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Old 03-03-2013, 07:52 PM   #15
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Norm and Ginny,

Norm and Ginny, what I've read about your adventures really inspired me. I know from reading your exploits that going on a moment's notice where you want is really possible. Unfortunately (or not) I tend to overdue things when it comes to preparations, unlike Jim who is a practicing "minimalist"...except for the beautiful trailer!...

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Old 03-03-2013, 08:39 PM   #16
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Weird!

I see them....and they showed up in the thread I copied the image from:
We don't need no stinkin' plan!

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I can see it when I follow that link, but not here.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:10 PM   #17
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I'm still a working stiff and plan most of my vacation time a year in advance. The Oregon State Park system allows reservations nine months to the date of arrival. The cool part for 2013 is I have about 30 nights of camping planned and every night is now paid for! It really helps me when budgeting. For all of 2013, I now only need to budget fuel and food. Works for me! YMMV.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:22 PM   #18
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I'm still a working stiff and plan most of my vacation time a year in advance.
So do we and our 2013 is also planned...but someday??!!.....we'll be free...
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:24 AM   #19
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I'm still working so I plan the stops. On long trips I drive a day, stay a day, etc. So I plan my spontaneity(!) I can usually break the travel days into bite-sized chunks rather than a death-march marathon. And I try to pick my "stay a days" somewhere interesting.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:58 AM   #20
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It helps to arrive before Friday PM and stay the weekend. Unless the destination is really popular, you can generally get a drop in site on other days.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:15 AM   #21
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Definitely plan! Until hubby gets food poisoning .

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Old 03-04-2013, 09:31 AM   #22
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A great deal depends on the time of year I am traveling. For example last year in Nov/Dec I was on the road for six weeks with no reservations but I had a list of places I wanted to go and rough map and time line. That changed when weather requiring a route change or I found I actually liked a place more than I though I might and stayed longer or stayed a shorted time at a place I wasnt overly impressed with. In the summer months its a 50:50 thing in regards to reservations - normally only make them for the week-ends when I am going into a very popular National or State park or attending a trailer meet. Even on the Oregon Coast in the middle of summer you can normally find an opening mid week at most state parks.

I keep a list of camping spots on my roughed out route that people have recommended - and as I approach those areas I start to look at what my options might me. If its a state or national park I might look at the reservation system to see if they still have openings on their systems - if they do its a good bet they will still have first come first serve openings as well. If it looks like they have few spots left then I will make a reservation.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:36 AM   #23
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For planning, I keep a folder on my laptop and between trips drop links & text files of places others have suggested or I find while wandering the web. When it is time for a trip I go through the folder & try to put together a route that hits most of the places.

As to the route, I try to take the "Red" or "Blue" roads - I avoid interstates when ever possible. I rarely make reservations unless it is a holiday weekend or at a rally since I never know when I'll be where. I do sometimes call for a reservation during the day for a campground I expect to reach that afternoon. I've found that by planning to stop for the day by 2:00 or so reservations are rarely needed unless it is a holiday weekend. To get a non reservable site at popular national parks, you may have to arrive early in the morning.

The only time this didn't work out was during July at state campgrounds on the Oregon coast - most of them were full.

I do have the advantage of being retired, so I'm in no hurry to get to anywhere.
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I'm still a working stiff and plan most of my vacation time a year in advance. The Oregon State Park system allows reservations nine months to the date of arrival.
I've become a FiberglassRV Rally junkie, and plan vacation time around them. Most of the destination campgrounds for rallys have a similar policy in both Oregon and California, especially over a weekend. These I make reservations for.

For one night stands while in transit, say to The Oregon Gathering, I plan where to stop by breaking up traveling days into 450 mile (about 9 hours driving at 55 mph) or less pieces. Road Zombie-ism sets in at that limit. However I don't make reservations for these stops because with only a 16' trailer we've never been turned away for a single night stay.
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For one night stands while in transit,
that may fail under to much info Frederick!!
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Frederick Fail? I don't think so!
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I also have to show up for work more days of the year than not, so to make the most of a 2 week trip, I do a lot of advance planning, make reservations, talk to photographers from the area for recommendations, etc. But, I'm also a map nerd and part of the fun of vacation is spending hours with maps in the couple of months ahead of time to decide on routes, locations, and so on.

Now, about making this all stress free? That's entirely a state of mind that I don't think has a lot to do with planning or not planning. In my world, vacation is a nice luxury to have, and I'm really fortunate to have this awesome little trailer, and everything on top of that is gravy.

My SO, on the other hand, comes from a family of worriers, so I have to do a lot of reminding him on trips that everything is going to be fine. "In america we can stop and turn around if we make a wrong turn!" It was AWESOME traveling with both him and his parents on the 3 week road trip last fall - all three of them were convinced that some kind of catastrophe might befall us at any moment. Exhausting. We took two cars on the trip so I made them all ride together so I could have peaceful drive time towing the trailer.
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Frederick Fail? I don't think so!
Your so right Roy he wouldn't should have been fall! My bad for attempting to type on a small screen with no glasses and walking the dog!! LOL
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