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If you had to go somewhere to spend a few months that's got a comfortable summer climate and is low-cost (under $400/mo if electricity is included), where would you go? Preference for low population density and closer to the east coast; Prefer no further west than Iowa but willing to consider any location. Would rather not have to move a lot. Don't need touristy things nearby, a Walmart/grocery store/auto parts store/mechanic/hospital/etc. within half an hour will be fine. Looking for moderate summer humidity and temperature.

Maybe somewhere up in the mountains? A low-priced mountainside RV park with monthly or quarterly rates would be wonderful, assuming the humidity and temps and bugs aren't bad.

We're the opposite of snowbirds, living full-time in Florida. All the articles I see about full-timing seem to be aimed at snowbirds, but we're sunbirds [emoticon]

We can boondock if the location is exceptional. We have a compost toilet and 6000W of solar (no, it's not on the roof, LOL) but a small battery bank. Can run the air con on solar only during the mid-day. We do have a generator but running it is pricey, especially with the price of gas. So would prefer a destination that hardly needs any air con in the summer, and fans at night. Would rather not have to move a lot, as packing all 26 of the 45-pound panels into the trailer every time would get to be a chore. So a long-term RV park may make more sense than boondocking and moving every two weeks, although boondocking isn't off the table. It just has to be very good. And given the mechanic and parts shortages going on, I want to minimize the driving.

In case you're wondering why so much solar and not so much battery: To offset the price of Florida air conditioning [emoticon] And to have some emergency power during a blackout. The majority of power load in FL is mid-day with the air con so I didn't bias toward a lot of batteries, just needed to offset costs and give emergency power. It's "hybrid" in that it switches between grid and solar panels/batteries as needed, so unlike grid-tie we have emergency power available mid-day; Better to have some power in a blackout than none. We may buy more batteries if we boondock a lot, but for now I'm going to stick with what we have.


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May go for a low-priced Thousand Trails membership and yes, I've been reading about the many pros and cons [emoticon]

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North of Crystal River in FL, we're staying in Chiefland for $440/mo plus 15 cents a KW. I find the 6000 watts of solar unlikely tho, that is 50 plus panels, you sure you don't mean 600 watts? Anyway this park is new, has pickelball and so on, paved sites, and lots of springs and such in the area. No pool yet but one is planned. But the next place down is about $1000/mo
I doubt any park would let you set up 6000 watts tho.


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Pineola NC. Down By the River campground. It is already loaded with folks from FL in the summer. Anywhere near the parkway is good to escape the summer heat

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A Google search for the cheapest states to live in yielded the following:
Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi plus others in the list.


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Northern Georgia mountains

Western North Carolina mountains

You should be able to find exactly what you are looking for within either of these regions.

Some of the parks where we have stayed in these regions are"

Creekwood Farms RV Park near Waynesville, NC

Wingray Family Campground also near Waynesville, NC

Holly Cove RV Park near Whittier, NC (long term only)

Timberline RV Park also near Whittier, NC

Buck Creek Campground near Marion, NC (Asheville area)

New River State Park near Shatley Springs, NC

Diamond Lure Campground near Elijay, GA

These are only examples, there are many more in each of these areas. We have stayed in each of these and more than once in some.





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Try eastern KY; cheap cost of living there.
Western VA is another nice area.

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You'll need to look for altitude; 2000 feet isn't high enough in mid-summer once you're well away from the Florida seabreeze and afternoon thundershowers.


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agesilaus wrote:

North of Crystal River in FL, we're staying in Chiefland for $440/mo plus 15 cents a KW. I find the 6000 watts of solar unlikely tho, that is 50 plus panels, you sure you don't mean 600 watts? Anyway this park is new, has pickelball and so on, paved sites, and lots of springs and such in the area. No pool yet but one is planned. But the next place down is about $1000/mo
I doubt any park would let you set up 6000 watts tho.


If staying in a park we'd prob not deploy any of them or very few. Only mentioned because boondocking.

We're paying 10 cents a KW, but with the rising prices I thought I'd better buy 24 x 230W panels and also a few 170W flex panels for the roof on a separate system, all that comes to yes, about 6000W. Could prob get by with half those but I got the panels for dirt cheap, the charger/inverter minimum for 220V I could find was 5000W, thought might as well rack 'em up. Better to have them and not need them. I might travel with half those, don't know yet.

Thanks for the recommend on Crystal River but where do you go up north in the summer? We already have a year-round Florida home.

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johnhicks wrote:

You'll need to look for altitude; 2000 feet isn't high enough in mid-summer once you're well away from the Florida seabreeze and afternoon thundershowers.


Where do you recommend?

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