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Central Lake RV'er

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We are relatively new to RV'ing, although hubby is an almost retired truck driver. Bought a used truck and older 5th wheel, 28 ft., last fall and decided to try out the RV life. Have taken a couple of quick overnight trips to get used to it, that's all the time we've had. Headed for Florida, god willing, on 2-23-19 for a 2 week test trip. We've made reservations at one park, Hickory Point, near Tarpon Springs, for 2 days, but are wondering about parks further south, availability, prices, traffic, all of that. We haven't been to Florida in 15 years. Hoping for lots of advice from folks that are in parks down there...thank you!

PS- I just saw the "Snowbirds" forum...so I apologize for posting this here...but we are only going for two weeks, not the winter, so...but I will re-post over there in case I am in error here.

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I hope you are aware that this is the middle of the 'snowbird season' for Florida RV parks. Prices are way up and finding a spot will be tough. Especially further south from Tarpon.


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Yes, I know, that's why I'm asking...thank you!

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And the worse the winter is up north the more crowded it is here.

Use RESERVEAMERICA.com to search. The state parks are full but private cgs advertise there too.

RVParky app too.


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Many parks keep sites open for short term in case you like it and buy or monthly rent, Pricy but try Raintree North Fort Myers

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Thank you, Raintree is one of the parks I was looking at...!

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If you haven't been to FL in 15 years, you might be surprised at the landscape...especially Tarpon Springs and that entire region. Maybe look for some places a little further north?


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I would call Reserve America first. I've always booked on line but you have to call to get in that night. On line first available date is tomorrow night.
If you do go on line to search RA use this kink but leave the top blank empty. It will then search the entire FL state park system for openings. Play with it but I think the map choice will be more helpful for you.click here


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Have booked two more places so far...Manatee Lake State Park and Collier Seminole State Park, both for 2 nights each. Both due to sudden cancellations, I'm sure...I just happened to be online cruising the site when the two sites were re-posted...2 more minutes and I'm sure they would have been gone...anyway, thank you to those of you who recommended Reserve America, that's how I got these bookings. We are now down to booking just two more days, sadly, those are both in the middle of our stay, in between other bookings, and on a weekend. So no luck so far, and that includes a LOT of private RV parks. Raintree does have a couple of openings, but at $80 per night I've held off. Husband says truck stop is more attractive...LOL...

I also had the Camp Florida website recommended to me. Lots of parks that are not listed on Reserve America...

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Are you familiar with Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds? I don't have experience with any of the ones in Florida, but I've never been disappointed in any of their campgrounds in other states. In Florida there is W. P. Franklin North near Fort Meyers, and St. Lucie South on Lake Okeechobe. There may be others as well. COE campgrounds are a terrific value if you're a senior citizen, because they are half price - generally $15 for a "standard electric" site.

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