Harder today to find space in an RV park without a reservation?

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Our question is this: Is it harder for you today to obtain an RV park space without an advance reservation than it was 5 years ago?

There are a whole lot more RVers on the road than five years ago – at least a couple of million. Yet there are relatively few new sites in RV parks, making it more challenging for some RVers to get a spot in an RV park without advance reservations, often months, even a year ahead.

What about you? What has been your experience? Curious RVer minds want to know.


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Ted Denman
Ted Denman

We’ve only been extended RV’ing for 2 years. Our RV is only 30′ long, plus toad. Our “reservations” are usually made during lunch the day of need. Sometimes we would simply pop into the campground. NEVER on Friday nights! Especially during July and August. We’re retired and love shoulder season camping. Much less crowded. This summer, we’ve made a months’ worth of reservations in SC, VA, MA, and ME, because we going late June, and most of July. If you need campsites to accommodate 43-45′ long RV’s, you are probably too late to make these reservations. Length and power needs… Read more »

Leonard (Butch) Brooker
Leonard (Butch) Brooker

We full-timed for 10 years and almost never had a reservation. Not anymore. We go to south Texas every fall and back every spring and getting a reservation is a must now. And I try to make it a month ahead to be sure. We had a first and I hope last nasty incident this Spring. I called a month ahead and made a reservation and when we arrived no one was in attendance, a sign said get an envelope and find a spot, and it was completely filled with RV’s that had been there a long time and looked… Read more »

Einar Hansen
Einar Hansen

I remember about seven years ago friends of ours were taking there fifth wheel cross country for six months just to see the sites. They told me that they were able to call on there cell phone while on the way to most campgrounds in the morning and get a site for a night or two most of the time. And they really had no trouble. They kept track of the places that they stayed getting the name of the places and numbers just in case they were going to stay again on the return trip. Well just last summer… Read more »

JR Thornton
JR Thornton

We don’t stay in the most popular places. We go on roads less traveled and off major highways. If we feel the need to visit a popular spot we use our truck but then back to our RV for the evening. We have had very little problems finding places without advance reservations and we tend to stay several weeks. And that’s how we roll!

Locksmith
Locksmith

We don’t have a problem finding a place to stay. We wait until the Snow Birds leave.

Gene Bjerke
Gene Bjerke

We have basically given up on getting advance reservations. We basically fly by the seat of our pants, and so far have been lucky. Traveling in the “shoulder” season helps a lot.

LindaH
LindaH

What is the “shoulder” season. Been camping 40 years and never heard that term.

Vanessa Simmons
Vanessa Simmons

After the snowbirds have flown and before the families start summer break in the spring and before the snowbirds arrive and after the families are back in school.

Charles B
Charles B

Getting the spot we want has become much more difficult in recent years. We do not like making reservations because we have learned with experience we may not actually get to a place as originally expected. Changes in plans or mechanical problems are among the many reasons reservations may not work. Some RV parks may not refund a deposit even when they say they will. There are more and more RVers and fewer spaces. Many spaces are now taken by full-time residents who are retired and have found living in an RV to be an affordable way to live. In… Read more »

Tad Fogel
Tad Fogel

I voted in the “somewhat more difficult” category as I generally book as far in advance as I possibly can when planning a trip or vacation spot. Finding spots at the last minute tends to be more difficult.

Dawn Woock
Dawn Woock

We traveled from Iowa to Florida in April 2019 and didn’t have any problems finding a spot to camp for the night on our way down to Florida or on the way home, except in Florida. Luckily we had a reservation for 1 week in Ormond, Florida. One problem we did have was, finding a RV campground on the internet near wherever we were heading for the day. We always found one, just by seeing a billboard for one or it would be listed on the interstate exits signs. How can you find these campgrounds ahead of time if they… Read more »

Jeanne
Jeanne

Use the app “Allstays” on your smart phone

Chuck Dunn
Chuck Dunn

Need to pay for it if you use Android. Do have the app and it is good. Still like RV Wizard better

Dawn Woock
Dawn Woock

I did and most of the ones we found were not on that either.

Charles B
Charles B

We use RV Park Reviews dot com

Dee Sangrey
Dee Sangrey

My spouse and I have been camping somewhere in something for all of our married life – coming up in 36 years. We’ve run the gamut of RV styles but two years ago decided to launch ourselves into full timing it. That being said – size matters. In the days of tents, pickup campers, small bumper pulls, finding a site was relatively easy with the exception of holidays. However, we now roll around in a 40ft, four slide behemoth. You just can’t slip that in anywhere. Many, many campgrounds do not accommodate that size. So we always make our reservations… Read more »

Sharon B
Sharon B

Florida is really tough. Trying to find a campground is impossible. I think that there should be 10%-15% of sites held and left for the residents . I believe there are some campgrounds that do this in other states. It’s terrible that we pay a high price to live in the subtropics to be left in the cold where we can’t enjoy our own state.

Primo Rudy's Roadhouse
Primo Rudy's Roadhouse

I picked no change in the last 5 years, because I have always made a reservation.

Diane Mc
Diane Mc

I would answer not sure. Because of the issue raised here I’ve started booking in advance. In the past, except for Florida and a place in the summer in N Calif where we want a specific spot, I would wait until we were on the road for the day. Then depending on how far we wanted to drive would call and ask if we needed reservation. Our two main trips are CA to Fl for Daytona 500 (then to Keys for a month before the hurricanes) and CA to Indy500. We are actually leaving this morning, I’ booked every night… Read more »

JTorsrud
JTorsrud

My Wife and I try to look for new places to RV that are not huge Tourist Attractions or Tourist Traps. Mainly the areas that cater to Family and Kids. There are allot of Great Places to see in America that fits this bill. Still though, we will look to make reservations at RV Parks at least 3 and most times 6 months down the road. Sometimes a Year, to make sure we can get a space. In fact we just did that for Mobile, AL and the 2020 Mardi Gras Celebration! Mobile is the best place for Mardi Gras… Read more »

tom
tom

State parks are the secret. If your RV is 30 ft or less. Especially older parks in out of the way places. COE parks are required to keep ‘walk up’ sites.
Start looking at 3, not 6.

RW
RW

That doesn’t hold true for Oregon State Parks, very difficult even reserving 6 months in advance

steve
steve

Probably true but he said COE – not state parks

Eric
Eric

We prefer public parks, mostly state or federal. These seem to be much more difficult to get into, especially in our home state of Florida.

Sharon B
Sharon B

Florida has become impossible no matter what type of campground. I do also prefer State or Federal but they are usually booked solid especially during the winter. Then the summer arrives and then it is stiflingly too hot.

Jim
Jim

We use allstays.com, great tool, we stay at city and county parks, nice and cheaper than rv parks.