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Old 03-08-2015, 11:59 AM   #1
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Florida site availability Dec-March?

Hi folks. Canadian newbie here. I've just picked up a 17' Hybrid TT with plans to head to Florida next winter. I'm hoping to explore and stay at different RV parks every 5-7 days but don't know how full the Florida parks typically are during the winter months. Is this just wishing thinking or do I need to make reservations well in advance to be sure to find places to stay? I'm hoping some of you Snowbirds or Florida folks might be able to share the benefit of your knowledge on the likelihood of RV park availability December through March without reservations. Many thanks, John
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Old 03-08-2015, 12:05 PM   #2
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Guess it may depend on what on part of Florida you're wanting to go and how deep your pockets are. We tried to make reservations last month around the Cape Coral area and found all the campgrounds full with the exception of two that wanted over $75 USD a night. Argh!!!
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Old 03-08-2015, 01:04 PM   #3
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Camping in St. Augustine in 2 weeks in a 7 and half rated in CG reviews, four and a half miles out of downtown for $42 a night, and another one rated a 6 and $82 a night was booked for the whole month of March, go figure?
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Old 03-08-2015, 01:26 PM   #4
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Try the FLA State Parks. I know Lake Louisa has some with full hookups. You do need to reserve ahead for them. Also near Datona Beach there is another nice State PArk.
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:15 PM   #5
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You will find most RV parks full in South Florida. Those that aren't full will be $$$.
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:17 PM   #6
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If you go to www.campflorida.com you will find many parks. Fl also has numerous county parks. With a 17' you should have no problem, depending on the area.
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Old 03-08-2015, 05:17 PM   #7
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We just got back from Florida. Went down west side and back up east side all in state parks for about 6 weeks. This was our first time wintering in Florida and we did not start looking for sites until mid Jan. We stayed at 5 different parks. The state parks book up 11 months ahead of time- especially in the southern part of the state where the weather is warmer. All the parks have some non reservable sites. If we found a few days available in a campground we wanted, we went there with the plan of moving to a first come first serve site when available. After you move you can stay up to 14 days. Each park manages this differently so it can be a bit of a game waiting. We also found there are many first come first serve county parks. You need internet hot spot to keep checking Reserve America. This strategy is what the park rangers recommended for those of us with no reservations.
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Old 03-08-2015, 05:31 PM   #8
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Jmencel, send me a pm, i'll let you know a couple things as well.
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Old 03-08-2015, 06:01 PM   #9
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Great question! We live in Florida and will be dealing with this on a regular basis. We live a busy life and cannot reserve every trip we want to go on way ahead of time. Things come up that you must work around, but we would like to be able to get away at least once a month or so. It is probably not as big a deal in our area, but if we want to go down south or to either coast, it will be a problem. We know of a few nice places in our area that are not maxed out in the winter.
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Old 03-08-2015, 06:41 PM   #10
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Great question! We live in Florida and will be dealing with this on a regular basis. We live a busy life and cannot reserve every trip we want to go on way ahead of time. Things come up that you must work around, but we would like to be able to get away at least once a month or so. It is probably not as big a deal in our area, but if we want to go down south or to either coast, it will be a problem. We know of a few nice places in our area that are not maxed out in the winter.
And your response to the original poster is what exactly.
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