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Old 06-25-2016, 08:30 AM   #15
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I've noticed the same since last year on the eastern seaboard. Have had difficulty in the past two weeks, and forget 4th of July.

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Old 06-25-2016, 08:38 AM   #16
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We live outside of Chicago and boy oh boy it takes A LOT of pre-planning to camp "spur of the moment" Anything within 2/3 hrs outside of Chicago are chock-full on weekends. Luckily I'm a teacher and DH can work mobily so we can go mid-week (a godsend!) We're doing a long haul out west mid-Summer and I made reservations all along the route and I feel much better about heading out! Right now I'm sitting at a cute little campground in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin, and the host told us this is the only weekend he had openings. As of next week he says he's pretty full. This particular park is about 50/50 permanent/temporary sites.

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Old 06-25-2016, 08:44 AM   #17
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One of the problems we have noticed with RV Parks is they have quite a few of their sites filled with seasonal are fulltime residences. This is good income for parks but leaves few sites for folks like us that are travelers and or fulltime RVer's. We are in the northeast now and I started over a month in advance planning for a place to be during the July 4th weekend. This is the first time in years I had a very difficult time finding a place that for in advance.

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Old 06-25-2016, 09:34 AM   #18
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Miss the old days in the Northeast. Pull in, find a empty spot we like and tell the office where we are.

Now it's a challenge six months in advance on line to find a site even close to the water. Finally get there and find the best sites sitting empty because whoever booked them six months before decided not to go and never canceled or booked the week before so they would be sure that had the site on the weekend they wanted.
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Old 06-25-2016, 04:15 PM   #19
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With the noted increase in RV sales, I am finding it extremely difficult this year, in S.E Michigan, to book any type of campsite without booking waaay in advance. Because of this we have changed our camping style from weekend camping to weekday camping. Fortunately we can be flexable because I'm retired and the DW is part time. Is it the same in your area of the country?
I did a thread in a different section of IRV2 a few days ago about this very subject and, the involvement of full timers or, long termers or, Live-ins. And, as usual, it was taken out of context and blown all to heck and back. But, yes, as you've stated, more and more campgrounds, be them private, NF, State, County, etc., just seem to be close to maximum capacity all the time, at least in the normal season.
As I explained in my thread, for years we've never done reservations. We like to travel at will and, we don't have an itinerary and pre-determined destinations. We pack up the coach and head out. I might turn left in the middle of a state where as we had intended to go straight or turn right.
Well, without re-writing that thread here, suffice to say, we, like many of you, will apparently have to start making reservations way, way in advance of a possible departure date. We'll now maybe have to keep a strict itinerary and set of travel plans. That's of course if we want to end up in more prime campgrounds/RV parks.
It's really too bad. We love traveling at will. But, there's always Walmart.
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:27 PM   #20
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I'm right now sitting in a beautiful campground in Vermont that is only about 1/2 full on a Saturday evening.
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:38 PM   #21
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:41 PM   #22
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When does the school year end there? It's this week in NY. It's also black fly season. You may find things change a lot in a week or so. ;-)
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Old 06-26-2016, 05:27 AM   #23
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Old 07-02-2016, 05:30 PM   #24
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On the California central coast, 6 months to a year ahead is the only play...however, once you get this schedule down, it is no big deal
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Old 07-03-2016, 05:49 AM   #25
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A couple years ago, since we are now both retired, inally gave up and took a seasonal in our favorite CG in the Adirondack Park. The NY State owned CGs as well as most others were full and often had waiting lists, making spur of the moment trips difficult. We made the decision to go on extended trips the end of April/early May as well as late August through September, or when school is in session. That has worked out well for us. I spent much of the week there while the DW did 'girl things' with two of our grown daughters - and watched it fill up so by Friday late morning when I left, it was almost full with reservations for the few remaining sites. Returning home the 100 or so miles on I-87, it was a virtual parade of RVs going North.

As far as new CGs being built in the Adirondacks - very difficult as the Adirondack Park Agency/NY State has made permitting in the 6+ million acre/9375 sq mile on private land as our favorite CG owners found when they wanted to expand on land their family had owned for over 100 years.
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Old 07-03-2016, 07:33 AM   #26
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What a pleasure camping during the week has been. The last State Park we visited had 200 sites total with only about 25 occupied. It was great!!!
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Old 07-03-2016, 07:51 AM   #27
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I guess all the more reason to set up our coaches to boondock at will. After all, RV travel was from the beginning supposed to be SELF CONTAINED.
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I would not go too far down the self contained road. Travel trailers in the 50's had an ice box and propane stove. Toilet in some. No tanks unless it was a port-a-potty type. No generators. No pressure water system. Just a dry place to sleep and eat.

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