We are getting ready to head out on a 430 mile one way trip here next weekend. We will be boondocking, but thankfully it's not in a super popular spot and my father in law is going up before the weekend to drop a trailer where we want to be.

I get a lot of vacation time with work, but it would really stink for someone who only gets 2 weeks, and then they can't find a spot after traveling for hours. Especially if they have kids.


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Just as an example this is off the NY state campground site. "New York State Parks 2020 

New York State Park campsites, cabins, cottages and yurts are currently open to existing and new reservations. Online reservations are encouraged. No walk-ins or same-day reservations will be permitted. "

So you can't get into a site without a resevation. Even if your not a sissy.

This doesn't apply to private places. But , as stated, depends on where you want to go.


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Sjm9911 wrote:

Just as an example this is off the NY state campground site. "New York State Parks 2020 

New York State Park campsites, cabins, cottages and yurts are currently open to existing and new reservations. Online reservations are encouraged. No walk-ins or same-day reservations will be permitted. "

So you can't get into a site without a resevation. Even if your not a sissy.

This doesn't apply to private places. But , as stated, depends on where you want to go.


They've done that at Colorado State Parks as well. Must have a reservation. There is now a Facebook group dedicated to "selling" your campsite if you can't make it. Thankfully most people just "sell" them for what they paid, but I could see it becoming like concert tickets with scalpers if things continue.

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COE cg are the same but as I noted above, if you have a hotspot you can make a reservation while sitting at the check in window, for that day too.


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MarkTwain: [emoticon] US to!


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Weekdays should be fine. Weekends could be tougher depending on location. We weren't able to camp this weekend because as of Wednesday I couldn't find a reservable spot within 200 miles. Summer weekends in the PNW. Only first come first serve and with a Friday afternoon arrival I got nervous. Not saying you wouldn't find something, but it could be work. Course with a TC it's pretty easy to just pull over on some FS logging road. But that doesn't work for our size TT.

Also if you don't have cell service, you can't make a reservation. We ended up in a WM this summer after calling a cg to make a reservation and leaving a VM. We lost service after that so never got their call to call back and confirm one of their last spots. By the time we showed up they were full.

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Trekkar wrote:

agesilaus wrote:

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You have everything to gain and nothing to loose by making reservations ahead and you avoid the possible frustrations and worry about finding an RV site every day.


I don't agree with that, calling to change or cancel reservations is a PITA for all concerned. Unless it is a NP, SP or other high use area we didn't find reservations to be required or desirable. We had zero problems getting spots in COE parks unless it was the weekend when the locals swarm the parks. We even made a reservation online at our last COE park sitting in front of the check in booth window. Having a reliable hotspot makes all this much easier.

We went thru FL, AL, GA, TN, AR, OK, NM, CO, UT, ID, WY, MT, ND, SD, NE, KS, and MS. And camped in every one except UT. Obviously certain states are verboten and to be avoided: NM, the left coast, all of New England and the Mid Atlantic states. We cut thru the corner of NM before the governor clamped down again.


X2. Reservations are for sissies![emoticon]


Good luck finding anything decent in a preferred area in New England without reservations [emoticon]

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