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Old 07-06-2016, 07:46 PM   #1
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VA to Florida in February - Crazy Talk???

Hi all - we are new to RVs and planning RV road trips. We picked up our RV on June 24th. We have actually only done our shakedown trip so far. We do have trips planned in July with the grands, and August in Shanandoah for our anniversary. But my questions revolve around planning a road trip. We would like to explore Florida in February, I know don't laugh! I can tell you I'm pretty discouraged already, we are 7 months out and I can't find availability in any decently rated parks. There are openings in the panhandle, but I think it's still pretty cool there in February, hence the availability? We want to sort of park hop and find an area that we would like for future longer snowbird trips. I have family in Ft Lauderdale and we will probably stay there a couple of days. Other than that we have two weeks to explore the state. I've searched the state park website, found one night in Anastasia SP, and 2 nights at Gamble Rogers, so far. We would like to do a mix of state parks and private parks to get a good feel for the different parts of Florida, also would prefer closer to the coasts. I've used google maps, RV park reviews, scoured this forum and some others for suggestions, etc. So I'm looking for advice and a bit of education. How do you go about planning your trips? What apps, atlas, or other do you prefer and why? This trip from VA to Florida will be our first road trip, but we are planning the first of many (I hope) cross country trips to visit our daughters in San Diego in Fall 2017. So this trip is my opportunity to find out what works for us in planning a trip. Where do you love to stay in Florida? What do you use to get there? Savannah is definitely a stop on the way down from Richmond, then heading down to Ft Lauderdale and then across to the gulf coast. We vacationed in the Keys last winter so will skip it this time. Any and all suggestions and advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-07-2016, 01:20 PM   #2
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You're asking for a pretty tough order. I also plan to bounce around Florida this winter and haven't made any reservations past Thanksgiving. We'll see how we do- worst case scenario, I'll do the Thousand Trails parks near Orlando.

As for finding parks, my 2 main gotos are and 's trip planner. Otherwise, I may Google a bit.

State parks are probably out of the question at this point. They seem to book up very far in advance.

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Old 07-07-2016, 05:30 PM   #3
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It's tough to get long-term reservations in FL at this late date, but not impossible. When we were house hunting Jan-Mar 2012, we were able to get short stays here and there. Rambler's Rest in Venice always seems to have a couple of spaces available. Use for state parks; you might hit on a cancellation.
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Old 07-07-2016, 05:56 PM   #4
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I go down there all the time from Virginia, You can get a place at Manatee Hamhocks, which is by Titusville, County park. If you want to cross from there check the Glades on the Ochenobe lake, always room there, If you want to go to Miami check Southern comfort RV resort in Florida City. 20 miles south of Miami and 20 miles north of Key Largo in Homestead. You got to get pass Orlando for good weather been doing it for 5 years.... PS: nice park in Fort Lauderdale, but book now, also Melbourne has a nice city park easy to get in and cheap.
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Old 07-07-2016, 06:18 PM   #5
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One of the things we wanted to do when we contemplated buying the fifth wheel was go to Cardinal spring training games in Jupiter, FL.

But.........hard to find a spot, I imagine......especially one for big units.

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Old 07-07-2016, 06:34 PM   #6
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We live in Florida and have trouble finding places to camp in the winter. It's unfortunate because that is our nice camping season. We get stuck camping in the heat and humidity. RV parks might have sites here and there. State parks seem popular all year long. May I suggest that you find somewhere more central to camp during your entire trip and make day trips from there. It may be easier, even though you will not necessarily be long term. The only other comment I have is that February is probably the most popular month for snow birds.

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Old 07-07-2016, 06:52 PM   #7
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I also live in Florida and work at an RV Park. Each year it's filled up Jan. Feb. and March. Most of the time if you reserve for a full month you may get in but it's not cheap. I work for Sun RV Resorts in Naples Florida. They own a lot of parks all over the USA and they have a lot in Florida. Check them out and call way in advance.
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Old 07-08-2016, 12:34 PM   #8
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We like to go to Beverly Beach Camptown, the sites are a little expensive but they are on the seawall overlooking ocean. There are not a lot of amenities, they have a store, laundry facilities and clean restrooms and showers. However, there is nothing like looking out your windshield in the morning and see the sun rise over the ocean with dolphins swimming. The area is close enough to St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, and 60 miles to Orlando. I love it there.
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Old 07-08-2016, 12:57 PM   #9
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Campsites in fla

our temps in February in the panhandle have been between 50's and low 70's the last couple of years, I am in Tallahassee. Nights can get to 20's but that typically does not last too long. Up here (down for you) our season typically coinsides with college football people rent spaces for the entire season and leave the campers on site between games prob the same all around the state and if the teams go to a bowl game the units get extended at the campgrounds.
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Old 07-08-2016, 01:28 PM   #10
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We were very lucky in Jan/Feb of 2015. We drove from Northern Ontario without reservations. We didn't know until just before Christmas that we would be able to get away so did no long term planning at all. We found a so/so space in a nice park in Port St. Lucie for a month and then nice spot in a nice park in Starke for another three weeks. We found North Florida weather cool. But the prices are much lower. If you are going to pay the insane price to rent a sliver of Florida IMHO it might as well have great weather. We just hit the phones and Internet once we got there and were able to find room in what was a very busy snowbird year. Not the cheapest way to do it but it worked for us.


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