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Old 01-09-2017, 11:29 AM   #1
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Question Wing it

Traveling to Fla in march. What's the best way to just"wing it"? I understand that most campgrounds are already booked. Thanks for any help or advice.

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Old 01-09-2017, 11:37 AM   #2
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we just 'winged it' in parking lots for a week or so...
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Old 01-09-2017, 11:47 AM   #3
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I've never tried to "wing it" in Florida during the peak season - but I have made trip plans extremely late in the season. We found that our hopes of finding campgrounds in the most popular places (the Keys and/or along the gulf coast south of Tampa) was pretty much a non-starter. In March (especially early in the month) - you'll be waiting by the RV park gate hoping and praying for an outside chance that lightning will strike. The larger your rig - the tougher it will be.

We had better luck looking along the Atlantic coast, looking at campgrounds that were more "inland" as well as looking up in the panhandle.
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Old 01-09-2017, 11:53 AM   #4
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I know there'll be some thinking we are absolutely crazy, but we started RVing many years ago for the freedom it promoted so ......... Rightly or wrongly we always wing it but we don't get stressed in the slightest about finding somewhere to stay overnight when travelling. Enroute we'd stay at some of the Rest Areas for just "overnights or to fish for the day around Skyway Bridges etc", but there are also the 5 WMD (Wildlife Management Districts) that allow "wild camping". Quite neat write up and video from GoneWithTheWynns on this April 20015/2016? Can't remember which year = sorry, but go to their website and in search box put Florida WMD or Freecamping Florida and that should bring up much more detail on these.

EG: Suwannee River Water Management District

Also check out some of the SP's (we have had success with Myakka, Oscar Scherar and others in years gone by opening up) as you might be able to get a few odd nights up to 14 days, especially if you are not too close to the coast. There are of course always cancellations so keep checking back for areas you really want to target as well.

Also there are a ton of folks down there with large lots, and we've often stayed with someone we've bumped into for a few nights here and there on their properties.

Hope some of the above helps somewhat, back in 2009 and prior we often went to the Fla keys with only a 3 day booking under our belts for snorkelling at John Pennekamp, and whilst Bahia Honda was full the next SP north had lots of space. Just saying, it is a hit and miss but we personally aren't phased enough to not try to experience what we want to when we want to.

Do be sure to let us know how you get on when you do this for others like ourselves to add to our arsenal.

PS: FWIW: Seminole Casino at Imokalee is a great overnight stop before heading right down into the keys or on way back out if coming up towards Fort Myers etc
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Old 01-09-2017, 04:10 PM   #5
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In California, regional county parks are good bet. After relocating my business I "camped" for nearly ten months in San Bernardino County and Riverside county parks. Don't know about other states.

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Old 01-09-2017, 05:02 PM   #6
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That is the way we like to travel, but having tried that a few times in Florida, we found it didn't work that well. Tooo crowded for our tastes
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:12 AM   #7
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Last year we went from central Illinois to Chesapeake Bay and looped back a different route. Not sure they do it everywhere, but we found many of the SP keep about 5 FH sites as non-reservable just for drive ups. First come first serve of course, but by calling them while in transit, we always found a spot. Not having a specific reservation allowed us to alter our routes on a whim..(freedom)!
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:28 PM   #8
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We always 'wing it'. If you're flexible as to where you stay just call around when you're ready to stop driving for the day and you'll get a site. When you get a spot in Florida then call for your next area of interest.

We don't stay long-term in parks. We travel and explore different areas - many times, on a whim with no plans. I guess if you want to stay in the same park for months then you'll have to reserve.

On Edit: Sorry.... I didn't realize this was on the boondocking site. If boondocking, just pick a national forest. Easy. No reservations ever needed. Lucky you!
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maybe drycamping is a better term if i'm just 'winging it' since i'm not going into the boonies : )

or overnight'ing'
or parking lot'ing'
or stealth 'glamping'
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Old 01-21-2017, 08:11 AM   #10
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We're planning on spending the entire month of Februrary and March in FL.

We have campsites until mid Feb - nothing past then. We've been calling around and everything is sounding mighty full....

We may be joining you on the winging it bit.

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