I want to post this place to boon dock because it is so close to downtown Chicago and very inexpensive. Be sure to call the yard and get detailed directions as there are low bridges in the area. This is the Marshalling yard for McCormick place but they allow RVers to stay there. There are NO hookups and NO dump. But a great place to stay boon docking. Operated by the City of Chicago. 24/7 security.
There are about 530 sites in this park. Most are owned by people who stay on their site during the winter, generally Dec. to April. Some owners own more than one site and rent out these sites either through the on-site rental agency or directly to others. The developer has a few sites, and may rent these through the rental office as well. Check out two websites. One from the owners at http://www.silverlakesrvandgolfresort.net/outside_home.asp. The other is from the realtor/rental agent who generally has the short-term rental sites available: http://www.silverlakesrvresort.com. The realtor’s phone is: (800) 843-2836. Contrary to other reviews, there are 13 long pull-through sites at Silver Lakes. The realty office generally has 1 or 2 for rent. These sites are about 120 feet long and about 45 feet wide. I own one of these. I do not rent my site. The cement surface is large enough for two 40 foot Class A coaches, 4 cars, a 12 x 15 foot screen room, and a 6 x 10 shed, all between the two sidewalks (only 1 RV is permitted on each lot). The roads are all paved and two coaches can pass easily. There is also a sidewalk on all main roads (not on cul-de-sacs). There are 3 swimming pools, a golf course, two club houses, tennis courts, and more. There is no “store” but there are many stores of all descriptions within a few miles. Why are site rents as stated? Please know that sites are roughly valued at between $90,000 and $150,000. Taxes vary, but $1400 - $1700 per year is a good range. Add to these two costs the home owner association dues of $188./mo., or $2256/year. Then consider that the rental agency takes a 20% fee and the county requires a 10% tax for any rental less than 6 months. Knowing these costs you can begin to see why the first $50 - $75 or so in daily rental fees just covers the owners investment, fees and taxes. The strength of the park are the owners, the Board of Directors, and the Activities Committee that provides multiple daily and evening activities from January through March. Renters can be members of the Activities Committee. Please see the owners website to become more aware of all the activities. Generally speaking, RV’ers discover the park by happenstance and come in and rent for a short time. They discover all the park has to offer and come back the next winter for a month or longer. After a few years or less they decide to buy. Please know the park also allows park models of 1000 to 1400 sq. ft., plus a 250 sq. ft. (screened/covered) porch depending on the lot size. I hope this helps you in determining if this is an RV park suitable for your needs.
You can only own or rent within Pelican Lake if you have a Class A motorhome. If you have any question about this call the office and ask before making a reservation. I have owned here for 12 years and do not plan on selling. There are about 289 sites in the park. Most are owned by people who stay on their site during the winter, generally Dec. to April. Some owners own more than one site and rent out these sites either through the on-site rental agency or directly to others. Other owners (for whatever reason) do not stay on the site they own and therefore rent it out via the two contacts listed below or directly themselves. Check out two websites. One is from the realtor/rental agent who generally has the short-term rental sites available: http://www.pelicanlakemotorcoachresort.com. The second website is from an owner who also connects potential renters with owners. http://pelicanlakervresort.com. The roads are all paved and two coaches can pass easily. There is also a sidewalk on the main road which encircles the large lake (no swimming). The lake has three fountains. There is a beautiful swimming pool and hot tub at the clubhouse. There is no “store” but there are many stores of all descriptions within a few miles. Why are site rents high? Please know that sites are roughly valued at between $100,000 and $400,000. Taxes vary, but $1400 - $2000 per year is a good range. Add to these two costs the home owner association dues of $3720/year. Then consider that the rental agency takes a 20% fee and the county requires a 10% tax for any rental less than 6 months. Knowing these costs you can begin to see why the first $60 - $80 or so in daily rental fees just covers the owners cost, fees and rental taxes. Park management and owners create and offer many social activities to owners and renters. The owners also host two RV shows each winter at the large parking lot next to the clubhouse. About a dozen Class A coaches are brought into the park to be shown to the public as well as persons in the park. Pelican Lake RV Resort is truly a resort. The sites are large and varied, at least 55 feet wide and 90 feet long. A 10 x 10 coach house is on each lot. Renters should ask if their rental includes use of the coach house. Many of these coach houses have been outfitted with a toilet, shower and/or washer/dryer, and may be air conditioned. Others have cooking facilities, and I believe one even has a bathtub. Many owners have golf carts for in-park transportation. Renters can ask if one comes with their site or rent one from a nearby company. The landscaping is awesome with many types of palm trees as well as other plantings. Trash is picked up daily at each site by park employees. There are tennis courts and shuffleboard courts. Generally speaking, RV’ers discover the park by happenstance and come in and rent for a short time. They discover all the park has to offer and come back the next winter for a month or longer. After a few years or less they may decide to buy. I hope this helps you in determining if this is an RV park suitable for your needs.
We have stayed at Bay Bayou RV Park each November and April for the past 5 years on our way to Naples and on our way home. We stay in a 40 ft class A coach. The park is just north of FL 580 (known as Tampa Rd from Oldsmar towards the west, and known as W. Hillsborough Rd east of Oldsmar, FL). We prefer entering from Memorial Hwy via Countryway Blvd from FL 580 which allows us to make a left turn into the park. The entrance way involves circling a tree to park in front of the office. We disengage our toad at this point. When leaving, we engage the toad within the park and make a wide right turn onto memorial Hwy, which is just really a two lane side road. The reality is that there are not many RV parks in this area and we visit relatives just a few miles to the west, so it is a matter of convenience. I like the park because we choose a site that allows us to use our satellite TV antenna. They also have cable TV at no extra charge. They have 50 amps and full hookups. No pull throughs. The roads are paved and wide enough for two coaches to pass but we have never needed to do this. We make a reservation and they facilitate late checkins via their 24/7 security persons. They have several laundry buildings and restroom buildings, which we do not need. They also allow fishing from one corner of the park. Daily papers are available at the clubhouse. Yes, they have many camping units that appear to be “in place” but there are also many day/weekly/monthly sites. They have a nice swim pool and club house and many activities. Also a pool table. The staff is friendly and helpful. We have stayed at another park in the Tampa area and although it was adequate, we prefer this one. The park is quiet with few children. The dog run mentioned by another reviewer is in a remote corner of the park behind their maintenance area and should not be a bother to anyone. The people here are friendly and helpful.