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joez
QUOTE(togators @ Mar 14 2012, 09:13 AM) *

I have been reading this tread because I am in my mid 30's with a child and I enjoy seeing both opinions on this matter (and a few that are in the middle). The last entry mentioned that you must reserve in advance in order to get a specific spot. We are regressing from the original topic but I do have a view on that. Each park should have a limit on how much in advance you can make a reservation and how long you can stay on that specific spot. I realize some rv parks do but recently, especially with bad ecomomy, most don't. The same rigs are in the same spot year after year. I understand that you develop a community while in Florida, but what about the working guy that only has the weekend off that wants to have his boat behind his rig. I am willing to book in advance, and pay a premium but the same people renew the same spots usually before they go home for the summer. We never have the opportunity to make that reservation. I do not know the answer to this problem (maybe allow reservation only 6 month in advance, which I know some do). Sorry for the lenght but as you can see, It gets frustrating trying to rv during the winter for me.


We winter in FL at our stick and brick. If we want a weekend outing with the motorhome we have to go to north FL, AL, or MS. Snowbirds will reserve and stay in all of the warm weather good locations. There are some walk ups at FL state parks, but we are not really hope for a spot people so we have some of the same issues you do. In the summer we visit grandkids who live in short camping season areas. There, a lot of parks have gone to marketing themselves as seasonal parks. With fuel costs rising, seasonal spots have become very popular in those areas. We just had an rv park call and cancel our reservations for the month of July (made last fall) as they have decided to rent only to seasonals. Seasonals and snowbirds with yearly reservations are a way for a business to guarantee cash flow. They depend on cash flow to pay their expenses and feed their families. It would not make sense to expect a campground to turn this income away just to satisfy transients. Even though expensive, we are thinking we may have to pay for a whole season at two different campgrounds in two different states if we want to visit the grandkids for more than a couple days at a time.
Alessandro
This year we spent 2 nights at the RV resort of Ruby's Inn at Bryce. Then on the first afternoon 2 huge coaches arrived, loaded with teenagers and some adults of course. They set up camp just 200 yards away from us. They had a lot of fun setting up the tents. Then it became dark and they all had lights and again: fun, fun, fun! When people have fun, it is mostly nice to look at. Then it was about 10.00 p.m. and they all turned quiet! Hardly a sound! In the morning they broke up again, not disturbing anyone.

Kids are not always a pain in the ***. One yelling kid can be more a nuisance than 20 nice ones.
TXBobcat
Also there is the point that some people will come in with not only their children but a number of their friends making it a free for all. You have seen it when two or three family's come in togeather and stay in one site. It strains the facilities and the others around them.

We have just arrived at one campground that advertises a fee for a couple and one for a family. That to me is reasonable.

FWIW
BC
Galli
QUOTE(TXBobcat @ Sep 12 2012, 08:35 PM) *

Also there is the point that some people will come in with not only their children but a number of their friends making it a free for all. You have seen it when two or three family's come in togeather and stay in one site. It strains the facilities and the others around them.

We have just arrived at one campground that advertises a fee for a couple and one for a family. That to me is reasonable.

FWIW
BC

Hi TXBOBCAT, fortunately where I am going every Winter, the administration is quite efficient , they don't mind if you have a visitor or two by one or two nights but when the place is becoming a small village, they break it up. As a matter of fact, upon assigning the place an ID tag is being issued to put on the car and every car without ID is going to be questioned .
I am not resenting the happy people thatt enjoy their vacations, but after midnight I hate to have noisy drank people around vomiting etc .
7ramblingkids
We too run into some of the same problems with our tribe - 7 kids, and 2 dogs and we always laugh and say, "there's always Walmart".

I like to think our kids are well behaved but I think that depends on the people they are around.

We have found that boon docking suits us best, and it is much easier on the budget. We stayed in an over 50 campground once, where my parents stay (my mom vouched for us), and we all had a great time. My parents friends had a wonderful time with our kids and our kids left there with a very full love bucket but our money bucket was a lot less full because they charged extra for every person over the initial 2 people.

I understand the over 55 parks and respect that, but I do think it would be nice if a couple of them had a separate area that was family friendly. I know the feeling of being tired and just wanting to find a decent place to pull in for the night.
Denali
QUOTE(7ramblingkids @ Dec 3 2012, 11:04 PM) *
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I understand the over 55 parks and respect that, but I do think it would be nice if a couple of them had a separate area that was family friendly. I know the feeling of being tired and just wanting to find a decent place to pull in for the night.
I think the 55+ parks would run in to legal problems if they routinely rented sites to younger campers.

The 55+ designation is part of the Housing for Older Persons Act. If a park allows younger renters, they could lose their HOPA designation.

While it appears to this non-attorney that these geezer parks could have up to 20% of their residents in households without a member 55 or over, it's foolish for us amateurs to try to interpret the law.
MelBtraveln
QUOTE(Denali @ Jun 4 2011, 05:13 PM) *

I have stayed in many 55+ parks like that, except that the oldest was in diapers, they sat in reclining lawn chairs, then went for rides on their three-wheelers.

Glad I didn't have to feed or clean them. smile.gif

You made me laugh out loud! (Maybe I better check my diaper ... .)
Tiffinman
IMO....in Florida MOST of the public 55+ parks are really not..... there just run down seasonal pits and unattended park model. The seasonals are really not rv'ers....they just squat all winter then run north in the summer.

If you are serious about wintering in a true over 55 community.... there are alot of private.....over 55....class A only ....deeded communities throughout Florida. Most are great investments and a class act. They are located on either coast or central Florida
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