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Old 07-13-2021, 04:53 PM   #1
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How full are the RV Parks

Question for all travelers.
Any problems finding an open site in your travels?
Do you travel with or without reservations?
How about years past compared to this year?
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Old 07-13-2021, 05:05 PM   #2
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Traditionally, we could always find a spot in a Florida State park this time of year because the snow birds have gone home and it is really hot.

Not so much this summer ó you can find somewhere to go camp but it might be your second, third or fourth choice.
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Old 07-13-2021, 06:55 PM   #3
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For years we regularly traveled without reservations for weekday nights and making reservations only for Nat'l Parks on weekends in summer or for holidays. The world has changed the past 18 months and this summer it seems all but a couple of (our not to be named) campsites were reserved long ago.

Our no names are still undiscovered and posting them here would remove that on-any-day behavior we enjoy so let's bypass that list. That said, for the next few months or at least through Labor Day, we will limit our stays to family owned lots or private properties to avoid the crush.
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Old 07-13-2021, 08:02 PM   #4
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Depends where you're travelling. Right now in the hot humid midwest day of arrival works midweek, particularly smaller out of the way parks. Rocky mountains and west... very competitive every day. I got reservations late last winter for the popular places, and by then most were full, or nearly full. Good luck.
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Old 07-13-2021, 08:18 PM   #5
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We had booked way ahead on our trip up to the Pacific Northwest. One of the reservations we made was for tonight in Amarillo, Texas, basically a in between-one nighter stay. We had no problem reserving a month ago but noticed it was at full capacity tonight. Not a garden spot but I was sure glad we had a reservation.
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Old 07-13-2021, 08:21 PM   #6
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i'm finding the camps a little more occupied. Advance recommendations recommended.
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Old 07-13-2021, 08:30 PM   #7
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If you wanted to stay at a state park here in CA, you had to reserve in February, even for primitive is the busiest I've ever seen it...
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Old 07-13-2021, 09:08 PM   #8
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Most parks are sold out, but rarely full

Just returned home from a 10 day trip in Michigan's Upper Peninsula where we had reserved sites back in January for a July trip. Every place we stayed said they were full, but usually 25% or more of the spaces were empty. Folks are reserving far into the future, just in case and simply not showing up for the reservations they paid for. I guess the cost of the sites are simply not enough to justify the "time" to cancel....
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Old 07-13-2021, 09:31 PM   #9
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We are finding that weekdays are not hard to book but weekends are booked up.
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Old 07-13-2021, 09:42 PM   #10
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Over the past 5-7 years it has become more necessary to make reservations. I really don’t like getting one of the sites no one wants and having to maneuver into it. Now we don’t go very far and stay at the same places, so we know the owners and they make sure we have a site when we reserve (good for discounts too). When we have stayed somewhere else on occasion they do fill up early and prices are way up.

The newbies don’t know they are paying a lot more than we used to. With OPEC fighting over oil prices, fuel is also up and all those new RV’s may sit home a lot. The recent used model market may have some great bargains next year or the one after.

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Old 07-14-2021, 12:57 AM   #11
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I just arrived at a State Park in Illinois and they stopped taking reservations, and guess what: out of 25 sites only 4 are taken.

I have noticed more and more state parks announcing that 50% of their sites will become first come first served.

I hope this will become a trend to reinstate the true nature of camping and travelling.
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Old 07-14-2021, 03:47 AM   #12
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Fairly recent threads with over 300 posts on the situation, leading off with moosetags's "View of the Road" thread:


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Old 07-14-2021, 09:13 AM   #13
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Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada ... if you don't have reservations - Good Luck campsite are full until October.......
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Old 07-14-2021, 09:33 AM   #14
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I took a trip from Wisconsin to Las Vegas in mid-June with no reservations except the final destination. That was the Oasis in Vegas, which was hell on earth (120 degrees) and not full. It was a vacation fail, as my one-AC-unit Wisconsin rig could not take the heat and did not get below 90 degrees. I found nice places to stay along the way, weekends and mid-week. I stayed at the Ledges State Park in Iowa on the way out--lovely. On the way back, stayed at the Amana Colonies--plenty of room there, very interesting museum and nice wineries and restaurants. I got stuck in a two-hour traffic delay in Colorado, and at dusk wound up in Glenwood Springs. I did not know this, but apparently this is a hangout for the rich and famous. They looked down their nose at me and my Airstream (mostly million dollar Tiffens there) and said, "we book YEARS in advance." No parking in the Walmart parking lot or rest areas there because, rif raf. I used RV Parky to try to locate a nearby campground, as I was tired and desperate. I found the Elk Creek Campground, 15 miles away in Castle Rock CO. It had a 2-star rating. I didn't care, and called them. They had a spot for me. It was lovely, and the new owners are wonderful. The sites are wooded and some are right on the creek. Not a lot of amenities, but that's fine with me as I don't use chlorine pools, playgrounds, etc. I liked it so much I stayed there on the way back. There was no place available in all of Nebraska, as they had something called the World Series (college games) going on. But when I was turned away at a KOA there, a couple told me about a casino just across the state line. They had a spot for me, and decent restaurants. I think it was the Horseshoe Council Bluffs Casino. So--it can be done without reservations, which is my preferred way to travel. But definitely challenging.
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Old 07-14-2021, 09:35 AM   #15
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Seems we are loving camping to death. With the price of housing today being a full time camper is now a viable alternative. The state parks were not designed for this. I may get some flack for this but if your going to live in a camper full time buy a lot and put a well and septic on it. You can always trade lots with like minded if you need a change of scenery.
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Old 07-14-2021, 10:08 AM   #16
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I do own a lot on Lake Superior in Bayfield County, WI--but that is not where I want to be in winter. There are tons of options for people wanting to travel. Right now, everyone wants to see the National Parks. Not the time to go there, unless you pick one like Isle Royale (the second-least visited national park, and one of my favorites). RV parks are not the only option. Harvest hosts is great, and Airstream owners can also stay with members of WBCCI who signed up as willing to host. I am a member of the Elks Club, which has hundreds of RV sites across the country where I can stay. Some have hookups and charge a modest fee; others have a parking lot where members can stay for free. So--lots of alternatives to staying put on my lot.
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Old 07-14-2021, 10:09 AM   #17
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Here in BC the provincial parks are very booked up like last summer. I wouldnt go without a resrevation. Hopefully next summer will be a little better.
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Old 07-14-2021, 10:14 AM   #18
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We have found sites in the CA State Park system this summer. One problem I'm told is that campers reserve spaces ( no cost) and then don't show. We stayed in Prairie Creek in the Redwoods a few weeks ago and the spaces around us were empty from no shows but the park is full. Also campers 25ft and over have more limited options.
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Old 07-14-2021, 10:35 AM   #19
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Other alternatives

Same situation here in Ontario. All the provincial parks are fully booked through until late fall when most of them close for the season.

We were able to book sites for vacation last week, but could only find a single site in the entire province that was available for 5 days in a row (Sunday - Thursday), so we took that, and used alternative sites for the weekend beforehand.

Suggest you consider looking at Boondockers Welcome as one possible alternative if you're OK without power/water connections.

Also Harvest Hosts is an alternative for a single night along your way instead of Walmarts.

We've also stayed with some HipCamp hosts during the pandemic.

We had planned to stay at another Boondocker's Welcome host last weekend, but on Thursday afternoon a site opened up at a provincial park about 2 hours from home, so we grabbed that site for the weekend so we could have electric and free dumping instead of boondocking. I think that was just because of all the rain we had last week. Probably some tenters decided to bail on camping for the weekend.

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Old 07-14-2021, 10:38 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by airstreambob View Post
Just returned home from a 10 day trip in Michigan's Upper Peninsula where we had reserved sites back in January for a July trip. Every place we stayed said they were full, but usually 25% or more of the spaces were empty. Folks are reserving far into the future, just in case and simply not showing up for the reservations they paid for. I guess the cost of the sites are simply not enough to justify the "time" to cancel....
Oh man. Thatís just rude. Itís so easy to cancel. ESPECIALLY if you donít care about getting your money back.
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