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Old 03-14-2019, 10:16 AM   #1
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Suggestions for first time RV trip (FL/GA/SC)

Hi all,


We are looking to rent a small Class C (22ft) from El Monte or Cruise America) this summer, probably mid to late July, as our first experience RVing. The trip will be a short 4-day weekend (Fri - Mon) most likely, although that is not yet set in stone.


We'll be picking the RV up in Orlando. We are currently trying to decide on where we should go. With such a short time frame, and having to return before 12p on Monday, I am thinking this realistically leaves us with a limited area to explore.


Ideally we'd like one camp site to be a relatively easy-to-navigate camp ground and two sites to be more boondocking in nature, on BLM land. So far I've found a few different sites that allow us to search for approved BLM land were boondocking is allowed, but I'm lost at trying to determine:
1. What will be the most 'newbie' friendly in terms of driving there? (e.g. minimal mountain driving at first)
2. What will be most 'newbie' friendly in terms of an area least likely to get stuck in?
3. What are some campgrounds to avoid for whatever reason?


Does anybody have suggestions on where we should look into exploring?


Thanks,
Jon
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:52 AM   #2
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If you are picking up an rv on Friday in Orlando and have to be back by noon on Monday that really means you have Saturday and Sunday. On Friday by the time you get the Rv , go through the orientation and get it provisioned you won’t have much time.
What do you like to do? Is the purpose of the trip to find out if you like driving the rv or to have fun camping? .If it were me I would stay in Florida. It is flat and easy driving. Within a 100 mile radius of Orlando you can go to the Kennedy space center, which takes 2 days to see. You could go to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the US. Do an air boat ride at midway. Etc.
If you want a longer say 250 mile one way drive you can do the Florida Keys. Key Largo (John pennekamp State Park) has great snorkel trips. There is also Everglades National Park or Key Bisquaine.
What do you want to get out of the trip?
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:05 AM   #3
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If you are picking up an rv on Friday in Orlando and have to be back by noon on Monday that really means you have Saturday and Sunday. On Friday by the time you get the Rv , go through the orientation and get it provisioned you wonít have much time.
What do you like to do? Is the purpose of the trip to find out if you like driving the rv or to have fun camping? .If it were me I would stay in Florida. It is flat and easy driving. Within a 100 mile radius of Orlando you can go to the Kennedy space center, which takes 2 days to see. You could go to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the US. Do an air boat ride at midway. Etc.
If you want a longer say 250 mile one way drive you can do the Florida Keys. Key Largo (John pennekamp State Park) has great snorkel trips. There is also Everglades National Park or Key Bisquaine.
What do you want to get out of the trip?

Hi Dsallach,


True, I hadn't considered the length of time to go through orientation on Friday. The primary purpose of the trip is to make sure we are comfortable driving and living/sleeping out of an RV, both in a campground and boondocking. It will be 3 of us (myself, the misses, and our 8 year old).



Activities wise, we do enjoy fishing, swimming, and nature activities. Ideally we'd like to avoid busy areas (theme parks, the Space Center) since we won't have a tow car with us and it'd be our first time driving an RV. I am hoping it won't be too much different than driving a U-Haul or a towing a small 16-foot John Boat, although its been a few years since we've done either.



I will take a look into the options in the Keys, we do enjoy it there and honestly hadn't even considered it (which is sad, considering I'm originally from Marathon!)


Thanks,
Jon
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With so little time donít add stress by trying to drive long distances, and not having much time at your destination.

How about this park? Gets excellent reviews, and is not
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Anastasia state park is beautiful but, you will have traffic getting thru St. Augustine. Florida has some beautiful state parks. Kissimmee prairie and Highland hammocks are just south of Orlando. For your first outing I would concentrate on having fun doing something everyone will enjoy. The comfort in driving will come with time. If no one has fun camping it won’t matter if it’s comfortable to drive.
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