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Old 05-02-2014, 03:37 PM   #1
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Holiday Weekends

Hello, I am new to this particular forum. I have the opportunity to tag along with friends in their fifth wheel to attend a national dog event. I am so pleased as my husband and I have been researching fifth wheels and tow vehicles for a couple of years and are getting ready to buy.

We have CG reservations for the way out but have just realized that we are coming home on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. We will need single night campsites for Friday and Saturday nights. I have e-mailed two large campgrounds asking whether they might be able to accommodate us in spite of the three night holiday weekend minimum.

Have any of you had luck in these situations? Would you have any strategies to suggest? I have looked a bit on a boondocking site where people list their properties as places where people can stay.

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If what you're looking for are places to just overnight while you're traveling you might not have much trouble but it depends where you are. 99% of the time we don't make reservations but holiday weekends are the exceptions. It would be a good idea to try to find places with vacancies while you still have some time.

Overnighting in a WalMart parking lot is always an option too. You guys could make a party of it.

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+1 on Walmart parking lots. There is a site dedicated to updating which ones do and do not allow it...can't find it.
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Old 05-02-2014, 04:43 PM   #4
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Holiday Weekends

So far I have heard from the first CG and they were able to book us in for the one night.

Fingers crossed that I hear from the next one and all will be well.
We are not opposed to boondocking. It would be good experience for me. My friends have done it before.

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If you stay at a Walmart is not called boondocking....it's called Wallydocking. Okay, I've already had a few.
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It has been our experience that all campgrounds require a three night stay on holiday weekends. You may want to post the areas you are interested in staying. Some members may be able to give you additional info. for that area.
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Oh, thank you! I would not want to seem ignorant of the customs!

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Old 05-02-2014, 05:00 PM   #8
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The area where we still need a place to camp is Erie, PA. I have a request in to the KOA there. I checked the other campgrounds I found in Woodall's in that area and they all had holiday minimums as well.

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Heard from the Erie KOA that they are not able to accommodate us. Will keep on working on it.

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We always try to be away from water of all kinds on the big weekends...pools, lakes, rivers. We'll find a basic place where weekenders tend not to make it their destination.

Is there a small town not far from your traveling route that you could make a slight detour for the weekend? Good luck!
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There is a Pilot truck stop at I90 and 97 near Erie. They allow overnight parking. We're planning on overnighting at that one on our way up to Maine this summer. We've overnighted at several Pilots; they can be a little noisy with the trucks, but we have had no issues staying there.
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I woke up this morning thinking that we need to move inland from Lake Erie. It is just that my friends are Canadian and this route is more conducive for them.

I live outside of Boston, MA and so will travel a bit further to return home when we part ways.

I really appreciate all of the help and advice I have had here.
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Check allstays.com for overnite and wally docking info.
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Thank you for the information about Allstays.com. I also found a boon docking site that helps you find places to stay. There is a small fee to join. A kind person in the area offered to let use their land to park for the night.
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