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Old 04-05-2013, 01:53 PM   #15
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Other than holiday weekends , we don't make firm reservations unless they have a no penalty cancelation policy. We generally call a place or two that we selected and ask if they think they'll have a site ( to our specifications ) on a certain date. Then when we're a hundred miles out we'll firm it up. We travel early in the day which gives us time to assure a place. It's worked well for us.
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:54 PM   #16
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We haven't developed the confidence or experience yet to go without reservations yet. Perhaps with time we will.
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:58 PM   #17
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We haven't developed the confidence or experience yet to go without reservations yet. Perhaps with time we will.
The fear of losing a hefty deposit , if I break down and can't make it ( some of these CG's will keep an entire week ) gave me the confidence.
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:09 PM   #18
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:16 PM   #19
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We used to plan almost all our stops or destinations. After taking "many" canx fees--normally, a one night charge--for unforeseen no-shows, we now only reserve when it's a leg destination and there is no choice. On a recent trip to Dallas, we used the new app from Good Sam's Camping. It is very helpful in finding "next stop" parks and especially good for finding pull-throughs for an overnight with toad. Reasonable $$ with GS card.
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The DW and I are leaving on our first cross country trip from Florida to California in three weeks. Well be heading west on I-10, I-20' or I-40 depending on weather. (We don't like being cold or too hot). We're in no hurry and have no schedule and I'm inclined to not make plans for overnight stays until the evening before or on the road each day. Never having made such a trip before, I'm curious what recommendations my fellow RV'ers have to offer on this plan. Will we have a problem finding nice RV parks on a days notice? What do you do?
We never make plans on where to stop for the night. We don't want to be tied to any schedule. We want to stop when we're ready. At that point we start to look for a rest stop or truck stop or WalMart store.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:30 PM   #21
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I think Walmart is great for overnight,usually always have rv company and never have to make special trip for shopping.It is also much easier than getting in many campgrounds.
And few CGs are as near to the Interstates as the WalMart stores.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:54 PM   #22
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We usually make a reservation a day or so ahead on Friday and Saturday nights, especially after memorial Day. Depends on the weather, weekend and location. It's not hard to find a "wing it" space available most places on the week days.

Just came back from Vegas over spring break weekend and was able to get in at the Hitchin' Post RV park Thursday night, second to last space available.

Stayed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for 4 days then went to Circus Circus RV park on Sunday night with plenty of open spots.

Went back to the race track Monday - Saturday for our second race, then on the way home we stayed in Standish California in a mostly empty, very clean and nice, RV park. Even had plenty of room for our almost 70" of MH and trailer.

Moral here is, don't get spooked about finding spots to stop. Get a Trailer Life directory, or similar, and make some calls when you're 50-100 miles away.
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We took a trip out west last spring and we liked to take it one day at a time. We never knew when we would want to stay several days in a location.
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You say in no hurry so I will say after you go I10 to the east border of texas you will be ready to get off to the back roads. In texas: alamo in san Antonio, fredericksburg hill country,lukenbach, you might like big bend, Las Cruces, Benson Az easy drive to toobmstone, Have a nice trip
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Its not about the destination, its about the journey! No better sense of freedom than to go without a plan and travel. Most all of us are self contained so one can do what ever they want and stay where ever they feel comfortable. Back in 06 my wife and I took off on our Harley and headed for the west coast from Pa. no plans other than to ride highway 1 on the west coast from Washington to at least somewhere in California and see all the sites that we could. 3 weeks, 8400 miles, 24 different states, no reservations. The weather channel told me which way to go everyday. We do the same when we travel in our Coach. When on vacation, no watch on my arm either, I leave it in my lunch pail that I carry to work at home.
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We haven't developed the confidence or experience yet to go without reservations yet. Perhaps with time we will.
Casinos are another resource for free/cheap parking. My wife and I WalMart camp quite a bit, but we are wanderers. The thing about traveling 2 lane roads is you can always jump on an interstate if you tire of that. Also out west the two lane roads generally have a pretty fast speed limit and mostly light traffic and very wide open, large vehicle friendly. Have fun and enjoy!
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Casinos are another resource for free/cheap parking. My wife and I WalMart camp quite a bit, but we are wanderers. The thing about traveling 2 lane roads is you can always jump on an interstate if you tire of that. Also out west the two lane roads generally have a pretty fast speed limit and mostly light traffic and very wide open, large vehicle friendly. Have fun and enjoy!
My wife had me overnight at most of the casinos between fl. and montana last year not sure how cheap it turned out to be.
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Geez, reading these posts makes me want to fire up the old girl and hit the road!
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