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Camping Nightmare! America’s Campgrounds are “Sold Out Already” According to Famous RV YouTuber

Camping Nightmare! America’s Campgrounds are “Sold Out Already” According to Famous RV YouTuber

Camping Nightmare! America’s Campgrounds are “Sold Out Already” According to Famous RV YouTuber

A few seconds into John & Mercedes Condon’s latest YouTube video, this famous RV couple states the cold, hard truth. Known as the RV Odd Couple, the Condons are known for telling it like it is.

In the recent video, Mercedes starts by saying, “I bet you can’t wait to go camping this year.”

John’s direct realization follows, “Good luck, guys! ‘Cause America’s pretty much sold out already.”

Is this true? Are most of the campgrounds in America sold out?

Well, while we know there’s still availability (in Kansas, maybe), the tourist hot spots are booking quicker than ever this year.

We’ve got a few tips to solve this problem. The RV Odd Couple does, too! Watch the video below for John & Mercedes tips and continue reading for ours.

Between the two of us, you’ll be in a much better spot for booking those popular campsites.

Visit one of the many Lesser-Known National Parks

The USA has 63 designated national parks. I can almost guarantee you haven’t heard of half of them.

And, that’s a good thing!

That means these National Parks won’t be swamped with tourists.

Sure, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, the Grand Canyon, the Smokies, and Acadia are probably already booked-out for this year. But have you heard of Isle Royale, Congaree, Voyageurs, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, or Mesa Verda?

If you visit one of these five lesser-known National Parks, you’ll have a much better chance of finding an available campsite.

Book Your Campsite During the Shoulder Season

If you really want to visit a popular camping spot, do it during the shoulder season.

What is a Shoulder Season?

A shoulder-season positioned is on either side of the most popular time to visit a destination. For instance, if the Yellowstone is busiest from May-August, the shoulder season would be April and September.

The weather is still good, and the crowds are much less.

You’ll have more luck booking a campsite during the shoulder-season!

Risk it at an FCFS Campground

Are you the gambling type? If so, an FCFS (first come, first served) might be the best solution for you.

Almost every National Park has a designated FCFS campground. This means it doesn’t accept reservations at all.

If you learn the cadence of tourists, you can make FCFS campgrounds work for you. Most likely, you’ll have to arrive on a Sunday morning when most campers are leaving.

If you wait until mid-day on Sunday, other campers may already snag the site.

Boondocking, Baby!

Does this entire article give you a headache? If so, be like us and say screw it!

We love boondocking because we don’t need reservations. And, virtually every National Park has boondocking sites available within 10 miles.

You’ll need to equip your RV with a few off-grid accessories. But, the payoff is total freedom.

Pro Tip: Here’s the best boondocking spots near the most popular National Parks.

Discover the Best Free Camping Across the USA

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Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Isle Royale is beautiful!! But it is in the middle of Lake Superior. Plan to hike, not R.V. No roads there!

Ray Brown

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

We just got a reservation for Fiesta Key in April, on of the two hardest Encore/Thousand Trails campgrounds. On the road since January before the Tampa Show and we're not seeing the inability to get reservations. We are planned out through Otcober 12.

Bob Smith

Monday 1st of March 2021

Wow. a instead of e? (or e instead of a?) HUGE deal - not.


Saturday 20th of February 2021

If following you tube to find camping, us campers may have hope after all.

Nancy Cronin.

Friday 19th of February 2021

Boondocking is the way to go however please make sure you abide by fire rules. In the SW US fire danger is real. Campfires which are popular when camping are often forbidden during the summer season as are charcoal fires and smoking cigarettes. I have picked up a propane fire pit which are mostly allowed (make sure you check the National Park Service for warnings, closures and road conditions and always have a plan B. Enjoy the BLM and NP disperse camping.

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