Friday, December 9, 2022


Do you like to carefully plan your RV trips or just ‘wing it’?


Are you the type of RVer who plans your trips months, even a year or two ahead? Do you make reservations far ahead to be sure you have a place to stay?

Or are you more the “go where I want to go when I want to go” type, where you might have a general plan of where you want to go but have flexibility to change your mind whenever you want?

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Hardy Jackson
5 years ago

After 44 years being constraint with time, now that I am retired, I refuse to ware a watch. We travel based on the weather for the next 3 to 4 days. If is good, we stay, if not, move on.

Diane M
5 years ago

Needed a choice for combination. Travel to Florida from Calif every January for 2 months. In Florida, two main places we stay in Daytona & the Keys for extended time are booked before we check out of the current stay. Traveling out & back we just call ahead at a few places we know might fill up. Some of the parks that are full in Jan/Feb on return trip are empty like a ghost town.

5 years ago

I find half the enjoyment of the trip is the planning. I’ll surf the net, go over maps, and find Google Earth and great aids. I seldom make reservations unless I plan to be in a particular spot for several days, otherwise I’ll just move along if there’s no place to camp.

peggy coffey
5 years ago

I am a planner by nature my husband, not so much. When we camped with our kids I had 3 kids and 3 dogs to keep track of. Now that we’re retired, husband wants to wing it. I let him but keep a list of campgrounds on our route, so when he decides we’re stopping I call to make sure we can get in.

Rene Maloon
5 years ago

Since most of our trips are to see friends & family (boondocking at their place) we usually plan from year to year. We go to Mt. 2 or 3 times a year & boondock with family. This year we went to Salt Lake City & boon docked in the family’s driveway. Each year it’s a new adventure & we love our RV. It also serves as an extra guest room when my kids come to visit (our house is small). Love to stay at our many lakes close by (Lake Roosevelt is not too far) Long Lake is another spontaneous trip.

Tommy Molnar
5 years ago

We mostly ‘wing it’ but if traveling with another couple in THEIR rig, finding spots is much harder for two than one. So, we try to plan and make reservations when running with someone else. Just us? We wing it.

5 years ago

We used to wing it but after too many times when dark was happening and nothing likely was turning up we decided to have a few destinations in mind. In planning, I spot a a place in 300 mile increments. I at least want to know what might be in the area.

5 years ago

I guess I just like knowing I have a place to hang my hat, or park my rig for the night in a safe, secure campground. I wish I had the guts to just wing it.

5 years ago

If you are planning a trip to Michigan you need to call 6 months ahead for State Parks and for the Nationals. This also includes some private campgrounds. I know. I have to plan one year out if I want a site. Especially along Lake Michigan Shore Line.

Steven Scheinin
5 years ago
Reply to  Jillie

I circled lake Michigan last year, took a month. Only called a couple days in advance for my 40 ft. 5th wheel at each stop. No problems.

5 years ago

We are retired and have no schedule. We travel without an itinerary but i do research on a general route and try to make sure we do not miss things we may want to see. We have traveled as much as several hundred miles off our intended path in order to catch something that may be of interest We seldom make reservations in advance by more than a few hours. Changes in schedule are not a crises for us and we view it as God’s way of pointing us to something or someplace he wanted us to be. Occasionally we have to spend a night in a Walmart, truck stop, or something similar, but that is part of our adventure.

Matthew C
5 years ago

I was and still am a Navigator (even said that on my name tag). Some habits die hard. For an extended excursion, I will do a lot of planning. Mostly this is so we don’t pass by something that we might have liked to see.
The truth of the matter is that the best plan I have even laid out was junk by the end of the third day. It will still form the basis of a good outline, but there is just no way to know what you might stumble upon out on the road. Particularly true for the red roads.

5 years ago

Peter in NH
In three round trips to Alaska in the past six years we have only made one reservation and that was only for an overnight a day ahead. Have only once been turned away. Being retired means we can adjust as needed to avoid weekends in popular places and Canadian Holidays.

5 years ago

My response was wing it but it depends on the destination (and wife bugging me). Some areas require several months advance reservations. Also, my wife wants advance itinerary before leaving So the last trip was some advance planning with some “wing it”. Worked out well,

5 years ago

Yes, the polls often need more categories. I planned our recent Alaska trip for a year, but will probably head west from Colorado in a month and won’t do much planning until I know when we’ll leave.

John Koenig
5 years ago

There SHOULD be an option of “Both”. When I left the east coast back in March, I was heading to Tucson, AZ for two RV events. I made a beeline. After those two RV events, I hung around the Tucson area for about two weeks LOTS to see & do there) before moseying west to the next RV event I was going to attend in Crossville, TN. After that event, I lingered in TN before heading north for the Hamvention event in Dayton, OH. More moseying after that until it was time for an RV event in Goshen, IN. This event driven traveling and moseying is pretty typical for me the last few years. I don’t expect it to change in the near future.

5 years ago
Reply to  John Koenig

Just wondering what map you use since my map shows Crossville TN to be EAST of Tucson AZ!

5 years ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Ooops, good thing I had lots of time to mosey. 😉

5 years ago

I’m small enough to be comfortable and have all the comforts a traveler wants. I don’t make reservations anywhere I go as I hate being boxed in feet away from another RV’er. When I get away I am not in anybody’s way. Maybe once in awhile we get cg only for refreshen everything, i.e. dump,water,charge up devices, wash clothes etc. Then it’s back to the wide open places ,find a place and park it.

Sue Conant
5 years ago

With how difficult it can be to get into any RV park, we are forced to get reservations a head of time. Sometimes even a month or more is not enough and that isn’t even at the real popular spots.

5 years ago

I guess we’re learning to wing it. I thought we were in the long-range category which we’ve been planning for the last year for our trip to the Oregon coast from our home in Michigan. Wild fires have dominated the west forcing us to wing it. We also encountered a mechanical problem. Mike at Jolly Rogers in Cheyenne, Wyoming, is repairing that as I write this. Mike has been so gracious and kindly took us immediately in to fix the problem. So with winging it, we’ve been fortunate to meet wonderful folks and doors to new adventures.
Our prayers go to those fine folks in Oregon.

Steven Scheinin
5 years ago

Being retired, and full time, we are traveling around the Country for the next 5 years. We are in no hurry, and have no particular place to go (and all day to get there), We plan a week at a time. Our only reason for even doing that is that we have a 40ft. 5th wheel, and need to make sure the next RV park can accommodate us.

5 years ago

I used to be spontaneous, but the risks of not finding a place to stop for the night has caused me to make advanced reservations, even for overnight stops on the way to my next destination.