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Feb 09

RVing in Florida in Winter

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Baroo!  Hello, my furry and non-furry followers. Lindsey here with my Bark Report.  I’m here to bark at you about RVing in Florida in the Winter.  Mom’s computer machine quit, so my puppy paws had to hold back on my topic.  Since we’ve been RVing for the past 53 dog years (that’s seven plus human years), I thought this would be a good topic, especially since we spend most of our time in Florida.

Tip #1:  Dude, check out the RV shows.  Deals to be had!  Mom collected them at the Tampa RV Supershow like they were giving away money.  Many exclude the busy months of January, February and March but lots don’t.  They just want to get you to stay at their park.  But you have to be flexible.  Be an RVer.  My motto, if you don’t want to move, get a dog house!

Tip #2:  Long term rates are the best IF you can find them.  Once someone comes, they book year after year as fast as they can.  And the parks like that so they give them preferential treatment for doing that.   It’s like Network Marketing.  They tell their friends, who tell their friends, who tell their friends.  Seems that’s the one way to get a long term spot. So make a friend. BOL!

Tip #3: RV Parks always have something called Transient sites.  That’s not “homeless” transient but short term sites.  What that means is if you are flexible you can find a week or two. Move and move often. The park we are in right now just happened to have a cancelation AND had a week or two-week internet special. 

Tip #4:  Join a club like FMCA, Escapees, Passport America, Thousand Trails, Good Sam.  Can you say Discounts?  Most will do at least 10% off and may have some restrictions on how long or when you can stay. We use Passport America, so we get 50% off stays.  That spells more bones for me!!!

Tip #5: State, County and City parks.  If you are over 65, they give you 50% off.  They have to keep some transient sites open for up to 14 days.   Too bad they don’t count dog years.  I would surely qualify for that discount. 

Tip #6:  Check out northern Florida.  Their busy season is in the summer.  You can find some excellent off-season rates and less traffic.    Even close to or on the beach.  Yea yea I know.  You’re telling me it’s too cold.  Compared to what?  Where you live?  At least, you won’t be shoveling snow if you get my drift.  (Get it? Snow? drift?.  Sometimes I just crack me up!)

Tip #7:  Fill ‘er up before you cross the state line.  Gas is cheaper in neighboring states.  Dad says they have lower taxes.  There’s a site online you can check out gas prices.  It’s called gasbuddy.com. 

Tip #8:  Ever think about Workamping? You ask, what is workamping?  You exchange hours worked for a campsite.  If you want to be in Florida in the winter, think about it. You can save a ton of money doing a seasonal job for a campsite.  Some even pay for extra hours worked.  Volunteer as a camp host at an Army Corp of Engineer or State Park.  Most offer a site for minimum hours worked.

Tip #9:  Look for smaller, family owned campgrounds that are farther inland.  Mom says the price goes up per mile the closer you get to the beach.  

So, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.  Did I miss anything? Questions? If so, Bark at me below, and I’ll get back to you.  Time for my puppy “snap”.(Short nap)

Lindsey out.

 

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2 comments

  1. Sally Gardner

    We have resevations at a number of Florida state parks in December on our way to Orland for Christmas with our Granddaughter. The only thing I saw for over 65 is if you are a Florida resident. I also have a handicap placard but it also states must be a Florida resident. Should we ask anyway?

    1. Howard

      Sure!

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