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Old 12-17-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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Living in motorhome for a couple years

Ok we can't take the winters in iowa anymore as soon as school is out we are moving to florida with 2 young kids to live in the motorhome for a year or so maybe longer if we like it we just want do something outside the box any advice would be great thanks
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Old 12-17-2013, 08:49 PM   #3
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Yeah can't wait the stick is in the yard as soon as it sales and school is out we're out of here we I'm tired of mowing lawns and shoveling
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Your going to love it. Being young and full time I get lots of comments, like "are you transporting that for a dealer" and such, but all and all the older folks are great. One thing i never worry about is if anything is going to happen to my coach when I go out. they watch it like a hawk for me :-)

A year from now you'll most likely never go back to a real stick house ;-) Get a coach you will be happy with after the first year. Picture yourself living in it for ever and if you get that warm home feeling it is the one!.
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It's going to be nice to get rid of all this extra stuff that we never use and live a simple life
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:04 PM   #6
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Anybody in the clearwater florida area living fulltime that where my job takes me any parks u like thanks
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Rvnerd1971, if 1971 is your birth year we are the same age, just noticed that.
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Yep 42 and trying to be a snowbird early lol
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:20 PM   #9
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life is to short enjoy tour life and your family good luck on
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:20 AM   #10
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Anybody in the clearwater florida area living fulltime that where my job takes me any parks u like thanks
I'm not familiar with parks in that area but this may help:

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One big prob with FL destination...us OLD people. We are everywhere and always in the way.
Try another state, you may like it.
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Not sure if Fla has any regulations on length of stay but most places in Michigan and Ohio limit you two two weeks. Which moving every couple weeks I think would get old fast. How do you full timers do it? Buy or lease lots?
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If you will be in sunny Florida in the summer, make sure your A/C is working.

Seriously I admire your courage to get out of the rotten weather while young. We retired early (52 and 53) and where stuck in central NY due to jobs that could not transfer away to somewhere warm or just quit because the pay and benefits weren't bad. Now we 50/50 NY and Florida for the best of both worlds.

We find that many people here in Florida live in their RV. Unlike the frozen north there isn't much danger of your waterlines freezing. You also can go outside much more if the camper starts feeling cramped. The sun does take it's toll on things so covers for your tires and things like that will be a good idea.
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Having lived in the Tampa/Clearwater area for a year, I can offer you some tips we learned the hard way.

1) Make sure your A/C's work, as we used ours 24/7 every day we lived there...the humidity level is that high.

2) Make SURE your coach is water tight, as "localized rain" (sometimes pouring, but only on a single block) is typical.

3) Mosquitos are really bad and "no see ums" are worse, so make sure all your screens are in good repair.

4) The Tampa area is the lightening capital of the world. Power loss and lightening strikes were a daily occurance (we gave up resetting clocks). You have a tremendous advantage in an RV with back-up battery power, but having a top line surge protector is a MUST. At our house we fried three TVs, stereo equipment and a pool pump ~ all at different times (and we were being careful!).

5) You mentioned young kids. Ours were in grade school when we moved there and the school system was way behind ours (the vice principle used "ain't" repeatedly as she lead us around). We ended up having to bite the bullet and put our kids into private school.

6) Kissing Bugs in June/July. Driving on the interstate you'll run into clouds of these bugs. When they smack into your paint, their fluids are an acid that will literally eat your paint away, and foul the best windshield washer/wiper system. Wax all forward facing surfaces before setting out and by all means hose/wash off as soon as you can when you get there!

Enough with the negatives! Things you'll love:

1) The beach at Clearwater has the best white granular sand you'll ever see.
2) Going to Santibell island during certain times and walking the beach will enable you to collect shopping bags of the most amazing shells you'll ever see.
3) Driving over the various causeways, just above the water, for miles on the way to the airport and other areas.

Have fun and enjoy!

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