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Old 08-08-2013, 07:28 PM   #1
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Need advice for a winter RV site near the beach...

Instead of storing my RV for the winter, I am thinking of taking it to a RV campground near the beach (anywhere from VA to SC) and using it as a weekend getaway. I would need a campground that is open from November thru March and is not tremendously expensive for monthly stays. If anyone has any recommendations, I'd appreciate it!

The one stipulation in location near the beach is that I would need to be within a 10 minute drive...




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Old 08-08-2013, 07:32 PM   #2
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VA isn't to bad, BUT it does get cold enough that not winterizing is a risk. NC/SC sure.

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Old 08-08-2013, 07:40 PM   #3
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I see you're from PA. Don't be fooled, NC/SC is not far enough south to keep from winterizing. We had some 16/17 degree nights here in NC this past winter. Our winters always have some of those.

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In the winter to 2011 we stayed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the state parks they were so nice we really enjoyed both of them. Huntington beach and Myrtle Beach in the winter they let you stay a month at a time they have full HP and WiFi, at a very nice price.
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2 years ago I spent part of October, November and December at Ocean Lakes Park in Myrtle Beach, SC. during that stay, it was cold nearly the entire time. Our water froze 4 times that stay (I have a heated hose, but the part connection froze). So as already stated, you need to go way more south to avoid freezing weather.
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If you are willing to use the campground's bathroom facilities, you can get away with keeping your RV winterized through the freezing months.

You would also want to find a site that will give you some protection from wind. Even the best-insulated rig will be quite chilly when those cold winds blow.
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Good luck with your search for a great winter get away.
BTW. I drive 1600 miles south to a park on the Colorado river , 100 miles from the Mexican border , and we had 4 consecutive nights with frost, last winter. Everyone in the park had blankets over the water services.
I must have hooked on to some of that cold Alaskan air and drug it down with me.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:57 AM   #8
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Thanks for the thoughts and suggestions! I am now focusing on southern SC near Hilton Head as a possibility. If anyone has any more suggestions/thoughts, please let me know!
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Old trick. If you get caught in below freezing temps and not prepared, leave your water running a trickle. Moving water is less likely to freeze. It is good into the mid 20's or slightly below.

Last year we survived down to 16.6 degrees. No heat tape. just put the foam around the water hose and covered it with leaves. 75W trouble light in the water hold kept the hold above freezing.
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Just my opinion, but if I were gonna leave my rv unwinterized and unattended, I would want to go farther south than mid-Florida. Then you are in snow bird country and the prices reflect the higher demand for the season.
I've lived in the southeast all my life and I can promise you that it CAN freeze in southern SC, and southern GA. I've replaced many water pipes in South GA.
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Originally Posted by robtres View Post
Instead of storing my RV for the winter, I am thinking of taking it to a RV campground near the beach ...
UM...I don't want to go tooooo tangent but...

Do you really want it on the beach for long periods of time? The salt air can do major damage. I'm just tossing out something to think about.

I know specifically of a nice DSDP that was originally owned by a person in PA that wintered in FL. BEAUTIFUL! Well, until you looked in the engine compartment and under the coach and at the genny. Rusted surfaces in the engine compartment were pealing like paper layers.

I am guessing it would take several thousand dollars to abate the rust damage properly. I wouldn't touch it for more than 25% of the low NADA price.
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Thanks everyone! You gave me some good insight and things to consider.


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