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RE: First time... full time.

Points to consider and research: New versus used RV costs. If you have cash, great. But if you take a 15 year loan to buy a depreciating asset, besides a big monthly payment, you’ll still be liable to pay off a big chunk of the loan after you get bored with it and sell for whatever you can get for it. Income stream - similar to the $2000/mo. apartment example you gave, you’ll need enough to cover your RV “rent.” Costs of insurance, maintenance, fuel, propane, expensive repairs, etc. Then there is weekly, monthly or nightly RV campsite rental. Utilities may be extra in long term rentals. Everybody has fantasies of pulling off the road to camp free in the woods, but it’s not quite that simple.
NCWriter 12/29/17 06:16am Beginning RVing
RE: Planning a Newfoundland trip.

Article from 2013 trip This might be of interest, though a bit dated and kind of a whirlwind around the island. We're planning a return next year for a more relaxed trip.
NCWriter 10/06/17 02:11pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: I-95 SB from DC worst in United States

Drove that for my job for years. Retirement is even sweeter when reminded of what you had to do for a paycheck.
NCWriter 10/01/17 04:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: Florida State Parks Status - 3 more open -UPDATED 10-13-17

We also had a res for Pennekamp in October. Got the canx refund notice from Reserve America today. All our other October Keys state park res were canx a week or so ago,
NCWriter 09/27/17 07:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Airstream Atlas B+ Motor Home!

Looks good! Coach House Platinum is pretty high -end, too.
NCWriter 09/27/17 05:18am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Carolinas pull through overnight sites near 95

Check out South of the Border in Dillon SC. X2 - have used it often, evacuated there during Irma for two nights. About $25. Restaurant in the complex. Also New Green Acres is a good choice, though lots of puddles when there was rain. Have used Lake McIntosh several times but minimal shower facilities in a trailer building when we've stayed there (not recently).
NCWriter 09/26/17 05:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best Built Class C Motorhomes

Mb engines in rv, s have been some of the worst. When fl started to put them in rv chassis many had to be cnged over to cummins. Did not meet epa standards. When those mh, s come up for sale no one wants them . At the same time fl put them in class 8 trucks. Those trucks are next to worthless. Moisheh Not sure what "fl" means. Florida? Freightliner? If you mean Freightliner, I owned a 2006 Mercedes engine RV with a Freightliner badge and it was a gem. Got 25 mpg (diesel) and it brought top dollar when I bought another Mercedes RV. Very good quality for both.
NCWriter 09/24/17 04:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: anastasia state park to reopen to camping?

Just a note of caution. Many Fla. state parks are indeed opening. But for day visitors, with campgrounds still being repaired. So don't assume.
NCWriter 09/24/17 04:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Florida State Parks Status - 3 more open -UPDATED 10-13-17

I've received a refund from Reserve America for Long Key, Bahia Honda, and Curry Hammock. Mid-October trip. No refund from Pennekamp, but sounds like they'll be open. Surprised. Up here in Sarasota, Oscar Scherer isn't taking reservations until next week some time but they are taking walk-ins for camping.
NCWriter 09/20/17 09:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Edisto Beach and Hunting Island SP, in South Carolina

Sure did enjoy camping in those oceanfront sites at Hunting Island while it lasted, though.
NCWriter 09/16/17 01:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hurricane Irma damage DIY at its finest!

I think I recognize that house. Florida Man lives there. Florida Man
NCWriter 09/16/17 01:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Myaaka River SP Sarasota Fl

Saw an overhead photo of the park yesterday. Heavy flooding around the building where the boat tours depart. That nearby campground must be completely submerged. Not the first time, either.
NCWriter 09/15/17 03:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Receiving Packages?

We've done it. Lost an exterior vent on the first night of a two-month trip en route to Canada. Called a campground where we had reservations the following week in Maine, they said it would be no problem. Called Dometic, they shipped, everything went smoothly, installed the part back on the RV before leaving the US.
NCWriter 09/15/17 12:54pm Fifth-Wheels
Fort DeSoto (Florida) still closed

Saw this today 9/15 on a Facebook post by Friends of Fort DeSoto Park (base of St. Petersburg's Peninsula) from info provided by the park staff: "UPDATE on Fort DeSoto Park condition! There is still no power to the park. All power poles are still down and lines are all over the road way including many large trees blocking the roads. Only this morning, did some large equipment arrive to help with wood chipping and tree removal. The park still requires many days of clean up and restoration. OPENING HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK TO MAYBE EARLY NEXT WEEK."
NCWriter 09/15/17 12:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bahia Honda SP

I think if I was NCwriter, I would leave my plans alone for now but would be making other plans and reservations elsewhere in the meantime, just in case. I would bet State Park cleanup / reopening and other recreational amenities are low on the State of Florida's pecking order. The Keys are fairly wiped out. Long Key State Park, my favorite, was closing in October anyway for some more work. Erosion has shortened the site lengths in recent years. We would have been there during the last week. Now I wonder if it will ever reopen. We'll probably just stay home and use the time and money to keep working on up updating our bathrooms, already in progress. The whole state got hit so it won't be very good timing for camping anywhere. Anxious to find out if Turtle Beach County campground on Siesta Key near our home has survived.
NCWriter 09/12/17 04:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
South of the Border not bad for evacuation

We've stayed at SOB several times. Cheap, convenient by I-95 on the SC/NC border. It's fairly full this week. Just above the forecast zone for Irma's tropical force winds. Getting breezy, rain expected. We left SW Florida at 4 a.m. Saturday in the RV to head north east, despite the dire reports of jammed roads and no fuel. Amazed to find I-75 as light as we've ever seen it, all the way up to Ocala. Highway 301, same, I-95, same!! Began wondering if the rapture had come and we were "left behind." :B Stayed overnight with close friends in Beaufort, SC, who have an unoccupied RV pad at the garage. But the Low Country has been under evacuation, too, so we came up here yesterday. Anxious to go home but not until Irma's moved past Georgia. Still plenty of sites if anybody's looking for a place.
NCWriter 09/11/17 08:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bahia Honda SP

We had reservations for a great October trip this year: all four of the Keys state parks, and for Turtle Beach on Siesta Key in Sarasota. I have a feeling Irma cancelled the trip.
NCWriter 09/11/17 08:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hurricane Irma - Size DOES matter!

I doubt there's very many tourists in FL right now (comparatively speaking of course). The population of the 3 big SE counties (palm beach, broward, miami-dade) makes up roughly 1/3 of the state's total population. The Keys are an extremely small number of people. 30K sounds like about half of their population. We know people who live all over the state...miami to jax...none of them are leaving. We're not aware of anyone in our community that's leaving. Sure, most of us have a plan b, but plan a is to stay here. Our plan is to stay, also, if we possibly can. As far as tourist numbers this month, it's probably in the 100s of thousands. (The state had more than 112.8 million people visit in 2016, almost equally divided by quarter. Conventions and meetings fill hotel rooms in the fall.) Cruise lines are cancelling sailings after people have already arrived in Fla., and ships are returning early to Florida ports. I saw a cruise tourist on TV tonight who couldn't get a flight, train, bus or rental car. So he bought himself a car and is driving north. It's not a good time to join the evacuation.
NCWriter 09/07/17 08:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hurricane Irma - Size DOES matter!

Why not go? The ENTIRE state is in the Cone of Uncertainty. Population 20 million PLUS all the tourists. Just 30,000 have been evacuated from the Keys, more leaving today, according to the governor. Millions yet to evacuate from Miami alone. National guard is out to help keep traffic moving, all tolls suspended. So if everyone must leave, it's 30 million+ people all crawling north 350 miles on the same handful of N-S highways ..and by the way, Georgia (where we made reservations a few days ago for Friday onward), is also in the Cone. Do we still go there? Meanwhile, 43% of all gas stations in Miami were out of fuel yesterday, and many in Orlando, elsewhere too. The state officials are scrambling to get gas so evacuation can even happen. Oil refineries damaged by Harvey. Our forecasters say our city on the Gulf coast probably will get only tropical storm level winds. People right on our barrier islands in Zone A here will evacuate because of several feet of potential flooding. The rest of us...still on hold ...because we could be unnecessarily adding to the truly impossible task of evacuating everyone. RV tanks loaded and ready if the cone shifts further west.
NCWriter 09/07/17 02:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cheep tickets into Flordia

yea, and should have losts of spaces available in campgrounds and state parks too? No obnoxious neighbors there now, I bet! More than 16 Fla. state parks are already closed in coastal areas, 20 more close today. No new camping reservations for any of the state parks for arrivals through September 15. This according to the website.
NCWriter 09/07/17 02:24pm General RVing Issues
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