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Posted: 01/08/18 10:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Is it me or is booking campsites getting harder and harder? I have spent the last couple weeks trying to book a week in July at Ludington SP in Michigan and it was darn near impossible. There were about 15 sites available from July 8-14 this morning and within seconds they were gone. I was lucky enough to snag one of them just a few seconds after the six month reservation window opened. I also experienced the same difficulty booking Grand Haven for the 4th but a site did open and I was a able to book.

Last year I had to book 15 days at Platte River so I could get the week I wanted. I then went back and cancelled the days I did not want.

Have you all experienced the same frustration when booking sites?
I was speaking to my 75 year old parents who have camped all their life and they are very frustrated with trying to book sites. In fact so frustrated they sold their fifth wheel.

I heard the millennial's are buying campers left and right. Not sure if this is true.


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It is getting harder, especially to get the better sites. We have to reserve 9 mos in advance and even then, we have to "cheat" the system to get the best.


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Yes, it's gotten harder. In Fl. we have settled for parks inland and northern because they are a little less in demand.


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Could it be that RV's are selling well? Lots more people buying RV's. We sold 60 units at a recent 4 day show. Few if any new RV parks being built.


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Some of it is the way the sites work. Michigan for example locks out sites as people browse. I forget the delay, 15 minutes maybe?

So if you have someone on the site just browsing one waterfront site after another, they'll all show as reserved to others.

Use that as a weapon next year, get on a little early and start "browsing" and maybe you'll have a chance to lock someone else out.


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Go where other people don't.

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Constructive feedback: consider Michigan's other coast. It's just as beautiful on Lake Huron and much less crowded. Waterfront full hookup for Independence day, no, but almost any park you enter will have plenty of sites open. The water is still there, just a sixty second walk now.

Consider Tawas Point or Harrisville State Parks.

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As previously stated we like to arrive on Sunday afternoon and leave on Friday morning. Makes it much easier to reserve or find a site.


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ppine me to I hate crowds thats not camping too me.

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We make reservations when we leave for next year in June for our family fishing trip to McGee Creek rv park on the Eastern Sierra's. Last year we had to make them the middle of the week we were there. The rest of the time we hit it while school is in.

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