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Old 05-09-2012, 01:29 PM   #1
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Today I looked for Florida State Parks for wintering next year. Yup, I'm already too late for southern Florida. I also was told that there is a 14 day limit at a park and a 4 park limit.
I then looked for private RV parks and they are almost triple what we paid this winter in Harlingen, TX at a Encore park. 1000 Trails only has 2 parks in Florida and neither is very far south.
Also contrary to reserving at the state parks apparently the Encore Parks in Florida don't take reservations. A reservation person suggested that I call in September. Waiting until September appears that all our eggs could be in one basket so to speak.
Are we actually too late for southern Florida for next winter? Please advise.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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Are we actually too late for southern Florida for next winter? Please advise.
Where do you consider "Southern Florida" to be for what you want? We stay in Melbourne for the Winter. Frosts are rare and other than the occasional cold snap (40's to 50's) in January, it is quite warm to downright HOT enough to run the AC. I know that there are sites available for next season and the prices are very reasonable. The park is Land Yacht Harbor. Check the web site for limitations/rules/rates. The office is only staffed part-time now in the 'off-season' so check the times the office is open to call them up for further info and getting a reservation.
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Where do you consider "Southern Florida" to be for what you want? We stay in Melbourne for the Winter. Frosts are rare and other than the occasional cold snap (40's to 50's) in January, it is quite warm to downright HOT enough to run the AC. I know that there are sites available for next season and the prices are very reasonable. The park is Land Yacht Harbor. Check the web site for limitations/rules/rates. The office is only staffed part-time now in the 'off-season' so check the times the office is open to call them up for further info and getting a reservation.
Thanks for the info, Ed. We've done Clermont and Wachula in January and found it to be too cool for evening m/c rides We'd certainly consider the park for march,but this year Easter is early and we'll be heading home.
Surounded by airstreamers huh
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Sebring area has some nice parks. We stayed in Lake Placid. Its about an hour to the east or west coast. A lot less traffic than the coast, lots of hwy for the bikes. www.rvparkreviews.com put in Sebring. and you will see several towns with RV Parks in that area. Rates are much less than the rates close to the coast.
We have friends that move at least every two weeks and mostly stay in county,city, and State parks,all winter without reservations. They have been doing that for several years.
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We know several people who "wing it" in Florida during the winter, taking advantage of parks' cancellations and short vacancies to find somewhere to stay. They may have to move sites or locations once or twice per week, but they do have a place to stay. You are probably too late for reservations at any of the popular Florida destinations for next winter. When we winter in Fl we have to go to AL or GA with the motorhome for weekends as the only spaces available are walk ups or first come non reservables. You can go early in the day and line up at the entrance to see if space will be available later - not our cup of tea.

We winter in Central Florida as that is where our stick and brick is. If we did not have it, however, we would certainly be further south. The weather is certainly warmer than many areas, but we still normally have days where long pants are more comfortable due to low temps, and even some mornings where jackets and long sleeves are necessary. This makes it entirely too cold for me, but your criteria may be different.
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We'd certainly consider the park for march,but this year Easter is early and we'll be heading home.
Surounded by airstreamers huh
Thanks again.
Yes we are.... The park was built by and was 100% Airstreamers for many years. Eventually they wised up back in the 90's when so many sites were empty and they opened it up to the rest of the RV world. Airstreams are so expensive for what you get. There just are not enough of them being sold anymore to support a bunch of exclusive campgrounds anymore.

BTW, generally an area along either the east or west coast of FL is warmer in the Winter than the center of the state. The ocean has a moderating effect on the temps. Keeps it warmer in the winter and cooler in the Summer.
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Generally Florida will be more expensive than Texas RGV. If you want to locate the cheaper parks look inland. There are a few near the southern end of Lake Okeechobee that are reasonable and would be considered south FL.
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