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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!

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Give this place a try. In general, south of I-4 the weather is better and the parks are more expensive. South of Ft Myers is usually booked a year in advance. You may get lucky and catch a cancellation.

Also in that area is Lake Manatee SP.


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Thank you...do all the parks require full payment in advance?

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So envy you right now! Have Fun... Dont overthink stuff. There are a couple of apps you can use to find BLM 14day no hookup free camping and of course this and another rvforum to ask for specific details.

Just hit the road and enjoy!


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There's BLM land in Florida? I thought that was just out west.

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Central Lake RV'er wrote:

Thank you...do all the parks require full payment in advance?


I'm not sure there has ever been a survey as to whether ALL of the parks require full payment in advance. There are probably several thousand rv parks in Florida with many periodically changing there terms of payment.


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I'm not looking for any official numbers. I'm just wondering what RV'ers have found in recent years.

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Central Lake RV'er wrote:

I'm not looking for any official numbers. I'm just wondering what RV'ers have found in recent years.


Usually just a deposit, sometimes nothing at all. If you pay in full in advance, make sure you know what their cancellation policy is. I wouldn't agree to anything more than 1 night for cancellation with more than 2 weeks notice. Usually if you cancel within 24 hours you forfeit all your money. There's nothing worse than spending $1000 for 10 nights at a south Florida campground that you can't get to because you're broken down in north Florida.

Also, we've run into a fair number of private campgrounds deal only in cash and personal checks. This is usually well noted on a website or when you call to make a reservation.

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This is a handy website for impromptu camping at Florida State Parks

Camping this weekend FL

Unfortunately, you are coming down during peak time. Expect State parks to be full, but once in a while you can score a cancelled site. There are also County parks that offer campsites. Otherwise, you just have to start phoning private parks. "Free" camping is probably used by folks who have no other place to go. Avoid the area of the panhandle that got walloped by Hurricane Michael; and a few of the State Parks in the Keys are still rebuilding after Irma.

One of the prettiest parks we ever camped at was Kissimmee/Whippoorwill Lake KOA in Narcoosee - but it's NOT cheap.

* This post was edited 01/28/19 07:57am by Deb and Ed M *

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You will never really be stuck.
Most places have short term stay, overnight only sorta thing.

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