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Old 04-21-2021, 04:02 PM   #1
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Traveling without reservations?

We have a roughly thousand mile 2 week trip planned in a few weeks from Louisiana to Tennessee, with a possible side trip to somewhere (Arkansas to Alabama), with the main destination being in Memphis. So far we have reservations in Memphis, but no where else, as plans are still rather fluid.


My question is for those of you traveling without reservations, how is it out there now, particularly for overnight stops at public COE, National Forest, etc. campgrounds / as well as roadside commercial RV parks? We will be in a 28 ft class A pulling a TOAD?
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I usually will stay in a park and on my next days route pics a campground and call the night before and make a reservation. We have had no issues so far.
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Most COE's/national park campgrounds in the area where you will be traveling are reservation only. You may be able to make a same day reservation online, but availability may be limited for weekday spots. Weekends are booked months in advance, so you probably won't find any spots open on Thursday through Saturday nights. You'll probably be able to find last minute spots at commercial parks, but may have to call a few for weekend spots.
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Chindog, is this speaking from recent experience in the region, because I just went to Recreation.gov picked 7 or 8 COE campgrounds in the region ranging form Arkansas to Alabama, and found a grand total of one that did not have vacancies for every night for the next 3 months. This one COE campground was on a lake in Arkansas, appeared to be booked up for the next 3 weeks, either that or they are not open for the season yet, there were 4 or 5 other COE campgrounds on the same lake, at least 2 (the 2 I checked) showed availability for every night for the next 3 months.
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We ae winging it when we depart next month Georgia to Arizona to Colorado to Georgia.

I have no schedule. I hope we dont end up in truck stops and rest areas but Im just not in the mood to be constrained by a clock or a calendar.
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