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Old 07-30-2017, 06:54 PM   #15
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Not everybody has the luxury of planning a year in advance with work and school schedules though. So the working folks have to stay home b/c they can't get a site? It's our taxes supporting the system. And when I experienced storms and had to stop mid day for the night so would have missed any Ressies I had and forfeited my money so Ressies can me useless and costly when you don't make your scheduled arrival. Believe me Cracker Barrels and Walmarts are better than nowhere to sleep b/c of weather messing up your plans. So I am thankful for them as an option.
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Old 07-30-2017, 07:24 PM   #16
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I really wish you would avoid the use of "Ressies." I have never heard that before and neither the Urban Dictionary nor Google were any help in decriphering the meaning. I did not read this thread initially because I figured that a "Ressie," whatever it is, was nothing that interested me. But I am always interested about making reservations, since most of my "camping" is in high demand areas, and/or time critical. Colloquialisms usually do not translate well.
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Old 07-30-2017, 07:30 PM   #17
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In any case, wouldn't it be "rezzies"?
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Old 07-30-2017, 07:41 PM   #18
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I've liked reservations and I've hated them. I like them when I've the time to plan way ahead and grab a primo spot that I could never hope to get as a first come first served. And, I hate them when I'm the walk in. They are fast becoming the norm now though, so we are planning accordingly. More dispersed camping, more boondocking, and being more creative in our camping choices. And, unfortunately, fewer spur of the moment trips.
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Old 07-30-2017, 08:10 PM   #19
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Lol, Sorry Gordon. Actually I never heard of the term either until on this and other camping sites so I figured it must be a common term amongst RVers that I was unfamiliar with.

Glen, seen it spelled both ways so just tried to go with what I've seen the most common but ya, to me it would be z's too.
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Old 07-30-2017, 08:21 PM   #20
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Not everybody has the luxury of planning a year in advance with work and school schedules though. So the working folks have to stay home b/c they can't get a site? It's our taxes supporting the system. And when I experienced storms and had to stop mid day for the night so would have missed any Ressies I had and forfeited my money so Ressies can me useless and costly when you don't make your scheduled arrival. Believe me Cracker Barrels and Walmarts are better than nowhere to sleep b/c of weather messing up your plans. So I am thankful for them as an option.
1) Why do working folks have to stay home ?
2) I paid taxes when I worked and I pay taxes now that I am retired.
( Property , State , Federal Etc.)

I worked 3 jobs for 30 years ( 1 full time and 2 partime)
I had 1 weekend off per month and 2 to 3 weeks vacation a year.
I had to have my vacation schedule for the year turned in by Jan 31 of that year . I was not denied access to anything I just had to take the time to plan ahead.
I have already reserved a spot for our 2018 Canadian fishing trip
I have made reservations for 2018 deer and elk hunting
I have reserved a campsite for our 2018 fall family camping trip.
All it takes is a calendar and a little effort.
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Old 07-30-2017, 09:18 PM   #21
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I think most national forest CGs are first-come, and I tend to take advantage of that. If I travel to the MN North Shore again some time (and I hope to do so), I will stay at Eckbeck or one of the other nf cgs. But then, I don't figure on a need for hookups... some folks gotta have 'em.
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Old 07-30-2017, 10:06 PM   #22
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Work has its advantages and disadvantages. When I was working, I was frequently called back from vacation for this emergency or that. And I couldn't take more than a one week vacation at one time. So planning trips was a problem. And going very far was tough too. On the other hand, I had nice disposable income. And I had good medical benefits.

Now I am retired. No paycheck, $1100/month for medical insurance, etc., etc. But I can plan stuff way ahead. And I can take a month long trip (if I can afford it).

Its just how it goes. Parks, state and federal, are not keeping up with growing demand. Entrance fees and camping fees do not cover all their costs either.

When I was working for a living, forest service campgrounds were a favorite choice.


Also part of it is knowledge. Whether working or retired, knowing the system, where reservations are required, when you can make them and more is just as important or more important than free time. There are plenty of working people that are great planners, take great trips, and are really prepared. I was never one of them.....
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I really wish you would avoid the use of "Ressies." I have never heard that before and neither the Urban Dictionary nor Google were any help in decriphering the meaning. I did not read this thread initially because I figured that a "Ressie," whatever it is, was nothing that interested me. But I am always interested about making reservations, since most of my "camping" is in high demand areas, and/or time critical. Colloquialisms usually do not translate well.
I too was very confused, having never heard the term, so I changed the thread title so others might understand the content of the thread.
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:29 AM   #24
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Thanks Jim!!! That's ONE word this ole suthun boy will never be using. Sounds so "sissy"! (that's the best I can do at staying 'politically correct')

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I too was very confused, having never heard the term, so I changed the thread title so others might understand the content of the thread.
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Old 07-31-2017, 08:07 AM   #25
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I have a love/hate with reservations. I love the ability to get a site and not have to worry on the way to. But, I have a lot of reservations with reservations.

Reserve America, which is used by many places I feel can be improved in a number of ways. First off, $9 or so per reservation? For being computer generated is a bit heavy. With huge cancel fees. And then, no shows at the campground go unfilled as a result. I know if it was cheap and easy to book and cancel all the time, many would take advantage. But it would be great that at least resell the open sites at the last minute for the spur of moment, lets get out people? This is just one of my rants about reservations.

I think Reserve America is a joke. It's time for a competitor who thinks like campers.
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I see both sides, having a reservation is peace of mind knowing you have a spot when you get to your destination, I remember going on a trip without a hotel reservation and couldn't find a room driving from hotel to hotel...

But, I am also very spontaneous, especially with last minute trips including camping as I am self employed running a small business and can't always "plan" a trip as I don't know when my business will allow me to take a day off here or there. So many times when we find ourselves caught up on Thursday and nothing on the schedule for Friday we quickly pack up and leave on a Thursday afternoon or early on Friday.

So forced reservation do present a problem for many campers as I am sure we are not alone. And as I have learned with Atlanta traffic, sometimes interstates can be shut down for hours causing a significant delay that could result in a wasted reservation...for that reason I try not to plan a trip even last minute by using any interstates around Atlanta if I can avoid it.

But, again, being spontaneous campers and self employed is why I decided to set our Boler up for boon docking so if we do decide to take a last minute trip we don't have to have hookups. Our rig includes (2) 6 volt batteries, all led lighting, propane tankless water heater, 16 gallon on board water and 12vdc Seaflo water pump...but that does mean we don't have a/c or refrigeration so we use a traditional cooler and are planning on adding solar to top off the batteries and a generator for a/c. In Georgia there is plenty of US National Forest, so we have plenty of places to boon dock for free, and not just in Georgia, you can boon dock for free in any US National Forests unless it is specifically posted otherwise or a designated pay campground which are usually less than $20/night.

We just came back from a trip to Sopchoppy Florida and stayed in one of their state parks with no reservation, Ochlockonee River State Park we were only 1 of 3 campers there the whole weekend, but when I called ahead to see if we could come as a walk in the ranger forgot to tell us there was a gate with a code so when we pulled in at 12 midnight we were forced to find a Walmart for the night...we won't make that mistake again as "GATE CODE?" is now at the top of our checklist...

I have learned that while there is an abundance of reservation only campgrounds with little to no walk up available sites, I have found the internet to be very useful in finding sites that do not require reservations, particularly with the U.S. Forestry Service campgrounds...
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Old 07-31-2017, 09:10 AM   #27
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I actually LOVE the reservation system. Perhaps it's because we are in Colorado where it seems impossible to get a weekend campsite without a reservation, or the fact that I really do love to plan. I have already begun making reservations for our vacation 2018. Some places are already allowing that, some won't for a few months, but I have a spreadsheet with the dates I need to make those reservation taped above my computer and entered into my google calendar.

Our kids summer schedules don't change to much, and we know that they both have an "off" week with sports the same week every year (how we got so lucky that it is the SAME week for both of them I'll never know but it makes me so happy!!) and while summer is a busy work time for my husband, his employer is one who truly believes in vacation time creating better employees, so encourages vacations to be taken.

All that being said, I will often make reservations and take the change fee or cancellation fee hit if I have to. Because I'd rather know that we have a spot then not need it, then want to go and not be able to. I think I've only ever cancelled three in the past 10 years, though, and I usually try to do it as early as I know so it can be released back into the system.
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Did you check on the National Forest campgrounds in Minnesota? I know the ones in Colorado have sites that are not reserve-able and are first come first serve. For the weekends they go fast and are usually occupied on Thursday for the rest of weekend. Many of the reserve-able sites are available during the week but not on weekends.
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