Do you usually make campground reservations or just take it day by day?


Do you make campground reservations before heading off to a new location, or do you just head off and worry about getting a site once you’re there? Please feel free to leave a comment.

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Raymond Davis

Each winter we go to FL from NJ in Motor home and stay at Pilot/Flying and then stay at FloridaStateParks only for 2weeks at each for 4.5 months then return home. Reservations a must for me but very nerve racking through RezerveAmerica.I hate that part but needed as RVing is becoming more popular and site availability harder. With a 32ft Motor home and SUV toad, I do not want to hear “SORRY NO AVAILABILTY” and then have to hit the road again !


If you wing it in Michigan? You might not get a spot you want. I just made our campground rsvp for out west just now. One we can’t get until May 1. Fingers crossed. Otherwise in Michigan? Make a rsvp or else you get nothing.

Steven Scheinin

Nothing is black or white. We are full timing for the next five years. We do not make reservations, because we do not know what direction we will be traveling until a day or so before we depart. We try to follow the 40/80 rule, don’t stay where it is below 40 degrees or above 80 degrees. We are also guided by fires, floods and hurricanes. But what we do do (?) is a day or so ahead we call just to make sure they can accommodate a 40 ft. fifth wheel


We are on day six of our fourth drive from Ohio to Alaska (and back). We rarely make reservations. With the use of apps and sites, we have had success in finding nice little cheap or free city park campgrounds. Most are without services, but every now and then we’ll find an electric hookup.


I make reservations only when I am going to a popular area that I know If I don’t I may end up a long ways from where I want to be. Montana in the summer is a good example, National Parks, etc.


We have just recently started to travel without reservations, but so far the trips have been close to home and during the “off season” for the parks. We also bought a Senior Off Season Pass, which makes it even more worth the risk!

Peggy Coffey

We are fulltimers and tend to stay a month in the campgrounds so we make reservations. We have our reservations made up to May of next year. It’s just one less thing to worry about.

Kelly R

We have never made a reservation, either camping or moteling.
How do I know where I will be when I get tired? Have never had a problem finding a campground in the area we were in. Our travels are from Florida thru the south and up and thru the mid-west. Average 5,000 miles a summer. Have never thought about stopping at a Walmart until I started reading RVTravel. We are so new to cell phones (dumb cell phones) that we don’t even think about making a call when on the road. Been doing this for 49 years now. I guess we live in the dark ages and get along just fine. Travel, scenery, and small towns.

john stahl

I always make reservations way in advance for every RV stop with our motorhome

Mike M.

We generally wait until on the road in the morning, the co. Pilot looks for sites 250 to 300 miles away as we roll, never had a problem, put on 2000 to 3000 most summers.

Linda & David

Like George C., we have a 45-ft bus (vintage 1995 that we remodeled inside) so we don’t fit just anywhere. On the flip side, we are self-contained and can be comfortable while ‘pavement camping.’ We are about to leave on our first extended trip and have made reservations for the next month. We are heading to TN, VA, and WV before making our way back to south GA. Since this is prime leaf-peeping season, we wanted to be assured of a spot. So far we just have one night where we will stay at a Walmart.


The poll again fails to have enough options. We usually make reservations rolling down the road the day we need the campsite. If I click that I usually make reservations, I am counted with those who make reservations months ahead and the poll gives a distorted picture.

George C

We are bipolar. I always make reservations well in advance for holidays, and fill in our travel plan roughly a month in advance. At 45’, we fit in a lot of places but not all, so reservations are a good approach, preferably online (I can do things on my schedule and not have to play telephone tag).

On the other end of the spectrum, we often stay at Elks Lodges when possible and most of those don’t take reservations. But even that is changing, so we’ll be making more reservations in the future.

Like a lot of folks, we don’t do one nighters if making a multi-day run, just use Rest Areas, Pilot/Js, or other “Days End” stops.

Tommy Molnar

I guess it depends on what part of the country you travel in. Being almost exclusively boondockers (unless going to visit someone where there is no parking and we need to find an actual RV park), we have little problem finding places to camp. We steer clear of CA.

Danny Wells

We make reservations for extended stays in peak seasons. When we’re on the road about mid- afternoon we start calling ahead trying to find a space for the night, it usually works out but not always. If we don’t find a vacancy we’ve always found a friendly Wal-Mart or somewhere to stop.

Renee from Idaho

The accuracy of this question depends on the time of year you travel and location. We always travel in the Fall after school is back in session and have never had to make a reservation, but some campgrounds that are more popular than others even at that time of year can be hard to get into without a strategy, but not necessarily a reservation. What I mean by that is for popular first come first served CGs, be there at the optimal time aloing with talking to the hosts in advance as to what sites are vacating. We’ve even stayed the previous nite at a close by RV park, driving over to the FCFS CG with only our TV, reserving a site, then going back to get our camper.


This was a really tough question. We are currently travelling from CA to FL. We have not made any reservations. If we feel the need to stop we MIGHT call ahead and see if we can get a site for the night. Most of the time we just stay at a Flying J. We have made a reservation for the winter in FL. When we leave FL we will be travelling to New England without reservations We have made several reservations in NH and ME for next summer.


We hardly ever make reservations unless we plan on being somewhere over a holiday. We haven’t been on the road full time that long, tho, only since August 20, but haven’t had any problem getting a space anywhere from California to Alabama and back. We stay at military bases quite often but find local spots good too. If we like a place sometimes we’ll reserve the spot to stay longer.

Anthony Vinson

I make reservations for my destinations and bases for my smaller radius trips. I like to know that the end of my drive is reserved. When we’re on th road, it’s dry camping, all the way.

Dr4Film ----- Richard

We only make a reservation if it happens to be a location where LOT”S of people like to go to in prime season like the FL Key’s or Disney World. When traveling from one destination to the other we rarely stay at any campground or RV park. Why pay all of that money to only stay 12 hours? To each their own, different strokes for different folk’s. I own a self-contained RV coach so I don’t need all of the amenities & conveniences to stay alive like some people require.