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Old 09-08-2016, 11:41 AM   #1
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Are reservations necessary?

I am a brand new solo camper, and have all kind s of time (the advantage of being retired).
During the winter I always go for two weeks to Florida and park on the lot fo friends there. Now that I am solo, I like to continue to do this. However, after the two weeks Florida, I would like to drive to Texas and probably to New Mexico and stay a while in each state.
Is it possible to find a campground at a location I like without prior reservation?
Or do I need to plan this trip out in detail to find a place I can park for a few days each time?

Any advise is very welcome!
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I am a brand new solo camper, and have all kind s of time (the advantage of being retired).
During the winter I always go for two weeks to Florida and park on the lot fo friends there. Now that I am solo, I like to continue to do this. However, after the two weeks Florida, I would like to drive to Texas and probably to New Mexico and stay a while in each state.
Is it possible to find a campground at a location I like without prior reservation?
Or do I need to plan this trip out in detail to find a place I can park for a few days each time?
Any advise is very welcome!
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We've been traveling in the south and southwest for 3-4 months each winter since '03 and we have never had a problem finding campsites without a prior reservation.
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Old 09-08-2016, 01:17 PM   #3
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My habit is to start looking after I have settled in for the day. Around 4:00 p.m. I figure where I want to stay the next night and start looking with Allstays, RVParky, and other on-line resources. I call for reservations for the next night and am all set up by supper time. Very occasionally I have to change my route a bit because everything in a town is booked, but this is very unusual and means booking a different place 30 miles away.

I like to know I have a place to stay while I am driving and have never gotten jammed up using my method.
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I think both the answers above are valid for the traveler, but maybe no so if you want to stay for a couple of weeks somewhere. We are on the road in the South Carolina, Georgia area and are looking for nice places for a couple of weeks at a time near Charleston, Savannah and St Augustine. A day or two is doable, two weeks or so is a lot harder. We have found this to be true on our trip from Nevada to the East Coast too. I suggest you pick places you want tho stay for a while and try for your long term reservations. Then allow yourself an extra couple of days between those spots for R&R if it seems to be a nice town. Also try to plan any on-the-road maintenance that you can in advance. Getting work done can be a lot harder to schedule than a 50 amp RV pad.
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South Texas may not be to hard... all else.. find a place for 2 or 3 days. and use that time contacting campgrounds in that area for a longer stay..

also remember most all State Parks limit a visit to 2 weeks Max...

I made reservations last month.. for the month of November in south Texas.. I could pick almost any spot I wanted. aka, lots of places and spots available.
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