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Old 11-27-2020, 12:08 PM   #1
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Help finding campground openings

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I heard somewhere that there is an app/web site that can help in finding available campgrounds & available sites. "They" (can't remember where I heard it!)you can enter a zip code to the area you wish to travel & it will give that information. I've spent COUNTLESS hours trying to find available campgrounds/sites, etc. Is there an easier way? Example, we want to travel to the St. Augustine area & couldn't find anything available anywhere - it takes SO much time to research. I'm flexible with the time frame (retired) but I'm looking months out & find nothing available Any help is appreciated.
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I never heard of such a site.... perhaps you can do that on the ReserveAmerica site?

If you go inland a little and pick a smaller town sometimes that helps.
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Old 11-27-2020, 02:58 PM   #3
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We try for COE or St Parks during the week, S-Th. Then look for private parks weekends. F-S.
This is working for us. From N TX to S TX in Nov. 2020.
Helps with costs and Covid distancing.
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Old 11-27-2020, 05:13 PM   #4
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Maybe I didn't understand what you are looking for, but you can find anything (RV site) you want anywhere using RV Parky (free) website. I use it to discover all RV sites in a specific location then I use Campground Reviews to learn more about specific sites. There are other tools like RV Trip Wizard, but it is not free.
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Old 11-27-2020, 07:17 PM   #5
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As far as locating campgrounds, there are numerous apps. In addition, Google Maps, you get the area on the screen you want to look in and search for campground, and it will pinpoint many campgrounds.

I think, however, the OP is trying to find campgrounds with open sites. That requires you to either call or use the reservations system of private campgrounds, use the reservations website for the state parks or for Federal parks and areas.

There is NOT one central clearinghouse of campgrounds that lists openings.

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Old 11-27-2020, 08:44 PM   #6
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I heard somewhere that there is an app/web site that can help in finding available campgrounds & available sites.
If you are looking for something like TripAdvisor, Hotels.com, etc. that are aggregators for open/available spots, there is no such thing for RV parks/sites. At best you might try ReserveAmerica for those public parks they serve. Most private/commercial parks are independently owned and operated.
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I once wanted to stay in Moab on relatively short notice. I ended up making a list of the campgrounds and their phone numbers and just kept calling. I finally found a place for a week during a busy time (but had to move within the CG 3 times during that week).

There is no magic pill that I know of. And it does take a lot of time and perseverance.

I'll just guess based on the timing of Peg806's question and statement of "...looking... ...months out...." that it is the winter time that he wants to stay (Nov - March/April). FL fills up fast for those months years ahead of time.

I use the Campground Reviews web site, Allstays app, and RV Trip Wizard for locating suitable campgrounds, try their web site for availability and call when necessary (which is often).
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You can't even ask Google or Alexa that, and you can ask them a bunch of questions. The world hasn't evolved to that point yet. Without a universal reservation system, nothing is going to be able to tell you all the available sites in a geographic area. I'm not sure you could do that with hotels / rooms. Nice if it existed.
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From your Profile you have a 27' travel trailer. Have you tried the state parks? They are awesome! I believe you can plug in dates on their site. There are also county parks. With your size RV you really shouldn't have a problem if you're looking for months away. You may have to expand the area and not right in St. Augustine.
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