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Old 05-10-2015, 06:41 PM   #1
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My biggest disappointment is NOT finding a place to camp w/hookups on 3 day weekends and holidays without making a reservation weeks/months in advance.

I'm more of a 'spur of the moment' type and making plans weeks/months in advance means one has to have a schedule ~ same as when at work.

I don't like being here on this day and then having to be elsewhere on another day....scheduling a whole week or two weeks vacation months ahead of time to assure a place to stay with hookups.



A REAL vacation has no schedule so if you decide to stay longer at one place or leave earlier, just do it.

With a "schedule" that isn't possible.
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My biggest disappointment is knowing that we waited till our 50s to start RVing and missed out on a lot of good years. Better late than never, but we can't get those years back, especially the time when our kids were young.
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I'm with you Eagle. I love to just drop what I'm doing and go. I have recently purchased a Honda EU300is generator, and will be picking up a Thetford Smart Tote or the likes for waste. That should allow me to pretty much take any available spot I can find as long as there is a dump station somewhere on the grounds.
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Old 05-11-2015, 09:37 AM   #4
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My biggest disappointment is knowing that we waited till our 50s to start RVing and missed out on a lot of good years. Better late than never, but we can't get those years back, especially the time when our kids were young.
I waited longer than that to start RVing but not camping which I started doing in the very early 60's and decades thereafter.

Finally, about 2011 decided that these old bones weren't into the 'tenting' program anymore so went with an RV.

Nice thing about tenting ~ it fits on the motorcycle w/a few necessities and just go, where ever as can always find a place to put a tent near the end of a days riding and no scheduling or reservations ever needed. No need to plan ahead how many miles to cover to be at this place or that place each evening.

I liked that.
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When we got our first trailer (2007), I was also disappointed that you couldn't just pack up and go (so different from when I was a kid, camping and RVing with my folks). Makes it much easier when you're retired. You couldn't pay me any amount of money to camp on a holiday weekend (unless there is no other choice).

The world is just too crowded these days...so, what I have found to be the best workarounds (for me) are to 1) dry camp (I prefer that anyway - less people around), and 2) check the cancellation policy and if it's not outrageous, go ahead and make the reservations. If you change your mind, no big deal.

Hitting the road in less than 2 weeks for The Great Adventure of 2015, and I have only made 2 reservations, one of which is for the July 4 holiday out in Oregon. That's a "warning", Dan and George, to be prepared for HELP HELP HELP emails... (if that's still okay with you!) And poor George - I have his phone number!!!
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Michelle, glad to see you're heading out and hope you have a grand ol' time! I can certainly see the aggravation of having to make a reservation, but we have also been able (usually) to find a spot on demand. To be fair, we call ahead usually "day of" while on the way someplace. That's generally been when we are either traveling to somewhere or have decided to move. State parks/National parks are the worst for getting in no matter how far you try to book in advance. Right now while I'm still working we don't mind to pay more for a nice private park and don't typically move much. Anymore, the best vacation for us is to just be able to chill in a beautiful spot and go out when we feel like it!
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:19 PM   #7
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Yes, traveling on major holidays is a pain.

I started a month ago planning for a trip to see my dad in KY. He's 87, so time is precious. We had to plan around a three day holiday, though, because of work schedules and available vacation days. We did it a few years ago and did not have a problem booking at the campground local to where my dad lives. We showed up and got a small spot (had a aframe, so got put on the shortest site they had) and found out they had a pig roast going on along with music.

Well, in the past couple of years, with a slight improvement in the economy, LOTS more people buying campers, and word spreading about the pig roast, I found out they were booked up over two months ago for memorial day weekend. Bummer. So went looking elsewhere - A Samboree was being held at a local fairground and that pretty much filled two other private campgrounds and the local state park. Finally booked at a plain jane park about 30 miles away. Oh Well.

Plus, the to and from stopovers were limited. I wanted to pull in to a KOA for the Thursday night before, but their booking system was locked out unless you were booking for three consecutive nights. Double Bummer. PITA.

Well, I got the trip lined out, but lots of work went into it. The same can be said for our 4th of July trip to NC. The only way I got a campsite in one campground for the 1st through the 5th was to move sites halfway through.

All the more reason we are glad we bought our own 10 acre piece of mountainside a few years ago. We had the drive "improved", an area levelled out to park the camper and full hookups put in. We can come and go as we please without reservations or rules. And no noisy neighbors.
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As for campgrounds being booked full, the August Sturgis SD bike rally is the worst!

I looked to reserve a spot about a month and a half ago. Many were booked FULL and it isn't until August!! Besides that, only wanted to spend two or 3 nights and nearly all of them REQUIRE A WEEK MINIMUM at $1,000 to $1,400 for the full week regardless of how many days you stay. THAT SUCKS!!

Did find one campground in the way southern part could have stayed a day or two but it's way out of the way, about an hour and a half drive from Sturgis.

So, just going to pass by and go to Glacier and Cody Wy. We have made reservations to be sure to have a spot in a private campgrounds.

Traveling to and from will be truck stops and WalMart parking lots stays overnight as only need to stop and sleep with plans to spend most of the time at Glacier and Cody.
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Eagle, have you checked these out. Don't know if you're willing to dry camp.

Bear Butte State Park - Main (15)
605-347-5240

Bear Butte State Park - Horse Camp (4)
605-347-5240

BLM Alkali Creek TH (6)
No electric
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BLM Alkali Creek Horse Camp

There are several USFS campgrounds about maybe 30 miles away from Sturgis, as the crow flies.

ON EDIT: Just read the rest of your post and see you are willing to dry camp (Walmart, etc.)
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Thanks but when I checked earlier everything in the area was booked for the 1st week in August.

Anyway, with the reservation schedule we have set-up, given travel times, etc. have to stay with our current plan or have to re-do the whole trip...and I'm not ready to do that again.

A big thanks for suggesting the BLM land as hadn't looked into that aspect.
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