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Old 04-22-2015, 11:18 AM   #1
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Pros/Cons of relocating within RV park to a site under a tree.

Help. Wife and I are presently at a very nice RV resort in Orange City FL. The only problem at present with the current site location, even though it is a concrete premium site, is that we sit all day in the sun and my rooftop A/C units are laboring under the hot FL sun. We have the option of relocating to another non-concrete gravelled site under a magnificent old Oak tree where we would derive all day shading. I am certain that this new site will result in almost halving my monthly electric bill. The question that I seek an answer to, if one exists, is am I cutting my nose off to spite my face with the potential of tree limbs falling on the coach and squirrels hopping off the tree to play chase atop my roof. Is there anything that I could do/install/rig to keep these squirrels off my roof and from taking up residence under my slideout canopies?
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Old 04-22-2015, 11:45 AM   #2
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tree sap,bird droppings and no satellite tv

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Old 04-22-2015, 12:09 PM   #3
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I would definitely pick the site with the tree, UNLESS it's a type that will drip sap on the rig!

Most campgrounds keep the dead limbs removed from the trees that are over sites, but you should check that before moving!

If you use satellite TV then you should go to the new side and use your compass to see if you have a clear shot at the bird. That's one reason we always carry a portable sat dish in addition to the dome on the MH!

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Old 04-22-2015, 01:04 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by beaverfever View Post
tree sap,bird droppings and no satellite tv

X2 and generally no concrete means a mess if it rains.
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Old 04-22-2015, 01:05 PM   #5
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i love trees for shade in the hot months, having said that,
there are also other complications:
- one tree dropped acorns constantly, and all thru the nite!
- sometimes trees complicate the Sat signal reception
- a tree limb falling would not be my big concern
- you get to experience not only the rain, but also the constant
dripping from the tree : )
All in all, tho, I would shade anytime I can find it
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I think being in the trees is much nicer that out in the sun. So there's a possibility of sap or dripping water, big deal. As I don't watch TV while out and about satellite reception is of no use to me. But green shade is.
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We do not like being under trees. Had a new rubber roof installed on the previous 5th wheel and about 2 weeks after we got it back, a limb fell on it damaging it again. Our experience is quite the opposite with trees. We feel that campgrounds, especially public ones neglect tree trimming. We carry a pole trimmer for that reason. And before we get slammed, we do know the difference between trimming and wacking away at a tree and we ask permission if there is anyone to ask. We have a couple hundred trees on our property and they constantly require trimming and it does not hurt them at all. No way are we going to damage our rig because of low hanging trees,
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We always look for trees to keep cool. Yes the sap, etc. can be an irritation, but we like the benefits. A gravel lot does not bother us, but mud will. Our Tailgater sat. antenna usually lets us find a clear sky.......not always, but we try.

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Old 04-22-2015, 03:32 PM   #9
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We are under the 'tree campers' - not so much TV watchers, so we always ask for shade if it's available. We once camped in Bolder City(@115 F) with no shade and the two roof airs were not having trouble keeping up...of course we were not cooling 42', just 37'...could it be it's time for an A/C check up?
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Tree, definitely tree.
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As a Floridian resident for over 42 years, take the shade. it will probably make a big difference in electric bill.
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Old 04-22-2015, 07:24 PM   #12
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Take the shaded site seems to be the majority vote, mine too.
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Not to mention what the sun does to your paint, shades and tires.
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I usually skip a campground in the summer if it does not offer trees for shade, if I wanted to be in the wide open I would stop at Walmart. It is already hot here in Fl. we hit 90 today in central Fl.

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