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Old 01-08-2013, 06:26 AM   #1
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My wife and I are in the process of planning our trip across the US this summer. We plan to be gone for 5 to 5 1/2 months ,leaving Florida in mid May and traveling north through probably Missouri then taking westerly route probably through South Dakota and Wyoming on to the Oregon , Washington area. Coming back we would take a route through Northern California .Arizona , New Mexico and then through Texas.We also plan a visit to Colorado but we are not sure if it will be going or returning but most likely it will be on our way out. My main question , how long before hand must we make reservations to get campsites close to the national parks. We would like to just take it kind of one week at a time so if we are in a place where we want to stay extra days we can.We know there is a lot to see and if we make reservations too far ahead we are afraid we will have to leave some places before we may want to. We would like to know what other people's experience has been with getting campsites close to the national parks with out making reservations a long time in advance. Bye the way we will be a 38' Class a motor home. We are members of Passport America and Good Sam's as well as having access to military Fam Camps as my wife is retired civil service . Also we have a copy of the Army Corps campgrounds book,so we have a fairly good range of parks to try and find sites if they are available. Thanks ... Alan
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There are so many approach's to Camping/RV sites that it will all fall into place. We have been on the road for 11 years and most of the time we just make reservations in wide open country to insure we have a place to land. Other than that we just to our thing with no commitments and may move 50 miles or 300 depending upon what we see and how much talking we do with the locals. We do have one site that we have really enjoyed visiting many of these off the beat sites. Go to Roadside America - Guide to Uniquely Odd Tourist Attractions and select the state in the upper right section.
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In general you do not need reservations except:
  • holidays (weekends maybe)
  • festivals
  • near famous tourist attractions
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We very seldom make reservations until about an hour or two before we stop. We have a few set places that we plan to stop at. Other than that our plans are made each night for the following day. Talk to other rv'ers & campground owners. We seem to see a lot of interesting sights along with the major ones. Never seem to have any problem finding campground sites.
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We very seldom make reservations until about an hour or two before we stop. We have a few set places that we plan to stop at. Other than that our plans are made each night for the following day. Talk to other rv'ers & campground owners. We seem to see a lot of interesting sights along with the major ones. Never seem to have any problem finding campground sites.

As a rule we don't like to cut it that close and try to make reservations a couple days ahead at least . However there are those campgrounds that won't make reservations and are first come first serve and I expect we will have to deal with some of those this summer .....Alan
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We stay in a place until it is time to move on. We choose the next adventure, I get on my iPhone, select a CG using rvparkreviews.com and make an online reservation. Never been dissappointed, nor hurried or worried.

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