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LanceCamper845

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With a foot of snow on the ground and very cold weather over the past two months, my wife Cathy, and I decided to take a trip to Florida for the holiday's. Gas prices are way down and the weather for central Florida was calling for temperatures in the 80's. We left on Tuesday after work and hit freezing rain in Virginia so we called it a night and parked in a Cracker Barrell off I-81 near I-64. The furnace ran all night on battery power and kept us warm until morning. We still had battery power to spare but it read low by morning. The battery was up to full after 3 hours of driving. We woke up Wednesday moring and drove to the Flying J in Kenly, NC and dewinterized the camper, took showers, dumped our gray tank and switched to short sleeve.
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This was Christmas morning at a Georiga Flying J. We camped here overnight on Christmas eve with about 20 other RV's. We had breakfast and left early for Florida.

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We drove about another three and a half hours and then it was time to gas up and switch to the shorts. Lot's of RV's at this Flying J in St. Augestine, FL.

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After we fueled up, we drove another hour and spent the day at Daytona Beach. Last time I was here was 1977 with my friends on Spring break.

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We drove along the beach for a little while and then headed south to our campground near Titusville. We arrived later in the day at the Kennedy Space Center KOA. Nice padded sites for $35 a night. The couple in the site next to us were kind enough to give us fresh grapefruits from their backyard. This is what the sites looked like.

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We spent the next day at the Canaveral National Seashore. Nice beach with very few people.
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From the parking lot you could see the launch pad for the Space Shuttle.
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Next day we drove over to Cocoa Beach. Nice thing about having a truck camper is being able to shower after the beach and going out to dinner without going back to the campground first.
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We went to the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach. Great place to look around and spend money.

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We spend our evenings a various parks along the water enjoying the warm weather thinking about our northern friends in the cold.

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We spent another day sunning and fishing on Merritt Island.

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We spent the next day at the Kennedy Space Center.

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We're home now and we can look back at a great trip of sun, warmth and relaxation. With fuel prices low, it cost me only $171 to go from Northeastern Pennsylvania to Central Florida. It cost me less on the trip home. We winterized the camper in Georiga and spent one night in a hotel in Virginia on our trip home. The camper is now parked back in our snow coverd drivway. It's next trip will be the Mid-Atlantic Rally in April.

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* This post was last edited 01/02/09 08:40pm by LanceCamper845 *   View edit history


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sounds like a great time......


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Posted: 01/01/09 07:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rub it in. Sun, shorts, grapefruit and here we have to deal with snow, ice, gale force winds and below 0 degree temps. Gonna be payback time next we see you.

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Hopefully they will launch a space shuttle while you are there. Having the ground rumble and the sight is awesome. Great pictures.


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Hey, it looks like you got a little rain there. You should have come up here to NH. We're not getting any rain!
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LanceCamper845

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Posted: 01/01/09 08:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ted,

Do you mean that 5 minute 80 degree shower?

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Posted: 01/02/09 04:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks like a great escape and a excellent time!!!! Wish I spent my vacation that way....

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Posted: 01/02/09 04:48am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice trip and report!

It's great to read the reports from folks south of the arctic weather [emoticon]

I hope more take advantage of those low fuel prices and head south to bring us some warm cheer up here!

Cheers,
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Oh well, I'm glad you had a great time while her in Florida. We are still in shortsleaves. Your camper looks great.
Ya'll come back, ya hear.

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Nice trip ! Thanks for sharing !


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