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Old 01-04-2013, 10:49 PM   #1
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Wow, its the 4th of Jan and many campgrounds are already booked out for summer weekends, and of course the 3 day holiday weekends. We were trying to co-ordinate with my son and his family and the mountain and beach places in VA, and NC are not available. He and wife are teachers, so trying to do spring break, Memorial day weekend, any week in June, July 4th, or any weekend in July-no go! All booked! Our RV club has run into the same problem trying to reserve 15-20 spaces involving a Friday and Sat night. Everyone is reporting earlier bookings and faster sell outs. Its going to be a good year for campgrounds.
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Us baby boomers are buying rv's and planning ahead for sites...

Heck one place we go to regularly say some people reserve over a year ahead...

just keep calling back or get on their waiting list for the cancellations that come
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If you are going through Reserve America, for some reason they often show a park full and it is not. Call the campground and see what is available.

I refuse to use Reserve America. Bad information and excessive fees. The Texas State Parks system dumped them after a lot of user complaints.

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I'm not sure why this coming year will be any different than last year with the economical situation of most people. Lots of less traveling done. We completed 4600+ miles this past 2012 September (started in May). We made reservations the day before we departed any campground, except for the holiday weekends, we then did it about a week in advance. I had to call a couple of CG's on occasions but I never had a problem find a place for our 40 footer. what you do mention is holiday weekends and I can expect that any beach or high tourist areas will be booked up. As stated, go a little further away from the high occupancy areas. I know it is nice to walk to the beach, but what's wrong with a 30 minute drive. The $$ for fuel you use may be offset by a lower price in CG fees.

Keep shopping. Good luck.
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In my 40 plus years of travelimg 4 to 6 months a year I"ve never made a reservation, reason: I don't stay at the high dollar resorts; Many C.O.E.; forest service, county, and those type of parks don't take reservations; I always move on a Sunday or Monday after the weekenders are gone; trying to find a site on a friday or saturday is a no. no. When I look in my camp ground book and see a campground that takes reservations, I just look elseware; there are many many campgrounds that do not take take reservations.
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We try to do our traveling before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Even so, weekends are usually booked in high tourist areas. And March/April (Spring Break) or around Christmas holidays, forget it unless you make reservations well in advance.
The road less traveled can be a lot of fun. I don't need a lot of amenities, dry camping works just fine, for example we stayed at Desert View NPS campground at Grand Canyon last September. There was hardly anyone there. That's my kind of camping!
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Hi Mrfoto,
Consider the Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area in eastern Tennessee. There are many CGs in the area. There are many activities for all ages and desires. Google "smoky mountain campgrounds".
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If you are going through Reserve America, for some reason they often show a park full and it is not. Call the campground and see what is available.

I refuse to use Reserve America. Bad information and excessive fees. The Texas State Parks system dumped them after a lot of user complaints.

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Also, Reserve America usually does not show the first come, non reservable sites that are available at many campgrounds. While you need to stop early to get a space, I've spent many days on the road without making reservations, and rarely had a problem.
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many campgrounds are already booked out for summer weekends, and of course the 3 day holiday weekends. We were trying to co-ordinate with my son and his family and the mountain and beach places in VA, and NC are not available. He and wife are teachers, so trying to do spring break, Memorial day weekend, any week in June, July 4th, or any weekend in July-no go! All booked!
You are trying to get popular vacation sites at the same time everyone with a child in school is trying to do the same thing. Space available issues are acute in short season camping areas, and anywhere there are beaches, lakes, or amusement parks. Your choices are to plan earlier or go somewhere not so popular or accessible. There are ways to game systems, for instance make reservations as soon as possible for two weeks that include the three day weekend you want then later cancel the extra days. It will cost you at least a cancellation fee or, in some cases, a week's site rental, but you can at least get your sites.

One method we use is to stay at transient, bare bones campgrounds next to major highways and drive to the popular spots as day trips. Of course, if we have the small grandchildren with us that is not always an option. In those cases, I will use every trick in the arsenal to get the prime spots, including booking and paying for extra days, sitting with multiple computers at 12:00:01 am on the first day reservations are allowed, and once we paid a fee to a booking agency who resold resort campground sites. I try to never dissappoint the grandkids, that is their parents job. As others have suggested, it may be best just to avoid the beaches and amusement parks in the summer and go for less popular alternate activities.
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We have successfully avoided the madding crowds for over 40 years.
Example: Maine. Not Bah Hawbah, the REAL Maine. Anywhere more thane 40 miles East of that place that is just another place ti pay too much for cheap Chinese t-shirts. All of the roads that turn right go to the shore or a lovely cove.
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