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Old 07-31-2014, 06:20 AM   #1
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Snow birds

We are new fulltimers and snow birds that will be heading to FL for the winter for the first time. We are looking for recommendations for campgrounds. $400 to $550 + electric fits our budget well. We do not need to be entertained and we also do not need to be close to the water-it would be nice to see some vegetation and we like to ride our bikes. Thank you in advance for any recommendations. We would like to be around the middle of the state or south-seems temps are good in this region of FL.
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Old 07-31-2014, 07:42 AM   #2
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For the best temps. in winter you should be looking south of the rt. 4 corridor. We stayed in the Silver Springs area last winter, and man it was COLD. A lot of the snowbird parks fill up pretty quickly with reservations, so I wouldn't wait too long.
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river ranch is a resort park very nice lots to do we bought a lot there
but there are lots for rent i known someone thats renting if interested
contact me
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Old 07-31-2014, 04:19 PM   #4
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You might want to look into Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park in Crystal River, Fl. We stayed there six months this past winter and it is like a State Park with treed sites and others out under the stars. 6 month rate was $550/month. Included full hook ups with 50 Amp service, Free WiFI, free cable TV, pool with a hot tub, small dog run, play yard for the kids/grandkids, Clubhouse with activities and dinners and breakfasts on weekends and holidays. Many other activities in the area. Also, if you need continuous Internet, Bright House will come out and set you up. I think the monthly fee is around $35 for cable internet. Hope that helps and best of luck where ever you stay.
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You are smart to start considering reservations at this time of year. It is busy in the winter.

Florida is the 22nd largest state. It a wide variety of locations to explore.

Campground rates vary from about $350.00 per month to over $2,000.00 depending on location and amenities.

In general, the further south and the closer to either ocean (Atlantic or Gulf) you get, the more expensive the site costs.

I-4 which runs basically east-west across the state is generally accepted as the "frost line" south of that, frost is a rear occurrence in winter.

Hope this helps in your search.
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We live in the Winter Haven/Lake Wales area. There are lots of parks in that area. You also might look at Haines City, Avon Park, Frostproof, & Sebring. Go to Rvparkreviews.com and look up those areas.
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You might want to look into Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park in Crystal River, Fl. We stayed there six months this past winter and it is like a State Park with treed sites and others out under the stars. 6 month rate was $550/month. Included full hook ups with 50 Amp service, Free WiFI, free cable TV, pool with a hot tub, small dog run, play yard for the kids/grandkids, Clubhouse with activities and dinners and breakfasts on weekends and holidays. Many other activities in the area. Also, if you need continuous Internet, Bright House will come out and set you up. I think the monthly fee is around $35 for cable internet. Hope that helps and best of luck where ever you stay.
Very nice park, however it says you cannot get mail there and I need to be able to get mail.
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Getting mail is easy. Just have it sent to the nearest SMALL post office c/o of General Delivery. We've done that for 16 years of full-timing. Don't send it to a large P.O.....pick a small one and contact them first to make sure they'll receive it. We've never been refused. Keep in mind to know the date the mail is sent because the P.O. will only hold it for a month.
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Very nice park, however it says you cannot get mail there and I need to be able to get mail.
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Would you consider general delivery to the post office about 10 minutes away? Of course, that depends on whether you look for daily mail or something from a mail forwarding service on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule.
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Very nice park, however it says you cannot get mail there and I need to be able to get mail.
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As has been said, you can get mail by having it sent to General Delivery at a small post office.

However, we like it when we can have our mail sent directly to an RV park because it is much more convenient, especially for packages. UPS and FedEx will not deliver to General Delivery.

We stay at Blueberry Hill RV Resort in Bushnell. Blueberry Hill will receive mail and packages for you. They have a secure mail room with lock boxes, so you can even pick up your mail after office hours.

The sites at Blueberry Hill are very large, and the roads are nice and wide and are all paved. You say you aren't interested in activities (neither are we), but Blueberry has a lot should you decide you want to participate. Rates are $550 a month +electric for stays of 3 to 5 months, and goes down to $424 a month for a stay of 6 months.
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MobileCastle: While we stayed at RockCrusher canyon we used the Homosassa Springs PO on Route 19. We still have a PO Box there but are slowly converting everything over to our fulltime address at Good Sam's mail forwarding service in Crestview, FL. I know others use a UPS shop near the park as well. Also UPS and Fed EX trucks were coming and going in the park while we stayed there. Never used. Again Best of luck.
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You may want to look at getting all your important mail changed to direct deposit, electronic billing and email. Just a thought.

Also saves a tree or two.
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Many parks don't accept personal mail. However, they will accept UPS, FedX, etc. You need to check with the individual RV park. We've even got UPS in public parks!
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coming to this thread a bit late, but we love our park near Lake Okechobee. North Lake Estates has the most trees of any park near here, and is one of the most reasonably priced for the amenities. You can check it out at the Sun Communities web site. Costs us just $308.00 / month to lease the same site for 3 years. If you just want six months that's about $380.

The best feature about this park (besides the price) is the great pool. Also a great community room, fitness area, library, card room, etc. The park management is great, and there have been steady improvements made in the last year. Nice wide streets for a park in this price range. So many of them you can't really call them 2-lane roads.

The worst drawback is that it's very rural. If you don't like rural, you will likely not be happy there, but it's only about 45 min or so to Fort Myers. But you have to go 30 miles north or south to find a Walmart.
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