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Old 11-12-2019, 11:35 AM   #1
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Hello, I was wondering if anyone uses coast to coast exclusively to winter down south and how well it works finding sites if you want to move. We are still a few years away from wintering down south but this early arrival of winter in Michigan has me thinking more about it. Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Don't use Coast to Coast, but noticed you are new on the forum and wanted to say hello!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 11-12-2019, 02:05 PM   #3
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Coast to Coast is an 'affiliate' campground membership program
You have to have a HOME Park membership in order to acquire a C2C memebrship
Then that HOME park status determines which C2C membership you can use
HOME park designated as a Classic.........C2C can only be a Classic memebership which allows up to 7 day stays at affiliated CGs
Home park designated as Deluxe/Premium....C2C can be Classic Or Deluxe.
Deluxe allows up to 14 day stays at affiliated CGs


C2C affilate CGs require prior reservations....some/few accept showup or direct reservations----reservations typically made via C2C website

So at best you would need to Move every 2 weeks and then you would need to have reservations for the next affiliate CG


We FTd for 7 yrs.
C2C was one of the tools in our bag for staying somewhere each night
We had the deluxe membership...up to 14 days---which worked out well for us because we traveled weekly/bi-monthly and rarely stayed in same area for long.


Membership/camping programs can work BUT you have to buy cheap and use them to actually benefit
Buy via RESALE vs direct marketing. Pennies n the dollars and full benefit/privledges
RESALE.....home park and affiliates (C2C, RPI, AOR, ROD etc)
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Old 11-13-2019, 06:37 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info sir, we currently belong to a campground consourtium in Michigan (Outdoor Adventures Inc.) but upgraded to the C2C last year to where we can stay up to 21 days at a time.

When using C2C did you have to make reservations well in advance and kind of plan out your winter stays in June-July for the upcoming winter or was there enough availability at C2C campgrounds that you could wait until you were actually traveling to make reservations?
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:44 PM   #5
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WE were TRAVELERS.....rarely stayed more then 2 weeks at any place


Majority was 1 week stays


IF using C2C we made reservations roughly a month ahead.....maybe just 2 weeks before
We didn't do 'destination' areas.....during peak seasons
We preferred to NOT be crowded in.


C2C was used IF one happened to be in an area we were traveling thru
We used State/National Parks, COE, public CGs, Fairgrounds, City parks & Boondocking
Just depended on where we were at the time.


Holidays.......Long weekends \
We made reservations month ahead.
Month ahead was the farthest time frame . Didn't like having that fixed of a committment cause for US plans changed
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:25 PM   #6
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I was a Coast to Coast member while we full timed. It worked very well for us in Arizona, not too bad in Texas but not as good in Florida. This was about 8 years ago. Issues were finding member parks that had available rv sites in the snow bird areas during the snow bird season.

All in all it worked out well if you don't mind moving every week or so. At that time it cost us $10.00 a day for full hookup rv sites.
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Coast to Coast is not designed for long term stays. We can stay 14 days and need to be out 7 days before going back in for another 14, but we usually move on after 14 days. Personally, we park for 3-4 months in the winter, then resume our travels when the weather breaks. So far we have not had a problem getting in to a C 2 C campground because the are required to keep a certain amount of sites available. However, with the number of snowbirds, I would not want to be trying to find a spot every two weeks.
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Old 11-19-2019, 06:39 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the great advice, we're talking about buying a lot down in Mobile Bay area to be a spot to travel out from. My wife has relatives down that way by Dauphin Island and we could travel out from there.
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I'm not sure what you were expecting for answers. C2C works fine, but it can't make sites more available in the busy season or popular areas. It's designed to give you access to sites that may be available in member parks, but no guarantees. Florida in the winter is crowded with RVers, so sites of any kind are often hard to find in popular areas. A lot of snowbirds and extended-time RVers use C2C (and the similar RPI) when visiting Florida, so I would reserve as early as possible.
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:33 AM   #10
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I guess the main question was how hard is it to travel wintertime using C2C and if you had to line up your whole winter 6 months in advance. I appreciate all the good info so far.
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You should be aware that many campgrounds in Florida are fully booked a year or more in advance, regardless of whether they accept C2C or not. That doesn't mean you can't visit in the winter without reservations, but it means your preferred locations may not be available when you want them or that you may have to accept a less desirable site. The further in advance you can plan & reserve, the happier you will be.
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The thing to remember about snow birders is they mostly go as far south as they can go, then take up all available space. This means the southern tip of Texas in the RGV, and Florida, generally south of Gainesville. While we do have snow birders on the upper gulf coast, they don't fill up all the campgrounds, making it much easier to get good RV sites along the upper gulf coast, as even with the snow birds Oct - May is still the off season in many / most places. The weather can still be nice on the upper gulf coast most of the winter, though with some cool to cold days (by our standards) typically for 1-2 days after a front comes through about every 7-9 days.
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