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Old 08-08-2015, 11:31 AM   #1
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Long time motor home owner in VT. Thinking about being warm this winter by going south or west. Not Florida. Question. How long in advance do I need to make reservations. Can I stay just a month and then at that time find a spot for another month? Any recommendations as to locations and or campgrounds?
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Old 08-08-2015, 03:23 PM   #2
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Hi tomraub,
Snow birding in 2015, you are late making reservations. It matters not if you stay a month or the season gut feel says 90% of snow birds make their reservations before they leave to go North. Can't help with suggestons. I'm from Florida and like it quite a bit.
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You can definitely travel without making reservations. We've done it for many years of our full-timing.

This is especially true if you don't want to stay in one place for a season or go to the plushest RV 'resort' in a prime area.

If you like public parks - even better. There are many options while traveling. We could have never done 16 years of it if we had to plan and make reservations constantly. We'd look on a map and decide where we wanted to explore. We love driving secondary roads and hate big cities. If you get there and don't like the area, we'd move on. Sometimes we liked it a lot and stayed a few weeks.

We never had a problem even with our 40' motorhome and that includes the trip to Alaska! Yes, you can do it.
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Snowbird for 20 years and only make a reservation if I want to stay at a park we like for a month or more. We usually move a bit more often than that and just call ahead a few days and find a park with openings. You must remember that snowbird areas have MANY parks and they seldom fill them. Best example is South Texas, along the Rio Grande, thousands of RV sites in the valley.
Folks who make reservations a year ahead usually want to spend the winter in one park and sometimes a specific site. Good for them but I have wheels and like to use them.
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My son taught us early on not to set your time schedule by making advanced reservations ... boy was he right ... ya never know when you mite want to spend an extra day or two somewhere ......
In AZ (lived there for the last 20 yrs or so) there are tons a places to put er down ... there should be not issue with finding a place to park ... and it will give you a chance to find a fav if you desire ...
for us ... we have a place we like to put it down ... and have it reserved when we get back there in December ..... but that's just us .......
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Options for "South" pretty limited if you'd like warm weather and don't like Florida. Sounds like your plan is more West...
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Come to the RGV! So many parks you should have no problem. Pick one of the Passport America parks for a few day and then explore for where you would like to stay.

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The first year we traveled south we went with no reservations. We had a couple of friends in parks that we worked out of, but other than that, the wife would call ahead a couple of days in advance and we moved on. The biggest surprise was in Fort Myers, we call a CG with 1500 sites and they were full. February is especially hard to get a site, but lots of CG's have breaks between reservations. If you stay north of the Tampa line there seem to be more openings, but the weather is cooler.
After 3 years of traveling around we found a wonderful RV Resort in Naples and have returned there for the past 10 years.


I'm sure you will enjoy the sunny south, especially when you are basking in warm temp's and you check the weather back home.


Enjoy your winter,


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