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Old 03-01-2013, 01:31 PM   #1
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Why did I buy a MH, if all of the destinations I want to go to are Booked?

It seems that every place I want to go along the east coast is already booked every single weekend from late May to mid September. Most are state parks that take reservations on line through Reserve America. Is there a way to get on a waiting list in case of a cancellation or do I need to start reserving for 2014?...
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You will soon get a handle on the process. Planning a year ahead will get you your reservations at most places. You will then be one of those others are waiting on to cancel. Rest assured it is no sin to cancel so plan and hopefully enjoy
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:07 PM   #3
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My best friends will be cap hosts here starting in April:

http://www.rondoutvalley.com/

Go see Frank & Linda here & see if they can help you.

Most state parks will only reserve a % of their sites in advance but it's true that weekends fill up first.
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:07 PM   #4
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It seems that every place I want to go along the east coast is already booked every single weekend from late May to mid September. Most are state parks that take reservations on line through Reserve America. Is there a way to get on a waiting list in case of a cancellation or do I need to start reserving for 2014?...
In Florida, State Parks save some spaces for campers on a first-come first-served basis. Just have to show up in the morning and hope there is a space available. We live in N. Florida and frequently take spur of the moment trips and have always found a place to stay.
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Have you considered boondocking on National Forest land?
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As stated you will learn to plan 6 to 8 months ahead. I start planning the big trips to popular places in November and book the first day available. The DW and I discuss what plans we may have for the holiday's and if want to book for one of them we book in December.

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We have quit using the online reservations and we have better luck calling the campsite direct.

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In OH, the state park's campsites reservation window is 6 months prior to wanted date. It's most likely similar further east, if not sooner. You have to plan months in advance & be ready to pounce when the window opens for the dates you're wanting to reserve.

The popular OH SP's on holiday weekends can have sites book up in a matter of minutes once the reservation window opens. It can be a real race, at times, to get the good, if any, sites.

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There may be other CG's near where you want to go...there are several good web sites out the...and apps...Google camping in the area you want to go...but as everybody else says...you will get the hang of it...planning well ahead of time is a beautiful thing...
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We are full timers and stayed in 27 private RV Parks/Campgrounds on our 5000 mile eastern swing last summer and fall. Most were only 1/4 full. We used our toad to sightsee and carry our bicycles to whatever park we wanted to go to. We prefer full hookups and not to pay over $30 per night on average. Most state parks are tight for big rigs and lack sewer hookups. We also do not care for well water. Never used Reserve America. We search on-line and locate campgrounds near our planned destination, then call them direct at the last minute. Trying to adhere to a pre-planned schedule creates anxiety and seems to detract from the whole experience.
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It's the same, and there are a number of people who make reservations and never bother to show up. I don't know how many times I've seen half the sites in the park I docent at stay vacant all weekend with a reserved tag on them.

I guess it's just too much trouble to call & cancel the reservation.
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If you try rvparkreviews.com you should find some good stuff. Then make phone calls. Works for me!
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Some of my favorite places I make reservations 12to16 months in advance you have to or hope and call a lot that someone cancels. I've made some 2014 reservations.
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In OH, the state park's campsites reservation window is 6 months prior to wanted date. It's most likely similar further east, if not sooner. You have to plan months in advance & be ready to pounce when the window opens for the dates you're wanting to reserve.

The popular OH SP's on holiday weekends can have sites book up in a matter of minutes once the reservation window opens. It can be a real race, at times, to get the good, if any, sites.

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DH was hovering over the computer in the reservation window to get our Memorial Day booking at Geneva State Park. Got it, too.
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