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Road Trip east coast in June - need to book RV parks ?

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Road Trip east coast in June - need to book RV parks ?

We did a road trip in a larger RV two years ago in California but had teenagers with us so did KOAs for the facilities. This time (not till 2015 but we want to start planning!) - we are just the two of us (we'll be 47/50) are doing the east coast in a C19 - 5 weeks from NY to Miami - Lousianna - Chicago ish and want to be more fluid with plans as we may stay longer in one place and i know from last time we didnt need to take on water /electricity etc each night - is is feasible to turn up at state Rv sites which i understand are far cheaper? We dont mind being in the less ''hot spot' places as we can drive where we want to see...or even if we can look at map and call a few days ahead - or am i dreaming? Also - last time we were surprised the RV companies didnt rent out 'Sat Navs' - is that still the case? I was happy map reading last time but we doing far more miles this time. Thank you so much guys

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1. Re: Road Trip east coast in June - need to book RV parks ?

Order up (on amazon) a current woodalls-good sam campground guide ... carracar

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Thank you for that ..tho new year resolution not to use Amazon anymore (not sure if same problems in US but here they in disgrace.!.) so shall find one elsewhere - thanks so much for the info

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3. Re: Road Trip east coast in June - need to book RV parks ?

Amazon is one of the most wonderful retail websites in the US! (No I don't work for them). The following will help you to locate RV parks and campgrounds. The book information is at the bottom:

http://www.rvparkreviews.com/index.html (all RV park reviews by RVers only – excellent)

http://www.rv-clubs.us/rv_campgrounds.html

http://www.rvparkhunter.com/page2.asp

http://www.koa.com

casinos- www.casinocamper.com/rv-parking-locations

goodsamclub.com/travel/campgroundsandrvparks/

woodalls.com/campground/…rv-campgrounds.aspx

++ Although the following have websites that are listed above, if you prefer a book, you may wish to look into purchasing the ‘2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory’. It’s a very useful reference book available through www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com , as well as www.amazon.uk.co . They are also available at any Camping World store and www.campingworld.com

AAA offers ‘Woodall’s Campground Directory’ that covers different sections of the USA, broken down by geographical areas. The smaller books are less bulky than one big guide. 2014 versions will be fine for 2015.

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As far as RV companies renting out SatNav, doubtful, but who knows in another year and a half?

>>is is feasible to turn up at state Rv sites which i understand are far cheaper?<<

That depends a lot upon the areas you visit. Some are extremely popular and will book up weeks or months ahead. Some are farther away from tourist areas so may be less busy.

They may be somewhat less expensive, but at least in the western states where we travel in our RV, they are not "far cheaper"!

Truck stops and casinos are usually free and many allow overnighting. Sometimes they make convenient places to stop along the way.

Edited: 11 January 2014, 23:51
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4. Re: Road Trip east coast in June - need to book RV parks ?

Never rent a gps from a rentalfirm. Buy one in the USA for app $ 100,-- at WalMart or others. Much cheaper.

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5. Re: Road Trip east coast in June - need to book RV parks ?

Thank you so much for all that info!

I shall have a good look at all you say - we dont want to stop in 'truck stops' etc that are not 'monitored/patrolled' as it were - rather have the safety of a proper park (we arent on too much of a budget but if the state parks were cheaper and good and available they might be an option for part of the time given how long we are travelling - this trip is already costing the price of a new car before we have paid a nights parking or a cup of tea!)

(PS - by way of explanation - of course Amazon are great cheap and reliable for customers - but in the UK they have been exposed as paying their staff very badly/treating them badly and arent great at paying taxes - google it- so we try not to use them..)

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If you are concerned about that also don't buy at WalMart imo.

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7. Re: Road Trip east coast in June - need to book RV parks ?

Hi,

I certainly appreciate your wanting to have flexibility when you travel--that's how I prefer to travel, too.

I suspect, though, that you may have difficulties traveling without reservations. Yes, many of the state parks are less well-known to those outside the state, but they can be quite well-known to those living within a couple hours' drive from them, and can be quite popular to locals looking to escape the city for a weekend or a few days. (Just about 60% of the US population lives east of the Mississippi River--in the area where you'll be--and that means more competition for a fixed number of spaces.)

Schools will have let out in late May and early June, so the summer travel season will just be getting started, and that will compound your problem.

You might be okay without reservations Monday night through Wednesday or Thursday nights, but I'd suggest having them for the weekends.

Zed

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8. Re: Road Trip east coast in June - need to book RV parks ?

Agree with Zed.

I remember looking up a nice State park in Florida for somebody. Granted it is on the water but they were fully booked 3 months out.

I cannot speak for RVing in the eastern part of the USA, but in the west, RVers are all over and in our RV experience it is perfectly safe staying in truck stops (actually many of them are patrolled or monitored) or in many cases, even parking overnight in rest stops in rural areas. But you will need to find your own comfort level :-)

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9. Re: Road Trip east coast in June - need to book RV parks ?

If you have just two persons, perhaps reconsider using an RV for a trip in the East. If you want to see any urban areas, an RV in the East is simply a pain. There also are many more reasonably priced hotels in the East (there are several threads in this forum on the topic).

Many state parks have cabins with kitchens, a possible alternative if your goal is to cook more meals. There also are budget suite hotels with kitchens.

As has been mentioned, state parks often are booked up months ahead of time for summer slots, especially on weekends. If you were travel after the Labor Day weekend, once schools have started again in the U.S., reservations should be more readily available. If traveling at this time, perhaps do northern areas first as this still is hurricane season (hurricanes can impact the north with heavy rains, but never with as high of winds and evacuations that occur in coastal areas).

If you still plan to stick with an RV, if you select the state parks that you're interested in for your itinerary, you actually can check their online reservation systems to learn how quickly available slots are booked. There may be cancellations, which you also could check. Note, however, that many reservation systems also allow you to pick lots, some of which may be prime compared to other lots.

Perhaps post on local forums for suggestions about RV campgrounds. Check out Bissell's Hideaway for Niagara Falls, especially if you would enjoy a really big outdoor pool -- one acre with two water slides.

Good planning!

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