Friday, February 3, 2023


Is the increasing need to make camping reservations far ahead cramping your style?

Along with record-breaking RV sales, and the prospects of even bigger sales in 2022, has come increased competition for a campsite in an RV park or public campground.

One of the most popular weekly columns at is one that charts the trials and tribulations of finding an available spot for a night. Increasingly, reservations must be made months ahead, even a year ahead. To complicate matters, “bots” are now grabbing available spots and cancellations the minute they occur, complicating matters for RVers frantically trying to find a space.

And so our question for you is, “Is the increasing need to make camping reservations far ahead cramping your style?” In other words, is it more difficult for today to plan and/or your trips than say five years ago?

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Neal Davis
1 year ago

Yes, it is annoying to be unable to always go where we want when we want, but we adjust. We try to plan well in advance (2 or 3 months) trips to places we really want to visit, including making reservations early. Otherwise, we just look for open campsites within 4 or 5 hours of our home in every direction (unless weather dictates we look in an arc instead). We usually find something somewhere. If we don’t much like wherever we land, then it goes on a “let’s not return here” list. If we like it, then it goes on a “let’s do this again sometime” list. We also plan to downsize our rig. We were planning to do it anyway because we have more room than we need, but it will expand the set of campsites large enough, level enough to accommodate our rig.

1 year ago

We have seen some issues with campgrounds being full, but there is always something available. Helps us try new campgrounds. I am looking forward to schools being back in person and less people working from home as this will reduce pressure on CG’s before and after summer breaks. As noted in another comment, we avoid the holiday weekends. Overall finding sites has not been an issue, but we don’t camp at the vacation location campgrounds.

Seann Fox
1 year ago

I avoid commercial campgrounds the same way I avoid covid-19

1 year ago

Camping for us has not changed so far. That being said, we mostly camp during the shoulder seasons, and try to sit out holidays. We are normally at our Summer campground before the kids get out of school and don’t leave until Labor Day.

1 year ago
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