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Old 04-07-2011, 09:02 AM   #1
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I need suggestions for Reasonable ($450-$650/month) Parks in Florida. We have a 37' Diesel Pusher. 2011 will be our first Winter in our Coach, so we have no clue.
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Hi michguy,
There are hundreds of CGs to choose from. What are your preferences?
1. North, Central or South Florida? There is a big difference in the winter weather in each part of the state.
2. Near the Ocean or Gulf or neither?
3. Near Mickey and Sea World?
4. What activities are you interested in at the CG?
5. What activities would you like in the general area of the CG?
6. Are there any special needs to consider?
7. Are special medical facilities required to be nearby?

Any other information you can provide will be helpful.
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:41 PM   #3
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I sure don't know of any that are in that price range. If there are you got a bargain or maybe worse???
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:05 AM   #4
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As Gary says, there are hundreds of RV parks in Florida.

We have spent the last 4 winters at Blueberry Hill RV Resort in Bushnell, which is about an hour north of Tampa. Bushnell is very conveniently located, the sites are huge, and they have just rolled back prices to 2009 levels. Winter rates are $475 a month. We reserve for 3 months, but we usually stay longer because for the 4 years we have been there they offered an extra month in the spring for only $250.

We found the farther south you go in Florida and the closer you get to either coast, the higher the prices get.

If you're a NASCAR fan, they show races on a big-screen TV. If you're not a NASCAR fan, don't worry - few of the snowbirds are. The season doesn't even start until February, and the NASCAR activities are barely noticeable.
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Be careful when checking prices for monthly stays in RV parks throughout Florida. There are parks that charge extra for utilities over their monthly rates. That could add significantly to your monthly cost depending on how much electric, cable and telephone you will need. Usually water & sewer are included.

Anything along either coasts will be expensive. Not too many on the Gulf side right on the beaches and there are some on the Atlantic side.

I happen to choose the Rambler's Rest Resort just 10 miles off the coast in Venice, FL. My sister and BIL stay there for the winter and the rates are including utilities except for TV and telephone. The other location I stay at is Beverly Beach Camptown Resort because my brother and SIL stay close by in a mobile park rental. The rates there are expensive. We stay at the Camper's Village where the sites are larger and the ocean is directly across the road, or you can get sites right on the beach but they are small and packed in like sardines and then if you can afford them. All utilities included.

You may want to check out RV Park Reviews :: Home and read some reviews of what people have to say about various parks throughout Florida.

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Old 04-08-2011, 08:12 AM   #6
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We stay at Land Yacht Harbor in Melbourne, FL. The Winter monthly rates are $495/mo. They do not allow pets though. For non-pet people, this is a great thing. The location is about 10 miles to the beach, just south of the Space Center and an hour from Orlando. Check the web site for rules, rates and contact info.
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Hi Michguy,

I have spent the last 4 years at www.wildernessrvparkestates.com there are a few other iRV2'ers here, as well as others from Mich. we all love it! There is a lot to do in this area including www.silversprings.com where we get a seasone pass for $45 and saw about 13 outdoor concerts! The www.appletonmuseum.org and www.ocalacivictheatre.com are about a 10 min drive from the park. Allso about 1 hour either direction and you are on the ocean or gulf. About 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 hours to Orlando or Tampa! Hope this info helps and best of luck to you were ever you end up!
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Be careful locking yourself up for 3-4 months unless you know first hand what the campground and immediate area is like. You may not get out of the deal if you are not happy with the place. Anyone can make a brochure or website look like a resort. If there are photos of people eating playing games or doing other activities without seeing what the sites and the roads look like maybe they do not want to show them, you may not want to be in a place that has dirt roads and dirt sites for 3 months. Ask specific questions when you call the campground, site size, paved grassy or dirt sites, paved roads, make sure the place suites your needs. RV park reviews and Irv2 is a good source for info check to see what the writer of the review is camping in if the writer is in a tent and gives it a good review it still may not be suited for a large motorhome or 5th wheel. Try to communicate with someone that has been to the places you have in mind. There are many campgrounds but do not wait until the last minute the nice ones book up fast, there is one good thing you are assured of no matter where you go you won't have to shovel snow.
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All of you suggestions are great. Thank you so much.
Gary : You are so right. Florida is a big place and I should have narrowed things down. We would love to be walking distance from the Gulf, but realize that will be pricier. We really like it South of Tampa, around Bradenton &/or Sarasota. Further south would be fine too. I'm not much for the Atlantic side. We'll check out all of the links y'all have provided.
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Hi michguy,
My personal experience is a bit limited South of Tampa. Not knowing what they charge, I can recommend two places I have been to.

1. Sun "N" Fun RV resort, Sarasota - 941-371-2505
2. Up River RV Resort, Ft. Myers - 800-848-1652

In the Tampa area consider Tampa East RV Resort, Dover - 800-454-7336

There are many more CG in The Arcadia and La Belle area. These are farther South and more inland. If the initial posts do not provide and answer and you'd like some recommendations on these two areas, post here.

The absolute best thing I can recommend is for you to consider purchasing the Trailer Life Campground Directory on DVD. One can bring up a map of the area one is considering and all the CGs appear on the map. I find this toll to be a must have when looking for a CG from a geographic view.
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Be careful when checking prices for monthly stays in RV parks throughout Florida...

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Excellent point. We've checked out a lot of RV parks in Florida over the years, and all but one or two charge extra for electricity for stays of a month or longer. As a point of reference, this past winter our electricity averaged about $100 a month for Dec. through Feb., so you'll need to add that cost to the price of your stay. We use an electric heater almost exclusively rather than our furnace because the heater is quieter and we don't have to worry about refilling the LP tank.

Tax can be another extra charge. Although the Blueberry Hill rate I mentioned in my first post includes taxes, some parks also charge extra for tax. I think it's a lodging tax, so it's 10 or 11% instead of the usual 7% sales tax.
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As Gary says, there are hundreds of RV parks in Florida.

We have spent the last 4 winters at Blueberry Hill RV Resort in Bushnell, which is about an hour north of Tampa. Bushnell is very conveniently located, the sites are huge, and they have just rolled back prices to 2009 levels. Winter rates are $475 a month. We reserve for 3 months, but we usually stay longer because for the 4 years we have been there they offered an extra month in the spring for only $250.

We found the farther south you go in Florida and the closer you get to either coast, the higher the prices get.

If you're a NASCAR fan, they show races on a big-screen TV. If you're not a NASCAR fan, don't worry - few of the snowbirds are. The season doesn't even start until February, and the NASCAR activities are barely noticeable.

what are the average winter temps. in that area? did this include electricity?
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Hi Michguy,

I have spent the last 4 years at www.wildernessrvparkestates.com there are a few other iRV2'ers here, as well as others from Mich. we all love it! There is a lot to do in this area including www.silversprings.com where we get a seasone pass for $45 and saw about 13 outdoor concerts! The www.appletonmuseum.org and www.ocalacivictheatre.com are about a 10 min drive from the park. Allso about 1 hour either direction and you are on the ocean or gulf. About 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 hours to Orlando or Tampa! Hope this info helps and best of luck to you were ever you end up!

what are the monthly rates and does it include electricity?
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Put Google Earth on your computer, iPad, Android whatever you have and you may be able to see what the campground looks like. Little more difficult if heavily wooded, don't know if that is an issue in FL ;-) .
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