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Old 06-10-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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We're taking a trip from Maryland to Florida to see family, we do have some plans to stay at Grayton Beach SP, however, we're generally not really sure how far we're going to be able to drive before we get tired and decide to get a transient spot.

We're going to be traveling down 95, then crossing the panhandle on i-10. I've looked into a program like Allstays, but generally when you leave the house do you have every stop planned out along the way with reservations already set?

What are some good places to overnight along 95 south in south Carolina/Georgia area?
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We're taking a trip from Maryland to Florida to see family, we do have some plans to stay at Grayton Beach SP, however, we're generally not really sure how far we're going to be able to drive before we get tired and decide to get a transient spot.

We're going to be traveling down 95, then crossing the panhandle on i-10. I've looked into a program like Allstays, but generally when you leave the house do you have every stop planned out along the way with reservations already set?

What are some good places to overnight along 95 south in south Carolina/Georgia area?
Many people, including my DW and I plan as we go using iPad apps like Allstays, etc to locate a spot for the night. We have overnighted in Wal-Marts as well as truck stops, Pilot/Flying J, etc. if we get too tired and want to just stop and rest for the evening. The only time we make a reservation is at our destination or if the area we plan to stay is a high tourist area where you need to plan way ahead to get a spot.
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Many people, including my DW and I plan as we go using iPad apps like Allstays, etc to locate a spot for the night. We have overnighted in Wal-Marts as well as truck stops, Pilot/Flying J, etc. if we get too tired and want to just stop and rest for the evening. The only time we make a reservation is at our destination or if the area we plan to stay is a high tourist area where you need to plan way ahead to get a spot.
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We do pretty much the same as you, (but without iPad apps or advance reservations).
We go were we want to, stop and see what we want to, overnight where we want to and camp when and when wherever we want to.
We've had no problems "flying by the seat of our pants" for 3-4 winter months every year, (since I retired 11 years ago).
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We never make reservations unless we have to be at a certain place at a specific time for some reason. We're going on a 2-3 month trip west in a couple of weeks and we have no reservations, and very seldom have ever had a problem finding a place to stay. We like to travel at our own pace without having to be someplace on a given date or time. When we took our first long RV trip 18 years ago, we made reservations, and in almost every instance we would have liked to stay in an area for both a longer and a shorter time period. Since that time, no reservations. We do a lot of traveling, but little camping. That's why we have always owned a self contained motorhome.

As far as a place to stay on I-95 for an overnight stop, there is a Sam's Club at the airport exit in Savannah. There is also a Walmart at the same exit, but we prefer Sam's Club because it is quieter and no big trucks to contend with. We stay there on almost every trip to and from Florida from NC, our last stop there was two months ago.
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We seldom make reservations during our travels with the exception of our destination campground. We like others typically Walmart during our travels however when we went to Florida this past February we stayed overnight at the Costal GA rv Resort. We liked it so much we stayed there on our return home. It's 2 minutes off of 95...very convenient. I would call them sometime during the day of your arrival. By 7pm in the evening they are booked solid.

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As mentioned above, we almost never have reservations... except sometimes at our "destination"... or in the event of a holiday weekend if we're traveling.
We'd usually like to be off of the road by 4pm and DW would just find a place on RV ParkReviews.com and might or might not call them when we were about an hour out.

We never boon dock, WalMart or otherwise and I can only remember one time having to drive 50 miles farther than I would have liked to find a spot... and that was a local "holiday" we weren't aware of. Some kind of Western Days in Wyoming I believe.

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All good info, unfortunately we're not self contained, so docking in a walmart parking lot would be problematic in the southeast during July. I like the idea of being spontaneous in our routes/plans.

RickO - that's great advice, I think I'm going to adopt that mentality to just "be off the road" by 4pm. Wherever we estimate we'll be by 4pm we'll just call ahead and see if we can get a spot.
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My idea of a Good Day of driving is not tostart before 10 AM and stop before 2 PM.
Reservations almost a must on holiday weekends.
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Exit 58 on I95 in Ga. you will find Harmony Lake RV park, Easy on/off interstate, small family run campground nothing fancy but very adequate for an overnight. It's our normal stop on the way north.
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X2 on Coastal Ga. Nice overnight place.
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We have spent the night in the parking lot of the visitors center at the historic area of Savannah for $7.00. You are then in easy walking distance of all the fabulous sites and restaurants... The Old Pink House is our favorite. You don't need reservations to eat in the cellar and it is lit with candles... Very romantic! Ask to have the table in the old vault...really cool... then finish the evening with a fun ghost tour. If you don't want to walk, there are plenty of pedi-cabs to bring you back to he visitors center operated by students from the Savannah School of Arts and Design. They operate from tips only and no set price.
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We tend to make reservations at our "desired stops" during our annual summer trip. We travel with a large family and can only spend 30 days on the road. The entire trip is planned before we leave, but we leave free days throughout in case we like or dislike a spot. We are also traveling during the busy season and are hitting the top vacation spots. We try to stay away from overpriced RV resorts and stay at state or federal campgrounds.
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