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Camping Reservations - Is the Fix in?
BackofBeyond posted a topic in Campgrounds & ParksMorning All: As background: We have been "camping" in and around the US for nigh on 40 years. With the vast majority being tent/vehicle camping, usually in un-developed sites- chasing whitewater flows. The last decade involved a stealthy class B van set-up, designed for a simple, yet comfortable camping experience- that required little if any trip planning. Perhaps the longest on the road experience was to Alaska, in and around the state, and to and from, a goodly amount of travel. Even that trip commanded but a few hard "must plan" days - a wedding, a river trip, and the day we needed to be home. Other than those events, it was free form - stop when we felt like it, find a place to stay on the way. It works well for us. Well, except for trying to stay on the beach areas of Florida, in the winter months. Seems that involves a full year ahead commitment - other than cancellations - another story all together. But I usually find something. Now, with the Oliver, and on the cusp of retirement and thus - more free time- I thought I would plan a 2 month spring/summer trip. And to my query - is the system fixed - or stacked against us. I had the crazy idea of visiting Yosemite in May/June of this year. I had done all the homework, was ready, was on the site, was ready to hit the button at precisely the moment the sites became available - 7am Pacific time - and with in seconds- ten to be exact - all the sites were taken - Huh??? My selections timed out within 5 secs of the 9am opening (my time), and within 15 seconds, every other selection, was taken. Well - according to the electronic selection system. Perhaps - no - for certain - I'll have to do more research if I want to obtain a certified reservation, until then - its first come first taken. My old stand -by. What if any experience do you Oliver owners have with these centralized - demand driven reservation systems. I'd love to know the tricks - if any - …. I'm comfortable doing my normal - little planning - itinerary, but I'll admit - I'm a little miffed at the Yosemite experience. Oh, well. Have a great day. RB