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Old 11-02-2016, 07:27 PM   #15
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Interesting information, that means that RA's system is promoting empty campgrounds and less availability which is a complete nonsense. We will write to them to find out their opinion...
As per the prices, we do not have much experience, barely one year and only in SoFla, but we find SP a lot cheaper and better placed than private campgrounds, but that might be only south of Orlando
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:56 AM   #16
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Florida is great in the winter but getting into the parks is difficult. The reservation window opens 1 year in advance and the popular places will fill up in minutes after the window opens. Maximum stay is 14 days but I've talked to folk who will put one reservation in their name, another in their wife's name. (they didn't think it was cheating)

We have made multiple reservations in the same park, 2 days here, 5 days there, etc. We just kept moving around, even between parks close together. Our first year we were lucky to find a 14 day cancellation in a very nice spot. It's expensive but still cheaper than an RV park for less than a month.

I'm sure that all these park systems are happy to have RA to handle the reservations, cancellations and disputes. I can't imagine the Rangers doing all of that. RA provides a service and is entitled to their fees and yes, they are high for a 1 night reservation. You're better off going to or calling the park to ask. Many of them, especially Federal places, have walk-up only spaces on a first come basis. You can use the RA site to see how full up a park is and make the determination if you want to make a reservation or do a walk-up.

Personally, I like RA. I think it's a great planning tool, letting you see where the spaces are, what's available and for how long, park features, etc. Of all the money I spend to use our AS, the RA fee is a very small expense. It's good value for the money.
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