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Old 02-07-2019, 03:32 PM   #1
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Northern base / Southern Base

Unlike most of you fine folks, my reason for wanting to full time in an AS is simply to enjoy warm, sunny weather year around in lieu of traveling and exploring.

I have my Northern summer spot picked out and want to find a Southern Base which I can return to year after year and hopefully meet up with the same old friends I met there earlier. Each place would be considered "home" with my doctor, library, grocery store etc. I would plan on spending a month on the road each way to give me a little adventure during the 1500+mile transit.

Are there any really nice parks w spacious lots renting to season long campers only? Not stuck on any particular state.

I do not want to purchase a condo site but that is basically what I'm after.
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Old 02-07-2019, 05:22 PM   #2
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There are many campgrounds in the south that cater primarily to long term residents, aka snowbirds.

Pick an area you like, get yourself on Campendium, AllStays, etc., and do some research on what is available.

You will undoubtedly need to visit and try places out, to find one with a flavor you like.

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Old 02-07-2019, 07:46 PM   #3
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If you have an Airstream check out Land Yacht Harbor Airstream Park in Melbourne, Florida. Nice place and very reasonable rates. No pets of any kind. Lots of great places to spend the winter in Florida. Depends on how much you want to spend. No better value for Airstream owners than LYH.
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Cedar Key RV Resort in Cedar Key Florida, Homosassa River RV Resort in Homosassa Springs, FL, Suwannee River Rendezvous in Mayo, FL Dunedin RV Resort in Dunedin, FL and Coastline RV Resort in Eastpoint all stood out as having a huge community feel with the residents who returned year after year for seasonal winter spots. We noticed this each time we while travelling through. Call ahead as Iím sure spots are booked far in advance.
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Lazy Days KOA Tucson

We are really enjoying this park. Its probably not the least expensive place to spend the winter, but the weather here has been much better than most of the south this year. They have many activities (Pickle Ball, Putting practice areas, Poker, LRC, Trivia, Crafts) I decent restaurant onsite (BBQ Rush) with some live entertainment, and a terrific staff. Very dog-friendly. Just FYI...
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We have spent 5 years on the road in our 27 foot Flying Cloud, and our basic weather rule is warm. Summer, we go North, most any where in our beautiful country. Winter, Warm is south Arizona, South Texas, or Florida. We do not care for Florida, although it is pretty and warm, it is a bit too crowded for our taste. Yuma AZ, if you look at annual temperature reports, is usually the warmest in the US. Lots of nice places to camp, good variety in prices, great for hiking, looking for gold, water sports of all kinds, and lots of golf courses. It can be very reasonable in fees. South Texas, called the Rio Grande Valley, is very nice. Lots of golf courses, good fishing, both offshore in the Gulf, and in rivers and lakes. The entire valley is full of Winter Texans during the winter months, and the activities and varieties of places to stay or live are huge, with places for every budget. Check out Escapees RV club for info on their sites nationwide, they are usually very nice and low fee. Their website will provide info. Good Luck, and enjoy! Try several spots and seek more info before you settle on one.
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There is a lot of spaces parks in the Palm Springs area. I just bought a lot and winter here every year.
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Capt George, do you have suggestions for Northern bases for the summer months? Would be nice to find a lot or nice RV Park not too far from civilization? Thanks!!
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Unlike most of you fine folks, my reason for wanting to full time in an AS is simply to enjoy warm, sunny weather year around in lieu of traveling and exploring.

I have my Northern summer spot picked out and want to find a Southern Base which I can return to year after year and hopefully meet up with the same old friends I met there earlier. Each place would be considered "home" with my doctor, library, grocery store etc. I would plan on spending a month on the road each way to give me a little adventure during the 1500+mile transit.

Are there any really nice parks w spacious lots renting to season long campers only? Not stuck on any particular state.

I do not want to purchase a condo site but that is basically what I'm after.
I have been doing what you describe for the past 13 years. My southern point is central FL, my midpoint is home in NC spring and fall. I travel northward when I can during the heat of summer. I have no fixed northern/cool spot but I like the mountains of NC, UP of Michigan, and northern Maine or Vermont during summer. (Chasing 70s')

If you come to almost any city or town, large, small, crossroads, etc. in Florida there are RV/Mobil home parks that cater to snowbirds. There are some really nice, some so-so, and some pretty ratty. In almost every case there is a large variety of people from all over the USA & Canada. There even are a few people from mainland Europe and UK. Some people are poor, some are millionaires, but most are just average people.

It takes some searching to find out which is enjoyable and where to fit in. I started visiting in central Florida about 30 years ago, where my parents spent their winters about 70 miles south of Orlando. When I retired I came further south to a larger town with more of everything to do, restaurants, shopping, etc. I have stayed at the same park for 13 years. I have been renting a RV lot full time for the last 6 years. Those people paying for 4 months at the higher prime season monthly rate pay about the same as I do paying the yearly rate. I occupy the lot about 5-6 months and store my 34' trailer there, so the yearly rate was best for me.

We have made wonderful friends!

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South of I-4 is the area where I would consider because it still gets cold north of there, actually gets frost a few times per year even 75 miles further south. There is a snow flake on occasion and a hard freeze every few years in northern FL.

Cities (Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Palm Beach to Miami, Key West) would not be a pleasant places to stay. There are just too many people, to much traffic, and cost is crazy.

Any of the mid to southern FL beaches/costal areas are very crowded and it costs more to live there, but it is a beautiful place. I've found a small towns in central FL to be better suited to my lifestyle, but they still it get crowded. For example, the town where I stay has a fixed population of ~10,000 people. During high season there are about an extra 30,000 to 40,000 people.

I would advise you to come in late Oct and try a few places through Dec. Any time after Christmas you must have reservations made much earlier in the year. The park I am in has already been booked 100% full for next Jan, Feb, Mar. The owner of our park requires a non refundable deposit for those 3 prime months. Still, there always a few cancelations that can be had at the last minute.

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I'm considering getting a fixed place (no wheels) in FL. The 34' trailer is getting too small for 6 months of staying.
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Capt George, do you have suggestions for Northern bases for the summer months? Would be nice to find a lot or nice RV Park not too far from civilization? Thanks!!
The Petoskey KOA is very nice
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Are you a member of Escapees? If so, there are several co-ops for you to choose from. The common requirement is that you have to be and remain an Escapees member in order to have a lot. Go do escapees.com and check them out. I know that there are lots available immediately at The Ranch, which is near Carlsbad, NM.


We chose Lone Star Corral, near San Antonio, as that puts us more in a "family" path. There is a waiting list, but lots to become available on a regular basis, so it won't be all that long until we get to a place where we may actually stand a real chance of getting a lot.


Once you have your Airstream, of course, there are some Airstream-only parks. Between those and Escapees, you ought to have a pretty good selection.


Oh yes, some Escapees parks also have long-term leases. Basically, you lease a lot for five years, and can extend your lease for five-year intervals for $1. Again, check out escapees.com for all of the details.
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